The Holiday Gift-Giving Guide for the Man in Your Life

In Angela Vinet, Misty Swilley by Lola Magazine


*The Sportsman –

Lola’s Louisiana Sportsman is a man’s man, ready to adventure in the great outdoors at a moment’s notice. This holiday season, gear up your man with the latest in outdoor wear after a quick trip to third-generation sporting goods powerhouse Lorants for a personal firearm or leather holster. Your gun-toting, outdoor-loving man can have any accessory he desires, even new waders to keep those toes dry to gather birds when the feathers start flying. Our hunting, fishing, and watersports-loving fellas can never have enough quality knives with several shops in town, including L.E & Chalk, offering custom blades and handles forged just for the next adventure. Any good sportsman would appreciate a kayaking adventure on any of our beautiful bodies of water, or give the ultimate surprise of a special guided hunt where any fella would feel the love. The new Red River Range will be open in the spring – a great gift idea is to purchase some shooting time for your man to make his mark.


*The Athlete/Health Conscious/Healthy Living –

Our body buff, sports-loving, health-conscious man appreciates a gift that helps keep him in tip-top shape. Relive the glory days with adult fitness and personal training at D-1 Sports Training & Therapy or Orangetheory Fitness, where your man can work out just like they used to on an athletic team. Purchase personal training by the session or a month of workouts with the dynamic trainers – sure to have that beach bod ready for spring, or grab those new running shoes from Sports Spectrum as a special splurge. This gift-giving season has plenty of chances to show your sports-loving man just how much you love him by finding the perfect golf club at Edwin Watts Golf store to swing, or some crazy thin tires and sleek new racing gear for our favorite pedal pushers at any of our bike shops.


*The Well-Dressed Man –

John Pickens Clothier is a one-stop shop to dress your man for success in the latest styles with a touch of classic taste as nothing says “Hello” better than a sharp-dressed man. John Pickens Clothier has duds for any dude’s style needs with prices in all ranges for a quick gift. We highly recommend the “Malin+Goet” solid cologne for our men flying the friendly skies because this pocket treasure keeps him smelling good at all times. Be sure to snag your guy a fabulous Jack Mason watch from L.E Chalk. These beautiful pieces are creatively engineered with interchangeable bands for the man who likes to match.

*The Cocktail Connoisseur –

The wet bar is back and with it comes our Cocktail Connoisseur. Cuban Liquor & Gourmet Shoppes can fix up a bartender’s basket with all the needs of a specialty drink while you find the perfect bottle of something he would never buy for himself. He is going to need all the ingredients for those dirty martinis with a quality shaker easily found at the right shop. Our men that enjoy a good pipe or puff of cigar can find fine cigars around town, but remember to find the essential accessory, a cutter. If your man enjoys a good smoke, swing by Havana Cigar Bar and let the guys help you find the perfect pipe for your man. If wanting to build your man his first home bar, look into a good barkeep book and a few essentials to have him slinging cocktails to his friends. A fun idea is to purchase a drink basket ready to mix with bottles for blending a beloved cocktail. Check into a Sazerac – the first official cocktail to be born that any connoisseur of cocktails is sure to love.

*The Techie –

Techies love their gadgets, and Lola has a few ideas that will make their hearts skip a few beats when they receive these as gifts. Whipping out a wireless, portable charger to save a damsel in phone distress just got cooler with the charging pads…just place a phone on top to have battery life in no time. L.E. & Chalk carries a Hex Brand techie dream bag for an urban adventure – sleek and stylish with pockets for every type of device inside a velvet lining so soft one would want to crawl inside the bag. Hot on the market is Polaroid’s instant digital camera, sure to make any man become the Party Pic king with smudge-proof sticker prints in seconds.


*The Tinkerer –

Those who like to tinker need a good set up and space to work. A well-organized garage is the perfect gift for power tool-loving men. A proper workbench is of the utmost importance to a tinkering man as are shelves for storage. Supply your guy with vise grips, tool chests, and safety gear to keep his good-looking features in place while cleaning the grease off his hands. There is no better way to say “I love you” than building him his ultimate workshop one piece at a time. For those that really like to get their hands dirty, the trusty table saw is always a hit, but any tool that makes your man’s life easier is one he needs. Help out your “Handyman” by getting him a tool belt that looks just as good on him as his finished projects do.

*The Chef –

Bust out the pots and fire up the grill, because our hunk of a Chef is ready to get cooking. A ninja in the kitchen, his blade should be sharp and industrial quality so a good knife is always appreciated. Keep those corduroy pants clean by outfitting him with any manly apron where denim or British tan are consistently choice colors. If your sweetheart has been extra good this year, stop by Tubbs Hardware to grab the most quietly coveted item – Big Green Egg and all the “eggcessories”. Another option is to give the gourmet their own monogramed steak brander to sear the sirloin or begin a collection of cast-iron that will last a lifetime.

*The Entertainer –

If your show stopper of a man is the life of the party, it’s best to equip him with some of the best social items to get the party started! Let him be the life of the party with his own portable speaker rocking his own playlists to keep things hopping while setting the stage for your rockstar with uber chic lounging chairs from Nader’s Gallery. Perhaps it’s time to make the space into his man cave with a quick phone call to Sound Minds for surround sound and theatre quality TV – every man’s daydream. If watching the show is more your man’s speed, tickets to any of The Stage’s live music concerts will always be a special treat. If Santa needs to help a music lover find the beat, check with the Guitar Center for lessons, instruments and the latest in musical gadgetry.