The phrase “men are hard to shop for” is one I often hear bandied about with great fanfare this time of year. As the long-standing designated hitter for dude-gifts in my family, I always find that expression baffling. Choosing gifts for the men in your life should be like choosing a well-made suit: cut to fit, built to last, and utilitarian in nature. Follow this structure and you can’t lose. There is also a handful of sites that make every masculine shopping effort a one-stop cakewalk—these are those sites. Keep scrolling for a memo on how to win at gifting for the boys club.
Who: Bespoke Post
What: This club for monthly subscription boxes also plays host to an impeccably curated men’s store flush with small-batch essentials and unique finds. The varied selection is masterfully mixed, full of everything from ruggedly handsome home goods and outdoor gear to gourmet steak sauce and travel accessories.
Where: Based in New York City, ships across the U.S. and Canada, and to any military address upon request.
What: Catnip for the active and outdoorsy set, Huckberry takes a storied approach to their stock-list. The site's newsletter and story profiles feature interviews with leading tastemakers. The online shop deals in everything cool under the sun, including some immaculate grooming and fashion accessories. They also guarantee the best prices on the web.
Where: Based in San Francisco, ships internationally.
What: Named to Time Magazine’s Best Websites of 2012 list, Uncrate has a playoff–season–level vice grip on the male attention span. Show this it to any guy in your life and say goodbye to the next hour. The digital publication's feed is stacked with an endless parade of exotic, over-the-top toys from a Batman Tumbler Golf Cart to clever, man-centric twists on everyday items (bacon-flavored everything). Paired with short write-ups on each outlandish product discovery, it is a treasure trove of limited-edition, cutting-edge tech, gear, and lifestyle goods in one fell swoop.
What: This newly launched site features uncommon globally sourced goods for guys, from travel gear to tech gadgets and accessories. Drones, wristwatches, pocket tools—you'll find it all here. They take geek-chic seriously, and the selection routinely turns out sleek décor and envy-inducing essentials for the modern man.
Where: Based in Miami, ships across the U.S. and Canada.
Who: Mr Porter
What: Established in 2011, Net-a-Porter’s venerable brother site is master of the digital domain where gentlemen’s luxury goods are concerned. For the clotheshorse, their return policy is turnkey, offering a free collection service. Their loyal consumer base will attest to the highest level of quality and the consistent offering of exclusive designs and perennial must-haves.
Where: Based in London and New York City, free shipping across the U.S., international shipping pricing upon request.
Who: Need Supply
What: The skillful edit and clean aesthetic of this fashion site makes for an invariably pleasant consumer experience. The lifestyle boutique got their start selling vintage Levi’s back in the 90s. Since, they’ve grown into a burgeoning online retail marketplace for thoughtful merchants sourced from up-and-coming independent designers in the U.S. and abroad. The mix has a hand-plucked feel that never disappoints from season to season.
Where: Based in Richmond, VA, ships internationally.
Who: Kauffmann Mercantile
What: This beautifully outfitted site is part retailer, part cool hunting blog. Their selection features a mélange of handmade products from home essentials to grooming and outdoor gear. The exclusives are where the juice is—from the highest quality home wares to limited edition runs from small-batch productions and up-and-coming companies.
Where: Based in Brooklyn, ships internationally.
What: If you’re looking for a more diversified Star Wars paraphernalia offering than the current SkyMall portfolio, ThinkGeek has your back. I love this site for white elephant and man-gifting year long. The price points are wildly accessible and the merchandise runs the full gamut from unabashedly immature to surprisingly sophisticated, much like all my favorite dudes. I defy you to find the human being who has ever re-gifted a Death Star waffle maker.
Where: Based in Fairfax, VA, ships internationally.
Best Made Co.
Who: Best Made Co.
What: Three words: Custom axe shop. This dependable and impeccably crafted brand is aptly named and proud of it. From bespoke camping gear to wildly cool outdoor gadgetry, this site is a manly man's digital haven. Their tool kit sets are sure to dazzle and entertain the Mr. Fix-It in your world for many, many moons.
Where: Based in New York City, ships anywhere on earth (in their words).
What: The semi-eponymous men’s accessories brand helmed by lead designer and owner Spencer Nikosey designs and manufactures premium leather goods in their Los Angeles storefront/workshop. The silhouettes are entirely customizable and routinely stamped with handsome, embossed monogrammed initials of the recipient. Upon request, Nikosey has been known to cut custom adjustments into his military-esque travel gear, adding secret compartments and the like for added cool-factor and utilitarian appeal. Inquire directly if you need a hidden bowie knife sheath add-on.
Where: Based in Los Angeles, ships internationally.