Thank Your Guys with These Unique Groomsmen Gifts

 

Calling all grooms: how will you thank your best guys for supplying endless support, unsolicited marriage advice and a killer bachelor party? Groomsmen gifts are a great opportunity to give them something they can cherish way beyond the special day.

The trick to winning the gift game is choosing something that’s practical, complete with a personal touch that makes it unique to your wedding day. That way, they’re bound to actually use the gift – and think fondly of you and yours when they do.

Here’s some inspiration to help you find unique groomsmen gifts that suit your fabulous friends:

Cheers to a special day

You’ve shared many a drink together, so commemorate your friendship with classy accessories. Think glasses, decanters, bottle openers, coasters, whiskey stones, stainless steel ice cubes and cocktail kits. Throw in the beer, wine or spirits to match the accessories if you really love them. You can also have the barware accessories or bottles monogrammed for truly custom groomsmen gifts.

If you tend to crack open cold ones when you’re watching the game together, consider gifting your groomsmen beer glasses featuring their favorite team’s logo. Gift them beer and accessories from a local brewery for a personal touch, or maybe choose wine that’s bottled near the wedding location.

Unless you all have the same drink of choice, you may want to cater each gift to the recipient’s preferences. If any of your groomsmen don’t partake in adult beverages, you can also give them gourmet coffee, tea or food gift sets.

Here’s to a well-groomed crew

Every man has a signature look, whether he rocks a full beard, masters the stubble or keeps it clean. Support their grooming routine with a beard care or shaving kit, and give it the finishing touch with a suave travel toiletries bag to house all of the products and tools when they’re on-the-go. If you want to go the custom groomsmen gifts route, you can choose to monogram the bags, or even go for personalized razors.

For a gift that really keeps giving, you can set them up with subscriptions for shave clubs. Alternatively, go for the one-time full experience and book appointments for you and the guys to get professional shaves and haircuts in the days leading up to the wedding. Not only is it a great way to spend time with your favorite friends, but it also ensures that you’ll all look spiffy when the special day arrives.

Complete the look

The suits are all set, but you can incorporate matching accessories into your groomsmen gift, too. Socks, cufflinks, belts and shoes are perfect ways to complete their looks, and of course, you can customize them with monogrammed initials or the wedding date. Not only will these accessories look fabulous on the special day, but your groomsmen can also use them after the wedding.

Commemorate friendships that last a lifetime with custom Timex watches, complete with a free personalized engraving. Your unique message may be the groomsmen names, wedding date or short quote. Plus, you can match the watch colors and finishes to your wedding looks.

If you’re getting married outdoors, gift your groomsmen a suave pair of sunglasses. Alternatively, if you’re planning a destination wedding, supply your special guys with duffel bags or suitcases for a stylish, functional and long-lasting groomsmen gift.

With the right gift, you can show your groomsmen how happy you are to have them by your side.

Choose the Right Wristwatch Companion for Your Summer Road Trip

 

Are you itching to hit the road for that classic summer road trip? Don’t forget good tunes, fabulous company, and a reliable timepiece. Casual watches match your road trip style, but make sure to choose the durable models that will endure long hours behind the wheel.

Keep these features in mind to choose the perfect companion for your summer road trip:

driving on a summer road tripDon’t forget to take your time-keeping companion with you on your next road trip.

Road trippin’ functionality

With practical features, your watch can be more than a good-looking timepiece. A light-up watch dial will help you keep track of the time as you drive after dusk or stop to set up camp for the night. Night-light features will come in handy if you accidentally drop something under the seat or need trusty guidance in low-visibility areas when you’re exploring outside of the car. As you drive through the tiniest corners of the country, compass and GPS features will help direct you when service fails to reach your smartphone. If you plan to cross boundaries, time zone settings will help you keep track without needing to reset the watch.

Easy wear comfort

If your watch is oversized, bulky or too loose on your wrist, it will end up being more of a hindrance than a functional help as you cover the miles. Your road trip watch should be low-maintenance, sitting comfortably on your preferred wrist. Choose a lightweight model with a watch face that’s on the smaller side, and adjust the strap accordingly to make sure it feels good on your wrist. As far as strap materials go, you may want to leave the leather bands at home, as they may not be as comfortable under the summer sun. Fabric and nylon straps are lightweight and won’t stick to your skin; plus, they complement a casual summer road trip aesthetic.

