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The Holiday Gift Guide: What to Wear, What to Give and What to Ask For

By Josh Rubin

It feels like before you’ve even had a chance to indulge in your Thanksgiving feast, it’s the holiday season. You’ve asked out loud at least a few times in the past week, “where did 2017 go?” And every store has started playing holiday music. Whether you’re singing along or grumbling “bah humbug”, ‘tis the giving season, and we’ve got your guide for what to gift, what to put atop your holiday wish list, and what to wear to survive the crush of parties and family time.

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Supreme Stocking Stuffers (Under $80)

As John Lennon once said (sort of), man you’ve been a naughty boy — you’ve let your hair grow long. LAD to the rescue. The Bradley Beanie ($48; available in Heather Grey and Black) is a smooth way to disguise a bad hair moment and keep out the chill. Pop one on, and instantly transform your guy (or yourself) from hobo-not-so-chic to “artsy.” The Bradley Beanie is ribbed at the bottom, reversible, and 100% merino wool.

Complement your beanie with the Bradley Scarf ($78; available in Heather Grey and Black). It’s super soft and 100% merino wool — prime protection from Jack Frost’s nipping. With double-faced contrast coloring, it’s the ultimate trifecta of stylish, cozy, and warm.

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” - The Shirt Jackets to get through The Chill. (Under $200)

If your lad is the kind of guy who yearns to ride through the desert on a horse with no name, the Mohave Shirt Jacket ($188; available in Heather Grey and Black) is sure to be his late-fall jam. With a subdued color palate inspired by the southwest, this stunning shirt jacket will keep his fashion bright as the days get dark. If your lad is more of a solid colors kind of guy, look no further than the Hudson Valley Shirt Jacket ($178; available in Blue Blood and Heather Grey). It’s not fancy, but it doesn’t need to be: it’s simply a must-have transition layer.

“It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas” — The Holiday Sweaters to Wow With (Under $200)

Ugly sweaters are best left to parties that celebrate their existence. This holiday season, life/after/denim is all-in on sweaters that are as sexy as they are comfortable. So there’s no reason to let your brother/friend/boyfriend/self or anyone you care about fall victim to an itchy mess of wool. life/after/denim imports only the finest yarn from Italy (a wool, alpaca, and nylon blend), so your man will not only look handsome, but also be especially soft to cuddle with. Win-win.

For the lad who wants nothing more than to curl up with a glass of whiskey and throw on some Netflix and chill, we offer the aptly named Cozy Crew ($168; available in Navy, Dresden Blue, and Black). This crew looks good at home or dressed up for a holiday party. For the sporty lad, we suggest our Colorblock Cozy Crew ($168; available in Heather Grey). This stand-by is the sweater version of his favorite baseball-style tee… so he’ll wear it often, and think of you every time.

“All I want for Christmas is You” — That One Killer Jacket

For the top gun in your life, the M1 Bomber Jacket ($248.00; available in Golden Olive, Black, and Blue Blood) will keep him warm while looking fly. This compact puffer features PrimaLoft Gold Insulation, making it ideal for jetting over to the liquor store to restock Aunt Linda’s supply of vodka.

Whatever treats you decide to go with this holiday season, we hope they bring joy to you and your loved ones. Happy holidays from LAD!


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