Seasonal booze, kombucha cocktails, and the world’s smartest keyring are a few of the gifts for men that make The Aspiring Gentleman 2017 holiday season gift guide.
We felt it our duty to sample the goods and only recommend the best gifts for him. Plenty of products were received, tried and tested, and ultimately were given away in my first come first serve text messaging and Whatsapp friends and family group. The stuff you see here made the cut and are drinks and other gifts we kept for the Aspiring Gentleman team.
Healthy Gifts For Men
Brew Dr. Kombucha from Portland, OR, bottles their own fermented tea that make for one of the best Christmas present ideas for health conscious men.
Kombucha – or “the booch” to its fans – is made from green, black or white tea. It’s fermented for at least a week with sugar and a fungal culture consisting of a mixture of bacteria and yeast. The starter is called a “SCOBY,” which is an acronym for “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.” – Margie King, Health Coach
This particular brand produces 100 percent raw, Non-GMO and USDA Certified Organic kombucha. It’s ideal for men into fitness because it provides him with an alternative type of cocktail with a base of 0-35 calories per serving. Brew Dr. Kombucha does not have any added flavors, preservatives, juices or anything like artificial sweeteners following the fermentation process.
Our favorite cocktail recipe involves the Brew Dr. Kombucha Flavor: Mango Habanero
The Door Hinge
1.5oz Townshend’s Gin
.5oz Townshend’s Bluebird Alpine Liqueur
.5oz honey syrup (2:1)
1oz Brew Dr. Kombucha Mango Habanero
Shake everything besides the kombucha, then add the Mango Habanero and swirl. Strain into a
coupe and garnish with a lemon peel.
For more on Brew Dr. Kombucha take a gander at www.BrewDrKombucha.com.
Curated Jerky Boxes
People’s Choice Beef Jerky specializes in curated jerky boxes that we have tried and determined will make for an excellent gift for men. We like that each box comes loaded with handcrafted, artisan jerky. The People’s Choice Beef Jerky stems from a family tradition of over 87 years and 4 generations. Sure, that term is often used to describe just about everything but when you take a look at the flavors and the texture and look of it you will understand why this deserves the artisan label. It looks nothing like convenience store jerky which is a good thing.
The boxes are uniquely customize from Heat Lovers, to Health Nuts, and even those that have a Sweet Tooth. It’s an all-in-one gift, packaged and ready to go for those that want to choose something easy.
The Classic Gift For Men
The Top Ranked Bordeaux Wine That Beats All First Growth $1,500-$3,000 Wine For Under $250
Bordeaux wine is no longer just for the elite. During a blind tasting in 2012 the $250 Chateau Gaby outscored Bordeaux First Growth wines like Chateau Lafite, Petrvs, and others that go for $1,500 to $3,000 per bottle. What happened to all of the Chateau Gaby 2008 vintage? A London buyer bought and sold all 3,500 bottles in 24 hours.
The 2012 vintage is only recently available in The United States (currently only Florida and New York) because of Boston-native billionaire Tom Sullivan. Tom is a Bordeaux wine pioneer as one of the first foreigners outside of the Chinese who has bought Bordeaux estates. Tom kept winemaker and general manager Damien Lanouar on-board to manage the day-to-day operations of the three historic estates he bought in 2016.
Tom’s involvement means top quality and affordable prices for the once unobtainable quality Bordeaux wines. The Chateau Gaby wine is aged in 55% new, French, oak barrels for between 12 and 18 months on the 16 hectare vineyards full of limestone soils. The wine itself is a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from vines averaging 25 years of age.
The Wine That Screams Italian Classic
The Santa Margherita 2013 Chianti Classico is just an absolutely delicious vintage from Santa Margherita, and for under $30 for a bottle, you cannot go wrong here. I have personally enjoyed this specific vintage, which has a sort of acidic medium with a nice mix of earthiness and fruit. If Chiantis are a regular in your wine rack, you probably should add this along with them.
Wine For Film Nerds
The Turner Classic Movies Wine Club has taken the wine club to a different level by curating wine inspired by classic movies. This wine gift for men is a more clever gift for a movie lover. We personally tasted the Orson Welles pictures below during a Halloween BYOB wine celebration and it was a big hit at the get-together beside the rest of the typical uninspiring wines.
