Holiday Gift Guide 2011: The Guy’s Guide

What’s more stressful than holiday shopping? Shopping for the fellas on your list. Whether they’re new dandies, sports fans or tech geeks, we’ve got the best of the best for you. Grab these great gifts and you’ll be the favorite Santa come Christmastime.

Gant by Michael Bastian Watch With Olive Strap ($395)

If your guy is more rugged than refined, help him straddle that fine line with the Gant by Michael Bastian watch. Our favorite menswear designer offers a traditionally inspired watch (a bit of good ol’ American Timex, a bit of Tag, a dash of Rolex, anyone?) without the major price tag. Interchangeable straps (of course) make this piece day-to-night ready – unless your guys’s more hiking-to-biking, where it’d fit in just fine, too.

Le Metier de Beauté Custom Limited Edition Fragrance Cufflinks ($3,500)

While you’re stocking up on Le Metier de Beauté polish sets (complete with a beautiful Christmas ornament) for the gals, grab one of these limited edition sets for your guy so he can subtly scent his shirtsleeves with one of three fragrances. With just 50 available worldwide, grab these black-diamond encrusted stunners before they run out.

Moleskin Folio Digital iPhone Cover ($55)

Your literary hipster friend is probably already a fan of Moleskin notebooks, which means that this combo notebook-and iPhone cover is just what he needs to blend old world and new. One side cradles his iPhone while the other’s got a replaceable notebook (the same notebooks that the brand assures us was used by Picasso and Chatwin).

Paul Smith Multi-Stripe Walking Umbrella ($235)

Whether he’s walking to the stadium or the office, there’s no excuse for having an ugly umbrella. And while Paul Smith’s stripes along the edge might be subtle, it’s a nod to fashion that he’ll appreciate. It’s not over the top, but having a walking umbrella instead of that drugstore-bought thing he’s lugging around in his attaché is a big step towards gentlemanly dressing.

Persol Roadster Sunglasses ($310)

And since just about every guys idolizes Steve McQueen, it’s hard not to put a pair of Persol shades on the list this Christmas. While he might already have the brand’s famed 0714 model, they’ve updated their offerings to include this pair, inspired by race cars and the heyday of McQueen-inspired style. Caution: This might give him a case of instant swagger.

The Tie Bar Black Tie Bar ($15)

If your man doesn’t have a subscription to GQ (another great gift, by the way) then he won’t know abut the Tie Bar, one of the mag’s favorite sources for affordable neckwear. They’re not just ties, though. They’ve branched out to include tie bars that have been worn on GQ covers by Justin Timberlake, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jay-Z. At just $15, they’re a stocking stuffer he’ll appreciate.

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.