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The Best Holiday Gifts Between $50-$100


December 15, 2018 Buying Guides By

December 25th is fast approaching. Maybe you’re among the more prepared and you’ve just about wrapped up your shopping — ready to tie up just a few more loose ends. Or possibly you’re a procrastinator that can only get down to the business of gift-buying with the push of last-minute panic. Either way, if you have a specific price point in mind, we’ve got you covered here. Take a look below at our comprehensive roundup of the best holiday gifts between $50 and $100. And if you don’t quite find what you came for? You can search by interest over on at our holiday gift guide.

Rhone Celliant Short Sleeve

A performance shirt is essential for maximizing any weekend pursuit. Rhone’s Celliant Short Sleeve is engineered to promote a temporary increase in blood flow which increases energy, endurance and performance. Its seamless jacquard knit construction and four-way stretch fabric offer breathability, anti-chafing, breathability and moisture-wicking capabilities. This premium athletic shirt will surely up the weekend activity.

NeedEssentials 1.5mm Pull Over Jacket

Bulk up your upper body warmth with a 1.5mm surf jacket. If the water is chilly, but you can’t hold back on an impressive swell, throw this on. The four-way stretch neoprene moves with you and the wave.

Dissent Ski GFX Compression Hybrid Protect Sock

Skiers need to take their feet seriously; not just any sock will do — certainly not a cotton crew that comes in a pack of 12. Dissent knew this and designed its ski sock with targeted compression for optimal blood flow in mind (read: it’ll keep your toes warm).

Morakniv Bushcraft Survival Blade and Fire Starter

A durable and reliable fixed blade knife is a must-have for outdoor pursuits. As is a fire starter. Morakniv combines the two in a single sleek package.

Endeavor Athletic 9-Inch Short

These stretchy gym shorts work for runs, indoor cycling, Pilates — even yoga. The deep side pockets are an ideal place to store your phone so you can stream a workout or music while you’re on the treadmill. Leave your workout sweaty and watch as the shorts bead it all off.

Corner Store Vinyl Storage Rack

This three-tiered metal storage rack is a great way to house a bunch of records without taking up a lot of space. Plus, it’s inexpensive and matches the “vintage vibe” that a lot of collectors like.

Nikka Whisky From the Barrel

For years, this was one of the most lauded Japanese whiskeys outside of Japan — partly due to the fact that it wasn’t available in the States. That changed this summer, when Nikka introduce From the Barrel to the American market. For being so sought-after, it’s pretty affordable, and the rectangular bottle will look unique on even the best-stocked bar carts.
Suggested Retail Price: $59

L.L. Bean Cliffside Cordura Jeans

Denim is the original rugged fabric. It was beloved by miners and loggers when it first hit drygoods stores over a hundred years ago, and it hasn’t lost its outdoor application since. If anything, it’s only gotten better for use outside now that companies like L.L.Bean are giving it additional durability and stretch.

The Mehlville by The James Brand

The Mehlville carabiner, like everything else The James Brand makes, is an exercise in precision design and flawless execution. This base piece for your small EDC is carved from a solid block of sturdy 6061 aluminum, with hinge action so sweet it’s reminiscent of flipping open your favorite blade.

Green Spot Pot Still Irish Whiskey

The Fallback: Brought to the U.S. in 2014, this historic single-pot Irish whiskey is made from a distillation of malted and un-malted barley that’s aged in bourbon and Sherry barrels. Newer bottles of Green Spot don’t carry an age statement, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad. Jim Murray, the world’s premier brown-spirit critic, once called it “unquestionably one of the world’s great whiskeys.”
Suggested Retail Price: $60

Isoacoustics Iso-Puck Isolation Pucks

Place these isolation pucks underneath your bookshelf speakers turntables and amps, and they eliminate unwanted vibrations. Basically they’re an effective way to ensure that the placement of your set-up isn’t adding any unwanted distortion to the audio.

Mission Workshop The Spec Laptop Sleeve

Mission Workshop built this laptop sleeve with materials more commonly found in super-rugged backpacks. It’s fully-padded and has an exterior pocket for whatever other essentials need to be carried along with a computer.

High West Camfire Whiskey

When you’re gathered around a campfire and reflecting on a full day’s exploits, do so while drinking a whiskey that compliments the flavors of the scene.

