Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Cheer for a Buck-Fifty

I’m never at a loss for suggesting to my public what to get me for Christmas. I prefer NOT to be surprised by my clan for more often than not, the surprise is not a good one. LFG and I for years, have engaged in a fun little tradition of buying me antique toy soldiers for Christmas. We go to my buddy Neil’s shop on the Hill…I select three options for my gift…I go sit outside and wait till LFG chooses one of the three. They call me back inside after LFG’s choice has been made and boxed up so I won’t know the selection. And then Neil sends me the bill. Works great for all involved.
My pal over at Vogue on the Range emailed me and asked for insights on Christmas gifts for the budget minded. I’ve long since been smitten with Ms. Ranger…a stunning gal and at present, dutiful law school attendee. Here's her missive...

"Dear ADG:
Couldn't help but notice what methinks is your trim, hoofpick belt-clad midsection on Scout Charlottesville today, and so I thought I would drop you a line.  Could you please do a post of a gift guide for the sartorially inclined gentlemen friends (with perhaps a section on appropriate stocking stuffers and otherwise less tres cher gifting options for us currency-challenged law students)?"


And of course, I’m happy to oblige.

But first, let me tell you the story about the evening I asked her to marry me. I’m not making this up. If you don’t believe me, ask my sister AllieVonAintNevahSeenaBudget and her husband MisterDoctorBaby. Or axk my man D. … late of Southern Gent and presently at Politico. They was all sittin’ at the table when I done it.

Allie pulled together a little drinks/dinner meet up for us all back in the summer.  I hadn’t even finished one drink so it wasn’t the hooch doing the bidding. It was all me. Being twice Ms. Ranger’s age, I didn’t prevaricate around the bush. I simply asked her to marry me for fifteen years. Thereafter, she’ll still be in her prime and I’ll deserve to be left to my own dotage and devices. Perhaps I’m delusional but I DO think I’ve got fifteen good years left yet after that, I’d be willing to set such a lovely gal like Ms. Ranger free. Skin elasticity issues horrify me and I be damned if I’d ask  anyone to hang around and witness that immutable process.

Alas, with great poise, Ms. Ranger reminded me that she was commited to a lucky man and that was that. So what does one buy for such a lucky man when the budget is tight? I decided to pull together a gaggle of things that I’d like to have…all coming in at less than 150 bucks. Here goes…
Dressing theMan: Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion—35 bucks: If your man reads, and if you think he’d appreciate a style reference, Alan Flusser’s Dressing the Man would be my suggestion. There are other good ones out there but Alan remains King.
Target BoxerShorts—Four Bucks: I wasn’t kidding y'all when I said I buy boxers at Target.

Central Watch GrosgrainWatch Straps-Five for 30 bucks: AllieVonChaChinger turned me on to this source.
J.Crew Fun Socks-Three for 30 bucks: Great stocking stuffers.
Sid MashburnOyster Belt Buckle—75 bucks: I’ve changed my tune on Mashburn. More later in a post devoted to him.
Other Sid beltsfor 50 bucks: Mashburn’s banging eleven on the style/fuzzy meter.
Sid Sport Shirts for 145 bucks: I’m gonna pop for a couple of these my damn self. Instead of buying two-three of those cheap ass sweatshop made ones over at J. Crew, buy one of Sid's.
Rugby Canvas& Italian Leather Bag: On sale for 130 bucks: I’m a Battenkill/Hulme man but I checked this bag out at Rugby (Who by the way, is kicking J.Crew’s ass in the fuzzy department). I did not like this bag at 250 bucks. I pounced at 130.
Wiley Brothers Belts:The Hoof Pick—145 bucks: Are you gonna buy a bunch of little things or one BIG present? If 150 is your budget and you’re gonna opt for one thing. Pounce on the Hoof Pick. Yet again, another heads up from SistahAllie two Christmases ago for me. I’ll have this belt till well beyond skin elasticity issues. I admit openly and without shame that I hope to be wearing it when I proudly step to the counter at CVS to get my first prescription of Viagra filled. I’m hoping by then though, that they have a combination product that mitigates both ED and BPH. I suggest that they call it…Niagra.
Bill Hocker’s 79thNew York State Militia—153 bucks: I like 100 year old lead soldiers but Bill Hocker faithfully recreates them and I LOVE his interpretations. Hocker is always my alternative venue for an LFG gift to me.
Ok, that’s it for now. I’ve got a real job to focus on and a lifestyle to fake. Oh...I almost forgot another option. LFG will make you some hippie bracelets but you'll need to contact us soon if you want them before Christmas. They are one-of-a-damn-kind-artisnally inspired-curated and pickled. 400 bucks each. 350 for the ones that LFG's dog peed on.

