December 16, 2013

Favorite Finds: Stylish Stocking Stuffers

It’s that time of year again, and if you have put off your holiday shopping like I have, don’t worry. There is still time to pick up some stylish stocking stuffers for the dapper man in your life (even if that man is yourself). As a feel good bonus, all of these gifts are made in the USA.

1. Faribault Woolen Mill Scarf

I have had my eye on this scarf for a while, but have not been able to sufficiently justify buying another scarf (I have a lot already). In operation since 1865, Faribault Woolen Mill makes great pieces at reasonable prices, proving that you can buy quality American-made goods without emptying your bank account. It is $55, 100% fluff loomed merino. This scarf measures 10” x 72” and is available in silver (pictured), olive, and charcoal (which is currently backordered). If their blanket that I have is any indication, this scarf should keep you warm for years to come.

2. Down South Tie Co. Bow Tie

A good bow tie is surprisingly hard to find, at least for me. What I like about this wool bow tie is the straight and slightly narrower cut. The grey worsted wool will go with just about anything and keep your look grounded in the season. For only $30, it’s a deal that’s hard to beat. Check it and Down South’s other bow tie options out here.

3. New York to Nashville Pocket Square

What caught my eye about New York to Nashville is the philosophy behind it. Their products are made from reclaimed and vintage fabric, which is kind of cool and gives your pocket square a built-in conversation starter. There are lots to choose from, I just found this one particularly festive. The pocket squares will run you $22.45, but they also offer cuff links and tie tacks for $25 and $15, respectively. Take a look at all New York to Nashville has to offer on their website.

4. Gaia Metal Studio Cufflinks

Last year I featured a tie bar from Gaia Metal Studio, and this time around I found some really cool cufflinks. Handmade from sterling silver and available in 5 finishes (dimpled pictured), these cufflinks make a unique gift that set your cuffs apart for only $58. Find them, along with some other really cool handworked metal gift options, here.

5. Skinnyfatties Tie Tailoring

This last one is a little unconventional, but just as thoughtful. Look, we all have some really nice ties that are just way too wide to wear in public (unless it is to an 80's costume party). It's only been in the last few years that designers have widely offered ties that weren't super wide, and quality ties don't come cheap. Rather than getting rid of that old 4" wide tie, for $34 you can send it to Skinnyfatties and have it slimmed down to the size of your choice (available in 1/4" increments from 2"-3"). Give your old tie new life this holiday season at their website.

The nice thing about accessories is that they can make wonderful gifts for everyone from a dear friend to a casual acquaintance. Buying from small businesses also lets your gift have double the impact by supporting the work of local artisans during the holiday season. What have been some of your favorite stocking stuffers?

Stay stylish,
- JJ

All photos courtesy of their respective companies.

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