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For the Guys: Foolproof Holiday Gifts


Growing up, one of my favorite holiday moments was discovering what was within my Christmas stocking. Alongside staples like Silly Putty and Rubik’s Cubes, I found the unexpected treasures that would shape my boyhood. One year I received a waterproof diving watch—seemingly coincidently just as I had graduated from my guppy swim class. Another year, a sole walkie-talkie inspired bewilderment, until a wash of clarity when my brother pulled its twin from his stocking. If you are wondering what to get the man in your life this year—I say bring out the boy in him with one of these goodie-filled “stockings”.

Stocking One: The Travel Kit
Especially if he has a travel adventure planned this winter, give him a sleek dopp kit, filled with his favorite skincare products, shaving gear and fragrance—don’t forget sunblock. If you want to splurge, a pair of cufflinks adds just the right amount of holiday sparkle.

Stocking Two: The Briefcase
For the career man, an elegant work bag will help him take on 2013 in style. Leather smartphone and iPad cases will seal the deal that he is a gentleman of substance. But refrain from making it “all work, no play”. Throw in something unexpected like colorful bathing trunks for that mid-winter getaway.

Stocking Three: The Gym Bag
As the holidays can do a number on fitness regimes, fresh gym gear is the gift that will keep on giving. Athletic duffle bags with new running shoes inside are a great start. If he is swimming laps in the mornings, maybe update that dive watch with something sporty and refined.

(Shop guys’ gifts on MYHABIT.)

More guidance for you gents:
*Speaking of bachelor pad ideas: The five things you should have in your apartment.
*The menswear trends that should be in your closet.
*The What To Pack List: Keep handy for your next warm weather escape.

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