Top 10 Gifts for Men (Holiday 2009)

Tuesday, 1 December 2009 | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

When you're shopping for a guy - be it a husband, brother, dad, or son - don't get stuck in the ties-and-socks rut this holiday season (unless that's what they truly want). Here are some of the things we'll be wrapping up for our handsome chaps:


1. Abici Granturismo Uomo bicycle 

A very stylish way to get around town, not to mention eco-friendly. Comes in a variety of colours. $949 at Bernstein & Gold in Vancouver or Curbside Cycle in Toronto. (See the Abici website for other dealers.) 

2. Cashmere Robe

If you’re going to give a robe, make it a luxurious one. $249 (USD) at Restoration Hardware


3. Bose QC15 headphones

Unparalleled sound quality and great for blocking noise during travel! $349.99 at www.bose.ca. Comes with 30 day-free trial, and free shipping, even if you return it! (Until Dec. 31/09) Also available at Amazon.com ($299 USD) 

4. Canadian Olympic 2010 Sweater

To help him support the home team. $100 at The Bay

5. Wahl All-in-One Rechargeable Pro Groomer

A shaver, a trimmer, and a detailer, our testers chose it hands down over the others. Comes with lots of attachments and the comparatively small size makes it great for travel. About $30 at Sears.ca and Amazon.com

 6. Lamborghini Campoleone (2004)

A blend of Sangiovese and Merlot. It’s made by the car people so if you can’t afford the wheels, why not buy him the wine. It is said to be excellent. Opens up well in a decanter now, but better saved for a few years. About $60 at specialty liquor stores.


 7. Tom Waits’ new album “Glitter and Doom Live” 

A collection of performances from Waits’ sold out US & European Glitter & Doom tour in 2008. 
Available for download at iTunes, and on CD and vinyl at Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.

8. Blackberry Bold 9000

This smartphone’s trackball has been improved and the battery might outlast even the most talkative guys. About $600 at various mobility providers. 


9. Patagonia Micro Puff Vest 

Perfect for under coats. Style and warmth! $125 (USD) at sporting goods stores and Amazon.com. Also available direct from Patagonia by phone mail-order (non-US residents).

10. Bollé Quasar ski and snowboard goggles. 

Time and again, Bolle goggles get high marks for form, function and price.About $90 (CAD), available at MEC and Amazon.com.

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