Here’s an idea: this Christmas, instead of buying the man in your life something flashy, seek out an heirloom that’ll get use over many years – even a lifetime. Each piece is crafted intentionally by artisans preserving tradition. And while the prices reflect the old world craftsmanship and quality, remember: these are timeless investments with sentimental value.
And with that, here are 7 tokens deserving a look.
Moore & Giles Standard Attaché
Globetrotters and businessmen on the go will delight in Moore & Giles’ Standard Attaché, a smooth leather briefcase made from titan-milled leather that combines chrome and vegetable tanning for a vibrant, burnished surface similar to that of high-end dress shoes.
But don’t let its sleek exterior fool you – the briefcase boasts serious substance, with functional design elements like a small padded computer compartment and a large compartment with an expandable gusset for document storage. Classic styling means the briefcase pairs well with any outfit, regardless of season.
SHOP: Moore & Giles Standard Attaché, $860
Junghans Meister Handaufzug 38mm Stainless Steel and Leather Watch
A exemplum of masterly German watch-making, Junghans Meister Handaufzug is based on a design first built in the 1930s. This handwinding watch combines vintage aesthetic with contemporary technology (including a 42-hour power reserve). A luminous navy dial, slender calf leather strap, and lightweight design make the timepiece a staple suitable for daily wear. The stainless steel case and plexiglass dome ensure durability.
SHOP: Junghans Meister Handaufzug 38mm Stainless Steel and Leather Watch, $1280
Sandro Wool-Blend Overcoat
Add a bit of Parisian cool to his wardrobe with Sandro’s Wool-Blend Overcoat. Crisp tailoring and a streamlined fit – signatures of the Parisian fashion house – make the camel overcoat flattering no matter the occasion. He can dress it up with a shirt and slacks, or throw it over a sweater for weekend errands.
SHOP: Sandro Wool-Blend Overcoat, $645
Terre Étoilée Ceramic Cocotte
This Christmas, give him – and your family – the gift of a lifetime of great meals.
Terre Étoilée cookware has been made by artisans in France since 1830. The cook in your life will appreciate the heavy ceramic of this cocotte, which maintains temperature to cook food evenly, and the bosses on the interior of the lid, which capture and redistribute moisture and flavor evenly. This cocotte is a mealtime lifesaver with a simple yet charming design.
SHOP: Terre Étoilée Ceramic Cocotte, $189
Kaweco Liliput Copper Fountain Pen, Medium Nib
The Kaweco Liliput Copper Fountain Pen (Medium Nib) is for the gentleman who appreciates the art of physically writing down thoughts and notations. The Liliput pen originally debuted in 1910 in Germany, and was re-released over a century later, in 2011. A smaller version of Kaweco’s Sport Fountain Pen, the Liliput Copper Fountain Pen transforms into full-size length once the cap is screwed on to the end of the barrel.
The raw copper body, which has an elegant silhouette, transforms beautifully over time. Frequent use will give the penny red pen a reddish brown patina that will protect it from daily wear.
SHOP: Kaweco Liliput Copper Fountain Pen, Medium Nib, $109
Johnstons of Elgin Fringed Cashmere Scarf
Treat your loved one to a luxurious cashmere scarf from a company that holds a Royal Warrant.
Johnstons of Elgin crafts time-honored knitwear he’ll treasure for a lifetime. Founded by Mr. Alexander Johnston over two centuries ago on the banks of the river Lossie in Scotland, the company continues to create knitwear in the same factory where it was founded, using traditional methods. Each scarf goes through 30 painstaking processes before it is delivered to stores.
This understated cashmere does a good job of keeping him warm while looking masculine.
SHOP: Johnstons of Elgin Fringed Cashmere Scarf, $175
Muhle Purist Double Edge Safety Razor, Briarwood
Does he appreciate fine craftsmanship in his grooming tools? Then Muhle Purist Double Edge Safety Razor in Briarwood is a gift he’ll treasure for years to come. A collector’s piece with sinkside appeal, Muhle Purist Double Edge Safety Razor in Briarwood features a stunning briarwood handle, with reddish graining unique to each razor. Briarwood is prized for its aesthetic appeal and durability – it’s the same type of wood used to make high-end tobacco pipes.
This is a gift that keeps on giving day in and day out, as he’ll enjoy smooth, non-irritating shaves from the closed comb construction.
SHOP: Muhle Purist Double Edge Safety Razor, Briarwood, $195