Designer’s Gift Guide for Men

7. December 2015
MacBook felt sleeve with leather belt | Cocones

Have you finished your holiday shopping for all the men in your life yet? Brothers, fathers, husbands, boyfriends, best friends? Me… not so much. But while putting together this little Designer’s Gift Guide for Men I found some really nice options. Hope it inspires you as well!

Cocones – MacBook Air / Pro Sleeve

The founders of Cocones are a couple from Dublin, Ireland, with a background in design and a love of beautifully crafted objects. As they relied more and more on being mobile, they soon realised that their digital companions were very personal devices and deserved proper outerwear for all they were putting them through. In autumn of 2011 they made the decision to design the sleeves they wanted to own and Cocones was born.

Today Cocones offer sleeves for MacBooks, iPads, iPhones and several Android phones. They also designed simple passport and card wallets. All products by Cocones are made from top-quality 100% natural Merino wool felt made by a traditional felt maker, established for over a century in the south of Germany. The leather is sourced from small family-run European tanneries. Three colour tones of leather are used in their current collection: Deep Caramel, Natural and Black.

Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin, made in the Blackforest, Germany | Designer's Gift Guide for Men

Monkey 47 – Schwarzwald Dry Gin

A good third of the ingredients for this special gin come from the Black Forest and are definitely not what you would call typical gin flavorings! In total, 47 handpicked ingredients, prepared in extremely soft spring water from a Black Forest source, give Monkey 47 its unrivaled complexity and quality, which is fully brought to bear through masterly distillation and maturing in traditional earthenware containers. The look of the bottles is a treat as well: Old pharmacy style with brown glass and a perfectly designed label.

Brown leather messenger bag for men by Massimo Dutti | Designer's Gift Guide for Men

Massimo Dutti – Leather Messenger Bag

Classic messenger bag by Massimo Dutti. The leather is of great quality and the price is fine as well. The brand logo is blind embossed on the front, which I like as it is very subtle. The messenger bag features a main compartment and outer compartment, both with zip closure, and an adjustable shoulder strap.

Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook ( of Sorts)

POLPO: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts)

Perhaps you know that I wrote about my love for this book on the blog before! As it really is a very special cookbook I needed to mention it in my Designer’s Gift Guide for Men. POLPO not only serves with easy to follow recipes and informative texts about the origins of the recipes and Venice in general but it also looks simply good. And thanks to the binding it lays open on the kitchen countertop, which makes it super practical in use. And there are awesome Pizza recipes in there. And it’s not even expensive. (And now I’m gonna shut up and never mention this book here again, ha!)

Bagpack / Rucksack Isar with eco yarn | Côte&Ciel

Côte & Ciel – Isar Backpack with Laptop Compartment

My boyfriend owns this backpack by Côte & Ciel and he wears it a lot (and of course sometimes I borrow it…). We’ve tested it for a couple of years know and we both can only recommend it and would buy it again with no second thought. Although the Isar Rucksack looks sculptural it is highly functional. The iconic architectural form of the Isar Rucksack flows from a developed ergonomic design concept. Beside that the bag is made from a strong and weatherproof fabric developed through eco-friendly processes.

The Isar Rucksack consists of a front compartment with a pocket for valuables and compression straps to organize your belongings. The best feature is a hidden zipper pocket which allows you to quickly grab your phone and wallet while keeping them safe. The separate back compartment with a padded pocket for your laptop is also awesome.

Instagram tearaway calendar 2016 by Social Print Studio

Social Print Studio – Instagram Calendar 2016

A lot of us are using Instagram today to share our favorite moments, but of course we also use it to preserve them. With the tearaway calendar by Social Print Studio you can easily refresh those memories. Just pick a different Instagram or desktop photo for every day of the year, chose one of three beautiful layouts and let Social Print Studio do the rest. The paper is thicker than most tear-off calendars, giving the images a nice weight and feel. This calendar makes a very personal gift!

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    Reply Tess 7. December 2015 at 18:07

    Love the instagram calendar!! All great ideas 🙂

    • Sarah Le Donne
      Reply Sarah Le Donne 8. December 2015 at 15:39

      I’m happy that you liked the ideas and thank you for visiting! 😉

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    Reply Jenni 8. December 2015 at 14:25

    Lovely gift guide! I think I need that cookbook and gin for myself, though! 🙂

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    Reply Caressa 8. December 2015 at 17:28

    The elegance of these gifts are beautiful! The images alone makes you want to purchase!

    Nice options to consider, Sarah.

    • Sarah Le Donne
      Reply Sarah Le Donne 14. December 2015 at 9:52

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you like the guide!

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    Reply Belinda Philleo 9. December 2015 at 19:51

    Love the Gin & the Instagram calendar!

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    Reply Chel 10. December 2015 at 17:11

    I want the Instagram calendar… pfft.. screw my husband. That’s mine!! Lol. These gift ideas are great! Thanks!!

    • Sarah Le Donne
      Reply Sarah Le Donne 14. December 2015 at 9:58

      Haha, that’s totally fine with me 😉 Actually my boyfriend gifted one to me for my birthday and I really love it!

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    Reply Emily 10. December 2015 at 17:18

    That backpack is everything!!! I want one haha ?

    • Sarah Le Donne
      Reply Sarah Le Donne 16. December 2015 at 15:38

      Thank you Emily, I hope you’ll get one 😉

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    Reply Carol Cassara 10. December 2015 at 17:19

    These gifts would be well-received. They’re thoughtful and elegant.

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    Reply Dia@ All The Things I Do 10. December 2015 at 19:59

    I love the Côte & Ciel – Isar Backpack with Laptop Compartment my partner is such a business person but he runs around with his Jansport backpack and while I find it adorable it throws off his professional vibe. This would be great!

    • Sarah Le Donne
      Reply Sarah Le Donne 14. December 2015 at 10:01

      I’m really happy that you found something that could be of interest for your partner! I love that the backpack is looking great, but not like all the others and that it is also very functional. Whole package 😉 Have a lovely December!

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    Reply Becki S 11. December 2015 at 20:55

    This was a great list!! I love that Instagram calendar. I wonder if it would connect to someone else’s Instagram.

    • Sarah Le Donne
      Reply Sarah Le Donne 14. December 2015 at 10:05

      Hi Becki, thank you so much! Unfortunately (well, actually it is a very good thing) you need the password to connect with an Instagram account there. But there are also services which allow you to download all of your Instagram pictures to your computer. So you can upload them again at the Social Print Studio website. Hope that helps!

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    Reply Elissa 12. December 2015 at 0:32

    I’m not a dude, but I DEFINITELY want that gin. I may have to gift it to my husband and make him share with me. 🙂

    • Sarah Le Donne
      Reply Sarah Le Donne 14. December 2015 at 10:06

      This is how we do it over here 😉 Have a lovely week Elissa!

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    Reply Warren @ Blog to Taste 16. January 2016 at 7:38

    The backpack and Instagram calendars have been added to my wish list!

    • Sarah Le Donne
      Reply Sarah Le Donne 25. January 2016 at 19:20

      That’s great to hear Warren, I hope you’ll get them soon!

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