Welcome to the first of three installments of my Gooding Gift Guide! This week I'll be giving you gift ideas for your brother, father, son, boyfriend and men in life. Buying the perfect gift for someone is never easy, but I hope these gift guides give you a launch pad for the daunting world of Christmas shopping.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 by Eminem • CD
Eminem is a great choice for the rap-genre lover of the family. His new LP has rave reviews from Rolling Stone and the Los Angeles Times. With features from Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar, the disc has some great mainstream cuts and deeper non-radio tracks.
The Wolverine • Blu-Ray/DVD
The successful X-Men movie franchise just released it's latest installment on DVD. The action packed movie is perfect for movie buffs and the occasional film goers alike. Starring Hugh Jackman, you can't go wrong with this box-office hit.
Best of Duets by Frank Sinatra • CD
This Target-exclusive CD features Frank Sinatra's most famous duets, like "What Now My Love" with Aretha Franklin, "I've Got A Crush On You" with Barbra Streisand, and the rare track: "All The Way" with Céline Dion. This CD is a lot less aggressive than Eminem's release and will make a great addition to your grandpa's music collection. Suave, sophisticated gentleman will also enjoy this stocking stuffer.
Solo HD Beats by Dre • Headphones
If you don't buy a pair of these for yourself, you're already missing out on a magical music experience. This will make the perfect gift for the audiophile in your family because it's the gift that keeps on giving. They'll rush to listen to all their music over again to re-experience it in beautiful HD sound. You can also purchase the headphones in a variety of colors to match their individual style.
X Box One • Multimedia Console
I don't even play video games and I want the X Box One. It combines TV, internet, video chatting, sports, movies and, of course, video games into one sleek interface. The massive amount of features makes this investment a thrilling present for any hard core gamer or media junkie. This will be the centerpiece of any man cave. Buy one for me if you feel so generous.
Diamond Supply Co. • Crewneck Fleece
Crewneck sweatshirts are the hottest men's fashion item because they're easy to wear and accessorize. Diamond Supply Co. is a unique street-wear brand that adds an urban edge to a guy's wardrobe. This white one would go great with black jeans and a colorful beanie. This piece is definitely on my own wishlist!
Herschel Supply Co. • Wallet
A man's wallet is probably his most prized accessory, and one that often gets beat up pretty quickly. This Herschel wallet is durable, rugged and stylish. It's subtle camouflage print is on trend. For an added bonus, pack your guy's favorite gift card in one of the folds.
Burberry • Cashmere Scarf
If you're looking to splurge your man, Burberry is the brand to go with. The classic check pattern is an instantly recognizable symbol of sophistication. Since the appeal of Burberry is so versatile, this gift can be given to a man at any age.
Patagonia • Knit Cap
Patagonia, like North Face, does a great job of creating functional and fashionable winter gear. Your male recipient will love the Southwestern pattern that adorns the cap. Pair this with some comfy socks or a ski resort pass for a winter-themed present.
H&M • Denim Shirt
Denim shirts are versatile, fun and work with any man's style. This one from H&M won't break the bank either. Layer this with a cozy sweater and some khakis and you have a great outfit to give to the guy you love.
Bleu De CHANEL • Fragrance Duo
Bleu De CHANEL is the absolute fragrance for men. It's clean, fresh, deep scent works for formal occasions or everyday wear. The fragrance duo set includes a 3.4 oz of eau de parfum and a stick of deodorant. The deodorant is a great way for your guy to keep the scent fresh on the go.
Spicebomb by Viktor & Rolf • Gift Set
Spicebomb is another extremely popular and unique scent to give this holiday season. This fragrance is for the edgy, fashion-forward guy who wants to smell sexy. This is definitely a gift meant to be given by a lover. The set includes the iconic 3.04 oz bottle of eau de toilette, a tube of shave balm and a tube of shower gel.
Jack Black • Skin Charmer Set
This web exclusive skincare set includes Double-Duty Face Moisturizer, Dry Erase Ultra-Calming Face Cream and Intense Therapy Lip Balm. These three products are a great introduction into the world of Jack Black (not the hilarious actor by the way). Jack Black products are high quality and do more than the average store-brand skin products. This gift can be given to a man of any age because it's never to early to start caring for your skin!
Birchbox Man • Monthly Grooming Box
For the ultimate metro sexual who loves trying new things, Birchbox Man is a monthly box of high-end grooming product samples that makes a perfect present. Birchbox Man also includes lifestyle products in their box too. The great thing about this gift is it's always a surprise every time the recipient opens it every month. You don't have to buy every box for them, just one will get them started. Their online shop has all the products they include in their box if the guy likes a sample and wants to buy the full size version.
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton • Hardcover
If you've ever checked out the photography of Brandon Stanton online (which you really should, it's amazing), you'd know that he takes pictures of peculiar people in New York and asks them a question or two that is thought provoking. Each photo serves as a window into the person's life. This book would look great on an urbanite's coffee table and is a great conversation starter.
Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton • Hardcover
Similar to The Social Network (a movie about Facebook), this book is a fast-paced tell all about launching one of the biggest social media sites in the world. A business-savvy guy or college senior getting ready to go out in the real world would get a kick out this book.
Divergent by Veronica Roth • Paperback
Like The Hunger Games by Suzzane Collins, Divergent is a young adult dystopian book series that will be turned into a movie franchise. The first installment is a thrill ride of action and science-fiction. It's a pretty gender-neutral book, even for being told from the perspective of a girl. Give this book to a younger guy who is hungry for a new book series to delve into.
Thanks for reading! The second installment, the women's edition, will be published next Friday.