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Best Gifts Under $25

Let’s face it: not everyone on your Christmas list is going to make the cut for getting a big-ticket item. For everyone else, here are some useful and fun gifts that are every bit as thoughtful.

1. Skullcandy JIB Earbuds

Price: $10
From: amazon.com

Are they the best earbuds in the world? No. Are they the best for the price? Almost certainly.

2. Stance Socks

Price: $25
From: stance.com

Once you’re no longer a kid, you start really appreciating getting socks for Christmas.

3. Double L Pocket Knife

Price: $20
From: llbean.com

Simple design, solid construction, and eternally useful.

4. Carhartt Watch Hat

Price: $15
From: amazon.com

If there were one beanie everyone could agree on, we think it would be this one.

5. Uniqlo x Engineered Garments Fleece Pullover

Price: $20
From: uniqlo.com

This fleece is absolutely as cozy as it looks.

Gear Patrol Magazine: Issue Twelve, The 2019 GP100

Price: $20
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Those familiar with us know that this isn’t simply a list of the best that money can buy, but a deep examination of each product’s value. In short, the 2019 GP100 is a product field guide designed to help you make the most informed choices during the gift-giving season while discovering exciting new products along the way.

6. Oxford Pennant

Price: $25
From: oxfordpennant.com

Everyone could use a little more decoration, and a tasteful Oxford Pennant is the perfect touch.

Crown & Buckle Spring Bar Tool

Price: $14
From: store.gearpatrol.com

A reliable spring bar tool is essential for changing watch straps. This sleek tool is no bigger than a standard pen, but packs both a fork and pin end to help with any kind of strap change.

7. Zippo Lighter

Price: $15
From: amazon.com

Even if they don’t have a reason to use it, you can’t deny that Zippos are cool as hell.

8. Yeti Rambler Mug

Price: $25
From: amazon.com

While it seemed small at first, we found this to be the perfect size to keep whatever you’re sipping on hot or cold.

9. Sgt. Pepper’s Vinyl

Price: $21
From: amazon.com

Rolling Stone called it the most important album of all time, so even if they don’t collect vinyl, this is a good place to start.

10. Uppercut Pomade

Price: $20
From: amazon.com

Pomade works pretty well with all hairstyles, and this one is about as good as they come.

11. Duke Cannon Cologne

Price: $25
From: dukecannon.com

Don’t let the low price fool you; this cologne has a really nice leathery musk.

12. Red Wing Leather Cream

Price: $10
From: redwingheritage.com

If you’re not buying them boots, buy them something that they can use to protect and care for the boots they have.

13. Old Forester Rye Whiskey

Price: $23
From: oldforester.com

This 100 proof whiskey is much better than the price tag would have you believe.

14. Target Project 62 Wall Clock

Price: $15
From: target.com

Target’s Project 62 line continues to impress with its mid-century offerings, and this clock is a solid addition for any wall.

15. ’47 Brand Clean Up Cap

Price: $25
From: 47brand.com

There’s no better baseball cap than an actual baseball cap. Just make sure to choose a team they like.

16. Stanley Flask

Price: $17
From: amazon.com

Everyone with an appreciation for spirits should have a flask, and it’s pretty fun to drink from one that looks like an old jerry can.

17. Nalgene Water Bottle

Price: $9
From: amazon.com

This water bottle is a classic for a reason. Easy to use, easy to clean, and it’s pretty much indestructible.

18. Casio F91W-1

Price: $11
From: amazon.com

If you’re going to buy a watch for less than $25, it should be this one.

19. Edgar Allen Poe Collection

Price: $13
From: booksamillion.com

Receiving a novel can feel like a school assignment. Give a book that can be picked up whenever they’re feeling macabre.

20. Field Notes

Price: $10
From: fieldnotesbrand.com

Field Notes makes great pads that can just sit in a pocket until inspiration strikes.

21. Ritche NATO Strap

Price: $15
From: amazon.com

It’s always good to have options, and a NATO strap is a solid choice for a huge variety of watches.

22. Ikea Johanne Blanket

Price: $25
From: ikea.com

This blanket’s pattern makes it as good an accent piece as it is a blanket.

23. INIU Portable Charger

Price: $20
From: amazon.com

It might not seem like the most personal or warm gift, but we promise they’ll use it.

24. Plated Chain Necklace

Price: $20
From: urbanoutfitters.com

If he doesn’t seem like much of a jewelry guy, this is a good simple piece to start with.

25. Whiskey Glasses

Price: $25
From: amazon.com

If they don’t have any, they need some. And if they have them already, they can probably use more.

15 Holiday Gift Ideas for Dogs and Their Owners

Giving gifts to dog owners is exciting for everyone — you, the dog and its owner. But it is an art form. You want to give the person (and dog) something useful, something they don’t already have and something they wouldn’t necessarily get themselves. From a DNA kit for muts to dog-specific tennis balls, here are 15 products that check each box.

1. Nite Ize LED Collar Light

Price: $6
From: amazon.com

For dog owners who venture to dark place with their dogs. Pair it with a headlamp for humans for a nice one-two punch.

2. Wild One Tennis Balls

Price: $10
From: wildone.com

Most match-ready tennis balls are not great for a dog’s mouth since they’re made of an abrasive felt that can damage gums and teeth. These are fine, and they’ve got a rubber core for extra bounciness — because why not.

3. K&H Self-Warming Crate Pad

Price: $10
From: amazon.com

K&H’s crate beds are affordable and vet-reocommended. Starting at $8, you can get them in self-warming or odor control varieties and they come in a few different colors.

4. Ikea Lurvig Cushion

Price: $20
From: ikea.com

Ikea’s new pet collection houses lots of stain-, odor- and water-resistant materials, but this little cushion is probably the most useful item in the bunch.

5. Outward Hound Puzzle

Price: $20
From: amazon.com

Have you ever watched a dog solve a puzzle? This is fun for man and man’s best friend.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Gear Patrol MagazineGear Patrol Magazine

Price: $39
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

6. Goughtnut

Price: $21
From: amazon.com

This circular chew toy has no weak points. It also floats in water and bounces on the ground. But the best part is that if your dog somehow manages to chew through the durable outside layer, Goughnuts will replace it.

7. Aesop Animal Wash

Price: $39
From: nordstrom.com

Dog wash from Aesop falls firmly in the want-but-wouldn’t-buy-yourself camp. That’s why you get it for them.

8. Atlas Pet Lifetime Leash

Price: $54
From: atlaspetcompany.com

Made of climbing rope with a woven structure that provides greater resistance to chewing, Lifetime Leashes are guaranteed for, well, life. But if a pup does somehow destroy it, Atlas will replace it for life.

9. Stutterheim Dog Raincoats

Price: $60
From: stutterheim.com

Everyone who’s bought clothes for dogs before knows dog clothes aren’t for the dog — they’re for the owner. And if you know a slightly vain dog owner who faces the elements regularly, why not get their dog a coat from a famous brand?

10. WagWellies Boots

Price: $65
From: wagwear.com

Dog boots. Boots for dogs. These adorable slip on boots protect paws from glass, snow and other things a dog doesn’t have to time deal with.

11. Dandy Dog Supplement

Price: Varies
From: lovedandy.com

Dandy is a new company that designs treats and supplements for dogs based on their breed, activity levels, environment and more. You’ll need to know a little about the giftee and the pup in question to order, but it’ll be worth it.

12. Embark Dog DNA Test

Price: $129
From: amazon.com

Ever want to have a better answer to “what kind of dog is that?” This is it. Pup owners can swab the dog’s mouth, mail it away and receive a breakdown of their dog’s genetics in a few weeks.

13. Filson Dog Bed

Price: $295
From: filson.com

There’s dog bed and then there is Filson’s enormous, cushy, wonderful dog bed. Not just for big dogs.

14. Dyson Cordless V8 Animal Vacuum

Price: $300
From: amazon.com

Dyson’s powerful last-gen vacuum is definitely more for dog owner rather than dog. The “Animal” variant comes with an extra head that better catches excess fur.

15. SpotOn Invisible Fence Collar

Price: $1,495
From: spotoncollar.com

Just in case you’ve got $1,500 to spend on a dog, this is what you should get. It’s a collar and invisible fence system that allows dog owners to establish a walled yards anywhere.

American Bench Craft Personalized Leather Dog Collar

Price: $55
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Your dog deserves a classy gift. Get your pet’s name engraved on the riveted brass plate on this American-made veg-tanned leather collar. There’s a space for their home address and a phone number, to make sure they always find their way home.

Your Guide to Dressing for All Your Holiday Parties This Year

Getting dressed for parties may be the best part of the holiday season. In the ever more casual world we inhabit, the perennial holiday parties are a time when you can bust out your best and truly go-in like can’t for any other kind of event. The jovial nature and currents of good tidings — along with the cold weather — make us want to dress cozy, fun and elegant. To be wrapped in textures and made to feel like the extra glass of eggnog.

HydroConquest

Price: $1,600
From: longines.com

Combining technical excellence with traditional elegance, the HydroConquest collection from Longines is a perfectly sporty watch for any holiday party. It’s equipped with a unidirectional bezel that’s enhanced with a scratch-resistant ceramic bezel, which adds a bit of vibrant flair. This new watch clearly takes inspiration from aquatic sporting — and can go for a dip as well.

1. Mr. Casual Belgian Shoes

Price: $465
From: belgianshoes.com

Sold from the brand’s perch on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the Belgian Shoe has become a hallmark of the well-heeled, as well as the fun. The low, slipper-like loafer is perfect to slip on at the holiday party instead of stomping around in your winter boots, and add that perfect touch of carefree charm.

2. Pantherella Waddington Ribbed Cashmere Socks

Price: $65
From: mrporter.com

Regardless of what color they are, a luxurious pair of socks will put you right into the holiday spirit. Cashmere is certainly in order, and will be sure to keep you toasty, soft and in a jovial mood the whole evening.

3. Harley of Scotland Shetland Sweater

Price: $175
From: brooklyn-tailors.com

You can’t get much closer to the source than Harley of Scotland. Established in 1929, the brand still produces its sweaters from rugged Shetland Wool. This shaggy sweater is a perfect wintery addition to your wardrobe that will keep you warm through the night. It’ll also look properly festive while not being an awful novelty knit.

4. Norse Projects Albin Cotton-Corduroy Trousers

Price: $380
From: mrporter.com

Like a Shetland Sweater, these trousers are all about the texture. A velvety corduroy will make you feel incredibly comfortable while still looking seriously put together. These rugged yet stylish Italian corduroy trousers are a perfect companion — maybe tailor them with a turnup as well.

5. Rowing Blazers Navy Flannel Blazer

Price: $950
From: rowingblazers.com

Nothing beats a navy blazer. The navy flannel blazer from Rowing Blazers is the platonic ideal of the Blazer — what else would you expect from the brand? Handmade in New York City with casual patch pockets with the classic 3-roll-2 silhouette, you can wear this long past the end of the holiday party.

The 15 Best Holiday Gifts for Mountain Bikers

This just in: mountain bikers can be a bit tricky to shop for, simply because there are several types of mountain biking these days. Without getting too granular, you’ve got cross country, trail, enduro and downhill, each with specific gear needs. Thankfully, there are still lots of items that’ll please just about anyone who prefers rocks and logs and dirt to paved roads — such as the following…

1. Pearl Izumi Merino Wool Sock

Price: $13
From: backcountry.com

When it comes to comfort, performance and durability, few fabrics come close to merino wool. Throw in mesh ventilation and a bit of style and you’ve got the perfect sock for any MTB faction.

2. Pro Bike Mini Tool 22 Functions

Price: $34
From: amazon.com

As the name suggests, this gadgets packs tons of tools into a small space, including a dozen hex and spoke wrenches, a screwdriver, a chain tool, a tire lever and brake pad spreader. No doubt you can find a way to pop a bottle open with it too.

3. RxBars Real Food Protein Bars Variety Pack

Price: $35
From: amazon.com

We at GP have long been fans of RXBars’ winning balance of bonk-proof protein and carbs and taste. Note that the flavors in this box are “randomly picked upon availability,” but specific bars are available on Amazon as well.

4. POC Essential DH Glove

Price: $40
From: backcountry.com

Yes, these gloves have DH in the name, but EVA padded knuckles, ventilated palms and touchscreen compatible thumbs work great for all kinds of riding.

5. Wiley-X WX Vapor Sunglasses

Price: $75+
From: amazon.com

Were these shades designed for mountain biking? No. But considering Wiley-X makes the toughest eyewear we’ve ever seen, and this pair features shatterproof Selenite Polycarbonate lenses — in three hues to swap out depending on the light — they are just about perfect for it.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Gear Patrol MagazineGear Patrol Magazine

Price: $39
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

6. Troy Lee Designs 7605 Ultra Protective Riding Short

Price: $80
From: amazon.com

The protection with this liner isn’t just external. In addition to those thigh-saving side panels, it also packs an integrated chamois pad: throw on under item no. 8 on this list and ride comfortably all day long.

7. Dainese HG Jersey 1

Price: $90
From: dainese.com

Dainese is best known for motorcycle gear, but the Vincenza, Italy-based brand makes a ton of smart bike stuff too. This stylish knitted jersey boasts mesh zoning and different yarns on either side of the fabric to promote optimal ventilation, moisture-wicking and general stoke.