WagWear Wellies

WagWear’s Wellington-style dog shoes are dead-ringers for Hunter’s iconic rain boots. They’re fashioned from 100 percent rubber, which is ideal for overly wet environments.

Anker Soundcore Liberty Lite

These are great true wireless earbuds for anybody on a really tight budget. They’re essentially cheaper versions of Anker’s Zolo Liberty earbuds. They’re sweatproof, sound good, and have decent battery life — and they come in at almost $90 less than AirPods.

Manduka EKO Yoga Mat

Whether you’re into hot yoga or you just sweat a lot, slipping on a yoga mat can ruin anyone’s practice. Having your own mat is a good way to prevent that. This one made from biodegradable tree rubber is long and weighs eight pounds, making it one of the more durable mats today.

Ursa Major The Exercise Freak Workout Essentials

The workout essentials include a face wash, deodorant, face balm and face wipes, all of which are TSA-approved, so your dopp kit packing is done. Each is free of sulfates, parabens, synthetic fragrance and color, instead opting for ingredients like aloe and shea butter. You’ll want these for post-gym and post-flight.

WTB Ranger Tire

WTB, or Wilderness Trail Bikes, is one of the old guard brands from the mountain bike world. Its Ranger tire is one of the best on the market, providing ample grip in a light and durable casing. It comes in a variety of sizes, so there is sure to be one that fits.

Vittoria Corsa G+

Tires forge the connection between man, machine and road. The most basic will suffice, but something more thoughtful, like Vittoria’s quadruple compound Clincher, will propel. The tires contain a thin layer of graphene, a material made from a single sheet of carbon molecules arranged in a hexagonal pattern. It adds durability without weight, creating a tire that’s smooth on corners and fast on straightaways.

Google Chromecast Ultra

This is arguably the best streaming device for anybody who wants to watch their favorite shows and movies in beautiful 4K HDR. (Note: they must have a 4K HDR, too.) And it syncs seamless with a Google Home smart speaker, so they’ll be able to summon their favorite photos and the weather on the big screen.

Cressi Lens Mask

The inclined inverted teardrop lens mask features a high seal silicone that does exactly what you want a mask to do: keep water out and air in. These work best for SCUBA diving, snorkeling or freediving. The special shape of the mask allows for more field of view as you look down into the big blue sea.

Best Whiskey Gifts Under $100

Knob Creek Cask Strength Rye

This is one of the best whiskeys of the year. Before it even hit shelves, it was named “Best Rye Whiskey” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Needless to say, whiskey snobs were quick to snatch up as many bottles as they could when it did hit market. If you can find it, you’d be wise to do the same.
Suggested Retail Price: $70

Logitech K600 TV Keyboard

Smart TVs are more computers than they are TVs, let’s face it, so to navigate them best you really should have a keyboard and trackpad – and that’s exactly what the Logitech K600 TV Keyboard is. It lets you use the keys to search for shows, movies and apps, as well as traditional TV stuff like adjusting the volume. Best of all, it can be programmed to work with your other devices, such as a tablet and your computer, so you can switch between them by just tapping a button. (It works with most Smart TVs, Windows or Mac PCs, and Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.)

Olukai Kia’i II Sandals

Those who spend their time around water need a trusty, rugged sandal that can handle the abuse of sand and saltwater. The Kia’i II, which translates to “guard,” is designed specifically to withstand the rigors of the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association. If they can hold up for the best lifeguards on earth, we bet the waterman you know will love them.

Adidas NMD_R1 Sneakers

Travel shoes are underrated – or at least, they’re often overlooked. The NMD_R1 sneakers by Adidas are the perfect combination of comfort, good looks and light weight. Plus they’re not terribly expensive.

Teva Ember Moc

There’s nothing like sliding out of cramped ski boots and into toasty slippers at the end of the day. Teva’s Ember Mocs have a grippy rubber sole that can handle all the snow and slush the resort can throw at them, so you don’t have to wait to get home for that moment.

Flint and Tinder 10-Year Crew

Flint and Tinder’s 10-Year Crew is a truly American product, passing through the hands of 20+ American workers to become one heck of a sweatshirt by the time it gets to you. The uncompromising design starts with a beefy 23oz. fleece from South Carolina that is expertly cut, sewn together and comfort-washed in Los Angeles for a premium sweatshirt that’ll last through every expedition.

