2019 edit – thanks for stopping by! I recently released a Holiday Magazine which includes 12 gift guides to cover everyone on your shopping list. Enjoy Xo


Northface Vest I Patagonia Pullover I Mizzen+Main Dress ShirtNike DriFit Tee I Record Player I Adidas Duffle Bag I Shaving Kit I Leather Dress Shoes I Northface Winter Jacket I Chanel Cologne I Ray Ban Aviators I Wireless Headphones I WatchBoxers I Monogram Old Fashion Glass I Sports Cufflinks
If you’re like me, you rejoice the first week of November because now you can show your holiday spirit out in the open. Some still find it too early, but at least I hide my Buble playlist during October. So yes, come November I find it a bit more socially acceptable to play Christmas music while cooking dinner! If you don’t focus on gift shopping or holiday decorating until after Thanksgiving, that’s awesome! You can come back to A Mix of Min at that time and by then, you’ll have a lot of holiday content and gift guides to sift through. This year I’ll have a ‘Holiday’ tab on my navigation bar that will house all my gift guides and other gift ideas for each person in your life. I hope to help reduce the stress of finding your sister, husband or Secret Santa a gift this year so you can focus a lot more time on spending quality time with loved ones! I figured we’d kick off this years holiday gift guide series with the person that may be the biggest challenge to shop for – the guy in your life! Our guys tend to be minimalists. Instead of taking up an entire walk in closet with ten different sneakers and a jacket for any weather imaginable like us, men tend to find one go-to item and love it until it’s worn down. My husband has the two work shoes he loves – one in cognac and one in black. Then he has three jackets – his winter jacket, a raincoat and a light Patagonia zip up for in between seasons. He doens’t like excess or items that aren’t super versatile and really appreciates an item that will make his day or week easier, like a really nice electric razor or wireless gym headphones. I’m sure your guy is similar!

This is our tenth Christmas together, so I need to get REALLY creative for holidays. Him and I put a lot of thought into what we gift each other. We started this cheesy thing in high school that I think Ive mentioned before where we will shake each others gifts and try to guess, even though we never get it right! We will tell each other if it’s a small, medium or the BIG present of the year. This sounds so silly to write out, but it’s like a tradition now in our house haha. I like to get him a big coveted gift like a NorthFace jacket or ball game tickets, a few mediums like work shirts and pants or Nike Dri Fit gym clothes and then load his stocking with small items like boxers, Nike socks and this shaving brand. This way he’s restocked on essentials that he never buys himself and really appreciates, but also have a cool event to look forward to or a gadget to play with on Christmas day.

Here are a few items that your guy may really enjoy:

ONE // LUXURY COLOGNE: Whether your guy never treats himself or is super picky about cologne, he’ll love this one. S is really picky when it comes to scents. He’s seriously only like one of my perfumes over TEN years together haha. This has been his go-to for three years. It’s a treat for you too since it smells so good 😉 At the end of today’s post you can win a 3.4 ounce bottle to gift to your guy this holiday season!

TWO // NORTHFACE JACKET: This is a cold climate MUST! I recently replaced S’ winter coat because his was eight years old and wearing down. My parents gifted him a really nice Northface while we were in college, but he needed a new one so we got him this one that’s nearly identical to his old one. Another thing about him is that he’s super picky.. I mean particular! 😉 This jacket was stamped with approval on color, length, comfortability and warmness.

THREE // RAY BANS: I grabbed S this pair for his birthday a few years ago and they are his favorite. These classic aviators are sleek too.

FOUR // GYM CLOTHES: Nike DriFit is a guy cult favorite for a good reason. This shirt and these shorts both wick sweat and are super light material, allowing your guy yo feel comfortable while working out.

FIVE // WORK SHOES: We are on our feet all week, so grabbing your guy a pair of really nice dress shoes is a great go-to. When S worked at the Big4, he was walking all over Boston to get to clients and he was blasting through the $60 work shoes from Famous Footwear. That year, I decided to grab him these for Christmas and HE STILL HAS THEM and has worn them everyday for work for two years. They stand the test of time and allow you guy to be comfortable at work.

SIX // IRON FREE DRESS SHIRTS: On the topic of work, this dress shirt may seem pricey, but your dry cleaning bills will be drastically lower since they do not get winkles and require zero ironing. S loves this brand so much that I dedicated a blog post to them here. They are made of athletic material making them super comfortable. If you live in a hot climate, they’d be PERFECT for your guy since the material is so breathable.

SEVEN // RECORD PLAYER: For under $75, this record player is such a fun gift. I grabbed a similar white version for S’ birthday and we LOVE putting on Dean Martin records on Saturday morning while cooking breakfast. He has a lot of old Italian music his family played growing up, so I wanted to keep that with him through records. It’s such a great gift!

EIGHT //SHAVING KIT: This kit is only $30 and if your guy is Italian and shaves everyday like mine, he’ll love to be able to test out some really great shaving products. From there, if he likes the shaving oil you can grab him the full sized version.

NINE // PATAGONIA ZIP UP: Being the minimalist he is, I asked S if he’d wear this half zip and he said no. Well I know best 😉 so I bought it for him before he left for his Bachelor Party and guess what? He LIVES in it. So much that I recently grabbed him this full zip to act as a jacket for spring and fall. Both options are super high quality, warm and versatile.

TEN // AMAZON ECHO: For the tech guy, the Echo would be such a fun gift. Who doens’t want to just yell out a questions and immediately get an answer?

To shop all the ideas in today’s gift guide for men collage, you can click the listed out hyperlinked items or find the item in the widget below. I hope this gift guide for men was helpful while you shop this holiday season! Xo Mindy


Alright- the gift guide giveaways officially kick off today! I’m giving away a 3.4 ounce bottle of S’s favorite cologne for you to gift to any guy in your life – even dad’s want to smell great, okay? It’s a value of $95. The contest will run until Monday, so come back then to check this post to see if you’ve won! It’s super easy to enter.

Use the widget below to like my Facebook page and enter your name so that I can verify the entry. You can also receive 5 bonus entries by subscribing to my newsletter as well. You will receive one email an email every Friday’s that rounds up my weekly blog posts! Good luck Xo  *This giveaway is not in affiliation with Chanel. 

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  1. Danielle says:

    So many great options! My husband is always asking for new dress shoes. Love the ones you highlighted!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

  2. Ashley says:

    Great gift guide! You just gave me some ideas for my husband!!

  3. Megan says:

    Such a good gift guide. My husband would like all of these as gifts!

    Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

  4. Kileen says:

    These are all awesome options for holiday gifts! I love that winter coat…I might have to snag that one for hubby!

    cute & little

  5. Great selection. It really is hard to find something for the men in our life that is useful and “nice”. These are wonderful picks. Love your gift tradition btw. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  6. Liz says:

    Thanks for sharing! Guys are so hard to buy for lol!


  7. modlotus says:

    excellent post

  8. Morgan says:

    My dad and brother are two of the hardest for me to buy for so this was SO helpful!! They both would love that NF vest!

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  9. Great gift ideas for him!!! Boys can be tricky haha!

  10. maggie says:

    Great gift ideas! I especially love the record player!

  11. Dawn says:

    Getting my hubby a pair of sunnies for Christmas, and I love Raybans!

  12. Wanda Tracey says:

    This is an awesome and really perfect collection of things that my husband would love.He needs a new bath robe and PJ’s and he would love those shoes!

  13. So many good picks for the guys! My husband also loves his Patagonia pieces!

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  15. Donna Neace says:

    Thanks “Mindy” for your effective gift ideas. I really like Gym clothes and shaving kit for my husband from your list

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