Father’s Day Gift Guide

FreshNeck is often called “The Greatest Father’s Day Gift Ever.” (you haven’t heard that?). After all, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, affords variety and convenience, all while saving money. But we know there is more to life than ties, so allow us to help you find something that your dad/husband will find hip, practical, and a little bit fun too.

For the “Triple F” (Fashion Forward Father)

SprezzaBox ($28/month)

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Monthly subscription box containing men’s designer products. Each month a new mix of products conveniently arrive at your doorstep. The items are hand-picked to offer the latest fashion trends at a steeply discounted price (typical box contains $75 worth of duds).

Black Lapel (Shirts – $99+, Suits – $499+)

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A repeat offender on our gift guides, as we just can’t find a better quality for the value.  And their new office in NYC’s garment district adds the opportunity to get fitted in person (with a glass of scotch, of course).

For Father Time

Martenero Founder Watch ($485)

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Custom watches inspired by classic sports watches of the 60s and 70s. The “Founder” is an elegant and versatile watch that merges formal details with practical design. Features applied indicators, luminous markers, and a unique ‘warning track’ to signal the changing hours. A screw-down canvas keeps water out to depths up to 100 meters, with a full exhibition case back to display the finished movement inside.

Eleven James ($249+/month)

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Members enjoy luxury timepieces worth an average of $10,000 or more for two months at a time. The annual program enables you to experience three or six different watches per year. Sound familiar?

Want to check out their impressive Collection for yourself? FreshNeck has partnered with Eleven James on a Father’s Day Pop-Up shop at John Allan’s men’s spa in midtown manhattan. Come by, grab a glass of single-malt, try on some watches and ties, get a shoe shine, and leave saying to yourself “all is right with the world.”

For the Father Who Enjoys the Finer Things

Harry’s Father & Son Shave Set ($30)

fathers-day-set-1-9e887339375d0373cd4590426833c116One real razor for dad, one toy one for your man-in-training. Engraving options available for additional $15.

Woodinville Whiskey Kit ($149.99)

setThe magic that happens inside of a whiskey barrel has always intrigued the true whiskey drinker. But unless you own your own distillery (we strongly recommend this by the way), it’s next to impossible to witness the transformation of the distillate from clear to brown, and the many flavor, aroma, and taste complexities that are added before finishing the journey as aged whiskey. Woodinville’s “Age Your Own” kit puts you in the Captain’s seat for aging your whiskey to perfection. Patience not included.

For the Discovering Father

Bespoke Post “Box of Awesome” ($45/each with membership)

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Each month they search the world over for new brands and products that are interesting, hard to find, or simply remarkable. It starts with a story. Each month, they develop a theme that will help broaden your horizons. They track down stand-out products from around the world or custom-design their own. Everything gets put to the test with hands-on trials until they’re sure they’ve got the best of the best. They call on the pros – mixologists, designers, and more – to help you get the most out of your box.

Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 ($300)

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Thought drones were only for the government, Amazon, and the crazy terrorist on “24”? There are actually quite a few on the market, ranging in price, but the Parrot AR. Drone 2.0 is our choice for it’s features and affordable price. It boasts an improved control system, a built-in camera capable of capturing 720HD video, and the ability to create its own wi-fi network.

GQ Summary – December 2013

We’re at it again! Last week we unveiled our monthly feature, a summary of GQ Magazine  (November ’13 – Michael Fassbender). This week, we tackle the annual December “Men of the Year” Issue.

As with most years, GQ’s 2013 Men of the Year come from two main pools – Actors and Musicians. The 5 separate covers feature Matthew McConaughey, Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Will Ferrell, and the late James Gandolfini.

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Our Takeaways from the Issue:

1. There is some really overpriced expensive stuff out there, that GQ thinks make great gifts. We’re not so sure you need a $5,995 ping-pong table, $395 Hermes luggage tag, or a $799 air purifier. (We prefer selections from our Holiday Gift Guide for the Dapper Gentleman)

2. A Tweed Two-Piece can be the most versatile fall/winter suit in your closet. It can be worn together, or separated into pants/blazer, and can be dressed up or down (think chunky sweater). Keep it slim in the leg with no break for best results.

FreshNeck Style Tip: Stick with gray, and add shots of color with your accessories.

cfb6fe3b18bb0b3633901214746978013. Everybody and their mother still yearns for Breaking Bad.