8. ElevenPine Uprising Short

Price: $90
From: amazon.com

For the mountain bike enthusiast who finds himself road cycling to get to the trails (we New Yorkers can relate) these shorts do double duty. Zip the sides closed for a streamlined feel, then unzip to get back to the classic MTB style.

9. Velofix Gift Card

Price: $129
From: velofix.com

Sometimes you wanna wrench, and sometimes you just wanna have someone else come do it for you. That’s where Velofix — a fleet of mobile bike shops packed with tools, gear and passionate mechanics — comes in. Snag a $129 gift card and your giftee can redeem for Velofix’s Broken Spoke mountain bike tuneup, ensuring she can’t blame the next ride’s endo on the bike.

10. Henty Enduro 2.0 Backpack

Price: $132
From: amazon.com

Two factors make this pack a mountain biker’s delight: 1. the bulk of it — including the hydration reservoir — sits right on the lower back, minimizing back sweat and maximizing movement; 2. it’s loaded with pockets and webbing to stash all the trail gear you could possibly need.

11. Destroyer Equipment Thrashcan Mt. Bike Helmet

Price: $175
From: destroyerequipment.com

This helmet had us at “Thrashcan.” The downhill-friendly matte fiberglass shell, articulated venting system, EPS foam insert, custom printed pad liner  and general brain-saving nature just help close the deal.

12. Bontrager Avert Stormshell Mountain Bike Jacket

Price: $200
From: trekbikes.com

We could wax technical about this super light and packable mountain bike jacket. Or we could just say we wore it for two straight insanely drizzly days of mountain biking Whistler, and it kept us drier and comfier than we would have dreamed possible after checking the forecast.

13. Specialized Ambush Helmet With ANGi

Price: $200
From: specialized.com

This helmet boasts two game-changing four-letter words. First is MIPS technology integrated into the padding, which minimizes rotational impact. Second is ANGi, a sensor that detects crashes and texts specified contacts, just about ensuring you don’t become trail furniture.

14. Shimano SH-MW701 Cycling Shoe

Price: $206
From: backcountry.com

This is the mountain bike shoe for those who suit up no matter the weather or season. Highlights include a high-cut ankle cuff to fend of the elements, awarm, waterproof Gore-Tex insulate liner and a fleece lined insole to keep those toesies cozy no matter how hard Mother Nature wishes to party.

15. Diamondback Mission 2C Mountain Bike

Price: $5,000
From: amazon.com

We’ve been riding this bike’s predecessor, the $4,000 Mission 1C, for the past couple months and have been thoroughly impressed with how well it competes with other full-suspension carbon bikes twice its price. Both versions feature long, low, mountain-ripping geometry supported by 7 inches of travel up front and 6.3 inches in back. However, the newer edition incorporates some higher-end Fox and SRAM components for an extra edge when tackling the gnarliest lines.

Outer Shell Rolltop Saddlebag

Price: $50

From: store.gearpatrol.com

Outer Shell produces premium cycling-focused overlanding bags with a focus on functional design, backcountry security, and minimalist style. Their gear uses fewer seams, the best available hardware and fabrics, and implements rugged weatherproof construction as much as possible. The Rolltop Saddlebag can expand and contract — owing to the roll top closure — to carry the essentials for any ride.

The 19 Best Gifts for the Guy Who Basically Lives at the Gym

While it’s true that staying fit doesn’t necessarily require all that much in the way of gear, there are a few key items that you won’t want to do without — good running shorts, sweat- and waterproof wireless earbuds and a foam roller all make for a much more enjoyable gym experience. Check out these gift ideas for the athlete in your life.

Ladder Supplements

Price: $40 (per month)
From: Ladder.sport

Unlock your next step with Ladder’s line of safer, more effective supplements. Created for LeBron James by a slew of experts, the brand sources cleaner, higher-quality ingredients to formulate better sports nutrition. Best of all, each of Ladder’s products are NSF Certified for Sport, ensuring that each batch is free of banned substances, contains no dangerous levels of toxins or metals and has accurate label claims

1. Master Lock 1505D Lock

Price: $5+
From: Amazon.com

A lock is essential kit for the gym, and the classic 1505D from Master Lock will do just fine. At less than $6, its stainless steel construction and anti-shim locking mechanism will ensure your stuff stays safe.

2. Youphoria Gym Towel

Price: $10+
From: Amazon.com

If you shower at the gym, a fast-drying towel is a must. Available in three sizes and multiple colors and made from an antimicrobial microfiber material, the Youphoria towel fits the bill perfectly.

3. Darn Tough Tactical No Show Cushion Sock

Price: $17/pair
From: Amazon.com

Ever heard of a sock that’s unconditionally guaranteed for life? First time for everything. Made of merino wool, nylon and lycra, these no-show socks are absurdly comfortable, and Darn Tough will replace them, no questions asked, should they rip, tear or otherwise prove faulty.

4. ShakeSphere Protein Shaker

Price: $20
From: Shakesphere.com

A deceptively simple design, the ShakeSphere (get it?) Protein Shaker is shaped like an oversize pill, and because there are no corners, there’s nowhere for protein to get stuck. You’ll also never lose your mixing ball, because the spherical shaker doesn’t need one.

5. Alcala Deodorizing Body Wipes

Price: $29 for 30 pcs
From: Amazon.com

If you need to squeeze in a quick workout but don’t have time to shower afterwards, Alcala Deodorizing Body Wipes are a good alternative. Enriched with tea tree extract, aloe vera, chamomile and antibacterial oils, they’re also extra large, meaning just one is enough for a post-workout wipedown.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Price: $39
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

6. Under Armor Packable Duffle Bag

Price: $35
From: Amazon.com

Machine-washable and made of lightweight nylon, this duffle packs down into a tiny pocket for storage but provides an impressive 20-inch-wide main compartment with two exterior pockets.

7. Mack Weldon Airknitx T-Shirt

Price: $42
From: Mackweldon.com

There are plenty of breathable workout shirts available, but few that are truly engineered for combatting sweat and smell. The Airknitx T-Shirt is made of moisture-wicking, odor-defeating breathable microfiber, and its four-way stretch properties mean it’ll roll with the punches during a tough workout.

8. Foundation Short

Price: $58+
From: Tenthousand.com

Finding an ideal gym short is actually harder than it looks — the material has to be durable, yet flexible, and the fit has to be secure, yet comfortable. Thankfully the Foundation Short, based on the classic board short, is all this and more.

9. Vuori Ponto Performance Pant

Price: $84
From: Vuoriclothing.com

Not cheap, true, but unbelievably soft. The Ponto Performance Pant has a straight-leg, stretchy fit and is made from quick-drying, moisture-wicking polyester and elastane. Perfect for the gym, the plane and lounging around the house.

10. Hill City Train Half-Zip

Price: $88
From: Hillcity.com

Finding the ideal second layer for those outdoor workouts can be tough. The Train ½-Zip from Hill City is constructed from sweat-wicking TENCEL fabric that dries quickly, and reflective details and two pockets further enhance its utility.

11. Trigger Point Grid Vibe Plus Vibrating Foam Roller

Price: $90
From: Amazon.com

A foam roller for the 21st century, the Grid Vibe is made from high-density EVA foam and features a cordless, rechargeable vibrating system for pain relief and recovery. With four vibration sequences and a 2-hour battery charge, it’s perfect for closing out a tough session at the gym.

12. Nike Training Club

Price: $120/annually
From: Nike.com

With workouts for every type of athlete, tailored programs and in-depth wellness advice, it’s worth upgrading to the premium version of the Nike Training Club if you’re serious about your fitness.

13. Adidas Ultraboost 19

Price: $126
From: Adidas.com

An Adidas Primeknit upper makes for a shoe that melds to your foot and stays comfortable throughout long runs, and Torsion Spring provides support in the midsole. Available in tons of colors, the Ultraboost is a performance sneaker that looks sleek rather than technical.

14. Lululemon Surge Run Backpack II

Price: $128
From: Lululemon.com

Your old university backpack probably wasn’t made for running — too bulky, too big, too uncomfortable. The Lululemon Surge Run Backpak II, on the other hand, features an ultra lightweight design, removable sternum straps and space for a hydration reservoir.

15. Reebok Nano 9 Shoes

Price: $130
From: Reebok.com

Constructed with a breathable Flexweave upper, midsole cushioning and a decoupled outsole, the Reebok Nano 9 may have been designed for crossfit, but it’s a sneaker that’s equally at home while climbing, running and more. Oh, and it comes in 14 colors.

16. Fitbit Charge 3

Price: $138+
From: Amazon.com

Not everyone needs Apple Watch-level functionality. The Fitbit Charge 3 gives you goal-based exercises, real-time pace and distance, 50m of water resistance, sleep tracking and more, all for $150.

17. Aer Duffel Pack 2

Price: $170
From: GearPatrol.com

With tough Cordura construction, a front-load main compartment and a dedicated shoe compartment (accommodates up to size 13s), there’s no need to switch bags on your way from work to the gym.

18. Jaybird Vista Earbuds

Price: $180
From: Amazon.com

Fully waterproof and sweatproof, the Jaybird Vista Earbuds give you 16 hours of battery life in an in-ear style bud made for an active lifestyle. Synch it with the Jaybird app for custom EQs, Spotify compatibility and the ability to locate lost headphones.

19. Apple Watch Series 5

Price: $399+
From: Apple.com

Do you really not have one of these yet? What kind of gym rat are you? The Series 5 has advanced workout and heart monitoring capabilities, and it’s water resistant to 50m. Pretty much the ultimate gym watch.

Champion PATROL Sweatshirt

Price: $59
From: store.gearpatrol.com

The Champion Reverse Weave sweatshirt has been around for more than eighty years. With a cut well-suited for active use and a cotton/poly blend ideal for comfort, it’s the gold standard for the casual crew neck. The athletic fit and rib side panels make it a great piece of after-workout wear.

The 25 Best Kitchen Gifts for Chefs and Foodies

Home cooks are a dying breed but that doesn’t mean they’re extinct. From $4 seeds to a $6,000 grill, here are 25 ideas to help you shop for the person who watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi then booked a flight to Japan — or thought about it, at least.

1. Spicewalla Home Chef Collection

Price: $4+
From: spicewallabrand.com

Spicewalla was devised with a simple premise: the spices you buy at the grocery store are old and stale. These are not. Originally founded as an outlet for chefs to buy spices in bulk, Spicewalla now sells everything from individual jars to curated gift boxes to 50-pound bags.

2. Row 7 Seeds

Price: $4+
From: row7seeds.com

Dan Barber (the chef behind Blue Hill) is so serious about produce that he decided to sell the seeds of the veggies he serves at his Michelin-starred restaurants. Try the experimental hybrids like the 898 Squash and Habanada pepper.

3. Hot Ones “The Classic”

Price: $10
From: heatonist.com

The Chile de Arbol wing sauce that kicks off episodes of the Hot Ones Youtube series is available for purchase for all of $10. Makes a good gag gift for heathens who “don’t like spicy food” and a great one for wing fiends.

4. Pyrex Deep Bakeware

Price: $14+
From: pyrexhome.com

Real ones know the struggle of too-shallow bakeware; or really anyone who’s made lasagna in the standard Pyrex containers. Get these for all tall food cooking needs and start with seven-layer dip.

5. Williams Sonoma All-Purpose Pantry Towels

Price: $16 (set of four)
From: williams-sonoma.com

Hands-down some of the most absorbent kitchen towels money can buy, and it doesn’t take much of it to get them.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Price: $39
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

6. Joyce Chen Kitchen Shears

Price: $20
From: amazon.com

The shears Katie Button (of Cúrate) calls “small but mighty” are perfect for breaking down chicken, cutting lobsters in half and just about every other task you don’t want to ruin your knife doing.

7. Nobleza del Sur Organic Olive Oil

Price: $29
From: oliveoillovers.com

A Best in Class winner at “olive oil’s biggest stage,” this ultra-fruity, slightly acidic olive oil is not something one would cook with. Drizzle over a fresh salad or dip warm bread in it for a hint of what olive oil should taste like.

8. ‘South’ by Sean Brock

Price: $28
From: amazon.com

Sean Brock’s followup to his James Beard-winning Heritage cookbook carries hundreds of recipes with deep Southern roots, but it’s also chockfull of the region’s culinary culture. Between guides to seasoning your cast-iron skillet to a step-by-step walkthrough on buttermaking for the home chef, South is more than a glorified grocery list.

9. Peugeot 9-Inch Pepper Mill

Price: $38
From: amazon.com

To chefs new and old, Peugeot’s pepper mill is the only pepper mill that matters. It’s sturdy, simple, elegant and it just works.

10. Bernzomatic TS8000

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Price: $42
From: amazon.com

The longer one owns a high-powered blowtorch, the more uses one discovers. Firm up the crust of a thick steak without overcooking the interior, crisp the crowns of crème brûlée or initiate maillard reactions at your leisure. Instead of getting a torch meant for a kitchen — and therefore way underpowered — reach for something with more kick. Add the Searzall extension for maximum fun.

