Stocking Stuffers

Words by: Andrew Hodges

With the holidays fast approaching I thought I would offer some small stocking stuffer ideas for the stylish man in your life.

stock-stuff-tiffany-tie-bar1Tiffany 1837 Tie Bar

This classic accessory in sterling silver is hallmarked with the year that Tiffany & Co. was founded.  $85 from

stock-stuff-prorasoProraso Shaving Cream

This wonderful Italian shaving cream is infused with Eucalyptus oil and Menthol.  The oil provides a slick coating that helps prevent razor burn, and the Menthol adds an invigorating minty aroma.  $10.75 for a 5.2 oz tube from

stock-stuff-styptic-penStyptic Pen

A styptic pen is an invaluable shaving accessory.  Instead of gluing scraps of toilet paper to his bleeding face, a styptic pen allows a man to stop the flow with an application of alum to the cut.  Dabbing a moistened alum stick on the offending nick causes the vessels to constrict and the bleeding to stop.  $12 from

stock-stuff-collar-stiffeneCollar Stays

Collar stays (collar stiffeners in the UK) are strips of rigid material that are inserted into a narrow pocket on the underside of a dress shirt collar.  They ensure that the collar lies flat and crisp against the collarbone.  Many dress shirts are accompanied by cheap plastic versions that quickly become warped and twisted.  Hundreds of higher quality versions are commercially available in materials like brass, sterling silver and mother of pearl.  Some may be personalized with a message that is only seen by the wearer.  The ones pictured are from James & Longbourne.  £9.95 from

stock-stuff-silk-knotsSilk Knots

Silk knots are a colorful alternative to metal cufflinks used to fasten French cuffs.  These silk knots are made from three strands of elastic silk interwoven to create two round knots connected by two of the three elastic strands.  Because the knots are made from three strands of elastic silk, they may be produced in one, two or even three color combinations.  4 for $20 (or $9.00 each) from

stock-stuff-marcolianiMarcoliani socks

These incredible Italian socks are made from 80% extra fine Merino wool and 20% nylon.  They are available in sixteen solid colors as well as a number of fun patterns.  I would recommend the over-the-calf versions to avoid any bare skin at the ankle.  $25 per pair from