Here’s a fun fact about us dads (well a lot of us) – We hate shopping, but we love having cool stuff. We want to look good and have all the dope new clothes, but we refuse to go to a mall, or a boutique, or actually like, shop for stuff. We either rely on our spouses to pick stuff up for us like giant toddlers, or we just keep wearing the same thing we’ve worn for the past five years. Annoying right?
Well, lucky for us, the internet has gotten really smart and brought the mall to us. Every other post on my Instagram feed is some hot dude in a fitted jacket doing some cool outdoorsy activity. And it works! Yeah, it’s a violation of our privacy, and yeah it’s creepy to have a company look at all my browsing data, but damn I really want to look like that surfer dude who’s buttoning up his shirt while he puts his longboard away on his vintage Land Cruiser.
I’m kind of a sucker for the ads, but not all of them are winners. So I’ve put together my list of purchases that have actually proven to be winners, so you can spoil your giant toddler this holiday season.
CLOTHING I LOVE TO WEAR ALL OF THE TIME
This one is a little pricey, but I haven’t taken it off since I got it. And I get a ton of compliments on it, which is a rare thing for dudes.
Tie Dye Beanie
I snagged this tie dye beanie and really love it. But honestly, the Parks Project has a ton of cool gear and the proceeds go to a good cause!
Tie Dye Socks
Speaking of tie dye, I like to show a little personality in my sock game, so I got these and will never go back from buying Bombas socks. They’re super comfy and have a little elastic that goes around the middle of your foot that makes them fit like a glove.
Emily had to really push for me to wear a vest. I never thought I was a vest guy, but turns out… I am. I like the throwback vibes of this two-tone vest.
Button Up Blanket Shirt
Big fan of blanket shirts. I mean, it’s a shirt made of a blanket. And this grey can match all the grey popping into my beard these days.
For anyone in a rainy or snowy climate, this is a really great waterproof jacket that looks better than most.
I’m still a sucker for some Target deals. I have five pairs of these slim-fit chinos and I love them. See above photo for proof.
Also this is a really nice cardigan from Target.
And here are some more from my favorite boutique:
Sherpa Denim Jacket
Long Sleeve Crewneck T-Shirt
Every guy needs a good pair of boots to feel cooler than everyone else.
But don’t tell anyone that you can get a much cheaper version that still look good, it’s my little secret:
A soft pair of comfy undies are always welcome.
And you can put it all in here for a night away.
NON CLOTHING THINGS I LOVE
Now for some quick hits for non-clothing stuff!
I’m obsessed with this turntable. It’s great-looking, sustainably made, and it has Bluetooth so you can set it up on wireless speakers!
And store the vinyl here:
Wood Vinyl Records Storage
They are simple, work perfectly, and Emily likes them.
As some of you know, I’m obsessed with the chef Matty Matheson (check out this post for proof), and make his butter-basted steak recipe when I want to show off to friends. These two items are must-haves for getting rave reviews.
Le Creuset Skillet
And then to work off all the butter, I hit my bag. This is, no joke, the best purchase I’ve made in the past like, ten years. I was never into boxing, I’d either go for runs or drive to the gym, but the instructors and classes on Fight Camp are insanely good and insanely fast. I was hooked within my first week. Great for busy days, or if you work from home – 20 minutes with Tommy Duquette are like an hour at the gym, I look like I’ve jumped in a pool with my clothes on. It may be a dude-bro thing, but an actual boxer yelling at me through an iPad makes me think I’m in Rocky. There are Bluetooth trackers in the gloves so you can count your punches and track your progress. Literally replaced a gym membership with this setup. It’s the best.
Hope this helps and that you can feel a little more confident (and less stressed) about getting your dad, your dude, a dude in your life a give this year.
Opening Image Credits: Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: Our Scandinavian (And Easy, Mess-Free) Holiday Living Room Reveal + How I Finally Figured Out My Biggest Styling Problem… And Solved It
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