Stumped about what to get for the guys in your life? Freddie Matara, one of our favorite indie men’s designers, is here to help. Matara has built a niche for himself creating custom leather cuffs, which he sells in his online shops on eBay and etsy. He’s a one man show, covering everything from design and construction to sweeping the floors at the end of the day in his Brooklyn shop. So what do you need to know when choosing a gift for your guy? Here are some ideas.
The best gifts are ones that will be worn, so it’s important to think about how your guy can easily incorporate your thoughtful gift into his life. “Classic styles are easy because they can be defined by the individual, and not the other way around,” Matara says.
CHOOSE CLASSIC MATERIALS
Think about how the piece will age, as these are the items that will be treasured. Look for things made from leather, wool, and wood -- these are the products that will stand the test of time.
GO WITH AN ACCESSORY
"An accessory is great because it’s not a big investment,” Matara says. Things like cuffs, watches, and bags can be easily incorporated into your guy’s everyday routine, too -- a major win for you because it means he’ll actually use that great gift you got him.
Still need help? We've scoured the web to bring you our picks from our favorite indie menswear designers. (We get a special thrill out of shopping small and discovering new and upcoming talent.) Here are some great indie designers that will help you find a gift for that special guy in your life.
Each of Freddie Matara's custom leather cuffs, belts, and guitar straps are made by hand in his Williamsburg shop. We love the richness of the brown leather on this cuff watch, which will age beautifully.
Price: $209.99 -- buy it here.
How great are these ties? Menswear designer Jacqueline Rousseau crafts these awesome neckties with whimsical touches, pairing polka dots and ikat with chambray or a bit of peekaboo gingham. Our personal pick: help your guy channel his inner lumbersexual with the red buffalo check.
Price: $95 -- buy them here.
Lifetime Leather Co.
No grown-up guy should be without a proper dopp kit. These leather monogrammed pouches from Lifetime Leather Co. are 9 inches long, which means they'll hold the essentials without sacrificing style.
Price: $38 -- buy it here.
We love how earthy and non-fussy these handmade wooden watches are.
Price: $46.99 -- buy it here.
All of Boston-based Beard Oil's products are PETA certified cruelty-free, vegan, and hand-crafted in small batches. Plus, they smell delicious.
Price: $19.95 -- buy it here.
Kiel James Patrick
What began as a small bracelet company has quickly grown into a lifestyle brand celebrating the New England way of life as manifested through their belts, jewelry, ties, and more. Help your guy channel his inner seafarer with the "Captain Hemingway" belt, complete with brass anchor.
Price: $125 -- buy it here.
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