10 Stylish Groomsmen Gift Ideas For Your Guys

Words by Jasmine Anderson

The job that groomsmen have to do is equally significant just as a bridesmaid’s job. As you are about to step into a new life adventure, you want to have your favorite guys by your side. They will be there to support you, give you a push if you start having cold feet, refresh you with a whisky or two, and undoubtedly follow you in every step of the wedding. Hence, you should treat them with a special gift. Getting a stylish present for your guys is both an easy and hard thing to do, as they aren’t picky but still mindfully look after their looks. Therefore, here are some ideas that could help you find the perfect gift for your mates.

1. A quality leather belt

What every single man needs to have is a sophisticated leather belt. No matter if they already own one, a man who keeps a watchful eye on his appearance will always know how to incorporate a good leather belt to make a complete look. You can pre-order a personalized belt for your groomsmen so they could wear it on your big day.

2. A personalized gift box

Fine whisky or wine, man soap, cutter, and buck leather money clip, you name it – and box it! Your friends will be utterly elated once they open a box of goodies containing some of their favorite accessories. If you don’t have an idea what else to put in their personalized gift box, you could check out The Gift Box Factoryand create a fantastic box with cool amenities they’ll surely love.

3. An engraved flask

Even if some of your guys already own a flask, they certainly don’t have a specially engraved one. What makes a flask such good groomsmen present is that they are practical, lightweight, exquisite, and stylish. A flask will surely come in hand, as there’s no better way to help a groom than by handing him secretly his favorite drink and help him ease up the tension on his wedding day. By engraving their names or some of your common remarks, you put a life-long stamp on your friendship.

4. A traditional necktie

If you strive to spruce up the look of your groomsmen on your wedding day, opt to get them a matching color necktie. Not only will they look stunning in the wedding pictures, but they’ll surely be able to reuse the tie on any other formal occasion. Make sure that you give them the tie in advance, so they don’t head off buying one.

5. A multi-purpose pocket knife

Let’s face it, men love knives. But to put funny things aside, a pocket knife is a rather useful gift as it can be used as a corkscrew, plier, saw blade, and bottle opener as well. Every groomsman will drop his jaw when he receives a pocket knife as a gift. If they are travelling back home, tell them only to report the knife at the airport in case it is confiscated.

6. A useful beard grooming kit

If your gang is into thick, glossy, bristly bears, or they are simple into long beards, gifting them with a fine beard grooming kit will leave them speechless. It’s more than crucial for them to look flawless and sharp on the wedding photos, so if you don’t want their beard to go out of control and look yucky, get them a kit that will help keep their facial hair tamed.

7. Sassy cuff links

Just because they mightn’t use them that often, doesn’t mean it’s not a stylish present. Cuff links symbolize elegance, sophistication, and grace, and if you wish for your friends to give out that notion on your wedding day, cuff links are a good way to go. They might be a little bit costly, but they represent that one gift they will have for a lifetime.

8. Barbecue kit

All men love to flip burgers, drink beer and enjoy a football game at the same time. Your groomsmen will know how to use a nice barbecue kit that comes will all the durable tools they’d need for a delicious barbecue party. If you want to get your bros something that both practical, fun, dandy, and which will make them create wonderful memories with friends and family, then this is the ideal present.

9. A handy weekend bag

Every man must have a practical weekend bag to carry all their essentials if they are either going on a short weekend getaway or if they need to pack their gym accessories. A weekend bag is also something that your groomsmen won’t buy themselves anyway, so you don’t need to worry whether you’ve selected an adequate present.

10. Unique money clips

Another personalized gift that will undoubtedly get a few noteworthy uses. Sometimes men just don’t prefer to carry a bulky leather wallet, but rather go for more practical money clips. You can give them a monogrammed money clip, engraved on each piece the name of your groomsmen, or just engrave their initials, and they’ll certainly be splashing it out on your wedding.

Each present is unique but traditional. There’s no need to spend a fortune on gifts, just keep in mind what your groomsmen preferences are and you won’t make a mistake.

