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The Rumpl Puffy Sherpa blanket is a skier’s best friend for cold-weather tailgating.

(Courtesy Teva) Teva Ember Moc Slippers ($75) The Teva Ember Moc slippers (women’s pictured) have forgiving polyurethane footbeds, hearty rubber outsoles, and cozy quilted uppers, making them the perfect after-class footwear. Buy Now (Courtesy Athleta) Athleta Hyper Focused Print Bra ($54) Athleta updated its bestselling Hyper…

(Courtesy Hatje Cantz) ‘Unwired’ by Jacqueline Hassink ($85) Gifting someone a copy of Unwired (Hatje Cantz), by Jacqueline Hassink, is a tactful way to tell them they need a vacation. The coffee-table book juxtaposes two photography projects from the Dutch artist, one looking at beautiful and remote places with no…

(Courtesy PK Grills) PK Grills PK 360 ($800) A stylish grill won’t make you a better cook. But damn if we don’t feel more confident operating the burly and gorgeous PK Grills PK 360. While you’re at it, splurge on the Teak Shelf kit ($200). Buy…

(Courtesy Misc. Goods Co.) Misc. Goods Co. Ivory ­Ceramic Flask ($92) The 11-ounce Misc. Goods Co. Ivory ­Ceramic flask is slim enough to stow in your pocket, but its leather, brass, and cork closure begs to be shown off. Buy Now (Courtesy Everyday Co.) Everyday Co.

(Courtesy Stance) Stance Teton Hike Socks ($24) Designed by mountaineer and photographer Jimmy Chin, the Teton socks are snug and supportive at the toe and heel, thick and cushioned throughout, and made with a wool blend that keeps feet dry. Buy Now (Courtesy Reef) Reef Escape…

A high-performance carbon-frame rig for under four grand? Believe it. Canyon Cycles’ Aeroad WMN CF SLX Disc 8.0 is a lightweight, durable, do-everything road machine that’s cheaper than the competition, thanks to the German company’s direct-to-consumer model.

(Courtesy LifeStraw) Special Edition LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with 2-Stage Integrated Filter Straw ($45) With this two-stage filter-and-bottle combo in your hands, you can scoop water directly from a river or stream and know that 99.9 percent of waterborne bacteria, parasites, and microplastics will be filtered out. This special-edition…

(Courtesy AETHER Apparel) Aether x Mystery Ranch Pack ($235) Water-resistant nylon, a padded laptop sleeve, generous zippers, and cinch side panels are just a few of the smart features that make the Aether x Mystery Ranch pack the ideal hauler for ferrying daily essentials to and from the office.

(Courtesy Brixton) Brixton Joanna Hat ($44) A straw hat that’s both classy and functional is not easy to find. This one has a wide brim for maximum sun protection and an understated ribbon band. Buy Now (Courtesy Richer Poorer) Richer Poorer Classic Bralette ($28) Oh so…

(Courtesy DJI) DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Drone ($1,099) Sixty percent quieter than its predecessor, DJI’s Mavic Pro Platinum drone offers a re­markable 30 minutes of air time on a charge. Buy Now (Courtesy Sony) Sony A7 III ­Camera ($2,000) The Sony A7 III ­camera (lens sold separate)…

(Courtesy J.A. Henckels) J.A. Henckels International Classic Cleaver ($40) Help the grill master on your holiday list properly butcher meat with this six-inch, Spanish-made cleaver. It has plenty of heft to make quick work of bones and joints. Buy Now (Courtesy Townshend) Townshend’s Gin ($30) Hold…

(Courtesy Topo Designs) Topo Designs Organic Cotton Field Shirt ($89) Topo Designs’ organic cotton Field shirt is the Swiss Army knife of utility layers, ready for yard duty, a long hike, or an evening on the town. Buy Now (Courtesy Filson) Filson Insulated Tin Cloth Cap ($65)…

(Courtesy Revere Cardio) Revere Cardio Vanilla Chai ($20 for 8) One packet delivers 15 grams of pea and rice protein and 20 grams of carbs from sweet potatoes to aid in recovery. There’s no better stocking stuffer for the endurance athlete on your list. Buy Now…

(Courtesy Dish by Duer) Dish by Duer Adaptive Denim High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($119) The stretchy and comfortable Dish by Duer Adaptive Denim High-Rise Skinny jeans utilize Coolmax fibers, which boost the denim’s insulation but also breathe and wick moisture from the skin. Buy Now (Courtesy Burton)…

(Courtesy Think Tank) Think Tank Photo SD Pixel Pocket Rocket ($17) Your $8,000 worth of camera gear is useless if you lose the SD card holding your images. Hedge your bets with the Pocket Rocket, a small organizer that holds nine memory cards and clips securely onto your pack.

