I gave a couple suggestions there, but wanted to dive deeper into the topic. There are a number of things that I think make great gifts for these guys and none of them are terribly expensive.
I think the best starting point is to think about what the age means.
What 30 means now
For me, it meant that, while I was still young enough to enjoy life, I was experienced enough to know a little better.
It also meant the start to living a life less disposable. No, I wasn’t ready to settle down nor did I want a lot of stuff that I’d have to carry with me whenever I moved along to the next adventure, but for the things I did deem important enough to keep around, I wanted them to be built to last.
A good gift should reflect these things.
Metal collar stays
Collar stays are those little guys those you stick into the collars of your dress shirts to keep the corners looking pressed. Most dress shirts come with a plastic pair. If the guy you’re gifting is anything like me, over time he is likely to have accidentally washed the collar stays with the shirt, had them bend out of shape, or list them altogether. Give him a fancy set he’ll make sure to hold onto.
Sure, no one but him may ever see the metal, but they’ll definitely notice how straight the corners of his collar always are. More importantly, he’ll know.
Make sure you get one that matches the width of his ties.
These will help keep his tie from flopping about while he’s winning dance-offs at weddings or sprinting to catch a train. The alternative is a tie tack, but why would you want to put a hole in your fancy ties?
But tread carefully here. Some guys who have use a double-edge razor think they’re the greatest thing out there; some, including me, think they’re a little too harsh first thing in the morning
At first glance, dresser valets may seem like a solution looking for a problem, but there’s something great about keeping your things in order, hidden away in a place you always know where to find them instead of just tossed wherever when you get home from work.
And remember that time is money; if it saves him a few minutes of having to round up his wallet, watch, and phone every morning, then it could pay for itself.
Most airlines now charge for checked bags, and a growing number are charging for carry-on bags that go in the overhead compartment. A good weekend bag can fit underneath the seat in front of you, while being a little easier to access and more organized than the backpack he’s been traveling with since high school.
Avoid leather and you can generally get these for pretty cheap.
And these are my ideas!
Anyone else have any thoughts on what to give the millennial male in their life in their early 30s?