Rose For The Holidays
Hailing from Côtes de Provence, France, is a bottle of 2015 vintage Rose made from all estate-grown grapes. VieVité is a a dry Rose described as
With a beautiful translucent pink hue, VieVité exudes the colors of a true Côtes de Provence rosé wine. On the nose, an expression of ripe tropical fruit is balanced with a pleasant bouquet of white flowers and a discreet touch of spice. On the palate, well-structured fruit and balanced acidity creates a crisp and delicate finish.
As the holiday season fast approaches that can mean one thing – wine! VieVité should absolutely be a part of the Thanksgiving dinner table or underneath the Christmas tree for to wake up to with your significant other. This gift for men is one you can enjoy because rose from the Côtes de Provence are characteristically dry wines and contain less sugar than many others produced around the world.
“The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportional to the quantity of coffee he drank.” — Sir James MacKintosh
The Keurig® K-Select™ Coffee Maker is a no brainier when it comes the ideal gift for men. Just in time for the holiday gifting season, it’s the first classic Keurig brewer to include a “Strong” button. The strong button kicks up your coffee’s strength and intensity, so you can enjoy a bolder brew. Just like the typical Keurig brewer, The K-Select has coffee ready within seconds so it’s perfect for any grab and go lifestyle.
We also really enjoy the fingerprint-resistant matte exterior with a more intuitive interface to help any man brew his ideal cup of coffee.
We do suggest pairing the Keurig® K-Select™ Coffee Maker with the strongest K-Cup pod® coffee to take advantage of the machine’s best feature. The REVV® Coffee K-Cup pods®. Besides the Aspiring Gentleman team, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott gifted his teammates this new brewer and REVV® to kick off the season on the right foot.
Creative Gifts For Men
New Generation Acousitic Guitars and Ukelele’s from Orangewood Guitars
There’s a reason the Beatles didn’t give us “The White Album” when they were teenagers according to Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hour theory.
“Based on research suggesting that practice is the essence of genius, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell popularized the idea that 10,000 hours of appropriately guided practice was “the magic number of greatness,” regardless of a person’s natural aptitude. With enough practice, he claimed in his book Outliers, anyone could achieve a level of proficiency that would rival that of a professional. It was just a matter of putting in the time.” – Malcolm Gladwell
We also imagine that few people decide one day that they want to learn how to play an instrument. Even if they do, what are the chances that person will spend hundreds of dollars on an instrument with the possibility that it might gather spider webs in the closet after the first day.
A better idea is to gift a musical instrument like these select guitars and ukulele’s available from Orangewood. All guitars are designed and inspected in Orange, California with prices below $200.
Austen: A dreadnought body style guitar with a solid spruce top and mahogany back priced at $199.00
Manhattan: A dreadnought body style guitar with a spruce top and mahogany back priced at $129.00
Oliver: A grad concert body style guitar with a solid cedar top and mahogany back priced at $199.00
Victoria: A grad concert body style guitar with a spruce top and mahogany back priced at $129.00
Zuma: A soprano body style ukulele with a Sapele Mahogany top and back priced at $89.99
The Writer in your life
Azio is dedicated to providing innovative tech gear to make everyday life more engaging and fun. I think they hit the nail on the head with the Azio Retro Classic Keyboard. If you are like me, you like the sound of a keyboard, and the unique sound of a typewriter sounds just that much better. You get that with this keyboard as well as the feel of typing on a mechanical keyboard. It feels like you are typing intentionally. Any writer will appreciate this at first type.
The Budding Amateur Photographer
The Spider Holster from SpiderLight is a gift for men who have made it past the beginning stages of their photography hobby and want to take it more seriously. Or for professionals too. We are referring to this camera holster system designed for DSLR, mirrorless, and lightweight pro cameras. It works by attaching slipping the Spider Holster on a belt and attaching the Spider Plate to the camera. It’s something practical for shooting in any environment without needing to put it back in the camera bag between each series of shots. Rather, you can reach it quickly to take photographs during the moments you least anticipate. It is built with an all-metal, ergonimic design that adjusts for different styles of camera bodies and grip configuations.
Practical Gifts For Men
The Smartest Key Holder
The KeySmart Pro with Tile™ Smart Location is changing the way men organize their lives. This key holder comes with embedded bluetooth tracking technology, an LED light, and a rechargeable battery. The KeySmart plays a tune so he can find the keys even faster when they’re really lost. He use Tile™ to locate them on a map.
On the other hand, if his phone goes missing, he can just hit a button on the KeySmart Pro and the phone will ring, even if it’s on silent. Compare the to hands below for an idea of how it really looks.
