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Nevermind "Man About Town," the guy you're shopping for—the one who just got back from that backpacking trip to Costa Rica or yoga retreat in Nepal—is a Man About World, which is why you often draw a blank thinking of what to gift him.
Luckily, cool-guy shop Apolis was pretty much created with that dude in mind. The LA-based brand is not only committed to social change by way of connecting their customers directly with the global marketplace, but it also creates products that speak to the man who actively explores the world around him. Which means by choosing one of the gifts we're suggesting below, you're not only getting your guy an item that's well-designed and functional, but something that has a global impact—and he's exactly the type of dude who's into that.
Apolis "Transit Issue Waterproof Nomad Journal" in Black, $28 and "Transit Issue Fisher Space Pen," $28
How many times has your giftee been trampling through the wetlands/rainforest/river rapids and been like, "Damn, I'd like to document this moment right now, but it's too wet!" (Trust us, he has.)? This waterproof-paged journal and refillable space pen—which can write upside down or in inclement weather—will be his savior for the next extreme trip. We suppose they're pretty badass for regular LA living, too.
Apolis Co-Op Wool & Silk Scarf, $96
This merino wool and eri silk scarf, which is hand-loomed in India, is lightweight enough for our standard SoCal temps, yet warm enough to keep your guy toasty while jet-setting to his next destination—and looking fresh while doing so.
Apolis "Boiled Wool Sweatpants" in Navy, $248
Guys like to chillax too, and they're just as deserving of some cool looking pieces to lounge around in as we are—they just might not have implemented the practice yet. No matter, show your giftee what luxury casualwear feels like with these super-soft alpaca wool pants (goodbye tattered sweatpants!). They're also fashionable enough that he can actually leave the house in them.
Apolis "Los Angeles Market Bag," $68
The global guy is also concerned with doing his part locally, so he likely shops the local farmers markets and tries to save a tree here and there. This reusable tote is the perfect grocery-getter that also allows him to rep his city. The jute and leather materials in natural tones don't feel too dainty, so your giftee can still retain his masculinity while he stocks up on Christmas tree-shaped cookies and hot cocoa from Trader Joe's.