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A guide to help the average man... look less average

Holiday Gift Guide for Men

Mark Kwak

So it's time to get your brother, dad, grandfather, husband, buddy, boyfriend, or self some gifts for the holidays. What do you get? Well, here's a list of gift ideas that might help you on your quest to find the perfect present!

Altuzarra Whiskey Set

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I just wrote about the whole Target/Neiman Marcus collaboration in my last post. Well this is one of the items that I feel might be worth a buy from that collection. Altuzarra is an up and coming designer who generally works with high end clothing, but I think he has a home run with the set above. Not only does it look classy, but all the pieces actually feel quite hefty and high quality. Just lift the tray- it's so heavy you'll feel like you're doing a workout.

For any man who likes to drink whiskey, nice tumblers are always welcome in the household, and these fit the bill in my opinion. The three pieces (glasses, shaker, and tray) all come separate, so I would probably start with the glasses, and get either, neither, or both of the other pieces depending how much you can spend. They might be from Target, but they're not cheap. The tumblers come in at $49.99, the shaker also $49.99, and the tray $79.99.

Clarks Desert Boots

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I've praised these shoes on more than one occasion here at simplerman. For good reason, they are rock solid with regards to quality, classically/beautifully designed, and relatively inexpensive ($69 to $139). Everyone can pull these shoes off, and they'll likely be comfortable from the get-go. If the person you want to give a gift to needs shoes, these should be a no brainer in my opinion.

Shaving Set with Stand, Bowl, and Brush

Shaving has become pretty awesome in the last few years. We're going back to the old school times, and I couldn't be happier. There's something about using a shaving brush, shaving bowl, and manual razor that makes me want to wake up in the morning and shave. I know I'm not alone in this either; just check out the rampant popularity of the Art of Shaving. Five years ago, I didn't even know such a business existed, but today, they seem to be in every nook and cranny of the U.S.

Clearly, shaving has become cool again, and with a set like the above, you'll make whoever receives it just as cool. FYI, both Don Draper and James Bond use shaving brushes and bowls (just check out Mad Men and Skyfall), and who wouldn't want to be like them?

Spotify Premium Membership

Spotify is a bit random in comparison to the rest of the list, but definitely something I still wanted to bring up. I personally use Spotify everyday, whether I'm in transit, at work, or at home. In fact, as I type this right now, I'm listening to Christmas carols through Spotify.

Spotify is free to use, but I recommend getting someone a premium membership as a gift, since there are many benefits that come from paying that $9.99 a month. They won't get those annoying ads anymore, they can use the app on mobile and tablet, and most importantly, they can download songs offline, so if they're on an airplane or subway, they can still listen to music.

Just putting it out there, since I feel like it's worth every penny. I generally don't purchase monthly subscriptions, but this is one I had to.

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So there you have it. My small gift guide for this 2012 Christmas season. Happy Holidays everybody, and I hope you all get tons of gifts and love. Peace.