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Men’s gift guide
Rugged outdoor adventurer These distressed ankle boots are ideal for navigating icy stretches of back country trail but pack enough style for hiking the cold and wet city streets on a Saturday night. Jayden boot in grey, by Frye $340. Available at Ron White shoe stores and www.ronwhite.ca
Rock climbing with his BlackBerry attached to his belt seems a little ridiculous, no? But held snug in this thick rubber gadget condom by Roots means there’s no fear of it smashing into a million pieces. You’ll be the first person he texts from the summit. Roots Tuff Skin for BlackBerry Curve $30. Available at Best Buy, Future Shop and www.gentec-intl.com
For wide-open spaces and a purely exhilarating adventure (and remarkably mild climate, despite the picture) surprise him with a trip to Bjork’s homeland. Whether on Viking horse or snowmobile he’ll be able to explore Iceland’s 800 hot springs, 10,000 waterfalls, 15 active volcanoes and 4,500 square miles of glaciers. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. www.icetourist.is
Cold, dry air wreaks havoc on even the most rugged man’s face — and especially his lips. Jack Blacks manly packaging holds some of the best moisture-packing products on the market and if he wants to keep kissing you he’ll carry the Intense Therapy Lip Balm with him at all times. Jack Black Travel Pack $74 www.sephora.com
What wine snob wouldn’t love to display his 160 best bottles in a swank wine fridge like this one from Electrolux (yes, the appliances Kelly Ripa hawks on TV)? UV filtered glass protects his bottles from damaging sunlight and the beautiful wood shelves adjust vertically for showing off that rare Louis Latour.
Electrolux 24" European Style Wine Tower $3000 www.electroluxappliances.ca
Now he can take a piece of art anywhere and everywhere he goes with Dell’s new special edition laptops. Every vibrant colour and individual brushstroke is permanently tattooed onto the cover like this one by Brooklyn artist Mike Ming.
Dell Special Art Edition laptops, from $650 www.dell.com/art
The hit show Mad Men (capturing Madison Avenue’s misogynistic past) is based on advertising’s most famous art director, George Lois. He mined his swagger and taste for avant-garde design in an effort to create ads that were more than just pictures and words, but works of art. In Geroge Lois: On His Creation of the Big Idea the best of the best is on display.
Every good thinker needs a place to jot down the latest gallery opening or hot investment tip. With Danier’s croc-stamped leather notebook he’ll not only have the tools he needs but one that’s as profound as his latest thought.
8 1/2” x 11 3/4” notebook, $49 www.danier.ca
Athletic kid at heart
He’ll look like an Aussie life guard with these fun and sporty briefs on but hidden under his jeans he’ll feel like Superman — and be prepared to dive in to frigid waters if a drowning puppy needs rescuing.
Andrew Christian Life Guard knickers $29.95, available at www.almostnaked.com
The FiTrainer is like having your very own personal trainer except without all the yelling and 6am-sun-shiny-attitude. It monitors the pulse in your earlobe and guides you through custom workouts then adjusts the intensity levels automatically based on your heart rate — maximizing your workout’s effectiveness. Oh, and no short shorts either.
$83, launching in December, available at
www.itami.com For the sporty big kid,
this made-to-order beauty is fast, functional and full of retro style. Perfect for commuting, trail riding, touring or just booting around town on. This is the bike any rider will love. Atlantis Bike $3000
This bourbon-scented massage candle
is perfect for soothing sore muscles after an active day on the slopes. They melt at a low temperature and can be dripped onto his sore back and tight shoulders then massaged in to release the tension (among other things). Jimmyjane Bourbon Scented Massage Candle $30
Every man needs a signature piece of luggage and a classic like this never goes out of style. Primo Italian leather and expert craftsmanship make this an investment piece but he’ll have it for the rest of his travels — and think of you every time he throws it into the overhead compartment.
Burberry Carry-On Bag $1150 www.harryrosen.com
Part of the vintage tattoo collection, these Love Dagger cuff links — from the glitterati designers of Barbie’s Basement Jewellery — are perfect for the fashionable guy who may not want permanent ink on his arm.
$26 available at
Sometimes a quiet night at home is the perfect thing to do. Snuggle up beside your beaux and share a couple fire-side lattes made with Polar Ice’s deliciously Canadian maple vodka. After the vodka does its trick the espresso will keep you awake.
Polar Ice Maple Vodka, prices vary across the country.
Now he can grow his own cilantro and endive inside the condo and stop complaining about the cost of organics. This tiny indoor growing system uses no soil and will produce enough greens for a salad in 28 days.
AreoGarden Space Saver $149.99 available at www.canadiantire.com