Long-lasting durability

Your road trip watch should be built to cover plenty of miles, keeping up with you no matter how long you spend on the road. Consider the level of craftsmanship and quality of the materials when selecting your road trip companion, such as double-layer straps or a flawless second-hand sweep.

With the windows down and the breeze flowing through your hair, you won’t be worried about what day it is. Get that endless weekend feeling, plus the superior craftsmanship and durability of Timex with the Weekender® collection. These timepieces feature a casual-yet-refined watch design; plus, they offer comfort and functionality for long days on the road. With interchangeable straps, you can play with patterns, colors, and fabrics to switch up your watch look to meet your carefree road trip vibe.

Here’s to the Great American Road Trip – and a wrist companion that’s ready for the adventure!

What kind of watch do you wear to a summer wedding?

 

As the wedding announcements fill your feeds and invitations reach your inbox, you’re ready to start making your summer wedding plans. No matter the venue – a backyard barbecue or a stunning country club affair – you can choose a watch that complements all of your wedding looks.

Master your wedding guest style with the perfect finishing touch. Here’s what to look for in a watch that will take you through summer wedding season:

Class act

Your watch should add to your wedding look, but not overwhelm it. Simple clock faces, clasps, and straps are usually the best bet. Aim for chic, neutral colors and cut-above-casual strap materials, such as leather and stainless steel, for a classy finish. High-quality hardware and craftsmanship will also elevate the elegance. Remember that lighter colors and materials tend to work better during the hot summer months.

Master your wedding guest style with the perfect finishing touch.

Versatile hero

Those simple and neutral design elements also lend themselves to versatility, which allows you to match every wedding celebration without changing your timepiece. If you don’t want to be entirely limited, consider purchasing a few bands to switch up your watch look depending on your outfit and the wedding vibes. As long as your watch face and case are relatively neutral, you should have several types of straps to choose from.

Durable companion

Along with complementing your looks and various wedding themes, venues and times, your summer wedding watch should be crafted to keep up with you through the celebrations. Make sure you choose a watch designed with durability in mind so you can feel confident that it will last through this wedding season – and many more to come. Look for heavy-duty features, such as water or weather resistance, long-lasting battery life, and authentic materials.

Ideal timepiece

You can rely on a Timex® watch to be the classy, versatile and durable timepiece that attends every summer wedding with you. Consider some of our thoughtfully crafted timepieces for men and women:

Crafted with polished stainless steel, bracelet watches are also perfect wedding companions. Men’s dress watches with metal bracelets also offer refined design to match your wedding guest style.

Here’s to the brides, grooms and your perfect summer wedding watch!

5 quick tips to buy watches online

 

Are you worried about purchasing a watch without trying it on first? The good news is that online tools can help you make more confident buying decisions.

Here are a few tips to follow as you shop for your new watch online:

1. Talk to customer service representatives

Sometimes, all it takes is talking to someone to feel better about your purchase. When you’re not in the store, it may seem like you’re alone in your buying experience. However, most watch retailers offer digital customer service solutions, allowing you to contact their representatives to answer your questions about fit, styles, quality of materials, return policies and more.

2. See if your question is frequently asked

There’s a chance many online customers have the same questions and concerns that pop into your head as you browse the options. That’s why watch retailers compile help desk answers and lists of frequently asked questions to save consumers the time needed to contact customer service.

3. Seek consumer advice

Keep scrolling down on product pages, and you should come to a list of customer reviews. It’s helpful to hear what other consumers say, especially since they’ve already purchased and worn the product. Plus, check out the brand’s social media pages, where you can find lots of consumer engagement with the company and its watches. Talk to your friends and family, too. You can certainly trust their opinions on the timepieces they wear, which may help you feel more confident when selecting a specific watch brand or style.

4. Narrow your selection

Just as you would gravitate to certain colors or designs in the store, take advantage of search filters to narrow your results by specific features. For instance, shop by trending styles, collections, colors, strap materials, watch types, dial shape or size and so on. Even if you don’t have a clear idea of the type of watch you’re looking for, it’s much easier to digest a smaller list of specific results, rather than sifting through endless pages of all the watch styles offered.

