10 holiday gift ideas for the male fashionista in Toronto
Gift ideas for fashionable guys in Toronto are everywhere - with the retail game in this city growing by leaps and bounds, you can't swing a Red Wing boot by its artisanal shoelace without smacking some deadly-looking piece of clothing. The sky's the limit (in this case, "the sky" = "your budget") - start with these suggestions, and you'll have those dapper Dans ticked off your gift list in no time. Try not to buy 15 things for yourself while you're at it.
Here are my picks for 10 holiday gift ideas for the male fashionista in Toronto.
So, so many socks
Fancy socks are back in a big way - and, contrary to your childhood Christmas morning disappointments, they make great gifts. Assemble a gift basket from the scads of sock companies that launched in Toronto over the past year or so: Huely, WeSell Socks, YoSox and Socking Behaviour (the latter two also offer sock of the month clubs).
A toasty, warm flannel
Every Toronto man needs a great flannel shirt (hell, with winters this long, they need at least a dozen). I'm partial to the Portuguese Flannel shirts ($130) at Toronto-based e-tailer Park & Province. They've got a pop-up running all month at 104 Ossington St. - go pet these kitteny-soft things for yourself.
A monthly subscription
Know what's better than one gift? Twelve gifts (obviously). The aforementioned sock subscriptions aside: Pochetti, a brand-new pocket square purveyor, offers monthly, bi-monthly and quarterly "squarescriptions" ($150-380) - specify favourite and least favourite colours, and they'll send a new style each month.
Frank & Oak's new Toronto location on Queen West is a perfect destination for gifts - their clothing is basic and tasteful enough for any dude to love. I'm partial to their incredibly economically-priced merino sweaters ($55); on the higher side of things, there's their classic leather weekender bags ($335).
Do you know the shoe size of the person you're shopping for (or can you somehow social-engineer them into revealing it in conversation)? Loding's calf-leather shoes ($330), available in Yorkville or at their new First Canadian Place location, are a worthy splurge - the finishing on the leather is always stunning.
Locally-made grooming products
Crown Shaving Co. makes shaving products (including a "tobacco, leather, bay rum and barber's talc"-scented aftershave) using natural ingredients, while Rebels Refinery leans toward the skincare side - gift picks include handy starter kits ($58) and this rad skull-shaped lip balm ($7.99). (If you spend any time in close proximity to this person's facial hair, look at this as a personal investment.)
The perfect patterned bowtie
The trend for dandy, dapper menswear accoutrements is holding steady, with tons of Toronto designers ready to help you get in touch with your inner Bill Nye. A few favourites: The Common-Folk, who uses Japanese fabrics; Just Sultan, whose ties are all reversible and adjustable; Pomp and Ceremony, whose designs feature a garden of Liberty prints; and Dickie Shoppe, a brand-new arrival whose bowties just landed at Gotstyle.
A Toronto-designed parka
Uncle Otis has paired up with Canada Goose to create a custom parka that's just as at home in Yorkville as it is up at the cabin. Not looking to plonk down $1,100 for a gift? Pick up a "Toronto" down-filled puffer from local brand OSC Cross ($320) instead.
A little quality time
Plenty of gents are averse to spending money on themselves, so even though they might not think to book themselves in for a hot shave or a mini-massage, they'll probably thank you for making it happen. A few ideas: Beard-friendly facials at Saul's or haircuts with mini-facials and hand massages ($39) at ManCave Barbers Lounge. Check out our list of salon and spa treatments for men for more ideas.
A Toronto snapback
Get Fresh Co. does the "YYZ" hat ($40) that's fast becoming a new classic, while Thank You Toronto throws in a charitable element by donating a meal to the homeless for each $39.99 hat sold (very holiday-appropriate). And, of course, there's a store on Dundas West selling "the 6" hats that's run by some famous dude, I don't know.
What amazing items did I miss? Leave your ideas in the comments.
Thanks to the LCBO for sponsoring our 2014 Gift Guide.
Photo via The Common-Folk website.
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