This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx.com. All opinions, however, are my own.
No man, especially us dads, wants to admit that we are no longer the hip and cool young gentlemen we once thought we were. I’ll admit, my current careers as a sportswriter and college professor didn’t require me to stay on top of the latest trends. Cargo shorts and polo shirt, or my collection of 10-year-old ties was enough to suffice.
Recently though, I’ve had to admit that I’m not as cool as I thought. Whether it was my students making fun of my skinny ties that haven’t been cool since ska ruled the radio or the fact that I’m now officially older than the manager of one of the teams I cover, I realized it was time for a change.
That’s why it was about that time to upgrade my look with a little help from Babble Boxx’s Made For Man sampler. This month was all about feeling younger and cooler. If you have a man in your life that could use a little upgrade in the coolness department, or just want to look and feel a bit younger, consider these items:
I’ve been prescribed glasses for nearly a decade, however, I very rarely wear them for anything but reading or when I know I will be staring at a computer for hours on end. I never really thought of them as fashionable but as I continue to do more and more on a screen, I find myself wearing them more often. It was probably time to have more than boring, non-descript frames.
ZENNI Glasses believe everyone should have access to high-quality, affordable eyewear so they make it easy to purchase your prescriptions online. With prices starting at $6.95 for single-vision prescription glasses, you can keep a variety of trendy glasses and sunglasses in every style, shape, and color imaginable. every order is individually crafted at their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and shipped directly to you.
For those like me who mainly use their glasses when using a screen, ZENNI offers exclusive Blokz blue-light blocking lenses that are designed for protection from blue light. Even if you aren’t a heavy computer user, Blokz can be worn like regular glasses to protect your eyes from harmful blue light emitted from any digital device, as well as artificial fluorescent and LED light exposure.
AfterShokz Trekz Air
Speaking of outdated, I’ve been using the same style of big, bulky headphones for pretty much my entire journalism career. They were utilitarian, especially when I was having to transcribe long-winded interviews. Unfortunately, they also tended to block out everything else around me like press box announcements or even the person next to me trying to talk to me. I didn’t realize how much of an upgrade the new AfterShokz Trekz Air were until I tried them myself.
The Trekz Air use an open-ear design so not only can you hear your music — or in my case voice audio — clearly, you won’t be completely shutting out the outside world. AfterShokz next generation of bone conduction technology not only sounds great but because they use titanium everywhere possible, they are extremely durable while fitting securely. Since Trekz Air are inspired by the demands of athletes, they are ideal for anyone with an active lifestyle.
Trekz Air is spreading cheer this holiday season as part of their #GiveGoodVibes campaign. When you order online at aftershokz.com from November 23 to November 26, not only will you get a special Black Friday discount, you’ll also receive a free pair of Trekz Titanium Slate Gray (while supplies last) as part of their buy one, gift one special to share with a friend.
Tie from Ties.com
As I mentioned before, my tie game is seriously lacking. I have an unreasonably large number of checkerboard patterns and hand-me-downs from my dad. Ties are one of those accessories I’ve never put much thought into. That’s why it was pretty cool to receive a fashionable new Navy Blue Swiss Stripe Knit tie courtesy of ties.com.
Ties.com specializes in high-quality, wallet-friendly menswear so you’ll never need to worry about being the best-dressed at an event again. The knit tie they sent me was unlike anything I owned and the striped design is a match for anything from dress slacks to jeans.
Ties always make a great gift for the man in your life so ties.com has a special offer this holiday season. Just go to https://www.ties.com/ and use code “TIESXBB” from now until 12/31/18 to get 15% off your order.
SPARKES Boots from Dr. Scholls
Here in Florida, we don’t put much thought into our footwear. It usually boils down to flip flops, boat loafers or, if the situation warrants it, sneakers or that lonely pair of wingtips that usually gathers dust in the closet. It’s also a neverending struggle between comfort and style.
Which is why I was excited about the new SPARKES Chelsea-style boots from Dr. Scholls. These shoes are the epitome of refined athleisure, combining the most premium materials and innovative comfort with modern, ultra-cool styling. Each shoe features:
• Four-way stretch knit and suede upper with hot melt embossed overlays
• Slip-on fit with back pull tab
• Twin gore panels for comfort and extra flexibility
• Molded anatomical insole designed for comfort
• Copper-infused lining
• Marble-printed SEBS midsole
• Flexible & lightweight construction
• Quilted heel counter
• Translucent double-cup rubber outsole
These Dr. Scholl’s Shoes are comfortable enough to patrol the sidelines and trendy enough for being in front of a classroom. Now when you order online and use their exclusive promo code “Babblebox20FS,” you will get 20% off your order and get free shipping.
*Exclusions apply. May not be combined with other offers. Not valid on previous purchases. Free ground shipping applied automatically during checkout and is not valid in Alaska or Hawaii. Promo code and free shipping expires 11:59 p.m. CT November 30, 2018.
Beau Brummell: Charcoal Facial Mask
While the other items on this list might make you feel younger, the Beau Brummell Charcoal Facial Mask treatment will actually make you look younger thanks to your more vibrant complexion. The specialized face mask for men tightens the skin, minimizes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and promotes natural skin cell health to help improve smoothness
This refreshing charcoal mask draws out impurities by removing excess oil and dirt from skin’s surface and deep within pores with Kaolin-rich clay. The activated charcoal, which is able to absorb 100x its weight in oil and toxins, then softens with natural conditioning botanicals.
To make this invigorating men’s face mask an essential part of your weekly routine, go to beaubrummellformen.com and use coupon code ‘BEAU15BRUMMELL’ for 15% off your total purchase. Offer valid through January 31st, 2019 at 11:59 pm EST.
Us dads can still be cool and trendy, we just need a little help sometimes. So give the man in your life a much-needed upgrade this holiday season with these Babble Boxx approved items.
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