- They can rap all the lyrics to Super Bass by heart.
- They respond to at least 60 percent of my text messages.
- They both know how to make a playlist for anything, such as “November,” “Songs for New Cities,” “Twinkle Lights in Your Bedroom,” “Listen it’s going to get really cold,” and”front porches + good books.“
- They can truck through an entire season of Laguna Beach in one sitting (with a bottle of wine, of course.)
This is for the Southern gentleman who has long retired his croakies but will still open my door. He quotes The West Wing in everyday conversation and mix CDs are his love language. He likes tacos, road trips, and sending mail the old fashioned way.
- Subscription to the Atlantic. A man should always have something interesting to converse about, sure it might take you a month to finish an article, but it’s worth it.
- J.Crew Plaid Wool Scarf. I appreciate a man who can pull off a good scarf. It shouldn’t be flashy and you don’t need to tie it in any weird way, just wear it. Simple is best. But you know that already.
- Pendleton throw in Charcoal Stewart. It’s getting cold and you need to have a nice clean blanket at your house. If you wanted to use it to entertain a lady for an indoor picnic in deepest darkest January, that would also be acceptable.
- Peace Like A River. A coming of age tale with a precocious child narrator set in the barren plains of the North Dakota Badlands. This is one that will stick with you. Plus, you should always to have a book on hand when someone asks for a recommendation.
- French press by Bodum. The thing about a French press is that it makes you look like you care about food and the finer things in life even if you are still sort of confused about them.
- Whiskey stones. How great would it be if I was that kind of girl who could drink whiskey with you? Well, sorry, i’m not. But I will think you are classy if you have these.
This is for the “classy lumberjack.” He has read of all of Vonnegut’s works and probably wanted to get “so it goes” tattooed on his forearm when he was 18. He loves his mom, wool socks and building bonfires. He’s understated and shy. Oh, and he’s read Watchmen…twice.
- Flannel button-downn from Gant Rugger. My philosophy when buying clothes for men is: “Can I wear it?” In this case, the answer is most definitely yes, I can. Plus, who doesn’t love a man in flannel?
- Untreated leather belt by Wood & Faulk. This handmade belt is simple and untreated, ready to be broken in and made your own. Simple. Manly. Perfect.
- Wool gloves from Buckshot Sonny’s Sporting Goods. Jeff and I were recently having a conversation about how he’s having a hard time finding manly gloves. Well here they are, made in the USA.
- True/False tickets. Our college town’s very own documentary film festival, True/False is a wonderful weekend in Columbia, Missouri where filmmakers and goers descend on our small town for a weekend of revelry, good wine, and eye-opening documentaries. Check out their site for more info.
- Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. This is by far the best Indian Pale Ale I have ever had. Stock up with some to enjoy and some to age.
- Beard Balm by Men’s Face Stuff. It’s exactly what it sounds like.