Augmented Reality Technology To Find Your Stuff
Although it may seem similar to the smart key holder mentioned above, the Pixie makes a great gift option for men that can’t seem to keep tabs of their keys, remotes and valuables.
The way it works is by attaching Pixie Point tags items that are easily misplaced. The user only has to launch the Pixie app in his iOS device, scan the room with his phone and Pixie will magically lead him to the exact location of the item with its advanced augmented reality technology.
What we like most about the Pixie is its feature that helps men find what they have tagged with the Pixie. Whether it’s a suitcase or keys, the Pixie makes it possible to find whatever is lost – even through walls, pillows and drawers.
A Hammock You Can Actually Travel With
Finally a hammock you can travel with. Superior Hammock comes in a 5″x3″ bag and has 2 straps along with that. It will literally fit in your cars center console. You can take this thing anywhere with you and enjoy the comfort of a hammock in a matter of minutes, and when you are done, just pack it back up, it takes less than 1 minute to put it away. Why not get this for your man, he loves comfort and convenience, and this is both.
Wearable Calming Device For Men
We recently heard about the TOUCHPOINTS™ wearable devices that use BLAST (Bi-Lateral Alternating Stimulation-Tactile) technology to help to reduce stress. Invented by neuroscientist Dr. Amy Serin, this is intended as a new way to create calm, sleep and day to day anxiety. While we love our whiskey, tequila, rum, and over liquors, this device is better than a shiot or two which would likely be good only for just the evening.The TOUCHPOINTS™ work with an app and have six settings or the new, basic model has three settings and does not require an app. You can visit www.thetouchpointsolution.com judge whether you believe it can work or not. It’s too early to tell for us but we still want to mention this wearable device.
Cinch Lock for Cyclists
OTTOLOCK was designed by OTTO DesignWorks as a “go-anywhere cinch lock”. What makes this something special for men who commute on a bike is the comfort provided knowing his bike won’t be going anywhere he doesn’t know about. The cut resident lock provides extra security using a patent-pending, multi-layer steel and Kevlar® band design. Bike nerds will geek out when they read more about this underappreciated cycling accessory.
Gifts For Men Under The Sheets
All-in-one luxury bedding
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How to Get Some of The Best ZZZs
All pillows are not built the same. The Sleep Number PlushComfort Ultimate Pillow is a unique gift for men. This Sleep Number pillow’s come with three removable inserts for individualized support and adjustable pillow height as sleep needs change over time. The generic pillows at the local big part store are not worth buying when their is a pillow for under $50 that will last as your sleep habits change. The versatility of the down-alternative pillow makes it possible for men to use this whether they are stomach, back, or side sleepers.
Gifts For A Man’s Best Friend
This is a classic dog leash ideal for the man who wants to walk his dog to meet other
The European style leash with a stainless steel bolt snaps at each end as far a six feet. We really like the ring fob that makes it hands free so a man can wear the leash over his shoulder or around his waist. The set comes with leather conditioner and a reusable travel case.
Gifts For Men To Prepare For The Winter
How Have You Not Heard of Coast Apparel Yet?
We recently became fans of Coast Apparel after trying their men’s collection. Not all of what they have designed fits our style, but two shirts for men that stand out are the Waterfront Flannel Button Down and French Terry Crew Neck. Flannel is a go to choice for the fall weather and it’s no longer just a fad. It should be a key ingredient for a young professional man’s wardrobe. Although many are still resistant to flannel, Coast Apparel’s Waterfront Flannel button down is akin to wearing pajamas. It’s just that soft. Really.
Likewise, it’s tough to find a sweater of sorts and the French Terry Crew neck come in a variety of unique shades like the purple pictured below. Depending on your skin tone and personal style, this one may be meant for you too.
Hip Clothing Line Designed for Comfort and Fashion
Started in a Venice Beach, CA garage back in 2006, Aviator Nation is a 70’s inspired California lifestyle brand that is designed to look great the first day you put it on and just look better as it develops that worn look over the years. The 5 Stripe hoodie is possibly one of the best hoodies I have ever owned, and has one of the best fits. Don’t forget to consider this for one of those unexpected gifts that your man will really appreciate.
The Most Comfortable Garments on the Planet
The Tani Soft Wool Thermals are truly the best thermal underwear for men. This gift for men is one most men rarely think about as winter approaches. Tani’s winter base layer clothing is as premium as they come without sounding too cheesy. At $495 USD these wool thermals are as soft as silk, more absorbent than cotton, and lighter than just about any wool.
