Whether you’re buying for your best bud or want to treat yourself, go with gifts that are best in class. Here’s the ultimate list of well-crafted, damn good-looking presents to give or get.
ROLL YOUR OWN
Scout field bed, $712
Glamping is more glamorous with this field bed made from Italian selvage denim that rolls up and ties down with a leather strap. Behind all that style is serious substance: The bed is stuffed with Climashield insulation and is rated to zero degrees Fahrenheit.
HAVE A MOSCOW
Moscow mule mug, $15
Based on the vessel that held the original Moscow mule cocktail at the Cock ’n Bull in Los Angeles back in 1946, this 100 percent copper cup is the embodiment of old-school cocktail cool.
MILLION-DOLLAR SHAVE CLUB
Badger-hair shave brush, $90
For those who find the ritual of shaving to be as meditative and artful as the Japanese tea ceremony, this genuine badger-hair shaving brush will lather up soap and make your bristles stand at the ready for a straight or safety razor.
Medicine ball, $350
Most exercise gear looks ugly as hell, but this American-made medicine ball is easily the handsomest version of a free weight we’ve ever seen. Its 12-pound heft comes from the shredded scrap-leather stuffing.
SHUTTER TO THINK
Leica X Vario digital camera, $2,300
No smartphone can beat a dedicated camera loaded with killer optics and 16–megapixel capability. And few cameras look as good as this leather-clad Leica, which also shoots HD video in the social-media-friendly MP4 format.
BLEND FOR YOURSELF
Dewar’s 15 year old blended scotch whisky
This limited edition scotch features a collection of single malts aged for a minimum of 15 years in sherry and oak casks. The whiskies are blended and put back into barrels to marry their flavors before bottling. Not overwhelming with peaty smokiness, the scotch’s honey and toffee notes come through.
Oliver Peoples Benedict sunglasses, $435
The double bridge and red mirrored lenses on these Oliver Peoples sunglasses upgrade the classic aviator to first class.
Swobo Mutineer mountain bike, $699
Get in touch with your inner wild child with Swobo’s Mutineer, a trail-specific BMX tricked out with disc brakes. Sure, you could get it in matte black, but real men can pull off the hot pink (which looks even more badass spattered with mud).
Jackson Cannon bar knife, $80
The first knife specially designed for bartenders: The sharp, short blade makes quick work of citrus, the flat tip removes fruit seeds easily, and the flat side of the blade can be used to scrape the bar clean after a long night of mixology.
Shinola Runwell chronograph, $750
No offense to Switzerland, but this handsome chronograph made in Detroit keeps perfect time while looking, yes, timelessly American. And the orange Super-LumiNova hands look strikingly sharp against the royal-blue face.
Playboy “Ernest” Sunglasses by Selima Optique, $270
It is not hard to picture Ernest Hemingway—after whom this style was named—wearing these during any of his notorious mid-century adventures. These French-made sunglasses feature a masculine-inspired shape for both men and women, with bold colors including amber, navy, and taupe crystal.
Burton Fish snowboard, $600
Hit the powder at a radical angle this winter with Burton’s Fish snowboard, which features a surf-inspired double–swallowtail design for control and speed. And the trippy multi-color pattern just looks awesome.
DJI Spreading Wings S1000, $4,000
For budding aerial cinematographers, there’s the DJI Spreading Wings S1000, a serious flying machine with retractable landing gear and enough oomph to pilot a digital SLR to new heights.
Turk Criss-Cross pan, $70
Hand forged in Germany by a company operating since 1857, this nine-and-a-half-inch iron pan has menacing good looks and a cool crosshatch pattern, and it’s the ideal tool for searing a perfect salty crust on a steak.
Lexdray x Playboy Reversible Tote, $165
This classic tote features a series of colorful matchbook cases from the iconic Playboy Clubs of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Perfect for the beach, gym, or a day of errands, its reversible to a classic black ballistic nylon if you want to keep it discreet.