Friday, December 22, 2023

It’s time for another Ale Sharpton Gift Guide!

Outdoor gear giant Backcountry is so dope, 
it has me dressing for the Arctic no matter the weather! 


 time for another one of my Gift Guides which, of course, can always be used for holidays, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, or whatever! From cigars to cologne, awesome events, a special outdoor gear section, and more, this one is especially for the gents who deserve a lil’ love.

As usual, I include my two cents on each gift idea followed by its official description straight from the source. The link is provided so just click on and fill your cart!

A few couple things: Since I’m in Georgia’s capital, the events are located in ATL, so make that an excuse to get here if you reside out of town. If your purchase is made at the last minute or something that needs to be mailed, just show the recipient the receipt with the date you bought it to show you're “on time,” ya dig? (I’ve been there and it works especially if you follow through!) And, of course, this guide can be used throughout the year, so feel free to come back and see if there is a perfect fit.



Renowned concert curators Zero Mile is bringing the iconic soul group The Spinners to one of the most incredible concert venues in the nation, Atlanta’s The Eastern, on Friday, December 22. If you’ve had the pleasure to be around some good soul music throughout your life, then your ears had to be blessed with a number of Spinners hits including “I'll Be Around,” “The Rubberband Man,“ “How Could I Let You Get Away,” and “Could It Be I'm Falling In Love,” to name a few. Note that this is a sit-down concert so folks can kick back and enjoy. Doors open at 7 pm, and the show begins at 8. Get tickets here. Enjoy!

They Say: Timeless in a way that few other acts today are, The Spinners are one of the most iconic and enduring groups in R&B history. With a towering legacy spanning over six decades, The Spinners created and came to define the smooth sound of Philadelphia Soul, channeling the highs and lows of romance and heartbreak into a catalog of classic hits, beloved across generations. They earned six Grammy nominations, 18 Platinum and Gold Albums, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and selling millions of records worldwide in the process. A fan favorite drawing large crowds to sold out performances both at home and abroad, The Spinners have left an indelible impact, not only on music history– but on the hearts of millions of fans throughout the world.


You can’t lose getting the newest addition to the portfolio of one of the best cigar makers in the world, Cohiba! The new Cohiba Rivera is the first in the lineup using a San Andrés wrapper and Nicaraguan Condega filler. Hook up someone’s humidor with these no-joke sticks.

They Say:

The artisans at Cohiba are proud to present Cohiba Riviera – the newest full-time offering within the collection. Cohiba Riviera represents new territory for Cohiba. This cigar is the only box-pressed offering by Cohiba, as well as the only Cohiba to feature a San Andrés wrapper and Nicaraguan Condega filler. Highly regarded for its naturally cooler climate, abundance of fresh running water, humid breezes off the Gulf coast, and its volcano-enriched soil, the San Andrés valley has consistently delivered excellent quality leaf to the cigar industry. Named after the surrounding geography that helps make the San Andrés Valley so special, Cohiba Riviera pays homage to the respected San Andrés wrapper and the valley from whence it came. Cohiba Riviera – Experience Luxury.

Blended, bottled, and boxed by hand, Atlanta-based celebrated renaissance man Chris Classic's Savoir Faire fragrance line is one of the most extraordinary in the industry boasting scent combinations that will have everyone wanting to get a whiff of Dad. Arguably the most popular selection—Soul Café—has notes ranging from tobacco, to blood orange, patchouli, private musk blend, amber wood, lavender, and even Arabic coffee to name a few. When it comes to his different selections, I honestly love ‘em all! Visit Classic’s site for his eyewear, haberdashery, jackets, bags, and other amazing products for both men and women as well. He’s a baaaad dude.

They Say: These fine fragrances are for men and women. Inspired by the diaspora, hand blended in Atlanta, they are created using quality ingredients.  The olfactory experience will vary uniquely from person to person. In other words, you won't be smellin' like everybody else. As with the previous unisex Savoir Faire fragrances, Soul Cafe opens rather strong. The dry down is beautifully complex and offers a multitude of options for the various wearers to exude. Savoir Faire is proudly a Black owned fragrance brand.

Yep! It’s winter season and vests are in, so why not rock a Waxed Down Puffer Vest that’s crafted to combat various inclement elements while still looking fly? ORVIS knows the outdoors, so rest assured, this is a confidence booster for layering up and dealing with whatever Mother Nature has in store.


Go here to get tickets for February 17, 2024 happening direct at the brewery.

