The Gentleman's Guide to Gifting

Posted: Nov 23 2014

Just In Time For The Holidays, We Asked Three of Our Favourite (and Most Stylish) Gentlemen For Their Guides To Gifting.

Tristan Banning, Founder of SidewalkHustle.com

TCC: What's your favourite part about gift shopping (and giving) over the holidays?

TB: Aside for the ugly side of rampant consumerism, I like the holidays because it is an excuse to give the people you love awesome gifts. Everyone loves getting a gift, especially a well thought out one; one that means something to the person you are giving it to. It's a nice excuse to be nice and generous. 

 

TCC: What are your top 3 tips for shopping for the perfect gift?

TB: 1. Research 2. Planning 3. Time. I dislike going shopping during the holiday season, it is a zoo in stores, so I always research where I can get the gift, maybe call ahead to have it put aside. Find out when a new shipment or the product you want is in the store, then I go at off times to avoid the crowds, and usually the sales staff are more eager and able to help because they aren't dealing with an insurmountable surge of shoppers. 

 

TCC: What are some of your favourite gifts to give?

TB: I like giving clothes, when possible. Clothes are often a luxury for people, not something they need, but they want. So when you give clothes... and they fit and are what people want, the gift receiver is usually pretty pumped.

 

TCC: Who in your circle is the easiest to shop for? Who is the hardest?

TB: The easiest person to shop for is my sister; she is 9 years younger than me, and cooler, so shopping for her is fun. The hardest person to shop for is my girlfriend Hawley; not for any reason other than I want to get her the most perfect, cool, awesome gift ever, so, it takes some time and planning. 

 

TCC: What does shopping local mean to you?

TB: Shopping local is very important to me. I am a big proponent of supporting the local economy. It's important that my community flourishes and thrives. 

 

TCC: What are your top 5 gift picks from The Chic Canuck?

 TB: The Donut Plate by Jacqueline Poirier, Ponyskin Touchscreen Gloves by Quill &Tine, Beard Oil by F.Miller Skincare, Muscle Rescue Balm by Ella's Botanicals, and The Black & White Cambie Blanket.

 

 

Lance Chung of MrLanceChung.com

TCC: What's your favourite part about gift shopping (and giving) over the holidays?

LC: I find shopping for others so rewarding and often enjoy it more than shopping for myself. There's something about buying gifts that really helps you appreciate your relationship with someone. The anticipation of making someone happy is a great feeling. 

 

TCC: What are your top 3 tips for shopping for the perfect gift?

LC: Obviously, make sure that it is personal. You want to show that you put effort into your gift and didn't just buy something off a shelf. Think about any great memories that you share together or an inside joke. I also don't think doing something expensive is necessary either. Sometimes a gift that you've made yourself goes miles above something you can buy from a store. Lastly, don't limit yourself to just tangible items. Experiences can be just as, if not more, rewarding as a gift than physical products. 

 

TCC: What are some of your favourite gifts to give?

LC: It really depends on who you're buying for and what kind of person they are. For me, I like to buy sentimental things that also work as timeless classics. A beautiful blanket that can be passed down through generations or a stunning leather bag are always good options. I also like to give coffee table books with a nice note and date written on the inside of the cover so they can always look back on it and remember the occasion. 

 

TCC: Who in your circle is the easiest to shop for? Who is the hardest?

LC: Of my circle, I think all my friends have such distinct personalities that buying presents for them isn't very hard actually. 

 

TCC: What does shopping local mean to you?

LC: Having worked in the creative industry, I have such a deep respect for local talent. Being able to support them is so important. Nowadays, we're so inundated with mass marketing and items straight off the product line. I'm not saying that there is necessarily anything wrong with that, but if you have the opportunity to support local businesses in a way that makes sense for you, then go for it!

 

TCC: What are your top 5 gift picks from The Chic Canuck?

LC: The J&J Made Vintage Red HBC Pillow, Ponyskin Touchscreen Globes by Quill & Tine, Grey and White Cambie Blanket, Nelle Han Rose Stem Bangle in Gold, and Province Apothecary's Essential Oil Infused Incense in Spruce and Fir.

 

Alex Dooley, Social Manager at TheChicCanuck.com

 

TCC: What's your favourite part about gift shopping (and giving) over the holidays?

AD: I LOVE giving presents to the special people in my life over the holidays. The anticipation of their reactions, the joy on their faces when they open them up. However, perusing windows, gift guides and the festive experience of strolling the streets with a fancy latte warming me up, is my favourite part about gift shopping. 

 

TCC: What are your top 3 tips for shopping for the perfect gift?

AD: 1. A good place to start, is to discover your families and friends newest hobbies (even if you know they aren’t going to keep them up). 2. Window shop as early as you can and scout out good quality brands for the gift you are buying. 3. Then head straight to the internet to get the best deal. Shopping local brands online, can often be the most cost effective way to find good quality products, that aren’t yet expensive corporate machines. 

 

TCC: What are some of your favourite gifts to give?

AD: Definitely coffee table books. You can’t go wrong. You can buy a book on anything, so nobody will be disappointed. 

 

TCC: Who in your circle is the easiest to shop for? Who is the hardest?

AD: My best friends in the UK Jessica and Stephanie Blundell, are the easiest. We are the same. Just with different parts. My Mother is by far the worst. Now she just gets vouchers, after years of returns. 

 

TCC: What does shopping local mean to you?

AD: Putting back into your local economy can only be a good thing. 99.9% of the time, it’s way better quality. 

 

TCC: What are your top 5 picks from The Chic Canuck? 

AD: The Cambie Design Blanket, J & J Made vintage HBC pillow, The Maple Leaf Forever Coffee Table BookJacqueline Poirier Hand Painted Stag Plate, and Said The King Fuck You Love Me Pillow Cases.

 Thank you, boys!

xo

@TheChicCanuck

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