Cool Gifts for Hot Guys, on Maplewood’s Springfield Avenue

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’Tis the season! If you’re seeking a great gift for a special man in your life, look no further than Springfield Avenue in Maplewood. From dapper dudes to do-it-yourself dads, these stores, all within blocks of each other, offer some fun and interesting finds.

Michael Lamont Neckwear

New to the Avenue, this hip boutique has a vast array of custom-made ties for that stylish gentleman on your list. In the business for 22 years, Lamont says his one-of-a-kind, double-sided bow ties are world famous. From the United Kingdom to Dubai, his creations, priced at $77 each, are worn and admired by well-dressed men around the globe.

The boutique also features a great selection of neck-ties. Not only are they crafted from unique fabrics so your guy’s tie won’t look like everyone else’s, all are hand-made, meaning they’ll last far longer than those that are mass-produced, Lamont notes.

Ties range from $35 to $85, while pocket circles, adding a pop of color and flare to a jacket, are priced at $35. Custom braces—think: suspenders that require a button closure—are available for $62 and lend a fashionable yet classic look to daywear as well as formal occasions.

Michael Lamont Neckwear, 1755 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, 877-827-9523.


Top Hat & Tails

Cuff links make a thoughtful and elegant gift for the fashion-forward fellow on your list and Top Hat & Tails boasts an ample assortment priced at $39.99 and up. Bow-tie and handkerchief sets, selling for $24, are available in both traditional and whimsical designs. Suspenders, which are very popular now, according to the stylish gents who manage the haberdashery, can be paired with matching bow ties or stand alone. Prices start at $29.99.

Top Hat & Tails, 1856 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, 973-275-0080.


Ricciardi Brothers

Help your handsome handyman tackle those around-the-house projects with some new tools. The crew at Ricciardi Brothers offers some suggestions for popular gadgets that are sure to please. An item that routinely sells out is the store’s 4-in-1 screwdriver. Priced at $6.99, this tool is a “must-have,” according to the team at the hardware store.

From house painters to budding Picassos, a brush light makes a great gift at $9.99. Attaching right to the brush, it helps shine a spotlight on those dark, hard-to-see spots. Another illuminating gift is the Larry Light. In lieu of a bulky flash light, this bright and easy-to-carry pocket work light has a rotating magnetic clip which provides convenient hands-free lighting by attaching to virtually anything. This makes a great stocking stuffer at $10.99.

If you’re looking to spoil your weekend warrior, consider the Makita DF330 cordless drill set. Described as “one of the most-used tools” a guy could want, this kit sells for $165.99.

Ricciardi Brothers, 1915 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, 973-762-3830.


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