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Victorinox Butcher Knife

Victorinox Butcher Knife

Victorinox's cutlery is every bit as dependable as its field pieces and watches. The rosewood-handled, chef-quality Butcher Knife makes quick work of pork ribs, turkey, roast beef, etc.—and keeps its edge as well as knives three times the price. $63; swissarmy.com

Samuel Adams Infinium Ale

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Samuel Adams Infinium Ale
Samuel Adams Infinium Ale

Samuel Adams collaborated with Germany's Weihenstephan, the world's oldest brewery, to create Infinium, a 10.3 percent–alcohol ale that tastes a bit like champagne and is the first new style of beer in more than 400 years to be developed under the Reinheitsgebot, Germany's strict regulations concerning the purity and production of suds. The beer snob in your family will go gaga. $20; samueladams.com

Kraken Black Spiced Rum

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Kraken Black Spiced Rum
Kraken Black Spiced Rum

Your holiday party will probably be fueled by rum, so stock up with a real monster. Kraken is not only good for sipping; appropriately enough, it also makes a killer dark-and-stormy. Just mix with ginger beer and fresh lime. $20; krakenrum.com

GSI Glacier Stainless Margarita Glasses

Our vice-themed handbook has the perfect present for everyone on your list, including the best drinks and culinary gadgets of 2010.

GSI Glacier Stainless Margarita Glass
GSI Glacier Stainless Margarita Glass

Let's see, your buddy loves to camp … and he loves margaritas? Done! A pair of GSI Outdoors' unbreakable Glacier Stainless Margarita Glasses. And, no, the rest of the people on your list will not be this easy. $10; gsioutdoors.com

Camelbak Groove Bottle

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Camelbak Groove Bottle
Camelbak Groove Bottle   Photo: Lucas Zarebinski

Our number-one complaint with plastic bottles: plastic-tasting water. CamelBak's Groove bottle has a replaceable carbon filter that improves both the quality (it pulls out chlorine, mercury, and other nasties) and taste of tap water. $25; camelbak.com

An Entirely Synthetic Fish

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An Entirely Synthetic Fish
An Entirely Synthetic Fish

This isn't one of those books that only fly-fishermen will like. An Entirely Synthetic Fish (Yale University Press, $26) is a compelling cautionary tale about how the systematic introduction and massive cultivation of rainbow trout for fishing changed America's waterways, both for better and for worse.

Glenfiddich 18-Year-Old Scotch Whisky

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Glenfiddich 18-Year-Old Scotch Whisky
Glenfiddich 18-Year-Old Scotch Whisky

A top-shelf single-malt is a no-brainer. Glenfiddich's 18-Year-Old is a complex yet easy-drinking Speyside style with a mild, honeyed peat-and-oak character and a buttery spice finish—which is to say it tastes amazingly good. $60; glenfiddich.com

PENANCE: Temperance

Spyderco Cricket SS SpyderEdge
Spyderco Cricket SS SpyderEdge   Photo: Courtesy of Spyderco

Penance: Temperance
A recovering gear glutton, I've curbed my profligate ways and now save gobs of cash with a simple formula: Buy once—but very well. I apply this scheme to gifts, too. For instance, any reasonable man wants two particular bits of gear with him every day: a watch and a pocketknife. The former is pretty subjective, and requires a significant investment, so don't count on it, Dad (but I recommend Swiss, with an automatic movement). The latter, though, is a cinch. It just so happens that the Greatest Pocketknife of All Time—Spyderco's ultrathin Cricket SS SpyderEdge (spyderco.com)—is only 95 bucks. Heck, you could even throw in some Band-Aids.

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