Next up in the Red Clay Soul gift guide series is the top of the heap stuff…irreverent stuff that requires a serious financial commitment.  Fun stuff for those that gives gifts at this level don’t think about said financial commitment.  So if you fall into that category, or just want to have a little fun, let’s rock and roll, old sport:

From Top Left:

1. The Monocle Guide to Better Living:  Maybe the gift should include a red pen…so you can make necessary corrections.
2. Panerai Specialties Radiomir Tourbillon GMT Titanium Watch:  Call this a ‘second opinion’ since you don’t trust your iPhone’s clock.
3. Kiton Plaid Cashmere Sport Coat:  Have a fun jacket handy.  You know, for walking the dog…or for the Christmas party.  Green is good.
4. 1965 Aston Martin DB5:  Got a little room in the garage?  Get something small and sporty for Saturday morning trips to Starbucks.  The maybe over to Home Depot.  Whatever.
5. Bottega Venetta Intrecciato Leather Billfold Wallet:  The older you get, the more cash you carry, so that Cheddar clip just isn’t cutting it.  Have something Italian to hold your stacks.
6. Hat From the Investment House:  The minimum barrier of entry to obtain one of these hats is a significant number of zeros.  Only 0.0001% of the population have any idea this didn’t come from some sort of golf tournament gift bag.
7. Box of Cuban Cigars:  It doesn’t matter whether you are a cigar fan, or have any idea how to actually smoke cigars.  What matters is that it took an act of smuggling to get these into the country.  Total power play.
8. Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere Button Neck Jumper:   Because regular wool is like ordering from the value menu.
9. The Bond Mixologist Box:  Even though your idea of making cocktails is pouring gin and tonic over ice, you like to be prepared.  Having the necessary tools to make any drink under the rainbow is considered good form.
10. Club Monoco Cashmere Sweatpants:  I hear it all the time from readers…’what is the best thing to wear when catching up on Red Clay Soul?’  The answer: cashmere sweatpants.
11. Rubinacci Samurai Silk Pocket Square:  Fulfills the dream of having a few Samurai in your pocket.
12. Peacock Backgammon Board by Alexandria Llewellyn:  No idea how to play backgammon, nor any desire to learn.  All you know is that backgammon is the game of kings, and being a king is  your business.
13. Frank Clegg Alligator Duffle:  A great option for a gym bag.  Big enough for your short shorts, New Balance shoes, tank top, headband, and ego.
14. Edward Green for Sid Mashburn Townsend Penny Loafers:  Because when you head to the beach, you can’t wear your go-to black cap toes with shorts…you need something a little more sporty.  These will do the trick.



  1. Gray
    12/16/2014 / 11:00 AM

    If we’re going for pretentious hats it doesn’t get much better than a Marquis Jets or Ritz Carlton [insert exotic location] hat.

  2. JSL
    12/16/2014 / 8:16 PM

    Completely agree about the Cubans. However, La Aroma de Cuba cigars are from Nicaragua. Just saying…

  3. 12/20/2014 / 9:34 PM

    Those cubans might be easier to get than we once thought, and now legal!

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