Onward. Still fairly pliable. Over bracelet-ed this morning. At a buck-fifty or less.
ADG II

18 comments:

j.mosby said...

Sid Mashburn a true southern fashion leader! I have one one oyster buckles, and I frequently wear it ! Toy Soldiers, especially Britain brand, I've always had an interest in them. 79th New York only unit who wore kilts in the civil war (In the early part) I believe the tartan they wore was a Cameron of Erracht.

Summer is a Verb said...

Dearest Pot,

I'll have you know, I am thiiiiis close to restricting Babe to just one $200 gift for me for Christmas cuz I'm on "stuff" overload. Now, that doesn't mean I won't end up in tears at some point come Christmas morn when I realize what I've done. But, Imma thinking 'bout it at least.

Love,
Kettle

Anonymous said...

I love the watchbands, however, my husband's old dive watch is 22mm.

HGB said...

Damn it, you've cost me money again. How many belts and briefcases do I need?

Pigtown*Design said...

Have you seen Filson field bags? I have one of them and it's bullet-proof. HERE

Nolan said...

I can vouch for Flusser, Mashburn and Wiley. I'd venture to say the Wiley belt is the highest quality piece that I own. Damn fine belt. It's a shame I've lost 30 pounds since I bought it. Now it's just decoration for my valet.

Patsy said...

I'll take a dog pee bracelet in navy.

Patsy

Summer is a Verb said...

Welp. Bless me Maxminimus, for I have sinned. It's been 4 hours since my last comment and I've ordered an oyster buckle. But, I did manage restrain myself from getting the $300 sterling one. Give me my penance and I shall be on my way...XXOO

ps...tell Nolan that he can send his belt back to Marcus Wiley and he'll custom down the size for him. All he has to do is cut some from the pick end. I had him custom a belt for a vintage Polo buckle years back.

pps...tee hee Patsy

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Wasn't there another source for the hoofpick belt that was considerably less expensive but still well made? I've gotta research that.

I tried to make one of those flannel Mashburn belts but couldn't find anyone to make me sterling d-rings...

redolence said...

How's about a sky's-the-limit companion list of holiday desires?? I'd enjoy that and might pick up a hint or so for my beloved.

HGB said...

E&EL, do you mean Narragansett Leathers?

Scale Worm said...

I (damned-close-to) almost blow-holed wine all over my purty new macbook pro brother reading your post regarding "Niagra". That rugby bag is pretty fetching, especially at a buck 30 (I been holding out for a Filson)...
We had a Rugby out here, but they up and left town... damned shame, I liked poppin' in there every now and then... Peace-out, Remembering Mr. Hitchens.

Anonymous said...

Mr Peterman has a hoof pick belt for just under a C-note. Ir comes in a woman's S, M, L, but he has them made in Kentucky and might be able to arrange a larger one... willie trask, pickin & grinnin

Nolan said...

Nobody comes close to the Wiley hoof pick. I have one of the others mentioned, and it can't hold the jock strap of the Wiley. The difference in quality of the leather is striking.

j.mosby said...

@ Easy and Elegant the Leatherman in Conn has the hoof pick belt for 60 ish

ADG said...

Bottom line re Wiley v. others. You get what you pay for.

A.U.G. said...

I actually have this messenger bag and I wold certainly recommend it. I love Wiley Brothers in C-ville! Good to see you back old sport!

Sir Fopling Flutter said...

Re the bags, I'm with Pigtown. Filson is the only way to go. J Crew did a line of bags this year that were lovingly inspired by/ripped off from Filson, but they didn't hold a candle to the originals. I haven't seen this Rugby bag, but I expect it will be the same story.

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