The Ultimate Men’s Holiday Gift Guide: Luxury Splurges

Jessica Rubin
The Ultimate Men’s Holiday Gift Guide: Luxury Splurges
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It’s crunch time: Get your holiday gifts now or forever hold your peace. In case you’re still at a loss for gift ideas that will astonish and delight the men in your life, we’ve got the ultimate guide to get you through the gifting season.

From small tech gadgets to some serious vehicle swag, there’s a little (or big) something for everyone. So click through the slideshow and get inspired, ’cause these items will ensure that you go down in the holiday present hall of fame.

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Forget about ties and cufflinks this holiday. Instead, check out Best Made Company’s selection of camping gear and home goods for that DIY guy.  He’ll sit by the fire with a set of “Stay Sharp” Horn Whiskey Tumblers, or for a more exciting winter activity we like the steel and hickory Axe Maker’s Kit. After all, who says arts and crafts are for kids? - Madeline Rudin

"Stay Sharp" Horn Whiskey Tumblers, $62, at Best Made Co. & Axe Maker's Kit, $140, at Best Made Co

For the sweatpant-loving, easygoing side of every guy, Incase has designed the perfect thing: the Terra Collection, a simple, no-nonsense line of bags that combines the best of comfort with the company’s signature device protection. Now he’ll have no problem getting all his favorite gear from point A to point B. - Allie Haake

Terra Collection by Incase Tote, Campus Pack and Sleeve, $50-$100, at Incase.

These boots pretty much speak for themselves (hello, exquisite leather and detailing), but we couldn't help speaking for them. With a beautiful classic design constructed from hand-stitched specialty leather, the rough (but refined) Oak Street Hunt Boots are built to deliver years of outdoor exploration and trekking -- in typical boyish fashion. - Allie Haake

Brown Hunt Boot, $376, at Oak Street Bootmakers.

It’s cool, it’s funky, and it shoots photos like never before. The Lytro Light Field Camera’s innovative light-field sensor captures millions of rays of data in one image, allowing the user to focus—and refocus—onto any area of the photo with the click of a mouse. Now who’s the coolest guy at the party? - Allie Haake

Lytro Light Field 8GB and 16GB Cameras, $400-$500, at Lytro for pre-order.

For the guy who lives for early morning workouts and strategically balanced meals, meet the UP system by Jawbone. It’s a barely noticeable motion-tracking wristband and app that tracks and displays daily activity, sleep patterns and eating habits. Hey, it may even inspire him to join your yoga class. Or not. - Allie Haake

Up by Jawbone, $99, at Jawbone.

Myth: Guys don’t care about the look OR smell of their residence. Truth: They often do, but aren't sure what to do about it. Odin has addressed the issue with a new collection of candles. Housed in translucent black glass with names like Sunda and Owari, each testosterone-friendly candle is laced with scents such as wild orris root, Tonkin musk and patchouli. - Allie Haake

Odin Home Fragrance Candle, $65, at Barneys.

Every guy who plays, has played or will play video games probably wants this. (Trust us on this one.) Skyrim is the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls series, a globe-spanning, cult-followed fantasy series featuring dragons, dungeons, and swords. Skyrim, you had our men at hello. - Allie Haake

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Collector’s Edition for Xbox 360, $150, at

What holiday would be complete without a new watch? Well, this isn't just any time keeper: The watches of up-and-coming designer Carlos Campos’s color-coded collection will spruce up any wrist. Featuring ionic plated cases and beautifully stamped dials in true Brera Orologi, we can’t help but ask, “What did you say the time was again, handsome?” - Allie Haake

Brera Orologi for Carlos Campos Watch, $650-$895, at Carlos Campos.

It’s like magic. With this stealthy, pint-sized, full-color, wifi-enabled device, he can enjoy millions of movies, books, songs and apps instantly. Goodbye boring train commutes and waiting rooms. Hello, complete entertainment at less than half the cost of some of those other devices. - Allie Haake

Kindle Fire, $200, at Amazon

Bring the fun of film festivals to the comfort of the couch with IndieFlix’s Film Festival in a Box. Available in a variety of maximum couch-potato genres such as Love, Zombies and Pottymouth Comedies, plus trivia questions to go with each, we say, let the games begin. - Allie Haake

Film Festival in a Box (Deluxe Box), $59, at IndieFlix.

Bringing the celebrated vintage aesthetic of Oliver Peoples together with the edgy creativity of Japanese designer Takahiro Miyashita, the intricately crafted aviator-style Soloist Teardrop was born. It might even need its own theme song. - Allie Haake

Oliver Peoples The Soloist Teardrop, $455-$520, at Barneys.

