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Holiday Gift Guide: Easy Gifts Under $50 for Him ;)

Okay, so first off, sorry for the lack of proper posts, my life has been sucked into the black hole of holiday madness and job hunting. Oh my gosh, I’m tired already…

Anyways, in case the world doesn’t go poof! in the following days – hehehe,  my apologies to the Dec 21 doomsday prepper’s on high alert, but I find it mildly amusing 😉 – so, back to it, you may be like me, in that you are still holiday shopping, especially for some of the most difficult of the bunch – guys!

So, just as before with my Holiday Gift Guide: Easy Gifts Under $50 for Her ♥ I gathered some easy – under $50 – gift ideas for the men in your life.

ArtsyArchitette Holiday Gift Guide for Him Under $50

1. For the man that loves books

Whether he’s into crime, mystery, history or fantasy, if he likes to read and its a topic he loves – a good book is always appreciated. Maybe get him a new one he hasn’t read or perhaps an old favorite that he’s lost somewhere between high school and a life full of moving boxes.

Men are fairly transparent in their interests, but when in doubt cross reference the NY TimesAmazon and Barnes & Noble Bestsellers lists.

Featured Books Above: The Millenium (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) Series by Stieg Larsson, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand,  On the Road by Jack Kerouac and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.

2. For the scent conscious guy 

If he likes to smell good, cares for his place enough to own cleaning supplies, and isn’t afraid of a dash of feminine, then he might love a man-friendly scented candle to warm up his place.

Bath & Body Works have had some yummy candles lately that really do smell like men’s cologne!

Featured Candles Above: Mahogany Teakwood, Fireside and Black Pepper Bergamot.

3. For the guy in need of a little pampering

Guys often neglect their skin and especially their hands, unfortunately, so sometimes they need a little push – next thing you know – they’re hooked!

Nowadays, there are some great men’s skincare lines and around this time – gift sets galore!

Featured Items Above: Kiehl’s Men’s Refueling Kit and Helping Hands Essentials.

4. Movie/TV Junkie?

Easiest thing ever! His favorite show’s latest season or perhaps a special edition blu-ray.

Featured Item Above: The Dark Night Trilogy Blu-Ray Limited Edition (just got this exact one – thanks to my awesome brother – for $27!!)

5. The Gamer

If he is a gamer, no doubt he has been raving about the latest game out that he just has to have, but maybe just can’t afford at the moment.

If you’re unsure – get him a points/gift card for his most used game console.

Featured Games Above: Call of Duty Black Ops II and EA Sports Madden NFL 13.

6. For the workaholic and the traveler 

Whether he commutes, or just has that never ending job that requires him to mainline coffee – a quality insulated travel mug that could take a beating and his favorite coffee is guaranteed to be welcome!

Featured Items Above: Starbucks Blonde Veranda Blend Whole Bean Coffee and Stainless Steel Insulated Travel Mug.

7. For the sports fanatic

No brainer – his favorite team gear!

Featured Items Above: San Antonio Spurs T-Shirt and Chicago Bear Cap.

8. For the musician 

Why not opt for the unexpected, but totally awesome gift! Maybe hunt down a vintage record shop, or a bio on his favorite musician, or maybe just a nerdy novelty gift you know he would just love.

Featured Item Above: DIY Guitar Pick Punch from ThinkGeek.

9. Guy friendly Coziness 

Whether he is unprepared for the cold/dry weather or maybe you just want to spruce up his winter wardobe, pick up some non-holiday guy-friendly gear.

Featured Items Above: Lightweight sweater from Old Navy and Scarf from Gap.

10. And for the man who loves a good beer

If he enjoys the beer craft and is practically on his way to becoming a beer connoisseur, why not get him a new beer sampler?

This isn’t for the drunk guy in the bar, who you should NOT encourage with more beer, this is for the man that likes to buy 2 very good beers at the bar with a quality steak; and enjoys discovering new brews.

Featured Sampler Above:  World Market’s Winter Brews 9-pack Seasonal Beers.

