Because everyone needs to get their shit together at some point
1. Decent Cologne- Kiehl’s Original Musk
Look, I’m the type of guy who keeps a watchful eye on my grooming. This means I choose my face washes carefully, use quality hair gels and I try to stay relatively clean.
I was recently in the market for a new scent because Liz Claiborne’s Curve, although an excellent cologne, was getting a bit too familiar. I tend to lean toward musky/woodsy scents that aren’t too “sweet”. I read some reviews and came across Original Musk by Kiehl and fell in love at first whiff. Original Musk smells like a powdery fresh barber shop from the 1950’s. With this cologne, you will be getting compliments all the time! Plus, it’s not as common as CK Eternity or Curve.
2. Cool Coffee Mug- Don’t Fucking Procrastination
Coffee mugs are usually very plain and boring. If you work in an office then you know that having your own unique mug is essential. How else are you going to showcase your awesome personality? Talk to people? Nah.
This awesome matted black coffee mug tells you what you need to be reminded every day- DON’T FUCKING PROCRASTINATE!
3.Classy Wrist Watch- Nixon Time Teller A045
Somehow, a wristwatch has the ability to transform a clueless adult who looks like he smokes weed all day and plays video games into a professional young adult who clearly has his shit together. I mean, savage f*ckboys are known to not be able to tell time, right?
Nixon produces solid timepieces that you can wear in the office and on the weekend. They fuse classiness with trendiness in a very natural way. This watch is a testament to that, plus it’s very inexpensive!
4. Simple Valet Tray
This one isn’t exactly a necessity but it’ll make you look like you have your shit together in a simple way. Valet trays make coming home from work a tad bit more organized. Rather than bursting through the front door and throwing your keys and wallet at the nearest flat surface, just plop them down in the valet tray that you have on your dresser.
5. Small, Quality Pocket Knife- Emerson Mini CQC-7 Flipper
I’m always going to add a knife to my lists because they are one of those tools that can come in handy in a multitude of situations. The problem with carrying a knife is that people tend to think you are psycho.
That’s why having a small pocket knife would be more widely accepted. And if you’re going to spend money on a knife, you may as well spend it on one that’ll last you decades. Emerson Knives is known to make the sturdiest, toughest and meanest-looking knives on the planet. Their newly-announced Mini CQC-7 Flipper evolves the original by adding a flipping mechanism and ball-bearings for a quick, gliding open. The best part is how tiny it is!
6. First-Aid Kit For Your Car
Have a headache on the way to work? Cut yourself while on-the-go? No problem if you have a small first-aid kit in your trunk at all times. Even if you’re the most careful person in the world, you never know when it will come in handy.
Plus, you’re an adult. You should have a first-aid kit regardless.
7. Well-Made Bag- Incase Icon Lite Backpack
If you frequent this site then you know I’m always talking about bags. I just like them! There is no brand of bags that I recommend more than Incase. Incase produces quality bags that are made with the purpose of lasting a long time.
Their designs are simple, minimalistic and functional. I used to use the Incase Icon Slim Backpack for a number of years. They now offer this Lite version that is just as good and half the price!
8. Powerful Shoe Cleaner- Jason Markk Premium Shoe Cleaner
Although I’m not a sneaker-head, I do like to keep my kicks looking fresh. That being said, there is no shoe cleaner that I swear by as much as I do Jason Markk. Jason Markk is a company out of LA that is pretty straightforward. They just want to help you clean your shoes, and keep them clean. They offer a wide variety of products, but this Essential Kit has everything you’ll need to bring your kicks back to life.
If you don’t believe me then watch some Jason Markk Shoe Cleaning videos on YouTube and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
This kit comes with a 2 oz. bottle of the Premium Cleaner, a scrub brush, a microfiber cloth and 3 quick-wipes for a quick fix.
9. Trendy Casual Shoes- Adidas OG Samba Shoes
A man is only as respectable as the shoes he wears. That sounds like a profound verse that some shoe executive said at a keynote, but no. I made it up. I’m proud of it and it remains true.
Swap out those dusty, hole-ridden Chuck Taylors and get a quality pair of the Adidas OG Samba Shoes. They’re trendy, simple and lightweight. They’re the perfect companion to your new Jason Markk Shoe Cleaner, too!
10. Basic Tool Set- Stanley 38-Piece Home Repair Tool Set
Finishing off this list is a simple toolset. Every respectable man has a kit with the essential tools for getting any job done. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on giant industrial grade hardware, you just need a quality set of the basics.
This 38-Piece tool set has everything you need to hang up some picture frames, nail up that artwork, measure for that new couch you’re getting and getting those pesky hex-screws out of your furniture.