Few things trigger the kind of self doubt that holiday shopping for guys does. One minute you're humming a happy holiday tune, the next minute, you're questioning all your life's choices.
Here to help preempt that inevitable Christmas shopping angst are some stylish male editors of ELLE DECOR, who say these are the items they're most looking forward to seeing under the tree this year.
$204, Zig Zag Zurich
Paper-cut illustrations, linear drawings, doodles and patterns from designer Natalie Born's sketchbooks are used as prints for these 100 percent woven jacquard New Zealand wool Nordic blankets, a favorite of ELLE DECOR market editor Benjamin Reynaert.
Haunted houses: Why do we love them? Why do we believe in them? Why do certain places get a reputation for being haunted? This serious and skeptical (but also funny) read by Colin Dickey takes you on a journey across the continental United States to "decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places."
Even beyond Halloween, Ghostland is billed as a must-read for fans of offbeat history.
This trio of dinner plates with gold-painted rims and a digitally-printed serpent motif are hand-turned by Milanese ceramic workshop Paravicini, making them one part decorative, one part conversation piece.
Bulgari introduced this gorgeous timepiece at Baselworld earlier this year. It set a new record for the world’s thinnest automatic movement, but that’s not all ELLE DECOR articles editor Charles Curkin admires about it.
"Just look at it! The oversize black numerals and grey dial combined with the matte titanium bezel and matching bracelet make it irresistible. I haven’t wanted a watch — particularly a new one — this badly in a long time."
$780, Matter Matters
Named after a character from Akira Kurosawa's 1954 epic "Seven Samurai," Visibility's capsule collection features this sleek Carrara marble folio, among other minimalist desk and home accessories.
$148,600, Very First To
For the guy who loves furniture and liquor with equal fervor, VeryFirstTo.com has partnered with British furniture and interiors company Timothy Oulton to design a bar cabinet for the ages. Outside: hand-applied leather panels, inside: and extraordinary collection of spirits, including the Glenlivet Winchester 50 Yr Old Single Malt whisky, Domaine De La Romanée-Conti, Romanée Conti 1997 wine, and Louis Roederer, Cristal Gold Flacon Jeroboam, 2002, as well as cigars curated by James J. Fox.
If that weren't enough, award-winning bartender Marian Beke will arrive with the bar cabinet and spend a weekend creating bespoke cocktails for you and your guests, and delivering his famed mixology master class.
The experience sounds pretty much priceless, but it will cost you a pretty penny.
$50, Insek Shop
Dyed concrete and solid white oak are the perfect place to store jewelry and other prized possessions, or that loose change otherwise headed for your sofa cushions.
Produced by The Skateroom and The Estate of Jean-Michele Basquiat, this 7-ply Canadian Maple Wood skateboard features an image from the artist's 1985 painting "Anthony Clarke."
$322, Still Fried
We know what you're thinking: "Barware for men? Groundbreaking." But this isn't your average double old fashioned whiskey tumbler. Italian designer Martino Gamper's collaboration with Lobmeyr transforms the bar staple by cutting, engraving, polishing, sand-blasting, hand-painting, gilding, and lustre painting, as in the Neo Cut IX pictured here.
From $25, Hawkins New York
Constructed of spun steel and lined in a variety of enameled colors, Hawkins New York's Louise Bowls make for a stylish catchall outside of the kitchen, while their nestable design minimize storage issues in smaller spaces.