Giving with style

Discerning and idiosyncratic on-trend folk can be tough to please at Christmas. Industry players share their strategies to wow even the most finicky fashion lover. By May Yip

Published Fri, Dec 20, 2013 · 10:00 PM
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Stan Lee

Owner of menswear boutique, Swagger

I ALWAYS plan ahead of time so that I can make a list and buy appropriate gifts that are both thoughtful and personal. With my busy schedule, I try to consolidate and get all my gifts from one or two of my favourite shops that have everything I need. It really is all about planning.

If you're shopping for a gentleman who appreciates quality and knows his own style, chances are he'll want a gift that focuses on craftsmanship and attention to detail. If he's more youthful and is just starting to discover the finer things in life, it's best to opt for gifts that are on-trend and cutting-edge, incorporating the modern classics with a contemporary edge.

I would suggest a fashion accessory that is functional and yet unique. There are plenty to choose from at Swagger, from fashion mainstays such as a pocket square or cufflinks to unique gift items such as leather bags or even a beach bat. Or if all else fails, a good coffee table book also makes a great gift, as long as the topic is relevant to the recipien…

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