Nick’s 2022 Men’s Gift Guide
2022 MEN’S GIFT GUIDE – NICK’S PICKS
Nick is back as a guest writer with his annual wish list + tried and true gifts!
Readers of this blog, let me paint a picture for you. Your holiday shopping is almost complete. The kids’ presents were ordered in July and have been stashed in the closet since. For the holiday party, you’re bringing a butter board, Pinterest-worthy of course. White Elephant gifts, done and done. But for the men in your life, somehow their gifts have been left to the last minute…again. Here are a few items they won’t mind receiving, even if USPS can’t get them to you by the 25th.
Give His Old Clunkers The Boot
Just because it’s damp out doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re heading out on a fly fishing expedition. These Cole Haan waterproof boots are a stylish upgrade for wintry weather commutes. Heck, they’re sleek enough for wearing on a sunny day too.
What in Pod’s Name is This
As someone who masochistically enjoys hand-grinding and manually brewing my own coffee every morning, I swore off anything that comes in a pod. But we tried Cometeer coffee at a friend’s house and all I can say is: wow. The best single-serve coffee I’ve tried with no machinery necessary (just add water). NOTE: This is a frozen item, so don’t put it under the tree. You can also give a gift card so they can choose their own mix pack.
A Stand-Out Stocking Stuffer
Worth the Weight?
Weighted blankets have been the gift list rage the past few years, and I’m finally ready to find out if it truly is a nonstop ticket to cozy town. At the very least, it should aid in my favorite holiday activity: instantly falling asleep on the couch when Jean turns on a Netflix holiday movie. Guidelines say choose a blanket that’s under 10% of the user’s body weight.
Yes, Lululemon. Again.
As noted in previous years, I wear my short-inseam ABC pants and joggers so much they’ve practically melded to my skin.
The Always in Motion everyday underwear received TONS recommendations from blog readers, so I’m currently giving them a try. So far so good—they do run snug, and I actually sized up one from Medium (my size in the joggers) to a Large in the boxers.
A Stout Recommendation
I loved last year’s Extreme Beer Fest box, and this year’s stands to be no different. It is exclusively stouts, and high ABV ones at that, so do make sure the recipient is into that style (and remind them to take it slow!). And Jean, if you are wondering, yes I already ordered it for myself. Note: Arrives in January, so maybe wrap an empty or a single can to indicate it’s coming soon!
Looking to Upgrade the Backyard? You’re Getting Warmer.
My “for when we have a big backyard” list just keeps growing. Last year it was a pizza oven, and now it’s this portable smokeless bonfire pit that several of you mentioned has been a hit gift. It comes in a few sizes depending on your space and portability needs. Alas, it will be microwave s’mores for us in the meantime.
A Good Shacket is Hard to Find
A Good Shacket is Hard to Find could be the title of my 2022 menswear memoir. Some are just oversized shirts while others are “too lumberjack-y” (a bad thing, apparently).