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Ultimate Gift Guide For Guys | 2016




1 – Midweight Flannel Shirt, J Crew, $79.50, 30% off with code FESTIVE: Super soft, super timeless, super hot.

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2 – Chicago Cubs Moccasin Slippers, $29.99: Cheesy? Maybe. Necessary? Yup, as well as the Cubbies robe on this website. FLY THE W, PEOPLE! #gocubsgo

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3 – Fuego Box, $13: Guys have a thing with hot sauce like they do scratching their junk, which is why this monthly hot sauce box = genius! With the Fuego Box, your guy can choose from hundreds of sauces and pick 3 for their monthly box. Fuego Box offers a variety of plans from monthly to quarterly to single bottle boxes. Oh – and now you can save $10 off your first box with code COOL!

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4 – Personalized phone case, $24.50: Dudes like to keep things simple, and it doesn’t get much easier than carrying your iPhone + your wallet in the same contraption.  Utilitarian and swanky – we like it.

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5 – Mountain Stitch Sweatpants, $123.99: The most comfortable sweatpants you’ll ever own.  Mark our words: he will LIVE in these sweats.  And don’t fret about the price, because everyone knows something’s true cost is (its cost) divided by the number of times you wear it… which basically means these are free.

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6 – Muir Way Topographic Map, $79: The Range Series – these topographical maps of the Appalachian Mountains, Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada Mountains are more like works of art.  Artwork is (objectively) really hard to pick out for other people in general, because it’s so subjective.  But these are so universally rad – in a really simple, Nat Geo Explorer Chic kind of way.  Plus, it’s way better than his posters he never threw out after college and has push-pinned to the wall.  These come in 24″ x 30″ prints – frames are sold separately (but we like this style).

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7 – Voluspa Moso Bamboo Candle, $44: This candle is masculine and so delicious. ALMOST smells like a hint of the Holidays, but in a “cold weather outside / crackling fire inside” way, so you can burn it into the New Year.

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8 – “Mallmann on Fire: 100 Inspired Recipes to Grill Anytime, Anywhere”, $29.27  Cause we know they love to grill.  And how about these apples: “…the passionate master of the Argentine grill takes us grilling in magical places—in winter’s snow, on mountaintops, on the beach, on the crowded streets of Manhattan, on a deserted island in Patagonia, in Paris, Brooklyn, Bolinas, Brazil—each locale inspiring new discoveries as revealed in 100 recipes for meals both intimate and outsized. We encounter legs of lamb and chicken hung from strings, coal-roasted delicata squash, roasted herbs, a parrillada of many fish, and all sorts of griddled and charred meats, vegetables, and fruits, plus rustic desserts cooked on the chapa and baked in wood-fired ovens. At every stop along the way there is something delicious to eat and a lesson to be learned about slowing down and enjoying the process, not just the result.”

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9 – Bottlehook Key Chain, $29.98: Because do you ever have one when you need one?  Love that this one hooks onto belt loops, bags, pockets etc.

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10 – Mudcloth Pillow Cover, $100: Love the hand-stitching and the well-worn, worldly feel of this.  Like a pair of old Levis, and we promise it looks good with (everything).  Made from authentic vintage hand dyed African Mud Cloth.

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11 – Nintendo Entertainment System NES Classic Edition Mini Console w/30 Games, Price/availability vary. Every store is sold out of these nuggets of nostalgia, so you’ll have to get ‘em on Ebay (for way more than priced at, say, a Target).  But can you really put a price of sitting down for a 2-player game of Mario 1? I hear coins chinking and mushrooms growing as we speak…

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12 – Nike Special Field Air Force 1, $185:  I meeeeean, cuz they’re the coolest things we’ve ever seen.  What’s (vintage) is new again.

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13 – “Good Morning Asshole” Mug, $15: HAAAAAAAHAHAH. You cannot look at this mug and not cackle – or at least crack a smile. Isn’t that worth its weight in gold?  PS: Steph got this for her pops last year (Stevie B in the house!) – Rave reviews.

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14 – “Evolution” Polo by Lululemon, $88: Our intrepid consultant who shall be named “Koala” told us he swears by these shirts. “Anti-stink”, according to the website. Done.

