Good Gifts for Guys: These Websites Have ’Em

Impress your boyfriend, your brother, and the rest of the guys on your list with these 11 beyond-the-obvious shopping destinations.

By: Sarah Zlotnick

Canoe 

Got a guy who likes to cook? This Portland-based shop boasts what may be the manliest kitchen supplies we’ve seen. And the options don’t end there—office supplies, personal accessories, and even home decor are all infused with a spare, no-nonsense aesthetic.

Best Made Co. 

For the city guy obsessed with the outdoors, Best Made offers small-batch-made, extremely handsome axes, knives, first-aid kits, steel cups, and other rugged tools.

Makr 

Plenty of no-nonsense suede and leather goods (wallets, glasses cases, belts, keychains, bags) in a wide variety of subdued shades—perfect for the guy who appreciates high quality but hates anything flashy.

Hickoree’s 

Our first stop whenever we’re looking for something that’s unique but doesn’t go overboard. The basic silhouettes and styles on this Brooklyn-based site are timeless, but the extra-bright colors and patterns punch everything up. Especially good for neckwear and toys for grown-ups.

Kaufmann Mercantile 

Another extensive outfitter suppling thoroughly manly versions of everything under the sun. You won’t find clothing, but categories include office, grooming, tools and outdoors, kitchen, grocery, and even garden.

Hershel Supply Company 

Almost every in-the-know men’s store carries a healthy number of bags and accessories from this Vancouver-based company, but predictably its own website has the most variety. Take it from someone who owns several of the brand’s products—everything is well-made and has plenty of pockets, especially the briefcases and backpacks.

Ikkon 

Founded by three glam sisters, this DC-based startup (read more about it via our earlier post) has enough selvedge denim, monkstrap shoes, and cashmere cardigans to fill out the business-casual/weekend wardrobe of any stylish Washington man. If he’s already label-savvy, impress him by picking something from one of the up-and-coming brands (like Ovadia & Sons) that this boutique site works hard to support.

Ernest Alexander 

A less-twee (but no less good-looking) antidote to Jack Spade, and with the potential to become just as ubiquitous. Nab your guy something from the New York upstart now, and you’ll also be giving the gift of bragging rights when the brand is huge in a couple of years.

Saturdays NYC 

A surf store in the middle of America’s biggest metropolis? Yup, it happened, and was successful enough that there are now three outposts—including one in Tokyo. If your guy is a West Coast transplant, makes regular trips to the Rockaways, or just appreciates good ol’-fashioned surf nostalgia, definitely consider the options on this site. The coffee table books and grooming products are great bets.

ThinkGeek 

Light-saber flashlights? Check. Nerf guns controlled by your iPhone? Check. When a site boasts shopping categories like Minecraft, office and dorm pranks, and zombies and bacon, you know the gag gift options are going to be really, really good.

Mr. Porter 

If you’ve got money to burn (or are ready to really show him how much you care), hit up Mr. Porter, which houses the most extensive selection of designer men’s goods on the Internet. If nothing else, you can nab some seriously luxe versions of gift staples like socks and underwear.

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