A brewing company celebrating 27 years in an incredible accomplishment, and SweetWater is doing it in a major way! Besides pouring all their beers including special releases for their birthday celebration on February 17, 2024, they are bringing Atlanta’s own EarthGang to the stage. A hip-hop duo consisting of artists Olu and WowGr8, they are co-founders of the musical collective Spillage Village, with JID, Hollywood JB, JordxnBryant, 6lack, Mereba, and Benji. Put it this way, EarthGang is critically acclaimed and part of Dreamville, the label founded by one of the greatest rappers in the world, J. Cole. You know this is going to be an awesome show. Get your tickets here ASAP!

They Say: SweetWater Brewing Company proudly will celebrate its 27th anniversary on Feb. 17, 2024, with a fusion of beats, bass, and twang headlined by Atlanta’s own EarthGang. The brewery will transform its Atlanta taproom and facility into an intimate venue for the celebration, which will also include performances by Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country band and DJ Maddy O'Neal. The brewery is also excited to share some special new beers, including unique takes on SweetWater’s flagship 420 series, along with limited edition anniversary beers brewed specifically for the party.

For more information including securing tickets, click here and celebrate 27 amazing years!


Ovation for Men owner Shawn Crenshaw proudly boasts his fragrance’s ability to balance a variety of notes including cardamom, leather, tobacco, vanilla, vetiver and amber into every application. Although this Eau De Parfum aims to crown particularly Black men with an olfactory aura of power and excellence, everyone is invited to experience an Ovation.  


Originally based in New York City, renowned trendsetter Brandon Franklin and his brand of haberdashery continues to kill it in Atlanta’s Buckhead District where celebrities, the city’s elite, and overall people who want to be seen flock to make sure their hat game is on point. Set up a custom fitting appointment and standout from the rest in style. Rest assured, a hat from Mr. Franklin will be the talk of any event you step in.  

They Say: Like their many celebrity clients, consider yourself royalty and wear a customized crown handcrafted at BM Franklin & Co. Originally based in New York City, this renowned trendsetter of haberdashery has a successful location in Atlanta’s Buckhead District and recently has a second store in Ponce City Market. Set up a custom fitting appointment and standout from the rest in style. Rest assured, a hat from Mr. Franklin will be the talk of any event you step in. 

Backcountry: Cold gear for the cold year!

With winter coming in full force for ’23 and into the new year, why not embrace the cold looking fly? I linked up with the outdoor gear aficionados Backcountry and saw the heat they were bringing. Plain and simple, I was won over with all their color combos, quality of materials, and collaborations with one of my favorite brands revered for keeping us dry, GORE-TEX. The rest is history! I featured a crazy jacket, a “bib pant” set when the cold days get seriously real, a gangster backpack for any occasion, and a duffel that will turn heads no matter where you are. Check these out…


Backcountry Cottonwoods GORE-TEX Jacket

They Say: Men’s The Cottonwoods GORE-TEX Jacket is your ticket to achieving that coveted 100-day skiing or snowboarding season. With GORE-TEX’s waterproofing and durable ski fabric, it excels in diverse terrains. The updated fit ensures comfort and agility, and it even boasts the stylish Manastash Panel Colorway, a collaboration with Manastash, making it a statement piece as you conquer the slopes for the season of your dreams.


Backcountry Cottonwoods GORE-TEX Bib Pant - Men’s

They Say: Gift thrill-seekers an epic winter adventure with Cottonwoods GORE-TEX Bib Pant. Designed for 100 days of stylish and comfortable shredding, these burly bibs excel in mobility and durability. Featuring GORE-TEX waterproof tech, canvas-like face fabric, and versatile zip-off bibs, they’re your invitation to conquer snowstorms and pine trees while staying cool with mesh-lined thigh zippers. More than gear, it’s a ticket to unforgettable mountain experiences.


Backcountry All Around 40L Duffel

They Say: The All Around 40L Duffel, the smallest in Backcountry’s lineup, is the ultimate go-to bag for car camping, family visits, or transporting gear to adventure launch points, boasting rugged construction capable of withstanding various terrains, from sandy deserts to alpine excursions.


So whatever the occasion that warrants giving gifts, the items and events I listed here—plus my other gift guides on this site and beyond—will certainly aim to please. Note that this list will be constantly updated with new joints that cross my path, so check back periodically. I got you!

And with that, embrace the spirit of giving 365! 





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