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15 – Grilled Cheese Maker, $24.99: Figuring out what in the what to make for dinner when you’re camping is WAY tougher than you think… I (Steph) didn’t appreciate it until I had to grocery stop for 3 nights of camping in Telluride and was like, HEH?? What keeps (fine) in a cooler, requires minimal prep and isn’t messy?  (And is delicious)?  Lesson learned when I was trying to cook my crumbly crab cake over a fire, and the people next to me had grilled cheeses + tomato soup in a Thermos.

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16 – Floating Record/Vertical Turntable, $499: This is currently sold out (additional stock arriving soon) but it’s ALSO THE COOLEST THING WE’VE EVER SEEN. My step-dad is a huge music guru and has a HUGE collection of vintage vinyl, and I’d love to get this for him.  It also just LOOKS cool AF. Covet Living Gift Guide for Guys 2016


17 – Zipped Travel Wallet with Passport Cover in Smooth Cognac & Stone Suede, $345 – This is a pick from our good buddy Koala, who has amazing (champagne) taste & caviar dreams.

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18 – The Feed (Food for Athletes) Build Your Own Box, from about $44: Specially made boxes of UBER healthy snacks to fuel you for whatever activity you’re into – Travel Food Survival Box (sign us up), Triathlon Training Box, Cycling Box, 3-Day Backpacking Box, etc.  You get to pick about 15 items that are specially chosen for each category to load your box up with.  Love this.

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19 – Timex Weekender Chromo Oversized, $71 – Timeless and not a zillion dollars.


Since guys always seem to want/need watches and they’re tough to pin down, here are a few more options:

Toms for Apple Watchband, $75: Note: this is just the band; Apple Watch is sold separately.  But how much do we love Toms for their goodwill: with every Apple Watch band purchased, they provide one year of solar light to a person in need.


Shinola The Canfield Chronograph Watch, $850: I mean, it’s a down payment on a car, but isn’t it baller? Shinola watches make this list almost every year. My man tried it on last weekend and if I was swimming in Scrooge McDuck’s coin vault, I probably would’ve snapped it up for him.


20 – Faux Fur Throws, starting at $69: RAWR.  So cozy.

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21 – Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless Earphones, $199.95: Super light and portable with super high quality sound, for when you’re at the gym pumping Jock Jams 5.

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22 – Leather belt with snake: Ok, we don’t really think you’re gonna buy this for anyone, but we had to include it, just so we could write this quote from Steph’s old boss who suggested this item: “I would rock the shit out of that belt, just to be able to say ‘You checking out my snake, or my snake?’”

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23 – Party Bucket, $55 – This is SORT OF goofy, but we know he would SORT OF also use it. It’s got 8 insulated koozies, 1 insulated wine bottle holster (heeeeey girl heeeey), a built-in bottle opener and a separate water resistant pouch for snacks. See you at Super Bowl Sunday!


24 – P.F. candle in teakwood & tobacco, $32: Because aside from Drakkar Noir or a British accent, there’s no greater aphrodisac for a woman than a candle that smells oh so manly and hot.

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24.5 – Pure Cashmere socks, $39: Are cashmere socks a necessity? No, but we’re guessing they’ll make your man feel a little special every time he wears them. And isn’t that what Holiday Gift Lists are all about?! These in particular are super luxurious and warm, just in time for the winter months.

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25 – Tumi expandable carry-on suitcase, $675: Pricey, but if you know a guy who’s constantly flying, this is a GREAT suitcase, and the biggest carry-on that will work for both domestic and international travel.

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26 – Sphere ice molds, $10.95: We love these for guys because the part-Mad Men, part-futuristic vibes they give off are super cool, AND they chill a drink evenly and melt slowly so the drink doesn’t get diluted. Covet Living Gift Guide for Guys 2016

27 – World’s Greatest Farter T-Shirt, $27.95: Show me a man who wouldn’t get a chuckle out of this shirt and wear it to bed with pride. Or at a BBQ, if they’re gangster.  One of us may or may not have just bought this for her Pops..
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28 – Enamel Mug, 2-pack, $12.69: So cute and campfire-y! The manliest man in your life will appreciate drinking his Bulletproof coffee outta these, as they’re made to withstand basically anything.

