Men are not always easy to buy gifts for, but in SF we have many stores that cater to the guys on your list, whether they prefer to wear a suit and a tie or hiking boots and plaid. Check out our top Union Square gift picks for men with distinguishing taste.
The Dapper Gentleman
San Francisco is a great city in which to shop for a man with real classic style and a penchant for the finer things in life. A stop by Dior Homme on Stockton St. is sure to send you home with something luxurious. We love this gray wool v-neck cardigan to keep him warm yet oh so handsome all winter long. Sometimes men’s style is all in the details, so we recommend these classy pocket squares from AllSaints in paisley and polka dot prints or a light gray skinny wool bow-tie from the new Onassis shop in the Westfield SF Centre. Top off any suave outfit with a retro hat from Goorin Bros. We think the handsome and retro Matt Clayden hat (#1, pictured above) would make the perfect gift – it’s an updated derby, a style that’s been around since the 19th century.
Of course, sometimes it’s important to get back to basics; we like this Starched Shirt with Suspenders from Scotch & Soda to get him started on the right foot, and you could never go wrong with a sharp silk tie (2) from Café Coton. If he’s still using an old bic razor, we suggest you buy him an equally sleek and functional classic horn shaving set from the Art of Shaving. Any truly meticulous gentleman would love a fragrance from Diptyque – the 34 Boulevard St. Germain (3) has rich sandalwood and amber scents along with rose and fig notes to create the perfect masculine balance.
Maybe the guy you’re gifting is more comfortable enjoying nature – we have plenty of options for the rugged type too! We recommend this ombre burgundy plaid shirt from Ben Sherman for a fashionably comfy look. You can give him this handsome Legacy Jacket made of warm Merino wool from Icebreaker to layer on top of it. If he really likes to get into the woods and hike, we suggest you stop by Merrell on Geary St. and grab him some classic hiking boots. You can even plan some fun camping trips for the spring after getting him some the latest gear from Marmot. We like this Limestone tent for family camping. For an item that truly marries form and function, we suggest the Cycle Chronograph watch (4) from Paul Smith. It’s both aesthetically elegant and durable for the man who loves to cycle or is just on the go.
For the man who simply must have the newest technology, we suggest a surprise gift from Bang & Olufsen. He won’t be expecting the Beosound 8 speaker dock, beautifully designed for any digital music player. This wouldn’t be a complete gift guide without a mention of the Apple Store on Stockton St. There, you can get him the new iPad mini in silver or black with a new Smart Cover in a rainbow of colors. To carry that new iPad or his Laptop, we highly recommend the Skolday bag, a beautiful leather satchel from Ted Baker that comes in a color to suit any man’s taste. For technology he can wear on his wrist, we like the Rebel watch from Swatch – a sleek and understated smoky gray watch that will serve him equally well at the office or on a run. If he’s really into design, we suggest a stop by Porsche-Design on Stockton St. They have a variety of housewares and electronics that would appeal to a man with a taste for luxury from a custom-designed smart phone to high-tech kitchen knives.
Does your man get some serious satisfaction from creating something with his own hands? We love this starter beer-making kit from Williams-Sonoma as a gift for the DIY guys out there. If he’s counting down the days until grilling season, give him something to look forward to with this cool La Plancha cast-iron griddle for the grill also from Williams-Sonoma. If he’s more the artsy type, we like the La Sardina & Flash DIY-Edition camera (5) from Lomography.
If these gifts don’t please your dude, we don’t know what will! Take a peek at our Gifts for the Gents Pinterest page for even more ideas and have a happy holiday!