11. Oxo Good Grips Container Set

Price: $60
From: amazon.com

Not the sexiest gift, but one that promises mileage. Oxo’s food containers seal out oxygen with a satisfying pop and help get the most unruly kitchens organized.

12. Material Angled Cutting Board

Price: $77
From: materialkitchen.com

Available in maple or walnut, the drop caused by the Material board’s trapezoidal shape lets you slide garlic, onion, herbs or whatever else off the board and into a pan (or your hand) without a mess. The deep-cut juice spills are nice, too.

13. Potluck Utensil Set

Price: $80
From: cookpotluck.com

A 3-quart mixing bowl, 4-quart mixing bowl, colander, peeler, grater, ladle, silicone spatula, fish spatula, tongs, wooden spoons, measuring cups and measuring spoons for $80. Get this for the person who’s learning how to cook, or needs to.

14. SolidTeknics Wrought-Iron Skillet

Price: $89
From: amazon.com

Instead of pouring liquid iron into molds and letting the metal cool, SolidTeknics punches thinner iron skillets out of sheets. The result is an iron skillet that’s half the weight and keeps its penchant for heat retention.

15. Made In Carbon Steel Roasting Pan

Price: $99
From: madeincookware.com

Made In got its start making cladded stainless steel cookware good enough for commercial kitchens and affordable enough for consumer ones. Its new roasting pan is made of — carbon steel, a material that performs like a hybrid of stainless steel and cast iron — and features taller-than-usual walls to prevent spilling and aide in even cooking.

16. Five Two Mixing Bowls

Price: $99
From: food52.com

Designed by Food52 and thousands of Food52 readers, these are stoneware mixing bowls with a pour spout and one really, really smart design feature: the inside is rounded, but the base is flat. This means your bowl isn’t at risk of sliding around the counter while you’re kneading.

17. Simplehuman Trashcan

Price: $130
From: amazon.com

The 50-liter Simplehuman step-can is a trashcan grail. The lid closes consistently and quietly and the designers made it especially easy to take bags out and clean the interior.

18. ThermoWorks Thermapen IR

Price: $139
From: thermoworks.com

The most-respected name in temperature monitoring does not make cheap products. ThermoWorks’ probes are safe-to-use at much higher temperatures than their cheaper competition and significantly more accurate. The IR version of the Thermapen does what past iterations did, but allows you to check the temperature of a pan before dropping a steak in.

19. Anova Precision Cooker

Price: $149
From: anovaculinary.com

What was already in contention for the best sous vide circulator for home cooks got better this year. The upgrade Precision Cooker is slimmer, more water-resistant and is supported by a far more robust app.

20. Thomas Keller Cangshan Chef’s Knife

Price: $200
From: williams-sonoma.com

Co-designed by one of America’s greatest living chefs, the Cangshan chef’s knife is a Red Dot Design Award-winning stainless steel blade with a skyhigh hardness score. Get this for cooks who want a sturdy, sharp knife that’s easy to care for.

21. Google Nest Hub Max

Price: $229
From: store.google.com

Why make the jump from the smaller Google hubs to the biggest one? For the modern home chef, it’s all about Youtube. Follow along with recipe videos, cooking tutorials and more without having to use your hands to pause and play the video. Use it to set timers and reminders, too.

22. Vermicular Kamado Pot

Price: $300
From: vermicular.us

Japan’s take on a Dutch oven is pretty close to famous French brands, with one important exception: the lid is laser cut for a steam-tight fit. The result is a pot that intensifies the flavors of whatever you’re cooking on levels hitherto unknown.

23. Breville Combi Wave

Price: $450
From: breville.com

A microwave that’s also a fast-heating convection oven and air fryer made by one of the best kitchen appliance makers in the world. Enough said.

24. Dyson Pure Cool Cryptonic

Price: $650
From: dyson.com

Cooking releases an incredible amount of airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in your home, and without an air purifier or some really strong in-home circulation most of the particles aren’t going anywhere. Dyson’s latest purifier tackles 99.97 percent of said particles, and is its first with the ability to break down formaldehyde, one of the home’s most common VOCs

25. Kalamazoo Kamado Charcoal Grill

Price: $5,995
From: kalamazoo.com

Kalamazoo builds all the grills in its lineup by hand in its Michigan workshop. Its newest grill is the spiritual successor to the Big Green Egg — a heat-retaining smoker with enormous cooking versatility. The biggest difference (other than the materials and price) is the shape; Kalamazoo made the traditionally circular kamado-style grill a rectangle, providing significantly more grill space than the kamados of the past.

Berti Insieme Tomato Knife

Price: $195
From: store.gearpatrol.com

The 5-inch serrated blade of Berti’s Tomato Knife is designed to aid in slicing soft fruits and vegetables, but it also makes for a wieldy tool when prepping charcuterie or cutting hard cheeses and bread.

The 20 Best Style Gifts Under $100

Gift-giving is an art. And like any work of art, greatness comes with constraint. In this case, it’s a budget of $100. From gateway socks for the budding style enthusiast to “if you know, you know” cash carriers, here are 20-plus gift options you won’t have to think twice about.

One Eleven SWII Solar Watch

Price: $75
From: 111watches.com

The SWII Solar watch from One Eleven will keep batteries out of the landfills. How? This timepiece runs on solar power and keeps ticking in an eco-friendly way. It’s also constructed from sustainable materials — like the recycled nylon strap and Bio-plastic case made from plant-based castor oil. With bold colorways, it’s a fun adventure-ready watch for anyone.

1. Outerknown Camp Socks

Price: $8
From: outerknown.com

Nice basics are just the first step in a guy’s style journey. These Outerknown Camp Socks feel great and are more approachable than the Japanese fare that styleheads drool over. Gift these if you want to start him on a style snowball.

2. Craighill Closed Helix Ring

Price: $30
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Good design is functional design and Craighill’s Closed Helix Ring is a prime example. The solid brass accessory is as sculptural as it is utilitarian and keeps your attention while keeping your keys secure. The best part? You don’t have to jam your fingernails every time you need to switch your keys out.

3. Filson Lone Pine Bandana

Price: $35
From: filson.com

Bandanas make great neckerchiefs, understudies for pocket squares and zero-waste napkins.

4. Peet Boot Dryer

Price: $40
From: amazon.com

Rain, sleet and snow might not stop your mail from getting to you, but it can wreak havoc on your boots. This useful number dries out your boots without damaging them, so they won’t succumb to a soggy death. If you’re gifting the Red Wing Heritage Basic Care Kit, you can throw in this boot dryer too and still have a Jackson left to spend.

5. Red Wing Heritage Basic Care Kit

Price: $40
From: redwingheritage.com

Boot guys love their boots. Keep their investments kicking with a solid care kit. This one from Red Wing Heritage checks all the boxes of basic boot care with a horsehair brush, polishing cloth, conditioner, cream and mink oil. TLC in a box.

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From: store.gearpatrol.com

Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

6. Freemans Sporting Club Cap

Price: $45
From: freemanssportingclub.com

Wool hats don’t have to be limited to fedoras and beanies.

7. Drop x Velva Sheen Crew Tee (2 Pack)

Price: $65
From: drop.com

A nice t-shirt might sound superfluous — until you try one.

8. Vans Vault OG Authentic LX

Price: $65
From: endclothing.com

Classics stay classics, which is why you can’t go wrong with a pair of Vans. Well, you could still go wrong if you don’t know his shoe size. Do some recon beforehand and save some aspirin.

9. Everlane Straight Fit Jean

Price: $68
From: everlane.com

The whole Japanese denim craze doesn’t have to bury you in debt. Everlane’s Straight Fit Jean is more comfortable, too, thanks to a little bit of stretch.

10. Abraham Moon for J. Crew Wool Scarf

Price: $70
From: jcrew.com

Scarves are an easy way to drum up style points at worst and an absolute godsend when “chilly” falls tragically short as an accurate weather description. Abraham Moon’s been weaving wool since the late 1800s, so it knows a thing or two about keeping warm and its exclusive scarves for J.Crew get the job done. Classic but certainly not boring, they’re made with a soft (non-itchy) lambswool and come in several patterns no giftee would be mad at.

11. Wahl Beard Trimmer

Price: $71
From: amazon.com

Like boots, beards need maintenance too. Leaves may fall, but the hedges still need trimming in winter.

12. Supply The Single Edge 2.0 Razor

Price: $75
From: supply.co

An actual razor that you don’t toss in the trash pays dividends (especially if he’s getting this straight razor as a gift from you).

13. Ugg Scuff Slipper

Price: $80
From: amazon.com

Just because you’re home alone doesn’t mean you can just brick your ‘fit. Toss these on with some nice socks (like the Outerknown ones from earlier) and you’ve got cozy style nailed.

14. Billykirk No. 258 Toiletry Bag

Price: $85
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Why is he holding on to that questionable dopp kit he got for free at his company party four years ago? He’s waiting for you to gift him this one.

15. Givenchy Gentleman Cologne

Price: $88
From: macys.com

Style isn’t just a visual medium, but an olfactory one, too. This cologne from Givenchy showcases citrusy top notes, iris middle notes and vetiver bottom notes for a balanced fragrance any guy can add to his daily routine.

16. Levi’s Trucker Jacket

Price: $90
From: amazon.com

Do we even have to explain this one?

17. Alex Mill Cashmere Beanie

Price: $95
From: alexmill.com

That being said, a great wool beanie is much-appreciated. Alex Mill’s version is made with a supremely soft cashmere which means your giftee won’t carelessly leave it in the back of an Uber (hopefully).

18. Warby Parker Edgemont Sunglasses

Price: $95
From: warbyparker.com

Sunglasses are a winter essential (especially when snow is reflecting sunbeams into your face) and these Geoff McFetridge-designed Warby Parkers will save his eyes in style.

19. Everlane ReCashmere Sweater

Price: $98
From: everlane.com

Yes, there’s room for a cashmere sweater in this list. And it’s a conscious one, too. Everlane’s take blends recycled cashmere with non-mulesed merino wool for a thoughtfully soft sweater.

20. Comme Des Garçons Wallet

Price: $99
From: needsupply.com

You don’t have to have a massive trucker wallet to go with that trucker jacket. This simple wallet from acclaimed high fashion label Comme Des Garçons is sleek and lowkey, forgoing the overt branding of its PLAY sub-label. In other words: if you know, you know.

American Bench Craft Rum Runner Bracelet

Price: $29
From: store.gearpatrol.com

A simple leather cord bracelet adds a little flair to his favorite dressed-down look.

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The 25 Best Gifts for Coffee Lovers

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to labor over your Chemex recipe to be a “coffee person.” Coffee people are everywhere — all it takes is an unabiding love of hot water drawn through a pile of ground-up beans. From a $9 stocking stuffer to the best damn drip brewer you can buy, here are 25 ideas to help you shop for everyone from your buddy who spends hours sweating their water-to-coffee ratio to your dad, who is only in it for the caffeine.

1. Urnex Coffee Machine Cleaner

Price: $9
From: amazon.com

A stocking stuffer, no doubt. Gear Patrol does not recommend buying a loved one a pack of coffee machine cleaners and calling it a holiday. Urnex is the only brand trusted by craft coffee cafés. Thankfully, it’s cheap as hell.

2. Counter Culture Single-Serve

Price: $10
From: counterculturecoffee.com

Coffee, but make it tea. The North Carolina-based roaster has made its mark supporting specialty cafés by training baristas, creating exceptional and reliable coffee. Drop a bag of a Counter Culture blend on an airplane and feel slightly better about your flight.

3. Trade Coffee Custom Subsription

Price: $15+ per bag
From: drinktrade.com

You know the giftee wants to get into coffee, but they don’t know exactly how. Send them this quiz (or fill it out for them) and order a few rounds of the suggested coffees it spits out. Once they’ve settled on what they want, they can set up recurring orders through the same program. It’s a little like Tinder for coffee.

4. Cigar City Brewing Cubano Espresso

Price: Varies
From: cigarcitybrewing.com

Mix your uppers with your downers, right? Cigar City, available in most states, makes an absolutely wicked espresso beer with coffee from a local Tampa roaster.

5. Voilà Instant Coffee

Price: $16
From: voila.coffee

Hands down the best instant coffee you can buy. If you or someone you know travels frequently, buy a Discovery Box and call it a day.

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Price: $39
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6. SCA Coffee Flavor Wheel Poster

Price: $20
From: store.sca.coffee

This is one of those if you know, you know gifts. You get this for the person who knows the Gold Cup Standard inside and out. If you, or they, have never heard of that, keep scrolling.

7. The World Atlas of Coffee

Price: $27
From: amazon.com

James Hoffmann is a former World Barista Champion, roaster owner, coffee consultant and, most recently, a successful Youtuber. More importantly, he knows more about the past, present and future of coffee than most human beings, and his writing is clever enough to make reading fun.

8. Elemental Beverage Co. Snapchilled Coffee

Price: $30
From: elementalbeverage.co

Cold brew coffee versus iced coffee is not a discussion of better and worse — they’re just different. Cold brew coffee lovers herald the style’s chocolatey, rich and sweet flavors — Elemental Beverage Co. is the opposite of this. Expect canned coffee with all the brightness and acidity of a pour-over.