Give your guy the gift of vintage-meets-modern gaming with the Atari Arcade iPad Dock. Shooting, flying and maneuvering in classics such as Centipede and Asteroids come to life with a joystick and quad of punchable buttons. So this is how an iPad is meant to be used… - Allie Haake

Atari Arcade iPad Dock, $60, at Apple.

Representing the pinnacle of luxury and power, the Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG will take his breath away. (No, seriously.) Running on a high-pressure-turbocharged V-12 engine and producing 604 horsepower, this top-of-the-line coupe will hit 0 to 60 in just over four seconds and look good while doing it. All in a day’s work. - Allie Haake

Mercedes Benz CL65 AMG, $210,000, at Mercedes AMG.

This uber-cool weekender  for the man who’s more Brooklyn than boarding school, hails from NY-based bag hawker Lexdray. There’s nothing this roomy bag can’t hold, or handle -- it’s made out of ballistic nylon. - Grace Clarke

Tahoe Duffel, $510, at Lexdray

Admit it -- we’ve all imagined a stealth escape from the eggnog-fueled family feud, and Ducati -- arbiters of all things hog wild -- have come through in the, er, clutch. The Panigale Superbike is now the fastest two-wheeled projectile around. By the numbers: 195 HP at 10,750 RPM, a twin four-valves-per-cylinder engine, 362 pounds dry. Zoom. - Grace Clarke

Ducati Panigale 1199 Superbike, $17,995, at 1199 Panigale Ducati

Motorcycles represent perhaps the most glamorous form of rebellion, but a rider needs the best gear possible between them and the pavement. This year, the design team at classic motorcycle millinery Davida refreshed their classic Jet, a slick new paint job atop a feather-light fiberglass shell lined with super soft quilted leather. This is what Bond should have worn as he evaded bad guys in Tomorrow Never Dies. - Grace Clarke

The Jet Helmet, $355, at Davida

Ask Siri what to get the guy whose desk is an overgrowth of plugs and she’ll direct you to the PlugBug, a dual energizer that ingeniously replaces the removable two-prong adapter on your existing MacBook power brick with a 10-watt USB charger. Weary travelers will welcome early gifting. - Grace Clarke

PlugBug, $35, at Twelve South.

 This rugged Kerastasse Homme dopp kit is stocked with flight-friendly essentials that take him from the tarmac to the dinner table, like Anthony Logistics shave cream, Jack Black moisturizer, EBOOST Berry Shots and a Bonobos pocketsquare. - Grace Clarke

BirchBox Mens Limited Edition, $45, at BirchBox.

If he has a need for speed, then he has a need for Oakley Wind Jacket glasses. Initially created to protect the eyes of motorcyclists, these versatile sunglasses have snap-in gaskets and a removable head strap.  Bonus: their interchangeable lenses make them a suitable choice whether he’s day dreaming or night riding. - Madeline Rudin

Oakley Wind Jacket Glasses, $220, at Oakley.

So he made a resolution to bulk up…again. Give him the means to his end with DemonBells, solid steel kettlebells. With designs inspired by warrior cultures around the world, we love that they’re equal parts substantial works of art and fully functional fitness tools. If all else fails, he’ll leave them on display to look good for both of them. - Madeline Rudin

DemonBells, $79.99-$199.99, at DemonBells.

Putting a spin on the old school boombox, the Logitech Squeezebox will provide him with an endless music selections whenever he wants, wherever he goes - Madeline Rudin

Logitech Squeezebox Radio, 179.99 (plus monthly fee if applicable), at Logitech.

Whether he’s technologically able or technologically inept,  he’ll love the ZOMM Wireless Leash.  This multi-functional phone accessory uses Bluetooth technology to provide him with call notification, hands-free communication, and an emergency safety device. Plus, our favorite feature: an alert system that notifies him if he separates from his beloved mobile. So user friendly he might never miss your call again. - Madeline Rudin

ZOMM Wireless Leash, $99.99, at ZOMM.

For the outdoor enthusiast, we love the Mophie Juice Pack Outdoor Edition's convenience and functionality. This battery pack and GPS app combo provide iPhone 4 and 4s users twice the normal battery life, and access to over 650,000 map images for on-the-go navigation.  Plus, it’s sleek, durable and is sure to keep him on the right track. - Madeline Rudin

Mophie Juice Pack Outdoor Edition, $119.95, at Mophie

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