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A Few Gifts for You

You get so caught up in making everyone else’s holiday perfect, you forget about yourself. We haven’t. Just leave your email open and conspicuous at all times from now through the end of the year... or through your birthday. Whichever comes first.

Steve McQueen–Inspired Jackets

Steve McQueen–Inspired Jackets

Someone has to keep coolness alive in 2012. We nominated you. To help, this Steve McQueen–inspired line from iconic British motorcycle jacket makers Barbour. But remember: with great motorcycle jacket coolness comes great responsibility. Also: phone numbers.

Starting at $325, available at Isle of Man, 3856 N Lincoln Ave (between Byron and Berenice), 773-697-8035

Andrew Bird on Vinyl

Andrew Bird on Vinyl

Quirky violin-playing hipster god Andrew Bird currently has a sound installation at the MCA with Chicago instrument maker Ian Schneller. But we think these vinyl recordings are a better way to experience his work. Or at least a more portable way.

Starting at $12.95, available at the MCA Store, 220 E Chicago Ave (between Lake Shore and Michigan), 312-280-2660

Watch the Throne, Souped Way Up

Watch the Throne, Souped Way Up

Speaking of music gods, if you’re asking for Watch the Throne this Christmas, we assume it will be this deluxe edition with four bonus tracks, a poster and a case designed by the folks at Givenchy. Why? Because Kanye and Jay-Z want it that way.

$18, available at RSVP Gallery, 1753 N Damen Ave (at Willow), 773-770-6666    

Gunpowder-Laced Cologne

Gunpowder-Laced Cologne

The way you smell says a lot about you. So we think you should put this roll-on unisex fragrance on your must-have list. It’s called Love. And it’s full of floral and spice notes, with one manly trick up its sleeve: the aroma of gunpowder. Don’t use near open flames.

$45, available at Space519, 900 N Michigan Ave (5th Fl), 312-751-1519

The Damon Alarm Clock

The Damon Alarm Clock

Nogs. Champagne. Glogg. Waking up after a holiday party—well, it can be an ugly scene. So this handsome wooden clock—with iPhone port—helps make everything in the morning a bit more attractive. Or... at least the looking at the clock part.

$50, available at Jack Spade, 47 E Oak St (between Rush and Michigan) 312-915-0315    

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