Finding the perfect gift for the special man or men in your life isn’t easy. After a while, we all get tired of buying another shirt, tie, or sweater no matter how striking it might look on the rack. Some men can get excited about technology gifts but will they think of you every time they open their new iPad? Most of us are looking for something with a little more warmth and charm.
That’s where vintage shops come in. They’re chock full of rare and nostalgic items with classic, enduring appeal. Think about it: What discerning man wouldn’t love a midcentury chrome lighter, to take one example? It sure beats another shirt and has the added plus of sparking interesting conversations among friends. One of the cool things about vintage items is that they have histories and stories attached to them. The thing you hold in your hand today may once have been used, and perhaps cherished, by someone else from a completely different time and place.
Below is a curated selection of vintage items from my Etsy shop, Premium Transitions, that I think fall into that category. They’re the sort of gifts that will make him smile while making you look like a genius for thinking of them. (Photos link to shop listings).