The essence of a great gift is something the recipient really wants but would never buy it for himself. Our choices this season range from amazingly exorbitant to practical luxury. We think all the choices add a bit of style to whomever is lucky enough to receive them.
We'll start with our most high-end selection, the Shinola Runwell Turntable. It's a hand-built precision piece of audio equipment, but it will last a lifetime and maximize the fidelity of his vinyl collection, whether it's Johnny Cash or Grandmaster Flash. It's a limited edition run of 500 that will also make a nice statement in his living room. Available at Shinola.com, $2,500.
For coffee purists, nothing beats the taste of a brew made with a pour over coffee maker. Chemex is the ruler in this category and this 6-cup maker is ideal for the coffee lover who won't let go of his French press. Make sure you include some filters in your gift as well as a 1-lb bag of whole bean Stumptown French Roast. Available at Williams-Sonoma.com, $49.
He might have a sensible watch already, the vintage Datejust he wears to work. But he definitely needs an injection of cool for his off-duty man jewelry. This is where the Autodromo Stradale steps in. The racing speedometer-inspired look in a modern case size (40mm) is the perfect nod to Paul Newman without trying too hard. Powered by a Miyota 9015 automatic movement, this watch with have him dreaming of picking up a Italian roadster to go with it. Available at Autodromo.com, $895.
The Stradale pairs well with our cashmere scarf, so soft that she'll steal it. Available at PeterManningNYC.com, $112.
Jeremy Collins' prints to mark this year's centennial of the U.S. National Parks is a stunningly detailed ode to our country's treasured landmarks. Available at Huckberry.com, $329.
Custom sneakers are ideal for the man who has it all. NikeID offers modern kicks like the Lebron Soldier 10 as well as the classics such as the Air Max 1 in a wide-range of color and material choices. Get his initials stitched in too and in 3 weeks he'll have footwear that is uniquely his. Available at NikeID.com, prices vary.
Fresh custom Nikes pair well with our Lambskin Leather Jacket, one of our most well-received products in our short history because it adds swagger to even the most basic outfits. Available at PeterManningNYC.com, $495.
This Pocket DJ Mixer allows you to mash up everyone’s iPhone playlists and be a diplomatic party starter. Available at uncommongoods.com, $100.
Let's face it, most of us still need a point-and-shoot as much as we dream of professional-grade Leica. So give him a taste of Leica with a Panasonic camera with a Leica lens. The Panasonic LUMIX 4K Digital Camera ZS100 is just the right tool for someone who wants to take better-than-iPhone snaps of his kids with a camera that he can realistically bring with him everywhere. Available at Panasonic.com, $699.
Chances are, he's due for a new wallet. Chances are, he's too lazy to replace his stretched out trusted old friend. So insist on an upgrade to Horween, the best leather for shoes, wallets, watch straps, basically anything. This burgundy zippered wallet by Makr will make everyday better. Available at Makr.com, $236.
The Treeline Treehugger Gear + Supply Cache allows you organize, store and access your camping and fishing gear. Easy to use and durable, it's a must for the outdoorsman on your list. Available at TreeLineOutdoors.com, $52.
The Pad and Quill Small Briefcase is scaled down just enough to stand out in the pack of too-large briefcases. It's handsome and holds just enough stuff for a meeting. Available at PenandQuill.com, $219.
The laptop case pairs well with our Fulton Topcoat, a foundation garment every man should have and build his wardrobe around. Available at PeterManningNYC.com, $395.
The competition size foosball table can be the centerpiece for any recreation room. Flick some trick shots with this surefire competition starter. Available at BlattBilliards.com, price upon request.
The M&U Co. Walnut Valet keeps a man's life in order. That's priceless. Available at M-U.co, $108.
Don't ever lose out on closing a deal because your phone died. Grab this OEM iPhone battery case for an instantaneous rebirth of your device. Available at Apple.com, $99.
The Wusthof 8" Chef Knife makes prep work a joy. Once you've used a higher quality chef knife, you won't believe you've settled in the past. Available at Williams-Sonoma.com, $99.95.
Go ahead and treat your dad to a T Anthony Duffle. The soft vintage leather is gorgeous and subtle. It opens and doubles as a garment bag. Available at TAnthony.com, $1,200.
The luxe duffel bag pairs well with our cashmere knit hat. This is affordable luxury. Available at PeterManningNYC.com, $55.