Find the perfect gift for a young man
I find inspiration to buy presents for my son the same way I do with Christmas presents for my daughter.
In conversations about the year that’s just gone by and the next to come, I can find out what are his needs. My gift list is not grand, but it’s definitely useful and functional.
Jeans, jeans, jeans!
A new pair of jeans is, for sure, the most practical present for my son. As a young adult, his go-to trousers to go to university, hang out with friends or just chill at home are denim. He likes the relaxed, effortless elegance of jeans, preferring classic brands like Levi’s, AG and Replay, regular or slim fit but never skinny, and he doesn’t go for distressed denim either.
My son knows the importance of good shoes. Since we open Christmas presents on the 24th evening, a useful gift he can already wear next morning is elegant espadrilles to be at home instead of slippers, which are perfect for a cosy Sunday morning brunch. Cool sneakers are a good option too; they look good with jeans and chinos. By the way, if you are wondering why chinos are called chinos, read here. Sneakers are easy-to-wear and comfortable shoes, which is paramount in cities like Vienna, Paris or Milan, where you do a lot of walking.
Perfume is a very personal gift; you need to know very well the person to get the right scent. Make sure you avoid any strong fragrance, nothing's worse than cheap-smelling perfumes you can smell from a long distance! You can never go wrong with the classic Acqua di Parma.
New pyjamas are always welcome. As a young man, beautiful pyjamas look way more elegant and stylish than a T-shirt and boxers. But not only pyjamas. The label P. Le Moult has some very cool kaftan-like nightshirts your Granddad would wear. The retro-cut camisole was originally designed between 1900 and 1950 for the French adventurer Eugène Le Moult, the number one butterfly hunter who grew up in the Amazon.
A good coat is the number one winter wardrobe staple. Leather and shearling coats are not only warm but also very chic and one of the biggest coat trends for winter 2020. They are also very versatile and easy-to-wear.
A Christmas tree without socks, gloves and foulard is unacceptable
Although it doesn’t sound very imaginative, wool socks, gloves and scarves are mandatory to keep you warm and stylish during even the coldest days, and my son is always happy to get new ones. See our article The best runways from Men's A/W 2019 for inspiration; Kim Jones presented exciting new ways to wrap your foulard in his collection for Dior.
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