9. Fellow Atmos Canisters

Price: $30+
From: amazon.com

Fellow’s little coffee canisters are simple to use and nice to look at. Dump beans in them, push the lid on and twist until you see a little green circle on the top. When twisting, you are literally sucking oxygen from the container, creating a space for beans to sit and not slowly stale.

10. Aeropress Go Travel Coffee Brewer

Price: $32
From: aeropress.com

Aeropress was considered the greatest travel coffee brewer of all time before the travel-sized version of it came out. This year’s new Travel Brewer uses the exact same manual brew dynamics, it just comes in a tidier package.

11. Old Elk Nooku Bourbon Cream

Price: ~$35
From: totalwine.com

Made in Colorado, Nooku cream is America does Bailey’s in the best way possible. It may be difficult to track down outside of its home state and larger cities, but it’s well worth a trip to the liquor store to check.

12. Kinto Travel Tumbler

Price: $35
From: needsupply.com

Not all travel tumblers need to be enormous. You do not need an 8-cup tumbler. This gorgeous little Kinto product keeps things warm for hours and doesn’t take up too much space in a briefcase.

13. Heath Ceramics Large Mug

Price: $37
From: heathceramics.com

An extra-large mug that isn’t kitchy. Imagine that? Heath Ceramics are the American pottery old guard, and their smartly crafted mug is perfect for those who drink a lot of coffee.

14. Coldwave Chiller

Price: $40
From: amazon.com

This weird little device is the fastest way to make hot coffee cold without watering it down. Freeze the insert, dump a pot in the carafe and drop the icey block inside. Ice cold in 90 seconds.

15. Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast Stout Kit

Price: $48
From: brooklynbrewshop.com

Learn the basics of brewing beer with one of the world’s most respected breweries. Pair the resulting beer with brunch, bacon and toast. Take a nap afterward.

16. Yield Design Co. Glass French Press

Price: $85
From: yielddesign.co

Most French presses are cheap, plasticky things you hide under your countertop. Why? It’s the only brew method that’s meant to be done in front of guests at a table. Yield Design’s glass presses take the look of the French press more seriously.

17. Leverpresso

Price: $99
From: amazon.com

A South Korean-designed portable espresso maker capable of applying nine bars of pressure and pulling shots in under three minutes. This is about as small and light an espresso maker as there is — get it for outdoorsy friends.

18. Bonavita Interurban Kettle

Price: $119
From: amazon.com

The only thing holding Bonavita’s well-priced, high-powered kettles back were their grandmotherly looks. The Interurban series changes that.

19. FrankOne Cold Brewer

Price: $120
From: frankdepaula.com

The pitch: the quickest cold brew in the world. The FrankOne brewer mirrors the viscocity and total dissolved solid (TDS) levels of proper cold brew coffee — which typically takes up to 18 hours to brew — in 5 or 6 minutes. It brews excellent hot coffee, too.

20. Ember Travel Mug 2.0

Price: $180
From: ember.com

Ember’s battery-powered travel mug is for the person on the road a lot. It’s got a feature that allows you to pick a temperature and it’ll hold it there for up to three hours. Plus, the updated model comes with a nifty touch-based interface instead to adjust settings.

21. Acaia Scale Lunar

Price: $225
From: amazon.com

Watch competitive baristas at work (yes, they exist) and you will, without a shadow of a doubt, see a handful of Acaia’s scales. Beyond the basic timing and weighing duties, they record all sorts of historical brew data, allowing the user to recall what they made yesterday and identify why it was good (or bad). Get this for serious pour-over coffee enthusiasts.

22. Baratza Virtuoso+

Price: $249
From: amazon.com

A clever update to what was already considered the best home coffee grinder money could buy. The Virtuoso+, a followup to the standard Virtuoso, allows users to grind the exact amount of coffee from grind-to-grind thanks to a simple timer. And yes, it comes with Baratza’s staple steel burrs, exceptional customer service and replaceable parts (should you need them).

23. Breville Precision Brewer

Price: $299
From: amazon.com

Our pick for the best coffee maker you can buy isn’t cheap, but it’s in a category all its own. It brews faster than anything while remaining the most consistent brewer we’ve tested. It’s also the only brewer that allows extensive customization of the brew cycle beyond simple “dark” or “light” options. If you want to get someone a great drip brewer, this is it.

24. Caldera Coffee Table

Price: $375
From: dimshome.com

Afraid to get coffee gear for your coffee lover? Go coffee adjacent. Dims.’s (the period is always there) Caldera table is a nice blend of Eastern and Scandinavian design principles that doesn’t look like every wood coffee table out there.

25. Counter Culture Home Brewing Classes

Price: Varies
From: counterculturecoffee.com

Price may vary on location and what specific classes you enroll in, but for those hoping to learn how professionals make a cup of joe, there is no better class. Counter Culture trains more professional baristas than any company in the US. Check out their site to check if there’s a center near you.

Ratio Eight Coffee Maker

Price: $495
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Ratio is smarter than your average coffee maker. Beneath the stylish exterior is precise brewing science, automated. Ratio delivers water at or near the optimum temperature of 200 degrees for perfect pour-over taste with the touch of a single button.

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The 17 Best Smart Home Gifts of 2019

A “smart home” doesn’t mean what it used it. It’s not complicated. These days all you need is a smart speaker that you can talk to, or a smartphone and some smart bulbs or smart plugs, and you can consider that a “smart home.” The cool thing is that building out a smart home is easier than you think; you can just start with something simple, like an Amazon Echo or a Google Home, and then gradually add devices that work with it. Pretty soon, if you don’t already, you’ll be controlling your TV, air conditioning and kitchen appliances with your voice. Ah, the future.

1. Wyze Cam

Price: $26
From: amazon.com

This tiny little smart home camera works with Alexa and Google Assistant, and it has basically the same exact capabilities as the larger and more expensive cameras by Nest and Ring. We can’t recommend this Wyze Cam enough.

2. Philips Hue White (2-Bulb Pack)

Price: $30
From: amazon.com

In addition to making some of the best smart bulbs on the planet, Philips just released a new range of Hue smart bulbs that can be controlled with Bluetooth instead of with a proprietary hub. That makes them terrific all-in-one gifts.

3. Tile Sticker

Price: $40 (2-pack)
From: thetileapp.com

Tile’s smallest tracker ever is also the company’s first-ever sticker. That’s right, there’s an adhesive on the back of each Tile Stick so you can attach it to anything that doesn’t fit on a keychain — like a camera or laptop or even a bike – and keep track of it with your phone.

4. Lifx Candle Colour

Price: $45
From: lifx.com

The Candle Colour is unique among smart light bulbs because it’s able to emit multiple colors at the same time. That’s right, one bulb and many different colors. It’s compatible with HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

5. ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2

Price: $60
From: amazon.com

This is one of our favorite smart plugs because not only does it function as a dual outlet, but it’s also compatible with every smart home ecosystem: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or Google Assistant.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Price: $39
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

6. Echo Dot With a Clock

Price: $45
From: amazon.com

That’s right, Amazon’s newest Echo Dot has an LED display with an always-on digital clock. For anyone bought into Amazon’s smart ecosystem, this makes a great alarm clock.

7. Lenovo Smart Clock

Price: $79
From: amazon.com

For people who are more into Google’s network of produts, this affordable smart display from Lenovo is a terrific smart alarm clock. You can set (and then later snooze) alarms with “Hey Google” voice commands and it’s small enough to fit on any nightstand.

8. Awair Glow C

Price: $89
From: amazon.com

The Awair Glow C kills three birds with one stone. It’s a smart plug that works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but it’s also an air quality monitor and a smart night light to boot. It’s an unexpected but useful trio of functions your giftee will never have expected.

9. Ring Video Doorbell 2

Price: $129
From: Amazon.com

In addition to working seamlessly with other Alexa smart gadgets, this video doorbell is great because installation is a snap: it has a rechargeable battery so there’s no wirework whatsoever.

10. SimpliSafe Smart Home Security

Price: $115+
From: simplisafe.com

This popular smart security system comes with a base station, keypad and number of various main and motion sensors (and you can always add more). Set up is quick and breezy – even a smart home neophite could figure it out – and it works with Google Assistant and Alexa.

11. Sonos One

Price: $199
From: sonos.com

The One is an easy gift because it will fit right into just about any home. Whether your recipient already has a bunch of Sonos speakers or don’t have any, they’ll love the One. And if you think they don’t want a speaker that’s too smart, you can buy the One SL ($179), which is the exact same speaker as the One just without Alexa.

12. Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd Generation)

Price: $249
From: google.com

Nest’s Learning Thermostat has been the industry’s gold standard for a long time. This third-generation model, which is the company’s latest and greatest, can actually learn you and your family’s habits and, over time, it’ll plan your home’s heating and cooling temperatures around them.

13. August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Bundle

Price: $280
From: apple.com

This smart lock is the best one for most homes so it comes easy to recommend for gifting. It works with Apple’s HomeKit, meaning it’s super easy to use your iPhone (or Siri) to lock and unlock your door. It works with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant as well.

14. Apple TV 4K

Price: $179+
From: apple.com

The Apple TV 4K is arguably the best digital streamer you can buy today, especially if you have an iPhone and are locked into Apple’s ecosystem. As an added bonus, it’s a terrific way to get the games from Apple Arcade onto the biggest screen in your home.

15. Fyrtur Power Blinds

Price: $149+
From: ikea.com

Give the gift of lowering (or raising!) the blinds without getting out of bed. Fyrtur Power Blinds let you can lower or raise them with the touch of a wireless remote or with your own voice. They’re compatible with Google Home right now, with Alexa and Apple HomeKit support “coming soon.”

16. Google WiFi System

Price: $249 (3-pack)
From: Amazon.com

Google’s mesh Wi-Fi system is the perfect solution for homes that have pesky “dead zones” in their farther reaches. It also gives you granular control over your network to, say, cut off access to a certain bedroom after curfew.

17. Amazon Smart Oven

Price: $250
From: amazon.com

Last year’s smart microwave was an undercover gem, and it’s still a great entry-level microwave that you can control with your voice. This year’s smart oven takes it to the next level – it’s a convection cooker, air fryer, food warmer and a microwave, all in one.

Twelve South HiRise Wireless

Price: $80
From: store.gearpatrol.com

The HiRise Wireless is an upright wireless charging station for your iPhone that helps you keep an eye on incoming messages, alerts, scores or what’s playing on Spotify. You can also use it for hands-free FaceTime calls or watching live videos on Facebook and Instagram.

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Kind of Obsessed: This Is My Go-To Winter Layer

There’s a familiar dilemma this time of year: be warm in a parka or be stylish in a topcoat. I typically choose to be warm. A few weeks ago, smart layering choices allowed me to be both warm and stylish while attending an outdoor event on a windy, 30-degree night. The wind that night whipped passerby and garbage cans alike, but I was toasty and comfortable and didn’t look like a marshmallow. The Patagonia Nano Puff is my new go-to winter layer for staying warm while wearing a stylish topcoat, and it should be yours, too.

Why the Nano Puff? First, the insulation. It’s filled with synthetic 60-g PrimaLoft Gold Insulation Eco, which maintains 98% of its warmth even if it’s wet (which it probably won’t be, since it’s water-repellent). Next, its shell; the quilting keeps the insulation in place, which ultimately means you’ll be warm for longer, and that the jacket itself will last longer. The shell is also water-resistant with two handwarmer pockets to keep your hands warm and dry. If you don’t like scarves, no fear: the Nano Puff’s collar is filled with the same great PrimaLoft insulation as the rest of the body to keep your neck warm. But it’s not only a great mid-layer; it’s also great on its own. It’s available in a range of colors, too, so you can opt for being subtle or bold.

Wearing a technical layer under your formal jacket is a no-brainer winter hack. It’s the go-to winter look at the Gear Patrol office, and it’s even been in the Wall Street Journal. If you’re looking for a technical jacket that’s perfect to layer under an overcoat or to wear on its own, you can’t go wrong with the Patagonia Nano Puff.

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The 19 Best Gifts for Kids at Every Age

Is there a more stressful place than a toy store during the holidays? No, there is not. Conquer the 2019 shopping season with our guide to the best kids gifts you can order online.

Ages 4 Years & Under

1. Skyrocket Blume Doll

Price: $10
From: amazon.com

In contention for the toy of the year, this Blume Doll — short for “blooming” — is 2019’s Chia Pet. Its hair is made of slow-rising foam that grows when it touches water.

2. Play-Doh Compound Corner Variety Pack

Price: $15
From: amazon.com

Yes, slime. This variety pack comes with six different textures for a new take on classic Play-Doh.

3. Moluk Mini Bilibos

Price: $20
From: amazon.com

The ever-versatile Bilibo has won a plethora of design awards since its launch in 2001. These mini versions are perfect for toddlers, who can use them as floating ducks, sand shovels or even everyday snacking bowls.

4. Hape Mighty Mini Band Wooden Percussion Instrument

Price: $28
From: amazon.com

Develop musical and audio skills with the help from award-winning toy manufacturer Hape.

5. Ryan’s World Super Surprise Safe

Price: $37
From: walmart.com

For fans of Ryan’s World, an ultrapopular Youtube channel, this mystery-filled safe has more than 30 toys. No two have the same assortment.

