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For the guy that's unfamiliar with the finer points of grooming, this badger hair brush will make morning shaves a delight. Pair it with an Italian shaving cream. $22, by Edwin Jagger

This compact kit comes in an air-tight and waterproof sardine can. And it's stocked with emergency supplies, tools and nourishment for late nights or off-sites.
$10 at Think Geek

Office Appropriate Gifts

The holidays are tricky around the office. Besides the drunken hook-ups at the company party, there's the challenge of selecting a gift for the boss or the colleague you only mildly know. The boss should get something personal, that shows you've been paying attention. But for gift exchanges, simply look for something that you yourself wouldn't mind unwrapping. Herewith
some safe options, all under $25.


Rhodia's paper is acid-free, gridded and made in France from sustainable forests. This box comes with four different pads and special triangular pencils that won't roll off the desk. $14, at DWR

Fresh from the farm, these herbal jams spread on more than bread: Use the Blueberry + Lavender on a cheese board, the Peach Pepper + Ginger with smoked meats.
$9, Sallie's Greatest

"On the rocks" requires a good, solid cube of ice. Make 'em at home with this silicone tray.
$15, Williams-Sonoma


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