Tani’s designers traveled the world and finally found a true partner in Italy’s Lombardi region with Tiba Tricot to develop their own merino wool with eco-friendly TENCEL®. This blend culminated in soft wool thermals we have tried ourselves and can vouch for over and over again.
Tekkima’s Navigator Waxed Cotton Field Coat
Tekkima is a new menswear brand that recently hit the scene with a coat collection that is functional, durable, and stylish depending on your style. We have had the chance to try out their wax cotton field coat called the Navigator. It’s made of 100% Cotton Waxed Twill. That means this coat is so water-resistant and made to stand up to whatever is thrown at it. It’s ideal for a city-man who also spends a lot of time outdoors.
The roomy pockets, a two-way front zipper, attached hood and waist cinch are some of the technical features of this coat that retails for $185.
The Jacket Made For Frequent Travelers
An Aspiring Gentleman should travel often. We do. Just alone this year we have visited Colombia, Canada, Morocco, Poland, France, Italy, Germany, Thailand, and a few more countries with unpredictable climates.We recently acquired the BauBax Travel Bomber Jacket from TheGrommet.com. It’s fashionable enough to wear but the practicality of it is what pushes it over the edge for us to recommend.
Fifteen travel essentials are built into the bomber-style design (like an eye mask and neck pillow), and there are designated pockets for your phone, tablet, blanket and more. All that functionality is stealthily integrated too.
Chocolate Is Not Just Gifts For Her; Chocolate Is Really A Gift For Him
National Chocolate Day falls on October 28th. Yet, imagine if we never discovered chocolate? What would the world look like? How would we cope without chocolate in our life?
Chocolate Historian Dave Borghesani provides insights in partnership with American Heritage Chocolate on how cacao beans were used as form of currency dating back to the Aztec Empire, Christopher Columbus discovered America AND chocolate, bringing cacao beans back to the Spanish court in the early 1500s, George Washington drank “chocolate cream” at breakfast, Benjamin Franklin sold chocolate in his print shop,and chocolate has traditionally been included in military provisions throughout history. Chocolate has been a part of the fabric of American lives for over 300 years and after tasting American Heritage® chocolate I think it is a gift for him to explore its uses in baking, drinking, and eating too.
Boozy Gifts For Men
This is one of the few interesting xmas gift ideas for men with a focus on aged Scotch whiskies from independent Scottish bottlers. Considering that half of the whisky on offer is generally aged more than eighteen years topping out at thirty years. The Advent Calendars are not just gifts for dad; they are an ideal way for millennials to aspire to become a Master of the Quaich too.
The single malt Scotch whiskies come from all over Scotland with Islay, Highlands, Speyside, Lowlands, Islands and Campbelltown all offering blended malts, single grain and blended scotch.
Rum is often a forgotten spirit
The Rums Revenge aims to educate and change that perception. Rums Revenge is offering Molasses and Agricole rum from all over the Americas and Caribbean, including Grenada, Barbados, Trinidad, Martinique, Reunion, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Belize, Guyana and Jamaica too.
Classic Scotch Whiskey
Classic Scotch Whiskey
We have written about whiskey and scotch since we started Aspiring Gentleman back in 09′. There are a few bottles we recently acquired that we are pleased to drink. Make sure you remember how to store scotch correctly so you can keep your bottles for as long as you need.
The Syndicate 58/6 is a high end blend different whiskies with the older stock. This process has been come to be known as the “Solera” system and it has been perfected all the way in the United Kingdom to enjoy in America. The original 1956 blend is combined with 18 single malts and four other single grain whiskeys. The more you research about this unique bottle you will find yourself down the rabbit hole starting with the fact that the original blend was found in Port of Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1950’s. It’s a worthy bottle to purchase as a gift for a man with a more sophisticated knowledge. The man new to whiskey is less likely to appreciate the Syndicate 58/6.
The Ardbeg Ten Years Old Islay single malt scotch whiskey’s under $60 price tag is a steal for this quality single malt hailing from Scotland. The non chill-filtered scotch whiskey is an award winning bottle from its Whiskey Bible “World Whiskey of the Year” title to its Whiskey Advocate Magazine “Best Single Malt Scotch Whiskeys Under $100”. This is meant for the man who drink’s his coffee black and liquor straight. It’s known as a more peaty and smoky blend.
