Forget the boring tie and argyle socks; this winter, gift your dad/brother/friend/lover something unique and special, using our handy Holiday 2012 Shopping Guide.

 

A Style Consult

Get him the gift of style and you’ll no longer be frustrated with how he dresses. We love the idea behind Seat 14A, an online personal stylist service that gives you access to clothing and a stylist from somewhere exciting in the world. Right now, you can sign up and get an ensemble straight from Delhi or Tibet. Ranges from $99 for a shirt, pants and accessory, to $299 for a mini-wardrobe. seat14A.com

 

Socks

It may seem like a generic gift, but socks by Instance are anything but ordinary. Snug, warm and stylish to boot, these socks perform well and look good too. We love the vast selection of prints to fit any mood and personality. Great as part of a gift or in a stocking. $11.50 at stance.com and plenty.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sir Tres Chic

Add something different to the work wardrobe with this button-up shirt with contrast collar tips and sleeve cuff tips. $35.79 at ASOS.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nerd Chic

Make like James Bond with these creative, utilitarian cufflinks that feature a secret 2GB flash drive. Have a business presentation? Store your files in these chic and slick looking silver cufflinks and wow your colleagues with your style. $100 at The Hudson’s Bay Company and cufflinks.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music to His Ears

Perfect for the man on your list who loves music (so, everyone), these Swedish-designed headphones from Urbanears come in several colours and shapes, and are a chic, minimalist way to listen to your favourite music. Starting at $38, available at Urban Outfitters, Walrus and other retailers around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

Jam out!

A colourful addition to the desk or bookshelf, this portable speaker/speakerphone has wireless capabilities, is small and compact, and comes in a rainbow of colours. Plus, it kind of looks like a piece of Lego. Jawbone JAMBOX Wireless Speaker and Speakerphone, $149 – $299 at amazon.com, The Hudson Bay Company and Secret Location in Vancouver.

 

 

 

 

Retrovision

For the hipster in your life, try this retro television set inspired iPhone case, by The T-Shirt Store. $26 – $35 at ASOS.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Café

A single-serve espresso machine that brews a shot or cup of java with just the touch of a button. The new, sleek Nespresso U machine is foolproof enough for even the least kitchen-savvy man in your life. $199.95 at The Hudson’s Bay Company.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the man who has everything…

A Prada chess set. Just because. $3,650 available online at prada.com.