The Essential Gift Guide for Men who have Everything

Nick and I have been together for nearly 17 years - that’s a long time of gift giving. A few years ago we mutually decided to stop with the Anniversary gifts, but we still give each other gifts for Birthdays and Christmas.

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I think I’m really easy to shop for because I maintain an updated Amazon wishlist (incidentally, if you don’t have one of these, please do your loved ones a favor and create one ASAP), which includes stuff from Amazon as well as other websites. Nick doesn’t. So when it comes to gifts, I have to listen carefully all year and use my imagination and hopefully get him something that he will like (gift receipts always included).

Honestly, it’s a challenge to buy Nick gifts that don’t include clothing or electronics, but over the years I’ve done pretty well giving him things he’s enjoyed. So here’s a list of ideas that may be helpful for you when you’re giving a gift to someone who has everything.

 Gifts for the person who has everything:  The best travel pillow

Gifts for the person who has everything: The best travel pillow

Travel pillow: If you have someone in your life who travels a lot for work or leisure, a great travel pillow is a must-have if they’re not consistently traveling first class. The TRTL pillow is incredible, and works particularly well for long-haul flights. Nick and I have both used this on a 15+ hour direct flight from NYC to Mumbai, and it absolutely lives up to its claim as the best travel pillow.

 Gifts for the person who has everything:  Weighted sleep mask

Gifts for the person who has everything: Weighted sleep mask

 Gifts for the man who has everything:  weighted blanket

Gifts for the man who has everything: weighted blanket

Weighted blankets and weighted eye masks are seemingly everywhere this year, and for good reason. They work. We are living in a time of increasing stress, and luckily, this coincides with a movement towards self care. And self care includes great sleep. Weighted blankets and weighted eye masks basically work like a thunder shirt for humans - it’s like a long hug, but without all the extra arms getting in the way. I got Nick a weighted blanket for his birthday and he’s used it every day since. Granted, it will be too warm in the summer to use it, but in the mean time, this is a really great gift!

When buying a weighted blanket you want to be mindful of two things. One - you definitely want a washable cover. Two - 15 lbs is quite heavy when its in a floppy blanket-like shape, so you really don’t need to go much heavier than that unless you absolutely need to.

 Gift ideas for the man who has everything: A year of self care and Calm!

Gift ideas for the man who has everything: A year of self care and Calm!

Speaking of self care, my FAVORITE self care app is Calm. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen me talk about this app in my stories because I AM OBSESSED WITH IT. In fact, I bought a super discounted lifetime subscription on Cyber Monday because I love it SO MUCH. It’s got everything from daily meditations to sleep stories - a year-long subscription is a great gift. Personally, I listen to a sleep story every night using in-ear headphones (another great gift) so I don’t bother Nick. My current favorite set are by Sudio, who carry both in-ear and over the ear headphones. Truth be told, this is one of my favorite gifts because you really can never have too many headphones - I have a set a work, in my purse, at my bedside table and in my gym bag.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this gift guide and will use it this holiday season! If you like this post, you may also like our Gift Guide for people who like to Drink and Gift Guide for Dogs (and dog lovers). Click through the links above to read them, and pin this post to your pinterest board for easy access!

 Gift guide for the person who has everything. Find the complete post at bombaytaxiboutique.com/blog

Gift guide for the person who has everything. Find the complete post at bombaytaxiboutique.com/blog

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links which means that if you use the links in this post to make a purchase, I receive a tiny fee at no extra cost to you. As always, all opinions are my own, and I only recommend products that I’ve personally tested and absolutely love.

The Essential Gift Guide for people who like to drink

‘Tis the season… for parties, for fun, for celebrations, and well, for booze. You know what I love most about the holidays after the decorations? White elephant gift exchanges. And they don’t even have to be the “weird” gift exchanges. The regular ones make me really happy too. And you know what always does well at a gift exchange? Booze gifts.

So today, I’m giving you the rundown of my favorite booze gifts - not only are they great gifts for a gender neutral gift exchange, but they’re also great host/hostess gifts or just generally good holiday gifts for people who like to drink.

Ice Cube Trays for giant ice cubes $12.95

 Gifts for people who like to drink: Ice Cube Trays for large ice cubes. Great for drinks on the rocks!

Gifts for people who like to drink: Ice Cube Trays for large ice cubes. Great for drinks on the rocks!

 Gifts for people who like to drink: wine chillers to instantly cool that glass of white wine or rosé.

Gifts for people who like to drink: wine chillers to instantly cool that glass of white wine or rosé.

Stemless Flute that will keep your drink cold for HOURS $19.95. This comes in colors so browse for one you like!

 Gifts for people who like to drink: travel stemless wine flutes

Gifts for people who like to drink: travel stemless wine flutes

Drunk Stoned or Stupid $18.00 - ridiculous board games are always fun!

 Gifts for people who like to drink: who doesn’t love a ridiculous party game?!

Gifts for people who like to drink: who doesn’t love a ridiculous party game?!

Cocktail Books: Nick and I own The Savoy Cocktail Book and The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual.

The Savoy Cocktail Book ($19.95) is a reprint of the 1930s edition, created by Harry Craddock who left the U.S. during the Prohibition and joined the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London. There he created some of the world’s most famous classic cocktails, including the Corpse Reviver #2, and popularized the Dry Martini. This book is particularly great for anyone who enjoys art deco or the 20s and 30s in general, and especially if they enjoy classic cocktails!