Hardy Hailing from Cognac, France
Hardy Legend 1863 Cognac has been aged for up to 12 years in Limousin oak barrels at the prestigious hardy family estate. This particular Hardy brandy is a pleasure to sip or create a variety of cocktails for Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities. The bronze colored cognac has a variety of notes certain men may notice from vanilla to cappuccino.
Cognac is a variety of brandy named after the town of Cognac, France. It is produced in the surrounding wine-growing region in the departments of Charente and Charente-Maritime
Vodka Is Always A necessity For Anyone’s Liquor Cabinet
Straight from the country of 1,000 lakes, Nemiroff Vodka is likely the best Vodka from Ukraine. This Is definitely a premium Vodka at a non premium price, and when you have won over 60 awards in the last 10 years, I think you can call yourself premium. The Nemiroff original is filtered 11 times for the finest Vodka taste. Don’t forget to add this to your list if alcohol is on your list!
Pair it with the best ginger beer for a Moscow Mule, and you have a recipe for a great time.
Nobody Can Leave Out Tequila
Tequila is only worth drinking if it is made from 100% agave. Milagro Silver tequila is one such tequila that has won awards at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition and The Spirits of Mexico Competition. The bright clear color, agave-forward and citrus notes of the nose, and spicy black pepper finish are some of the characteristics of this bottle represented by National Milagro Ambassador, Jaime Salas.
A Cult Favorite Rum: Flor de Caña from Nicaragua
An economical but solid rum is the Flor de Caña Gran Reserva. I have bee drinking this rum over the years and will continue to do so on the rocks or as a cocktail. The “Monster Mulled Wine with Rum and Apple Brandy” from Flor de Caña Ambassador Ashela Richardson is one gift to make him for the holiday season by following Ashela’s recipe.
3 parts red wine
1 part Flor de Caña 7
¼ part Apple Brandy
¼ part local honey
¼ part fresh squeezed orange juice
Warm all of the ingredients on the stovetop
spices and orange peel
By Allison Webber Photography
It’s my pleasure to invite you to a wine dinner showcasing offerings from three Bordeaux Right Bank estates: Chateau Gaby, Chateau du Parc, and Chateau Moya. The event will be hosted by estate owner, Tom Sullivan, and estate manager, Damien Landouar, at Delano South Beach on Friday, November 10 at 7pm.
Seasonal Spirits Can Make Useful Gifts For Him
Pumpkin pie brought us pumpkin spice lattes which have now brought us Baileys Pumpkin Spice. This liquor is a gift for her or him–but really a gift for you. We tried the Caramel Apple cocktail from Baileys Pumpkin Spice and it will most likely end up in your hands after gifting this bottle. What you see below is made with Baileys Pumpkin Spice, Dickel Rye, apple cider, and topped with apple cider doughnut holes and caramel apple slices.
Created by NYC mixologist, Allison Kave of Butter & Scotch
2 oz Baileys Pumpkin Spice
1 oz Dickel Rye
1 cup apple cider
Apple Cider Doughnut Holes for Garnish
Caramel Apple Slices for Garnish
Whipped Cream for Garnish
Caramel Drizzle for Garnish
In a saucepan, combine Baileys Pumpkin Spice, Dickel Rye and apple cider over medium heat for ten minutes. Stir well.
- Pour contents into a coffee mug.
Top with skewer of apple cider doughnut holes alternating with caramel apple slices. Garnish with whipped cream and caramel drizzle.
A Caribbean Holiday Built for Men
Aruba is like a commercial except it’s one of the more accessible gifts for men compared to jumping through the TV screen. It lies just three hours from Fort Lauderdale on a budget airline like Jet Blue. It does not matter what time of year you visit because it’s most likely going to be sunny. More-so than any other Caribbean country. Stand-up-paddle boarding in clear waters, 18-holes at a a Robert Trent Jones Jr. designer golf course, scuba diving and catamaran sailing are a few activities.
It’s not only just about what Arubans can do for you. They are a deeply proud people often tracing their heritage back to Caquetio Indian, African and European roots. Talk to some Arubans, share a Palmera rum punch together, and let them tell you all about their wild carnaval.
Once you have had enough Palmera, well-known resorts like the iceanfront Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino are ready to welcome you as if it’s your second home. It’s best feature is the H2Oasis adults-only pool with cabanas and a pool bar. Dining is up to you. Eat at the familiar Ruth’s Chris Steak House or try some new seafood dishes at Atardi prepared by Chef Romeo Penacino.
Thanks to all of the brands who provided their product in exchange for an honest review. We did not include all products sent to us but only the very best. All opinions expressed are our own.