5. Check out the return policy

For an added layer of confidence, remember that you can always return the watch you end up buying and even exchange it for a different one. At Timex, for instance, we want you to love your watch. If for some reason you don’t, our customer service representatives are here to help you return the timepiece and find your perfect match.

While we still don’t have the technology to digitally try on watches, these tools can make online shopping feel more like the personal experience of browsing selections in stores.

Watches for Dad: Timex’s Top Picks for Father’s Day

 

With the endless hours that your dad spends supporting and loving you, it’s only fitting that you give him a durable, thoughtfully crafted watch that helps him keep track of all that time in style. And of course, he’ll think of you fondly every time he glances at his wrist.

Read on for our selection of dad-approved watches to inspire your Father’s Day gift shopping.

The Timex Mod44

This watch features Timex quality with a sleek, modern look. With a carefully stitched leather strap and large dial, this timepiece will make a statement on Dad’s wrist whenever he wears it. Its water-resistant up to 30 meters and a day and date feature make this is the perfect everyday watch. Choose from all black or three other color combinations:

  • Black and brown.
  • Chrome, tan and white.
  • Chrome, brown and blue.

This classic watch is a safe bet for any dad and his timeless looks.

The Timex Command

If your dad is happiest outdoors, this timepiece will keep up with all of his adventures. Crafted with the renowned Timex durability, it’s shock-resistant and water-resistant up to 100 meters. Other features include INDIGLO® light-up watch dial for readability in low-visibility conditions, hydration alerts, dual mode alarm, 100-hour chronograph, 24-hour countdown timer and three time zone settings. As far as aesthetics go, you can choose from a black or grey camouflage case with matching bands, a neutral white-and-black combo or a bold highlighter yellow.

The Waterbury Traditional Chronograph

This quintessential Timex watch features carefully stitched natural leather and solid stainless steel construction. Made with pure craftsmanship and authentic watchmaking, it’s an ageless timepiece perfect for honoring your stellar dad. With brown, grey, green and tan leather straps to choose from, you can select the one that complements his classic dad looks. Plus, this versatile chronograph will fit with his work-appropriate button downs during the week, as well as pair perfectly with his weekend denim and casual tees.

father and daughterCelebrate Father’s Day by gifting dad the perfect watch.

The IRONMAN Essential

This sporty analog watch will make a bold statement on dad’s wrist no matter when he wears it. Its simple, minimalist design meets practicality for a watch that tells the time when he’s 100 meters below sea level but also looks good when he’s leading a presentation at work. With water-resistant features, a soft silicone rubber strap and an INDIGLO® night-light, this watch tells the time come rain, shine or nighttime endeavor. Available in suave neutral black, grey and navy colors, your dad can don this watch with all of his outfits for a simple morning routine he can appreciate.

The Weekender Chronograph

This casual watch is perfect for detail-oriented dads. The classic chronograph watch face design pairs with any 20 mm traditional, slip-thru or quick-release strap, which means your dad can switch up his watch look in seconds. Bonus for you: Watch straps will make the perfect follow-up gift for upcoming holidays and birthdays. Along with this versatile design, this timepiece features water-resistance up to 30 meters, date display and an INDIGLO® light-up watch dial.

The Custom Touch

If you want to make this year’s gift truly unforgettable, head over to My Timex and have Dad’s watch engraved with a personal message. You can even design a watch specifically for him, selecting the dial, case and strap styles that have Dad written all over them.

Here’s to all the fabulous fathers out there – and their impeccable watch style.

How to Clean Your Leather Watch Strap

Leather has been a material choice for clothing, shoes, and accessories for thousands of years, revered for its classic style that is well-suited for formal occasions, as well as casual wear. Many Timex® watches come with leather bands in a range of shades, from traditional black and brown to more modern pops of color.

Part of caring for your Timex watch includes cleaning the leather band. However, it’s important to go about cleaning leather in the right way to keep it looking good and preventing any damage.

Why does leather require special care?

Leather is a unique material that requires special care for cleaning it. Leather absorbs the sweat and dirt that come with regular wear and can be sensitive to liquids. The material is also sensitive to other elements, such as direct sunlight or heat, which can cause cracking.

Fairfield Chrono Leather Strap

Leather has been used by humans for thousands of years.

