Spirits are the season's easiest go-to, but make sure you know the recipient's tastes. If it's Scotch, we suggest you splurge: The Glenlivet Nàdurra Triumph 1991 is our new favorite ($85; theglenlivet.com; see item 1 in photo). Wine can be tough to nail, so go for a critics' choice, like the 2005 Adobe Road Syrah ($38; adoberoadwines.com), which Wine Spectator gave 92 points. A fine sipping tequila, like Herradura Añejo ($50; herradura.com), is unbeatable; if you're mixing, you want a good blanco. Specialty brew is a safe bet as well. BeerOnTheWall.com ships hard-to-find domestic bombers, like Stone Brewing's Vertical Epic Ale ($10) and Global Brew 12-pack samplers ($33).
2. Eddie Bauer's down Quilted Field Vest hits the mark if you want rugged sportsman style. $99; eddiebauer.com
3. L.L. Bean's merino-wool-lined Buckskin Chopper Mitts are as tough as they are warm. $49; llbean.com
4. Freestyle's Submersion is a burly and well-priced dive watch depth-rated to 200 meters. $125; freestyleusa.com
5. Anyone would be happy to have Victorinox's six-tool Soldier Knife in the backcountry. $58; swissarmy.com
6. Go-anywhere winter wear: Mountain Khakis' Flannel-Lined Original Mountain Pants. $90; mountainkhakis.com