updated 12/10/2017 3:43pm Eastern

As much as I love gift guides—I mean, who can resist them, amirite?! — I really look at them as personal shopping wish lists.

When’s the last time you looked at a gift guide and didn’t think to yourself, “Ooh, I’d like that for me!”?

Exactly.

So this year (and pretty much every year) we’re telling it like it is at EG. Here are our favorite things we think you should treat yourself to. And sure, if there’s someone on your mind whom you think would like one (or a few) of these things as well, buy two 😉

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The Cozy Shop

A light snowfall outside. Freshly-brewed coffee in the french press. A warm fire crackling (or maybe an old radiator hissing).

A soft cashmere sweater, maybe some well-fitting sweats, a nice chair to lounge in for a few minutes, perhaps hours… just sitting, reading, or catching up on Netflix.

Winter sucks, but if you’re cozy and comfortable (and indoors), it really isn’t that bad… don’t you agree?

I put together these picks for the ultimate in coziness. Just add a basketful of napping puppies and you have the perfect winter situation.

  • Dry Stretch SweatpantsUniqlo

    Dry Stretch Sweatpants

    Uniqlo Dry Stretch Sweatpants Price: $19.90

    These are what I wear to the gym on cold winter days, and ones I’m not embarrassed to have on in public (though I’m standing firm on my no-sweats-in-public-unless-headed-to-the-gym rule).

    They’re made from a soft (not mesh-textured) moisture-wicking material, cut slim and tapered, have zip pockets (so your stuff doesn’t fall out when you make your way to the gym), and are the perfect length with no extra fabric bunching at the ankle.

  • Wool Flannel TrousersBrooks Brothers

    wool flannel trousers

    Brooks Brothers Regent Fit Stretch Flannel Trousers Price: $248

    The wool flannel trouser is THE pair of pants I’ve been touting for years as the most comfy pair of sharp, tailored pants you can own.

    If you want the comfort of sweats but actually give a fuck about your appearance, just wear a pair of mid-gray flannel trousers all winter. Pair them up with a tailored sweatshirt, a chambray or an OCBD, or go full office-ready in a dress shirt, tie, and sport coat… up to you.

  • Blackwatch Cashmere ScarfJ.Crew

    cashmere blackwatch scarf

    J.Crew Blackwatch Cashmere Scarf Price: $98

    Y’know what I love about blackwatch plaid? It’s a classy ass combination of deep, vibrant colors. Mixes of bright and dark navy and forest green.

    And blackwatch goes great with grey, navy, and camel… very typical color palettes during the winter.

  • Textured-Knit Wool CardiganS.N.S. Herning

    wool cardigan

    S.N.S. HERNING Stark Textured-Knit Wool Cardigan Price: $330

    I’m thankful oversized garments are having a style moment right now. They’re way more comfortable, especially when it comes to midlayers and outerwear.

    This winter, grab yourself a chunky wool cardigan or a basic wool crewneck in a fair isle pattern. If you want a bit more refinement, you can’t go wrong with a plush cashmere.

  • Cashmere-lined leather glovesJ.Crew

    cashmere-lined leather gloves

    J.Crew Leather Gloves with Cashmere Lining Price: $98

    Simple, classic leather gloves that you can wear today, and continue wearing in 20 years.

    I don’t know what smartphones will be like in 20 years, but for now, you can use yours without taking off these bad boys.

  • Flannel-Lined PantsBonobos

    flannel-lined pants

    Bonobos Flannel-Lined Pants Price: starting at $128

    Upgrade your winter pant selection to their flannel-lined brethren. Imagine a pair of tough denim or rugged twill chino on the outside, lined with soft-to-the-touch flannel cloth on the inside. Again, fulfill your “comfortable sweats” fantasies without looking like you gave up on life.

    Hahaa I’m going pretty hard against sweats in this section. I swear I didn’t mean for it to turn out this way.

  • Irish Oatmeal Block Wool ThrowSimply Birch via TRNK

    wool throw

    Irish Oatmeal Block Wool Throw Price: $169

    Your home and space are an extension of your own personal style, and I want the space where I live and work to be as “well-dressed” as I try to be, most days.

    One quick upgrade to make to your living situation? A ridiculously soft, warm throw. Looks great draped over your sofa, and keeps you and your Sig O warm when catching up on Netflix.

  • Embassy Lounge ChairGus via 2Modern

    Gus Embassy Chair

    Gus Embassy Chair Price: $1595

    Every man needs a good chair. A comfortable lounge chair that allows you to sink in and exhale after a long day, one that beckons you to stay for an hour or two, read, and drink a hot beverage on an early weekend morning.

    If you’re in the middle of a living room refresh, or happen to have a bit of extra space to rearrange, make room for a lounge chair (here’s a non-leather version I like), and you can thank me later.

EG’s Todd Snyder Picks

Todd Snyder is classic American casualwear with an extra dose of refinement evident in their cuts and cloth. Here are some of my favorites.

