Can you believe it’s already October? I feel like I say that every month but this year just seems to be flying by. I mean, how have we been engaged for more than nine months?! It will be one year on Christmas Eve and even though we still have eleven months until our wedding, I have a feeling it will be here in the blink of an eye.

This year we’ll be celebrating Christmas with my family (plus Will’s parents!) in Charleston, South Carolina. After my parents sold our childhood home, we decided to start a new tradition of renting a home and celebrating in a new spot each year. Last year we were in Maine (where Will proposed!) so we decided to choose a warmer weather locale this time around. I can’t wait to have the whole group (~20 of us!) together again and have even started a little of my holiday shopping early.

As you may know by now, I love to shop for the men in my life as much as I love to shop for myself, my mom, sister, etc.! My gift guides for guys are always some of my most popular posts during the holiday season so I wanted to share a few of my favorite picks for the boys for any of you looking to get a head start (or just treat him to a few new goodies for fall). Whether you’re shopping for your boyfriend/fiancé/husband or dad/brother/BFF, Nordstrom carries all the brands you’re looking for. Think Bonobos, J.Crew, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Vineyard Vines (all brands my fiancé, dad, and brothers wear on repeat) all in one shopping cart. Yes please!

Here are a few of my current favorites that I think every guy (regardless of age) should have in his closet, from a Barbour jacket and a classic navy sport coat to a rainbow of gingham shirts and a handsome watch. Will already owns several of these exact pieces but I’ll be stocking up on others for our three-year anniversary in November and of course our one-year engagement anniversary Christmas!


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