For the Groom

gift guide: city boy

by lizzie & isaiah on December 9, 2010 · 22 comments

Template Thursdays will be back…we have some important business to attend to first: I have been a little irked at some of the gift guides going around. I have only found one or two things that I could even see for Isaiah out of all of the guides I’ve seen. While I don’t think I am a guru of gifts, I am a person who puts a lot of thought into the gifts that I give.

I tweeted recently that I wanted to put together a gift guide for most* men, not the lumberjack-woodsmen and too-artsy-for-their-own-good indie kids, but for a guy who has good taste, an eye for aesthetics, a love of anything that plugs in and a stomach. Yep. So that’s what I did.

I will tell you one thing: Isaiah’s gift(s) are inside the post…and I was pretty proud after I picked everything out and he said, “Oh…WHAT?! That is awesome…no that is awesome!” No sir, you’re awesome.


You don’t have to spend a lot on electronics. Don’t be silly. I picked out a couple of things from a range of budgets, because I know not everyone is in the broke-boat this Christmas.

1. Otterbox phone cover for the HTC Evo, but they make them for a lot of others, starting at $19.95. From Isaiah, “The coolest, most indestructable case for your phone.” For the brutes of the world.

2. HDMI adapter for iMac and MacBook. Don’t pay for Hulu plus…c’mon. For $2.97, you can plug your computer (this one’s apple, but you can find them for PC if your resolution is high enough) into your TV.

3. Wacom Bamboo Pen Tablet. Starting (new) at $58.07, you can turn his doodling habits into artwork, take his graphic design interest to the next level or introduce his artistic talent to a new form.

4. Logitech Harmony One touch screen remote. Starting (new) at $159.58. Controls multiple home theatre devices from one beautiful, sleek, touch-screen remote.

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Stocking Stuffers

I picked all of these out from Fred Flare after seeing Mo’s Bacon Choco Chip Pancake Mix on Cup of Jo, but a lot of unsuspecting places carry awesomely cheap gag gifts…around here the campus bookstore is the coolest place for this kind of thing.

1. Bacon Beans. $6 for a laugh. $6 for him to secretly, actually enjoy eating jellybeans flavored like bacon.

2. Douchebag Citations. $6. Reminded me a bit of the man-up card, which you can also give him a stack of for the cost of a rubberband.

3. Bacon Chocolate-Chip Pancake Mix. $15. Maybe Isaiah likes bacon more than the average man, but I doubt it.

4. Egg Nog Bubblegum. $5. I believe I found these somewhere. Can’t remember.

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Angry Birds

1. If Angry Birds plush toys aren’t one of the raddest, most useless and topical things around right now…I’m not sure what is. Maybe I’m confused and it’s not the app that’s being downloaded 60,000 times per day. $14.99. (You should pair this up with an awesome slingshot – why aren’t they making these yet?).

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I’m pretty sure that I could get Isaiah a 6-pack of delightfully delicious beer for Christmas and he would tear up, but some foods would be especially dope gifts for guys.

1. Beer Cheese Dip. Beer. Cheese. You can’t go wrong. (Cost of ingredients).

2. Beer of the Month Club. Every month, you get 12 bottles of incredibly hard to find, regional microbrews delivered to your home. $101.85 for three months. Pricey, but amazing.

3. Portillo’s Chicago-style hotdogs in a box. We are Chicagoans to the core. And we can’t find a decent f*cking hotdog anywhere. Poppy seed buns, people…where are all of the poppy seed buns? If you want to get him a taste of Chicago, ten dogs and all the accoutrement are $53.95 or you can order two (freaking delicious) Gino’s East pizzas to be delivered for about the same (and can we really put a cost on the fun of dry ice?).

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1. Pulp Fiction Postcard. Frame it. Put it on the wall. $2.95.

2. The Principles of Uncertainty. Spotted this on a blog recently…I’m upset that I can’t remember where. Dang. Anyways, it’s an awesomely illustrated book. New for $16.20 or if you’re broke like me and willing to sacrifice a little tact (or help the environment) you can go used for $8.21.

3. “How We Met” posters. This is a beautiful idea. Spotted these on Emmaline Bride the other day. You can buy one on Etsy for $38, or you can make/draw/design one yourself for cheap.

