Gift Guide: There's No Excuse for Fruitcake

Rule 4

Nov 19, 2009
Outside Magazine
Innate Kaze Modular Vacuum Bottle, Leatherman Wave, Eddie Bauer Ranger Belt, Mulholland Sportsman's Flask,  Nixon Chronicle, Casio Exilim Mobile, UGG Ascot, Smartwool socks

   Photo: Photograph by Shana Novak

Luckily, some gifts work even for those folks who are impossible to buy for. Any caffeine junkie will appreciate Innate's insulated, stainless-steel Kaze Modular Vacuum Bottle ($24;; see item 1 in photo), a mug/bottle combo that keeps liquids hot up to ten hours. Or Jetboil's new Flash Java Kit ($100;, which pairs a French press with the company's wickedly fast and efficient stove system. Even casual runners will dig Nike's nifty, water-resistant SportBand ($59;, which tracks everything from pace to calories burned. And for hikers or travelers: Nemo's Ditto Backpack holds 1,200 cubic inches when loaded and packs away into its own pocket when it's not ($49;

More gifts:
2. We've tested lots of multitools over the years. Leatherman's Wave is still our favorite. $99;
3. Eddie Bauer's saddle-leather Ranger Belt works with everything from Carhartts to khakis. $79;
4. Two steel shot glasses come hidden in Mulholland's ten-ounce Sportman's Flask. $80;
5. Simple and a little retro: That's why we like Nixon's Swiss-made Chronicle wristwatch. $250;
6. Casio's Exilim Mobile: Our favorite shock- and water-resistant camera phone. $275 with contract;
7. The guy who has everything? He probably also has crappy slippers. For him, UGG's Ascot. $100;
8. Emroidered hand towels? Terrible stocking stuffer. Smartwool socks? Always a winner. From $14;

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