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Ages 5 – 7 Years

6. The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs

Price: $14
From: amazon.com

From America’s Test Kitchen, The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs teaches kids the fundamentals of baking with more than 100 recipes you’ll love, too.

7. Pop Pops Snotz Hammer Toys Collections

Price: $15
From: target.com

This toy combines the slime trend with good old-fashioned bubble popping. What else do you need to know?

8. Amazon Echo Glow

Price: $30
From: amazon.com

Amazon’s newly released Echo Glow is a smart lamp for kids. Use it to create lighting cues that signal when its dinnertime or as a bedtime dimmer to lull your child to sleep.

9. Yeti Daytrip Lunch Bag

Price: $80
From: amazon.com

Yeti’s take on a lunchbox is simple, insulated and rugged as hell — just like the brand’s famous coolers.

Ages 8 – 13 Years

10. Dog Man: Fetch-22

Price: $9
From: amazon.com

Out December 10th, Fetch-22 is the latest installment to the wildly popular Dog Man series, created by Dav Pilkey of Captain Underpants fame.

11. Cathedral Classic

Price: $40
From: amazon.com

This classic strategy game is as beautiful as it is fun — use elegant hardwood castle pieces claim spaces on the battlefield and block your opponent.

12. Mophie Powerstation Mini

Price: $40
From: amazon.com

Give them an extra 18 hours of juice with a slim and updated power bank that features two ports: one is USB-C and the other is USB-A.

13. Amazon Kindle Kids Edition

Price: $110
From: amazon.com

Minimize the distractions of other tablets by giving your kid this Kindle, which comes with a two-year worry-free warranty and tools to bolster their vocabulary.

14. Apple iPad (2019)

Price: $300
From: amazon.com

In case they’re not ready for a full-on laptop, the newest entry-level iPad has a large 10.2-inch Retina display and supports the company’s Smart Keyboard.

15. Hack Computer

Price: $300
From: amazon.com

Teach your kid to code with this award-winning laptop that runs the Linux-based Endless Operating System.

Ages 14 Years & Over

16. Lego Overwatch Bastion Building Kit

Price: $40
From: amazon.com

Lego meets Overwatch in this 602-piece, build-it-yourself action figure from the popular video game franchise.

17. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 2

Price: $80
From: amazon.com

The ultracompact Wonderboom 2 is Ultimate Ears’s most portable Bluetooth speaker to date. Play up to 13 hours of music on a single charge — in or out of water.

18. Apple AirPods with Charging Case

Price: $139
From: amazon.com

Want to make your teen happy? Get them a pair of AirPods. (Trust us on this one.)

19. Nintendo Switch Lite

Price: $200
From: amazon.com

If they’re going to catch them all in the brand-new Pokémon game, they’re going to need a Switch. And guess what? You can actually buy one this year.

Candylab Wooden Toy Cars

Price: $35+
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Candylab has a clear and enthusiastic mission: to make the absolute best wooden toy vehicles on the market. They’re gearheads, designers, engineers and parents, and have all banded together to become toymakers, with an unflinching commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.

The 17 Best Gifts for Travelers and Jet-Setters

Arriving at the office only to realize you mistakenly left your phone charger at home is annoying, for sure. Making that same realization as soon as your plane touches down on your overseas vacation is, slightly more annoying.

Maybe he’s forgetful. Maybe he doesn’t even own a dedicated travel bag. However prepared your giftee is, it’s better for any frequent flyer to be overprepared than underprepared. Here’s our list of gifts tailored for the regular traveler in your life.

NOMOS Glashütte Club Campus

Price: $2,980
From: nomos-glashuette.com

When personalized with details like an engraving, a watch is no longer just a practical gift, but a sentimental token that the wearer will reminisce with whenever they check the time. The Club Campus Neomatik with its gorgeous midnight blue face has plenty of room on its stainless steel back for such engraving, which comes free of charge.

1. Kuju Coffee Pocket PourOver

Price: $8
From: rei.com

He’s a DIY-kinda guy who loves coffee and won’t stand for whatever “coffee” is in the hotel room. Kuju’s single-serve sachet unfolds to form its own coffee filter which attaches to any mug. Fill it up with the included pre-ground medium-roast coffee and let him do his barista thing.

2. Dr. Bronner’s Hand Sanitizer

Price: $10
From: amazon.com

Traveling is fun. Getting sick is not. Slip this into a carry on.

3. LiquiSnugs Silicone Travel Bottles

Price: $13
From: amazon.com

Those travel-sized shampoos and lotions never seem to come in that specific brand he uses. That’s where these come in. Even if he’s not particular about his apothecary, these TSA-approved lil’ bottles will save him some dough and a trip to CVS.

4. Jack Black Eye Balm

Price: $25
From: amazon.com

Jet lag can have you arriving to your destination looking like a raccoon. Jack Black’s Eye Balm is a lightweight gel formulated to reduce puffiness and fine lines around the eyes. Add Kuju’s Coffee Pocket PourOver for the optimal hotel morning routine.

5. Herschel Amenity Kit

Price: $30
From: amazon.com

Herschel’s Amenity Kit is built to make that 12-hour flight more than bearable. It comes with an eye mask, foam ear plugs, a neck pillow and cozy slippers for a full head-to-toe travel package.

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6. AeroPress Go

Price: $32
From: aeropress.com

If he’s even more serious about his morning brew than he is about his fantasy sports league, than the AeroPress Go is the perfect gift. It’s lightweight, compact and serves up a mean cup that aficionados swear by. It even comes with its own mug!

7. The North Face Base Camp Travel Canister

Price: $34
From: backcountry.com

He doesn’t have a toiletry bag? Might as well get him the one that has its own hanging hook and mirror.

8. Nite Ize Run-Off 3-1-1 Waterproof Pouch

Price: $35
From: amazon.com

Those LiquiSnugs Travel Bottles won’t spill. But if they do, this is the leak-proof pouch to store them in. It’s got a transparent panel so he can see the bag’s contents (and whether or not they’ve spilled).

9. Aesop Departure

Price: $49
From: endclothing.com

And this is what he’ll fill that toiletry bag with. It’s like we planned this or something.

10. Pacsafe Vibe 325

Price: $67
From: amazon.com

Pacsafe is vehement about keeping your goods secure. Their Vibe 325 is a stylish crossbody that will stand up to slashes, identity scanners and general thievery.

11. Mophie Powerstation Hub

Price: $100
From: amazon.com

Mophie’s a household name when it comes to powering our electronic devices and their Powerstation Hub is essential when leaving said household. It’s compact, charges USB-C and USB-A devices quickly as well as Qi-enabled devices. Best of all, it acts as its own powerbank when there’s no power outlet in sight.

12. Tumi Accents Kit

Price: $125
From: amazon.com

If he hasn’t taken heed of airport baggage claim announcements, Tumi’s Accents Kit will help him ID his luggage from the dozens of others gliding past him on the carousel.

13. Frye Chris Venetian Loafers

Price: $228
From: thefryecompany.com

TSA-friendly shoes shave off some of stress in traveling. These slip-ons from Frye will get him through security quickly and stylishly. Don’t be surprised if you see him wearing these between trips.

14. Away Expandable Carry-On

Price: $275
From: awaytravel.com

Away recently introduced their soft-shell line of luggage and we’re here for it. Their carry-on features all of Away’s stock features, like 360-degree wheels, compression bag and hidden laundry bag, in an expandable form factor that’s basically as durable as their hard-shell counterparts.

15. Veilance Casing Passport Wallet

Price: $300
From: eastdane.com

Passport wallets don’t get swapped out every day. They’re in it for the long haul. With that, why not get him a quality passport wallet that’s built to last and look better with each trip? This one from Veilance is cut from cowhide into a sleek and minimal that nobody, literally nobody, is capable of hating.

16. Fujifilm X-T30

Price: $1199
From: amazon.com

Miles away better than any smartphone he’ll take with him, a dedicated camera is a must for logging travel memories and for flexing his artistic eye. Fujifilm’s X-T30 leans heavy into the retro vibe complete with dedicated shutter speed dials and interchangeable lenses while packing in modern-day tech like a mirrorless sensor, 4K video, wifi and Bluetooth.

17. KikaNY Exit Bag

Price: $1485
From: kikany.com

Kika’s Exit Bag is the kind of carry that ’80s Adidas gym bags wish they were. It’s also the kind of bag he wishes he had. Made entirely from full-grain leather, it’s crafted for decades of travel and is designed to be carried either one-handed or hands-free across the body or as a backpack. It features various interior zippered pockets and slots for segmenting his personal affectations and each one is made one by one Kika’s studio. Damn, he’ll probably be tempted to tote this to the gym just to get the most use out of it.

Seki Edge 6-Piece Grooming Kit

Price: $105
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Help him stay looking his best with the Seki Edge 6-Piece Grooming kit, manufactured in the heart of Japan’s historic sword-making region. With six personal grooming essentials stored neatly in a synthetic leather zipper kit, he’ll never need to borrow yours.

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The Best Accessories to Give the Most Stylish Man You Know

It’s the little things that count. By that, we mean accessories. When you’re shopping for the guy that gets it, a good accessory cannot be overlooked. But there are so many fashion doo-dads out there it can easy to brick it. That’s why we’ve done the heavy lifting for you and compiled this list of accessories to gift the most stylish man you know. And it’s okay — we won’t mind if you tell him you thought of his gift all by yourself.

Captain Cook Automatic

Price: $2,000
From: www.rado.com

The New Captain Cook from Rado is much more than a retread of its timeless 60s diver. This new Rado has all the hallmarks of the iconic Captain Cook, but with a bigger 42mm case for the modern wrist along with new colors and modern technology.

1. Grenson Shoe Horn

Price: $15
From: endclothing.com

We’ve gone on endlessly about the merits of well-made shoes, but all of that talk won’t mean squat if those shoes aren’t treated properly. In that case, he’ll want a shoe horn to really extend the mileage on his favorite shoes.

2. Baxter of California Comb

Price: $22
From: amazon.com

He’ll need this should he decide to doff that Polo Ralph Beanie halfway through the day. It’s not too large to stow away in his tote or in his back pocket and it’s made with the high-quality cellulose in Switzerland.

3. Anonymous Ism 2 Color Uneven Dye Crew Socks

Price: $30
From: eastdane.com

Style doesn’t stop with the outer layers. These tie-dye tinged joints show he knows this, whether he’s publicly rocking socks and sandals or showing off his discerning taste in the privacy of a shoes-off home.

4. Neighborhood Swordfish Bandana

Price: $30
From: needsupply.com

For schmutz or style, a bandana is a necessity. It might as well be a Japanese-made one with a bunch of swordfish on it.

5. Cause and Effect Thin Copper Cuff

Price: $40
From: needsupply.com

These copper cuffs from Cause and Effect aren’t so polished, which isn’t a slight at all. For the guy who’s got more of a rugged demeanor, this warm accent fits the aesthetic and will just continue to get better with age. Just mention something about patina and he won’t hesitate to wear it straight out of the box.

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6. Howlin’ Mr. No Fingers Gloves

Price: $42
From: eastdane.com

Howlin’s been in the wool sweater game for a minute and if their fabrics are good enough for your torso, they’re sure as hell good enough for your hands. These fingerless gloves (aka short-sleeved hand sweaters) won’t stop him from scrolling and are made in the UK from a beautiful wool fabric that’s got just enough texture to distract him from said scrolling.

7. Polo Ralph Lauren Signature Pony Wool-Blend Hat

Price: $45
From: ralphlauren.com

Whether or not he’s gonna cover his ears with this luxed-up wool-blend beanie is up to him. Either way, he’ll love wearing it.

8. Areaware Liquid Body Flask

Price: $60
From: amazon.com

Is a flask really an accessory? Let him decide, after a swig.

9. Pioneer Molecule Card Wallet

Price: $65
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Made with a proprietary ripstop fabric that’s ultralight and a whole factor stronger than steel, the Molecule Card Wallet from Pioneer is as tech-infused as it is sleek. It might be tucked away in his pocket, but he’ll be happy to pull it out when the check comes.

10. Engineered Garments Bucket Hats

Price: $108
From: endclothing.com

These bucket hats aren’t your typical fishing fare (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Engineered Garments puts a Japanese spin on the beam-blocking buckets with patchworked renditions and fashion-forward proportions.

11. Maison Margiela Replica Jazz Club Fragrance

Price: $126
From: nordstrom.com

Ya like Bee Movie references? That’s not what gives Maison Margiela the inspiration for this fragrance, but the respected fashion house instead makes an effort to conjure smoky scenes of Brooklyn jazz clubs. From top to bottom, the reminiscent scent is a chord of pink pepper, rum absolute and tobacco.

12. Warby Parker Raider Sunglasses

Price: $145
From: warbyparker.com

Warby Parker takes to the skies with their Raider Sunglasses, a pair of frames drafting from classic aviator sunglasses. Gift him these and he’ll look like he knows what he’s doing, whether that’s picking an outfit or piloting a plane.

13. Ranchlands Rough Out Belt

Price: $150
From: filson.com

This one hits on the western vibes without heading deep into the heart of Texas. Made in Colorado out of full-grain rough out leather, this Ranchlands belt is built to take on the rigors of life on the ranch and look good doing it.

