Hey everyone, this is Ryan aka Mr. Medicine & Manicures (I’m not crazy about that title). Kristina thought it would be good to get a man’s perspective for a gift guide so I will be taking over the blog once in a while for a couple weeks. Kristina gets mad because its hard to shop for me since I usually buy what I want on my own. To help you come up with some original ideas, I’ve put together a few things that every guy would like but not necessarily buy on their own.
A card case is a great substitution for a bulky wallet. If you are going for a night out just pack your ID, credit card and a little cash and you are good to go. Here are a few options. I love anything from Tumi because they make such high quality products and this card case is no exception.
Cufflinks are a subtle way to add a little personality to your work attire. I reccomend a fun pair for a fancy dinner with friends and one formal pair for when you are telling your boss why you deserve a raise. Remember to dress for the job you want not the job you have.
Yet another subtle way to liven up an outfit is with some socks that have a little more character than your standard black or brown. The throwback sports player socks are my favorites. A little know fact, my Dominique Wilkins socks add 12 inches to my vertical.
Nothing can ruin a great shirt/tie combo like having the short end of your tie flapping around. Try this great 3-pack combo that will allow you to coordinate with any outfit. When it comes to tie bars, less is more. You don’t want this to be the focal point of what you are wearing.
Whether it’s a weekend getaway or your daily gym bag, a nice duffel bag is a great go-to. No need to get too fancy here, durability is what you are looking for as this thing tends to get thrown around a lot. If you are looking to splurge, try Will Leather Goods. This made-in-the-USA company makes the best and softest leather belt that I’ve ever owned. I also own a great wallet from them thanks to Kristina.
No need to try and be too manly to wear slippers. They are great for providing a little extra padding while walking around the house, especially on hardwood floors. My feet are always sore after playing basketball and my slippers provide some much needed relief.
Girls, you may have to push your man on this one, but once they try a quality product they can be persuaded to keep it up. Men do get better with age but I’m not trying to speed up that process anytime soon.
I received a sample cologne pack last year and loved it. I got to try out 12 different colognes and figure out which one I liked the best and then had a card to buy the one I wanted. This was perfect because once I try more than one kind in a store, they all blend together so I was very confident when I went with the Yves Saint Laurent bottle and I still love it.