A Gentleman's Gift Guide

July 1, 2011

Not sure what to get that special man in your life? (Secretly wish he was a little more dash and a little less dull?) Leave it to me to squash both birds with one whiskey stone. I give you the Proper Man holiday gift guide, fit for any civilized gent! Give him what he doesn’t know he wants yet.


A. The Hot Knives Vegetarian Cookbook: Salad Daze
Los Angeles chef duo Alex Brown and Evan George’s new cookbook pairs Vegetarian dishes with craft beer and soundtracks. (AKA Hardcore babe training). $25
Get it from Powell’s

B. Lucky Peach Subscription
This new McSweeney’s quarterly journal takes a decidedly masculine approach to the food writing world. Recommended if he goes all Bourdain in the kitchen. (New subscriptions begin with Issue 3). $28 for four
Get it from McSweeney’s

C. Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale
The originator of the bacon maple bar teamed up with fellow Portlander Rogue Ales to concoct a brew in its likeness. Some serious 300-level lunacy. $13 for 750ml
Get it from Rogue

D. “Big Jug” of Pure Organic Maple Syrup
For the man who has everything? A sexy jug of pure organic maple syrup directly from the source. And instructions for breakfast. $68 for 64 fl oz
Get it from Best Made Co.

E. Two Dudes, One Pan: Maximum Flavor from a Minimalist Kitchen
As guy as it gets. The tried and true one-pan cooking bible from Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, the dudes behind Los Angeles’ meat haven Animal. $17
Get it from Amazon


A. Stainless Steel Ice Cubes
Whiskey stones are so two years ago. Blow his mind with these reusable ice cubes that are made of stainless steel. $25 for four
Get them from KegWorks

B. Glass Mesh Soda Siphon
Let’s be honest, who doesn’t kind of want a Sodastream? But let’s class it up with an old school glass mesh soda siphon. Slick O.G. $100
Get it from Williams-Sonoma

C. Thor Bjørklund cheese tools
Cheese service 101: Use a proper blade. Behold the original cheese slicer invented by Thor Bjørklund in 1925. Beech handle / stainless steel. Made in Norway. $15
Get them from Mjolk

D. Seamless Yarai Mixing Glass
Bond was a fool. Pure spirits should always be stirred. The benchmark glass is this gem from Yarai. For the serious barman. $53
Get it from Cocktail Kingdom

E. Bittermens Elemakule Tiki Cocktail Bitters
Specialty Tiki Bitters. Need I say more? $19 for 4oz
Get them from Cask

F. Bar Keeper Cocktail Gift Boxes
Curate the whole enchilada, with a little help. Available in two categories, Mixologist and Classic, all gift boxes come in a vintage-style hat box and include spirits, bitters, tools, recipes, and glassware. $100
Get them from Bar Keeper


A. Concrete Shaving Kit
Because wood would be too easy. The kit includes a shaving dish made from soft concrete, shaving soap, and a traditional beech brush with badger hair bristles. $98
Get it from Mjolk

B. Monocle Laurel by Comme des Garçons
The signature scent from the most cultivated men’s journal in the world. A collaborative effort, the Monocle Laurel from Comme des Garçons features notes of pepper, incense, and amber. $120 for 50ml
Get it from Opening Ceremony

C. The “Original Cowboy Comb”
Because Movember might extend into Dudecember. “The Original Cowboy Comb” comes packaged in a cardboard matchbook style case. $7
Get it from Cowboy Comb

D. Sabon “Gentleman” olive oil soap
Yes, there is actually a soap in a hatched box labeled “Gentleman.” And it’s fantastic. Olive oil based, this delicious and nutritious gentleman’s bar nurtures, keeping skin flexible and PH balanced. Recommended for all skin types. $7
Get it from Sabon

E. Natural Dominica Bay Rum aftershave
This is the original, subtly scented skin tonic that refined gentlemen have used since the early 1900s. Fresh and completely natural, with no artificial ingredients. Imported. $19 for 10oz
Get it from Orvis


A. Comme des Garçons Tartan Half Zip-around Wallet
The most reliable (unisex!) wallet you didn’t know you couldn’t live without, now in tartan plaid. $95
Get it from Opening Ceremony

B. Espadrille Slip On by Soludos
Salvador Dali wandered Barcelona in them. I threw out my flip-flops when I got them. The Mediterranean Jute-soled house shoe that Tom’s ripped off. For the beach, city, home, and everywhere in-between. $26
Get them from Steven Alan

C. 1950’s era Farm Feedsack Weekend Bag
Every man needs a ruggedly elegant weekend bag. Because backpacks are for school. $170
Get it from Forestbound

D. Double Sided Tweed Bow Tie by Gitman Brothers Vintage
It’s holiday season. Join me, mates. Don a bow tie. $70
Get it from Mohawk General Store

E. Currie Socks by Vanishing Elephant
I used to think good shoes made the man. I stand corrected, it’s his socks. $24
Get them from Wasteland

8 comments on “A Gentleman's Gift Guide

  1. Is it wrong that I want this ALL????!!!!

  2. ahhhhh!! amazing gift list. i wanna grow a stache just to use some of this stuff.

  3. My brother in law thanks you and so do I. Great list.

  4. Casey Dec 2, 2011

    I would like just about one of everything, please. Excellent round up.

  5. Megan Dec 5, 2011

    Agreed! I want one of each for myself as well! Might have to settle for getting a few of these for my brother for xmas 😉

  6. Sippitysup Dec 5, 2011

    I am dating myself but I lived in espadrilles in the 1980’s makes me chuckle to see them come back in vogue. GREG

  7. Just bought a subscription to The Lucky Peach…my brother in law is going to love love love it!!! I kinda want it for myself. Thanks so much…now what to get the husband. Yikes.

  8. Very nice!

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