Okay, lets get down to business, you need gifts and you need them now. You’re a guy or a gal who’s in serious need of help on what to get: the fashion-forward stylish friend or man in your life (you know the one who technically dresses better than you), or the young up and coming urban gentleman who has watched a little too much of Run’s House (particularly Diggy) and now wants to emulate everyone stylish (he’s on a mission to have the best style, the sickest fashions, and is the only 13-yr old you know who wears glasses without prescription), or you’re just simply looking for a unique solid gift idea that will appease your friend, brother, boyfriend, husband, dad– basically a guy or guys in your life that deserve (or don’t deserve) a nice thoughtful gift.
Loyal Urban Gent readers already know the trends, but if you’re not a regular go ahead and boost your style IQ by reading about the TRENDS in men style (seriously click on the link then come back to this article and continue reading). You want to choose a gift that will either compliment his style or up-it, and based on the current trends and your personal analysis of him you should be able to gauge how “fashionable” he is and get an idea of what you would like to purchase him.
From the current Urban Gentleman “What Do You Want for Christmas” Poll, it seems as if most guys want casual apparel for the Holidays, followed by dressy apparel, then electronics. So we’re going to work with that. With that said, grooming items are always an easy surefire way to atleast bring on an authentic smile and thank you. Grooming items may not be on the very top of most gift lists, but a great smelling fragrance will be used everyday.
Okay so here’s the approach: you call or text the guy you are purchasing the gift(s) for, and ask for his basic size information, “Hey ___his name___, I’m about to go holiday shopping and I just wanted to get your sizes just in case I buy you clothing?” You should get their pants/waist size (a number like 32, 34, 36), their shirt size (M, L, XL), shoe size, and dress shirt size just in case you opt for the dressy apparel (based on their neck and arm length you should get a number like 17/35 or 16.5/36). Coats, blazers, and jackets usually come as M, L, XL or 36,38,40 (which is the chest size) If you are buying someone a suit (how nice), be sure to get that information as well.
Here’s a basic chart of the S-M-L conversions:
chart from Overstock
For more European & American sizing, go here.
I always try to, if possible, give gifts in pairs– it’s fun to have more presents to open up, right? If having to choose from one pair of $150 jeans -or- one pair of shoes and 2 shirts at $150, most people would go with the latter. But at the end of the day quality is better than quantity (for the most part).
Obviously a Playstation, Xbox, Wii, and DJ Hero Renegade Edition with Jay-Z and Eminem will be on the lists of many young Urban Gentlemen. A flat screen, blackberry, GPS navigational system, or slr may be on the lists of all the other Urban Gentlemen. If you have the money and they don’t already own it, I’ll certainly suggest getting them one of the items above, but besides those fun gadgets I’ve listed a few specific gift ideas below. Note: though most of the suggestions combine two or three items, they can also be broken down into individual items that would make as great singular gifts.
Watches & Headphones. Everyone’s tired of the tiny earbuds, they are useful when working out, but when you’re relaxing at home or at a friend’s place you want headphones. We all thought cell-phones replaced the watch, but they’re actually more popular than ever. Artistic, colorful, and creative looking headphones and watches are heavily in vogue, especially for the younger urban gentlemen.
Plaid shirts, dark denim, and maybe a pair of boots while you’re at it. For someone transitioning into being a trendier guy a few plaid shirts will help jumpstart his wardrobe. Dark denim jeans are a basic that every person needs, and the boots– well its Winter and if you have a larger budget a pair of boots would be the icing on the cake.
For a stylish student who has preppier taste or wants to move over to a classic sustaining wardrobe- a messenger bag, cardigan, and ‘father’s readers’, would really compliment his style.
BedStu Sobel Messenger Bag $90; Lacoste City Casual Large Messenger Bag $100; Ben Sherman Premium Messenger $119; Latico Basics Adventurer Messenger Bag $149 (all messenger bags have free overnight shipping).
Combine two essentials that exemplifies the style of the person you’re shopping for. Denim jeans and oxford lace-ups. Denim jeans and sneakers. Sneakers and a graphic tee. Any combination you see fit.
