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If your man isn’t a fan of techie toys, here’s some low-tech alternatives: A bag full of wool and cashmere sweaters, $160 to $295 each, Holt Renfrew. Italian leather mink-lined gloves, $485, Holt Renfrew. Men’s chokers made of jade, silver and wood, and red jasper, hematite and wood by Sandia Loco, $15, sandialoco.com. Belts by Brioni, $550, and Paul & Shark, $195, Robert Jones Menswear. Glass money clip, $48, Made You Look Jewellry Studio & Gallery. Baume & Mercier’s Riviera Chronograph, $3,500 Solaris Jewellers. Tuxedo cufflinks, $299 to $499, Vassi menswear.

Two facts about men: They love techie toys and they don’t ask for directions. A GPS locator is a welcome gift that will amuse the man in your life and he won’t have to ask if he’s heading in the right direction.

The LG System (LN740) is ready to navigate right out of the box and includes millions of points of interest across North America, including gas stations, restaurants and banking machines. It has voice announcement, street announcement and MP3 playback as well. Available at Future Shop; its suggested price is $400.

For those of you with multi-taskers on your gift list, it’s good to know that many techie items are multi-functional — and watches are no exception. In addition to the traditional function of telling the time, the Timex iControl watch is also a wireless operating device for iPods and allows you to play, pause, forward, back up and adjust the volume of your favourite tunes.

It also logs workout times, has a timer and three customizable alarms for daily, weekday and weekend settings. It’s $150 and available at the Bay, Zellers, Wal-Mart and Running Room.

The iHome dual alarm clock allows you to wake up to either music or your favourite tunes from an iPod. The adjustable dock insert fits all docking iPods, and charges it while docked. There’s also an adjustable sleep increase/decrease volume so you won’t be jarred out of your slumber. It’s $120 at The Source By Circuit City.

For techies who like to keep their keyboards clean — and portable — the Targus flexible mobile keyboard has a silicone lining to prevent dust from lodging between the keys. It can be cleaned with water, alcohol and other disinfectants, and rolled up and tucked into a bag, suitcase or backpack. It’s available at Grand & Toy, Staples and Best Buy for $30.

Also from Targus, the notebook mouse Internet phone is not only a mouse for your laptop but also a phone that’s compatible with MSN, Yahoo, Google, Skype and Vonage. At Staples, $50.

Targus also has a phone with keypad that is compatible with Internet phone services such as Skype and Vonage. It’s available at Staples for $60.