November 19, 2012

Favorite Finds: Stocking Stuffers

I stopped by J Crew recently while killing some time before an appointment and thought I’d check out their current collection.  What I ended up finding were some really cool stocking stuffers that all happen to be Made in the USA (and are under $30).

1. Camp Socks

I have been a huge fan of J Crew’s camp socks for a while now, and actually just picked up two more pairs today (bringing my total to 10). I discovered them during an unseasonably cold spell while on a trip to Vermont and they were a huge lifesaver. Ironically, they are made in Vermont’s last remaining sock mill. There are over a dozen different colors and styles, all with a slightly different cotton/nylon/acrylic blend and all machine washable. At only $16.50 a pair, these are a fantastic little gift that is both stylish and practical.

2. Hav-A-Hank Handkerchief

Frequent readers know that I am a strong advocate of handkerchiefs (it was even one of my very first posts). These particular handkerchiefs feature a traditional bandana print and are made in Greenville, South Carolina by Carolina Manufacturing Co. for the Japanese label Anonymous Ism. They are 14”x14”, 100% cotton, machine washable, and available in a wide variety of colors. Sure, $12 is a little pricey for a handkerchief/bandana, but I will gladly pay the extra money to support an American manufacturer, especially during the holidays. Plus, they feel a lot nicer than the cheap ones that come from China.

3. Shoehorn

The shoehorn is an oft-overlooked accessory in a man’s life. Not only will it help keep your shoes protected from unnecessary wear and tear, but it also conjures up thoughts of a simpler era. Anyone who has ever bought one knows that there are generally two options when it comes to most commercial shoehorns – plastic and metal. Plastic is prone to break, and metal is cold and hard. This leather shoehorn, at $28, is soft but durable and is a thoughtful gift that is a little out of the ordinary for an extraordinary gentleman.

Accessories are always a nice gift that are appropriate for anyone from a casual acquaintance to a close family member. There is such a wide range that you can spend as much or as little as you want but still give a thoughtful present. I’ll be keeping my eye out for more stylish gift ideas to share as the major gift-giving holidays approach, but remember that shopping locally can multiply your gift by supporting a small business at the same time. What would you like to see in your stocking?

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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