14. Barbour Longthorpe Laptop Bag

Price: $160
From: eastdane.com

If he needs a workbag that camouflages into his worn-in Barbour jacket, this one fits his monobrand fashion sense. Yes, Barbour makes bags as good as their prestigious jackets.

15. Good Art #10 Ball Chain Bracelet

Price: $161
From: selfedge.com

If he’s a Good Art fan, he’ll know how special this seemingly basic bracelet is. If he doesn’t know Good Art, he’ll curse you for introducing him to his new jewelry obsession.

16. Drake’s Birds of Paradise Scarf

Price: $185
From: toddsnyder.com

When it gets too cold to go without extra neck protection, a patterned scarf checks both the function and fun boxes. This all-wool scarf from Drake’s is crafted in Italy and is decorated with a detailed print of their ‘Birds of Paradise’ motif. It also comes with fringed ends that earn the scarf bonus points for texture without crossing into the threshold of obnoxiousness.

17. Caputo & Co. Chain Rope Necklace

Price: $265
From: blueowl.us

Curb chain necklaces are a classic piece of jewelry that’s enjoyed a more recent bump in popularity. While we’re not mad at the trend, this Caputo & Co. necklace is a nice sterling silver sidestep.

18. Lotuff Zipper Backpack

Price: $1100
From: store.gearpatrol.com

The framework of a simple backpack can leave something to be desired. But Lotuff took it as a challenge to make what is perhaps the best backpack you can find, upgrading the lowly knapsack to heirloom status.

Kynsho Linen Cowl

Price: $95
From: store.gearpatrol.com

This lightweight linen cowl is a great way for him to accessorize his look without adding another layer. The unique design wraps like a scarf and snaps in place. It’s the perfect accent to his favorite blazer or sweater.

The 30 Best Wallets for Men

Wallets come in all shapes and sizes but one thing is certain: they’re an essential part of every guy’s EDC. This guide covers the best wallets in a variety of styles, including slim and minimalist designs. Read the Story

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The Best Christmas Gifts for Knife Collectors

You don’t have to be a collector to appreciate a pocket knife. They’re far more universal than the title, with its slight edge of pretension, implies. Once the realization hits that knives aid in many of the tasks encountered in daily life — opening packages, preparing food, modifying a pair of jeans — they become tools and transmute from scary to essential.

There’s no shortage of great knife-related gifts. From a high-quality first blade they’ll actually use, to a premium upgrade that’ll round out any collection (plus everything necessary for proper storage and maintenance), these are the year’s best.

Deejo Customizeable Knives

Price: $80+
From: deejo.com

Give the gift of personalization this holiday season with Deejo’s fully customizable pocketknives. With thousands of combinations to choose from including illustrations, colors and wood finishes, these one-of-a-kind accessories can be handed down for generations as family heirlooms. The minimal weight and slender design make carrying the knives effortless. Plus, they’re shipped within 48 hours from Deejo’s factory in France, so upgrading a loved one’s everyday carry is quick and easy.

1. Loctite Threadlocker Blue 242

Price: $5
From: amazon.com

Unlike sealants that make a permanent seal, Blue Loctite creates one that’s easily broken the next time a screw or part needs replacing.

2. KPL Knife Oil

Price: $14
From: amazon.com

One of the essential steps of knife maintenance is making sure its moving parts are well oiled. Skip potentially harmful lubricants and get something made specifically for blades.

3. Microfiber Cloths

Price: $14 (20 pack)
From: amazon.com

An essential for basic knife maintenance, these are affordable and come in large quantities so you can distribute amongst all the EDC fans on your list.

4. CRKT Twist and Fix Torx and Hex Multi-tool

Price: $21
From: amazon.com

CRKT employed an innovative spinning design to create a multi-tool that’s perfect for swapping a pocket clip from one side to another or opening a blade for a bit of maintenance.

5. Knife Aid

Price: $49+
From: knifeaid.com

For the low-effort knife-wielder on your list, Knife Aid will take in blades, give them a professional sprucing-up and send them back sharp as a tack. Its service is easy to use, and works for everything from pocket knives to chef’s blades.

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6. WESN TI Microblade

Price: $50
From: store.gearpatrol.com

At just over two inches in length closed, the Microblade can fit onto a keychain without adding bulk to your pocket. But perhaps even better, it’s only $50, making it a great affordable first knife for anyone on your list.

7. Work Sharp Angle Set Knife Sharpener

Price: $50
From: amazon.com

You don’t need a belt sander or elaborate contraption to maintain a pro-quality edge on the knives that you use most.

8. Red Clouds Collective Coffin Tool Roll

Price: $75
From: redcloudscollective.com

With individual sleeves for knives and tools of various sizes and a zippered pouch for small essentials, this waxed canvas tool roll is built to protect a modest collection.

9. Victorinox Outdoor Master

Price: $120+
From: amazon.com

The Outdoor Master doesn’t have tweezers built into its handle, but the first fixed blade from the maker of the original Swiss Army Knife it’s fully capable of handling all the tasks you’d want from a utility-driven knife.

10. Leatherman Free P2

Price: $120
From: amazon.com

With one-handed opening capabilities (thanks, magnets!), Leatherman’s most significant update to its plier-centric multi-tool in years turned out to be a vast improvement over the original. It’s something that any DIYer will appreciate tucked into their stocking.

11. The James Brand Carter

Price: $139
From: thejamesbrand.com

The James Brand’s newest pocket knife is also its most affordable in a line of premium, full-sized folders. The Carter doesn’t skimp on materials, though; it has a VG-10 blade and sculpted G10 or Micarta handles.

12. Chris Reeve Sebenza 31

Price: $450+
From: chrisreeve.com

All knife users have a grail blade. With a fresh update for 2019, the highly lauded Sebenza is better than ever, sure to impress even lifelong collectors.

SOG Twitch II

Price: $69
From: store.gearpatrol.com

From its patented pass-through lock bar design to the assisted opening technology, the SOG Twitch II is the next generation of the classic lock-back design. Invented by Spencer Frazer, the Twitch II is a 21st century lock back featuring modern construction and technology on the simple, but time-tested lock-back folder.

26 Terms Every Knife-Lover Should Know

The vocabulary used to describe a pocket knife may not be as complex as that which speaks to mechanical watches or automobiles, but if you want to sound like an expert, there are a few that you should commit to memory. Read the Story

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Secret Santa Gifts That Will Make You Look Way More Generous Than You Actually Are

The best gifts are a chance to show the people that you love that you know them as well, if not better, than they know themselves. But not every gift has to be the best. Sometimes, you just need to flaunt a little, or at least give the impression that is what you are doing. Here are a handful of gifts that, to most recipients, will come off as much more expensive than they actually were.

1. Nike Element Top Half Zip 2.0

Price: $39
From: Jackrabbit.com

Nike running stuff is crazy expensive, right? Not this discounted half-zip, for as low as $39 depending on the color or size.

2. Wolo Bad Boy Air Horn

Price: $40
From: Sportsmansguide.com

Giving your daily driver a big rig-worthy horn seems like it would cost an arm and a leg, no? Well, no. This one-piece horn includes its own compressor, can fit in any car or truck (or even motorcycle), is easy to install and delivers a blast twice as loud as the stock horn. Best of all? Only $40.

3. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve

Price: $40+
From: Your local liquor store

Everybody knows Knob Creek Small Batch – it’s medium proof, reasonably aged and tastes decent on the rocks or mixed. Single Barrel Reserve is Small Batch’s older, fancier brother. Its (much) higher proof, aged longer but it’s typically only $10 to $15 more at a decent liquor store.

4. Amazon Fire 7 Tablet

Price: $50
From: Amazon.com

Oh a tablet?! That must have cost at least $200!! Little do they Amazon’s hyper-budget Fire 7 tablet is a mere 50 bucks.

5. Oakley Sliver R Sunglasses

Price: $55
From: Backcountry.com

Oakley is the kind of name brand that just implies a three-digit price tag. No one needs to know you scored this fine-looking Plutonite lens, O-Matter frame pair for $55, 62 percent off the $143 regular price.

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6. Analog/Shift Watch Straps

Price: $75+
From: Analogshift.com

For many years you had to pay upwards of $100 to $200 for a serious leather watch strap. Not so any longer — NYC-based vintage watch retailer’s new Italian-made is available in 15 different models, with pricing starting at just $75 and no corners cut with respect to quality.

7. Alex Mill Cashmere Beanie

Price: $95
From: Alexmill.com

Most cashmere accessories cost hundreds of dollars — sweaters can reach into the thousands. This great ribbed beanie sits squarely under $100 and comes in 11 versatile colors.

8. Baltic HMS001 Automatic Watch

Price: ~$366
From: Baltic-watches.com

Classically styled vintage watches from the 1940s generally command high prices, but you can actually rock the same aesthetic in a modern package (with an automatic movement) for less than $400 with the Baltic HMS001, available in six varieties.

American Bench Craft Leather Dog Leash

Price: $55
From: store.gearpatrol.com

This dog leash is constructed from a single piece of premium vegetable tanned leather that is thick enough to hold even the strongest of dogs. It is double riveted at all the stress points for utmost durability. Solid brass and stainless steel hardware round out the construction for a dog leash that is built to last.

The 14 Best Stocking Stuffers for Men

The stocking offers extra opportunities to gift, and isn’t giving what the holiday season is all about? But you shouldn’t be spending tons of money on stocking stuffers. Rather, upgrades on EDC items, utilitarian gifts, and cozy items for the winter months are your best bits to fill a stocking. Here are 14 of the best stocking stuffers for a man in 2019.

One Eleven Field Watch

Price: $125
From: 111watches.com

When most people make an effort to go green, they typically don’t sweat the smaller details like their watch. For those who do, however, the One Eleven Field Watch — which is exclusively available over on Indiegogo — runs entirely on solar power, meaning you won’t be adding any batteries to a landfill by wearing it. What’s more — the fabric strap is made from recycled bottles and the case is made from 75% recycled stainless steel, not to mention it’s pretty damn handsome to boot.

1. AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press

Price: $32
From: REI.com

Not just for those who are serious about making good coffee while camping, the AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press can also be a solid replacement for sub-par hotel room coffee.

2. Caran d’Ache 849 Pen

Price: $17
From: Amazon.com

Everyone can use a smiple, yet elegant pen upgrade. This one has a smooth click action and a hexagonal shape.

3. Terry’s Chocolate Orange (3-Pack)

Price: $10
From: Amazon.com

For some, tapping a chocolate orange and digging into 20 orange-flavored chococlate slices after the wrapping paper settles is a Christmas tradition. And if this candy is new to you? There’s no better time to start that tradition.

4. J.Crew Navy Knit Tie

Price: $40
From: JCrew.com

A solid colored knit tie is one of the staples of winter garb. Few do it better at a more affordable price than J.Crew.

5. Stanley Classic Flask

Price: $15
From: Amazon.com

Having a little nipper is a perk of the colder months. You can’t go wrong with this timeless one from Stanely.

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6. Moleskine Hard Cover Classic Pocket Notebook

Price: $10
From: Amazon.com

To go with that upgraded pen, a classy harbound pocket notebook that can satisfy the needs of any writing.

7. Craighill Closed Helix Ring

Price: $30
From: Store.GearPatrol.com

This crafted helix-shaped brass wire with endcaps makes for a polished upgrade from the typical carabiner or circular ring.

8. The Ridge Slim Minimalist RFID Wallet

Price: $75
From: Amazon.com

A little on the priceier end for a stocking stuffer, this is the archtype minimalist wallet that even boasts RFID production.

9. United By Blue x Danner Ultimate Bison Sock

Price: $38
From: UnitedByBlue.com

United By Blue’s Bison Socks are the ultimate cozy winter socks. This collab pair with Danner adds a dash of the Pacific Northwest for even heavier winter vibes.

10. The North Face Etip Salty Dog Knit Tech Gloves

Price: $35
From: Nordstrom.com

The North Face makes some of the best cold weather gear out there. And these days, everyone needs a pair of gloves that possess touchscreen-friendly fingertips.

11. Outerknown Water-Less Beanie

Price: $48
From: Outerknown.com

Using less water to create a product is good for the environment. The Water-Less Beanie from Outerknown not only does that, but it’ll also keep heads warm.

12. Blind Barber Hand Mouisturizer

Price: $18
From: Store.GearPatrol.com

Dry, cracked hands are no match in the winter months for this soothing hand moisturizer with shea butter, jojoba oil and lemongrass.

13. Knickerbocker x Gear Patrol Overland Tee

Price: $38
From: Store.GearPatrol.com

Is there anything more quintisential “For Life’s Pursuits” than the Land Rover Defender? Made by our good friends at Knickbocker in New York City.

14. Victorinox Swiss Army Multi-Tool

Price: $29
From: Amazon.com

The time-tested multi-tool classic. The MiniChamp Swiss Army Multi-Tool is tough to beat for a keychain addition that can get nearly any job done.

