2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Accessories

Sport a classy bottle-opener watch (seriously), new winter kicks, and a tie that looks stylish and sops up Hi-C from your keyboard.

By Deren Gilly

SwipeTie ($40)
Ties have the power to make you look dumb or really, really smart. Luckily, Swipe Apparel will make you look brilliant when you sport their fashionable and functional SwipeTies. Now men can wear a tie that is actually designed to do something other than make us choke harder than Peyton Manning during cold weather games. Next time you drag your grimy, gooey, or sticky fingers across your high-priced devices make sure you clean them off with this European cut, 100% imported silk tie that hides within its inner tip a microfiber that cleans you up and makes you look good in more ways than one.

TwelveSouth BookBook Travel Journal ($100)
Gone are the days of the lugging a laptop bag through the airport terminal — TwelveSouth is known for their Mac-exclusive BookBook line of leather cases that cover MacBook Pros, Airs, and iPhones, and their latest installment doesn’t disappoint. Under the facade of an old, hardback novel, this case gives the traveler enough space to comfortably slide in their iPad, iPad mini, or iPad Air. The compact yet roomy design offers plenty of adjustable bands to secure your headset, power adapters, USBs and much more. Thieves may see a vintage leather book; you see your favorite gadget.

NYC Vintage Chukka ($298)
Whether you’re braving the cold city streets, navigating the holiday office party or meeting the future in-laws, Mercer Chukkas by John Varvatos will keep you nimble and stylish. The embossed leather that comes in mocha or black will look great with a nice pair of jeans or dress pant — and the 1 1/4” heel will give you a little more height as you slouch from too many egg nog cocktails. This Italian-made classic will even be there post-holiday embarrassment when it comes time to start looking for a new job, new girlfriend, and a new city to live in.

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