Holiday Gift Guide for the Guys

Karl is one of the hardest people to shop for. He’s not into sports, he doesn’t care about fashion, and usually when he wants something he just saves up and gets it. So when the holidays come I use the time to buy him the things he doesn’t realize he needs or wants. Either practical things with a fun touch, or the “why didn’t I think of that!” sort of gadget. And I must say, Nordstrom is an awesome place to find such gifts for the men in your life. You all know how much I adore Nordstrom for their selection, service, and free shipping and returns; well they are also my go-to for unexpected gifts.  So when Nordstrom asked me to share some of their best gift offerings for men, it was super easy for me to create this gift guide!

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1. Upgrade those earbuds that came with his SmartPhone with ones that are comfortable, fit, and provide crisp, clear sound. These babies from Bose come in three colors and are sure to impress. $99.95

2. I love how this classic flask from Barbour has a touch of class with a tartan cover and leather trim. $59.00

3. I love that henleys are back in style – what a perfect piece for layering or wearing on its own. I love when Karl unbuttons a couple buttons! This one from Levi’s comes in four classic colors and has a touch of elastane for a good fit. $36.50

4. Help him achieve his New Year resolutions with the UP24 Fitness Wristband from Jawbone. Available in five colors, this band will track steps, distance, calories, active time and idle time and is compatible with most mobile devices. $129.99

5. I’m a sucker for cute packaging so these socks in a mason jar from Levi’s called out to me. Warm marled socks for cold winter nights, and a repair kit with instructions make them perfect for the practical man in your life. Three colors available. $30.00

6. Be he a backpacker, a prepper, or a gadget lover, there’s a good chance he’ll dig this mini auto stove from Snow Peak. $49.95

7. I may not love UGGs for fashion, but I cannot deny their quality construction and cozy warmth. They’re also one of the few brands that have larger sizes for tall guys like Karl. He adores his shearling lined slippers and wears them all winter long. $119.95

8. Both Karl and I have gloves like these from The North Face and they’re the best. They’re thin enough that you can easily grip small things, have enough grip that they don’t have to be removed while driving, are water resistant so you’re not soggy after clearing your windshield, and the eTip actually works. Three colors available. $45.00



  1. December 12, 2014 / 6:22 pm

    LOL…it appears my husband is even harder to buy for than Karl is. He does like sports, but I’ve never been able to figure out how to take advantage of that, because like everything else, if he wants something he just gets it. Anyway, this list cracks me up, because we already have little camping stoves, and Mr. Chi

    – Will not wear earbuds
    – Doesn’t drink liquor
    – Doesn’t work out
    – Will only wear a very specific type/brand of socks
    – Hates Uggs, no matter how comfortable they are

    On the plus side, he loves henleys and awesome gloves!

    (This isn’t to rag on your list, I just found it funny :-D)

    • December 14, 2014 / 2:02 pm

      I think most guys are pretty tough to shop for; what one thinks is awesome the other will find stupid. But it sounds as though you know Mr. Chi well and will find him a great gift this holiday!

  2. December 12, 2014 / 1:47 pm

    I hate Uggs with a bitter passion, except when they’re used for their real purpose–as slippers! These would be great for my own husband. Super cozy, but substantial enough to run outside to get the mail.

  3. Ginger
    December 12, 2014 / 11:23 am

    All it takes is one tree down on the power line to make that little stove a godsend!

    • December 12, 2014 / 11:25 am

      Agreed! Last year I got Karl a BioLite stove and when we had a power failure last winter we used that baby to cook up soup, hot water for coffee, and even grilled hot dogs! It’s one of those gifts people may find weird but LOVE once the opportunity arises!

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