I have heard the weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth, from people complaining about what to buy the steampunk chap in their life. I suppose in their minds they see strange apparatus gushing steam and odd complicated clockworks. To those dear people, I say relax, it is not that hard. Here are some ideas at various price points to help you with that hard-to-buy-for chap.
Every steampunk chap should have a pocket knife. They can become wonderful mementos and trusted tools. A steampunk chap would like something from an old established company like Case (link) or something with the steampunk aesthetic like this knife by Garrett Wade (link).
Stainless Steel Comb from Chicago Combs
Of course, every steampunk chap needs to keep up his appearance and a plastic comb simply wont do. I suggest a stainless steel comb from Chicago Combs (link). It may cost more than the plastic combs from China, but your steampunk chap should love it and it will last him forever. You might also consider engraving a little something on it? Along with the comb, give him some old school hair products like Brylcreem. You can spend a lot on hair products, but why not get the vintage (and inexpensive) stuff?
A nice shaving brush of badger hair, and not boar hair would be appreciated. I would also recommend a good quality shaving cream rather than the goo from a can. If he has a mustache, how about some wax?
Nothing says dapper dude more than a sharp looking bit of color sticking out of the suit pocket and nothing says caring more than offering a white handkerchief to a person in need. Hidden deep in a back pocket or all “show and no blow” a handkerchief is a must for the steampunk chap.
The taste of yesteryear
What does your steampunker like to eat? Jerky? Coffee? Is he a gum chewer? A tea drinker? Spirits? You can stuff any of those into a chap’s stocking. You might consider Arbuckles’ ARIOSA Coffee (link), the coffee that won the west. Vintage chewing gum should be a hit; nothing like the taste your grandpa knew.
I love the talented artist you can find through Etsy. Here is one who makes rings out of coins (link).
Anything from http://www.saddlebackleather.com/ or anything from Col. Littleton would put your steampunk chap over the moon.
Having said that, a nice moleskine journal with a fountain pen would make a great gift.
So there you have it, that wasn’t so hard was it? No weird bells ringing and steam puffing objects. Your steampunk chap doesn’t need a clockwork doodad, but the clockwork doodads are cool.
Shoe shine box?
By the way, if you want that odd doodad how about a Capt. Jules’ Telescope Ring (link)?