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Six Tweaked Classics for the Basics-challenged Guy In Need

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Love, Frank loves giving (as well as receiving) and in the spirit of this—the holiday season—we bring you the Love, Frank Gift Guide. Covetable giftables for style-minded guys. Today: Twisted takes on menswear classics for the upgrade-requiring, young (and possibly clueless) guy in your life (and for Frank, if you're so inclined—hint, hint).

1. Everyone should have a Lacoste polo. Frankly, everyone should have several Lacoste polos. We like the super-sized crocodile and sleek, slim fit of this iteration—available in eight colors (the Tanzanite Purple is also a good choice) from the brand's home site for $85.

2. We're living in an era of all desert boots all the time—and as much as we do love them the classic neutral nubuck is starting to get a little over-played. That said, they're comfortable and versatile and probably essential—so how about navy? Still neutral but a lot more interesting, these are Ben Sherman. Order them from the line's home page for a mere $119.

3. Everyone's totally carrying totes—thing is, they all look the same. Eschew natural bargain-mart canvas and high-end leather options for this tartan plaid version by Ernest Alexander. Waxed canvas is ultra-durable, and we like the $165 price tag—available at the line's e-commerce site.

4. A few years ago you couldn't find a gingham shirt if you tried. Now they're practically part of the American male uniform. Mix it up with this eye-puzzling gingham morph from Original Penguin. Bonus: Order it from the collection's home site and the price is a very friendly $49.99, from $89.

5. Wool ties are everywhere right now—but does the person who might only have a handful of questionable ties need one in tweed? Probably not. Opt for Jack Spade's version: A fine burgundy wool printed with contrasting pindots—it practically reads as silk! It's $125 and available in two additional colorways at the brand's site.

6. There's nothing twisted about this classic Baracuta jacket—but in terms of light outerwear we can't think of a better option for someone who might only have a few hoodies. It's neither crazy nor obvious and can be dressed up or dressed down—just make sure the dude on the receiving end knows a touch of that plaid lining should always be showing. Available for $255.75 from My Wardrobe.

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