Lei Chic’s Holiday Gift Guide: 13 Cool Gifts for Men

Boys love their toys. (And their threads and their treats.)


He’s got a lot of great qualities, but let’s be honest: Giving gifts is not one of them. Take that time he gave you a BB gun for Christmas. Or that time you got a box of cigars for Valentine’s Day (“What? Those are really high quality!”). And let’s not forget the birthday when you got a make-your-own-cheese kit (you're lactose intolerant).


Show him how it’s done with gifts, like these, that he’ll actually want. From slick clothes to cool gear, these babies are definitely much better than your revenge gift idea of a bottle of Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume.


Although we can see where you're coming from.


1. You’d hate to know what would happen if he had to choose between you or surfing—so don’t make him. Instead, feed his passion with one of the gorgeous fins from Island Fin Design, like this standout aloha-print one that will really spruce up his board. $84, islandfindesign.com.



2. Staying hydrated is always a top priority, but so is having his hands free to cut, hammer, take pictures, high-five and all of the other things men get so handsy about. Consider the debacle solved with this cool camo Aloha Army HI(dro) Flask bag, which drops today. $40, In4mation, 1154 Nu‘uanu Ave.


3. What is it with dudes and proving they can stand the hot-sauce heat? Slip some locally made Adoboloco Pineapple Habanero sauce into his stocking for a sweet addition to his Christmas dinner. $10, Whole Foods, Kāhala Mall.


4. The boy practically lives in the ocean, so these Float Captain board shorts will be much appreciated. Plus, the dreamy, subtle cloud print is understated enough to keep him looking stylish without going overboard. $60, Big Bad Wolf, Ward Village Shops.


5. He’s all about the everyday carry, and you’re all about weaning him off of that ratty canvas messenger bag he totes everywhere. Snag a piece from Reyn Spooner’s new line of backpacks, which are ultra roomy and come in three soft, wearable Hawaiian-quilt prints. $120, Reyn Spooner, 125 Merchant St.


6. Throwback his morning routine to when shaving was an artisanal experience with this retro shave kit from Flotsam & Co. It comes with pre- and post-shave oils, peppermint shave cream soap, a razor and a set of old-school badger-hair brushes. $85, MORI, Ward Village Shops.


7. These tarp pouches from Japanese brand Hightide are great for carrying all his messy man things, from sunscreen to Tabasco packets. And, since it’s totally waterproof—even the zipper!—it’s the perfect bag to bring to the beach. $12–$17, Mono, 2013 S. King St.



8. Sturdy stainless steel meets the stylized aesthetics of wood grain in this witty-yet-functional clip-on, fold-out number from knife-experts CRKT and Roark. $90, Oliver Men’s Shop, 49 Kīpai St., Kailua.


9. Every now and then he has to dress up—and it’s an ordeal. Turn all that around with this urban-chic, totally cool button-down from local brand Salvage Public’s new winter capsule collection. You’ll both love the coral-inspired camo in plum and slate, as well as the slim fit and shell buttons. $118, salvagepublic.com.


10. He’s a lover of whiskey, but a hater of watered-down drinks. We hear ya. Try these freezable whiskey glasses from Williams-Sonoma for an ingenious solution. It doesn’t hurt that the minimal design will look sick in your bar cart, either. $24.95, Williams-Sonoma, Ala Moana Center.


11. Between his car, gardening and woodworking D.I.Y. projects, his brain is brimming with notes, calculations and ideas that he’s constantly forgetting. Help him out with this nifty Workshop Companions set from Field Notes, which includes memo books for each of the D.I.Y. disciplines, complete with tips and reference guides. $14, Aloha Beach Club, 131 Hekili St., Kailua.


12. Typography nerds, rejoice! Tickle his design-nerd bone with Berliner Type 2014: The Best of German Typography and Design, which just came out this summer and showcases some of the best type design submissions from the last Berliner Type contest. $25.56, barnesandnoble.com.


13. He’s constantly losing his sunnies at the beach or in the woods, but this sleek, go-with-everything wooden pair from Martin & MacArthur will finally give him a reason to keep track of them. $295, Martin & MacArthur, 2005 Kālia Road.


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