FIND YOUR FAVORITES AT TODD SNYDER

EG’s Tie Bar Picks

You can’t go wrong with The Tie Bar. A seemingly endless selection of ties and other accessories at a crazy steal. Some of my faves:

FIND YOUR FAVORITES AT THE TIE BAR

Clothing

Shoes

  • Leather and Suede LoafersSponsored by Ace Marks

    Effortless Gent Holiday Gift Guide 2017

    Ace Marks Leather and Suede Loafers Price: $249

    Extra Special Discount Code: effortlessgent
    Ace Marks is a relatively new made-in-Italy shoe brand with great style, uncommon colorways, and primo quality. The shoes themselves are hand-crafted in the same Italian factories as some of your favorite high-end brands and hand-dyed by a family of 4th-generation artisans.

    These are on the same level as a pair of $600-$700 shoes you’d find in fancy stores, but Ace Marks shoes are in the $200-$300 range. Thank God for the direct-to-consumer model, right?

    Sure, they’ve got you covered with simple black or dark brown leather wingtips. But they also offer more interesting shades with undertones of blue and burgundy – plus a few that subtly combine colors and materials like leather and suede.

    Use code effortlessgent for a special discount!

  • Original Bean BootsL.L.Bean

    Original Bean Boots from L.L. Bean Price: $129

    Slick. Seamless. Waterproof. These are the boots to wear on sloshy winter days when the weather is terrible but you still want to look your best.

    Both the tan/brown and the all brown colorways are classic and look sharp, plus, they fit comfortably in your Lean Wardrobe – no bright yellow rainboots here.

  • Caen BootAllen Edmonds via Nordstrom

    Effortless Gent Holiday Gift Guide 2017

    Allen Edmonds Caen Boot Price: $350

    Great boots during the cold months are a necessity. The Caen from Allen Edmonds is the new favorite in my closet. The leather is supple, the sole and toe feel solid, and they’re built to be water resistant – the tongue’s attached to the shaft, as it should be when you DON’T want water in your shoe. Damn those puddles.

    The Caen comes in 4 colors. I prefer the cognac shade, though the taupe (a brownish, greyish, green suede) is also a great choice.

  • 574 Sport in Maroon New Balance

    Effortless Gent Holiday Gift Guide 2017

    New Balance 574 Sport in Maroon Price: $100

    If you’re sporting these classic kicks, you know you’re rocking a solid look. There’s a touch of old school style here that makes these shoes ready for just about anything – which is something any stylish guy can appreciate.

Accessories

Watches

  • “Cocktail Time” Automatic WatchSeiko

    Seiko Cocktail Time Automatic

    Seiko SARB065 "Cocktail Time" Automatic Watch Price: $453.96

    A perennial favorite at EG HQ, the Seiko “Cocktail Time” automatic looks great with both a suit jacket and a field jacket. The sunburst dial’s ice blue hue is more subdued (and more stunning) in person.

    Seiko did create a version for the American market, but if you can get a hold of the original Cocktail Time (which is what I’m linking to here), it’s worth it.

  • Weekender Chrono OversizedTimex

    Timex Weekender Chrono Oversized

    Timex Weekender Chrono Oversized Price: $37.31

    This timeless (I couldn’t help myself) chronograph watch is the perfect accessory for any guy. It can be dressed up with a leather strap or made a bit more casual with a nylon option.

    Either way, this is the kind of gift you – or anyone, really – will appreciate.

  • The Mod WatchTimex + Todd Snyder

    The Mod Watch Timex Todd Snyder

    The Mod Watch Price: $138

    “Based on a bullseye design discovered in the Timex archives, our fresh take blends mod style with state of the art functionality.

    “Crafted with a vintage-inspired dial and military nylon strap, this versatile timepiece can dress down an office look or elevate your weekend wear in a split second.” –Todd Snyder

  • El Primero 36,000 VPH with Panda DialZenith via HODINKEE

    Zenith El Primero 36,000 VPH with Panda Dial

    El Primero 36,000 VPH with Panda Dial Price: $8700

    “The very first automatic chronograph movement, and the only of the three debuted that year that is still in production, the El Primero has played an outsized role in Swiss watchmaking in the years since. A “panda” dial configuration further confirms the vintage inspiration behind this design –
    available in black-on-white and white-on-black – albeit within a resolutely modern 42mm case crafted from ceramized aluminum.

    “Beyond aesthetics, this lightweight, scratch-resistant material adds some practicality whether you’re on the race track or at the office. This is a stealthy, modern incarnation of one of watchmaking’s most iconic timepieces.” –HODINKEE

  • SBGR253Grand Seiko via HODINKEE

    Grand Seiko SBGR253 via HODINKEE

    SBGR253 Price: $3800

    “We’ve long held up Grand Seiko as an example of the very best watchmaking taking place outside of the more expected countries of Switzerland and Germany. With the SBGR253, you get a discreetly sized, handmade watch equipped with an in-house movement endowed with more than estimable finishing. That movement, Caliber 9S65, also features an improved reverser gear train system with hardened components to wind the mainspring efficiently.

