Ben Milam
Lifestyle

Have a Manly, Manly Christmas…

Time to break out the list and write down your gift buying plans for friends and family. Men, I’ve found, can be quite tricky to buy for. There are the tried and true staples; shirts, ties, shoes, gift certs and booze. Such things seem to be great “go-to” items, but I try to be a little more creative in my gifting. Something with a bit of humor or a compelling story is a really good thing.

For instance, I have one friend who is always grilling and cooking. He’s very good at it. He loves using recipes but gets frustrated when they don’t turn out as planned. I don’t know why he even worries about it as anything he serves is always delicious. So the gifts I have planned to get him are a little cheeky.

Esquire Cookbook
Esquire Man’s Cookbook

 

 

Esquire Cookbook
Esquire Men’s Cookbook

 

 

I have another buddy who loves his whiskey and bourbon, so I found this little gem while shopping at Noah Marion Quality Goods. One little taste and I was sold. It is friggin’ delicious! (Plus is has a Texas story to go along with it, so win, win, win.)

Ben Milam
Ben Milam Whiskey

More info here:

Ben Milam info
Ben Milam Bourbon

 

Lastly, cool shit that no one else has. Now that is alway a winner!

A local recommendation is Noah Marion Quality Goods on S. Lamar at Oltorf. Cool leather goods that show you took the time to look and buy something special.

Noah Marion QG
Noah Marion QG

 

If you want to do it all online, check out Smathers and` Bransen

I also have some great ideas on my Pinterest page

Oh, try Kate Hershe, aka Austin Morgan, too

Happy Holidays!

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Scott Ballew has lived in and around Austin for more than 25 years. Professionally, Scott works in technology and publishing while his personal life is focused on supporting the arts and charitable fundraising.