Fun Fact about Harry Craddock - he was born in Gloucestershire, but moved to CLEVELAND and worked at the Hollanden Hotel!

The Dead Rabbit Drinks Manual ($18.36) was created by the Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in Lower Manhattan - an American bar institution that has won practically every bar award worth winning, including World’s Best Bar and World’s Best Cocktail Menu. This book offers a modern take on classic cocktails, another must- have for any cocktail lover!

 Gifts for people who like to drink: Best cocktail books

Gifts for people who like to drink: Best cocktail books

 Best gifts for people who like to drink: great white elephant gifts that people will actually want!

Best gifts for people who like to drink: great white elephant gifts that people will actually want!

Prosecco Pong $18.59 - perfect if you like your drinking games on the fancy side.

 Gifts for people who like to drink: is this the best drinking game ever?!

Gifts for people who like to drink: is this the best drinking game ever?!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this gift guide and will use it this holiday season! If you like this post, you may also like our Gift Guide for Dogs (and dog lovers).


Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which means that I receive a tiny percentage commission if you use any of the links provided to purchase these products. This has no impact on the price you pay. As always, all opinions are 100% my own - I only talk about products that I’ve tested and loved!

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A sprinkle of Luxury - Truffle Dinner at Michaelangelo's Little Italy

Besides the changing of leaves, fall brings Truffle season. From October through December, you’re likely to find truffle enhanced dishes on many restaurant menus. In fact, a weeks ago, I was a guest at Michaelangelo’s popular annual truffle dinner which is a five-course truffle enhanced meal paired with incredible wines from family-owned vineyards.

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Truffles grow on nearly every continent, but the only ones truly famed for their flavor are the ones from France and Italy. White truffles are the most expensive and exclusive, but their black truffle cousins are more readily found, are probably the ones you’ve eaten if you’ve had truffles at a restaurant. So what do truffles taste like? It’s a little difficult to describe their taste, but they add a creamy, earthy richness to food, particularly good when the dish is well seasoned (salt). It’s almost like if mushrooms and butter had a baby, then you can get a sense of the earthy creaminess of truffles.

Back to the truffle dinner: Chef Michael studied his craft in Northern Italy, which is incidentally also where Italian truffles are harvested. The menu featured traditional northern Italian dishes, and each course (including dessert) included truffles. Each course was paired with wine from a small, family owned vineyards also from Northern Italy. And WOW. Everything was so delicious and decadent, and yet, I didn’t feel like I had eaten my body weight in food.

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While the truffle dinner only happens once a year, Michaelangelo’s features a Sacchetti al Tartufo on its regular menu that includes truffles.

The truffles (and food in general) at Michaelangelo’s were delicious, but the dinner had me wondering if any of it could be replicated at home.

Where can the average person buy truffles if one is so inclined?

Michaelangelo’s General Manager Jon Fronck recommends reaching out to your favorite Italian restaurant to see if they may be willing to put in a special order through their purveyor. You can attempt to buy them online (Williams Sonoma sells them) but buyer beware. Truffles are very sensitive to temperature and humidity, and can go bad if not properly cared for. Good truffles are firm and should have no give at all, with a musty smell. Judging the quality of truffles comes with experience, but Jon had some recommendations for learning more about truffles.

And finally, if all else fails, oils and sauces are generally a good way to get that truffle craving satisfied. Michaelangelo’s uses Contado degli Acquaviva tartufata and I’m personally a big fan of truffle oil and truffle salt. I bought some of each when I was in Paris a few years ago, but if a trip to France or Italy isn’t in your imminent future, Williams Sonoma has some truffle items to consider.

One of my favorite everyday treats is Popcorn with Truffle salt - simply make your popcorn (stovetop is particularly good) and add truffle salt instead of regular salt. Pair it with some delicious Italian wine and you have the start of a great evening!

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Disclosure: Thank you to Michaelangelo’s Little Italy for inviting me to their delicious truffle dinner. It was my first time at the restaurant and I will definitely be back for more from their regular menu. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. If you’re local to Northeast Ohio or plan to visit Cleveland, I highly recommend a meal at Michaelangelo’s!

Unsolicited Advice: Episode Two

I am super into the holidays this year - I think it’s my coping mechanism for the fucking dumpster fire that is America in 2018.

Seriously this has been the longest damn year ever and I have used every self care trick I’ve ever learned to get to this stage with my sanity intact and my blood pressure normal. And yes, I am incredibly grateful for, and completely recognize my privilege at being able to invest time and real $ behind my self care.

Things I’ve done this year to cope:

The Calm App. The best. Fucking. App. Ever. If you’re not listening to sleepy stories for adults you’re not even living.

Read so many books, mostly for fun escapism.

Monthly chiropractic appointments (thank you health insurance and HSAs).

Massages.

Wine. Cocktails. Anything with alcohol in it.

Spending time outside and connecting with nature.

Creating and checking off wishlists for each season.

So. Many. Sephora makeovers.

Sushi dinners.

Ramen dinners.

Planning vacations.

Baking bread.

Limiting my politics news consumption to one publication once a day.

Reconnecting with my childhood by picking up a tennis racket and playing again after over 10 years.

And even after all of this, I’m just exhausted and saddened by everything that has happened this year. Why are you like this America?! And where do we go from here?

So the lesson for today is this:
If someone is listening to Christmas music or watching holiday movies or generally going overboard on the holidays way too early this year, let them. They’ve earned it. 

No one likes a party pooper.

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