Can we all agree that shopping for a guy (literally any guy) is one of life’s greatest mysteries? The tie/tool/barbecue gift is an old standby, but we think the special men in our lives deserve something a little more thoughtful. Don’t you? They might not know it yet, but men can like clean beauty and wellness too. So here’s our list of gift suggestions for the dad, brother, or boyfriend who deserve more than what’s on the tie rack at Barney’s:
I’m starting to believe the epitome of “nice things” is a Chemex. They are beautiful additions to your countertop, serve a function (and do it well) of fresh pour-over coffee, and they really don’t cost too much. Easy, simple, and timeless.
Here’s a gift that you can get on the fly that will please everyone at the party. It’s not exactly ‘clean’ but drinks are customary gifting favorites. A bottle of wine or alcohol from Minibar Delivery makes a nice holiday gift for co-workers, hosts, or friends- and the best part is, you don’t have to carry anything extra because they deliver. Very low-commitment, but enjoyed by many.
Material Kitchen Knives
This Iconics set from Material Kitchen is quickly becoming a staple in my home (and my friend’s and family’s too) because I can’t stop talking about it! Material makes the nicest knives and kitchen utensils at direct-to-consumer pricing. These tools feel good in your hand and are beautifully designed to work over-time in the kitchen so you don’t have to. Material makes it easier by giving you fewer tools that do more. Trust me when I say… he wants this! $245
Books For Him
Beautycounter CounterMan Travel Set
Here’s the ‘clean beauty’ for men that we promised! Beautycounter’s CounterMan Gift Set. This sleek grey sleeve comes with the paired down essentials, nothing fussy; a double-duty Exfoliating Cleanser, ultra-hydrating Face Lotion, a Shave Cream that gets the job done well, and a cooling Aftershave Tonic. When he’s running out the door to catch his plane, slide a reusable razor in the bag and slip it in his check-in. Easy.
We are in full support of anything that gets guys to drink more water throughout their day, and LARQ may have found the trick. Their self-cleaning bottle is, well, just that… self. cleaning. Every 2-hours, this bottle uses a UV-C LED light to purify the water inside. He can fill it up in the bathroom sink all he pleases and the water will be just fine. It makes his life a little easier and he’ll appreciate the cool futuristic-tech. $95
We gushed about For Days in our Clean Fashion round-up, but did we mention that they make t-shirts for men too? For Days closes the production loop by offering zero-waste t-shirt memberships- it’s total freedom from ownership. Here’s how it works: Become a member with a plan of 1, 3, 6, or 10 Tees. Your guy can pick out the t-shirts he wants to start with, then refresh any shirt at any time for any other shirt for only $8. He never has to worry about having a clean shirt again, because they’ll always be an endless supply without the waste. Plans from $38 – $340.
Clean Beauty For Men
For some reason beyond my comprehension, it seems that many men love the art of fermentation. It’s a fun hobby like cheese making, where we get to reap the benefits of home-made pickled vegetables. If a man in your life falls under this category, get him Ohio Stoneware’s Fermentation Crock Set. It allows for the perfect environment to pickle food, and it’s actually very chic looking. He’ll be surprised and flattered that you got him something so thoughtful. $90.
Foreo makes a Luna for Men to give them the smoothest skin on the block. It deeply cleans while prepping the skin for a super close shave. They’ll love the massage aspect of the Luna just as much as he’ll love the results. If he won’t use our jade rollers and gua sha, at least he’ll use this. $200.