4. James Gandolfini had his demons. But he was beloved by many, and was one of the best actors. Ever. (And he showed us a big man could have style!)

images5. 2013 may have been the Year of the Woman. The Insanely Hot Woman. Like Jennifer Lawrence, Katherine Webb (Miss Alabama, of Brett Musburger fame), and Emily Ratajkowski.

images-1 Unknown Unknown-16. Sarah Silverman is still the funniest gal around.  If you haven’t seen the James Franco Roast, two snippets from Silverman:

On Jonah Hill: “Right before the show started, Seth (Rogen) rolled a gigantic fatty on the stage – because that was the only way we could get Jonah Hill onto the stage”

On Franco: “I don’t think James is necessarily gay or straight. I think he just literally can’t open his eyes enough to see who he’s f#&king”

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7. The 25 Least Influential People of 2013: featuring Paula Deen, Anthony Weiner, Miley Cyrus, Aaron Hernandez, Justin Bieber, Tim Tebow, Lennay Kekua, and others. (somehow President Obama made the list???)

8. Jason Collins, the first openly gay American Professional athlete, has not been picked up by an team. As an aging big man with mediocre talent, it’s hard to tell the true cause. But regardless, his work is just beginning.

9. Say what you will about Matthew McConaughey and his public shirtless exercising, but the man can act. Some of his best work: Dazed and Confused, A Time To Kill, Contact, Amistad, How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days, We Are Marshall, The Lincoln Lawyer, Magic Mike, and Mud. They are throwing the O-Word around for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, and he is starring in the upcoming Scorsese Wall Street destined-to-be-a-hit “Wolf of Wall Street” alongside Leo and Jonah. And yes, the man looks good in everything a suit.

10. Contrary to Number 3 above, many are ready to proclaim “House of Cards” the next “best television show of all time.” Hyperbole aside, Kevin Spacey is a beast of an actor (can you be underrated with 2 Oscars?).

Unknown-211. Kanye, Jay Z, Drake, and Eminem all dropped albums in 2013. Rapper of the Year – Kendrick Lamar. We’re big fans, and could do an entire post just on him (maybe we will), as he brings a fresh perspective to a game that hasn’t seen anything new in some time. Our favorite snippet: “in August, Kendrick snuck a sixty-four-bar Trojan horse into his buddy Big Sean’s song “Control” – a guest spot on a song that didn’t even make the final record. After Big Sean goes on for a while about drinking champagne in Detroit, Kendrick wakes up the entire hop-hop universe, calling out nearly ever single young rapper in the game: Drake; A$AP Rocky; J. COle; Tyler, the Creator; even Big Sean himself. The dude slaps Sean on his own song.”

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12. There is still only one man that the men want to be, and the ladies want to be with – Justin Timberlake. Musician. Actor (underrated). Funny as Fuck. Style Icon.

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Gift Guide for the Dapper Gent

Holiday Gift Guide

It’s Holiday Season. Which means you need to empty your wallet and buy some gifts for a bunch of people, all some of whom mean a lot to you. The key to a good gift is making it personal (aka, don’t give a tech gadget to your grandfather who still uses a fax machine).

There are tons of great gift guides out there, but we’re going to focus on a certain type of individual, the Dapper Gentleman. Whether this is you, your husband/boyfriend, son, or pop-pop, we’re hoping to give you some ideas that are a bit more original than what you’re used to. The problem with buying a gift for the DG? As a man of fine taste, he typically already owns most of what he wants. So the key is, get him something he may not know even exists! And if you’re a reader of this blog, it should go without saying: DON’T BUY HIM A TIE. A 3-month gift membership to FreshNeck will only run you $60, and he won’t resent you at every family affair when he feels forced to wear that same cheesy tie.

So without further ado, here are some of our picks for 2013 at different price points.

1. A Shave Kit from Harry’s (www.harrys.com) – $15+

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Brought to you by members of the Warby Parker team, Harry’s is a modern shaving line built upon quality craftsmanship and simple design (sound familiar?).  Skipping the middle man (Duane Reade) gives them the ability to charge affordable prices, as their two sets (handle, 3 blades, cream), The Truman and The Winston, come in at $15 and $25, respectively.

If the man in your life lives in New York City, splurge for a gift card to Harry’s Corner Shop, a modern-day barber shop on MacDougal Street. A straight razor shave plus a haircut will run $60.

