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By Kim Taylor

This roundup of useful gift suggestions melds style with usefulness, quality with value, and inspiration with distinction. From major to minor, these are the items we love for Holiday 2013:

Spyder has every type of winter sport jacket for men you can imagine, in a variety of styles, colors and cuts to please everyone. From down jackets, soft shell jackets, and core sweaters to snowboarding pants, accessories, race suits and base layers, Spyder has you covered if you’re planning to venture outside this winter. Snowboarders, skiers and skaters will especially love how effective this high-tech line is in severe weather, but even if you’re simply looking for a lightweight, yet ultra-warm winter coat, find it at http://www.spyder.com.

The Canadians know a thing or two about cold weather boots and liners, which is why the Quebec-based Kamik brand is the perfect source for snow boots. With an array of classic styles that will endure, and boots constructed with high quality materials, these can be relied upon for many years to come when snow starts piling up. At http://www.kamik.com, you’ll find a wide selection to suit all winter needs, and rain boots too (plus boots for women and children). Green bonus: many of the Kamik products are recyclable.

Thomas Dean offers gifts to impress with incredibly vibrant, contemporary and high quality men’s clothing and shoes. We’re partial to the Italian shoes, plaid shirts, sports coats and collegiate-branded sweater vests and Oxford shirts, featuring insignias from a variety of universities (U of Michigan, Ole Miss, etc.). Thomas Dean also has a big & tall option and Made In Italy section with 100% merino wool cardigans, as well as gorgeous shirts, sweaters, ties, underwear and pants. This is your one-stop shopping site for sartorial splendor this Holiday: http://www.thomasdeanco.com.

Sperry Top-Siders have classic American charm, they’re comfortable, they’re well-made, they go with nearly everything, they can be worn year-round, and they even come in unusually large sizes for the big and tall among us. Perfect gift! Did we mention they’re affordable? Check them all out at http://www.sperrytopsider.com. There are so many amazing shoes on this site that you’re mind will be boggled.

The extensive Marc Anthony Collection at Kohls includes men’s dress shirts, ties, sport coats, dress slacks, men’s shoes, jeans, sweaters, military jackets and more at http://www.kohlsholidaycollection.com/brands/marc. And the price points for these professional ensembles are quite reasonable for Holiday gifts — so invest in and stock up on office styles and casual winter wear that will impress all throughout the New Year. You’ll find a plethora of other gift ideas at Kohls too!

Men find that a lot of their shirts are too long, too bulky or too short to work untucked as desired. The solution is the UNTUCKit shirt, which was tailored to fit a man’s physique so that it can be worn tucked in at work and then left comfortably untucked after work and in other casual settings (while still looking sharp). They’re available in numerous colors and styles in 100% cotton, with up to a 180-thread count option. Some wrinkle-free styles are available too; check them all out at http://www.untuckit.com.

Pact gift boxes of organic 3-pair socks or underwear that are ethically manufactured are a fantastic stocking stuffer, and great gift in multiples or the lounge box option. They’re ultra soft, organic, colorful and practical, and for every purchase this Holiday season, PACT will assist low-income entrepreneurs with start-up businesses. Change can very well start with your underwear. Visit http://www.wearpact.com to read more about this phenomenal brand and to order gifts that give back.

Beardski is many things: weird, funny, warm, practical, memorable and unusual. Give one as a gift for someone who snowboards or skis, someone who has a sense of humor and the need to stay warm this winter, or someone who needs a disguise on the slopes. There are various Beardski styles, so find your favorite at http://www.beardski.com.

Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!

Originally published December 2013
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