A list of things every man should own and the perfect gift buying guide for Dad with Father’s Day just around the corner.
My favorite thing to say when someone asks me if I have a knife is: “I’m wearing pants aren’t I?“. This is the Spyderco Kiwi; which is what I carry; the perfect little pocket knife with great old time style.
I gave my Groomsmen engraved Hip Flasks for my wedding and they saw action within minutes, so I can tell you from experience that these little things go over well with the fellas. I suggest a sturdy flask, one that can take a tumble, and isn’t so large that it’s readily noticeable; remember the whole idea of a Hip Flask is to be discrete when you are drinking.
The one pictured above is from David Morgan; it’s classy and not too shiny, but is probably too big to fit comfortably in your jacket pocket.
Every man needs a chair to relax in after a hard day at work; a chair to sip spirits, a chair to watch something mindless on TV, a chair to put-up-your-feet in and nap in on a Sunday afternoon; a lounge chair dammit!
The Herman Miller Eames Lounge and Ottoman is at the far end of expense and style; something classy is nice, but above all else it must be cozy.
Every morning my day starts with coffee; that’s why I suggest this little work horse: The Brew Central 12-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker from Cuisinart; it will make a good pot of coffee promptly every morning when you tell it too, and it’s durable, reliable, and easy to clean.
For the weekends I like a pot of Press Pot which takes a bit longer to make, but well worth the time if you have it.
OK, I don’t know if every man needs one of these, but its simplicity and old-time style say Man to me; maybe it’s because my Dad always traveled with one, or maybe it’s because it’s a large pouch made out of animal skin that you throw into everything that makes you look and smell like a Man.
The Cole Haan Pinedale Shave Kit is a bit pricey, but I’m drawn in by the brown leather (that wears and ages so well) and understated style.
Every man needs a hat; it warms you in the winter, provides shade during the summer, and if worn properly can make you the classiest guy in the room.
Every man must own at least one suit that fits. There are many occasions in our lives that call for more formal attire; weddings, job interviews, ceremonies of all types and funerals (yours or others). If you can afford it, get something made for you; if not, then make sure you get it altered to fit your body as it is unlikely you and the mannequins have the same proportions.