Buying gifts for guys needn’t be such a chore. If you have no idea what to buy or are simply looking for that extra stocking filler, clothing can be a great avenue to explore. Here are just a few fashion gift ideas that could make a great present for a guy.
Say no to socks
Socks are a safe gift. They’re also boring. Unless you’re getting a funny pair that have something meaningful about them – or the guy you’re buying for has specifically requested they want socks – you’re best steering clear of this clothing choice.
Accessorizing is the easiest way to buy gifts for guys when you don’t know their sizes. Watches are a go-to gift that are often appreciated. Sites like Watchfinder have a great selection of second hand watches where you can save money on designer brands and more flashy watches.
There are all kinds of formalwear that can make great gifts. Be careful of ties as like socks these can be generic gifts – a funny or personalized tie is more suitable. Consider cuff links, especially if you know there may be a family wedding or smartly-dressed occasion coming up. You can find cufflinks suited and shaped for any passion.
Many avoid neckwear but this can often be a well appreciated gift. Getting a guy a hot chain to flaunt or a personalized dog tag can be simple yet effective. A male bracelet can also be a great gift and can also be personalized.
When it comes to summerwear, sunglasses can make a great present. Go for famous shapes such as the Steve McQueen 714S look or a nice classic shape with wooden trim. Designer shades can often be extremely expensive – if the guy you’re buying for isn’t interested in brands, save your money by going to your local supermarket where you’re likely to find a knock-off pair that looks just as cool for a fraction of the price.
As for winterwear, scarves are often your best bet. Much like shades, brands will always be a lot more expensive and it’s unlikely you’ll be getting much quality for the high price tag you pay. Avoid designer labels and instead focus your efforts into personalizing the scarf. Monogramming is one way to do this – several brands can do this as well as independent shops. If the guy you’re buying for has Scottish roots meanwhile, consider getting a custom tartan scarf.
Go formal with footwear
Trainer fashion can be hard to keep track of. Stay safe by going formal. Brogues and penny loafers never go out of style and can make great workwear with a suit, as well as doubling us as smart-casual wear for the weekends with a pair of jeans.
Formal fashion trends have recently found their way into casual wear with some slip-ons even taking on a brogue-ish look. This can be a unique gift if you’re worried the guy you’re buying for may already have enough traditional formal shoes.
Be a good sport
If the guy you’re buying for is into sport, this is a great area to buy clothing gifts for. Cashmere hoodies are currently all the rage. Waterproof and thermal gear meanwhile is always appreciated – you’re best buying such gifts in the summer when prices are slashed (similarly you’re best off buying summerwear in the winter).
Sweatpants meanwhile can make a great gift for sporty and non-sporty folk alike, offering a sports use as well as a casual use.
Wearable gadgets are also becoming more popular and are great for combining a guy’s love of sport and tech. There are now watches that can read body stats that are ideal for runners. Even more hi-tech are smart shades that are voice operated and can read out heartrate and blood pressure on vocal command. For sporty music listeners meanwhile, a pair of cordless headphones can be ideal for getting rid of easily tangled wires.
When it comes to tops and t-shirts, the possibilities are endless. There are many options that can work well for both the smart and casual clothes wearer such as chambray shirts and long-sleeve polo shirts. When it comes to Christmas gifts, a Christmas jumper meanwhile is always a safe gift – even better if you can find one particularly unique.
Certain tops may require you to know the person’s size, in which case stretchy or elasticated fabrics are your safest bets. Avoid gaudy colors unless you know the person you’re buying for likes to dress extravagantly.