While thinking upon the highs and lows of this past year—pondering them as we might the shorn follicles of a winter beard (or Movember mustache) in the sink below—it dawned on us: “Man of the Year” isn’t a title that should belong solely to Hollywood elite. With all the hurdles and hard work we overcome in 12 months, each of us is “MOTY” in his own right.
Of course, the honorific isn’t without a few burdens and responsibilities—it means being at our best in every station of life, whether walking the red carpet or shoveling the walk. A few of this month’s shop launches should help there, and even furnish the opportunity to mix the two together a bit if you like. After all, who doesn’t love a bow tie on a plaid shirt or a knit cap with a suit and tie?
Perfect your look, polish off your shopping list, and then treat all those holiday parties like victory laps for a job well done. This month’s Birchbox Man To-Do List has some tips for surviving the crush of egg nog and bad sweaters. And because we want your holiday to be as festive as possible, we’ve put together a few playlists to help with all the entertaining: “Creature Comforts,” is chock full of our favorite classic holiday tunes and for the after-hours set, we’ve tapped one of our favorite up-and-coming pop acts, St. Lucia, to compile some top contemporary cuts.
December Monthly Selects
Channel the vibrant spirit of New Orleans with this warm, vetiver-based scent.
Roosevelt Supply Wool Cap
Spruce up your collection of tattered ball caps with this rugged woolen number.
The Knottery Silk Knit Tie
Carry yourself like a dapper tastemaker with this polka-dotted statement piece.
Urth Face Balm
This hydrating balm pairs the nourishing power of herbal extracts with SPF protection.
Herbivore Botanicals Beard Tonic
Sage-scented oils keep your beard soft and shiny, making this tonic a woodsman's staple.
PRORASO Shaving Brush
Quality bristles and a timeless aesthetic will make this brush an instant favorite.
Jonathan Adler Boot Socks
Give your feet a touch of holiday cheer with these whimsical winter socks.
Truman's The Finisher Grooming Paste
Bio-marine extracts give this versatile paste the perfect blend of hold and pliability.