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With just days to go here are our final 5 suggestions of things we'd definitely like in our stockings this year. All the products are available online from reliable retailers, so just click the button for more details plus info about delivery costs and gift-wrapping where available. If you do buy online, you'll need to get your order in by December 19th for most stores, though some are offering delivery in time for Christmas up till the 21st.

You may have read the hype. Irishman Jamie O'Neill was working as a London hospital porter when his 10-year labour of love, the 200,000-word manuscript of At Swim, Two Boys, written on a laptop during quiet patches at work, was suddenly snapped up for a hefty six-figure advance. He had to open his first bank account to cash the cheque, the story goes. For once, the book fully deserves the hype. In the spring of 1915, Jim Mack and "the Doyler", two Dublin boys, make a pact to swim to an island in Dublin Bay the following Easter. By the time they do, Dublin has been consumed by the Easter Uprising, and the boys' friendship has blossomed into love--a love that will in time be overtaken by tragedy. O'Neill's prose reminds the reader of Charles Dickens at first. But Dickens never wrote a love story between young men as achingly beautiful as this.
£14.39 from Amazon


The Italian designer house Moschino brings us this zany t-shirt featuring a vintage image Wanted slogan on a black background suitable as under or clubwear. A quality designer fashion item made from 93% Cotton and 7% Elastane for a perfect fit.
£45 from Figleaves


No gay boy can have enough Calvin Klein and these Basic Briefs come in a 3 pair pack at a great price. Available in Black, Grey or, White. This designer brief incorporates both style and comfort and comes with the trademark wide waistband. Matching woven cotton boxer, cotton stretch trunk, and button front boxers are also available. 100% Cotton
£20 from Figleaves


Zirh are one of the world's leading manufacturer's of quality men's skin care products designed to provide ultimate results for all skin types. Using natural ingredients and botanical extracts, Zirh products are used by celebrities like Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, Clint Eastwood, Elton John and many top sportsmen and leading skin care experts. In this Zirh Fragrance Collection you get £70 worth of products - Fragrance Spray, Body Bar and Fragrance Deodorant all collected together in a fabulous branded metal basket.
£59 from Mankind


Diamond Multimedia's Rio line of MP3 players has always been top-notch--and the latest iteration, the Rio 600SE, proves no exception. The nifty-looking Rio 600SE also offers detachable faceplates, allowing users to customise its appearance (although they are a bit pricey). But it is not just the aesthetics of the Rio that are so appealing (although the über-trendy, over-the-ear headphones make another nice touch). What really makes the Rio unique is just how simple it is to use. From installation to manipulation of the player interface or the RioPort Audio Manager software, it's as easy as MP1-2-3. Intuitive on all counts, the Rio will rarely force the user to consult the manual--whether in the middle of set-up, switching songs on the road, or transferring MP3s.
£129.90 from Amazon


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