Some gifts get thrown in the back of the closet and never see the light of day. Some get tried out once and then retired. Still others are re-gifted at the first possible opportunity. That won’t happen to the gifts on this list. In the hands of the right person, they’ll do yeoman’s duty for decades.
A good mixer is an essential part of any real cook’s set of tools. This Kitchen-Aid mixer is a classic. It comes with a 5 quart mixing bowl and set of mixing attachments. Its sturdy construction will stand the test of time. You can choose from over twenty colors.
This gift is excellent for college students, new couples, or seasoned veterans who are tired of trying to find the perfect simmer setting on their stovetop. It’s digitally controlled and cooks up to six cups of rice to perfection. The secret of rice cookers is that they’re also great for steaming veggies.
If you have a working man in your life, you need to get him a Carhartt work jacket. Carhartt makes the most rugged, durable, practical work clothes on the planet, hands down. From loggers to fishermen to auto mechanics to contractors, Carhartt comes through every time.
This three-season sleeping system from North Face will keep you comfortable all the way down to twenty degrees above zero. It’s made from 30% recycled material, has a roomy foot box, and a half zipper to keep cool on warm summer nights.
There are coffee drinkers who enjoy the ritual of getting up in the morning and making their fresh cup of brew. We think these are people who haven’t had a good programmable coffeemaker before. Imagine waking up to the smell of a fresh cup of joe, waiting for you in the kitchen.
A set of knives is another essential element that every cook and every kitchen needs. The eighteen-piece set of high-carbon stainless steel knives includes a paring knife, a utility knife, a chef’s knife, a partoku knife a santok knife, a bread knife, an eight inch sharpening steel, and a set of steak knives.
A high-quality backpack is a must-have for any outdoors enthusiast. The Osprey Atmos is built to last. The anti-gravity ventilated shoulder and hip harness system molds to the back and distributes heavy load evenly from the shoulder straps to the hip belt. It’s got external pockets, and a separate sleeping bag compartment.
The Kelty three person is a standby in the camping industry. It’s light enough for one person to take on a personal trip, and big enough to sleep three people easily. It’s got a special half-on/half off fly system that lets you see the sky on clear nights, and close up quickly if bad weather rolls in.
Whisperlites are the gold standard in portable, compact camping stoves. They’ve been up Everest and they’ve been across the ocean in open boats. They’ve come through for campers and climbers for decades, just like you’re going to come through for your bro when you get him this gift.
Good tools last. That’s why they’re worth the investment. This sixty-five piece kit from Stanley comes in a durable plastic case and includes a hammer, a tape rule, a box cutter, a level, two screwdrivers, two sets of pliers, and a complete set of mechanics tools.
It’s time to retire that old gunmetal gray Leatherman and make way for the new generation of sleek stainless steel models. This incredible tool has almost twenty different tools, from knives to screwdrivers to wire cutters. It closes down to less than four inches and fits easily in a pocket.
Goretex is the fabric of choice for high mountain explorers, extreme snowboarders/skiers, and fisherman who make a living on the savage seas. One thing these men have in common is the need to stay dry and warm without overheating. Goretex does this better than any fabric, ever, hands down. But him a Goretex jacket.
Silk pajamas are a gift from heaven. They’re warm, they’re comfortable, and they make you want to snuggle up and stay in bed forever. This set of pajamas is cut specifically for women. It comes in a selection of twelve feminine colors.
Bushnell is known for high-performance sports optics. This model lives up to the name. They’re 100% waterproof, sealed with o-rings, and coated with no-slip rubber armor. The high-tech Bak-4 prisms give crystal clear, fog-free images and excellent light transmission. They have a large center knob for easy focus.
A good flannel shirt is like an old friend. You can keep coming back to them, year after year, and they’ll always be there for you. This heavy-duty, button down flannel shirt is a perfect gift for anyone: man, woman, young, old—flannel is everyone’s favorite choice for winter.
Everyone needs a good pair of wool socks, and this pair can’t be beat. These Carhartts are made from a wool/polyester blend that’s pliable and keeps the feet warm in the coldest of conditions. They’re made for work, but they’re perfect for hiking, skiing, or any cold-weather outdoor activity.
The gift of music lasts forever. This classical acoustic guitar set from Yamaha includes a guitar made from rosewood and mahogany, a digital tuner, a padded soft-shell case, and an instructional DVD. Classical guitars have a natural, beautiful sound, and the nylon strings are easy on the fingers.
Thermarest pioneered inflatable sleeping pads and they’ve dominated the camping industry since they first came on the market. They’re lightweight, roll up easily, and they’re unbreakable. They keep you warm by keeping you off the ground, and legend has it that you can even use them—in an emergency—to cross rivers.
The Bose Wave System has been a home favorite for decades. This model has the standard AM/FM radio and CD player, and it’s been updated for the 21st century. It connects wirelessly with home Wi-Fi, Bluetooth devices, Internet stations, and externally digital storage systems. It’s small, but fills the entire room with top-quality sound.
Outdoor grilling doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t need a fancy gas-grill with all the bells and whistles. All you really need it one of these. The standard black grill, a bag of charcoal, and your grilling meat of choice. All the rest is fluff. Get them a Weber Kettle, and they’re all set.
They’ve got the knives, now they need something to cut on. This set is made of bamboo, which is stronger than regular wood, easier on the environment, and keeps knives sharper for longer. This set has a small, medium, and large board for all your cutting or serving needs.
A cast-iron cooking set is not only eminently practical, but it also gives a kitchen a classic look and feel that can’t be matched. This indestructible five piece set includes a griddle, a small and a large skillet, and a Dutch Oven with a cover. Every piece is safe for use on stoves, grills, campfires, and ovens.
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