In The Etsy Edit Gift Guides, we’ve tapped some of our favorite tastemakers to share their top present picks for a magical holiday season.
If you ask style blogger Ryan Clark, gifting well—just like dressing well—is all about taking a tailored approach. The NYC-based menswear expert, who offers outfit inspo on his ultra-dapper IG feed @ryanstylesnyc, prefers a dress code that’s “elevated and luxe, with a healthy dose of leisurewear,” but knows everyone’s fashion has its own unique flavor. So when it comes to choosing gifts for his nearest and dearest, Ryan always begins by recalling personal details—and subtle hints—his loved ones have shared over the course of the year.
“People often subconsciously tell you what they want to receive,” says Ryan. “When you take the time to read between the lines and give something truly meaningful, it makes even the simplest gift feel extra-special.” From the ultimate leather weekender bag to nourishing beard and body oils, read on for Ryan’s curated gift guide for guys who share his relaxed, sophisticated sensibility.
A vintage silk robe
“A vintage robe is a great piece to lounge around the house in over the holidays—or anytime you want to feel a little luxurious,” Ryan says. From sleek, silk polka-dot styles like Ryan’s to bold, paisley-patterned numbers oozing with ‘80s flair, on Etsy there’s no shortage of one-of-a-kind designs for the guy in your life who loves throwback threads.
A classic leather weekender bag
For folks on the go, a timeless leather duffel, sturdy enough to keep them company through years of travels, is the ultimate under-the-tree surprise. “This bag is all-around perfection,” says Ryan of the carryall which comes with a padded adjustable shoulder strap, plenty of inside pockets, and a coordinated wallet for valuables. “It’s hard to find a good quality bag that checks every box, but this one does it all.”
A city-themed candle
“The wood-wrapped skyline really stands out with this candle, because it adds such a personal touch,” New Yorker Ryan says of this sentimental soy wax stunner, which can be customized to commemorate the city your special someone calls home. “Plus, the mahogany woods smell is divine.” Simply strike a match and watch the light dance on the horizon.
A personalized toiletry bag
Help him keep his products organized—or inspire him to try some new ones—with a handsome, handmade dopp kit in whiskey, black, or dark brown leather. “I love the quality of this bag, and the monogram option makes it an even more meaningful gift,” Ryan says of its refined custom detailing.
Go-to grooming essentials
Treat your lucky recipient to some much-deserved self-care with a grooming gift set in your choice of five signature fragrances or a mini moisturizing bottle of beard oil (a little goes a long way!). “I love a unique and interesting scent that makes people stop and ask what you’re wearing,” Ryan says. “These products make wonderful stocking stuffers.”
At-home coffee staples
Design-conscious caffeine fans will perk right up for this modern, gray glass French press, which looks gorgeous on any kitchen counter—and brews a beautiful cup of joe to boot. For an additional surprise, add a stainless steel coffee scoop with an eye-catching wire-wrapped handle. “These are the kinds of gifts that can create moments,” Ryan says. “I love using my French press to serve breakfast in bed on a special occasion.”
Describe your personal style in five words or less.
Classic, conservative, chic.
How early is too early for holiday music?
It’s never too early. I listen to holiday music year-round!
If you had a holiday motto what would it be?
“Your world, your way, your season.”
Finish the sentence. All I want for the holidays is…
…to relax—and eat really well!
Photographs courtesy of @ryanstylesnyc.