For whatever reason, this year I have been looking through a lot of gift lists, and overall I have been really disappointed with them. Because of this I thought I’d make a gift list for a change — the idea behind this list is: if I didn’t have any of the stuff I currently have, what could someone give me where I would end up being so happy with it, I would tell other people they need to get it.
With that in mind, here are some very high quality gifts to give someone like me:
- GORUCK GR1: It’s still the best backpack money can buy. It will also last people a lifetime and keep them talking about how happy they are with it. I hadn’t used mine in a few months, and then I took it on a trip and now I am in love with the bag all over again. I have another friend who had the same thing happen to them with this bag.
- Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker: If he already has knives, get him this knife sharpener. It is incredibly easy to use and learn, and you get a razor sharp edge from it in no time. Owning a knife is great, keeping it sharp is a point of pride.
- Spyderco Sage 1: If he doesn’t already own a pocket knife, get him one. For price and performance, the Spyderco Sage 1 is amazing. It looks really cool, it’s made out of great steel, and it costs next to nothing for a pocket knife. (If you think he would like something smaller, here’s my pick for that.)
- Ministry of Supply Shirt: if he has to wear a button up shirt to work, but is the kind of person that immediately comes home and puts on comfortable clothes, he’ll love one of these dress shirts. Look at the Future Forward and Daystarter models of shirts — they are insanely comfortable to wear all day long.
- Fujifilm X100T: Yes the iPhone 7 model cameras are probably all most people need, but the X100T is like nothing else. The images you get are amazing, it looks cool, feels great, and makes a statement. If he has always wanted a “good” camera, here you go.
- Mechanical Keyboard: most of us spend all day at the computer, and most people give very little thought to the keyboard they end up spending most of their days smashing on. Shifting to a mechanical keyboard takes a little getting used to (here’s a good explainer on why you might want to change), but the end result is almost always happiness. I recommend the Code (ten keyless unless you know they use a number pad all the time) if they are at a desktop machine, or the Pok3r if they are the type of person who likes a more compact setup. I personally would buy either one with the ‘MX Cherry Clear’ switches.
- Flint and Tinder Hoodie: if they work from home, this is a must have. I love this hoodie and end up wearing it most of the winter while I work. (If you aren’t a member of Huckberry, this link will get you $10 off your first order.)
If it were me, I’d be overjoyed with any one of those gifts, but if you need more ideas there’s always my listing of The Best products (members only) to consult.