Christmas Gift Lookbook – Friends, $50 And Under
November 24, 2008, 11:20 am
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Friends can be tricky; you want to avoid the a-typical gift because you want to project that you have been paying attention to their particular likes all year, but you’re also bound by pricing because (of course) family comes first.

I’m a fan of giving cameras. Not only because I’m a photographer and recognize the fun and importance of having a tangible memory of days gone by, but because cameras are damn fun (especially film!). There are easy and [relatively] inexpensive cameras one can pass on to a special friend so they can also begin to collect visuals of the times they always want to remember. Because of this, I’m including a separate list of my favorite affordable film cameras that I actually use on a weekly basis, aside from the regular gift lookbook.

All prices are in Canadian dollars, so if you’re from the US, UK or beyond; these gifts may be even more affordable!


From left to right: Diana camera ($50;, 35mm Fisheye ($50;, Multi lens Supersampler ($50;




From left to right: Birch jewelry stand ($32; Urban Outfitters), Ivory carved bone ring by Lenora Dame ($27; Bluefly), Czech pearl cocktail ring by Lenora Dame ($35; Bluefly), Leather “Charbol” wallet by Hype ($45; Bluefly), Striped cashmere gloves by Portolano ($38; Bluefly), Fingerless cashmere gloves by Kashmere ($36; Bluefly)

Since the word “recession” is being spread around as fast as mono in a high school, try and keep your gifts practical. However, If you have a luxury lover on your list that has had to scale back recently, now may be the time for a gift such as one of the cocktail rings above. Both are made with authentic materials (such as pearl and bone, not plastic) for $35 or less; and will be especially appreciated if the receiver isn’t spending money on frivolous things such as jewelry at this time.



Christmas Gift Lookbook - Friends, $50 And Under

From left to right: Geometrix cufflinks ($40; Kenneth Cole), Gold metallic tie ($20; Topman), Albignasego leather messenger bag ($50; Aldo), Anthony Logistics perfect shave kit ($50; Sephora), Sleeve glove ($23; French Connection), Key bottle opener ($8; Urban Outfitters)

Things like cuff links are not usually on a young man’s to-buy list, so now is the opportunity to fill a gaping hole in a modern dapper man’s wardrobe! Beyond that, basics such as luxury brand shaving kits can still be obtained for $50 and under (such as the example above), and other cold weather basics such as gloves and scarves. Try looking for cashmere first, you never know what kind of sale you’ll come upon in your shopping adventures these days.


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Where is Topman available in Vancouver? On their website it looks as though they don’t ship to Canada.

Comment by Lo

Topman takes Paypal, so pay with that and have the package sent to a shipping receiver on a border town. After that, all you have to do is pick it up!
You need a car for a project like that, though.

Comment by Victoria Potter

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