Gift GuidesHoliday Gift Guide ’10: Man Up

ONE. Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D Electric Razor — We have found the Holy Grail of electric shavers with the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D, and any man should be so lucky to get it as a gift this holiday season! The shaving heads follow contours and curves perfectly, allowing for a smooth shave every time, wet or dry. Its handle features an ergonomic grip for better control and precision, and it’s cordless, complete with a travel pouch. To sum up, it shaves well, handles well, and travels well – perfect.

TWO. Kenneth Cole Dress Belt Box Set — Our contributing LA editor says that almost every year, her husband requests a new belt, which apparently many men need. Over time, she’s realized that belts wear out, and it’s really hard to find a simple yet stylish, decent-quality belt that looks just as good with a suit as it does with jeans. We love that this box set offers four ways to wear a reversible leather belt: black, brown, dressed up or dressed down — and all for a good price, $58. And because it’s so multi-purpose, it almost qualifies as a gadget. So boyfriend, husband, brother, Dad … they’ll all get something out of it.

THREE. HTC Windows Phone –Guys always love the latest and coolest gadgets, so this is the perfect gift for the man who could use a bit of mobile upgrading.  The HTC Windows Phone is currently carried on T-Mobile and AT&T (with Verizon coming in the near future) and combines the hardware prowess of HTC phones with the new Windows 7 mobile operating system.  The work/personal  phone is completely customizable and integrates all his social media accounts into one central place.  Now he can open his phone and check your latest tweets, foursquare check-ins, and Facebook updates on one screen. Annoyed by your boyfriend working on the weekend? The HTC phone makes it easy just to turn off work email alerts until Monday morning. Though I generally shy away from touchscreen phones, the 4.3in screen is very user friendly, with typing feedback and the auto-correct is much less invasive than on the iPhone.  Plus the 5mb camera is superior to any other phone camera I’ve tried (all the better to take pictures of you) and comes with XBox Live (for the guy guy in him.)

FOUR. Elemis Essential Grooming Solutions — No man should be without a grooming regimen – even those who believe in strictly soap and water need to take time to properly care for their skin! Essential Grooming Solutions will pamper your man with their complete line of essentials including the Ice Cool Foaming Shave Gel, Time Defense Wrinkle Delay, Deep Cleanse Facial Wash, Energizing Skin Scrub, and Time Defense Eye Reviver. Have him start the year off right and enjoy his new daily routine with the trusted leader in skincare brand that uses cutting-edge technology to develop every engineered component of their line. Essential Grooming Solutions: $95 – available online and at Nordstrom.

FIVE. ESPN Films 30 for 30 Collection, Volume 1 — Most guys may already be familiar with 30 for 30 – a series of sports documentaries airing on ESPN that chronicle 30 compelling stories spanning the network’s 30 years of existence. This DVD collection contains the first 15 films from the series, each directed by a different feature filmmaker, showcasing the stories and different perspectives of Wayne Gretsky’s trade to the L.A. Kings, the 1980 Muhammad Ali-Larry Holmes fight, and Ricky Williams’s brief hiatus from football (just to name a few). We think this collection would be a thoughtful, amazing gift for any sports fan.

SIX. Powermat — Admit it, the man in your life (and probably you too!) couldn’t exist without all the devices we’ve gotten so used to carrying around. But charging them is always a pain – between all the cords and outlets needed, it’s usually inconvenient. This handy little device lets you charge up to three electronic devices at the same time, so he won’t have to waste time switching plugs or (even worse) wind up with a dead cell phone when you’re trying to call him. We think this looks so cool, we even want to give them as gifts to our female friends as well!

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