The modern gentleman has many interests, from wine, to traveling, to music or art. He takes good care of his appearance, from his shoes to his beard. He appreciates the finer things in life: whiskey, backgammon, champagne. He takes pride in his home. We might think he’s hard to buy for, but it’s not the case. Just pick a gift that reflects one of his interests, upgrade his everyday essentials, get him a thoughtful home gift, or treat him to a classic (a bottle of scotch accompanied by clever whiskey stones never fails).
Not all hostess gifts come equal… While you may bring a good bottle of wine or a designer scented candle to a dinner party, you’ll want to splurge a little more if you’re staying with someone for a few days to a week.
If you have no idea how much you should be spending on a hostess gift, a good guide to follow is to estimate how much they’re spending on your dinner/stay/etc. If you’re ravaging their fridge and wine cellar every day for a week, it might warrant a bigger present than if you were simply crashing their couch, and drinking their tap water for two days.
Keep your budget in mind while shopping too. While you might want to splurge on a nice gift for a friend who’s hosting you over the Holidays, there’s no reason to open a credit line for it. Make sure you’re comfortable with what you’re spending, and that goes for all gifts.
These rules, of course are only suggestions, as it’s the intentions that count in the end. Which brings me to my next point: thoughtfulness, and personalization trumps the price tag. Getting something that’s significant to the host can go a long way, even if just a tiny gift.
Also, when in doubt, monogram. A gift will always more thought out if it’s monogrammed. But bear in mind it can take a week to ten days to get something monogrammed, so plan ahead.
I know what you’re thinking: “but we barely just set back our clocks, and changed out of our Black Swan costumes“!
As a notorious last-minute gifter, I can tell you that shopping for Holiday gifts early (or at least planning them) is the key to feeling like a boss come Christmas (this applies to your professional life as well as gift-giving abilities as it turns out).
Which brings us to our first order of business: gifts for the Modern Jetsetter in your life. Why? Because we all have one: the one who’s clogging up our Instagram feed with pictures of perfectly edited packing flat-lays, airport uniforms, and passport holder + CN Traveler issue + designer carry-on shots. You know the ones: they carefully hides sensitive boarding pass information, while proudly displaying the “first class” annotation.
At any given moment, your favorite jet-setter is likely frolicking on the Amalfi coast, eating a burger at the Chiltern Firehouse, napping on the Orient Express, or taking a leisurely sail around BVI #summerisastateofmind #wheretofindme. We love ’em, hate ’em, love to hate ’em.
Then, there’s also the travelers of the wiser generations (my parents) who travel sans #hashtag, Instagram, or even seemingly phones (“I turned it off because I was afraid of roaming!”, they exclaim). Yet they always come back with a diaporama of 3,000 unedited pictures for us all to enjoy (and we do, because a—we’re all secretly jealous, and b—the evening-long productions always involve free wine).
The single question to ask ourselves right now is: what to give these elusive worldly creatures, and more importantly: how to give it to them before they leave on Holiday break mid-November? Here’s a breakdown of my favorite jet set gifts, across all genders and generations.
“what to get dad this year” is the question on everyone’s lips these days… Here are a few Father’s Day gift ideas to get your gears turning.
THE HALL-OF-FAME VACATIONER
Your dad wore a fanny pack un-ironically well into the 2000s. He’s gotten more sophisticated since, but chances he’s currently planning another family trip: sailing the Turkish coast? Or maybe renting a summer house in Nantucket? You dad likes to get away from the daily grind, and it always seems to involve a beach and/or a boat.
Your dad appreciates the finer things in life… A bottle of 19-year Glenfiddich perhaps, or a vintage Hermes tie. Like a modern Frank Sinatra (minus the rat pack), your well-groomed dad is always the life of the party. You can usually find him entertaining whoever will listen on the latest and greatest news of the world.
From fly fishing to rock climbing, your dad is the outdoorsy type. At family gatherings, he’s the one telling tales of near-death expeditions in Alaska. Chances are you got one too many mosquito bite from one of the many family camping trips you went on as a child. One thing’s for sure, life with him is never boring.