CORDURA x Mystery Ranch In & Out Summit Pack

Stuffable daypacks allow for quick, easy jaunts — which is how the urban outdoorsman operates. The CORDURA® x Mystery Ranch In & Out Summit Pack is a 19-liter daypack designed to stuff into its own front mesh pocket. Made from 100D CORDURA® fabric, it features upgraded contoured shoulder straps and a sternum strap not seen in most stuffable packs. Lightweight and highly packable, it’s a legitimate carry solution when space is at a premium.

Grado SR60e Headphones

For anybody looking for affordable, audiophile-grade headphones, these are among our favorites. The SR60e headphones are comfortable, sound great, and they have Grado’s famed look and open-back design. And since they’re wired, you can easily plug them into any turntable with a headphone jack.

Ridge Inversion Heavyweight Merino Bottoms

For high-performance merino wool baselayers without any of the typical high price tags, Ridge Merino is the way to go. The brand’s Heavyweight Merino bottoms are ultra warm and ultra soft. They help to regulate temperature and wick moisture better than synthetic bottoms, plus they’re anti-microbial. Oh yeah, and they’re only $80.

America the Beautiful National Parks Pass

In the outdoors, there’s no better gift than that of access, and while we’re all collectively the owners of our nation’s National Parks, they do cost money to get into. An annual pass provides entry to all federal lands for its holder and might be just the thing to inspire next year’s big trip.

Ruffwear Float Coat

All dogs who find themselves in water regularly should have a PFD, and Ruffwear’s is one of the most-recommended out there. It features a back handle to yank your pup from the water, reflective lining to spot them during night swims and, somewhat rarely, plenty of both sizing and color options.

Cressi Diving Fins

Every aspiring diver needs a pair of fins. Pick up a pair of black, blue or yellow fins made of a non-slip material. The longer blade helps you move faster with less effort and the full foot pocket-style keeps your feet locked in during dives.

Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2

As a creative, using a MacBook Pro also means acquiescing to the dongle life. This dongle by Satechi has all the essential ports: three USB 3.0, a 4K HDMI port to hook up a monitor, Ethernet, and an SD/microSD card reader. It supports USB-C pass-phrough charging, too. A nice touch is that you can get this dongle in the same space grey or silver colorway as your MacBook Pro.

Suunto Smart Sensor

To get the most accurate heart rate reading, you want the sensor to right over the heart. That’s why a chest-bound sensor will always be more reliable than the one on your wrist. It’s comfortable, easy to use, and great for a number of activities, including running, cycling, swimming and weight lifting.

Naked Vanilla Whey Protein

Nailing the WOD a couple times a week or more and you’re going to need some help recovering. Your body needs protein to re-build muscle fibers that are torn during workouts. Less Naked Vanilla Whey protein has only three ingredients and 25-grams of protein.

Tickr Fit Heart Rate Armband

For any runner who wants a realiable heart-rate tracker, but not in chest-strap form factor, there’s the Tickr Fit. It wraps around your arm, rather than your chest, and can track heart rate and calorie burn. And the best thing is that it’s compatible with a host of third-party apps, bike computers and smartwatches.

Proof Heatseeker Flannel

The Heatseeker Flannel is where performance meets extreme comfort. Constructed from a brushed thermo-regulating fabric, it keeps body temperature in check similar to the way merino wool does. While it might look like your favorite flannel, it’s softer and packs a technical punch, making for a mid-layer any adventurer would wear on a hike.

MSR MiniWorks EX Microfilter

Some campsites only offer water of questionable drinkability. For those times, MSR’s MiniWorks EX Microfilter is a reliable backup.

Bellroy Hide & Seek RFID Wallet

The Hide & Seek Wallet is a natural starting point for those looking to slim their pocket bulge. It’s conventional, yet loaded with hidden features and compartments that will whisk away your extra bulk. Cut from premium vegetable-tanned cow leather, it’ll protect bills and plastic for years to come. This version of the Hide & Seek sports an RFID-blocking upgrade that protects your personal information contained in identification cards, passports and smart credit or debit cards.

Lifeproof Fre

When you’re around water, you need to protect your phone. Submerge your phone in 2 meters of water for up to an hour and the new Fre case for the iPhone XS will keep it functional. The exterior seals to keep water, dirt, snow and debris out from the tiny crevices on the screen.

