This list is designed to help you find gifts for true aficionados: those who live for quality denim, veg tanned leather, and welted footwear. You’d think having niche hobbies would make gift ideas easier, but when you’re in deep it can make things even more difficult.
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1) Slow Process: Pinstripe Denim Jacket
If you’re browsing this list for gift ideas chances are the giftee already has a denim jacket (or two). But Slow Process does things differently. This one-man-brand offers a Pinstripe Denim Jacket with vintage silk accents, a pleated back, and Japanese brass buttons. No matter who you’re buying for, I guarantee they don’t have a denim jacket like this.
Available for $320 from Slow Process.
2) Nine Lives: “Knit Flows Like Water” Sweater
There are few better gifts during the cold winter months than a nice sweater, and Nine Lives “Knit Flows Like Water” Sweater is one of their best offerings of the season. With a knitting pattern similar to vintage, bobble-knit Naval sweaters, this piece is sure to become a modern classic. It features a relaxed, long fit, wide crewneck opening, and large hems to give it a bit more flair while remaining understated.
Available for $380 from Rivet and Hide.
3) Kapital: 96 Yarns Heel Bandana Socks
Whether your loved one collects warm socks, unique bandanas, or neither, Kapital’s 96 Yarns Heel Bandana Socks are sure to be a hit this holiday season. Made from 100% cotton with a unique heel pattern, these socks are a fun way to spruce up any ol’ boring outfit—even if no one will see.
Available for $57 from Blue in Green.
4) Guarded Goods: Shell Cordovan Belt
Everyone needs a good quality belt, and Guarded Goods just ups what that means with their Shell Cordovan Belts. Available a variety of colors, each belt features a steerhide lining, side stitching, and painted edges. While we can’t help you find the perfect size for your giftee we’re quite sure this gift will go over well if you can sneak a peak at the size on their daily wear belt.
Available for $195 from Guarded Goods.
5) Samurai: Roll Cushion
Most of us denimheads have a healthy rotation of jeans floating around our closet, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like collecting accessories from all the major denim brands. Samurai’s Roll Cushion is a great examples–and two sided (denim and flannel) pillow that lays flat or zippers into a cylinder. Whether it’s used to adorn a couch or brought on trips as a travel pillow, this is what every denimhead dreams of.
Available for $86 from Denimio.
6) Pure Blue Japan: Cinch Back Sashiko Jeans
I know what you’re thinking: Charlie, you’re always suggesting sashiko…and cinch-back jeans! And, quite frankly, you’re right. But if you’re shopping for a true denim aficionado who seems to have everything this might be just the ticket. With its 16oz. Japanese selvedge sashiko fabric, cinched back, and suspender buttons, these pants are really something special.
Available for $345 from Blue Owl.
7) Studio D’Artisan: 40th Anniversary Denim Cap
Studio D’Artisan is another Japanese brand that offers a lot of great denim, but not everyone can own every pair. Their 40th Anniversary Denim Cap is a great way to support the brand and own a little bit of history without trying to work another pair into rotation. Plus, with two sizes you can ensure that you’ll be able to get a well fitting cap for your loved one.
Available for $98 from Okayama Denim.
8) Billy Kirk: No. 552 Cooper & Thief Bartender Bag
For the person who owns everything, Billykirk’s No. 552 Cooper & Thief Bartender Bag is a fun way addition to any gift exchange. Not only do you get a great set of copper plated bar tools, you get a quality leather bag to boot! While y’all have to promise to drink responsibly this season this bag will make anyone a hit at holiday parties this year.
Available for $250 from Billykirk.