Our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Each year we try to bring you our best ideas for fabulous gifts, big and small. It's not meant to be a promotion for Peter Manning, but rather our staff's honed list of great gifts. A few of our products find their way onto this list every year—we can't help ourselves, we love our stuff! For the most part though, these are cool, fun, quality gifts that we'd be proud to give each other or to our family and friends. We hope they inspire some thought at a minimum. Happy holidays!

DJI Drone

Despite the controversy, #1 on our list. This is flat-out cool. Aerial camerawork never has been easier or more fun. The DJI Drone is easy to fly, has long range capability and will produce amazing footage. Guaranteed good time. Available at DJI.com, $699

 

Quoddy Sperry Collaboration Chukka

It’s the shoe we’ve always wanted, the classic lines of Sperry with the crepe sole and innovation of Quoddy. These are limited edition, so hurry. Available at Sperry.com, $375

Owen & Fred Duffel

A manly weekend bag is a must. And you need one with a tough exterior, like 18-ounce duck canvas. Well priced and available in colors for every personality, we like this made-in-the-USA bag from our neighbors in Brooklyn. Available at OwenandFred.com, $125

 

Timex Chronograph with Horween Leather Strap

Huckberry offers the affordable and classic Timex line coupled with fine button stud leather straps by Form Function Form. Horween leather straps are made in Chicago’s famous tannery and develop a nice patina over time. Affordable and classic. Available at Huckberry.com, $128.98

 

Bowers and Wilkins portable bluetooth speaker

This is for the guy who likes to be the life of the party. He can connect it to that playlist he's been waiting to unleash and impress everyone with audiophile level sound clarity. Rock on! Available at MrPorter.com, $350

 

LSTN, Troubador Headphones, $150

These have a warm, retro feel and come in three different woods (zebra, ebony, and cherry). We’ve done our research and they are well-reviewed for sound quality. Available at lstnsound.co, $149.99

Peter Manning NYC Fulton Topcoat

The great thing about a classic topcoat is that it works equally well with a suit, or a pair of jeans and a sweater. Ours is made to fit shorter men perfectly, and outerwear is hard for even the most masterful tailors to get right. The Fulton avoids this conundrum. Look good and feel great. Available at PeterManningNYC.com, $395

 

 

Byrd & Belle, Laptop Sleeves

This designer's meticulousness is evident, and she creates sleeves for Macbooks, iPads, iPods, and the Kindle. The felt is thick enough to protect your gear from dings, but light enough to carry with ease. It includes leather straps and a patch if you choose to hold them. Available at ByrdandBelle.com, $78-$82

Want les Essentiels de la Vie Kenyatta Dopp Kit

Dopp kits are great gifts, and this is one of our favorites.  If you or someone you love travels a lot, the Want Les Essentiels dopp kit is, well, essential. Available at WantLesEssentiels.com, $325

Filson Vermonter Flask

If you are going to own a flask, own a great one—like this one from from Filson. A classic copper flask with leak-proof top. Wrapped in tin cloth and bridal leather for added durability. Available at Filson.com, $325

Peter Manning NYC Scarves (and Bracelets)

For stocking stuffers, throw in some Earth Bracelets by Global Goods Partners or our Faribault Woolen Mills merino wool scarves. Both add a subtle style punctuation to your look. Available at PeterManningNYC.com

 

Stanley Thermos

This Stanley Thermos is indestructible and great looking, with a bit of retro flair. Any time to you need to take beverages (or hot soup) on the road, reach for this timeless and useful thermos. For a work lunch, long hike, camping trip or summer picnic, you will always want this with you. Available at Stanley-PMI.com, $40

Best Made Warm Wool Blanket

This blanket from Best Made is beautiful and will keep you warm and looking stylish. Enough said. Available at BestMadeCo.com, $298

Audubon Field Guides (complete set)

We love the Audobon field guides and having a whole set in this killer box is a giant splurge. These are great for the guy who loves all things outdoors or just likes to read about them. You will never have to wonder again about the name of that bird, wildflower, mammal, insect, night sky or weather phenomenon. It's always at your fingertips with these great (and beautiful) books. Available at BestMadeCo.com, $375

Sailormade Waxed Cotton Belt 

Sailormade make great accessories and we particularly like this handsome and unique belt in waxed cotton and leather—just enough flair but still classic looking. Can't go wrong. Available at SailorMade.com, $112

 

 Cook's Illustrated Magazine

If you like to cook or like to read about cooking, Cook's Illustrated is the best magazine ever. Every single thing they make is explained in great detail and guides you through their entire trial and error process. You really get to understand why things work and why things don't, giving you the tools you need to feel empowered in the kitchen. It also has fantastic kitchen and product recommendations and ratings. Available at CooksIllustrated.com

Art of Shaving Shaving Brush and Soap

Long ago we did a post on the wonders of the shaving brush, and we still can't recommend it enough. It doesn't take a second of extra time, and it will transform your morning shave. We suggest using the brush with the attractive shaving soap with wooden bowl above. Add a little hot water on the brush and swirl it around in the soap. Rub it on your beard and you will never go back to canned shaving cream again. Available at ArtofShaving.com

 

Spikeball Set

Even though we're just entering winter, we couldn't help ourselves here. We know some of you live the good life year-round! Inspired by volleyball, this two-on-two game provides exhilarating action at the beach or park. We look forward to enjoying ours in another four to five months! Available at Spikeball.com, $59