20 Things Every Man Should Have.

Beyond the basics of food, water, toilet paper and shelter, what does a man really need? Clothing, to be sure. An income is nice. A comfortable place to sit and rest.

IMG_6426While many items seen as classically manly — the cigars, the axe, the fast car — may be enjoyable, they are hardly necessities. What a man really needs are things that will improve his quality of life; things that make tasks easier to tackle, that bring genuine joy, and that are made well enough to last for years.

  • A Great Watch – Every man should own at least one good watch. You don’t need a $5,000 Rolex, but you should probably spend at least $500 or so on your finest chronometer. At that price point, you are assured of a watch that will work well for years and you can find dozens of watchmakers producing gorgeous timepieces in that range. As for the size of the face, the type of band, the function, the features, and so on, pick a watch that suits your style, but don’t go cheap; you’ll have a great watch until the end of — wait for it — time.

 

  • A Well Made Blazer – Even if you wear a formal jacket all of once or twice a year, you should have a fine dress coat at the ready so you can always look your best. A great blazer can dress up a pair of nice jeans and blend seamlessly with fine slacks. You can wear blazers with ties, tees, and anything in between. You could easily spend a couple of thousand dollars on a lifetime purchase or you can get away with spending a couple hundred.
  • Nice Socks – Nice socks will keep your feet comfortable all day long whether you’re being active , walking around, or just sitting at a desk. They can also provide that pop of personality when they sneak out down there between foot and cuff. Good socks are an affordable luxury to which you will quickly grow accustomed.

 

  • Comfortable Dress Shoes – You surely have several pairs of dress shoes, likely covering the bases in brown, black, two-tone, laces, loafers, and so on. But until you have at least one pair of very nice and very comfortable shoes, your wardrobe is incomplete. You need a pair of dress shoes you can wear from morning to night, at the office or on the go, without blisters or soreness. Be prepared to shell out some change here.

 

  • Great Running Shoes – you do absolutely need at least one very high-quality pair of running shoes. Inferior shoes do you a great disservice, potentiality leading to injuries both chronic and acute. If you run often, plan to get new shoes at least annually; better yet, get two pairs (at least) and alternate.

 

  • Pocket Knife – When I say pocket knife, frankly I’m only talking about one brand: the OG, the Swiss Army Knife from Victorinox. The brand has been making pocketknives since 1884 and is still going strong today. Whether you choose a limited-edition gold finish or the classic red Swiss Army color for your pocket knife, you’ll be getting a tool that you will never again want to be without.

 

  • Multi-Tool – You don’t have to spend much to get a decent, reliable multi-tool, but you doneed to get one of these combination pliers/blades/screwdrivers/etc. tools. You have a complete toolkit, you say? Well, then leave the multi-tool in your car or work bag.

 

  • Luggage – If you travel all the time, great luggage is a must. If you are only on the road a few days a year, you should still treat yourself to fine luggage, as it will then last for years.

 

  • Decanter – Whether you like wine or whiskey or you even just want a fancy way to serve water, every man should own at least one good decanter. Don’t assume the only option for a fine decanter is a classic cut crystal vessel with a glass stopper. there are a wide variety of options available.
  • Whisky Glasses –Don’t pour good whiskey into an improper glass. (Nor should you pour any other fine spirit into a wack glass, either.) A good set of whiskey glasses will enhance the whole sipping experience and look great on your bar when you’re not enjoying a dram or two with friends or with the company of a good book. Also guys be sure to have a great set of Champaign flutes for the ladies (wink Wink).
  • Art –A man should have at least one piece of artwork in his home that he’s damn proud to show off and loves to look at. It doesn’t have to be a famous masterpiece, and it doesn’t have to be large and eye-catching. It doesn’t matter if it’s a painting, a print, a sculpture, or what have you — every man’s home should have at least one object that serves no purpose beyond its own aesthetics and the feelings it inspires.

 

  • Music Player & Speakers – A man needs a way to crank out tunes . Even if you’re not a diehard music head, you need at least one good way to play the music the mood calls for, whether the mood is rocking out with friends, romancing that special someone, or just in chill mode You can go for a soundbar that can amp up your TV-watching experience, a Bluetooth speaker, or a vinyl setup.
  • A Few Books – If you don’t have at least a small collection of books in your home — and preferably on subtle display — then sir, you’re doing it wrong. If you need to jump-start your book collection, go with a great coffee table book, a classic collection of short stories, and a few novels that stand the test of time. TRUST ME!

 

  • Good Set of Towels – You use a towels everyday  of your life, so you owe it to yourself to procure a few fine towels.
  • A Grill – Everyone should have a great grill. Grilled food is simply the best of food, especially when you’re talking meat. And even if you live in a smaller apartment, if           you have a patio, balcony, or anywhere you can get outside, you have room for a fine grill.
  • Quality Cook Ware – If you cook frequently and enjoy it, you probably already have a fine set of pots and pans. If not, you should own one anyway. You never know when a significant other or friend may hope to whip up a fancy meal even if you’re not much of a cook yourself. You also may find that with the right tools, you develop a sudden love for cooking. If your pots and pans are a mishmash of brands and quality, consider cleaning house and starting over with a complete set.
  • Great Chef Knife  – Yes, you should spend well over $100 on at least one great kitchen knife, a blade perfect for chopping and slicing, for meat and veggies, and for all sorts of cuisine prep Shit.
  • Comfortable Mattress – It’s hard to overstate the value of a superlative mattress. A great mattress will last the better part of a decade. Let’s assume eight years, you can splurge Or hey, go much cheaper, but not too cheap — great sleep is priceless.
  • Great sheets – You’re not going to put those threadbare old sheets on your brand-new top quality mattress, are you? If you value comfort and sleep quality, you need to spend a few (dozen) dollars and get high-quality sheets that’ll last for years.
  • A Home Safe – Keep your shit locked up!

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