Holiday Gift Guide For Him 2018 | The guy that “doesn’t want anything”

  1. For the man who isn’t a fan of the cold – Joe Fresh
  2. For the coffee connoisseur – Chemex
  3. Beard oil because tis’ the season of dry everything – Province and Apothecary
  4. Rodeo themed wallet –Coach
  5. Create woodsy indoor vibes with aroma therapy – Saje
  6. For the man on the move – Herschel
  7. Bring the big screen home – Amazon
  8. Ever wanted to cook, swear, and eat the comfiest comfort food?- Chapters/Indigo
  9. Deep dish to thin crust, you don’t have to admit your favourite to public judgement any longer – Amazon
  10. Chisel toe boots for that hunk of man –Blundstone
  11. You got yourself a music man?- Spotify subscription 

We’ve all either dated or are dating that guy that says they “don’t want anything”. I for one certainly am dating “that guy”. In that case I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Usually when he mentions things he likes during the year I write them down in a note on my phone. If he buys something before a holiday then I scratch it off the list. My boyfriend is the worst for just buying anything and everything he wants so he’s a tough one to buy for. Truly i’ve always had a hard time buying for guys in my life on the holidays. I was always surrounded by women growing up and my dad I knew so well that I kind of always knew what to get him; otherwise, I’ve been stumped since my first boyfriend. Because of this, I like to stick to a few categories for guys if I don’t know them that well. Tech, alcohol, trendy additions to their wardrobe, or a good wallet; they always need wallets. If you don’t know him too well, don’t buy anything too sentimental or a heavy commitment in their life. Get them something practical and logical, the way men’s brains work. Like I said in my last gift guide, if you can’t figure out a good “material” gift, then always buy them a memory kind of gift. Something that gets them out of the house and doing something fun, depending on how close you are with them do it together. Those are my boyfriends fave gifts (I think). 

Stay tuned for more gift guides!

Back to School: Bags!

Slide11) Marc Jacobs Nylon Tote
2) Classic Jansport Backpack
3) Herschel Tote
4) Longchamp Tote
5) Fjallraven Backpack

I think when heading back to school one of the hardest things to buy is your backpack, am I right? You basically wear this bag every single day, with the possible exception of weekends and Summer holidays. I personally wanted my bag to be slightly more stylish with utility and function when I’ll be carrying a laptop and a note folder, along with items like my wallet, makeup bag, pencil case, etc etc. phew that s*** get’s heavy! In high school and college I wore my Large Longchamp tote from the Le Pilage line. This bag is so worth the price. That’s 5 years of straight wear with heavy stuff inside not to mention I wore this bag in the Summer months as well to the beach, grocery shopping, travelling and more. I am a huge fan of the Le pilage line. It’s durable and when your bag gets a little dirty, which it will with that much wear, it’s the easiest thing to clean. Now that I’ve gone on a passion rant about the bag I wore, let’s talk about the other bags I’ve linked. Jansport is your classic backpack. It carries everything, also durable and easy to clean and that’s a serious must in a school bag. The Marc Jacobs tote reminds me of the Le Pilage. They’re also super comfortable because it’s part of their nylon line. I see these bags at Winners/Marshalls and Saks Off Fifth all the time so a discount is def doable. For Herschel I wanted to link something else besides the classic back pack. This tote is super stylish and has loads of utility for school when you’re carrying a laptop along with the kitchen sink everyday. Last but not least I have been craving buying the Swedish brand Fjallraven Bags. They’re water resistant and super durable, definitely meant to be used and abused; thus perfect for school. They were made for children going to school in the 70’s, and now has quickly become an iconic bag. I am no longer in school, though I may go back in order to actually get an internship at a magazine, so this bag for me would be great for travel in every form.

Some advice to you when shopping for a bag these coming weeks:

  1. Look for neutral colours and fabrics that are forgiving when your pen explodes or your hummus gets everywhere.
  2. Look at design, not just for looks but for utility and functionality-you’re most likely carrying a laptop along with your entire desk from home inside that bag everyday for months1
  3. Invest in price and quality-you wear it almost 365 days of the year so think of it as $1 per day-is it worth it?

Man do I miss school. Savour it, take risks, intern as much as possible as it will help you figure out exactly what you want to do, make connections and network (these people will come back to help or haunt you aha) and have fun! Get good grades obviously but also enjoy it. These years go by quick and trust me life gets real different just a few months after school officially ends. I wish I had read these sentences before I started College; and as much as I loved my then bf at the time I wish I was single. I would have had more time to focus on myself. So a tip, if you know they aren’t the one, be single; it will help you.

Good Luck!