Every year as the holiday season approaches, the eternal question remains: What to get the men in your life? While there are plenty of inventive ideas for dads, brothers, and significant others, you can’t ever go wrong with one of the best wallets for men. You could consider a new bottle of cologne or techy gadget, sure—but there’s something to be said for the always reliable card case gift.
The wallet’s enduring popularity as a holiday gift lies in the simple fact it’s the kind of thing men often just don’t buy for themselves. (We’ve all spotted our dads carrying around a worn-out wallet that he probably purchased over a decade ago.) And these days, beyond all the classic options in black and brown scotchgrains and croc-effect leathers, there’s a whole world of more playful styles in bold colors and patterns that are perfect for the kind of dad who likes to make a style statement.
Still, a well-made, quality wallet doesn’t just have to be for the holidays—or, indeed, for men only, as plenty of these styles offer the same style and practicality for women too. Here, find Vogue’s pick of the best wallets for men to gift this holiday season, and far beyond.
Looking for something a little jazzier to give this year, or seeking a perfect gift for the brother whose style is a little more outré? Why not opt for one of these kaleidoscopic options from the likes of Dries Van Noten, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, and Marni. Alexander McQueen’s ‘Painted Figure Leather Wallet’ is like a piece of art your man will want to show off.
There’s nothing like a classic black wallet for its versatility and chic minimalism. At the more luxurious end of the spectrum, you can find buttery European leathers from Saint Laurent and Loewe, while designs by Acne Studios and Marni offer a subtle twist on the classic leather goods formula.
Finds Under $100
You don’t have to break the bank to share the love this holiday season. Here, find plenty of options at lower price points from High Street heroes like Mango and Zara, alongside classic soft leather picks from Taylor Stitch, Bellroy, and Fossil.
If you’re willing to spend the money on the finest leather, you can rest safe in the knowledge it will last for many years. Italian houses specializing in leather, such as Salvatore Ferragamo and Gucci, are always a safe bet, offering a range of options available from the classic to the decorative. Meanwhile, for smooth black and brown leather that radiates luxury, croc-effect bifolds by Longchamp, Burberry, and Smythson are just the ticket.
These days, as credit and loyalty cards increasingly migrate to smartphones and cash becomes increasingly redundant, there’s a strong argument to be made for downsizing to a card case. (It helps that they’re also more budget-friendly too.) Whether colorful designs by The Row and Acne Studios, or sleek, stripped-back options in black by Smythson and Lemaire, find all the best card cases here.
While there are numerous classic options for dads whose taste is a little more subdued, don’t forget the more fashion-forward men in your life. If bold prints, loud colors, and exuberant patterns are the order of the day, look no further than these more whimsical offerings—from trippy patterns courtesy of Prada and Burberry, or striking graphic prints from Off-White and Comme des Garçons.