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Gifts for the man (or woman) who has nothing

By Michael Stabile

We all have friends and younger relatives who are in need of life's basics. They blow their money on beer and eating out and overpriced shoes but lack some of the barest necessities. We look at their fringe-neighborhood apartment and think ... but where do I start? But just as Rome wasn't built in a day, you can only do so much to revitalize a loved one's shabby apartment. Here are some basics (coming from someone who once knew--a long time ago, of course) that any struggling artist or barrista or intern always appreciates.

Socks and underwear
A vacuum
Brita filter refills
Linens with a decent thread count
A slipcover for his/her "vintage" sofa
A decent tuxedo
High-end shaving products
An umbrella
Egyptian-wool spa towels
A tool set
A decent cordless phone

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From the December 6, 1999 issue of the Metropolitan.

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