2. Caskers Whiskey Club (www.caskers.com) – $179.99+

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Dapper gentlemen enjoy a good cocktail, but store-bought vodka just doesn’t pass muster. We appreciate brands that put a little love into their product, and typically go with the brown stuff.  Enter Caskers – which introduces you to unique, small-batch spirits that are not available at your local liquor store. They offer these rare spirits in limited quantities for a limited time (think Gilt-model), but the gifting jewel here are the Caskers Clubs, which are subscriptions to curated alcoholic goodies. Get that man in your life a yearly subscription, and “conveniently” drop by after each shipment to help him enjoy his gift.

3. Gift Card from Black Lapel (www.blacklapel.com) – $50+

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You’ve seen the name, as we’ve pimped them out in past posts. Why the repeated love? Because it’s not often you can garner a suit that looks like it cost $1,500 for just $449. By skipping the middle men, and foregoing a retail space (and the traveling salesmen some companies use), they can pass savings onto you, the customer. We’ve personally tested the goods, and one of their suits or blazers would make a great addition to any dapper gent’s wardrobe. Any he’ll enjoy the process of creating his one-of-a-kind piece. Gift cards available in any denomination over $50, and can come as a physical card or e-gift.

Bonus: Get a complimentary Gold Membership to FreshNeck with the purchase of any BL suit.

4. “The Hangover” Trilogy (Amazon) – $52.18

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This one needs little explanation. Though they seemed to get worse and worse as the sequels piled on, perhaps there is no better way to unwind and appreciate the normalcy in your life than spending 6 hours with The Wolfpack. It seems that every crew has a Phil, Stu, Doug, and Alan, but few can replicate the amazingness that is Leslie Chow.

5. Leather Beer Holster from Walnut Studio (Etsy) – $89

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Okay, so we like our liquor around here; who doesn’t like to kick back and throw down a couple of cold ones? But the dapper gentleman can’t be walking into a party (or even his own home) with a cardboard carton full of Bud Light. He prefers something a bit more artisinal, and should carry his booze around in style. Handmade in Oregon from leather and masonite, this carrying case is sturdy, reusable, and fashionable. It weighs just 10 oz empty, comes in three colors, and can be monogrammed!

6. Beard Wash from Beard Buddy (www.beardbuddy.com) – $24

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Beards are officially “cool.” In fact, studies have found that men with beards look tougher, more aggressive and masculine and would make better romantic partners. That being said, your bear should be seen, not smelled. Keep it “fresh” with this organic wash containing aloe.

7. Skull Ice Cube Mold (GamaGo) – $12.00

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We’re beginning to feel like alcoholics. Maybe we’ve been watching too much Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire. But we’re not ashamed to proclaim, like Ron Burgundy, “I Love Scotch. Scotchy Scotch Scotch.” And if you like to imbibe the single malt like we do, then you should be doing it the proper way – with a single cube skull of ice. Not only will your onlookers thing you’re a badass, but the large surface area of the ice will keep your liquor cold, but not watered down. At this price, get a few for yourself as well.

8. A Puppy (www.perfectpetmatch.com) – Hugs and a Donation

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A lifelong companion. Unconditional love. Chick magnet. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving. Obviously this isn’t for everyone (or is it?), but for the right person, you can play a part in changing their life forever, while at the same time saving an animal in need. The Humane Society estimates 6-8 million dogs and cats go through shelters every year, and that over 3 million are euthanized. A new company, PerfectPetMatch, is attempting to disrupt the industry by playing matchmaker between adopters, shelters, and the animals. Perhaps you’ll have the next Menswear Dog on your hands?

9. Touchscreen Gloves from Glove.ly (www.glove.ly) – $25+

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It’s getting cold, so we are all ready with our gloves and scarves. In the past, however, we were forced to risk frostbite on our fingers if we wanted to use our technology. Well these days, no self-respecting dapper gent can go too long without a selfie, so the cool cats at Glove.ly created an affordable, simple, and comfortable high-tech glove that allows you to use your touchscreen without removing the gloves or fingers. Bonus: magnets cleverly hidden under the logo keep your gloves together when you’re not wearing them so you can stop leaving them in taxis. They come in a variety of materials (including leather) and colors for both men and women.

10. Membership to Eleven James (www.elevenjames.com) – $249/month

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Clearly at FreshNeck we’re all about collaborative consumption, sharing, and rentals. And we’ve often heard from our members asking why we don’t leverage our model for watches. Enter Eleven James, offering 2-month watch rentals from their awesome collection of Panerai, Rolex, Hublot, and more. They just launched, so we don’t have all of the details, but we’re pretty excited. Perhaps a collaboration is in the cards…

Have a suggestion for a gift that we missed? Let us know in the comments!