Grace and I are living proof that opposites really do attract. And I mean complete opposites. She’s southern, I’m northeastern. She’s wine and cheese, I’m pizza and beer. She’s Justin Timberlake, I’m . So, when she asked me to help with this gift guide I was a little worried that the stuff I’d pick would have zero appeal to the average design*sponge reader. However, some of the comments from this post gave me hope that perhaps there might be a few of you out there who are looking to shop for AC’s of your own who may not be dreaming of unwrapping a bird decal this holiday season. Quick note: Grace lays out these pictures so that they’ll “look pretty” together, and they’re not really grouped the way I would group them (by product category) so bear with me if I seem a little disoriented as I walk you through these. It sort of feels like I’m leading you through a pile of stuff that I left strewn about the apartment (which I suppose shouldn’t feel that unfamiliar to me…)
[Image above, clockwise from top left: I think a nice watch makes a great gift for a guy. Now this watch in particular is insanely expensive (it’s on my “things to buy when I’m rich” list), so unless you’ve got over 2 grand to spend on a watch you shouldn’t even . The watch I wanted to use for the guide (but couldn’t because the picture was too small or something, you’ll have to ask Grace) was which is also really expensive, but very cool. Bottom line, Kenneth Cole makes nice watches at a whole range of prices. This is a great gift for any guy who likes poker/card games. Classic Bicycle cards are way cooler than any fancy “design” cards, they’re easier to play with, and the guy in your life won’t be mocked mercilessly by his friends for having strange cards. Stick to basics. However, there’s no reason you can’t get him a fancy (to a guy) beer glass like from Bodum. If he’s a music fan you can go with these – they really sound great, and they’re good for a guy who doesn’t want the chunky big headphones. For the music fan who also plays video games, you’re really not going to go wrong with something like (I’d go with III, personally –
but each one has different types of music), or (These things are turning out to be as tough to find as the Wii this year, try Craigslist or Ebay if you can’t find them in your local stores. Good luck!). If he’s a constant cell phone jabberer and uses one of those bluetooth things, he may appreciate – which is mostly famous for cutting out all the background noise usually associated with those things (just don’t let him be one of those guys who wears it around all the time when he’s not actually talking on it – so lame. My personal rule: in the car only, but that’s just me). I like these because they can dress up an outfit (a little) or also still be cool enough to wear out on the town. Obviously, the aren’t going to be for everyone, but they totally rock (I personally have the high tops).]
[Image above, clockwise from top left: Ok, so let’s say he’s not really into clothes: that’s the sort of thing that could change if you bought him some (ie, the more expensive designer jeans that he probably thinks are outrageously priced, and would never buy for himself). Grace talked me into my first pair (which were Diesel) and I was hooked. Same thing with shaving accessories, these are the kind of things that he wouldn’t buy for himself, but could really like. I was personally an electric razor guy until like a year ago (sadly, from reading – I know, pretty geeky) when I discovered how much better shaving with an actual razor is. I use the Fusion, so this seems perfect (at least to me). For the Apple fan, Grace already covered the nano and iMac below (had you even heard of those before she put them in here??), but one thing you may not have thought of is the new . It’s really slick, lightweight, and fun to type on (and quieter). For your more serious music/headphone fan these sound and feel amazing (also, fyi, Grace chose the “prettier” photo which is one of their top-of-the-line models, they have much cheaper ones which also sound incredible). I think that comedy cd’s/ box sets are really fun, and usually the kind of thing people don’t think to buy themselves, but appreciate when they have. Great for long drives, or when you need to clean something. Right now I’m into old and – but you can still catch Grace and I laughing to a , , or even (gasp!) . For the true Xbox 360 geek (not that I know any…) who enjoys playing online with his loser friends and laughing like an idiot (what a chump!) you can’t let him use the cheap-ass headset that came with the system (which makes him look like he works at a call- center), so go for the much “cooler” . (Which you should definitely encourage him to wear on one ear while he wears the on the other!) Lastly, here are some , which pretty much speak for themselves. (I also chose , but Grace thought they were too ugly to include – did I mention that we were opposites?)]
[Image above, clockwise from top left: Back to the Xbox (who grouped these photos?) for a second – if he has an Xbox 360 and an HDTV, perhaps he’d like an ? This is by far the cheapest one you’ll find, and it integrates very easily with the game console. Oh, and the picture looks amazing, so he’ll like that. Here’s one that I’m intrigued by: the , which lets him watch videos on his iPod, laptop, or whatever portable video device he might have, and gives him more of a “full screen” experience. It also has the added value of making him look like a complete fool, which is always fun. (Hmmm, I seem to have chosen a lot of gifts like this, and all I can say is most guys look like fools when they’re having the most fun. At least I do. Just ask Grace.) For a real HDTV and gadget geek, consider the . You’ll have to click on for a full explanation of what it is (don’t even try to figure out how it works). I love these – they remind me of being in 8th grade and writing the names of bands I liked on my jeans. Basically, they rule. Lastly, the (try your local Best Buy or Circuit City if they’re sold out online) – you can get a few different colors for it now, but you have to buy these (kind of lame) “packages” or whatever. Still totally fun (especially when they don’t get stolen).
These are my picks for the holiday season- not your typical Design*Droits-Humains fare, but hopefully something that will help you shop for the AC in your life. Grace’s picks are below (after the jump) Much more appropriate for the guy in your life who isn’t a 30-year-old teenager like me. I suppose they deserve gifts, too.
[image above, clockwise from top left: $50, for men (it smells so good on them!) $17, $53, $300, $39, $135, $18, $298, $91, $950, $149 and up]
[image above, clockwise from top left: $39.99, $45, $9.95, $250, $250, $98, $40, $39]
[image above, clockwise from top left: $100, $18, $79, $150, $15, $175, $29, $65]
[image above, clockwise from top left: $36, (hey, big spender) $1199, $260, $200, $180]
[image above, clockwise from top left: $80, $48, $120, $120, $125, $75, $75, $230]
[image above: log bowls by loyal loot collective, . ac uses these for cufflinks and change]
[image above, left to right: $85, $25-$45]