A few gift ideas for Father's Day 2011.
Another holiday is around the corner– this time Mother's Day. Of course, as always, we have you covered with a gift guide.
The best way to approach gift giving to a woman, or just in general, is to think about what the person's interests are and to simply think back to what they've said they've needed… what's that one thing your mother or wife has been nagging you about? If she has everything she needs, what's the one thing you know she wants? Maybe she's been saving up for something– a new camera, a certain designer dress, well go ahead and get it for her so she can have the gift and keep the money she was saving.
Thoughtful gifts always get the best and most genuine reactions, they show you've been listening and paying attention. For example, if your mother or wife is going back to school– maybe get her a new laptop. And lastly, if she truly does have most things she wants and needs just get her something that fits her personality– if she's into fashion get her a new handbag, if she likes to "feel pretty" get her jewelry and perfume, if she likes unique things, something sorta out of the box– maybe an ice cream maker. Skies the limit, but we have a couple of ideas below in our…
Mother's Day Gift Guide:
Also, check out eBay's Mother's Day Gift Guide if you're on a budget.
-or- Mother's Day Gifts on Amazon if you're in need of one-day shipping.
And you know we had to top of this post with the #1 classic Mother's Day song:
"A Song for Mama" by Boyz II Men
photo from SmallRoots
A little while ago, we got an email from Barneys New York wanting to interview The Urban Gentleman for Barneys.com. And of course being the historic and iconic store they are we were very obliged and honored to do so. Check out "The (anonymous) Urban Gentleman" interview, as they playfully say, HERE.
We're excited to be one of the very first men's fashion features, on, or should I say "in" the famous Barney's Window. Side note: I didn't know there was so much "mystery" around The Urban Gent team, lol, but for those who don't know us: Kanayo King, Cindy Samoht, ( <— we're the main two) and there are a small handful of contributors (and a meticulously expanding Urban Gent family) who help make The Urban Gentleman possible. (special thanks to Jean and Max).
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The world of men's fashion has really matured over these past few years, and the trends certainly reflect that. Baggy to extra-skinny to "fits just right", no accessories to over accessorized to "masculinely accessorized just the right amount", but best of all I feel like we've finally managed to combine the styles of different cultures and decades to create a sort of modern day celebration of men's fashion. And this season's trends continues this celebration…
Presenting The Official Men's Spring Summer 2011
Fashion, Trends, & Style Guide.
Insouciant Prep. We've been internationally prepping it out for a minute, and now it's just our lifestyle so we can be more relaxed with it. You don't have to be bow-tied, striped socked, oxfords with matching vest and pocket squared-up for every single look. Keep it simple– button down with rolled up sleeves, shorts with a print of some sort, and deck shoes or loafers worn sockless.
Dolce and Gabanna
Summer Black. Even more consistent than white, designers flooded their Spring Summer 2011 shows with black. Simon Spurr, John Varvatos, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Y-3, Balenciaga, Yves Saint Laurent, Jeremy Scott and the list goes on. So when you're feeling "New York" or just a little moody– as Jay-Z said, opt for "all black everything", black shirt, black shorts, all black everything.
Get the Look: SUMMER BLACK look book, HERE.
City Refined. It's simple classic urban gentleman type dress, but adapted to the summer sun. Basically being spiffy and immaculately well-groomed wherever you go. Casually wearing well-tailored suits more than the average guy, loafers and oxfords even in casual settings. Double breasted blazers and crew neck shirts, paired with trousers that show a little ankle and shoes that compliment.
Native Inspiration. Whether we're talking cowboys and indians or Aztec, Mayan, and Inca civilization being inspired by the natives of North, Central, and South America is probably my favorite trend of the summer. The fashion elite, both male and female, have made native prints their new plaid. And because of its lack of being in many designers collections (for men) and the sheer fact that many folk just don't know how to coordinate native prints, you won't see everyone walking around in it (which is a bonus). The best way to approach this trend is to keep it simple by focusing on collecting specific native pieces– a vintage Navajo print blazer, an Aztec patterned rucksack, even a bolo tie.
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Here's another hodgepodge of Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
We meant to post this watch as a great Christmas gift idea, but unfortunately didn't get around to it. So we have our opportunity again with Valentine's Day. Tokyo Bay has a Do-It-Yourself Watch kit that will truly make any guy feel like a man.
The limited edition DIY tool box contains nine quality tools essential for ‘do it yourself’ watch repair, enabling the wearer to become the pro themselves. The DIY watch kit includes two mid size classic watch faces in a cream dial and black dial, alongside four different colored straps in military canvas, sporty nylon and hard wearing leather. Back up batteries and slug pins, which hold the strap onto the watch case, are also included to keep the watch in working order. All components put together create the ultimate in modern hand built watches.
Purchase it, here.
Kings Underwear, we gave away a ton of their stuff for Christmas. And since then we've had a chance to review them ourselves– very soft and comfortable stuff. So if you think your man will be purchasing Victoria's Secret for you, then maybe return the favor and get him King's Underwear.
RumbaTime watches would of course make for great mini V-Day gifts for friends and crushes. Maybe buy a bunch in red, pink, white, and black and just pass them out like the Santa of Valentine's Day.
More Gift Ideas:
Valentine's Day Gifts for Men, $25 or Less, click here.
Valentine's Day Gifts for Men, $100 or Less, click here.
Valentine's Gifts for Him. $100 or less.
A few of our favorite Valentine's Day Gifts for Men for $100 or less…
For more advice on giving gifts to the man in your life, and for gifts $50 and below, go here.