The Upgrade, the Businessman:
Many guys have enough casual clothing in their wardrobes and above all else need to seriously up their dressy attire. Suits are pricey, but would make as a very thoughtful gift, as would dress shirts, ties, cufflinks, and pocket squares. They are all nice additions to the closet of a business man or someone who needs a businessman upgrade.
If you don’t know enough about a guy to buy them clothing, then colognes makes a for a great gift option. You can read a few of our cologne posts to get an idea of what fragrance might be best. Here’s a great collection of Men’s Fragrances.
Budget Friendly: $40ish or less.
If you have a small budget… no more than $50, but more like $20/$25, then I suggest getting a gift that compliments something they already have or plan to receive for the holidays. If they are going to get an ipod, then get them stylish headphones or a digital docking speaker system. If he’s a sneakerhead who expects more fly kicks, get him a unique fitted hat. If his Christmas is going to be filled cardigans and blazers, purchase a quality scarf or men’s messenger/satchel bag. If he’s getting alot of money– maybe a new wallet would be nice. When you don’t have alot of money to spend thoughtful gifts are best, they show the person that you really do pay attention and care. If the linked items above didn’t catch your eye, check out the budget finds below:
Men’s messenger/satchel bags:
Men’s wallets, hats, scarves, gloves:
More Urban Gentleman Gift Ideas here.
New Sales & Previous Sales that are still running:
- Armani: For those that want to step it up for the Holidays, shop Armani: Buy any item, get the second 50% off ends Sunday Dec. 13th
- GUESS: Sale Event 20%-50% off
- LRG/Dr.Jays: Over 25% off LRG Jeans
- Oki-ni: If you’re shopping for a stylishly advanced gentleman, check out Oki-Ni’s gift guide
- Famous Footwear: buy One Pair get the, Second Pair 1/2 Price Sale
- Get a fresh pair of J’s for the one you love: Jordan Men’s Collezione Retro VII Defining Moments Package on sale for $199.98 (previously $310).
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Shampoos, conditioners, and styling gels will come at a later date, besides we've reviewed many of those items in the past. Today, we'll focus on styles.
So here's a collection of men's hair styles, many of them great, some creative, some okay. I know every guy has a different hair texture, but these days with the massive amounts of styling tools and products, most of the hair looks below can be achieved on almost any hair type: curly, straight, or wavy.
This is a looser longer version of the hairstyles above. Also very handsome especially with a little 5'oclock shadow.
In this photo, Zac's hair is also cut short with a side part. But the part is less obvious and the hair is cut in more layers on top, then swept backwards. Also, one of my favorites.
The slightly spiky hair is a staple for most celebrities these days. It's pretty easy to style and maintain without having to go to the barbershop or hair salon. Cut it shorter on the sides, longer in the middle, then use your favorite product to create fun messy spikes. When you're done it's suppose to look like "neat messy bed-hair"– if that makes any sense.
I think I'm just a sucker for classic men's hairstyles because, like Zac, I think John's hair looks the best like this.
1. Men of color/African-American: Curly/wavy hair textures
2. Asian/Pacific-Islander/Indian: Straight/wavy hair textures
3. European-American/Caucasian/Latino: Straight/curly hair textures
Everyone shouldn't attempt to wear this hairstyle. It's take a certain attitude, personality-type, and overall style to successfully pull it off.
You can't go wrong with a mini shaped-up fro and dark taper.
Kanye West (side view)
Kanye West (back view)
Kanye West with artistic swirls cut into his hair.
This design was only on Kanye's left side.
As you can see John's hair is usually the same,
he only makes changes to the thickness of his beard.
Very-low afro-fade, with strategically cut side-burns.
Actor Daniel Henney (from X-Men Origins Wolverine)
Actor James Kyson Lee (from Heroes)
Daniel Dae Kim (from tv show LOST)
I often find that a person's hair looks best when they work with the natural texture of their hair.
Daniel Dae Kim
Kal Penn sports a very subtle faux-hawk.
It's as if the style above just fell.
Keeps his hair long with loose natural curls.
Matt Damon with his usual tapered/crew cut.
Ryan Seacrest is probably one of the originators of the spiked hair trend.
He's had every hairstyle in the book from short crew cuts
to mohawks to faux hawks, as pictured above.