Oh No! Isn’t that right up there with socks and ties, and the obligatory “thanks, it’s exactly what I wanted”.
You’d be right if you only bought the $10 special you spotted at the department store, the light blue office shirt that’s about as exciting as the grey one next to it in the wardrobe. But, if you jazz things up a bit and liven up the style factor, you can still give dress shirts for Christmas gifts that will put a genuine smile on their face.
Break The Habit
First things first. If you’re going to give a dress shirt for a Christmas gift, it has to be something special. It is the festive season after all! So no boring colours or shades, or nothing too conservative, even if the man you’re giving this too is a bit of a “stick in the mud.” Everyone secretly likes having something to wear that is a bit more “out there” than their usual attire, especially if they can say that it was a gift. That way, the risk is minimal. If it’s not great feedback , they can blame the giver. If the feedback is positive, they can join in by saying how much they like it. Either way, this is when you buy them that something a bit more special than the usual.
So Where To Start
There are a number of factors that will play into your final decision, a couple being the style and colour, others being availability and price.
For gift giving, I totally recommend buying online. This is purely based on two things: convenience and guarantees. This is not the time of year for fighting your way through shopping centres, especially when you may not really be sure of what you’re looking for. You’ll be looking for something to grab your attention. You also need to know that if the shirt fit is a little off, it’s going to be easy to replace.
Frankly the online guarantees and processes are much better than most stores and the likelihood of the replacement shirt being the same as the one your originally purchased is better online than in a department store with limited stock.
The Usual Suspects – Are Still A Good Choice
Now I have to mention some brands here that prove themselves dependable time and time again.
Charles Tyrwhitt has a great range, some decent discounts at the moment, and an outstanding guarantee. Check out what they have to offer and you won’t be disappointed. Quality shirts through and through.
TM Lewin is another British shirt maker who won’t disappoint. Beautifully made shirts with style. Also a good guarantee to make things easy.
Brooks Brothers, the iconic American shirt maker could be a good choice if you want to go traditional.
But Didn’t I Say Something Special?
Not that the above brands aren’t special. They all make top quality shirts, but maybe you’re looking for something different, something most people don’t have and wouldn’t buy for themselves.
Like I said, price might play a part in your decision, so depending on your budget and who you’re buying for, here are some ideas for a shirt, just that bit different.
Gucci Dress Shirts For Men
Most people think of Gucci as a high end, fashion run-way type of brand. And they’re right, to a point. Gucci certainly epitomizes Italian flair and fashion, but thankfully not everything in Gucci’s range is out of reach.
Within reach, and available at Amazon for speedy delivery are a range of Gucci dress shirts that include classic button downs that are 100% cotton and made in Italy, to multi-coloured 100% silk shirts also made in Italy.
Equally at home in the world of high fashion, is Versace. Most us never think about owning such brands as their reputation for extreme quality is matched only by their reputation for being extremely expensive. Yet, their dress shirt range for men spans shirts that would almost pass unnoticed in the work office to dress shirt displaying characteristic patterns such as plaid and baroque. Certainly worth considering.
With it’s brands of Giorgio Armani, Armani Jeans, Emporio Armani, and Armani Echange, the Armani brand has made itself more accessible to the mainstream market. To have an Armani piece or two in the wardrobe is still on many men’s wishlists. Check out the stylish grey dress shirt with scattered eagle emblem, or checked shirt as only Armani can.
Just The Beginning
Really this is just the beginning. Can you imagine trying to explore such an extensive range of dress shirts any other way online. That would be crazy.
There are no end of luxurious, eye-catching shirts out there. You only have to look. So to finish up this post here is my final recommendation:
Step 1: Jump on the websites of Charles Tyrwhitt, TM Lewin and Brooks Brother. Just browse. Look at the range and the colours only. Don’t bother with fit and the various options at this stage.
Step 2: Click here to jump onto Amazon. This link will take you straight to the search results for “dress shirts for men”. Make sure the relevance is sorting the results by price from highest too lowest. This way you’ll see the most expensive shirts first, and also the most dramatic! You can then scroll down and through the options until to see something that really takes your eye, where you are also happy with the price.
This makes things so easy, and quite fun. There are some shirts that you really have to see t0 believe!
I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks for reading.