Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Gift that Keeps Giving

There are entire industries devoted to (what I would call) cheesy gifts for big occasions. The cap and gown teddy bear, above, is just one example of the type of Hallmark last-minute buys that gets thrown into a closet and never seen again. So why not choose something that has much more lasting value and will see practical use on a daily basis? This week, Portero is highlighting fantastic mid-level watches that make great gifts for occasions such as graduation. Men, often, are particularly hard to shop for, so here are some ideas for how to make every holiday a great one:

Let's start with graduation. Whether it's high school or college, this is the perfect time to gift a young man with something that looks and feels adult. After many years of sport watches or merely using a cell phone as a time keeper, a distinguished watch will propel him to the next phase in his life. I would strongly recommend a stainless steel model like this Tag Heuer 2000 Chronograph Quartz Men's Watch. The oversized black face and sporty features are a perfect transition from kid to grownup, and for around $1,000, you're getting a trusted brand.

Another traditional watch-gifting occasion is from bride to groom. This is definitely my plan for my upcoming wedding day, and I think this is a perfect time to go for something a little more dapper and classic. This Montblanc Star Reveil Stainless Steel Automatic Day Date Men's Watch fits the bill perfectly. The embossed calfskin band looks rich, and the elegant Roman numerals on the face work wonderfully for dressy events.

Father's Day is the perfect time to surprise him with something fashion-forward and unlike his sports or dress watches. How about this Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 18k Yellow Gold Diamond Men's Automatic 2164.75.00 Watch? The eye-catching yellow gold may be too much for everyday, but it's a statement piece that will really complete his collection, and it will remind him that you deserve something special for Mother's Day as well.

Click below to go directly to the brands featured this week:

Tag Heuer