1. Tervis Water Bottle Tumbler ($25) // 2. Oversized Buffalo Scarf ($29) // 3. Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds, Set of 2 ($11) // 4. Collar Stays Gift Set ($18.50) // 5. Tapp Business Card Case ($5) // 6. Cigar Journal ($5.50)
One. Tervis Tumblers make great gifts. You can find ones printed with college logos, fraternity letters or pro-team mascots. They have double-walled construction to keep drinks really cold whether you’re on the road or at home. And the best part is that they’re made in America.
Two. Now, I know this scarf is a little bit more expensive than the $25-limit. But the scarf was so much nicer than anything else I saw in that price range, that it’s definitely worth the $5.
The scarf comes in four great shades of Buffalo plaid (I love the orange), and the large size will keep him very warm on his morning commute. Heck, forget him, I may buy one for myself. But if you really need one under-$25, try this scarf from Old Navy is $10.
Three. Last year, I put a set of whisky stones on my list for men. But since then, several men have complained that the stones, while inventive, don’t keep their drinks cold enough. So this year I decided to go with an ice ball maker for the gentleman who enjoys a nice Scotch/Whisky/Bourbon.
Ice balls melt more slowly than traditional ice to keep drinks colder longer without watering them down. And they’re so large that you can easily add mint leaves, lemon slices or berries to the ice for festive cubes for summertime pitchers of tea and lemonade. If you don’t think two molds will be enough, you can also buy a set of four for $10 at JC Penney.
Four. The consensus among my male Twitter followers is that metal collar stays are better than plastic ones because they hold their shape better. So if you need a quick gift to add to a stocking or a gift for a Secret Santa and you have no idea what to buy, at least you can pick up something he can use. If you need something a little cheaper, these brass stays are $10 for 18.
Five. I purchased this exact business card holder last month at a shop on Capitol Hill called Homebody. It’s made of aluminum so it’s lightweight and small enough to fit in a jacket pocket. I vastly prefer carrying this case to searching for cards in the bottom of my purse or digging into my wallet every time I meet someone. If you’d like something more stylish, Jack Spade has a chic leather case.
Six. Truth be told, most women don’t know enough about cigars to know which one to buy for the man in their life. So you can either rely on the expertise of the clerk at your local tobacco shop, or you can purchase one of the many cigar accessories on the market. One of my male friends received a cigar journal as a gift, and he loves it. It allows him to keep a record of which cigars he liked, loved or hated. That way, when he goes to the store to buy cigars for himself or for others, he can look through his notes to choose the perfect one.
This journal and a gift card to a tobacco shop would be a great gift if your brother, father, boyfriend or friend enjoys cigars. You could also pair the journal with a leather cigar case for a pricier gift.
Tomorrow, I’ll be showcasing gifts for her in the $25 to $50 range. And there are a few that I am really excited about!