Yeah.  Not actually trying to get you cougars some new talent, although that would be a fun blog to research…..

This is about trying to find a decent gift for the young men in your life, i.e. your sons, godsons, nephews and neighbors.  Little boys are easy to buy for, but once they get into high school and college, gaaaaah.  Who knows, right?  We’ve done our best to help you out at the local spots.

If your boy is preppy and traditional, the easy answer is Vineyard Vines at South Park.  Made even easier this week with a 20% off coupon on their flyer here.  You can get him a tie promoting his favorite sport (lacrosse, golf, tennis, sailing ties), his favorite team (NFL. MLB, NHL), his college, his hobbies, even his dogs.  We like the gift of a VV cummerbund set as a unique thought for a young man in his 20’s.  Or a holiday tie under the tree to wear to church and the day’s festivities.  Vineyard Vines has boys ties for $49.50, men’s ties for $75 and the cummerbund sets for $110.  All 20% off this week only when you present THIS FLYER.

If your boy is less of a prep, try Urban Outfitters, Revolution at the Epicentre, O1ne or Niche for a fun and funky gift.  A few we like are:

From Revolution – the rolling alarm clock is the perfect gift for a college bound son or nephew.  When the alarm goes off and he hits snooze, this clock ($39) begins to bounce and roll and will scoot around various surfaces like the floor – until he drags himself out of bed and turns it off.  We also found the moustache coffee cup and a North Carolina needlepoint pillow ($155) at Revolution.

Urban Outfitters is great for gag gifts, sweaters, hats, scarfs, gloves, novelty tees and more.   Just a word of warning – the South Park UO has a pretty random register line new for their holiday traffic, so don’t get all mad when you get there and have to snake around for days to find the register!

If he’s the sporty type – you already know where to go.  Don’t forget the new-ish Orvis at Phillips Place.  And maybe you can use one or more of these coupons and deals to OMEGA Sports.  Please don’t forget to tell ’em scoopcharlotte sent ya, so maybe they’ll pony up some ad dollars one day!

Finally, if he is well above the legal age, we think he might like one of these Whiskey lamps ($49) or Mandles ($15) from the new Blvd at South End for his apartment.