It’s the most wonderful time of year again, where we have finally finished exams, and are now working like crazy to get a little vaca time in…well, not me this year :'(! But since I will be home, working throughout the Hanukkah/Christmas season, I figured I would pull together my personal wish list of things that I would love to receive, and would recommend to that special man in your life. Whether a brother, father, best friend, or boyfriend, most [if not all] of these pieces would be great gifts!

Here are my top 10 #wants on my Chrismukkah wishlist this season 🙂
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1. Fendi Monster / Bag Bug Charm

sass & leather holiday picks fendi monster bug

This keychain/bag charm/key fob is the funnest, cutest, most outrageous thing I’ve probably ever seen. And I want it. Not every guy could pull this off, but it would definitely be a cool charm to hold your keys, or throw on an edgy leather bag! Not to mention they’re so hard to find, and so unique, that I feel the urge to invest in this cute keychain!

2. Alexander Wang Kade Boot

sass & leather holiday picks alexander wang kade boot

These are a perfect pair of fall/winter transition boots. With chunky metallic details, mixed-media leather components, and a chunky rubber sole, these are equipped to take on bad weather, but are quite gorgeous too! Too bad these sold out on SSENSE (one of my fav online designer markets), otherwise I would’ve snatched them (they were going for 50% off 😥 )!!!!! If you love them as much as I do, and need a pair of sick boots for this winter, I would recommend them 🙂

3. Balenciaga Large Clip Pouch
sass & leather holiday picks balenciaga clip pouch mens clutch

I think any man who wants to look fashion forward while toting around his wallet, iPad and keys, attending events, going shopping or running out of the house, and not carrying a bag, #NEEDS a man-clutch. And I think this Balenciaga pouch is the perfect option. The clip on the side gives you the ability to hook on keys, or a fun keychain (like the Fendi one above), while the distressed leather gives a masculine & vintage look. I need this, and I think he does too!

4. The Kooples Leather Gloves

sass & leather holiday picks the kooples leather biker gloves

Ideally, everyone needs a pair of leather gloves, and I have yet to own a pair. The Kooples, one of my other top brands, killed these gloves (meaning they scored A+ on the Sass & Leather chart!) They are edgy, classic and minimal, providing a cool factor to any outfit. Plus, who can honestly go wrong with a classy accessory in smooth, black leather?

5. Balenciaga Suede & Leather Backpack

sass & leather holiday picks balenciaga suede backpack

Somehow this screams holiday luxury to me. The combo of leather and suede is ultra luxurious and unique looking, and I have yet to own a bag made of suede (or a backpack for that matter)! Why not kill 2 birds with one stone? This can be used for travel, school, and just about anywhere else…I mean look at how beautiful this is! Of course, a job well done by Balenciaga on this classic men’s piece!

6. Moschino TOY Eau De Toilette
sass & leather holiday picks moschino toy fragrance

Now I’m not sure what exactly this smells like, but I’m 99.9% sure it is a unisex fragrance. But I think the idea of this fragrance, like Jeremy Scott’s Moschino collections, are to wow the audience. I just want to cuddle with this little teddy bear, even though it’s a fragrance bottle! It’s a cute gift, and I’m sure it smells amazing too!

7. The Kooples Prince of Wales Check Single Breasted Coat
sass & leather holiday picks the kooples argyle grey peacoat

A wool coat is always a winter essential, and always on trend, but I feel there is much less emphasis in fashion on the double-breasted short coat, and more on the elongated yet slim cut single breasted coat. This specific one evokes vibes of modernity in its understated grey check print, which I think pops more, rather than your average black coat, and pulls together any outfit. I know that I defs need a coat this season, as a bomber coat doesn’t cut it as “fashion-forward”!

8. Felony Matte Black Python iPhone Casesass & leather holiday picks felony python iphone case

A fun stocking stuffer, and simple but awesome gift would have to be this iPhone case. I know, some may cringe at the fact that it’s made of real python, but I think it’s too cool for school! The brand Felony also crafts leather iPhone cases, but seeing such an exotic skin on an item I use daily makes me excited. And it’s not like it’s outstandingly unaffordable! I’m sure he’ll feel cool and unique with this case for his iPhone too!

9. Sandro Paris Smoke Oil Print Sweater
sass & leather holiday picks sandro paris marble sweater


It’s always nice to have a piece that can carry you through a more casual day, but has the ability to be dressed up, and makes a statement for any occasion. This sweater hits the mark on all of those points. Very luxurious, boldly printed, evoking cool and class, it has to be one of the items I would love to own and wear! Not to mention, it’s made of cotton = lightweight and comfy! He’ll love it too (and it’s on sale!)

10. Malin + Goetz Dark Rum Candle
sass & leather holiday picks malin goetz dark rum candle

I previously mentioned this in my summer fragrance favs post a few months back, but the dark rum candle would be an amazing gift for this holiday season. I don’t really know many guys who would light up a nice candle, me being one of them, but this scent is tantalizing. It’s so warm and festive, yet a full year round fragrance. With mid notes of rum and leather, and base notes of amber, patchouli and milk…what man could resist that? If he doesn’t like it, I’m sure you will!!!


So what did you think of my top 10 gifting ideas for the guy in your life? Realistically, this was supposed to be my personal wish list, but I realized that these are all amazing options to gift to your special someone! There are gifts in here for almost any price range & budget…but with a high end touch 🙂

I’m currently enjoying the Jewish holidays, and I hope those of you readers are as well. And those of you who don’t, I wish you a very happy holidays & Merry Christmas to come!!! Cheers, and here’s to more posts soon (now that I’m officially done with school for the semester) 🙂


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