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 outdoorsman can be a difficult man to shop for. Because he spends all of his free time in the great outdoors (naturally), he needs durable goods that won’t give up on him the moment he needs them most. But don’t lose sight of aspirational gear — the stuff that fuels his daydreams when he’s stuck at the office. To help you pick the perfect gift, we curated a list of 17 items sure to please even the most discerning outdoorsman.
Topo Designs Mountain Pack
Whether you’re traipsing through the city or heading out on your favorite day hike, the Topo Designs Mountain Pack has room for all the essentials. It has an internal laptop compartment and side water-bottle pockets, and it’s constructed from heavyweight Cordura to stand up to years of abuse.
Stahl Camper Fire Pit
The Stahl Camper Fire Pit has a mid-century look that happens to be well suited to car camping. It’s built from aluminum for lightweight carry and disassembles for easy storage.
Opinel No. 12 Explorer Knife
This adventure-ready version of Opinel’s classic No. 12 folding knife comes with a gut hook, fire starter, shock-absorbing handle and soft elastomer grip. It’s the perfect multi-use blade for any adventurer.
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Danner Mountain 600
Danner’s Mountain 600 and puts the brand’s aesthetic in a sleek adventure-ready package. The Vibram sole provides endless grip in all conditions and the Danner Dry liner keeps your feet dry no matter what mother nature throws at you.
Oris Divers 65
A reissue of a watch Oris made in the ’60s, it’s water resistant to 100 meters, so you can take unexpected dips while wearing it without a worry. It also looks incredible on all fronts.
Is it a sleeping bag? Is it a sleeveless insulated tunic? Whatever it is, the Poler Napsack is super comfortable, and the perfect companion for car camping or naps on the couch.
Kindling Cracker Firewood Kindling Splitter
The easiest way to split firewood for that toasty campfire? This kindling splitter. All you have to do is place a log inside and hit it with a mallet, which takes way less energy and skill than a standard splitting axe.
Askov Finlayson North Black Cap
Minnesota-based Askov Finlayson knocked one out of the park with the North Cap. It features a wool blend to keep your head nice and toasty and also comes in five sharp colorways.