The holiday season is always a challenge; it is the time of the year where we rack our brains to come up with the ideal gift for that special someone. With some men easier to shop for than others we reached out to local business owner Calvin Butts to help compose a list of his top 5 items for gift giving ideas for that special guy in your life, with some suggestions for shopping local and supporting small businesses in our community. 

Before we begin, get to know Calvin, owner of Calvin Butts Bespoke: With a career spanning over fifteen years I have clothed, shopped for, styed and directing wives, girlfriends, and fiancé to finding the perfect gifts for their partners. Trained under a third generation tailor my career in luxury retail has been focused on catering to men and their styling needs, I often have questions from clients as well as their partners for gift giving ideas. (Calvin Butts, Tailor & owner of Calvin Butts Bespoke)

Keep reading below to see Calvin's top suggestions for the must have gifts for your husband, dad, son, etc this special holiday season by Calvin. 

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My list this year is broken down into three different life styles, from the relaxed man who enjoys taking his time in the mornings to the man on the go and of course your dapper dresser. 

  1. The traditional pyjamas set

I have always enjoyed the classic pyjamas set, that all American look that says refined sophistication with the ease of comfort and style. I find that Brooks Brothers (in the downtown core) and Ralph Lauren (found at the bay) do the perfect pyjama set for men. I have always enjoyed a pipped detail on a pyjama with a lapel. Usually produced in a soft-brushed cotton and relaxed fits make these pyjamas the perfect go-to gift for the men on your list.

This patchwork pyjama set from Brooks Brothers is perfect for a lazy morning around the house.

  1. The slipper

Everyone must have a slipper for around the house! Glerups are the perfect solution to that; they are a more refined style with several options in color, height and sole’s. The versatility of these slippers also makes them perfect for running out the garbage, camping or just lounging around the house. 

Found locally in Calgary at Stuff for him in the beltline these slippers range from high-top’s to low-tops and even the classic slipper style the owner Spencer carry’s both the leather sole as well as the rubber. It is certainly a seasonal favourite. 

  1. The winter hat 

When it comes to luxury goods and finding something really special for your man, Loro Piana in Holt Renfrew has you covered. Loro Piana produces the world’s most luxurious cashmere goods in the world! From winter hats for that special someone to their iconic cashmere blankets to curl up into for movie night in the evenings.

Known for their leisurewear Loro Piana certainly is a go-to destination for the causal elegance and luxury. 

But then the question becomes what do you get for that dapper man in your life? Where do you find something just as special and unique as him? This is where my last two suggestions come into the mix.

  1. The perfect dress shirt

Calvin Butts Bespoke offers a shirt subscription service for the man in your life. Clothing catered to fit their personality and style. The shirt club from Calvin Butts Bespoke is a service that sends your man new shirts throughout the year, curated to fit into his existing wardrobe while pushing his typical boundaries of style and elegance. 

(Italian fabrics with fine detail finishes)

  1. Smoking Kits

Probably the most popular thing that has come out of the pandemic is the concept of drinking at home and learning to mix your own cocktails. Learning about bitters, mixes, smoking drinks and having the luxury of doing it all in your own home. Smoking kits from Spirits with smoke are an amazing option to give that picky present guy. Macintosh HD:Users:calvinbutts:Desktop:6d4a0c22-scaled.jpg

A Calgary based company that can be found at Stuff for him in the Beltline, their kits include woods, bitters, and recipes to get going.

Now it's our turn (The Real Estate Partners team) We love Calvin's suggestions and we want to show off some of our local favorite businesses on Instagram 

  1. Locally made grooming products for men in Calgary

Hemp-powered grooming products - Handmade in small batches

      1. Woodwork Gifts

        Made by Huron Woodwork this Alberta business delivers when it comes to custom wood working products.

        1.  Vinyl Records at Lukes

        2. Check out this local drug store, that has everything a pharmacy should have, plus a great collection of unique vinyl records.
      1.  Adesso Man Candle

        It’s the perfect day to relax with an Adesso Man Candle. ???? We’ve got several great scents including Whiskey Neat. This subtle and masculine fragrance has notes of aged whiskey and a hint of oak for a balanced and timeless scent profile.

In our current world and it’s focus on door to door shipping and ordering from the luxury of your home, the holiday season is a crucial time for small business’s. It’s the time of the year when they focus on next years buy and what they are able to bring in for their shoppers. Don't forget about shopping local and supporting small businesses! They provide unique, quality products, and support growth and we all know that the holiday season can be a stressful one.  Calvin and the Real Estate Partners Team at Real Broker hope that some of these items are the solution you have been looking for, and when all else fails asking around is also very helpful. Small business owners are usually a wealth of knowledge when it comes to what’s around town; they often know where to go or what sites to check out. 

A MAJOR thank you to Calvin for lending his expertise, please reach out to Calvin for any of your Bespoke or Made to Measure clothing, Styling advise and Accessories, Alterations, and Wardrobing needs.  Calvin Butts Bespoke continues to offer their clients an incredible selection of the most luxurious and premium grade products on the market. From shirts to ties, suits, jackets, belts, shoes and other accessories they are continually working to wardrobe you from head to toe with their decades of knowledge and expertise. 

Don't forget to give them a follow on Instagram!

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