Not every guy adheres to the latest and greatest. Some are drawn to a simpler lifestyle, where the best products are made by hand, and humble rituals like shining your shoes are a part of your identity. Yes, it’s about vintage style, but it’s also about respecting the fundamentals.
If you’re searching for a gift with some old school appeal, here are 10 solid options handpicked for the 21st century gent.
If he already owns a shaving brush, we guarantee that it’s nothing like this one. C.O. BIGELOW has been making top-notch shaving supplies since 1838, and this singular brush carries on the tradition in style. Made in England from hand-graded badger hair, this specimen will find a welcome place in even the most veteran shaving kit.
From pocket squares to polished buttons, a gentleman’s style is all about the details. These innovative collar stays use magnets and advanced alloys to stay in place when the going gets tough, putting a modern twist on an age-old accessory. Present them on their own, or as a high-class stocking stuffer.
Baxter of California is the Casablanca of grooming brands: timeless, groundbreaking, and most importantly, a standard for excellence. This set contains the brand’s full shower assortment, packing shampoo, conditioner, face wash, and body wash into a stylish quilted dopp kit.
Even in the age of email, fine stationery is all the motivation you need to pick up a pen and write. Terrapin Stationers has spent the last hundred years printing ink on paper, and its work has only gotten better with time. Classic designs and high-quality cardstock will turn every letter into a bona fide experience.
For an avid traditionalist, this wristwatch is like a double prize in a box of cereal. Form Function Form adds to the rich history of the Timex Weekender watch with their own button-stud band, handcrafted from Horween leather to ensure that no two are exactly alike.
If you’re looking for some serious wow factor, this kit is it. It features all the components for The Art of Shaving’s four-step system, including a stylish razor and leather dopp kit for on-the-go grooming. You’ll have more brownie points than you’ll know what to do with.
Despite being quintessential accessories, most wallets end their day feeling overstuffed and under-loved. This handmade specimen is designed to stay slim, while Tuscan leather and waxed Irish linen give it a winning aesthetic straight out of Hemingway’s pack.
Like shaving, packing, or washing a car, shining your shoes is one of those time-honored rites of man. This brush is made with boar’s hair bristles to ensure a top-notch polish, while Izola’s vintage branding lends a sentimental touch. For maximum impact, bundle it with polish and a tin of saddle soap.
Meriwether of Montana specializes in handcrafted objects of exceptional quality, and this compass is no exception. Present it as a rugged survival tool, or just a handsome key chain.
For years, socks have been the poster child for sub-par gifting, but if you ask us, there are few things we want more. Made from 200 needle comb cotton, these hardy socks can keep up with the harshest winter weather, while their distinctive stripes add a touch of flair to any standard suit or slacks.
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