Gift Wrap: 10 Essentials for Men Under $100

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Gift Wrap: 10 Essentials for Men Under $100
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The holidays are fast approaching, and that means everyone from your mom and sister to your girlfriend and in-laws will soon be hounding you for gift ideas. You could ask for that cool new tablet or a gift card to your favorite restaurant, but here's an opportunity to stock up on all the stylish essentials you don’t think to buy for yourself, from belts and cuff links to tools for the bar. And for less than $100, you don’t even have to feel guilty for requesting one (or two).

Travel-Friendly Grooming
Anthony Logistics

Travel-Friendly Grooming

Cleanliness may be next to godliness, but finding the grooming products you need takes time. Ease the headache with an all-in-one toiletry kit, like this one from Anthony Logistics that includes facial cleanser, shave cream, lip balm and body wash. An added bonus: Each piece is TSA-approved and makes for easy traveling. “It’s a great gift for a man who travels a lot or for someone who wants to get started in the grooming world,” said Trae Bodge, senior editor for Austin-based RetailMeNot, the world's largest digital coupon marketplace.

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Sock It to Him
Courtesy Soul Socks

Sock It to Him

If one peek into your sock drawer reveals a load of mismatched pairs, it may be time to do some restocking. “Men go through socks really, really quickly,” Bodge said. “But probably the last thing he’s thinking about is replacing those socks.” Instead of asking for just one pack this holiday season, get the gift that keeps on giving with a sock subscription like Soul Socks. Available in monthly or yearly packages, the sock club delivers a pair of colorful, patterned socks right to your door each month.

A Scarf for All Seasons
Closed

A Scarf for All Seasons

Looking for an accessory that has staying power? Scarves are year-round add-ons that can elevate any outfit in any season. Stick with a solid shade or a classic pattern -- like the herringbone seen on this scarf from Closed -- for a timeless look that never goes out of style. Throw it on over a suit jacket for work on a cold winter day or pair it with a basic T-shirt and jeans for a casual spring look, suggested George Brescia, founder of the New York-based image consulting firm GeorgeBStyle.

Fashion Meets Function
Cellairis

Fashion Meets Function

What's a cool new smartphone without a trendy phone cover to protect it? This holiday season, show off your fashion sense and tech-savvy all at once by picking out a sleek, elegant and minimal phone cover, like the Cellairis Docket Diary cover, Bodge suggested. Available in a range of soft and masculine colors, the case even has a slim pocket on the inside that's great for hiding your credit card, ID and cash.

For Bartending Extraordinaire
Brookstone

For Bartending Extraordinaire

Whether you’ve got a small liquor shelf or a full-blown bar, every guy need the correct tools to whip up cocktails that are sure to impress all of his friends. Brookstone’s Bar10Der is the Swiss Army knife of bartending, a 10-in-1 tool complete with everything from a melon baller and corkscrew to a muddler and bottle opener. “It’s very manly, but really handy and practical as well for the budding bartender,” Bodge noted.

Luxe Leather Belt
Johnston & Murphy

Luxe Leather Belt

Belts are one of those necessary but often forgotten basic wardrobe pieces that all stylish men should own, said Brescia. “They help you look great and they really pull everything together,” he added. Cover your belt bases this holiday season by requesting a classic leather belt in either black or brown, like this timeless option from Johnston & Murphy.

Cuff Links With Class
Brooks Brothers

Cuff Links With Class

Whether you’re a bona fide business man or someone who just loves to look put together, cuff links are a wardrobe essential that dressed-up men need in their arsenal, Brescia said. If you're asking for your first pair, stick with a set of classic silver rectangular links. If you’ve got the basics covered, shoot for colorful options or ask for a set of novelty links, like these knotted cuff links from Brooks Brothers, Brescia suggested.

Makes Perfect Scents
Jack Black

Makes Perfect Scents

Striking the balance between smelling good and reeking of cologne can be tough, but choosing a lightweight, masculine scent -- like the Signature Blue Mark eau de parfum from Jack Black -- is the key to fragrance heaven. The scent combines hints of thyme, Japanese juniper and ginger to create a fresh fragrance that won’t give your cubicle mate a headache or overpower your girlfriend’s perfume.

Trendy Tie Bar
The Tie Bar

Trendy Tie Bar

Hate the idea of getting yet another tie from grandma this holiday season? Improve your style game and bolster your budding tie collection by asking for a sleek tie bar, like this one from The Tie Bar. A classic silver-and-navy combo will match a variety of colors and patterns, all while giving your suit-and-tie look a youthful, modern edge. If you're feeling more adventurous, try a striped pattern that matches your favorite Repp tie.

Keeping Track of Keeping Fit
Fitbug Orb

Keeping Track of Keeping Fit

With gifts like a grooming kit and cuff links, you’re sure to look great this holiday season. But thanks to a fitness tracker -- like the Fitbug Orb -- you can feel great, too, Bodge said. Worn as a watch, a lanyard or a waistband clip-on, the Orb tracks every step you make, measuring calories burned and hours slept to help you become the fittest, healthiest you.

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