Well guys – and ladies – hopefully that helps out, in case you are still in need of a few gift ideas 😉

x Sam


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GUYS your skin matters…

And by guys I am referring to men in particular. While ladies should most definitely take care of their skin as well, as many do, this post is geared towards the men.  Though ladies, you can read up or pass this on to a guy in your life that could benefit from the info.

Come on guys, you spend money on food, your toys, your car and your clothes, and maybe your significant other, but what happened to taking care of your face? So many men forget that skin care matters even for men!

Invest in your skin, it is usually the first thing people see and it is a reflection of what you are putting in and on your body. It is also a good indicator of your stress level, for most people anyways.

So most importantly, drink water – your body is made up of approximately 70% water and it helps every part of your body and especially your skin.

You shouldn’t be washing your face with shampoo nor body soap and stop touching your face! Shampoos, hand soaps, body washes are NOT formulated for your face and the skin on your face is completely different than the rest of your body. Using products not meant for the face can (and quite possibly will) cause irritation, allergic reactions and acne breakouts, clog your pores and dry out your skin.

Touching your face, usually due to boredom, stress or sleepiness, is a bad habit. Your fingers have bacteria and oils that can cause (more) skin issues.  Also, pulling, scratching and rubbing your facial skin is unhealthy, especially around the delicate eye area. The skin around your eyes is much thinner and more sensitive than the rest of your skin, as should be treated as such.  Use eye cream – unless you don’t care about looking 45 when your 35!

Exfoliating and properly cleansing your skin is important, especially prior to shaving or grooming of any facial hair. This helps in softening facial hair, eliminating dry skin flakes and bumps reducing the risk of nicks, as well as opening your pores and  giving you a closer shave.  Also, ensure you use a shave cream, shave lotion or shave gel, which are formulated to aid you in shaving and skin hydration – unlike soap.

So important!! Use an SPF face lotion, even if you are going to be inside most of the time! UVA and UVB rays from the sun are damaging to your skin. The rays damage skin cells, in the upper and lower skin layers, aiding in the acceleration of aging skin and wrinkles, as well as increasing the risk of skin cancer.

Remember your skin needs to be hydrated day and night, as air indoors can be quite drying.  Also your skin cells renew faster overnight. Anti-aging products work best at night, since they are not being affected by UV rays nor having to compete with your SPF day protection.

As I am sure your attention span is waning… It really is pretty simply guys:

  1. Drink plenty of WATER – this helps to flush out toxins and hydrate you from the inside out
  2. Properly CLEANSE your skin, with facial cleansers formulated for men (or at least man-friendly) in the morning and evening
  3. EXFOLIATE your skin, but gently – just because your a man and you can, doesn’t mean you should be rubbing your skin off
  4. Use PROPER SHAVING PRODUCTS meant for your facial skin
  5. Use EYE CREAM day and night, to prevent puffy eyes and wrinkles
  6. Use an SPF FACIAL CREAM/LOTION even if you don’t plan on walking outside
  7. Use a man-friendly NIGHT CREAM (most often an anti-aging cream)
Some extra tips:
  1. If you want to wash your face in the shower, do so AFTER you wash your hair – as product residue from your hair styling products and cleansers can affect your skin
  2. Do NOT use the same towel to dry your face that you use to dry your body, body cleansers and soaps, as well as oils are not good for your face
  3. Try a HOT TOWEL treatment: Take a clean wash cloth and run it under hot water, wring out all the water and lay the towel on your face, pressing very lightly – allowing the steam from the towel to open your pores. Remove when the towel begins to cool. You can repeat this 3-5 times to remove your facial cleanser, post-cleansing and/or prior to shaving. FYI: Hot water drys out your skin, this is about the steam from the hot towel not the hot water.

It is important to note that men’s skin is different than women’s and we experience skin issues differently. You should look for product’s that are designed for men. My suggestion is to always look at brands and companies that have a dedicated line of skin care products for men.  

Here are some lines that are definitely worth a look, in my opinion:

Kiehl’s (http://www.kiehls.com/)

A favorite brand of mine for men AND women.

Jack Black ( http://www.getjackblack.com)

Clinique (http://www.clinique.com//)

I understand that money can be a factor, so here are some less expensive but still quality brands.

Neutrogena (http://www.neutrogena.com)

Nivea (http://www.nivea-international.com)