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Where Can I Find a Not-Horrible Present for a Not-Horrible Man?

What the hell do I buy a dude for the holidays? I need to get a few things for my hard-to-shop-for boyfriend and don’t even know where to start. —Elise

Let’s start this off by acknowledging that many men do not deserve presents this year.

Okay! With that, onto the gifts. Finding a good gift for a dude can be a pain, especially when you take into account that most of the suggestions out there are things like monthly subscriptions to craft beer boxes, some sort of fake-ice-cubes-and-decanter set, or beard lube. Excluding those, here’s a list of presents to consider. Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee they’ll be grateful.

Best Made Co. Flannel

This flannel: I realize this is dangerously close to suggesting some sort of tent or axe for your woodsy significant other or brother, but Best Made Co.’s flannel shirt is very good. If $128 is more than you wanted to spend, L.L.Bean also has a great fleece-lined flannel for $68.

These skincare products: Men love Kiehl’s — this is a fact. Get one of them this starter kit ($43) so he can see what life is like beyond Old Spice and Axe.

This perfect expensive sweater: Several female Racked editors went out and bought J.Press’s Shaggy Dog sweater ($245) after learning about it last year, and no one regrets the purchase. It’s $245, which is MONEY, but the upside is you can steal it if you buy it for someone with whom you currently cohabitate.

BLK Pine Workshop Bag

These bags: This weekender ($195) from the brand Blk Pine Workshop is great. It’s canvas with leather straps, big enough to fit just the right amount of stuff, and not at all too fancy. If you want to do all your shopping here, toss in one of the beanies ($24).

These socks and/or underwear, depending on which situation is more dire: Socks are a great gift, and let’s face it: Everyone could use more underwear. Richer Poorer is a one-stop shop for both.

This stocking-stuffer keyring: The Craighill keyrings ($30) we recommended in our gift guide this year have already sold out, but these other keyrings ($25) might be even cooler. Tiffany Yannetta, shopping director

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Tomorrow at 6 p.m. is the cutoff to order from Topshop with standard shipping and receive your stuff by Christmas — but whether you gift sale section items like this navy shopper ($24, from $52) or this graphic slogan tee ($15, from $28) or keep them for yourself is up to you. If your holiday shopping is done, consider browsing for the excellent partywear, from mini dresses to these shiny copper boots.

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Steve Madden Is Busy as Heck

The holidays are such a crazy time of year, and just like the rest of us, the team at Steve Madden has a lot on its plate. In a frankly great marketing move, the shoe brand just dropped a “Curated by Cardi” collection of heels selected and modeled by Cardi B. The rapper and social media genius also made a series of videos for Steve Madden called “Daily Tips With Cardi B,” in which she explains the appeal of styles like “Foxy” and “Wifey.” Steve Madden was already doing well during a crappy retail year, and this collab — which Cardi has begun beaming out to her 14 million Instagram followers — stands a good chance of winning big with shoppers.

This all sounds like great news for the brand, right? Not quite. The startup Allbirds filed a complaint against Steve Madden yesterday, accusing the company of ripping off its signature “Wool Runner” shoe. (Steve Madden is no newbie to design infringement suits, of course.) The Steve Madden style in question is the women’s “Traveler” sneaker, which does bear a distinct resemblance to the Allbirds version.

Launched in 2015, Allbirds quickly built a following around its wool shoes, which are supposed to wick away sweat and keep foot odors at bay. (I can confirm that they are super comfortable, too.) Copycats are a pretty significant concern for the brand, because while it has expanded its business into children’s shoes, it still only sells two styles for men and women: the Wool Runner and the slip-on “Wool Lounger.” With so much business riding on each, a competitor cutting into sales of either would be bad news for the startup. 

A rep for Steve Madden, reached this morning by Racked, declined to comment on the Allbirds complaint. Eliza Brooke, senior reporter

Where to Shop for Gifts Online
Need Supply's holiday gifts

If you missed it last month, we put together a really fun holiday gift guide highlighting some of our favorite products, from beauty and accessories to things we don’t talk about as much, like cool things for men and kids.

The best part about compiling a gift guide is the process — the act of discovering new stores and brands, and finding exciting things at old favorites. More often than not, I’ll learn about a store I’ve never heard of that stocks all sorts of things I fall in love with and end up buying for myself and others.

So if you're more into doing the digging on your own, we’re giving you some solid ideas for where to look — because after all, picking out the special things you think your loved ones will love is one of the most fun parts of gift-giving. Here are a few of them, and you can see the full list here. Tanisha Pina, market editor

Aha Life

Best for: one-stop shopping, covering men, women, kids, pets, beauty, home
Prices: a huge range; $5–$5,000+

A marketplace of goods from small designers and artisans around the world, Aha Life stocks apparel, furniture and literally everything in between. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the options, the site’s gift finder, which narrows your choices by category and price, is pretty helpful. 

Coming Soon

Best for: chic home stuff
Prices: $15 to $300+

From gorgeous glass carafes to abstract-patterned throws, Coming Soon is a go-to for gifts for the home as well as beauty and accessory picks like this chic eye mask. Plus, the “fun” tab has some unexpected items (standing totem candles, millennial pink ash trays) that would make great stocking stuffers. 


Niche: travel-sized everything
Prices: sets from $50; individual items from $6

If you’ve got someone on your list who is always catching a plane (or just likes cute, tiny things), check out this site that only sells travel-sized products for face, body, and hair. You can opt for a pre-packaged set, or make your own with picks from brands like Marvis, Grown Alchemist, Supergoop, and Sachajuan.

Simone Leblanc

Best for: Instagram-worthy gifting made easy
Prices: Boxes start around $78

This brand exists literally to make gift-giving easy, and it does a really good job doing just that. The stars of the show, without a doubt, are the Instagramable themed gift boxes — there's everything from natural beauty to fine cocktail — starting at $78, but you'll also find individual picks under $100, like pretty chocolate and leather goods.

Violet Grey

Best for: beauty
Prices: items from $20; sets from $50

LA’s best beauty store stocks items from all sorts of dreamy skincare, haircare, and makeup brands and can package them up for you in elegant gift sets with names like “French pharmacy” and “Silver Screen.” Products are all vetted by Hollywood’s beauty experts, so you know you’re getting best-in-class goods.

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