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The holidays have officially commenced and ’tis the season to gift in style. As you prepare to find gifts for everyone on your list, I’ve put together a selection of ideas for the guys, to help you in your quest. Here are my top 10 gifts for men!

1. Frank & Oak Balsem Grooming Essentials Kit

Grooming is (or should be!) an important part of every man’s daily routine. Frank & Oak’s line of toiletries offers a refreshing range of products that are a cut above your average drugstore assortment. Featuring natural botanicals and light, fresh scents, the Balsem grooming line is both gentle and effective. The Grooming Essentials Kit includes Balsem shampoo, Balsem moisturizer, and Balsem shave cream, all in a wool felt dopp kit.  A perfect gift for the man who enjoys a little pampering every now and then, as well as the frequent traveler.

2. Brathwait Classic Slim Wrist Watch

As cliché as it sounds, why not give the gift of time? A watch is a great gift for men that serves both function and style. As you may know, I love watches and one of my favorite timepieces that I’ve been wearing for the past few months is this classic slim wrist watch by Brathwait. It’s simple, yet elegant and carries a nice weight – a testament to its quality. The strap is interchangeable, in case the recipient of your gift is looking for versatility, or if you want to include a little something extra with your gift too.

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3. ALDO Patent Leather Shoes & Messenger Bag

You can tell a lot about a man by his shoes, or so they say. ALDO has some fantastic styles for men this season and with all of the holiday parties coming up (hint hint: New Year’s Eve), a fancy pair of new shoes would make a great gift for one of the guys on your list. This patent leather pair is a classic derby shape that’s easy to wear and looks sharp with a variety of looks from “cocktail chic” to black tie.

In addition to shoes, ALDO also has some amazing accessories for men. Take this messenger bag for example, which features a beautiful two-tone color way, top handle and shoulder strap. A great bag for students and commuters, with an authentic, vintage style.

4. Urbanears ‘Plattan ADV Wireless’ Bluetooth® On-Ear Headphones

Known for making quality headphones with superior sound at an affordable price, Urbanears continues to push the envelope, now offering a wireless bluetooth version of their popular Plattan headphones. These wireless on-ear headphones feature a built-in microphone, swipe interface on the ear cup and boast a solid 14 hours of playtime before needing to recharge.  A great gift for guys of all ages, not to mention they come in a variety of color options too!

5. Bows-n-Ties Neckties and Bowties

For the dapper fellow on your list, a selection of neckties and bowties from Bows-n-Ties is the way to go. No matter his personality or sartorial preferences, you’re sure to find the perfect pieces on their site, which offers neckties, bowties, pocket squares and scarves in almost every color, pattern and size imaginable. Bows-n-Ties also has a nice selection of tie bars and cufflinks to complete the look.

6. Miansai Gold Anchor Leather Bracelet

Men’s jewelry is steadily growing in popularity and Miansai is one of the brands that is leading the pack. Their anchor leather wrap bracelet has become a recognizable piece in the menswear world that is masculine and timeless. It is handmade in the USA and the 18-karat gold-plated anchor on this particular style makes for a luxurious touch.

7. Express Contrast Collar Plaid Shirt & Buffalo Plaid Scarf

Express has a huge selection of fashionable gifts that are ready to wear right away. There’s something about red plaid that perennially connotes “festive” to me. It’s a versatile pattern that can take you straight through the holidays and winter season. This modern fit shirt from Express is a fresh update on red plaid, done in a medium check, with a contrasting black collar and placket. It’s a sharp shirt, easily dressed up or down.

In the accessories department, Express brings back classic buffalo plaid in this scarf that’s long enough to wrap around several times for a chic, bundled up look.

8. TOMS Sunglasses

These TOMS sunglasses are the gift that give! For every pair of eyewear purchased, TOMS will give help give sight to a person in need. So while you can gift these bold, matte grey tortoise shell glasses to a stylish gent, you will both also be helping someone gain clearer, better vision. For more great sunglass styles from TOMS, click here.

9. Bleu de Chanel Eau de Toilette

Fragrance is always a nice gift. Scent is a particular thing, but if you know the recipient well, a new fragrance is an exciting way to spice up his routine. Bleu de Chanel is a woody, aromatic fragrance that blends citrus and woods in a fresh, clean scent for the man who defies convention and resists the ordinary every day. A spritz of the unexpected.

10. Superdry Tower Bridge Coat

Outerwear is another fitting item option that can be worn now. Part of the premium Idris Elba for Superdry collection, this coat is made from a quality wool rich fabric and features the brand’s trademark double collar. It’s a sophisticated piece that would add a chic finish to a variety of outfits, both casual and business appropriate.

I hope you’ve found these gift ideas helpful! For women’s gift ideas, head over to my girlfriend Justine’s blog to check out her top picks for the holidays.