Here’s how to clean your leather watch band:

1. Remove the strap 
Remove the strap from the watch before cleaning it. This helps protect the watch case and dial.

2. Wipe the leather with a dry cloth
Before getting any liquids involved, wipe down the strap with a dry cloth. This gently removes any grainy dirt or debris that has collected on the strap that could potentially scratch the surface of the leather during more intensive cleaning. Choose a soft cloth – microfiber or jewelry polishing cloth are your best bets.

3. Wash the leather with soap 
The next step is to clean the strap more thoroughly with soap. A gentle soap is best, as stripping formulas found in harsher soaps can dry out the leather. Dampen a separate microfiber or jewelry cloth and apply a small amount of the soap to it. The cloth should be damp, but not sopping wet, to avoid causing water damage to the leather.

Gently rub the inside and outside of the leather band with the damp cloth, using small circular motions across the material.

4. Remove soap residue
After cleaning the strap, rinse the cloth under running water until all of the soap is gone. Squeeze out any excess water from the cloth. Then lightly wipe the leather strap with the clean damp cloth to remove all soap residue from the band.

5. Let band dry 
Once the soap is removed, let the strap air-dry. Do not put the strap in direct sunlight or use a hair dryer to dry the strap.

6. Use leather conditioner
Once your strap has dried, apply the number of drops of leather conditioner specified on the package to a clean cloth. Gently rub the leather strap with the cloth and let it dry. Be sure the conditioner you use is for jewelry, watches, clothing or accessories: leather conditioner for furniture and industrial items will likely be too harsh for contact with your skin.

How often should you clean your leather strap?

If you’re looking for a routine to clean a leather strap that you use often, a good recommendation is to clean the strap once every other week. Follow the steps above to clean your strap, except for the conditioner step. Leather conditioner is meant for occasional use; check the conditioner package for details.

If you live in hot or humid climates, you may want to consider wiping down your leather watch strap more often due to perspiration. Similarly, leather bands may require more frequent cleaning during the summer months.

What Type of Watch Should I Wear to a Job Interview?

 

Great news: You’ve been called in for a job interview. As you prepare, be sure to consider what you’ll wear the day of. Even if you have the right skills and experience for the position, an unprofessional outfit can distract the interviewer from your qualifications.

A quality timepiece completes your professional look, and subtly sends the message that you care about getting the little details just right. It’s also a more professional alternative to checking the time on your smartphone.

Below we look at the value of taking the extra time to put together that perfect outfit and tips on which watch you should wear to the interview.

The power of confidence 
Confidence wraps up your skills and qualifications for a job in an engaging, presentable package. Putting together a professional outfit for the interview will help you feel more confident when you sit down with the hiring manager.

That sense of confidence can go a long way toward landing the job.

You only get one chance at a first impression; you need to make it count. First impressions are everything. In fact, a LinkedIn @Work study found that 76% of professionals have a hard time getting over a bad first impression. A professional outfit helps you give the best chance of making a great first impression the moment you walk through the door.

Forbes reported another survey, conducted by the branding firm Universum, that professionalism was identified as the number one trait employers look for in new hires. This was followed by high-energy and confidence.

Clothing also affects how you think and act. A study published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science found that wearing formal clothing, such as a suit set, makes people feel more powerful and improves big-picture thinking, qualities important to professional success.

These findings make a compelling case that what you wear to an interview really does matter, and a watch is the perfect accessory to tie together your professional look.

Which watch should you wear?
So now you know wearing a watch leads to making a great impression in interviews. Now how do you choose a watch?

It’s best to choose a timepiece that is simple, streamlined and classic. Anything too flashy or gaudy will distract the interviewer. You should also avoid sport watches or those with fabric straps, as they may seem too casual for a professional setting.

Instead, choose a watch with a classic minimalist design. When it comes to a minimalist aesthetic, you can’t go wrong with any of the watches in the Timex Fairfield Collection. Another safe bet is opting for the Easy Reader® Signature 38mm Leather Strap Watch, which comes in gold- and silver-tone cases and a choice of black, light brown and dark brown leather straps. Another great option is the Waterbury Classic 36mm Stainless Steel Watch. The gold- and silver-tone stainless-steel complements professional business attire well while still being sleek and understated.

With their classic style and superior functionality, Timex watches can complete your professional outfit so you can make the best impression at your job interview.