Wishlist: Men’s Edition

As the holidays near and gift time is just around the corner, I can’t help but notice all the cool men’s products I’d love to be able to buy my amazing other half, Jordan. Since men are often hard to shop for, maybe this list will help someone out there.

Banana Republic Extra-fine merino wool rib-knit sweater jacket – $108

Banana Republic merino wool sweater jacket

For all the guys out there who are still stuck in their college days and still wear hoodies around, upgrade that hoodie with something that will throw on just as easily over a plain white Hanes tee but will look 10x more put together. It’s perfect for the current hoodie season, when it’s just after summer and not yet cold enough for heavy winter coats.

J.Crew Macartney-Stripe Wool-Silk Tie – $69.50

J.Crew Macartney-Stripe Wool-Silk Tie

I know, how cliche — a tie. But this isn’t your dad’s boring old tie. It’s a fun tie that combines two diametrically opposite colors — a very neutral, subdued grey and a bright orange practically screaming for attention. If your guy still has to wear a tie to work these days, this is a fun alternative. If he doesn’t, this is a fun tie to throw on even when the occasion may not call for it. A tie is, after all, still an accessory, and can brighten up any drab outfit.

 J.Crew London Undercover Defence Umbrella – Olive Green Malacca – $150

J.Crew London Undercover Defence Umbrella – Olive Green

Chances are, your guy is still carrying out that random umbrella he picked up at some convenience store or street stand the last time he was caught in the rain. Upgrade from that flimsy, on-the-verge-of-breaking umbrella and get this beautiful, elegant umbrella in a saturated Olive Green. My favorite detail? Of course it’s the bright orange tieback — what a fun pop of color against the more subdued green. I may just steal this one for myself.

Ghurka Examiner Leather Briefcase – Vintage Chestnut – $1,295

Ghurka Examiner Leather Briefcase – Vintage Chestnut

 This is what I’d call a major upgrade from that worn-out messenger bag or computer bag so many guys drag around. How gorgeous is this vintage leather? I only recently discovered Ghurka, but I have to say all of their leather products are incredible. I want to collect them all. Throw this on and he’ll look instantly 10x more put-together, as if he actually cares about how he looks. Imagine that.

 Ghurka for Park & Bond Cavalier II Weekender – $795

 Ghurka for Park & Bond Cavalier II Weekender Bag

Weekender bags are the new cool thing every men’s designer seems to be pumping out. It’s the new and much more grown-up version of that raggedy duffel bag you might still be using from your college days or worse, the same bag you carry to the gym. Not exactly a hip way to travel. Weekend getaways are exciting and full of promise — just having a really nice bag to pack everything in will start the adventure off right. This one is an exclusive Ghurka creation for Park & Bond — gotta love that bright red lining against this gorgeous navy!