3 Great Last Minute Gifts for Men

Give your man a classic: the Fred Perry Polo. This is the only polo my husband will wear. Very comfortable, roomy in the shoulders, in traditional colors with not-boring trim. Purchase the Fred Perry polo for $59.50 – $85.00

Not sure of his size? Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses, with their iconic design and made-to-last frames, are flattering and practical across the board. Purchase for $134.24 (regularly $179)

Whether he’s a couch potato or a fitness geek, the Fitbit Wireless Tracker is a fun, useful, and utterly addictive little device that tracks your steps and your sleep. You wear it on a band on your arm, and it tells you how many times you wake up each night, when you’re sleeping restfully and when you’re sleeping fitfully, as well as how many steps you’ve taken and how many calories you’ve burned. I’ve had one of these for more than a year and can recommend it without reservation. Read my full review of the Fitbit here.

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Gifts for the Home : Ralph Lauren Home Sale + Martyn & Mary

Luxe items from Ralph Lauren and Martyn & Mary make great gifts for the home. They’re also terrific hostess gifts. Here are my top picks, all on sale now.

The Ralph Lauren Home Charles Bowl 89.00 (originally $195)

Classic. Elegant. Refined. This stunning fruit bowl crafted of luxe silver-plated brass is so chic and timeless, you’ll want one to gift and one to keep.

I absolutely love this Highball glass with gold stripes – so Don Draper! Great for curling up with a Scotch by the fire on a cold winter night, and slinging about snarky witticisms. Or a lovely gift for the man who has everything, except good glasses for his whiskey. $19.00 (regularly $40)

The Spencer Modern Lantern would look stately in a home library or entryway. It would also cast an elegant glow over your holiday party. At $349 (marked down from $750), it’s a worthwhile splurge. A beautiful hurricane lantern featuring an angular modern design. Crafted of black leather and shimmering nickel-plated brass, it’s a classic piece that will add style and glamour to any space.

See the entire collection in the Ralph Lauren Home Sale from One Kings Lane. (And take $15 off of your first purchase of $30 or more.)

Create a cheerful holiday table on a budget with this red chevron stripe table runner from Martyn & Mary, just $29

I love the bold graphic appeal of the striped bone and horn box from Martyn & Mary. Very luxe, for keeping jewelry, cufflinks, special photographs, and keepsakes.

You might also like: Simon Doonan wrapping paper. Whimsical, beautiful papers for everything under the tree. $15 per roll

 

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Beautiful Gifts for Writers

Delight the writer in your life with beautiful gifts for a more elegant desk or reading room. Gold-stamped typewriter notecards from Charles Fradin Home recall the exquisite pleasure of writing by hand. Because no one should be writing letters to their agent on Motel 6 stationery. Seriously.

 

No writer’s library is complete without the classic handbook of simplicity and elegance in writing, Strunk & White’s Elements of Style. The 50th Anniversary Edition looks as good as it reads. (I’m pretty sure there was something dramatically tragic about that last sentence.)

Roy Blount’s take on it is characteristically dashing (although I’m fairly certain the authors would not use the term dashing in this context):“Since high school, I have kept a copy of this book handy. That should be unnecessary. I should, by now, have fully internalized The Elements of Style. But sometimes I get entangled in a paragraph that refuses to be ‘clear, brief, bold.’ I dip back into The Elements of Style and am refreshed.”After Scott Simon interviewed me on NPR about whether the word ‘e-mail’ needs a hyphen (yes, it does), some listeners, including friends of mine, wondered why I had answered in the affirmative when asked, in passing, ‘Are you a drunken white man?’ Those listeners misheard. ‘Strunk and White man’ was what Scott said.”

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