(Courtesy Gaiam) Gaiam Restore Marbled Foam Roller ($20) The Gaiam Restore Marbled foam roller has a just-right semifirm density for soothing tight quads. Bonus: it looks good enough to keep in the living room. Buy Now (Courtesy Under Armour + JBL) UA Sport Wireless Train Headphones…

(Courtesy Oboz) Oboz M-Trail Low Shoes ($120) The Oboz M-Trail Low shoes perform all day from city to trail, with breathable uppers and cushioned, supportive EVA midsoles and inserts for extra energy return. Buy Now (Courtesy Seea) Seea Lido One Piece Suit ($125) Seea’s Lido One…

(Courtesy Patagonia) Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Vest ($99) Nothing feels as cozy as fleece. Patagonia’s Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Vest is thick and soft, and it’s made using fair-trade recycled polyester. Buy Now (Courtesy Rumpl) Rumpl Puffy Sherpa Blanket ($189) With velvety fleece on one side and matte…

(Courtesy 1more) 1more Triple Driver In-Ear Headphones ($100) 1more managed to fit three drivers—for highs, mids, and deep bass—into a single earbud, hence the almost impossibly vibrant sound that comes from the Triple Driver In-Ear headphones. Buy Now (Courtesy Taylor) Taylor GS Mini-e Koa Guitar ($800)…

(Courtesy Eagle Creek) Eagle Creek Wayfinder 20 Pack ($80) The versatile Eagle Creek Wayfinder 20 pack is made from lightweight ripstop and has contoured straps. Cord organizers and pockets for a laptop, a tablet, and other small gadgets add to its functionality. Men's …

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(Courtesy GoPro) GoPro Hero 6 Camera ($500) The newest offering from the action cam pioneer, the GoPro Hero 6 camera listens to your voice commands and has a pared-down viewing screen, making for easy viewing and playback of your sweet footie. Buy Now (Courtesy Gnarbox) Gnarbox…

With so many great craft beers, you would be forgiven for asking, “Why make my own?” The answer's simple: for the sheer adventure of it. This stuff will help the end product taste pretty decent, too.  (Courtesy PicoBrew) PicoBrew Model C Brewer ($549) Trying to brew your own beer can…

Taking care of your body shouldn't stop at the gym.  (Courtesy Kopari) Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub ($38) Who doesn’t want to be gently massaged by tiny bits of crushed Tahitian coconut shells? This organic coconut oil-based body scrub sloughs off dry skin, leaving you moisturized, super-smooth, and smelling sweet.

Deck out your home with these backyard barbeque toys.  (Courtesy Filson) Filson Apron ($95) Made from durable, machine-washable, antique tin cloth, this rugged apron is functional BBQ steeze at its best, with an adjustable nylon neck strap, oil-finished trim, and five pockets for all your grilling tools.

So you like wrenching on your bike and tuning your skis. Read on. (Courtesy Dakine) Dakine Deluxe Tuning Kit ($60) Keep skis and snowboards in top shape with this portable set, which includes an edge tuning tool, file, wire cleaning brush, metal scraper, wax scraper, pocket, wax, and a scuff…

Chance favors the prepared nomad.  (Courtesy Outlaw Soaps) Outlaw Soaps PCT Adventure Soap Set ($24) Just like the through-hike it was named for, Outlaw Soaps’ PCT Adventure soap set delivers the intoxicating odors of both the mountains (with a natural pine fragrance) and the high desert (courtesy of sagebrush oil)…

Skiers, tinkerers, snowshoers, and chefs….These are the winter splurges they want.  (Oru Kayak) Oru Kayak Bay ST Patagonia Edition Kayak ($1,599) One of our favorite watercraft ever made, this limited edition version of the Oru Bay ST is hand painted by artist and adventurer Rachel Pohl and depicts the rugged…

For the ladies who play hard and après even harder.  (Courtesy Toad&Co) Toad&Co Dakotah Long Sleeve Travel Shirt ($69) We’re now firmly in the era of performance plaid. The polyester-wool blend of Toad&Co’s Dakotah Long Sleeve Travel shirt dries quickly if you work up a sweat and has nicely accommodating stretch,…

Get stronger faster with the right post-workout tools.  (Courtesy Trigger Point) Trigger Point STK Contour Roller ($30) Nine wheels give the Trigger Point STK Contour roller a range of massaging power. And the main bar is flexible, allowing you to wrap it around spent muscles for better relief and recovery.

Clothes for work and play when temperatures dip.  (Courtesy Burton) Burton AK BK Lite Insulator Jacket ($250) The Burton AK BK Lite Insulator jacket is a streetworthy layer with technical features. Constructed from water-resistant ripstop and plush down, it packs away in its own pocket. Buy…

A scarf can seem like an uninspired holiday present—like giving Dad a tie on Father’s Day. But the Krochet Kids Camden ($48) is different. A supremely soft, acrylic-alpaca-blend piece, it spruces up any outfit and has a great backstory. The SoCal brand pays seamstresses in Uganda and Peru a living…

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