Jamie Spence – Guest Contributor
Dec 19 2019
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You’re getting down to the wire to find a Christmas gift for your guy. You’ve scrolled through Amazon for hours and trolled the local mall, but nothing strikes a chord as a perfect gift. You can play it safe by buying another shirt or cologne set, but finding a gift that the man in your life will truly love is starting to feel like the search for the Holy Grail.

Men tend to approach purchasing anything in a very goal-oriented way:

“I’m cold.”

[walks into store, buys jacket]

“I’m not cold anymore.”

Because of this direct way of thinking, finding a desirable item that your guy hasn’t already purchased for himself can be a challenge. Don’t buy a pair of slippers or a travel grooming set in desperation! Here are three unique gift ideas that your man likely won’t have thought of for himself and are definitely a cut above another pre-packaged gift set!

The Gents Place

The Gents Place is an ultra-premium and membership-based men's grooming and lifestyle club founded out of Frisco, Texas, in 2008. The combination barbershop, spa, and salon offers services including haircuts, coloring, shaves, hand and foot repairs (a.k.a. men’s manicures and pedicures), and shoe shine services. The franchise now operates thirteen locations in Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Nevada, and Texas.

There are lots of men’s salons and barbershops, so what makes The Gents Place different? The company’s vision and level of service stand out as a truly elevated experience. The Gents Place brand vision is to empower gentlemen with the confidence needed to achieve their goals. With a culture of servant leadership and dedication to delivering world-class service to their guests, The Gents Place team helps men look and feel their best, empowering them to perform at their best.

If the man for whom you’re buying isn’t the “fancy haircut” type, you’ll want to check this place out anyway. The Gents Place isn’t simply providing premium grooming services. The company is providing men’s grooming with incomparable customer service, in an atmosphere of like-minded men, complimentary top-shelf beverages, and curated advice. Your gift is essentially an exceptional experience designed to imbue confidence, polish, and relaxation.

How many gifts can you say that about?

Visit The Gents Place at 21720 W Long Grove Rd Ste. A, Deer Park, IL 60010.

Neumann Cigars

Is your man a cigar aficionado? Neumann’s Cigars and More is a cigar smoker’s dream come true. Hidden away in a corner of historic Long Grove, Neumann's facilities are beautiful, with dark wood display cabinets and good lighting.  The ventilation system is impressive, and the humidor and upstairs lounge feature leather seating, a few bar tables, big flat-screen TVs, and complimentary wifi. Their walk-in humidor offers a wide variety of cigars including Davidoff, Ashton, Oliva, Padron, Perdomo, Romeo y Julieta, and more. The selection ranges in price from $4-$5 stogies to $30 premium cigars. The shop also sells pipes, pipe tobacco, and cigar accessories, so you can pick up his favorite cigars along with a few surprises for him if you like.  Neumann's offers non-alcoholic beverages for a small fee.  The friendly and knowledgeable staff is always happy to help guests with cigar selections and make their patrons feel as right at home.

Neumann’s Cigars and More is perfect for anyone in the Chicagoland area looking for a distributor of fine cigars or a high-quality indoor place to smoke.  You can get a club card for your man at no cost that features discounts on purchases, as well as special offers and events.  Whether he just wants to smoke a cigar and relax for a few hours while watching a game, or if he is need of cigars to add to his collection, Neumann's is a great place to go. Neumann’s Cigars and More can be found at 445 Robert Parker Coffin Rd, Long Grove, IL 60047.

Buffalo Creek Brewing

Settled by German immigrants, historic downtown Long Grove is rich in German history. With a one-lane covered bridge, boutique shops, and charming restaurants, Long Grove is a perfect location for Buffalo Creek Brewing. The former Art Studio of Long Grove Academy of Fine Arts has been transformed into a state of the art brewing facility with a Bavarian-themed taproom, Biergarten, the “Rustic Room” and patio, Brew Masters Table, and scenic lawn green space. It’s clear that a great deal of thought was put into this brewery, from the fresh craft beers and theme décor to space functionality. The brewery is available to rent for weddings and events and can accommodate up to 375 guests. While they do not serve food, there are a number of restaurants in the area that will deliver to the brewery.

The brewery extends a tremendous amount of time executing the pain-staking production of their beers in order to provide the highest quality brew possible. Buffalo Creek Brewing has a selection of over fifteen different beers, handcrafted by the master brewer, and guests are welcome to a sample before confirming their selection. However, the brewery is not only a place where beer is made. It’s a gladly shared place that connects people and a place where friends are made.

If your man is a beer connoisseur, Buffalo Creek Brewery offers gift cards in any amount. Partner gift baskets generally include a VIP Tour and Tasting for ten, so if you’re buying for a group of men, this gift would definitely impress! Buffalo Creek Brewing is a unique Long Grove gem and sure to offer a good time.

Buffalo Creek Brewing is located at 360 Historical Ln, Long Grove, IL 60047.