4. Sherlock Holmes, the fine edition. New from $13.78. Spotted on Black*Eiffel. Loving. They’re cloth-bound with wrap-around covers and beautiful designs. What’s weird is that underneath all that art? Is a totally classic, awesome read.

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Sexy, Sexy

1. Le Male cologne by Jean Paul Gaultier. I don’t know about your guy, but Isaiah loves smelling delicious as much as I love him smelling delicious. Although cologne can be hard to buy for someone else, there are a few scents that can stand all on their own. $57.99 might seem a little steep for cologne (at least for me), but it lasts so long and you might find it cheaper in a perfume store in the mall.

2. Very Sexy for Him by Victoria’s Secret. $33.50 for the 1.7 oz bottle (the one I got him a few years ago, still goin’ strong). Smells…delectable. You can also try Very Sexy for Her if you haven’t yet…it’s ultra-spicy…a nice change to the average floral-y scent. I got both of those (separately) in “gift kits” at Victoria’s Secret that had the 1.7 oz, lotion and a sweet box I use for photos and letters now for $27 each.

3. Lingerie. Seems like a gift for you…really a gift for him? Maybe. This one’s $120, but only an example of super-sexy (yes, I am 5 years old, thank you), but flattering-to-you lingerie.

4. Black Walnut by Banana Republic. $31.95 and one of my favorite, rich, woodsy scents he has.

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So I hope I just whooped most other gift guides in the ass, but really, there are tons of gifts your guy really wants out there that can fit your budget.

Other awesomely destructive gifts for those of you with juevos…an air-soft gun or a slingshot.

Happy hunting.

*I say most because I think there’s something for a lot of different types of guys in here…and everything fits what someone like Isaiah would want.


Forage Bow Ties

by lizzie & isaiah on November 20, 2010 · 8 comments

I’ve never been a huge fan of bow ties, mainly because Isaiah hates them. What’s the point of loving some kind of men’s apparel if he literally can’t look at them?

But for those of you that love bow ties and maybe are wondering where those too-cute bow ties come from in the big-girl Blogs, check out Forage.

I’m not sure what’s expensive or cheap for bow ties, but these are around $65.00, so if that’s affordable, check them out. I went through the shop and geeked for just a little while about them. You can check out their blog Something’s Hiding in Here as well, it’s a fun read.


From him: Shrunken Dude Syndrome

by lizzie & isaiah on June 21, 2010 · 2 comments

Back to the fella’s journey through this whole thing.  Now, Lizzie touched on it, but now its my turn to tell you the play-by-play of finding cloths for the engagement shoot. 

I thought I’d be slick and go to Target on my lunch break, my shirt/shirts and bolt, like us guys do. WRONG.

Did you know that while you weren’t paying attention, the clothing industry really wanted to tap into male body issues by making their summer lines tight-fitting… yeah, found that out the hard way.  Kohls, PacSun, Hot Topic… all the usuals… no luck. 

Yeah I know I’m a bigger guy, but in my defense, my weight hasn’t fluctuated…at all, infact I’m down 20lbs from this past Christmas, still between suit sizes but its a good start. Whole things bullshit, right?  Finally Macy’s with designer duds… all three shirts I picked out fit like a glove… spent a little more than I wanted to, but with my luck and ever-shrinking guys clothes, I figured: I better stock-pile now before next years’ super-slim line arrives…bulimic dude epidemic.


InGroom's Roast Bachelor Party

by lizzie & isaiah on April 19, 2010 · 0 comments

I instantly fell in love with InGroom’s Roast Bachelor Party idea.  Since Isaiah and I moved across the country, we’re really looking forward to having our wedding be one big party/reunion/celebration…and most of all…we want to feel close to people that we have been separated from for two years.  Isaiah has a great group of guy friends, with a unique and comfortable dynamic.  The Roast Bachelor Party might just be perfect.

Photo & Quote Via InGroom:

“This roast is the kind of trash-talking, all-in-fun ripping to shreds that those sensitive types would imagine to be their worst nightmare. For a bunch of dudes, the idea of a roast is epic. We can just picture it now: a whole mess of awesome food, every kind of alcohol ever desired, and only the best of friends taking turns absolutely annihilating the groom.”