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29 – PGX golf clubs: For golfers, PXG are “the sh*t” per one of the fave men we know. They’re not cheap, but basically the “Rolls Royce” of clubs…

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30 – Walnut MacBook Cover, $79: You can practically picture Paul Bunyon sitting on a hillside with his trusty blue ox by his side, drinking a cup of super strong coffee and blogging away on this computer – which is covered in all of its walnut glory – about his latest traveling lumberjack adventures.

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31 – The Pocket Torch, $18.95: File this under STEPHANIE HAS A MOUNTAIN MAN BOYFRIEND. Just kidding. This powerful little torch is used with one’s lighter and is great for lighting a fire during camping, with firewood in the chimney, or, er, making crème brulee in the woods.

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32 – Electric/Indoor Grill, $584.10: We know so many dudes without a balcony or backyard, so this is a great alternative to a gas grill: It’s portable, has a lot of cooking space but small enough that you can cook from your kitchen. Easily collapsible so you can tuck it away.

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33 – UE Boom Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, Starting from $71.99: An amazing Bluetooth speaker with the best sound – and such a small device! You can even buy two to get an even bigger, better sound.

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34 – TRX Home Gym, $179.95: Everytime I’m forced to use a TRX in my workout class I want to soak in a bath the next day, I’m that sore. Gift this to the guy who wants to sculpt his body/core at home, at the beach, in a hotel room, on a moutainside… you catch our drift. PS: My old trainer thought this was one of the best workouts out there.

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35 – Remastered Herman Miller Aeron Chair, $780: This one’s not cheap, but it IS, hands-down, the most comfortable office chair of all time.  I (Steph here) get asked at least once a week by dudes what chair they should buy for their office… this is my answer, every time.  The classic yet Jetsons design is also super bad a$$ and ergonomically insane (read this part with regards to that). I feel the same way about office chairs as I do about beds: you spend about 1/3 of your life in (each of those), so you can’t afford to have them be uncomfortable.

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36 – Shawl Collar Sweater, $108, 30% off with code FESTIVE: Ok, so after Drakkar Noir, a British accent, and a teakwood and tobacco-scented candle (see above), a DILF sweater ranks right up there as one of the more powerful aphrodisiacs for a woman.  And no Covet Living Gift Guide (ever) is complete without one.

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37 – Bonobos Travel Jeans, $108: 99% cotton, 1% spandex. Supposedly SUPER comfy with a great fit.

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38 – “50 Places to Bike Before You Die”, $19. A gorgeous book with stunning color photographs for the amateur Lance Armstrong in your life (minus, you know, the doping and all).


39 – Norelco Nosetrimmer 3100, from $23.79. Totally not a sexy gift, but more for a boyfriend or husband or your dad; ie, someone you’re reallllll comfortable with. And then maybe lock yourself in the bathroom for 2 minutes, turn the fan AND the faucet on and borrow it when he’s not paying attention.. OHMYGODWAITWHOSAIDTHAT? This description will self-destruct in 5 seconds…
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40 – Ted Baker Chukka Boot, starting at $81.69: This style of shoe is classic and one of Karrie’s husband’s faves; it can be worn out at night or to work, and almost covers up the fact that he’s wearing the same underwear for the third day in a row (just kidding, that would be Karrie):
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41- Guitar Pick Punch, $22.70: Pop this in your guy’s stocking if he’s a music man. You cute groupie you. #pennylane
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That’s all we got!  If you need more ideas, you can also shop previous years’ gift guides: 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015. PS: “For the Home” & “For Gals” Gift Guides will be up next week – stay tuned!!


Steph & Karrie



Gift Guide #2: For the Boys

Behold: The ultimate gift guide pour les hommes (!) For those odd, Animal-Planet-Like creatures we love.. they always seem so simple in their t-shirt, flannel pants & cereal bowl glory, but every holiday, they’re next-to-impossible to buy for.  Why is that??

…Anyhow.  We sifted through the sea of swirly twirly gumdrops out there for guys – through all the wood grain cufflinks and lunchbox-sized portable grills, which (no offense) *sound* like a good idea buuuuuuuut…  those cufflinks will have dust by Valentine’s Day, and next football season, the itty bitty weiner-griller ends up being able to hold enough hot dogs for 1.5 people (or 5 Smurfs) at the tailgate.  SO – with a seriously discerning eye + the approval of a few super studs, this is what we came up with:

1 – AVIATOR CLASSIC RAY BANS, $150.  Show me a guy who doesn’t look amazing in Aviators, and…  God.  I’d probably agree to show you my boobs.  Cuz even Chewbacca would charm just about anyone if he had a pair of these on.  NO ONE LOOKS BAD IN THEM!  We also love the classic gold w/the grey lens.  Baller.

