So he's impossible to shop for? We understand. Here are a few ideas to help your fella look sharp, stay organized, look hip, have fun and delight your holiday party guests with witty banter this season.
The "beau tie" collection -- Southern Proper, the Atlanta-based haberdashery started by Emilie Henderson Howard and Reagan Hardy Howell offer this collection of silk ties that are colorful and come in bold prints that work well on a small space. The collection includes many Southern-themed patterns including cotton bolls, moonshine jugs and mint julep cups. No proper Southern gent should be without one or more. Available at fine men's stores or online at www.southernproper.com. $55 each.
Leather iPad cover case by Tumi -- Smart and stylish yet simple, this case features a snap closure and suede interior. Available at Mori Luggage & Gifts, a local company founded in Atlanta in 1971 by husband and wife team Jean and Betty Mori. Also available at numerous metro Atlanta locations or online at www.moriluggage.com. ($95).
Brugal 1888 Rum: Cheers! Premium sipping rum Brugal 1888 is meant to be enjoyed neat. It is aged in medium-toasted American white oak casks, followed by a second maturation in first-filled Sherry oak casks – the same type used by The Macallan Scotch Whisky. And just in time for the holidays, Kahlúa Peppermint Mocha ($20) is here to make it the most wonderful time of the year. Stir it in your coffee, serve it on the rocks or use it as a cocktail ingredient. Both widely available in liquor stores for around $49.99.
The Pop phone handset -- One of the coolest neo-retro gadgets we've seen, this old-school looking handset comes in various colors and plugs into any mobile phone. Perfect for anyone who's tired of being That Guy, walking about with phone equipment stuck in his ear. Available online at www.amazon.com or the Store at the W hotel in Midtown. ($30).
"Atlanta History for Cocktail Parties" -- Visitors love to tease Atlanta for naming every other street "Peachtree," but imagine if we'd gone with Pitchtree Road, Pitchtree Center or Pitchtree Battle. Local attorney and history buff James Ottley shares how we arrived at Peachtree instead in his book, "Atlanta History for Cocktail Parties," ($12) which features highlights from the late Franklin Garrett's comprehensive history of Atlanta. As the title suggests, Ottley's work imparts knowledge sufficient to fuel some witty and learned cocktail party banter. Available at www.amazon.com or the Atlanta History Center.
An Atlanta Braves five-game package including opening day (April 13, vs. the Milwaukee Brewers), July 4 (vs. the Chicago Cubs), and match-ups with the Philadelphia Phillies on May 2, the St. Louis Cardinals on May 28, and the New York Yankees June 13. The package includes a Braves holiday card and 2012 Braves Country Calendar. Available online at www.braves.com/holidays
or by calling 404-577-9100. Packages start at $160.
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