Selecting the perfect gift for anyone on your list can be challenging—but it's not impossible. That's particularly true if you're shopping for him and want to surprise him with something that is both appealing and useful. Let's face it: usefulness is pretty essential, considering that many gifts tend to end up in the "use it later" pile without ever seeing the light of day again. These clothing gift ideas for him are just as comfortable as they are stylish and suitable for the season. Frankly, he'll need them at some point or another, so you're doing him a huge favor by treating him. Here are a few he's bound to love.
Ah, to live in cashmere all day long! Men's cashmere sweaters are desperately soft, unbelievably comforting, and perfectly versatile. Whether he's incredibly choosy about his sweaters or doesn't really put too much thought into them, he'll appreciate the immediate comfort and warmth that cashmere brings to his life. There are many interpretations of the style available, from crisp V-necks to classic crewnecks to casual quarter-zips. He can even slip into a turtleneck if he's the type who's always a little bit cold. From smart solid colors to dynamic stripes, there's a style to suit every man—even the most discerning. And because they're so immaculately designed, they're perfect to wear everywhere from desk to date night. They also make a seamless transition to weekend wear—and have the added advantage of dressing up his off-duty looks just a touch. Even if he's wearing jeans, he'll look a little more pulled together thanks to the presence of enduring cashmere.
Robust? Flannel? It's true. Although the material is largely associated with crisp fall weather, it makes such a genius addition to winter wear that it almost goes without saying he needs at least one. The beauty of the flannel shirt is that it's incredibly versatile. There are the standard check patterns that look right at home with a pair of rugged men's jeans and solid work boots. Then there are the solids that happen to look great with chino pants in more reserved environments. They might not be quite office-appropriate, but they can work well in spaces without strict dress codes. They're also just plain warm! Made with elegant brushed flannel that feels like his favorite pair of pajamas, they offer all-day comfort and are ideal for layering beneath a thick coat on extra-cold days.
Few pieces are as practical to wear throughout winter as the inimitable vest. In recent years, it's graduated from something known merely for its functionality to a garment considerably more stylish than ever before. All credit goes to the imaginative use of materials and warming elements, which collaborate to create dynamic layering pieces that wear well over everything from the aforementioned flannel shirt to basic long-sleeve tees. They can also be worn beneath coats for a little extra bulk on the coldest days of the year. The beauty of the winter vest is that it's available in countless incarnations to fit nicely into any wardrobe. From packable down models filled with insulating material that locks in body heat to lighter (yet no less comfortable) fleece vests that keep him warm even in brisk winds, these are pieces of high-quality outerwear that are built to perform. And really, what better way to show you care than to give him the gift of warmth?
There's something about a men's flannel robe that just oozes cozy winter comfort. There's nothing more warm and toasty than flannel, and certainly nothing he'll enjoy wearing more while he watches the snow fall and enjoys quality time relaxing on the couch. The flannel robe has the distinct advantage of looking homey and lived in, yet refined enough to wear around visitors during the holiday season—you know, the family members who plan to temporarily move in for at least two weeks. Why sacrifice comfort when something as practical as this robe is available? It's sold in several different colors, which makes it even more sensible for the discerning man who can't quite select his favorite. You've got choices aplenty, all of which look great with everything from his favorite solid-colored pajamas to the cute holiday sets that the entire family rocks during the season.
If there's one item the professional can always use, it's a crisp dress shirt. With dozens of styles to choose from, this one is almost a no-brainer! It's ideal whether he works in a traditional office setting or simply needs a reliable stand-by for last-minute interviews, dates, or meetings. Simply put, every man benefits from an immaculate dress shirt. While white is the standard that fits nicely with every color of blazer and every pair of pants, you can venture into other territories—say, a practical sky blue or a light pinstripe. These are all equally classic styles that pair well with everything from chinos to dress pants.