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get gifting: for the boys

Why is it that men are so much trickier to buy for than women? I can’t explain it, but I can try to make the process a bit easier. Whether he’s metro or manly, there’s a gift here he’ll be stoked to see under the tree (or menorah, inĀ  my case).

  1. They might not always say it, but guys need a little luxury in their grooming too. Cade shaving cream and travel shaving brush, L’Occitane, $28 & $30
  2. Really, aren’t you tired of those threadbare socks he’s wearing? Richer Poorer men’s socks, any 3 styles for $30 with code HOHOHO, including gift box and shipping.
  3. A warm, weatherproof boot that looks good enough for going out. Ellesmere weather-resistant boot, Sorel, $160
  4. Captain Scott is the male equivalent of Amelia Earhart – his trek through the South Pole is the stuff of legends. This book of photos from the infamous trip are guaranteed to indulge his inner explorer. Lost Photographs of Captain Scott, by David M. Wilson, $21
  5. These natural leather belts are hand-crafted, and weather over time to a rugged patina. I’m so in love with them that the hubs and I both have one. Leather “Project Belt”, Wood and Faulk, $55
  6. Get him to ditch his drugstore shades – these aviators will give him instant street cred, and the classic shape will work on absolutely anyone. Oliver aviator sunglasses, Guess, $65
  7. Getting a tie for Christmas might not top his wishlist…until he sees this hip version from Pendleton. Just don’t mention your plans to borrow it. Grey mix Umatilla tie, Pendleton Portland Collection, $68
  8. This is a pick straight from the hubs, who tells me this matte, paper-style dial is “super cool.” Phosphor E-Ink digital watch, $195
  9. So, so many iPhone cases out there, but I love that this one’s made of wood and looks like a retro Leica camera. “Made From Raw Wood” iPhone case, $42
  10. If there’s a bachelor on your list, I’m pretty confident his house could benefit from a candle that isn’t at all girly, but still masks the smell of whatever’s rotting in his fridge. Silver skull candle, DL & Company, $88
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sponsored: l’occitane

As a kid, I remember always being in awe of the L’Occitane store in the mall. It smelled like a lavender field, and everything looked so sophisticated and beautiful! I revisited one of their shops recently, and I can tell you nothing’s changed. I still get that “everything’s better in French” feeling when I walk in, and I still am instantly transported to my happy place (yes, my happy place is almost always somewhere in France).

Best of all, I’m actually old enough to try all the products when I visit now. I love that everything makes me feel just as sophisticated as I had always imagined they would. But now that I care more about content, I’m glad to see that L’Occitane’s products manage to give you that happy feeling while providing completely effective, natural skincare (many are even 100% organic), made from essential oils, extracts, and all sorts of other plant-based goodness. Seriously, their ingredients page reads like a botanical dictionary.

While I love everything, it’s the shea butter hand cream I always gravitate to first…if only because I love the packaging. But mostly, I admit, I’m still in it for that delicious scent of lavender when you walk in the door.

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