For the Men in Your Life

Hear yee, hear yee!

My last post was definitely aimed towards a female audience, or perhaps a male audience to get some ideas for the women in their life, depending on how you look at it.  Well today is a reversal: I have decided to bounce back with a gift-list for the fellas.  If you are really stuck, yes, it’s ok to get cologne, golf balls, ties, or any other “go-to” gift for the men in your life.  But if you want to do something a little bit special or creative for your [dad/husband/boyfriend/brother/grandpa/co-worker/friend-with-benefits/freind-without-benefits/cousin/uncle/boss/neighbour/etc] and get him something he’ll really love, check out some of my ideas below.

For your satisfaction, I have created categories for a few stereotypical “types” of men that may be in your life, and given three different price points, ranging from $500.00 – $20.00:

The Splurge, The Savvy Saver, and The Stocking Stuffer.

Simply click on the image and it will direct you to the website where, in most cases, you can purchase the item online.

Let’s-a-go!

For the ADVENTUROUS man in your life:

THE SPLURGE

K2 Playback Snowboard - $350

This is a great gift for a beginner/intermediate snowboarder.  Excellent brand, stylish, and a very good price for a nice versatile board.  On the website, it will give you a sizing chart of what size to buy depending on your guy’s height.  To amp up the gift even more, add matching bindings and boots. 

THE SAVVY SAVER

Lacoste - Men's Oversized Pixel Croc Beanie - $50

Snowboarder or not, most guys dig a new toque.  And really, why not make it designer? 

THE STOCKING STUFFER

Burton - Fluoro Comp Wax - All Temp - $19

This is a great option for a guy who likes to hit the slopes, and doesn’t hit deep into your pockets.

Not into snowboarding?  Not a problem.

For the MUSIC LOVING man in your life:

THE SPLURGE

Philips - Fidelio DS9000 Premium Docking Speaker System - $500

This bad-ass docking system will light up the eyes of anyone on the receiving end.  Maybe a gift to split with your siblings for dear old Dad?

THE SAVVY SAVER

GEAR4 - AlarmDock Halo 2 - $100

Multifunctional and elegant design, what more could he ask for?

THE STOCKING STUFFER

SkullCandy - Smokin Buds - Black/Red - $45

This is great because it works with all Apple and non-Apple products.  However, if he is currently a “non-Apple” user, why are you looking at these gift ideas?  Get him an iPod, iPhone or iPad. It’s a no-brainer.

Okay, fine.  Not everyone is into the whole “iWonderful-World of Apple.”  In that case…

For the STYLISH man in your life:

THE SPLURGE

Diesel - Men's Gift Set - Leather Wallet & Leather Strapped Watch - $205

Classic, timeless (or time-keeping ha-ha-ha), and functional… 

Need I say more?

Oakley - Fuel Cell - $125

I don’t know any guy who wouldn’t appreciate a pair of Oakley sunglasses.  Available in every style, every colour, and every price-point, you can’t go wrong.

H&M - Chunky Knit Sweater - $50

This pull over knit sweater is the “grown up” version of a hoodie.  Great for that retro-fabulous-bush-man in your life. Perfectly comfortable on a snowy winter’s eve (and at a comforting price).

Style not really his thaang chicken waang?  Ok then…

For the GAMER in your life:

THE SPLURGE

Carbon Fiber Esky Honey Bee KING II Electric RC Helicopter 6 Channel CCPM Remote Control - $339

For the young, for the old; all boys men love nothing more than a new toy to play with on Christmas morning.

THE SAVVY SAVER

Black Wii Console with New Super Mario Bros Game - $149

Super fun and for all ages, this updated black Wii is pretty darn sleek.  Not to mention the bonus of the included new Super Mario Bros game.

Already has the Wii console?  No worries!

(You could always get him an XBox 360 or PS3 – total splurges)

If he’s already decked out with all the consoles, never fear.