The Best T-Shirts Money Can Buy

Words by Jimi Williams

With summer finally here (apparently), lockdown restrictions coming to an end (supposedly) and football coming home (definitely) there’s no better time to re-stock your wardrobe with the ultimate essential. T-shirts. Coming in all shapes, sizes and colours, with printed graphics, embroidery, logos or just completely plain, tees are perfect for every weather. So if you’re after an eye catching neon green t-shirt or something a bit more subtle, we’ve got you covered with a round up of the best t-shirts out there right now.

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First up is Sunray Sportswear. Designed in Newquay, Cornwall and made in Japan, these t-shirts bring a combintion of old school workwear design and retro colours. All their garments are made on antique loopwheel machines in Japan, and each item takes 1.5 hours to manufacture. Making use of recylced cotton and sustainable materials, Sunray’s attention to detail goes further than how they make their product, but where it comes from as well. With short sleeved tees retailing for £60 and long sleeve versions at £80, you dont even have to break the bank to take a piece of Anglo-Japanese cratfmanship home with you.

Next is Uniqlo. The Japanese clothing retailer was founded in 1949 as a textiles company and now has over 1000 stores worldwide. The fast fashion retailer offers mens, womens and childrens clothing and can boast collaborations with the likes of

Jil Sander, JW Anderson and Kaws, as well as offering a Lifewear range and Uniqlo U which is perfect for basics. The Uniqlo U Crew Neck Short Sleeve T-shirt retails for £9.90 and is available in a wide range of colours from black, white and navy all the way to coral, dark green and light purple. Their Airism Oversized T-shirt is sold for £12.90 and is made of their own brand lightweight, breathable fabric; perfect for the summer months.

  A slightly older brand now, Sunspel were founded in England in 1860. With 160 years of British Heritage under their belts, they’ve been making high end products from the finest materials for a century and a half. They use organic, natural and recyclable fabrics where possible and make clothes that are built to last. They say “We have a strong sense of tradition, history and craft, but we do not rely on the past. We use it to shape the future.” Their Cotton Riviera T-shirt is made from two-fold long staple cotton and creates a smooth, durable fabric. Originally designed for Daniel Craig in his role as James Bond in Casino Royale, this T-shirt lets you live out your 007 fantasy without forking out for a DB5. Retailing at £75 it’s a whole lot cheaper than an Aston Martin as well! The T-shirt is available in black, white and navy

Story MFG are a husband and wife team based in India. The brand was born out of a desire for a more kind and authentic approach to fashion, one that doesn’t put consciousness to the back in the name of aesthetic. They use a wide range of natural dyes, recycled fabrics and renewable energies to create their products. These range from fruits, bark and plants all the way to bacteria and even the sun! Processes such as knitting, crocheting and weaving are all done by hand. The Spiral Trip Grateful Tee comes in both short and long sleeved iterations as well being available in natural ecru or dyed with bark. It’s oversized fit and mixture of embroidered and printed motifs make it the perfect statement tee for those who want something a bit different. Short sleeved is £90, whilst the long sleeve version is £105

Colorful Standard is a brand for all those after non-seasonal, sustainable and colourful basics. With a product offering including knitwear, underwear, beanies, shorts, sweatshirts and hoodies as well as t-shirts, the Danish brand is a one stop shop for all your essentials. All the cotton they use is 100% organic, and their extra fine merino wool comes with the Oeko-tex Standard 100 label, guaranteeing a higher level of ethics than required by European law. All products are produced in Portugal in their parent company’s own factories. Their supply chain is so transparent they even include the factory’s address on their website for willing customers to take a look themselves! The Classic Organic Tee is available in 45 different colours. It’s pre-washed, so it wont lose its shape or shrink no matter how many times it’s washed. Retailing for £27, this tee is a bargain for any eco-conscious shopper

  

CDG Play is a sub brand of Japanese fashion house Comme Des Garcons founded by Rei Kawakubo in Paris in 1973, although the label began in 1969. With a multitude of labels including Homme, Parfums, Wallet, Shirt, Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garcons and the well known collaboration with Converse, CDG has something for everyone. However the Play line is what we’re looking at today. The more streetwear label feautures the infamous heart logo and offers a wide range of tees including breton stripes, polka dots, small and large embroidered and printed logos. Prices range from £50 up to £100. So if you’re feeling a bit more playful with your selection of tees, this is the place for you.

