Metro Man & Metro Home

By Kim Taylor

Celebrate the season with gifts that are beyond ordinary – just like their recipients. Here are some we recommend for the very distinctive men in your life:

Kipling is the brand for everything he’ll need to tote his stuff around, offering a vast selection of high-quality luggage, messenger and tote bags, backpacks and wallets. We recommend the Teagan Medium-Wheeled Trolley (featured above), which is akin to a large duffel bag on wheels, so he can breeze through airports, train stations and lobbies with ease and style. Peruse the selections at

Onassis, based in Soho and Tokyo, designs well-constructed clothing in a range of styles from casual to dapper, which renders it the perfect holiday clothing source for men. The iconic Onassis woven shirt, Savoy Velvet Blazer, Winfield Officer’s Coat, Weber Hand-knit Lambswool Cardigan Sweater, and Parker Slim Selvage Denim Jeans all take the guesswork out of gifting. If you visit the store in person at 71 Greene Street, you relax in the Onassis Café; otherwise order at

Many of the newest Casio watches are tough, solar-powered, water resistant, encased in stainless steel and loaded with cool features. The Casio Pathfinder has a triple sensor (Altimeter/Barometer, Thermometer and Digital Compass), as well as world time for 48 cities and sunrise and sunset data for the adventuresome. The Casio ProTrek has a awe-inspiring Tide and Moon Graph/Data feature. Check out the entire lineup to see what works best for your guy at

Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning by Boyd Norton is a gorgeous, eye-popping book that underscores the need to preserve this ancient swath of earth. Norton’s passion for this part of the world is evident in this book, and he expertly captures the people, history, animals, and ecosystem in his firsthand accounts. Browse the website to purchase, or request it at your favorite bookstore.

The Hanae Mori gift set of cologne and scented balm is sure to please, with a rich oriental scent and the unexpected subtle note of chocolate. Additional notes include lemon, lavender, blackcurrant, moss, vanilla, cedar wood, amber and tonka bean. It was voted one of eHow’s 10 Top Ten Men’s Perfumes, and we heartily agree with their assessment. Find it at and Bloomingdales stores.

The GustBuster is a super-umbrella with patented wind release vents and a flow-through design that can stand up to 55 mph winds. Most city residents are familiar with the post-rainstorm pile of wrecked umbrellas in corner garbage cans, but the GustBuster is something that lasts forever (if it ever breaks, GustBuster will fix it). Billed as The World’s Smartest Umbrella, we also think it’s the World’s Most Practical Gift, and one that will keep giving every time it rains. Order it at

Is he a grandfather, disabled, or an elderly relative? If so, give him the best walking cane imaginable from Omhu! The Omhu Cane is really a walking stick with attitude, inspired by the simple beauty of Scandinavian furniture. With a wood tip, it comes in an array of interesting body colors such as lime green, sky blue, red, purple, black, beige, and grass green. Omhu means “with great care” in Danish, which speak to the quality of its products. Visit

Weighing in at a light 3 ounces and four inches long, the Icon Link flashlight is compact and ultra-effective, with a high-density LED beam in a low or high setting. This is perfect for stuffing in a stocking, and will last for years. Its sleek design will be appreciated, too. Buy it at

Is he a brainiac with a larger than normal head size? Many men fall into this category! If so, pick up a pair of FatHeadz sunglasses for skiing, driving and skating this winter. Order a few at, and be sure to check out the forthcoming new styles in January 2012.

If he’s handy with tools, the Husky 45-piece Stubby Combo Wrench and Socket Set will delight this holiday. In fact, he can get right to work, and assemble complex gifts on the spot! In this regard, it’s a great gift for everyone. He’ll hang on to this set for many holidays to come. Find it at Home Depot stores, or at or

The VMV Hypoallergenics “For All Ye Merry Gentlemen” Kit is ideal for gents with sensitive skin, and for those who travel and need a lightweight grooming set. The kit contains an intensive creamy moisturizer, a lightweight protective lotion with SPF 70, and an anti-bacterial gel that can also serve as a disinfectant for minor wounds and an anti-viral, anti-bacterial force. Perfect for travelers! Find it at

Jason Natural Holiday Body Wash gift sets with loofah sponge are generous stocking stuffers and come in a winter flavors Plum and Orange Clove. Gents of all shapes and sizes will appreciate their fresh scent and wholesome ingredients. Find them at Whole Foods stores and

Whether it’s books, tools, clothes, luggage, cologne or watch – whatever you give will be most appreciated if it clearly comes from the heart.

Originally published December 2011
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