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5 neat gifts

Soe great ideas for a guy -- that don't involve a tie

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It feels like just yesterday I was sitting patio-side in a sundress soaking up the sun, and now here we are less than three weeks away from Christmas and I have yet to cross a single name off my gift-giving list.

I wouldn't exactly say I've been lazy about it or even reluctant to start for that matter. I just haven't caught that holiday vibe this year, which made me almost forget that it is time for my annual five fab gifts column.

So in keeping with tradition, I present to you my five fab gifts for guys -- and if you're anything like me this year, hopefully this will help cross a few names of that list.

The statement watch

I really think one can never have enough watches to choose from in their arsenal of accessories, especially for men. Whether you opt for something classic like a simple face with a sleek leather band or something a bit bolder like a chunky metal band with an embellished face and bezel - a statement watch is the perfect gift for any guy of any age and every style genre.

The Oak and Oar caramel leather belt

The latest from local brand Oak and Oar, this fabulous leather belt is part of the Mark Stuart Capsule Collection launched this winter. Handcrafted by Van-City's Ken Diamond, this belt features red stitching and three hand-stamped logos. The best part about giving this gift is it keeps on giving -- a buck from every purchase goes to the Masigcine Children's Home in South Africa.

The grown-up messenger.

I was at the opening for Normandy Shop on Corydon Avenue a few weeks back and couldn't help but notice their selection of simple, yet contemporary men's bags. The grown-up messenger is ideal for toting stuff to and from work for the modern guy who is not quite willing to forgo individual style.

The stripe shirt

So sick of plaid am I that I think this would be an opportune time to inject a new pattern into your guy's clothing repertoire.

The monogrammed shirt

OK, what could be more personal and thoughtful than a monogrammed dress shirt from Eph Apparel?

Got a suggestion for a future column or a fashion trend worth following? Email Connie Tamoto at connietamotofashion.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 7, 2013 D13

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