Nike Dri-Fit Short Sleeve Training Top

The gym-goer can never have too many workout tees. This Dri-Fit top works year round thanks to vented side seams and a comfortable fit. They feel so good that you might want to buy them in bulk.

Headspace Membership

You’ve put in loads of hours at the gym and just aren’t seeing the gains you want. Sometimes all you need to do is put your mind to it. Headspace is a meditation app that helps you conquer whatever is on your goal to do list. Sleep better and stress less with dedicated daily meditations that range from 10 to 15 minutes. You’re guaranteed to breathe a little deeper.

Manduka GRP Yoga Mat

Everyone can use a bit more stretching in their lives. A yoga mat at home is one basic tool you can use to help do yoga, stretch and even foam roll. Increase your flexibility and mobility with a daily (or even weekly) practice. This all-natural rubber mat comes in a standard or extra long size, so if your favorite part of yoga is to lie down, you don’t have to worry about your feet or head hanging off the mat. For guys who do hot yoga, this mat is essential. Don’t bother grabbing a grippy towel, this mat will keep your hands in place, even during down dog.

Alltrails Lifetime Membership

Hiking hasn’t lost pace with technology, and while you should always carry a paper map as a backup, smartphones have become helpful tools that aid in exploration. Alltrails crowdsources trail maps, reviews and photos from its community of nine million so that you can find trails wherever you go (and download and print maps for use in areas with no service).

The James Brand Ellis Tool

The Ellis is The James Brand’s reinterpretation of a Swiss Army-style tool; it comes with two locking implements in one sleek package that’s worth its weight (only 2.8 ounces) on and off the trail. Use its tool to open bottles at the summit and turn screws on your gear and its partially-serrated blade to make repairs and cut rope (or sharpen sticks for marshmallow roasting).

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Black Diamond Stormline Stretch Rain Pants

Hardcore hikers know that it’s a rain-or-shine activity, but the former calls for some additional thought to apparel. Black Diamond has made its Stormline pants as comfortable as possible; they’re waterproof (as required), but they’re also stretchy, allowing for enough freedom of movement to make walking in the rain a pleasant experience.

Grado SR80e Prestige Series Headphones

Grado’s SR80e headphones are an old-school pair of no-frills wired headphones that look cool and sound great. For under $100, they’re a great way to add some flair and terrific sound to your desktop setup.

Patagonia Houdini Jacket

Hiking is an inherently peaceful activity, but it’s also strenuous, and doing it in a jacket can be a sweaty affair. That’s why Patagonia made the Houdini as breathable and lightweight as possible. At 3.6 ounces, it’s barely noticeable, except when it’s protecting you from wind and drizzle.

Schiit Audio Fulla 2

For anybody looking for a straightforward solution to upgrade their desktop audio setup, this is it. For $99 you’re not going to find a better DAC and headphone amp combo than the Fulla 2. It’s simple yet excellent, plugging into your computer via USB. From there, all you need is your own headphones. Plus, it’s got a great volume knob.

Lander Cairn XL Lantern

Not all backcountry lanterns are suitable for use at home, but Lander’s Cairn is an exception. It’s waterproof, rechargeable and uses a convenient anchor system that gives it the versatility needed to function as a camp light, a bike light and more.

The James Brand Folsom Knife

The Folsom is the James Brand’s workhorse pocket knife; it features a 2.75-inch CTS-BD1 stainless steel blade that opens with one hand and a grippy G10 handle. It’s as capable of preparing a meal or making a repair in the backcountry as it is at opening boxes in the office.

High Above The Lookout Hip Pack

Unless you’re headed out on an all-day onslaught of mountain biking, a full-on mountain bike backpack is overkill. All you really need is a phone, wallet, tube, tool, pump/CO2, maybe a snack and water. Those essentials can fit easily in a hip pack and allow for better ventilation on your back as well as a better range of motion while on the bike. High Above mountain bike hip packs are some of the best on the market. And they’re serious pieces of outdoor gear. Each High Above hip pack is designed and sewn in Bellingham, Washington.

AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC

This is a really popular and portable headphone amp. It has a built-in DAC, so your music is going to sound much cleaner than if your headphones were just plugged into computer. It’s uncomplicated: it plugs into your computer via USB and you plug your headphones into it. That’s it.

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