Black Friday – A Men’s Gift Guide

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Hooray! Holiday shopping season is almost upon us. Are you all jumping up and down with excitement? Or cringing about the ongoing searches for perfect presents? If you’re the latter, stop sweating! Here is the best way to get started on that shopping and cross off one of the hardest to shop for categories at the same time – presents for HIM!

Your shopping start date? November 29th AKA: Black Friday. A day that is all about super sales and awesome discounts. But, it’s also about scoring deals on upcoming holiday gifts for every guy on your list – Dad, brother, uncle, son, nephew, BFFs, co-workers…the list does go on! So, take advantage and use Black Friday as an opportunity to stock up on all the best drool worthy guy gear.

TECH WITH BEST BUY

This store is chock-full of everything every guy wants. So much so, that Best Buy itself is telling its customers to “be their best elf” – clever right!? Another really cool thing to note is that Best Buy has introduced a Black Friday price guarantee this year. Starting on November 8th, they began flagging special deals as “Black Friday Price Now” – those products will be the same price for Black Friday. Plus, they will be introducing more Black Friday deals every week leading up to November 29th. And of course, they will have door-crashers on this day as well.

The best stand out for an awesome tech gift: The Plantronics BackBeat PRO 5100 in-ear wireless headphones. These ensure your music and your voice come through loud and clear, as well as cancel out ambient noise for unbelievable clarity whether you’re listening or talking. They have a wireless range of up to 10 metres, smart media to resume your media and route your calls, plus the design is sweat and water resistant, so you never have to stop your favourite activities.


Best Buy Plantronics BackBeat PRO 5100 in-ear wireless headphones: $229

BE THE STOCKING STUFFER KING WITH BN3TH FROM SPORT CHEK

Don’t let the stocking take a back seat this year! Surprise everyone with stuffers they will actually use – and LOVE. Look for high quality, everyday useful items like BN3TH underwear. Yes, yes, underwear is definitely a personal thing, but with this brand, you are actually giving a life changing garment, so stepping into that personal space is allowed.

These luxury Boxer Briefs feature an ultra-soft, breathable, lightweight Tencel Modal that is sustainably sourced, guaranteed to stay smooth and keep you comfortably supported at all times. Plus, the MyPakage Pouch Technology lifts & separates the “boys”, eliminating the need to shift or adjust.


Sport Chek BN3TH Underwear: $22

ALL AROUND COOL FACTOR

These next ideas will step up the WOW factor game on Christmas morning, as well as add in a very timely and needed pre-holiday pampering session.

First up, it’s important to mention that Black Friday can be used for personal gain as well, and as it happens, it also falls at the end of Movember when most guys (and wives) are very much looking forward to a nice, smooth shave!

Luckily enough, House of Knives has a great Black Friday deal on a wet shave kit. This new (but, actually very vintage) way of shaving will not only save you money each year (did you know guys spend over $300 a year on disposable shavers?), is better for the environment and your skin, but is the coolest way to shave off your month long mustache.

For holiday gifts, though, you cannot go wrong with their new Final Touch hockey collection. Literally any one product from this collection will make a hockey fan smile, but specifically, best picks are the Skate Beer Glass and the hockey puck bottle opener!


House Of Knives Wet Shave Kit: $150| Puck Bottle Opener: $10 | Skate Beer Glass Set: $50

Another great spot to pick up cool factor gifts is of course Indigo. They have a huge and curated selection (meaning you see everything you might want in one spot) of awesome gifts. This season’s hottest? Hockey great Teemu Selanne’s new biography, My Life or Scotty: A Life Like No Other by Ken Dryden.


Indigo Teemu Selanne Biography: $38 | Ken Dryden Book: $21

GET GEARED UP

Everyone loves new gear. Whether for day-to-day wear, heading to the hockey game or even a night on the town, nothing says the holiday’s like some new threads.

Day to day comfort guy: Bang on timing for this category, as Kit & Ace just opened the doors to their brand new store in The Village at Park Royal. This brand truly merges function and fashion with their technical apparel and makes for a perfect gift for anyone on the go. The BFT Long Sleeve Crew is perfect example of a no brainer gift. It’s smooth inside and out, engineered for all day comfort, has flat seems for no irritation against the skin and raw cut hemline for a weightless feel.


Kit & Ace BFT Long Sleeve: $98

Hockey Game Style: Going to a Hockey game doesn’t always mean rocking a jersey and old jeans. Over the holidays there are always a million plans going on at once, so dressing up can make for an easy transition if you’re catching your favourite team play and heading out to a party afterwards. Try something like the Hooded Engineered Jersey Jacket. A fun take on the blazer, as it has a built-in half hoodie, keeping the look casual, but with a dressed up edge. Plus, at a $150 price point and Simons’ amazing exchange/return policy, you really can’t go wrong.


Simons Hooded Engineered Jacket: $150

New kicks for a night out: Nobody says no to new pair of shoes, but instead of just typical dress shoes, why not give the gift of comfort too? Browns Shoes is currently carrying what can only be described as the most comfortable, stylish shoe out there – The Cole Haan Zerogrand Stich OX. A shoe that literally is stylish on top and activewear comfy on the bottom.


Browns Shoes Cole Haan Shoe: $200

“HOME” FOR THE HOLIDAY

Never underestimate the power of home improvement. Gifts that upgrade the home are always a favourite, so a quick stop at Home Depot is going to be worthwhile.

Nothing says upgrade like Smart Home technology and a must add this holiday is the Google Home. It’s a voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Ask it questions. Tell it to do things. It’s your own Google machine, always ready to help you out. Just start with, “Ok Google”!

Or use Black Friday to delight the kids by sprucing up your outdoor holiday décor. Home Depot has everything you need to compete with Whoville (pre-Grinch of course)!


Home Depot Google Home Speaker: $129 | Blow Up Décor: $109

So, just enjoy Black Friday this year! Use it to check off that “What to Get Him” Christmas list and don’t forget that it’s okay to spoil yourself a little too!

Happy Holiday Hunting!

Nat
xoxo

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