9.29.2014

FOR BRANDON


Birthday Season! Birthday Season! Birthday Season is in full swing over at la casa de Holbrook, and so far it's been chock full of good friends, phone calls, cards in the mail, and frenzied researching of home wifi speaker set ups. Brandon Holbrook is traditionally impossible to shop for. Brandon's love language is a rather complicated mix of thoughtfulness that's hard to pin down just right--not too thoughtful, but just thoughtful enough that he knows you were thinking of him, without thinking too much and making him feel weird--and I think I'm getting better at it. Every year Brandon decides what he wants his gift to himself to be, and then it's my responsibility to get it for him. (This year, wifi speakers. Any tips?) For my part, mostly I consider birthdays and Christmases a good chance to bulk up Brandon's wardrobe for him, because Brandon isn't the kind of guy to buy clothes for himself, though he is the kind of guy to buy lotto scratch offs for himself, which is a lesson to you that there's just no explaining what other people find exciting. 

I'm working with ACCOMPANY this year and they are the best. The best! I went through the site a few weeks back to cull a nice collection of gifts for dudes that are Brandon Approved™ as well as good for humanity at large. Knock it all out all at once. Also bonus: all of these things I wouldn't mind borrowing in a pinch in case it turns out that Brandon loves it but doesn't love it enough to wear it right away and so somebody may as well love it in the mean time (why do boys do that?). I don't know what it is about that leather wallet, but it is calling to me rather loudly.

Other good gifts for a Brandon Holbrook type, should you be blessed with one: some beard wax, to aid in his Captain Hook 'stache styling; a mophie, because nobody should ever be without a mophie, these suckers are life savers; this sweatshirt, which is lovely; some sweatpants because every guy loves sweat pants, and obviously a Pearl Jam record, because maybe every guy's love language is Pearl Jam and/or Dave Matthews Band?

Happy Birthday, Brandon! It's a pleasure being your wife. And with that we close out the BH portion of the HBS '14. 

17 comments :

  1. oh, i love that backpack

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  2. i get Zach a pair of sweatpants every christmas. two sizes two big, so they are baggy as can be, and they are still not always as long as he'd like (man, is he tall!). sweatpants are always good, for every man, for every occasion.

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  3. My husband has done quite a bit of research on wifi speakers, and he is convinced Sonos is the best. Good luck!

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  4. These are great picks! That beard oil is giving me ideas for the holidays and I love that backpack.

    xo
    Rachel

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  5. Beard oil sounds like such a rad gift for a guy with facial hair. My husband stays clean shaven, but beard oil would be on the top of my list if he was all bushy faced!

    www.alovelyintention.com

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  6. that's what my husband chose to get ("to himself", but i do all the research and get the approval from him, so that he will just enjoy and not do the work. that is my gift. weird)...wireless speakers!. but ones that can get wet!. still haven't found them, only thing close is with bluetooth and that he doe's not want. also read reviews (yes, i still haven't learned how not to think too much...) and it's not promising, turns out that wireless speakers aren't yet that evolved to be at the level comp' geeks need it to be. ha. so i don't have a gift yet but do share if you find. (:

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  7. i need those slippers in my life.

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  8. Sonos all the way. We're had them for 4 years and they are awesome! Great sound and all your music controlled by your phone. Still blows my mind :)

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  9. Natalie, please tell me truthfully, how does Brandon feel about those slippers?

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  10. Go with Sonos. My husband works in A/V so I would have thought he would have known about some fancy awesome wireless system that you could only get from a distributer, but nope! Sonos it is. In your space you'd probably only need one speaker, and it's practically foolproof!

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  11. I want that duffel for myself!

    http://thebudusadventure.blogspot.com/

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  12. Bahahaha! My husband puts a lotto scratch off card in my stocking every year for Christmas. It's kind of our little joke.

    Love the backpack! I want it for myself.

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  13. Wifi speakers: Sonos hands down. We have one in every room, including the bathroom. I play what I want, he plays what he wants and sometimes we just dance it off in every room. I'm obsessed. Might be a little pricey, but the quality is there.. so worth it.

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  14. I want these slippers! We like our Bose SounTouch, connects to Airplay..

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  15. www.umba.com/heidicorcoran Has some great hand made guy gifts.

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