Holiday Gift Guide 2014: 10 luxe gifts for the stylish man

by W. Andrew Powell
Samsung Wireless Audio Multiroom M7

In our latest holiday gift guide, here are 10 suggestions for premium luxe gifts for the stylish man in your life who likes the finer things: great audio, whisky, espresso, and more. Featuring: Samsung, Crown Royal, Kings Crown, Breville, Tom Ford at Harry Rosen, The Macallan, Parrot, Montblanc, Blacksmith-Labs, and Geox.

Samsung Shape M7 Speakers | $399

Take your home speakers wireless and play what you want where you want thanks to the Samsung Shape M7 speaker system.

The speakers sit flat, or stand tall on end, and whether you configure them as stand-alone speakers, or in a multi-speaker setup, they are seriously cool with features to stream almost any audio from online services, local computers, or from your cell phone or tablet. They’re also just plain big, offering big sound to match.

For a more dynamic approach to your home audio system, you can also setup multiple Shape M7 speakers throughout your home and set them up in groups, or singly, and control them all from the same app. Want to play the same music throughout your home? No problem. Or, set up each speaker to play something completely different.

Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend
Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend | $75

For many, the whisky in the special purple, velvety bag is a treat that’s raised for celebrations, or just to relax after a long day. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Canadian whisky though, Crown Royal has launched an extra-special limited edition blend that offers a rich twist on the classic drink, and since it’s just in time for the holidays, it’s likely going to disappear quickly.

Blending together special rye from Crown Royal’s historic Coffey Still, with specially selected whiskies from the company’s stock, Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend is a smooth, beautifully textured whisky that deserves a much-higher price tag. The palate is gently spicy, with vanilla and nutmeg, and a hint of sweetness that ends warmly on the back of the tongue.

Whether you want to offer a special whisky at your holiday party, or you’re looking for a gift for the whisky lover in your life, this is a fantastic treat that comes in a unique silver velvet bag, just to help make it stand out even more. Pick it up before it’s gone forever.

Kings Crown Gift Set
Kings Crown Gift Shaving Set | $329

Give that guy in your life the luxury shave experience of his life with Kings Crown and their fine line of Italian-made skin care products and exquisitely designed shaving kits.

Kings Crown is a company with roots that date back to 1774, when the family-owned business started making finely made swords and knives. Now, the company has expanded to include fine men’s grooming products, and the result is something iconic.

This 4-piece shave set includes a razor handle that is compatible with either Gillette Mach3 or Fusion razor systems, pure badger hair shaving brush, plus a nickel stand and bowl, shaving cream, a cotton shave towel, a slate stone slab, and King’s Crown’s moisturizer.

This is an exquisite shaving set, particularly for men who would enjoy a more robust shaving experience.

Breville Infuser
Breville Infuser | $569

For the espresso lover, or fanatic, in your life, the Breville Infuser is the perfect gift that will fill your loved one with happiness and caffeine. The machine uses special technology to expand the grinds to get a full, rich flavour from every cup, with a reliable system to make the perfect espressos, lattes, cappuccinos and Americanos.

The Breville Infuser comes with all the extras needed to make a delicious drink: single & dual baskets, a 1.8L water tank, programmable controls, an option to remove moisture from the ground coffee so you can easily dispose of them afterwards without as much mess, replaceable water filters, and a steamer for your milk or soy.

Tom Ford Private Blend Collection Set
Tom Ford Private Blend Collection Set at Harry Rosen | $355

This is the collection for the man in your life who is a real fragrance connoisseur. The Tom Ford Private Blend Collection Set features six fragrances, including Neroli Portofino, Jasmin Rouge, Oud Wood, Tuscan Leather, Tobacco Vanilla, and Noir de Noir, offering a range of scents for any occasion, or just for something a little different each day.

Among everything that Harry Rosen sells, this collection stands out, but honestly it’s a little hard to feature just one thing from the men’s retailer since they offer so many stunning things that make great gifts. For a few tips on men’s style for the holidays, check out Harry’s Looks and Harry’s Notebook for a few more suggestions.

The Macallan 1824 Sienna
The Macallan Sienna | $175

There is whisky, and then there is fine single malt Scotch whisky from The Macallan 1824 Series. While some whisky is wonderful mixed or neat, The Macallan Sienna is made to drink neat, with a nose, flavour, and finish that are things of beauty for a celebration, or a quiet evening of relaxation.

There are certainly a few whiskies out there that are more expensive, but Sienna beats many of them for a price that says premium without being ostentatious.

Aged in specially selected sherry oak casks, Sienna has a naturally beautiful colour that suits its name perfectly. On first sniff, the whisky offers a heavenly mix of sugary vanilla and succulent orange peel. On the tongue, Sienna is smooth and expressive, suggesting flavours of dried fruits, and a sweet spice finish.

Among all of the whiskies of The Macallan’s 1824 Series, and that includes the very pricey The Macallan M, Sienna is by far my favorite Scotch, and it demands to be enjoyed with great friends, especially during the winter, in front of a fire, or after a holiday meal.

Parrot Zik 2
Parrot Zik 2.0 | $429

Pick up the ultimate wireless headphones for the audiophile in your life who wants the best music without any wires.

The new Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones are lighter than their predecessors, offer more special features behind the scenes, and they just work without fiddling or trouble. These are also the ultimate in premium headphones with noise-cancellation features, and gesture controls rather than buttons or knobs.

Want to turn the music up–just swipe your finger up the side of the earpiece, or swipe down to turn the music down. Take the Zik 2.0 headphones off and the music pauses, and then put them back on again and the music resumes. They’re intelligently built to make using them simple, while still offering every feature a music-lover wants, including an app for your phone to customize the sound for any style of music, and they’re an exceptional gift for the holidays.

Montblanc Extreme Tablet Case
Montblanc Extreme Tablet Case & Extreme Cover for Galaxy Note 4 | $360 and $245, respectively

Montblanc’s new Extreme leather collection is all about taking fine products afield for the urban adventurer who may be a bit tougher on their possessions during daily travels. The leather is sleek and contemporary, while also being very durable, making them perfect to take on the road.

For $360, the Montblanc Extreme Tablet Case is sturdy and stylish, with a design that says modern, and classy, yet not too serious or stuffy. Likewise, the matching Extreme Cover for Galaxy Note 4 wraps Samsung’s flagship device in a case that mixes business and pleasure in a comfortable, easy to hold design.

For the guy who wants to look polished and professional, both of these gift ideas say it all in style.

Bruno Pouch Case by Blacksmith Labs
Bruno Pouch Case by Blacksmith-Labs | $50 to $119

Not all phone cases are made equal, and Blacksmith-Labs have the proof with their fine leather holsters and sleeves that stand above and beyond your standard plastic counterparts. The beautiful leather products look professional, and feel soft and supple, while still protecting your phone. Blacksmith-Labs also offers phone cases that come with a money clip, if that suits your style, and there are different versions for most top popular phone models in a range of colours and finishes.

The Bruno Pouch Case in particular is a simple, elegant phone sleeve that is classy and beautifully designed. For the person in your life who wants a phone case that will stand out in the crowd, this is a great gift at just $50, or you can buy a version that works as a holster case for between $79 and $119.

Geox Down Jacket
Geox Down Jacket | $525

Give the gift of a warm, dry winter with a Geox Down Jacket, which features a bright, contrasting inner lining, premium technology to make the fabric breath, while maintaining warmth and comfort, and a hidden wind-break flap. The style says “I’m staying warm” with a modern look that is casually-sharp for work or play.

Find a store near you by visiting the Geox website.

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