These Are Best Gifts for the Guitar Player in Your Life

If you count any axe slingers amongst your friends and family, you can rest easy: guitar players are notorious for horrible G.A.S. (“Gear Acquirement Syndrome”), meaning that there’s plenty of stuff to buy them to sate their musical lust. And don’t worry — you don’t necessarily have to fork over piles of money for an actual guitar or amp, either, as guitarists appreciate nothing more than spare strings to last a couple of months. So without further ado, here are some of the best gifts for the guitar players in your life.

1. DR Strings Pure Blues Strings

Price: $6
From: Amazon.com

They don’t make ’em like they used to — or do they? These pure nickel strings are hand-wound in the USA with a nickel wrap wire around a round core for that old-time, bluesey sound and feel.

2. Ernie Ball Medium Glass Slide

Price: $6
From: Amazon.com

Feelin’ the blues lately? Or just really like The Allman Bros? A basic glass slide should be just the thing. One of these affordable Pyrex models from Ernie Ball will help you go full-Duane.

3. Dunlop Jazz III Guitar Picks

Price: $9
From: Amazon.com

Pick selection is an incredibly personal choice and can even change depending on the style of music one is playing. But, if like Ricky Bobby, you _wanna go fast_, then a speed-focused Jazz III from Dunlop may be the pick for you.

4. String Winder/Cutter

Price: $11
From: Amazon.com

Trying to work on your guitar and finding you don’t have the correct tools is a major PITA. Luckily this handy-dandy tool features a peg winder, string cutter and bridge pin puller all in one.

5. Straploks

Price: $11
From: Amazon.com

Secure your straps to your favorite guitars with an easy and worry-free system. One end of the Straploks goes on your strap and the other on your guitar, and the two ends simply snap together for a secure fit.

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Price: $39
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6. Best of Steely Dan: An Inside Look at the Guitar Styles of Steely Dan

Price: $15
From: Amazon.com

If you consider yourself a serious guitarist and you haven’t studied Larry Carlton, Elliot Randall or Skunk Baxter’s work with Steely Dan, you have some homework to do. Grab this book and your axe and get to work.

7. D’Addario Humidipak

Price: $18
From: Amazon.com

Take the guesswork out of humidifying your acoustic guitars (yes, you have to do this) with this simple system from D’Addario. The humidity packs automatically regulate the humidity inside the guitar, adding or subtracting moisture from the air.

8. Kyser 6-String Capo

Price: $20
From: Amazon.com

This American-made, lightweight aluminum capo works with electric or acoustic guitars and is guaranteed for life. Available in a ton of colors, the Kyser is an easy, one-handed solution for quickly changing keys.

9. The Real Book Book Volume 1: Kindle Edition

Price: $22
From: Amazon.com

The Real Book is still the one-stop-shop for all your jazz standard needs, but now, you can drop the entire thing on your e-reader rather than trying to stuff it in your gig bag. 462 pages of classic jazz at your fingertips.

10. Dunlop System 6500 Guitar Cleaning Kit

Price: $23
From: Amazon.com

It’s amazing how showing your guitar a little love makes the playing experience more enjoyable. This handy kit has everything you could possibly need to keep your axe sparkling, including different cleaners for the neck, body and strings.

11. Korg TM60BK Tuner/Metronome

Price: $23
From: Amazon.com

If you’re not practicing with a metronome and you don’t have an accurate tuner, you’re off to a pretty poor start. This handy combination model from Korg features tuner and metronome functions that can be used simultaneously.

12. KLIQ Padded Guitar Strap

Price: $40
From: Amazon.com

Any gigging (or frequently practicing) guitarist knows that standing for a long time with your instrument can bring on shoulder pain. This smartly designed strap features air cells and a 3″ width to better distribute your axe’s weight.

13. Hercules Guitar Stand

Price: $50
From: Amazon.com

Quite simply one of the best, most ergonomic designs around, the Hercules GS415B A/G guitar stand features the Auto Grab System yoke — as soon as you place a guitar into the cradle, it closes around the neck and grips it firmly in place.

14. Mogami Gold 10-ft. Guitar Cable

Price: $55
From: Amazon.com

Musicians love to debate the little things, but there’s no denying that a well-made cable is key to achieving a clean tone. Mogami Gold is the gold standard, and their 10-ft. Model should be more than long enough for most gigs.

15. TC Electronic Clip-On Tuner

Price: $60
From: Amazon.com

Clip-on tuners have made practicing (and even giggings) world easier in the past few years. Clip this little gadget with its ultra-bright screen onto your guitar’s headstock and tune with +/- 0.02 cent accuracy.

16. Xotic SP Compressor Pedal

Price: $132
From: Amazon.com

You don’t need loads of pedals to achieve a great tone but boy, does a well-made compressor help. The ultra-compact Xotic SP can be used to even out your volume or as a dedicated effect for that ultra-funky “click,” and a blend knob lets you mix the wet/dry sound.

17. Orange Crush 20RT

Price: $190
From: Amazon.com

Rail against solid state amps all you want — this compact little wonder from Orange is the perfect practice companion. Featuring 20W, two channels, a built-in tuner, a headphone output and an aux-in jack, use it to play along with your favorite tunes without pissing off the neighbors.

18. Mono M80 Vertigo Gig Bag

Price: $$250
From: Amazon.com

Is $250 a lot to spend on a gig bag? Yes. Is this possibly the best gig bag ever made? Uh, probably. With ABS head and body impact panels and a headlock neck suspension system, the M80 will protect your axe while it sits comfortably on your back.

19. J. Rockett Archer Ikon Overdrive/Boost Pedal

Price: $200
From: Rockettpedals.com

Quite simply one of the best boost/overdrives available to the modern guitarist, the Archer Ikon from J. Rockett Designs is easy to use, sounds incredible, and is built like a tank. Run this baby through a great tube amp and stand back.

20. Fender 65 Princeton Reverb 15-Watt

Price: $1,000
From: Amazon.com

Sometimes 15W is enough, especially when it’s coming from a classic. This all-tube interpretation of a historically significant amplifier features built-in vibrato and reverb pumped through a 10″ Jensen speaker.

Audioengine D1 24-Bit DAC

Price: $169
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Perfect for providing high quality audio to speakers or headphones, the D1 is a premium 24-bit DAC and headphone amplifier and a wonderful portable solution for monitoring audio from your Digital Audio Workstation.

The Best Gifts for the Guy Who Has Everything

He’s got it all. The nice watches, the fancy clothes, the latest tech — there’s nothing that’s out there that he doesn’t already own. Or is there? For the guy who has everything, finding the right gift is a challenge, but not impossible. From 30-year-old bourbon to bespoke bicycles built by a former jeweler to Texas-smoked “dino” ribs, these are the gifts he definitely does not have.

Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression Automatic Black Stainless Steel Watch

Price: $1,395
From: Zodiac.com

This blacked-out Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression from Zodiac is the perfect watch for the hard-to-shop-for man on your list. Its matte black stainless steel case and matching black dial make it stand out from the crowd, and also lend the diver a distinctly modern-yet-classic appearance. It’s powered by a Swiss automatic STP 3-13 movement too, so it’s undeniably reliable. But if you are worried about functionality, the lume hands glow blue, adding an icy pop.

1. Lorenzi Milano Mother-of-Pearl Caviar Spoon

Price: $110
From: mrporter.com

Whether or not he was fed with a silver spoon, you can feed him all the fish eggs his stomach can handle with this spoon made from real mother of pearl, which doesn’t tinge the taste of caviar. Because, why was he eating his caviar from anything else? Or, he can add this to his everyday carry as part of his sustainable lifestyle.

2. Bas and Lokes Everett Suede Watch Strap

Price: $160
From: basandlokes.com

Bas and Lokes makes semi-bespoke leather goods in Australia. The Everett is one of the softest, most comfortable watch straps I’ve ever tried, and it’s available in custom lengths and tapers, and with your choice of buckle finish. Money well spent.

3. Manifest Butter Bike Bags

Price: $175
From: manifestbutter.com

When three-time Olympian and two-time world champion cyclist Taylor Phinney announced that he was retiring from competing earlier this year, he did so via Instagram. “In the battle between Art and Sport, ART WON,” he wrote. But instead of leaving one for the other, Phinney has blended the two creatively through a brand called Manifest Butter. His hand-painted handlebar bags are one of a kind, so there’s no chance the bike rider on your list has anything close to it. (To see Manifest Butter’s current selection, use the password (R).)

4. Louie Mueller Barbecue Colossal “Dino” Beef Ribs

Price: $199
From: goldbelly.com

In the world of regionally-specific barbecue, the tender, long-smoked beef from Central Texas stands out. While there are countless restaurants offering delicious versions of time-honored recipes, Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor is often mentioned in revered tones. If you can’t make the pilgrimage there, order it online to be shipped anywhere in the U.S.

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Price: $39
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Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

5. Leopold FC980C Keyboard

Price: $310
From: amazon.com

You may think of them as garish, black-and-neon green monstrosities, but mechanical keyboards aren’t just gaudy gamer garbage. The Leopold FC980 is a different breed, with luxurious “Topre” switches beneath its keys that give typing a delightful sound and snap sensation that is impossible to adequately describe with words alone. He may never have heard of it, but he instantly won’t know how he lived without one.

6. Byredo Night Veils Sellier Extrait de Parfum

Price: $320
From: nordstrom.com

Every guy would do well to find a fragrance that suits him. This one from parfumeur Byredo concentrates the nostalgic and unmistakable smell of fine leather. So, it’s perfectly suited for that rare 30-year-old bourbon and Atelier bespoke Savas leather jacket.

7. Sam Lee Book Ends

Price: $350
From: samleehello.com

Leather-bound or not, a collection of books deserves a beautiful pair of book ends. This one from San Francisco-based ceramicist Sam Lee will keep his collection of first-edition prints upright — it doubles as a pair of vases, too.

8. Minolta CLE

Price: $500+
From: ebay.com

Simply one of the best 35mm rangefinder cameras ever produced. It was designed when a partnership was developed between Leica and Minolta in the 1970s. Bonus points if you can find one of the 300 gold-plated ones released only in Japan.

9. Jacques Marie Mage Akira Sunglasses

Price: $555
From: jacquesmariemage.com

These thick oval sunglasses pay homage to Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. The sculpted 10mm acetate frame features Sterling silver arrowhead front pins and custom spur-shaped rivets, and the purple CR39 lenses have an anti-reflective treatment. This style is limited to 400 pieces worldwide.

10. Masa Dinner Reservations

Price: $595+
From: masanyc.com

He doesn’t have to travel all the way to Japan to get one of the best Japanese meals on Earth. Started by chef Masa Takayama, Masa offers a traditional omakase experience with a two-hour journey through a pre-fix menu of the best fish anywhere. The restaurant was awarded three Michelin stars in 2009 and continues to wow guests from around the world.

11. Vermicular Musui-Kamado

Price: $670
From: vermicular.com

For the guy who already has all his cookware needs covered, and a little extra storage space, too, Vermicular’s enameled cast iron pot features a lid so tight that it can make soups and stews without the need for added water or broth; it simply traps steam from slow-cooked vegetables. It can also make the best damn rice outside Japan.

12. Wild Turkey “Cheesey Gold Foil” Bourbon Whiskey

Price: ~$750
From: wildturkeybourbon.com

Bottled between 1985 to 1992, Wild Turkey’s 12-year-old, 101 proof bourbon is a cult obsession. Its name comes from its chintzy, reflective wrapper, but it’s the remarkably fatty, oily, rich whiskey inside that’s made it famous. There’s a near-zero percent chance you (or your friend who has everything) can find this on shelves still, and collectors who have held onto bottles nearing three decades won’t part with them easily, but if you’re willing to pony up on price you’ll be gifting one of the weirdest whiskey hits in years.

13. Naim Audio Mu-so Qb 2

Price: $899
From: adorama.com

The second-generation Qb is a compact wireless speaker that’s, quite frankly, a little bit of a unicorn. That’s because in this age of streaming, this is a speaker that encourages the listener to touch the speaker it. Why? It has the probably the best volume dial in all of speakers — it’s wonderful.

14. Atelier Savas Denham Jacket

Price: $2700
From: ateliersavas.com

For the past five years, Savas founder Savannah Yarborough has been crafting one-of-a-kind leather pieces for customers like Jack White, Jason Isbell and Chris Young. This year Yarborough started offering made-to-measure jackets for men, a stepping-stone to the full ready-to-wear line that is now available online. The suede Denham jacket features four pockets, brass snaps and double-needle stitching.

15. Texas Traditions Bespoke Cowboy Boots

Price: $2900+
From: instagram.com

Yes, bespoke cowboy boots are a thing, a thing he doesn’t have. Texas Traditions founder Lee Miller’s boots are legendary not only in the world of cowboy boots, but the shoemaking world at large. His bespoke boot process involves a visit to his studio, a suite of calculated foot measurements, making a foot last unique to you and a four-year wait list.

16. Hartley Cycles London Bespoke Bicycle

Price: Available Upon Request
From: hartleycycles.com

Former jeweler and silversmith Caren Hartley went on to embrace metal sculpting and large scale public art before turning her talents to handmade bicycles. She employs a variety of metalworking techniques to craft bespoke bikes that are truly one of a kind. Just make sure to pair this gift with the biggest, meanest U-lock you can find.

