About 10 years ago, I was told by an old, wise man or woman that a true gentleman does not buy his own cufflinks; he is gifted them. It made sense. I would argue that after a nice necktie or watch, a beautiful pair of cufflinks are complimented by a stranger more often than anything else you might wear. The kind words could be acknowledged with: "Thank you. I thought so too which is why I bought them for myself." But it sounds so much better to reply with: "Thank you. These were given to me by my [choose only one] grandfather/mother/wife/kids/mentor/etc."
Earlier in this series, we covered the Golden Rule in shopping for "the guy who has everything": Gift something he wouldn’t buy himself. This is an offshoot of the Golden Rule: Gift something he is not supposed to buy himself.
There are at least 5 reasons why cufflinks make a perfect gift:
- You are providing the gentleman with a story to tell as to how we acquired them.
- They are likely an heirloom type gift that will be handed down, and will grow in sentimental value over time.
- Cufflinks are a great way to express a hobby, passion, or playfulness. I’m not a huge fan of lobsters or Formula 1 cars on a necktie, but they are remarkably expressive yet simultaneously subtle on a cuff.
- A cufflink junkie can never own too many cufflinks.
- There are no sizing issues with cufflinks; one size fits all.
There another 1,000 reasons why cufflinks are great gifts in our cufflink department which you can find here…