Welcome to our annual guide to the best gifts for men, the 12 Guys of Christmas. When it comes to gift guides things can often get overzealous, but this year we’ve aimed to keep ours simple and straightforward — 17 great gifts, at a variety of price points, for every interest. And stay tuned for our stocking stuffer guides. And while we believe that the spirit of the holiday season is quality time with those important to you, that little extra something is never a bad thing. To find exactly what you’re looking for, check out the entire series, updated daily, right here.
The adventurer is always planning his next escape. He’s sketched out plans for the ultimate road trip, priced out the ultimate adventure van, and has an ongoing map highlighting the places that he hopes to go. He’s particular about the gear he uses and spends as much time thinking about piecing together the ultimate adventure kit as he does his personal life. It can be tough to shop for the adventurer, but we’ve taken the sting out of the holiday shopping experience and curated 17 items that are sure to get his wanderlust up.
Gregory Alpaca Duffel
Whether trekking to Machu Picchu or lugging gear to and from the airport, the Gregory Alpaca Duffel stands up to it all. It’s rubberized to increase durability and makes the bag highly water resistant. It’ll keep your gear dry in snow, light rain and hail — just don’t toss it overboard.
Tough and demanding adventures call for a rugged and tough watch. Casio’s G-Shock Mudmaster is designed specifically to handle mud, dirt, water, snow, ice and just about anything else that mother nature can throw at it.
Fjällräven Sörmland Tapered Trousers
All of Fjällräven’s outdoor gear is designed in northern Sweden to be rugged and handle the dynamic weather of the region. The Sörmland pants are crafted from Fjällräven’s proprietary G-1000 fabric, which, when waxed, becomes 100 percent waterproof. The tapered, modern fit looks at home on the trail or in the city.
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The North Face Thermoball Slippers
There’s nothing worse than waking up in a van, crawling out bed and hitting the cold floor on your way to making breakfast. TNF’s Thermoball slippers take some of the pain out of the morning. They feature a warm, synthetically insulated upper mated to a grippy rubberized outsole, making them as capable for trips to the mailbox (or outhouse) as they are to lounging indoors.
Vasque Sundowner GTX Hawthorne
The best hiking boots sport retro looks and modern tech — and the Sundowner GTX flaunts that pairing better than most. The vintage aesthetic come courtesy of a waterproof leather upper, red laces and throwback Vasque logo. The modern tech comes in the form of a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable bootie sewn into the lining of the boot and a proprietary rubber compound on the sole.
SPY Atlas Sunglasses
Developed with help from pro surfer John John Florence, SPY Atlas sunglasses are built for adventure. Their Happy Glass polarized lenses work great for cutting glare off of the water. The style of the Atlas is also leaps and bounds better than your typical outdoor-oriented sunglasses.