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With the athleisure trend showing no signs of waning, more and more people are looking to classic athletic companies for handsome pieces to incorporate into their wardrobes. Aspen-based Obermeyer is one such brand. Mainly known for their technologically advanced skiwear, their merino wool Bryce one-quarter zip sweater (pictured above) comes in a modern snowflake jacquard pattern that can easily take any ski bum from the slopes to the lodge to the city. $199; available at obermeyer.com
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Cool Brass Keychains
A keychain can be a stylish accessory, so go for one that features a clean, streamlined design. These American-made, brass versions by Maxx & Unicorn feature minimalistic shapes, like a shiny D-ring or a cool pendulum hook. Either one will keep his keys neatly contained in one place and make a discrete style statement. $15–$30; available at Armitage & McMillan, 1550 Platte St., 303-284 6222; armitageandmcmillan.com
Timbuk2 is known for their hardy, durable bags, especially their messengers and backpacks, but this year we’re favoring their stylish north-south Bourbon Tote. Featuring canvas and leather, this bag also comes with a variety of pockets—both inside and out—making it perfect for the urban dweller to stash his stuff and go. For the multi-tasking man, it also makes a great carry-on traveling companion. $198; available at Timbuk2, 1411 Larimer St., 720-259-3261; timbuk2.com
Tie One On
Everyone knows Hyde Park Jewelers is the place to go to splurge on a fabulous bauble or Rolex watch, but sometimes this local favorite gets overlooked for their more budget-friendly pieces. Case in point: This silver-plated black onyx inlay tie bar. Its sleek, simple lines make it an easy addition to any man’s accessory collection, and at just $30, it won’t bust your holiday budget. $30; available at Hyde Park Jewelers, Cherry Creek Shopping Mall, 3000 E. First Ave., 303.333.4446; hpjewels.com
Iconic bootmaker Frye opened their new Denver store mid-November. Made to resemble a chic, modern ski lodge—complete with a boot-warmer for customers—the well-sized space allows Frye to show off an expanded collection of shoes and accessories. Instead of just carrying those famous Western-boots, the new store has a slew of classic footwear options including the Italian leather Brett Low sneaker in copper (the newest on-trend metallic shade). $198, available at Frye, 2929 E. Second Ave., 303-928-1285; thefryecompany.com
Remember when a watch was the size of your fist and had a bunch of knobs and crazy functions? Well, that trend is over. A timepiece that sets aside the flash for one that’s smaller in size and discrete in design is decidedly more elegant. That’s why we’re digging the new 38mm Lugano by Larsson & Jennings. This Swiss-made watch features a handsome navy sunray dial, which adds a sporty element to the clean and classic design of the casing, along with a hard-wearing Italian-made leather strap. The best part? This timepiece is not only modestly sized, but priced to match. $295; available at larssonandjennings.com
Update his tech gear by replacing his old iPad case with one that’s both functional and unique. General Knot’s American-made, limited-edition version comes in a rare 1960s wool Donegal with Italian leather trim, plus a brass zipper closure to keep everything safely tucked away. The interior includes one large padded pocket for his tablet and two smaller ones for holding items like business and credit cards. $68; available at Sully & Co., 2443 Eliot St, 720-398-8064; sullyandco.com
A handkerchief as a gift, you say? Well, it may be a throwback to another era, but having a hankie at the ready is a sign of a prepared gentleman, whether it’s for his lady tearing up at a movie or dabbing his forehead while sweating at a stressful work meeting. Izola’s cotton versions are both fun and functional, with their retro-inspired, novelty prints and natural hues. $16 each or $50 for the set; available at izola.com
Instead of buying him grooming products that are just an everyday essential, give him an entire experience at Scissors & Scotch. Here, men can get everything from a haircut to a traditional shave or even a neck and shoulder massage. If one or two services just won’t cut it, try getting him a Grooming Membership; priced by the kind of service and frequency (every two, three, or four weeks), these packages not only include freebies like monthly shoe shines and drink discounts, but can be customized to suit his needs. From $37.99 to $159.99; available at Scissors & Scotch, The Landmark, 7600 Landmark Way #107, 720-372-7859; scissorsscotch.com