(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 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 …

(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)…

Skip the tie this year and go for one of these budget-friendly products instead

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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…

(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…

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…

Get your winter workout on.  Aret Toura Low Cut Sports Bra ($64) Supporting the pecs, lats, and traps, Aret’s nylon-spandex Toura Low Cut sports bra boosts your strength-training form while wicking sweat. It also doubles as a swim top. Buy Now (Courtesy Yellow WIllow) Yellow Willow Yoga…

The gift of a watch says “You’re special.” The gift of the WeWood Laguna timepiece ($320) says “You’re one of a kind.” Italian manufacturer WeWood uses remnant hardwoods, so no trees are cut down to get that handsome, grainy bezel and band. For the Laguna, the brand reclaimed oak from…

Treats and tools for the good-food obsessed.  (Courtesy Finex) Finex 12″ Cast Iron Skillet ($195) The octagonal design of the Finex 12″ Cast Iron skillet makes pouring off liquids a breeze, and the spring handle cools quickly to prevent seared hands. Buy Now (Courtesy Stumptown) Stumptown…

Show your dog how much you love her with a recycled cotton blanket, a bridle-leather leash from Filson, and seven other non-essentials.  (Courtesy Orvis) Orvis Buffalo Check Dog Jacket ($49) The traditional plaid print and corduroy accents on the polyester Orvis Buffalo Check dog jacket will give your best friend a…

Working remote doesn't require sacrificing style and comfort.  (Courtesy Grovemade) Grovemade Walnut Laptop Stand ($139) Sure, you can work anywhere on a laptop. But when you’re at home, upgrade from the kitchen counter with Grovemade’s Walnut laptop stand, which delivers comfort and classic wood style. Buy…

Utah-based Cotopaxi has earned a lot of accolades for its progressive approach to philanthropy, including its commitment to donating 2 percent of all revenue to nonprofits that improve health, education, and the standard of living around the world. In recent years, the benefit corporation has supported malaria prevention in sub-Saharan…

Live in Portland, Oregon? These two items deserve a permanent place in your everyday kit.  (Courtesy Fjallraven) Fjällräven Sörmland Crew Sweater ($150) Cushy lamb’s wool makes Fjällräven’s Sörmland Crew sweater buttery soft, while ribbed cuffs and hem keep out winter’s chill. But let’s be honest, we dig it for its…

Tools for the roads and the trails.  (Courtesy Specialized) Specialized AWOL Expert Bike ($2,500) Thanks to a tough but compliant steel frame and integrated fenders and racks, the a. Specialized AWOL Expert bike is your go-to for anything from a grocery run to a long-haul tour.

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…

From a $150 cooler to a $645 SUP, this list exclusively features gear that enables adventure.  (Courtesy Isle) Isle Cruiser Soft Top Paddleboard Kit ($645) Why a soft-top SUP? Because you’re not in a race. The Isle Cruiser Soft Top Paddleboard kit includes a paddle and bungees to hold your gear. …

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Seven tools to document, control, and amplify your outdoor pursuits.  (Fugoo) Fugoo XL Sport Speaker  Guaranteed Pleaser The Fugoo XL Sport speaker handles the hardest bass drops and most delicate acoustic strums. Unlike many purportedly weatherproof competitors, it’s a truly durable unit: we left it in the rain for a week with…

Gear to get after it, on the water or the snow.  (Red Paddle Co.) Red Paddle Co. Explorer+ Board Guaranteed Pleaser Red Paddle Co. uses hard plastic rail reinforcements to make the stiffest inflatable stand-up paddle-boards on the market. Case in point, the 13'2″ Explorer+ board is sturdy enough to carry…

You heard it here first: socks have ascended the gift hierarchy from vanilla stocking stuffer to one of the season’s most exciting presents. This is especially true for those that are meant to go beyond the pavement. These six offer the same purposefully over-the-top colors and patterns as their ­metro brethren…

(Noble Denim) Noble Denim Truman Jeans  Guaranteed Pleaser These Noble Denim Truman jeans are the product of a collaboration between Ohio-based Noble and merino-focused Vermont clothing company Ibex. They prove that combining cotton and wool makes for a light—and handsome—alternative to traditional pants. Price $300 Buy Now (Nau ) Nau Altiplano Alpaca…

Eight products to treat your skin right.  (Love and Leche) Love and Leche's Mountain Goat Lotion Bar Guaranteed Pleaser Love and Leche’s ­Mountain Goat lotion bar served us well after a day of rock climbing, moisturizing split fingers and calming ­blisters. It also excels as a lip balm and tames scraggly…

For those who prefer to get their workouts in on either end of the 9-to-5

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