Hear those sleigh bells jingling yet? The holiday season is well and truly underway, and if you’re still on the hunt for gift ideas then look no further.
This list has you covered with ideas for the home bartender, gifts for commuters, breakfast lover stocking stuffers, and comfy underwear for dads, brothers, boyfriends, husbands, and guy friends alike.
Our wishlist today comes from Daniel Vaughn.
Daniel is our Director of IT here at Govalo; what that means is he spends his time working out how to make our security top notch, protecting all that precious merchant data and ensuring we're always on top of the latest in IT. He lives in Atlanta, GA, but you'll normally find him literally anywhere else as he loves to travel around the world with his wife, Kelly. He also mixes up a mean cocktail, and enjoys a good glass of Scottish whisky.
#1 - Timbuk2 - High quality reliable bags, backpacks, and more
It all started in 1989 when Timbuk2 founder, Rob Honeycutt, was working as a bike messenger in busy San Francisco. He fell in love with his messenger bag - it’s functionality and utility were on another level. He wanted to make that utility accessible to anyone and everyone, and so Timbuk2 was created. They’ve expanded to more than just their classic messenger back, looking at how to adapt different bag styles and accessories to the functionality people actually need. Whether that’s zipping on a bike through the city and needing a backpack that’ll protect your laptop, or travelling the world with a sturdy, reliable suitcase.
#2 - Brickell Men’s Products - Natural grooming products for men
Have you ever bothered to read the back of a tube of shaving cream or moisturizer? For most off-the-shelf grooming products, it’s a list as long as your arm of chemicals and components you can’t pronounce nevermind know what they are. That’s what the founders of Brickell discovered, and they reckoned that with all the technology we have these days there had to be a better option. They decided to take natural, organic ingredients and create a range of men’s skincare and grooming products that were free from all those toxic, synthetic chemicals. They’ve now sold to over 1 million customers in over 110 countries worldwide, so if the guys in your life need a tried-and-trusted new skincare regime, Brickell have the solution.
#3 - Liber & Co - Bar quality cocktail syrups and ingredients
When you go to a great cocktail bar and sip on some of the best concoctions those bartenders have to offer, you always want to recreate them at home. However, they often use niche ingredients, syrups you can’t find, and tools you don’t have. That’s pretty much exactly why Liber & Co started. Three friends went to some of the best bars in NYC, DC, and Austin, and struck up conversations with the bartenders to learn what made their cocktails so great. They went home and found that they either couldn’t buy the same ingredients, or they could get poor imitations made with artificial flavorings - surely, home bartenders could do better. They now make a wide range of cocktail syrups, ingredients, and bar equipment that turn your homemade cocktails into something straight out of the world’s best bars. Not only that, their products are used in those top bars, so you’re using the same high quality ingredients as the best bartenders.
#4 - Georgia Grinders - All-natural nut butters
If you know someone who really loves a good jar of nut butter, you’re in for a treat with Georgia Grinders. Handcrafted in small batches, they make a range of nut butters using simple, all natural ingredients. Their original recipes were based on founder Jaime’s grandfather’s, and they’ve since continued to develop even more amazing recipes including Chocolate Bourbon Pecan, Honey Roasted Almond, and Cinnamon Vanilla Pecan Peanut. They’re made with health, freshness, and flavor in mind, and are all extremely versatile so whether you want to use some good quality peanut butter in a savory recipe or need a sweet hit of pecan on your toast in the morning, Georgia Grinder’s has you covered.
#5 - Saxx Underwear - Super comfortable men’s underwear
After hours spent in a clammy ocean suit, Saxx’s founder wondered why his underwear wasn’t better suited to how men actually go about their day. Chafing, friction, sweat, these are all issues that every man faces and yet underwear still wasn’t designed to combat these challenges. Saxx is underwear made right - using internal tech that reduces skin friction, no exposed stitching, and breathable mesh material, their underwear allows for more comfort which supports natural movement. If you’re looking for something a bit different to the usual pair of underpants for the men in your life, Saxx is definitely the answer.