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[Super] Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas for Men Hugo Filipe Toronto Menswear Blogger

The holidays are around the corner – literally. We’re days away from Christmas, and if you’re like us, you still have plenty of holiday shopping to do.  We’re hoping to make things a little easier with these quick last minute holiday gift ideas for that special someone (but ask yourself, if you waited this long, are they that special).

  1. 1. Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Let’s leave the wires in 2018 guys. Bluetooth has come such a long way, and wireless headphones ARE the future. Misconception is that bluetooth headphones have to be expensive (thanks to all the bros wearing their AirPods) but they can actually be very affordable and QUALITY. The Niva headphones from Sudio Sweden are affordable and fashionable. They charge in a sleek portable case so you can make sure your headphones are charged up at any moment. You can use the code MRHUGOFILIPE  to save 15% off on your web order.

  1. 2. Cologne

Anyone who’s ever said that cologne is a thoughtless gift needs to reassess. Any fashionable man will appreciate a nice bottle of cologne. Our current obsession? The Ralph Lauren Polo Red Rush. It’s got a fresh mint scent perfect for the winter season.


  1. 3. Ties

Who loves a good tie? We love a good tie – and so does your mans. But we’re not here to sell you on some cheap holiday themed tie. Get something sleek – something classic, a tie that can be worn year long is always a winner. The Tie Bar has a BEAUTIFUL large selection of ties and you can find the perfect gift for anyone. We recommend the black velvet skinny tie or a bold floral print – and while you’re at it don’t forget an actual Tie Bar. Those are useful, too.

  1. 4. Grooming Products

Alright, so you want your man to look his best right? That means keeping his hair in check & that beard on point. So why not get him some product to keep everything looking just the way he (or you) likes it? We’ve really been loving the new Dippity-Do Men line – from the Styling Cream to the Beard Oil, it’s got the perfect product for everyone! Your guy has matured, and now so has his favourite hair product! (I mean who else remembers using Dippity-Do Sport Gel in middle school?!)

  1. 5. Watches

Y’all already know we’re suckers for a good watch. There are so many affordable watches out there it’s almost impossible to cover them all. MVMT, Daniel Wellington and Timex all have great pieces that you can purchase online or in store just in time for the holidays. A little side note: If this special someone already has a smart watch consider skipping the watch as a gift. Nothing comes between a man and his smart watch, and although it’s important to have a nice watch for a special occasion, no one likes getting a gift they’re going to use once or twice a year – let him buy that on his own.

  1. 6. Board Games

Board games are an amazing gift idea especially if they like to entertain – but there’s only two good options here. You either go for something fun and inappropriate (such as What Do You Meme, Cards Against Humanity or Pick Your Poison) or you get something classic with a twist. We’re currently in love with these vintage bookshelf editions of some of our favourite games – Monopoly, Scattergories and Scrabble. These games are FUNctional – they come in a beautiful box that can double as decor so it won’t sit forgotten in the back of the closet. We’ve found these (and similar editions) at our local Marshalls, Winners, Home Sense and Chapters.

  1. 7. Bluetooth Tracker

Another great piece of affordable tech. The Tile is a small little button that can attach to most things so you can easily find them with your phone. Download the companion app and easily track where a lost item is or make it play a small noise. Are you a mess at finding your keys in the morning? This will help.

  1. 8. Underwear

Yes, underwear. But not just any underwear – comfortable underwear. SAXX is THE MOST COMFORTABLE underwear and one of the only brands we’ll swear by. They’ve got a super comfy pouch for your parts and come in a ton of colours and designs.

  1. 9. Something Local

Alright so this one is less of a specific suggestion and more of an idea. It’s always great to support local artists and craftsmen. We’re obsessed with these candles by local perfumer Brennan Michael. The scents are amazing (we’re in love with the Jasmine Musk), and who doesn’t love supporting small businesses – we’re all entrepreneurs here.

  1. 10. A Second Cup Gift Card

Yes, from Second Cup specifically. Why? Two reasons. First, who doesn’t love coffee? Okay there are people out there (weirdos) but even if they aren’t a coffee fan, Second Cup still has a ton of other items on the menu, including Pinkberry and I know y’all like fro-yo so…

Second, they’re currently doing an amazing initiative with Food Banks Canada. For every gift card holder purchased (an additional $1) they’ll donate 3 meals to Food Banks Canada. Sounds like a win-win to me.

