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With the holiday season in full-swing it’s time to play Santa and shop for the top gifts that will have your much-loved man filled with elation, sophistication and appreciation. From fashionable footwear, fine fragrance to got-to-give gear, check out these perfect presents that are sure to be at the top of his holiday wish-list:

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FOR THE STYLE AFICIONADO…
KEEN Santa Cruz Slip-On ($100)
- gift the style sophisticate these sleek and stylish shoes that are oh-so-fashionable yet ultra-functional, making for the perfect pair this holiday season. KEEN’s Santa Cruz Slip-On has-it-all: super-smooth and supreme full-grain leather that looks and feels luxurious, a deluxe padded memory foam footbed that feels heavenly and offers all-day comfort, a sleek slip-on silhouette that makes slipping these suave shoes on-and-off a breeze—and a non-slip, non-marking white rubber sole featuring a stylish stripe with color contrast for a touch of fashion and a bit of edge. What’s more, the non-slip sole will keep your guy safe and feeling confident with every step thanks to its superior ground gripping action that takes on the weather, rain or shine with perfect poise. KEEN’s Santa Cruz Slip-On is sure to treat your man’s feet with luxurious cushioning and comfort to wear round the clock and handsome good looks to take from workweek-to-weekend. This super-stylish slip-on is on-trend no matter what the occasion—it can be worn during the week with jeans and a sweater for a casual-chic look as well as during the weekend with a coat, button-up shirt and dress pants for a polished and posh appearance. KEEN’s Santa Cruz Slip-On retails for $100 and is available in a beautiful Cascade Brown, Black and Gargoyle—surprise your style aficionado and shop for this style at www.keenfootwear.com.

FOR THE ACTIVE ADVENTURER & MULTITASKING MAN…
Icebreaker Legion Jacket ($349.99)
- get your guy-on-the-go grinning with glee with the ultimate jacket that will let him explore the outdoors as well as conquer the indoor scene with performance and panache. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect present for the active guy that likes to play hard like a pro or looking for an amazing and all-purpose style for the multitasking man that likes to do-it-all from traveling to trekking—look no further because Icebreaker’s Legion Jacket is the jacket-of-all-trades. The Legion Jacket is an all-weather warrior that offers weather-protection and warmth without the heavy weight, so you man feels cheerfully cozy, stylish and stealthy to take on the day no matter what adventure lies ahead. The Legion Jacket features Icebreaker’s strong-yet-lightweight and supremely soft merino wool lining that offers superior comfort & breathability and regulates temperature—meaning your man will stay warm and insulated throughout winter and cool during warmer weather for optimal all-season styling—while the smooth and sturdy soft-shell made of 100% polyester repels rain and wards off the wind, letting him brave the elements well-protected and with ease. Icebreaker has also packed this jacket with extra-handy features that make the Legion Jacket a got-to-give present including a detachable hood that keeps him snug when it’s cold and rainy yet easily zips right off when it’s nice and dry, an internal storm flap to seal in the warmth while keeping the cold out and convenient zippered pockets at the chest and at the hands to secure and stow away essentials for on-the-go ease and hands-free exploring. What’s more, Icebreaker’s Legion Jacket is not only the ultimate in performance and weather-protection but its light and sleek silhouette is super-stylish, making it the perfect jacket for a variety of activities—your active guy is sure to make this his go-to jacket for adventures as well as for occasions when he wants to feel warm yet fashionable. Icebreaker Legion Jacket comes in Black in sizes S-XXL and retails for $349.99. Shop for this Legion Jacket at www.us.icebreaker.com.