Defying another generation – Calvin Klein DEFY

Since 1985 Calvin Klein has kept us Obsessed with has fragrances, bar maybe Chanel, no other fragrance house has managed to produced so many iconic and era defining scents, Obsession, Eternity, Escape, One.

With his latest men’s fragrance Klein invites us to DEFY! The fragrance and campaign embrace a journey of defiance, while exploring authentic truths and the contrasts within us men.

The campaign stars actor of the moment and soon to be a Marvel Eternal, Richard Madden in a series of vulnerable, self-reflecting and defying moments that culminate into a courageous leap of faith, a symbolic metaphor for personal defiance and daring to take risks. The accompanying still visual translates the powerful essence of the campaign featuring Madden seated on a rooftop with a restless stare in Calvin Klein’s iconic jeans and a timeless white t-shirt.

With a daring contrast of invigorating freshness and powerful woods, the fragrance defies expectations and evokes the ethos of the campaign, opening with an addictive blend of citrus highlighted by crisp Bergamot and fresh Lavender Absolute. The heartbeat of the fragrance and star ingredient, Vetiver Oil, is responsibly sourced from Haiti and provides a vibrant earthiness and irresistible rugged texture that compliments a rich and alluring base of Amber notes.

The masculine and woody fresh scent is captured in a modern and minimalist glass bottle carved with curved rounded edges and sharp linear lines, representing the duality of vulnerability and courage on the path to defiance. The cap and carton pay homage to Calvin Klein jeans with a matte textured blue denim inspired embossed finish and striking silver branding.

Spezial so Spezial – Adidas Spezial

The collection’s footwear offering is made up of five unique silhouettes, a mix of new hybrids alongside tweaked versions of lesser known shoes from the brand’s rich history. First up, the Burnden SPZL is a brand new hybrid all-white court trainer. The upper pattern borrows heavily from a vintage suede trainer made under license in Japan, with its curvy eyestay and heel overlay. They are composed of a leather upper, EVA midsole and rubber outsole with distinctive colour panelling inserts.

Meanwhile the Hoylake SPZL is based on a rare South African style and is composed of a grey suede and textile upper matched with an EVA midsole, and a rubber outsole. This beautiful runner is then completed with navy, blue, and red accents. The shoe was discovered by a notorious adidas collector based in the town of Hoylake (in Merseyside) who kindly lent the only known pair to the adidas Spezial team – his kind support was reciprocated in the naming of the shoe

The collection then moves to one of the brand’s most iconic runners: the Marathon 86. The shoe sticks with the bold fluorescent yellow suede and textile upper with navy stripes but is updated with additional suede overlays (these were used on early prototypes of the original shoe) and a deep red line that adds depth to the EVA midsole.

adidas Spezial then turns its attention to the iconic city series with a revamped take on the Malmo silhouette. The updated Malmo Net SPZL trainer takes inspiration from an ultra rare 1976 version of the Malmo that used a nylon mesh upper. The shoe is re-branded with the adidas Spezial ‘Mod Trefoil’ graphic on the tongue and heel whilst the upper specifications are revised with a reworked toebox. The shoe is finished with a traditional gum sole and uses the iconic yellow and blue colourway that takes inspiration from the Swedish flag

Rounding off the footwear offering is an homage to Spezial curator Gary Aspden’s upbringing as the brand brings back the Blackburn SPZL silhouette in the new ‘Ewood’ edition. The colourway takes its lead from the unreleased first round sample of the original Blackburn SPZL that generated a lot of excitement when it was revealed online. The colourway draws on the signature aesthetics of the Lancashire rose, revising the shoe with an inverted colorway based on its predecessor. The shoes feature a red suede upper, collegiate green in the tongue, and navy outsole. The foil print of the Rose below the collar of the shoe is a modern take on the graphic foil prints used by adidas on training shoes in the mid 70s.

