Often the most vexing entry on our holiday lists, picking something perfect for the gents in our lives can prove a challenge, indeed.
Luckily, we’ve done the legwork already, combing the city and a few of our favorite online sources for the following five finds. From the super fan to the scientist to the style fiend, we’ve found something perfect for your man.
The Science of Fun
Is your man little nerdy? Slightly geeky? Does he watch Science Channel documentaries while taking apart household objects to see how they tick? Open as of December 1st, the brand-new Perot Museum of Nature and Science boasts five floors filled with interactive exhibits on everything from kinesiology to nuclear fusion. Great for the kids, too (his excuse for multiple visits per year), family memberships to Dallas’ newest high-tech playground start at $100, available on-site or via PerotMuseum.org.
What to buy for the sports fan who already owns every jersey, tee, and cap he could want? Based in Dallas, new Jukz sandals and slides could be just the thing for your favorite football, baseball, or soccer enthusiast. Or basketball, or volleyball – you get the idea. Each pair is crafted from a recycled sports ball, making them both clever and green. Add in wallet-friendly price tags under $30, and Jukz equal a holiday gift home run. Or slam dunk. Or touchdown. Shop online at JukzShoes.com.
Handmade from sustainably-harvested wood by artist Dave Marcoullier, City Skyline plaques from Uncommon Goods are great for guys who hold a special place in their hearts for their hometowns. Whether transplanted to Big D from New York City, Los Angeles, or beyond, or headed elsewhere from here, these minimalist mementos make for stylish reminders of home. Available online, choose from ten-plus cities in small or large sizes, starting at $34.
Style and Substance
It doesn’t get much better than Billy Reid for a guy with serious Southern style. Choose Billy’s waxed cotton Quail Jacket ($495), and pat yourself on the back as your man reaches for it again and again throughout the fall and winter months. Pair it with a travel-ready Dopp Kit ($195), made of hand-cut leather in Tennessee. That is, if he’s been very good this year.
Here’s To Him
“It’s an exciting time in the history of beer,” according to the folks at the Microbrewed Beer of the Month Club. Thus, you can tell they’re pretty serious about their suds. What better gift for your own resident hops enthusiast than a membership netting him new brews on a monthly basis, plus tasting notes, brewery profiles, and more? Choose from U.S., International, and Rare Beer clubs, starting at $23.95 per month (plus shipping and handling). For details, visit BeerMonthClub.com. Cheers!
(Image credits, from top: 1. Facebook.com, 2. Power Public Relations, 3. UncommonGoods.com, 4. BillyReid.com, 5. BeerMonthClub.com)