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Holiday Gift Ideas for a Man Friend

As much as I love the process of coming up with a highly thought out gift, there isn’t always time for that.  Often the days leading up to Christmas do not lend to extensive planning when it comes to gifts. With that said, here are some holiday gift ideas for a man friend that are on both sides of the spectrum. Some are highly thoughtful and some are highly useful. It is a great move to strike a balance between the two.

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UNDIES

When talking about holiday gift ideas for a man friend, underwear should be in this conversation. This gift is guaranteed to be completely utilized and won’t be returned. SAXX is the way to go when you want both style and comfort in men’s underwear. I have it on good authority, aka a few men who are picky about their undergarments who swear by this brand. I can see why, the SAXX Vibe Boxer Brief is the softest pair of underwear I’ve ever felt. It’s a CLOUD. They’re also known for their ballpark pouch and anti-roll waistband, both of which are the definition of comfort. The SAXX Thermoflyte Tights are a great option too. The lining is incredibly soft and cozy! They’re perfect for a base layer for snowboarding or even as the main layer if when running in the winter. I was tempted to keep them!

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FANCY BOOZE

One cannot go wrong with fancy booze. Rather than getting the commercial brand liquors, why not dig a little deeper and find something craft? Canada is ripe with exceptional small batch distilleries and Dillon’s is a recent favourite I have come across. They have a selection of flavoured gins, interesting bitters, and other highly delicious spirits. Try their ginger or cranberry bitters for holiday inspired cocktails. Their unfiltered gin and absinthe are also a great addition to any growing liquor cabinet.

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BAR TOOLS

Naturally with fancy booze must come exceptional bar tools. When I want a cocktail set that is both attractive and includes every piece you could ever imagine, I turn to Crate & Barrel. There are so many options from the bar tool set in four different metal finishes or creating a personalized set piece by piece. In addition to the bar tool set, a stainless steel cocktail shaker and cocktail picks will round out the collection.

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WOODSY GROOMING

Pro tip: find holiday gift ideas for a man friend that you might actually want to use at their place as well. This could be a controversial notion but as long as it’s something they love too, then this is perfectly fine. All three of these products smell like a woodsy dream. Schmidt’s Cedarwood + Juniper soap smells like showering outside in the Pacific Northwest. Lush’s Smuggler’s Soul gorilla perfume has sandalwood base notes and is also very woody smelling. Lastly, Kevin.Murphy Free.Hold is a styling paste that smells of bergamot, so dreamy.

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CUSTOM EMBROIDERY FROM LEVI’S

Fact: a customized denim jacket is the most thoughtful gift. At least that rings true in this list of holiday gift ideas for a man friend. Across Canada (and the usa) Levi’s have opened Tailor Shops. This is the second trip I have made to the Levi’s Tailor Shop West Edmonton Mall location for embroidery. This time, it wasn’t for myself. Inspired by my favourite man friend’s Sun tarot card, Kaye was able to recreate the particular card on the back of a black Levi’s denim jacket. The result: a one of a kind gift! For more information on that, check out this post about my experience getting Customized Denim at the Levi’s Tailor Shop Edmonton.

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FLOWER SUBSCRIPTION

Lastly, gender roles are meant to be flipped around whenever the opportunity presents itself. Send your man friend flowers! Better yet, send him a flower subscription from Them Blooms! They’re an Albertan florist who delivery almost everywhere in the province. This month’s bouquets include: cedar, pine, fir, cones, skimmia, ilex berry, BC roses, and white stock. It smells like forest heaven; the box is so fragrant when first opened.

photographs – Sandy Joe Karpetz

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