The holidays bring on a distinct feeling of gratification for all the stylish gentlemen who relish in the season of bundling up, pairing a scarf with a coat, and diligently packing EDC that will accentuate their style and creative versatility. Sauntering the downtown sidewalks of our most vast and boundless cities brings about a whimsical emotion of—dare we say—magical realism. Watching the sun cascade behind the tallest building and the holiday lights flicker on is more than just a beautiful sight, it’s a mystic infatuation. And while this somewhat torturous year has broken some, divided many, and been strenuous for all, that is just one more reason to be thankful for what we do have. Let your holidays be spent with close family, handsome whiskey, friendly tunes, and thoughtful shopping. If you or someone in your life lives for the hustle of a big city, savors its architecture and feeds off its energy, then we’ve got you covered with the ultimate gift guide for the most timeless big city enthusiasts.
PROOF LIGHTNING FIELD JACKET
Not often is there a jacket that looks good and is capable of fighting off the elements, but Proof’s Lightning Field Jacket is absolutely electric. Triple-layered and seam-sealed, this field jacket makes any blizzard stroll a casual walk through the park. It’s slated with enough pockets to carry your EDC where it’s easily accessible and with a convertible hood, this jacket adapts to your style. Night on the town, quick run to the cafe, or a Saturday morning driveway shoveling, the Proof Lightning Field Jacket is willing and waiting.
TAYLOR STITCH SCARF
What do you know, Taylor Stitch made an insanely comfortable scarf, that’s easier on the environment than cashmere and looks sharper than Sherlock Holmes trying to figure out who stole Christmas 2020. Not all cities call for one (hint, hint, LA), but if you’re roaming around cold weather cities like Chi-town or NYC this holiday season, The Scarf by Taylor Stitch has your back, or shall we say neck… It’s the perfect gift for any fashion-forward gentlemen in your life.
BOSE SPORT EAR BUDS
What’s the point of hitting the gym or getting in a good workout if your headphones can’t handle the cascading sweat from your crown? Thankfully Bose has stepped to the plate with the Sport Ear Buds that are sweat and weather resistant. A secure fit makes life on the move an option and if someone is intent on phoning in, rest assured these truly wireless headphones will handle the call with the tap of a button. We all know there will be a few lbs hanging around from the holiday feasting, but the Bose Sport Ear Buds are keen to get you off the couch and working back towards fighting shape.
There are those who choose to spend their leisure time embarking on adventures in the Mountains, those who live life at the edge of their seat (literally, on the couch), and those who relish in the exploration of the big city life. For the city roamers who have more airline miles than Kriss Kringle, this gift is for you. Wrapped in leather, this notebook by Bellroy has room for airline tickets, a passport, a notebook (included), a pen (included), and more. Say hello to your new traveling companion on the airplane and all through the inspiring downtown city streets.
SOG ULTRA XR
As far as color combos go, black and gold is pretty serious and when it’s a carbon fiber handle paired with an Aurum blade, the look is sharp. The SOG Ultra XR is an EDC knife with single hand deployment and a pocket clip that doubles as a money clip for all those dollar, dollar bills y’all. The durability is unmatched and the blade is made from cryogenically heat-treated steel, which just so happens to be corrosion resistant and razor-sharp. If your EDC is lacking a knife, the SOG Ultra XR is adventure certified and ready to #hittheconcrete.
Peak Design Travel Duffle
City streets move quickly, so when it comes to packing for the gym, office, and rooftop happy hour, you better be leaving the loft with a bag that can transform as day turns to night. This is the ultimate duffle, a gift that keeps on giving and ready for the aforementioned tasks. What we love so much about Peak Design’s Travel Duffle are the diverse carry options the bag offers. Hoping on the Subway? Sling it over your shoulder. Running through a lobby? Grab the hand strap and catch the elevator. Biking through traffic? Toss it on like a backpack. Waterproof, and made from 100% recycled 400d nylon canvas shell, it’s ready to handle the city seasons. Wrap it up for the man who’s ready to attack the day, and prepared for any city environment.
TANNER GOODS JOURNEYMAN CARD WALLET
Minimalist and slim, the Journey Man Card Wallet may be one of this year’s most genuine gifts. Everyone deserves something leather under the tree, and this handmade morsel right here is an item that will take on the test of time. A wallet is perhaps the most important and crucial everyday carry to a man, keeping one’s finances organized and accessible. With card slots and a thoughtful cash pocket, The Journey Man is a provision that the gifted owner will still be thanking you for a decade from now.
CANON POWERSHOT G7 X MARK III
A true city dweller’s true companion is the lens to capture all those unique moments. With the compact and easily stashable design of the Powershop G7 X Mark III, you don’t have miss capturing any novel or artistic moments that the city provides. Designed for smartphone users, uploading is easy, and shooting is a breeze with a fast 24-100mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens. The Mark III combines a CMOS sensor and Digic 8 processor that together ensure better image quality and performance. If shooting is your thing, you’re sure to have a few options. The Powershot makes the perfect sidekick camera to any collection, ready for daily use.
BUCKLER'S DAILY DEFENSE KIT
With the madness of 2020, we’re all planning for 2021. We can tell you one thing, that special lady you’ve been crushing on since forever, isn’t going to want to bring in the new year with just any ol’ city slicker, no, he best have good skin and a sharp style to boot. The Daily Defense Kit will keep any city dwellers face immune from the grit and grime that comes with the city life. Grab this remedy as a self-gift for some self-care.
HELM X DEATH & CO RYDER BOOT
There is a reason Santa wears black boots every Christmas to fly around the world, and here’s a hint, it’s not because they are holiday chic. Nope, just straight-up badass. Whether you’re hustling through the city, cruising for a bruising, or flying around the globe on a sled, there aren’t many bad times for a pair of leather boots, and the Black Ryders, which are a collaboration with one of our favorite haunts, Death & Co., are as cool as a reindeer in the North Pole. Made with Balthazar leather, these bad boys have a polished finish and run smooth with any wardrobe selection.
BUCK MASON BUILT-TOUGH BANDANA
Hanging out the backside or up around your face for out of the home adventures, the Buck Mason Built-Tough Bandana should be the finishing piece to your attire. The 100% Cotton yarn is soft to the touch and as the days pass, the bandana only gets softer. Heading out to grab the necessities these days shouldn’t be a deterrent from looking crisp and dapper, and with the Built-Tough Bandana, the street cred will rise.