How to Buy A Hat as a Gift for Someone Else

  • , by Alex Torres
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Hats are a great accessory that makes you look great, so it is only natural to want to give one to a friend or relative as a gift on special occasions. In order to do it right, there are just a few simple steps you need to take. This will ensure you buy that special someone the hat they truly love and will wear for years to come.

Buying Someone a Hat? Get their Hat Size

The first thing to do when buying someone a hat as a gift is to get their hat size. Measuring for hat size is simple. You can use a hat size tool, which is a tape measure designed to measure your head, or just use a string. Wrap the string or measuring tape around your head in the middle of the forehead and back of the head where the hat will sit. Then either measure the string or take the measurement from the tape. Then you convert the measurement into hat size using a hat size chart.

Once you have their size you can start shopping for a new hat for your friend or loved one. Browse fedoras, bowlers, flat caps and more.

Average Hat Sizes for Men and Women

If you want them to be completely surprised, you can estimate hat sizes. It's best to stick with average head sizes and estimate from there. The average hat size for men is 7 3/8 or 59 cm or 23 1/4 inches. The average hat size for women is 7¼ which is 58 cm or 22 3/4 inches.

Here's some common hat size conversions from inches and centimeters to fitted and common hat sizes...

Inches Centimeters (cm) Hat Size (fitted) Common Hat Size
22 55.9 7 Medium (M)
22 3/8 56.8 7-1/8
22 3/4 57.8 7-1/4 Large (L)
23 1/8 58.7 7 3/8
23 1/2 59.7 7 1/2 XL
23 7/8 60.6 7 5/8


If you have doubts about the size of their head, it is always safer to buy a hat size larger, simply because you can use hat sizers (foam inserts) to make a hat smaller. It is more difficult to stretch a hat and make it larger.

You can always exchange the hat if it does not fit perfectly. Most hat stores will accept returns as long as the hat has not been worn and the tags are still in place.

Choosing the Right Style and Color Hat for Someone

The fun part is choosing the style and color of the hat. Pick something that matches their personality and unique style. Fedora hats are truly authentic, sharp-looking hats that give anyone's style an upgrade. Hats like a bowler or derby are a little more unique, but can really accentuate that individual with a style all their own.

Finally, consider where and when they will use the hats. Hats are made for all different types of events and activities. There are beach hats for the beach-goers, sun hats for gardening and sports fans, and of course fedoras for both casual and formal events. You can even find hats that can be worn for both. For instance, a Panama hat is the perfect vacation hat. It fits in at the upscale country club or restaurant, just as well as it does the beach.

Whatever your friend or loved one likes to do, there is a hat made just for them. So, start browsing our collection of fedoras, bowler hats, safaris, panamas and more to find the perfect gift hat!

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