Moving from footwear to apparel the Summer 2021 Spezial collection consists of a number of spring-ready pieces lead by the Aldrington Anorak with its signature neon pink panelling. Based on an outdoor jacket that was popularised in Japan almost three decades ago the coat comes in a generous 90s fit with details like the half waisted draw cord and Spezial zip pullers. The other jacket this season is the new rain-protective deep red Todmorden smock – another Spezial classic in the making with its oversized chest branding and array of draw cord pockets. This season’s tracksuit sits somewhere between the world of Freizeit leisure wear and vintage training suits of the late 70s – the utilitarian looking ‘Ewood’ track top and track pants come with a distinctive collar and minimalist detailing. Lastly we have the Birchall Tee along with the elegant bluebird coloured Durrington Shorts.

5 Reasons Why Men Should Wear Sunscreen

Words by Emma Collins

A common myth is that we only need SPF when we’re sunbathing, but skin damage is a problem even outside the beach. We are exposed to UV light all year, even on gloomy days and inside our homes because of our windows.

We may not notice this at the beginning, but the harm caused by frequent UV exposure adds up over time, increasing our chance of developing skin cancer.

Protection from UV Rays

UVA rays are more penetrating than UVB rays. They are a component in premature skin, resulting in dark spots and wrinkles since they can infiltrate the skin even deeper. Any skin cancers are often triggered by UVA rays.

The ozone layer’s degradation has raised our chance of sunburn from toxic UV rays. Sunscreen absorbs these rays, making sunburn even less likely. Men tend to overlook areas like the head, eyelids, cheeks, back of the neck, tops of the feet, and scalp. Wearing a hat is not enough. So keep these in mind to protect your skin from getting damaged.

Protection from skin cancer

It has been found that men are more likely to develop skin cancer than women, including melanoma. Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer which becomes more difficult to treat in its advanced stages. This means that it could be fatal for men who do not practice any form of skin protection.

The use of sunscreen on a regular basis will minimize the risk of skin cancer by up to 50%. Men are more likely than women to develop skin cancer on their scalps and ears.

Anti-aging

It also assists in the prevention of wrinkles, age marks, and leathery, weathered skin.

The sun is responsible for 60-90 percent of aging, depending on which dermatologist you consult.

Since we are subject to the sun throughout our lives, collagen and elastin are harmed over time. Have you ever seen an older person with sagging, flat skin? This is mostly due to sun exposure. Choose an SPF sunscreen (with SPF 30 or higher) that is sustainable for you so you can use it regularly for a long time.

Fighting acne

The explanation for this is that UV light encourages bacteria to thrive on your skin. Bacteria that are normally present on your skin are trapped by your body’s oil (sebum). This mixture causes a mild infection, which results in plenty of acne.

Sunscreen will assist in this situation. It can prevent UV light from penetrating the bacteria on your skin, and certain sunscreens contain niacinamide, which helps to reduce inflammation.

Keeping an even skin tone

The dark patches on the skin from sun exposure is called hyperpigmentation. When light strikes the skin, melanocytes, or skin cells, produce and release melanin. Your body’s natural sunscreen is melanin.

Photodamage from both continuous and transient pulses of ultraviolet (UV) radiation stimulates pigment-producing cells, resulting in spots that are darker than the surrounding skin. There is no way to absolutely eradicate them until the damage has occurred. The best way to avoid hyperpigmentation and hasten its resolution is to use SPF on a daily basis.

A skincare kit is not just for women, but men as well. Men are less aware of the damaging effects of prolonged exposure to the sun, making them laxer with skincare and protection. But no one is spared from the sun’s harmful effects, so choose a sunscreen that works for you and build a sustainable skincare routine!