FOR THE TECH-TRAVELER & YOUNG PROFESSIONAL…
Osprey’s Portal Series Beta Port Bag ($99)
- treat the tech-lover in your life or surprise the young professional with the must-have accessory to stay organized and secured while traveling or on the everyday go with Osprey’s Beta Port Bag from the smart and sophisticated Portal Series. The Beta Courier Bag is a full-featured bag with a convenient flap-style courier design that will take your guy from work to play, helping him tote his prized tech gadgets (and mind you—pricey possessions) and other valuables with style and structure. Osprey’s Beta Port Bag is the holiday season’s hottest gear gift for its fantastic features including: tough yet breathable fabric that withstands wear & tear, front-flap styling that’s sleek and stylish and is great for quick and easy access to gadgets, a handy zippered compartment on the front-flap to safely store goods close at hand like sunglasses, a music player, cables and chargers—and a genius and easy to get to Port™ window located under the flap so your guy can use his tablet via the plastic-front pocket without removing it from the pack or worrying about weather damage. What’s more, the main compartment is easily at reach thanks to its direct top zipper—and features a front sleeve with slots and a zippered mid-compartment so your young professional can neatly store documents, cards, pens, and other essentials for business and networking as well as safely stow away and protect his laptop inside the special fleece-lined sleeve with Velcro-closure. Osprey’s Beta Port Bag can be toted around town in two-ways, there’s a top padded grab handle to hold the bag business style as well as an adjustable and comfy sternum strap to wear the bag over the shoulder more casually and stylishly when on-the-go. Osprey’s Beta Port Bag will be appreciated by your guy day after day for its sleek yet versatile style, its durability, its clever tech features and it’s perfectly portable convenience which is perfect for business traveling or city wandering. Osprey’s Portal Series Beta Port Bag retails for $99 and comes in a variety of cool and textured colors including Black Pepper, Chestnut Brown, Pinot Red and Grey Herringbone. To shop for this style visit www.backcrounty.com, www.ebags.com, www.moosejaw.com, www.backwoods.com, and www.zappos.com.

FOR THE MODERN MAN…
Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense Gift Set ($88)
- gift your modern man this seductive and bold new fragrance nestled in a holiday set that’s sure to become his bottle of choice when it comes to captivating the senses and making the everyday extraordinary. 1 Million Intense, will make your man smell and feel like a million thanks to its distinguished notes that are a harmonious blend of warm and sensual, spicy and citrus, fresh and exciting—and daring yet smooth. The exclusive 1 Million Intense Gift Set includes: 1 Million Intense Eau de Toilette (3.4oz.), 1 Million Intense After Shave Lotion (3.4oz.) and a 1 Million Intense Deodorant Stick (2.2oz.), all a $159 value for only $88. Paco Rabanne’s 1 Million Intense Gift Set is perfect for the luxury-lover and the modern man in your life—and is sure to leave behind a trace that’s spirited, seductive and refined. Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense Gift Set retails for $88 and is available to purchase at Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s.

FOR THE CITY GUY…
KEEN Jackson shoes ($100)
- score points with the special guy in your life by surprising him with his “sole” mates—a stylish and street-sleek pair of shoes that he can hang out and look good in on the daily.
KEEN’s Jackson shoes are a cross between a stylish sneaker, a casual oxford and an eco-chic ride featuring a smooth and deluxe Nubuck leather upper, a stylish contrast stripe, recycled aluminum shoelace eyelets, contrast stitching that give it an edgy-appeal, a rounded wingtip-like toe-cap that’s fashioned from oxford styling, a non-marking rubber outsole for sure-footed street walking and a cool canvas interior that’s breathable. Moreover, these stylish and well-constructed shoes are packed with comfort thanks to KEEN’s KEEN.Cush PU and memory foam footbed technology that feels super-plush while wrapping feet with heavenly cushioning and a custom-fit feel—offering an ultra-cozy and light-as-air stride that’s perfect for all-day wear. KEEN’s Jackson shoes are the epitome of comfort and casual-chic, making them perfect for the guy that likes to chill in the city while looking stylish on the streets. KEEN’s Jackson shoes feel roomy and true-to-size and retail for $100. The Jackson is available in Black/Magnet, Shitake and Dusty Olive—give your cool city guy this style and shop for it at www.keenfootwear.com.

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