With the holidays just around the corner, you may be having trouble coming up with great gift ideas for yourself or your dad. Or maybe you’re a wife looking for suggestions for the man in your life, but you’re left scratching your head finding cool, stylish gifts for the contemporary dad.

Enter our resident style consultant (okay, my brother-in-law) Ben Swartz.  He’s got great taste and always seems to have his finger on the pulse of the perfect creature comforts for today’s man.  Proof of his suaveness:

 suave benjy

More proof:

Benjy Turkey

Here are Ben’s top 10 Gift “Wants” for this holiday season. Click on any pic to purchase.

1. The Barbour Classic Beaufort Jacket

Barbour Jacket

The Barbour Classic Beaufort Jacket

According to Ben, this is unquestionably the most amazing jacket ever.  From the description: “Tough enough to brave the great outdoors yet equally suited to city wear – perfect for throwing over a suit when commuting to work. Ideal for year-round use.” You can read more about it on the Barbour website, or order it from Orvis.com. You can also purchase the comfy liner that goes with it:

Barbour Fur Winter Liner

Barbour Fur Winter Liner

2. Bose Quiet Comfort 20i Acoustic Noise Canceling Headphones

Bose Headphones

Bose Noise Canceling Headphones

If the dad in question is an audiophile, he’s going to be blown away by the Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. The reviews are off the charts.  They make a perfect gift for anyone who likes to disappear into their music, movies or podcasts without interruption… ideal for a frequent traveler looking for some peace on an airplane. 

3.  Horween Brown Leather Sabago Boat Shoes

Boat Shoes

Sabago Boat Shoes

Do you like Boat shoes? Ben likes boat shoes. These brown leather ones from Sabago are his choice for the top of the line, an old standby that every man should own.

4. Ice Ball Mold For Whiskey Or Cocktails

Ice Ball Mold For Whiskey

Basically, a ball-shaped ice cube keeps your drinks colder, longer.  Yeah, science! Here is the highest rated Ice Ball Mold on Amazon.com:  Best Ice Ball Mold – Ice Ball Maker for Whiskey or Cocktail – 2.5″ Spheres – Set of 2.

5. Projection Alarm Clock With Smartphone Charger

Sony Projection Alarm Clock

I’ll be honest, I hadn’t even thought of taking my alarm clock to the next level, until Ben recommended one of these. Now I want one. The sleek-looking Sony ICFC1PJ Alarm Clock Radio looks like something that could have come out of the mind of Steve Jobs.  “See the time without lifting your head by projecting the time on your wall or ceiling. The convenient swivel projector can tilt up to 180 degrees, enabling you to project the time virtually anywhere, while the adjustable focus knob keeps it all clear. For convenience, the projector can be turned on and off as desired.” It also comes with a host of other cool features, including a USB port to charge any smart device.

6. Any of these Whiskey or Scotches


The Glenrothes, 1987, 43%


Laphroaig Quarter Cask


Jefferson’s Presidential Select, 18 yr


Lagavulin 16 year old, 43%

You can’t go wrong with a great bottle of Whiskey or Scotch, and these 4 are perfect suggestions for dads and grandfathers. You can also check out our list of 7 other solid recommendations here. The best way to purchase a rare bottle like this is to visit a local retailer to see if it’s in stock – if not, ask them to order it for you.

7. Filson Original Briefcase One Size Brown

Filson Briefcase

Practical and compact. A rugged, everyday briefcase, appropriate for the field. Inside is a wide carrying compartment, two full-length open pockets and sewn-on compartments for calculator, business cards, pencils and pens. Narrow pockets on both ends and full-length outer pockets on both sides. Made in USA. You can order the Filson Original Briefcase on Amazon.

8. Stand Alone Wind-Resistant Cigar Ashtray

Standing Cigar Ashtray

Even if you’re not an everyday cigar smoker, it’s nice to have one of these around for special occasions.  The Stainless Stinky Standing Cigar Ashtray is consistently rated among the top of the line. Don’t let the name fool you, the reviews are glowing for this “elegant and classy” cigar stand that looks better than the pictures lead you to believe.

9. Anything From L.L. Bean


L.L. Bean – 10% Off

To quote Ben, “I’m completely satisfied getting anything from L.L.Bean.”  I would agree. A consistently top-rated brand with a quality product. From now until Tuesday, Dec. 2, you can get 10% off your order from their site (code is THANKS10).

10. Make Screwing Fun

20 Volt Drill

This isn’t from Ben, but I’ll throw this one in because it’s my favorite tool in the house: a 20v drill and flashlight combination, with rechargeable lithium ion battery.  If you don’t have one yet, you won’t believe the fun you can have with 20 volts of raw power coursing through your fingertips. You can hang picture frames, fix swing sets, reattach door hinges and hang even more picture frames in just seconds.  I picked up a Craftsman set at Costco for a similar price, but this one from Amazon comes highly rated and should do the trick: Black & Decker BDCDMT120FL 20-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Matrix Drill/Driver and Flashlight Kit.

Happy Holidays!

About The Author

Michael Berman

Husband and father of two who works as a professional writer, having sold screenplays to Sony, Disney, MGM and Showtime among others. Always on the look out for solid, useful information to share with other parents on Chilldad.com.

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