One half of the Canadian design blog Poppytalk, Jan is constantly on the lookout for the latest and greatest in handmade and design. Jan loves collecting inspiration and is dedicated to promoting emerging design talent on her blog and online curated marketplace/exhibition site, Poppytalk Handmade, that she shares with her husband and business partner Earl. She also writes daily for Babble.com in their Family Style section and monthly at IKEA’s home and ideas website, Ikea Family Live.
There’s always been a bit of a stereotype around buying gifts for men, and I don’t really know where it comes from. I think men are super-easy to buy for — they usually have the coolest hobbies to draw from (like guitars or bikes) and are way easier to please. I actually find women harder to buy for and prefer shopping for men.
I subscribe to the Etsy Dudes newsletter and love checking out the finds there each week. (Whoever creates that newsletter does an amazing job!) I was super-psyched when I was asked to do a gift guide for men and had a lot of fun hunting down gifts for this mysterious species. I hope you’ll find the gifts to be helpful and maybe even surprising. Check it all out below, and a huge thanks to the Etsy folks for having me!
For the Gentlemen
[1. Boyfriend hankie from ChezSucreChez; 2. Wild man amber brown aftershave from WildRoseHerbs; 3. Shea butter shaving soap from cordeliajandco; 4. Striped suspenders from dapperdean; 5. Skinny handmade tie from quindp88; 6. German wool felt iPad case from Feruto Bags]
For the Music Man
[7. Vintage straw hat from dumpsterbarn; 8. Recycled record player clock from pixelthis; 9. 100-watt Landry guitar amp from Landry Amps; 10. Guitar pick from bliss in a teacup; 11. Vintage '60s Hofner red electric guitar from zapbananamusic]
For the Cook
[12. Men's plaid apron from Dear Edna; 13. Hand carved wooden spoons from Erina Garner; 14. Maple Oatmeal stout beer brewing brewing kit from TheBrewersMarket; 15. Upcycled barbeque mitt from undoneclothing; 16. Vintage rustic cast iron bottle opener from The Shabby Shak; 17. Pyrex mixing bowl set from SplendidJunk]
For the Urban Bachelor
[18. Bench made from recycled bicycle tubes from Retread Design; 19. iRetrofone classic deluxe from freeland studios; 20. Little black book iPhone case from PadandQuill; 21. Polaroid set from vitalina shop]