All gamers need want games:

Wii - Zelda: Skyward Sword - $50

This is the new Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword for Wii.  Also made for other consoles.  *Extended playing sword sold separately (but definitely encouraged to make a really super gift).

He’s not into video games?  (I doubt that, but…)

Perhaps he’s more into “manly-man” toys…

Easy-peasy.

For the HANDY man in your life:

THE SPLURGE

Makita - Cordless 4-Piece 18V Combo Kit - $500

Now I don’t know all that much about tools, except that, generally, men love them…Even if they don’t know how to use them.

THE SAVVY SAVER

RYOBI One+ 18V Starter Kit - $129

This is great for a beginning handy-man to get his tool collection started.

THE STOCKING STUFFER

Telescopic 3 in 1 Snow Brush - $20

Maybe it won’t literally fit in a stocking, but handy or not, everyone needs a good ice scraper to get them through a Canadian winter.

 Well, I sure hope I have inspired some good gift ideas for all the guys in your life. If you are ordering online, get it done soon or your gifts won’t be delivered in time.

Happy gifting!

What will you be getting for the men in your life?

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Hey, Big Spender

BA – BAP – BA – BA!

Spend, a little time with me.

Well my friends, December is upon us and I can finally talk about the holiday season without feeling completely nauseous. I have been in the shopping malls and online, and retailers everywhere are boasting about all the great deals to be had out there so you can “save” your money; but ultimately, the message remains SPEND SPEND SPEND!

So, I have decided to indulge in the commercialized holiday spirit by creating my “Christmas list” for old Mr. Clause, who I can only assume is now a milli a milli a milli, a milli milli milli multi-kalgilionaire.

Dear Santa, I want a new outfit to wear to a semi-casual holiday party.

And please, don’t skimp on the sparkle.

Alice & Olivia - Juanita Sequin Sweater - $335.44

Diesel - P-Ukara Leather Pant - $706.45

Diesel - P-Ukara Leather Pant - $706.45

Betsey Johnson - Smooch Crystal Flats - $109.95

Dear Santa, I want a new computer too.

MacBook Pro, 15 inch - $1799

…Don’t forget a bag to carry it in.

Kate Spade New York - Janin Notebook Carrying Case - $499.95

Oh, and thow in some furry earmuff headphones… just because.

Juicy Couture - Faux Fur Earmuff Headphones with Embellished Headband - $99.61

Dear Santa, I better add a new jacket… it’s getting cold out there!

ASOS - One Teaspoon Gypsy Queen Studded Leather Jacket - $685

 Bedazzled, please!

ASOS Gypsy (back view)

Speaking of razzle-bedazzle-dazzel

Dear Santa, I want a party dress!

TFNC - Sequin Dress with Long Sleeves - $103.13 (ASOS)

Or two…

ASOS - Party Dress in Mesh - $103.13

Let’s just make it an even three…

Warehouse - Feather & Leather Dress - $281.25 (ASOS)

…Evening bag included.

Betsey Johnson - Betsey's Night Out Frame - $98

Santa Baby, I almost forgot…

Sephora - Prestige Brush Set - $325

A girl should have the right tools.

Sephora - Makeup Studio Blockbuster - $440

And the right shoes.

Nine West - Frederika - $160

Dear Santa, feel free to bring me anything from Tiffany & Co.  I won’t mind.  It’ll be our little secret.

…But really, Santa, and all of you readers out there, as nice as it is to give gifts and maybe spoil some of the special people in your life this time of year…

Dear Santa, what I really want is to celebrate with family and friends (perhaps over a few home-cooked meals and cocktails to boot) and for everyone to cherish what’s really important.

…JUST KIDDING!

I WANT THESE BAD BOYS:

Alexander McQueen - Punk Skull Pumps - $1375

 
The minute you walked in the joint,
I could see you were a man of distinction,
A real big spender.
Good looking, so refined.
Say wouldn’t you like to know
What’s going on in my mind?

…Happy (beginning) of the holiday season 😉