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Think vintage when shopping for the men in your life

Nov. 17, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

The gifting season is in full swing and some of you are wondering what to buy the men in your life. You want to find that special item that says you really considered the likes and dislikes of those receiving the gift. An interesting place to shop for men is your local antique store, estate sale or any number of online antique sites. There are a variety of items a person might consider.

Antique sporting goods are always a winner for the sports aficionado. Suggestions include jerseys and pennants of your loved one's favorite team or long given-up trophies of historic games or races. Perhaps a French game table featuring racing horses might fit the bill.

Art is another venue that could make a great gift. Audubon prints are always good and most are inexpensive, however, if you want to go the extra mile and purchase one of very valuable 19th Century versions that is an option. There are any number of works by artists who have specialized in wildlife and other hobbies that would frame up nice for someone's man cave.

Vintage alcoholic beverages with all of the interesting accessories are a category many men would appreciate. Instead of a bottle of upscale bourbon from the local liquor store think about some fine spirits from the early 20th Century. Maybe an antique sign from the Prohibition era or one that advertises their favorite brew would be of interest. From glassware to trays the choices are fairly prolific in barware.

For the hunters out there the resources run deep due to the sport being around since humans walked the earth. Weaponry is always good and there are lots of choices out there but make sure you have the aid of an expert before making a purchase. This category could also include cabinetry, taxidermy, books and more.

Finally don't forget men of yesteryear liked their jewelry, so check out cuff links, buttons, watches and bracelets. Also consider your guy's profession and see if there might be some early tools of his trade that might showcase well framed or maybe even put into use.

It's not too early to search out just the right gift in the antique world. Be aware that it could take a bit of time to locate just the right item and verify its authenticity and price value. Happy hunting!

Jean McClelland writes about antiques for The Herald-Dispatch.

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