So if you’re still planning on picking up a gift, grab one (or a couple) of these and you’ll be sure to put a smile on your special guys face this Christmas. But at the end of the day remember that all he really wants for Christmas is to spend time with the people he cares most about. (LOL, Just kidding – definitely get him a gift…)

Long Weekends, Train Rides & Online Shopping

Everybody loves long weekends. Having an extra day to catch up on things (or sleep in) is always appreciated. I used Friday as a travel day to head to my parents’ place – a small town of 12,000. Coming home is always bittersweet; I absolutely love spending time with my family and catching up with old friends, but other than that there’s not much to do (there’s not even a small coffee shop where I can chill with some wifi). After spending some time binge watching ’13 Reasons Why’ with my brother and sister (a must watch), I turned to my favourite hobby – (online) shopping.

“Your favourite hobby is spending the green? Go figure.”

– My 14 year-old smart-ass brother, reading over my shoulder as I type. 

I love shopping (can’t you tell?), but online shopping has an even more special place in my heart. Since moving to Toronto I’ve started visiting malls less and less, and opting for online shopping experiences. In Toronto all of the good stuff is ALWAYS sold out and finding deals is extremely competitive. I used to be very big on mall shopping when I didn’t live here [Toronto] but I think this was due to me living in areas where other people didn’t take fashion as seriously, so there was always quality items available. The trick to having a fully stocked killer wardrobe isn’t to buy inexpensive things, but to buy quality items at great value. Online shopping allows for that.

My Online Shopping Tips

When I shop, I shop smart. I love having a nice full wardrobe, but also love a nice full wallet. Online shopping really gives you the flexibility of both.  When you shop in a store you’re usually tempted to buy something if you “kind of ” like it. Most people don’t want to “wait on it” for the fear that the items will be gone tomorrow while others buy something they don’t really like just for the sake of shopping. We’ve all been guilty of buying something just because we made the trip to the mall and didn’t want to leave empty handed – it’s time to stop wasting your heard earned dollars.

I’m working on a (different) blog post at the moment discussing the tools and apps I use to shop smart- everything from discount apps to shopping cart tools. In the meantime, here are my 5 tips for shopping online to make sure every purchase is the right purchase.

1. Don’t Make Your Purchase Right Away

To make sure I don’t have any buyer’s remorse, I fill my cart up at night before going to bed, but make the purchase in the morning. This way I can take another look at my potential new pieces with a clear mind. If I still love it during the second look I pull the trigger.

2. Check Multiple Stores

If I’m purchasing something more generic, say a black bomber, I check multiple stores. Just because you’re checking one store and find a black bomber you like doesn’t mean it’s the best one out there at that price point. Check a few competitors and see if they have a similar item – you might find a better fit at a better price.

3. Make A Separate Email For Your Online Purchases

This is for a few reasons. Firstly, it’s a great place to keep track of your receipts in case you need to make a return. Secondly, you should sign up for the newsletter from any retailer you like shopping at. Most end up sending you emails with some sort of coupon, or at least send a reminder for their sales. No one likes getting daily spam emails which is why I really recommend making a second email just for shopping.

4. Read Reviews

I can’t stress this enough, but you should definitely read the reviews for the online retailers that do have a review section for their pieces. You can usually find it if you end up scrolling near the bottom of the clothing page (example: Urban Outfitters). Clothes don’t always fit the way they are supposed to and the online reviews are usually pretty accurate. Use it as a resource – see if people are commenting on the fit, on the quality and on the price.

5. Check The Sizing Chart

I find most people I speak to are against online shopping because they say they can’t try the clothing on to make sure it’s the right fit. I personally don’t find this a recurring problem, but it does happen. You have to keep a couple of things in mind. Where are the clothes coming from? Not all countries use the same sizing charts. If you’re ordering something from the UK, that medium won’t be the same medium in a US size. A sizing chart breaks down the store sizes based on the inches. The best investment you can make for your wardrobe is to hit up a tailor or seamstress and get your complete measurements. Use this information and cross reference with a sizing chart to make an educated decision when buying online clothes.

Hoping these tips will help some of you navigate the online world a little bit better. Remember if you have any questions you can always hit me up on instagram, the comment section below or send me an email! Now, back to enjoying the rest of my long weekend.