Hello, I’m Ian and I’m May’s boyfriend. While May was all hopped on cold medicine, she asked me to do a “Holiday Gift Guide” guest post for Looks Cute Though. Seriously, you guys, she was really sick and not in the right frame of mind.
Anyway, here goes…
FOR THE WELL-DRESSED GENTLEMAN IN YOUR LIFE
A Tie from The Tie Bar – The Tie Bar has a vast collection of great-looking ties, all for $15. You can organize by color, pattern, material or style. They also carry socks, cufflinks, tie bars and pocket squares. No bolo ties, though. Sorry.
http://www.thetiebar.com/ (also Nordstrom)
A Shirt (or something) from Frank & Oak – You need an account (which is free), but Frank & Oak has some pretty nice stuff for under $45. Really, the only items that are more expensive are their jackets. I can’t say how the jackets fit because I’ve never tried one on, but their shirts fit awesomely.
FOR THE GUY WITH AN EMPTY ROOM … OR APARTMENT
A Framed Print – Brandon Bird has some stranger, awesome and hilarious pop-culture illustrations, like Christopher Walken building a Transformer. Ben Sears has some cool stuff, too. He does a lot of merch designs for bands, but has a lot of other non-band-related designs. Or maybe just a Jaws movie poster, because that’s one of the best movies ever made.
A Keurig Coffee Maker – My roommate got one of these as a “house gift” last year (there’s a total of four of us) and it’s a lifesaver, especially if house schedules never line up. This coffee-bot just makes one cup at a time so you don’t have to worry about brewing a whole pot. Come on, you guys. It’s the future!
(Macy’s, Zappos Couture)
FOR THE MUSIC FAN
His Favorite Record on Vinyl (to listen to) – Well, this only really works if he has a turn table. Some of my favorites from this year: Converge – “All We Love We Leave Behind”; Hot Water Music – “Exister”; Torche – “Harmonicraft”; Rise & Fall – “Faith”; Luther – “Let’s Get You Somewhere Else”; The Early November – “In Currents”; Burning Love – “Rotten Thing to Say”
A Premium Subscription to Spotify – For $10 a month, he can have unlimited streaming music wherever he goes. The one drawback to Spotify is that unless you have the smartphone app (which is free if you just want the radio feature and don’t care about ads), there is no browser app; you’d have to download the desktop app.