17. Brown Chronos 4218 Watch Safe

Price: $79,950
From: brownsafe.com

For the watch guy who has everything, he needs a place to safely put it. Brown is a maker of all kinds of safes, even supplying governments, and the Chronos specifically incorporates watch winders and other storage features meant just for watches. Bond villains could hardly do better than Brown’s mixture of craftsmanship and technology, and customers can further add options and customizations as far as their budget will allow.

18. Virgin Galactic Space Flight

Price: $250,000
From: virgingalactic.com

At the time of writing this, there have only ever been 536 people who have visited space. Also at the time of writing this, he is not one of them. The commercial space race is still being run and Virgin Galactic has put up flights to the final frontier up for sale at $250,000 a seat. Unfortunately, they’re already sold out. But, get his name on the list and he might get lucky.

19. Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+

Price: Available Upon Request
From: bugatti.com

It’s the fastest freakin’ production car in the history of the world, that’s why it’s dope. But not only is it capable of going 304 miles per hour, it’s also comfortable enough to be your daily driver. Laden with technology and advanced materials and limited to just a handful of examples, it’s a car any true gearhead would be proud to own… though most will never be able to.

The Topo Designs x Gear Patrol Backpack Tote

Price: $139
From: store.gearpatrol.com

The Topo Designs x Gear Patrol Backpack Tote offers the same kind of versatility and utility for urban dwelling that technical packs offer for off-the-grid adventures. With a sleek silhouette constructed from 1000D Cordura and X-Pac, and four distinct ways to carry, the Backpack Tote is a great gift for city dwellers, subway commuters and people on the go.

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How 5 Outdoor Brands Are Saving the Planet (Or Trying To, Anyway)

Last Saturday, I was hauling my bike and carcass up a fire road approximately 12,500 feet above the altitude I live — and 12,400 feet above the altitude my lungs wanted to be. For some reason, the very limited operating capacity of my brain wasn’t focusing on cadence, or gear selection, or even the view. Nope, there I was in the middle of the Leadville Trail 100 fixating on a gel wrapper that I’d seen dropped on the trail. 

The impact that our outdoor fun has on outdoor spaces shouldn’t be underestimated. It’s not just the wrappers we leave, or the trails we erode, or even the carbon we generate flying around the country to have fun outside. The gear we use also has a huge impact on the planet we enjoy. 

During my 100-mile mountain bike misadventure, I had ample time to consider the ways we can reduce that impact — and broadly break them down into three categories.

The first is simply buying less stuff, which might mean spending more money, but hopefully less often. How many charge cables or pairs of headphones have you tossed in the past five years? Well they are all in landfills now, possibly being pulled apart by kids for the wire inside, permanently damaging their hands. The second is buying used stuff or stuff made consciously to reduce its impact: you might want those color pop trail shoes, but that dye might mean your grandchildren don’t have trails to run on. The third is limiting the waste from what we do burn through, recycling gel wrappers or using a reusable bottle instead of a disposable one. 

Of course, most of the change has to come from all of us, changing our everyday habits. But in the spirit of supporting people who do things right, I wanted to assemble a short list of companies who place a high value on sustainable practices. That way, when you do buy new gear, you can vote with your wallet to support the kind of outdoor future that you want to see, hopefully one without gel packets on the trail. And yes, on the way back down I picked it up. 

1. GU/Terracycle

So, what could have happened to that gel packet? GU has the answer. It could have become part of anything from a bike rack to a trash can. Through the TerraCycle website, GU users can request pre-paid labels to ship back packets once they’ve slurped all the sugary goodness out of them. “We accept all competitors’ trash, any sports nutrition packaging,” says Bridgette Travis, GU experiential marketing manager. “This should be helpful for race directors, especially if they are concerned about stepping on the toes of their nutrition sponsor.”

Travis suggests using an empty hydration mix canister, cramming it with packages, and then slapping a label on the whole sticky mess and sending it off to a better future. Saving that packaging makes a difference. One ton of aluminum takes about 170 million BTUs to produce — about as much as 1,400 gallons of gasoline — and emits about 12 tons of greenhouse gases. It’s also very long-lasting, taking as much as 400 years to break down after it’s discarded. Gu now adds a Terracycle clause in all its sponsorships, but signing up is free — and an easy way to reduce the impact of your outdoor fun. 

For the record, GU’s Stroopwafel line is full of delicious pocket size snacks. I particularly enjoy the campfire s’mores flavor. If you prefer your nutrition semi-solid, their Hoppy Trails gels use real hops to mimic the taste of a refreshing post race beer.  

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2. Sole

Perhaps even better than recycling? Using post-consumer recycled materials to make things in the first place. That’s what Sole does with its excellent cork insoles. Thanks to recycling partner ReCORK, Sole takes used wine corks and turns them into excellent off-the-shelf orthotics in a range of sizes and applications.

As someone with high arches, I use Sole’s performance insole in my backpacking boots and the Costa flip-flop just about any time I am not hiking or cycling. If you’re in the mood to raise a glass to sustainability, you might also want to consider wine packaged in cans, because shipping glass bottles around really isn’t the most efficient way to get your happy hour on, and aluminum is more readily recycled. 

3. Picture Organic

As sea levels rise, and water temperatures increase, surfing is becoming subtly different. But pulling on a wetsuit remains part of nearly every surf experience and, thanks to Picture, it needn’t be one that ruins the oceans for future generations. Picture’s EicoPrene is made from a mix of limestone (70 percent) and recycled tires (30 percent). This fabric is then glued with a water-based eco-friendly glue and lined with polyamide from recycled fishing nets. Not only does this reduce the use of new fossil fuels, it takes products which can harm or kill fish — and are hard to recycle — and turns them into new wetsuits. 

Picture is committed to lobbying for the climate, to never shipping by plane, to respecting workers in the supply chain and to sharing findings. It’s refreshing to see the brand admitting it can’t find a packaging material that works as well as plastic bags, but is looking, or that there is a trade-off between sustainable fabrics and low energy use in production. This kind of transparency, often lacking in the outdoor industry, is great; it helps us all know the true cost of our purchases. 

Picture’s Fluid 3/2 wetsuit is a great bet for warmer water summer surfing. Picture also offers thicker suits for the hardier four-season shredders. 

4. The North Face

The North Face is a mountaineering company, and mountaineering — or at least skiing — sucks when there’s not snow, so the brand has a vested interest in keeping the climate well managed. The North Face supports conservation efforts, recently announcing its support of the Eastern Sierra Stewardship Council’s Queers in the Wilderness program, an eight-day LGBTQ+ inclusive trip that will introduce a group who often feels marginalized to the outdoors. 

Additionally, The North Face is now producing its ever-popular down jacket with Thermoball insulation. Thermoball is made from recycled polyester fabric and recycled insulation sourced from industry leaders Primaloft. Just the recycled insulation alone is spun from at least five plastic bottles that are diverted from the landfill.

The North Face also reconditions apparel and sells it again for a reduced price — so you get good gear at a great price, and TNF gets to make less stuff. Through the Renewed program, the brand saves enough energy to power 13,333 lightbulbs and enough water to fill 12,010 Olympic swimming pools each year.  The refurbished Apex Flex GTX Jacket not only rhymes, it also costs half the price of the original. It makes a great do-it-all outer layer thanks to the warm insulation, well fitted hood, and stretchy Gore-Tex exterior, which can be worn without the insulating liner on warmer wet days. One jacket, many uses, less waste!  

5. Velocio

Cycling apparel brand Velocio make some of the most stylish spandex I’ve ever seen — and does it using Bluesign fabrics. Bluesign establishes management systems for improving environmental outcomes in five areas of manufacturing: resource productivity, consumer safety, water emissions, air emissions and occupational health and safety. Chemicals used in manufacturing are assigned to one of three categories: blue – safe to use; grey – special handling required; and black – forbidden.

The Bluesign system helps factories properly manage gray chemicals and replace black chemicals with safer alternatives. But that’s not all Velocio does. The company also ships product in biodegradable packaging and doesn’t overpackage goods (a practice that seems endemic to cycling brands). Thanks to Velocio’s commitment to give one percent of revenue back to nonprofits, the brand supports cycling and conservation groups.

I love the bold designs of Velocio’s signature line of shorts and jerseys; not only do they fit like a superhero costume (in a good way, not in a “Spiderman with a beer gut” way), they also continue to fit after repeated washing and wearing. A lot of cycling gear is blown out and baggy after a season, and that isn’t good for your wallet or the planet. Velocio’s gear isn’t cheap, but it is great value. 

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The 16 Best Gifts for Music Lovers and Hi-Fi Enthusiasts

Good speakers are expensive, but there are myriad gifts for music lovers and not all of them are pricey. You can get them a vinyl subscription, a little headphone DAC or maybe a “build-your-own” speaker kit (if you think they’d dig a bit of a project). Of course, you could still gift them that super high-end Devialet speaker they’ve been lusting after. We sure wouldn’t mind.

1. Tidal Gift Card

Price: $20+
From: bestbuy.com

There’s a good chance the music lover already subscribes to Tidal. But if they don’t, well, this is the most obvious gift in the world.

2. Wax & Stamp

Price: $30 per month
From: waxandstamp.com

This is a fun vinyl subscription service. Simple as that. Fill out a quick survey about the types of music they like and they will get two records a month, curated by Wax & Stamp.

3. Onzow Zerodust Stylus Cleaner

Price: $39
From: amazon.com

This is a must-have for anybody with a turntable (and uses it often). It quickly and easily cleans the stylus by removing any kind of debris, dust or other contaminant that would degrade sound.

4. Isoacoustics Iso-Puck Isolation Pucks

Price: $60
From: amazon.com

These pucks are extremely popular among vinyl lovers. Simply place them under turntables, speakers and amps to minimize distortion.

5. 1More Triple-Driver IEM

Price: $70
From: amazon.com

1More has made a name for itself by develping really high-end audio products and then making them affordable. The Triple-Driver IEMs are some of the best-sounding earbuds in the world and they’re about half the price of AirPods.

Gear Patrol Magazine Subscription

Price: $39
From: store.gearpatrol.com

Gear Patrol Magazine is a deep dive into product culture. Inside each issue, you’ll find seasonal buying guides, rich maker profiles and long-form dispatches from the front lines of product design. Get four print magazines — delivered quarterly — with an annual subscription.

6. Grado SR60e

Price: $79
From: amazon.com

These are some of our favorite wired headphones, ever. They sound great, look great and they’re ultra-affordable. Just beware: they’re open-backed headphones, so other people might be able to hear what you’re listening to.

7. Schiit Audio Fulla

Price: $99
From: schiit.com

This is an excellent headphone amp-DAC combo for anybody with desktop setup. It really pushes well above its approachable price tag.

8. Dovetail Record Crate

Price: $199+
From: symbolaudio.com

This is the perfect gift for anybody with a small-to-medium vinyl collection. Each crate is made of either solid walnut or white oak and cabable of housing over 100 records.

9. KMA Elder Bluetooth Speaker Kit

Price: $249
From: kmakits.com

Building your own speakers is a project any audio lover can enjoy. Kirby Meets Audio makes these projects super easy. Choose to build a small or large Bluetooth speaker, or even a nice bookshelf speaker.

10. AudioQuest DragonFly Cobalt

Price: $300
From: bhphotovideo.com

The Colbalt is the newest and most premium USB DAC in AudioQuest’s DragonFly line. It’s a do-it-all device — DAC, preamplifier and headphone amplifier. Just plug it into a computer or smartphone (via a dongle) to greatly improve any audio source.

11. Cowon Plenue D2

Price: $318
From: amazon.com

The Plenue D2 is one of our favorite portable hi-fi players. It’s little more than $300 but boasts 45 hours of battery life and looks good with any setup. However, it doesn’t support Bluetooth or Wi-Fi streaming.

12. Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex

Price: $450
From: bestbuy.com

Bowers & Winkins integrated its reknowned hi-fi sound and elegant style into a beautiful wireless speaker that’s as easy to operate as a Sonos speaker. It’s the smallest multi-room speaker that the company has ever made.

13. Sonos Amp

Price: $599
From: sonos.com

This is Sonos’s high-end wireless amp and it’s specifically designed to drive large passive speakers (up to 125 watts per channel), thus turning a non-Sonos speaker into one that essentially works like one.

14. Dean Record Cabinet-Console

Price: $649
From: cb2.com

Not only is this media consle beautiful, made of solid mango wood and elegant copper legs, but it’s also been specifically designed to house your record collection.

15. Devialet Phantom Reactor

Price: $999+
From: devialet.com

This is one of the coolest wireless speaker you’ll ever lay eyes on, but you really have to see it in action — the woofers vibrate with the beat of each song. It also comes in matte black.

16. Roon Nucleus

Price: $1,398
From: moon-audio.com

Yes, it’s expensive. But the Roon Nucleus is one of the best digital music streamers you can buy. And if the audiophile that you’re shopping for uses Roon to manage their large music collection, this music server is as good as it gets.

Audioengine HD6 Wireless Music Speaker System

Price: $699
From: store.gearpatrol.com

The HD6 Speaker System is a premium powered-speaker set that offers wireless, Bluetooth, analog and digital optical inputs while maintaining a bold stereo sound. A great pick for the music lover with either digital or analog stereo equipment.

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