    “From its 37mm case to its handcrafted automatic movement with three days of power reserve to the fit and finish of its three-link steel bracelet, this timepiece embodies so much of what we love about Grand Seiko.” –HODINKEE

  • Divers Sixty-Five, Blue DialOris via HODINKEE

    Oris Divers Sixty Five 42mm Blue Dial Hodinkee

    Divers Sixty-Five 42mm with Blue Dial Price: starting at $1990

    “In 2015, Oris reached deep into its archives and came up with an elegant timepiece that was ripe for revival. The Oris Divers Sixty-Five comes in a 40mm mid-size version as well as a 42mm execution, each of which is crafted in stainless steel, is water resistant to 100 meters, and features a screw-down crown for additional underwater security. And of course, each comes with a unidirectional bezel for timing dives.

    “We’ve handled lots of dive watches over the years, and we struggle to think of a better vintage-inspired timepiece at this price point. Quite simply, the Divers Sixty-Five is an incredible value proposition.” –HODINKEE

Travel

  • Luggage SetAway

    Effortless Gent Holiday Gift Guide 2017

    Away Luggage Set Price: starting at $225

    I mentioned Away in my recent article about city living essentials you can’t live without. They’re, by far, my favorite luggage brand out there.

    Depending on your type of travel, they offer a variety of sizes. I prefer the Bigger Carry-on – it offers a bit more room than their regular carry-on, plus I never check in luggage. If you need more than one size, they all nest together nicely to store them away until your next trip.

    There are a ton of other features built in, like a charger for all your USB devices, compartmentalization for everything from dirty laundry to shoes, and a scratch-and crack-resistant outer shell. Because even though you don’t plan on beating it up, travel can get intense sometimes.

  • Garment WeekenderHook & Albert via Huckberry

    Effortless Gent Holiday Gift Guide 2017

    Hook & Albert Garment Weekender Price: $595

    A nice alternative to carry-on luggage – especially for you lean wardrobe travelers – is a weekender bag. Sometimes, for quick weekend trips (or even week-long trips), a weekender is all you need.

    My favorite is the Hook and Albert Garment Weekender. I typically fold my jackets and place them at the very top when I pack my weekender bags, but that’s just super inconvenient if I need to pull out my headphones or a book for the plane.

    The hybrid garment bag and weekender is the best thing ever. A dedicated, lay-flat space for your suit or sportcoat that zips up into a regular garment bag, perfect for holding all your other things — shirts, shoes, dopp kit – you name it.

    Oh and if you’re looking for a non-leather version, J.Crew has a similarly-designed bag, the Ludlow Garment Duffle, in cotton canvas.

  • Large CarryallShinola

    Effortless Gent Holiday Gift Guide 2017

    Shinola Large Carryall Price: $1295

    This is the investment-worthy bag that will last a man a lifetime… and then some. The rugged leather and gunmetal hardware will only look better as they age. And there’s enough room for any weekend excursion – or even an entire week if you’re packing a lean capsule wardrobe.

Grooming

  • CORE Shave KitSponsored by OneBlade

    OneBlade CORE Starter Set

    OneBlade CORE Shave Kit Price: starting at $49

    Wet shaving with a safety razor is one of those old school things that’s just better.

    The CORE shave kit from OneBlade is a perfectly balanced, well-designed safety razor just like your grandpa used to shave with, minus the awkward learning curve (read: this one’s much easier to use).

    Replacement blades are affordable and – unlike the 3, 4, or 5-blade cartridges you’re so used to – single blade shaves will irritate your skin much less.

  • Try Different Colognes Before BuyingScentbird

    Effortless Gent Holiday Gift Guide 2017

    Try Different Colognes with Scentbird Price: starting at $15

    Have a tough time deciding on a fragrance when wandering the aisles at Sephora? Oh, wait, do you not wander the aisles of Sephora like I do? What, your wife doesn’t spend 13 hours in that store like mine does? Well, lucky you.

    Anyway, I can never decide on a fragrance. Plus, those tiny bottles filled with scented liquid can be pricey. Enter Scentbird.

    For $15/mo, get a sampling of any fragrance you’re curious about —they currently have over 150 brand name scents available. Then, when you’re actually sure you like a fragrance, you can pull the trigger on a big bottle at your local store. No more bottles you thought you’d like (but then decided differently after a few days) sitting at the back of your bathroom cabinet.

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4 Responses

  1. Gyen on

    Oh my GOSH, a stainless steel press?!?! We go through about four carafes a year. I’m clumsy so I drop them with my soapy hands. Amazon Prime keeps a “frequently purchased” list and that’s at the top of mine. 😑 I have wished for a subscription service for *those*, seriously. We actually keep a spare carafe because I break then so often. What a great idea to make the carafe of steel!

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  2. James Restorick on

    Great article, I recently purchase a Wusthof Classic 8-Inch Chef’s Knife. What can I say an amazing piece and yes it is well worth the investment. Cheap knives and chopping boards need to be replaced regularly. I use this knife to cut everything !

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