2 – UNTUCK IT ALZERO SHIRT, $89. The same way cute low-rise jeans create unfortunate plumber cracks for girls, apparently too-long to leave out, but look-silly-to-tuck-in button-ups are a big issue for guys. (Ping!), whattayaknow – there’s a company called Untuck It that puts a big plaid Band-Aid on this.  Problem solved.

3 – HESTRA WOOL-LINED DEERSKIN CLASSIC GLOVES, $80. We’ll be stealing these, thanks.  But while we let you guys wear them in the days following Christmas, we’ll watch in awe over what a hard core, rugged lumberjack you are.

4 – TROON MESSENGER BAG FROM KNOMO, $149.  Ahem – No, it’s not a “murse”.  Knomo was created by the guy who created Tumi, so you know they’re legit.  Plus, you’re not a briefcase-carrying Steve Martin in Planes Trains & Automobiles chasing a cab on down Park Ave, cuz it’s just not the 80’s anymore (single tear…).  So out with the briefcases, in with the messengers.  PS:  No joke, whenever I see guys carrying them, they always seem unaffected, put together, literary and sure-of-themselves in a Ryan Gosling sort of way.  Translation: hot.  Plus we love the army canvas & leather detail on this one.

5 – HIMALAYAN SALT TEQUILA / SHOT GLASSES – SET OF 4, $30. Carved from Himalayan Pink Salt (so Fred Flinstone!), and REAL pretty to look at. #everybodywins! They’re also supposed to give off a more nuanced flavor with your tequila than regular salt.  So there’s that.  OMG wait – can I burn votive candles in these??

6 – RAG & BONE DOT POCKET SQUARE, $55. Pocket squares are dapper, they’re classic, and they’ve made a serious comeback.   If anyone has any questions about that, please see below.

7 – BASEBALL BAT BOTTLE OPENERS, $95-$125.  I always trust Uncommon Goods to come up with amazing gifts…  they’re the same people behind the etched city map glasses I put on my gift guide in 2012…  (while we’re at it, how cool are these??) Anyhow..  the bottle openers below are made from game-day bats from your guy’s favorite team.  Cubbies?  Check.  Sox?  Check.  I meeeeeeean…  you didn’t go to Kohl’s and grab him the sweater that was on sale in a heaping pile on the first rack you saw cuz you were hurrying to check the boxes in your shopping list.  You got him a bottle opener made from the bat Babe Ruth probably used before he cracked a bat hitting a HOMERUN in the who-knows-what-year-it-was World Series.  And I bet he’ll think of you every time he cracks an icy Smirnoff Ice Stella with it.

8 – STEPH’S PERFECT EGG SANDWICH.  Everybody loves something homemade and heartfelt, right??  This is my recipe, and I hate to toot my horn, but it’s seriously the best.  It’s never met a soul who didn’t love it.  Perfect for lazy Sunday mornings.

Ingredients (serves 2):

-Loaf of fresh bread (sourdough, whole wheat, white – your call)

-About 10 slices of bacon

-2 handfuls of arugula

-4 slices of Habanero cheese (NOT PEPPER JACK.  Sorry.)

-A few pads of butter (the good salty kind)

-4 eggs


1.  Fry bacon in a pan over medium to medium high heat till crispy but not burned. Remove and let it cool on a paper towel.

2.  Drain some but not all of the grease in the skillet – you want the bacon grease to coat the base of the pan so you can fry the eggs in it.

3.  Crack all 4 eggs in skillet and let ’em sizzle for a sec while you sprinkle flaked seat salt and a little pepper on.  It should still be medium to medium-high…  not so hot that you smell them burning, but hot enough that once you crack the egg, it doesn’t spread out forever, it cooks enough to catch itself.

4.  While the 1st side of the eggs are cooking, cut a few pieces of fresh bread and pop in the toaster.

5.  Turn eggs, then turn skillet down to low.  They’re probably almost cooked through, so you just need to finish cooking the other side so you don’t get salmonella.  But you don’t want to burn them.  Sprinkle with salt & pepper again, and wait until they’re about over medium.

6.  Take bread out of toaster, butter slices, then immediately put habanero cheese on while the toast is still hot so it starts to melt in.  Place now-cheesy slices on the serving plates, then remove over-medium eggs from pan, placing 2 eggs on each open-face piece of bread on each plate.  The eggs should start melting the cheese into the bread.

7.  Break each bacon strip into 2 or 3 pieces, and layer on top of egg.

8.  Grab a handful of arugula, crush in your hand, then put on top of bacon.  Repeat on other plate.

9.  Top with the other slice of bread.  I usually give the whole thing a smoosh to meld some of the ingredients together, and so some of the yolk spills out.

10.  Draw a smiley face – or whatever you want – on the plate with Sriracha. Because there is nothing better to dip your egg sandwich in than Sriracha.


9 – BOOTS No7 RAPID REVIVAL EYE ROLL-ON, $12.74.  One of our closest friends’ husbands – who is like the male version of OP (aka has the most refined and best taste in everything, always) – swears by this.  Keep it in the fridge, and use it when you haven’t gotten enough sleep, or had a few too many the night before.  Feels like cucumbers on your boy’s eyes, but better.  And makes him look like he slept 12 hours last night.

10 – THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES, BY GARY CHAPMAN, $9.  We know you think we’re kidding, but we are so serious about this.  I don’t know how many couples – COUPLES – not chicks – I’ve heard rave about this book.  I also just had one of my closest guy friends – an upstanding, talented, successful man with a heart of gold tell me: “Stephie.  This a big statement, but I honestly feel like if I had read this book when x and I were still together, I don’t think we would’ve gotten divorced.”  And I don’t think I realized until my most recent relationship how imperative communication is.  And how HARD it can be if you don’t naturally communicate in the same (love) language – which, next to none of us do. This book helps break some of that down so we can all get on the same page.

11 – ECVISION BED BOLT iPAD HOLDER, $62.99.  …….Tim, can we get you anything??  We could go to Gjelina for brunch, hit the Pasadena flea market, putts down the Promenade and set the kitchen on fire, and he’d never even know we were gone.  #dontblamemeblameyourwife #wecouldleavehimherefordays But seriously – it clamps to the bed, to a desk… to just about anything.  So you no longer have to hold it while you’re doing a Homeland binge.

12 – JAMBOX BY JAWBONE, $129.99-$299.99.  “Turns any phone, tablet or portable device into a hi-def sound system.”  Doesn’t plug in, doesn’t have a dock – just sits there all big pimpin and plays tunes from your phone.  You can also hands-free video chat with it on FaceTime / Skype.  I wish I would’ve known about this on Monday, cuz I would’ve put it on my wishlist.  Comes in a gaggle of pretty colors, in addition to the murdered-out version below.  Which is pretty boss.


ALTERNATIVE APPAREL ECO JERSEY RAGLAN HENLEY, $40 (our color pick: eco black / shown).

If I’m generalizing, 99% of dudes despise shopping, but they don’t not appreciate looking dapper & put together.  This is probably why Trunk Club is such a success… Most guys I know just want to be given a cheat sheet for what to buy.  Well Campers…  here you go!  The Alternative Apparel henley looks great on everyone I know who owns it, it’s super affordable, and it never goes out of style.  And if you bought one for your man last year – welp – good thing it’s cold out, because layering is a good look.


I do realize the cashmere hoodie is a bit of a splurge, but guys deserve a little luxury too, right?  I’ll be the first to admit that a good ‘ol Werthers Original-esque wool dilf sweater popular on gift guides the world-over looks purdy… But after you buy it and they put it on, 5 minutes later they’re wearing an old sweatshirt… cuz the wool Werthers sweater looked great but felt like an itchy Scotch Brite pad.  (This is also cozy alternative).

UNIQLO V-NECK TEES, $12 now $7.90.

Last staple…  our friend we’ll call Affluenza loves these.

I lied – one more… I hate to sound like a broken record, but the Lulu sweatpants from last year’s gift guide??  Classic, cozy staple.  Perfect for borrowing.  And spooning. #everybodywins!

Hope this helps!  Happy Shopping!!  And if you need more great ideas for guys, check out some of our vintage versions: GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM 2013 | GIFT GUIDE FOR HIM 2012

Steph & Karrie