Looking for a great gift this holiday season? We hear you. And if sparing yourself crazy shopping mania is the true #1 item at the top of your list, never fear. We’ve put together a short list of items from companies who not only make great products but who are also doing things the right way. So give a gift this season that says a little something extra. Enjoy!
Reusables may not be the sexiest items but that’s precisely why we love this collection from our friends at United By Blue. Whether you’re trying to cut down on plastic bottles, or simply want to to keep some spare utensils around, they’ve created a compilation of fun, stylish everyday items that cut down on waste and look good. We particularly like their line of insulated water bottles which are just about the perfect gift for almost anyone on your list.
Scarves always make great gifts. You don’t have to worry about fit, and anything in a classic design is sure to go with almost any outfit. They’re safe bets. Want to know what’s an even better bet? Getting one of these recycled cashmere scarves from Eileen Fisher. Don’t let the recycled part fool you, these are incredibly soft, luxurious scarves befitting the most discriminating eye. If you’re looking for someone to oooh and aaaah after opening up a gift this holiday season, this is the option for you.
True confession - we have a bunch of these in our closets. When you’re keeping it casual and want a little warmth during the shoulder season (or even winter months) the Better Sweater is a go-to option. Wear it with jeans, or even as a layer over a Tuckerman shirt, you’ll love the athletic cut and thoughtful detailing. Mix in a few colors or styles - a quarter zip or a full zip - and you may just get enough variety to wear these more than you think you could get away with. Don’t be surprised if it becomes a staple.
We love Pact’s socks and the fun designs in this holiday pack make for a perfect, under-the-tree gift. You’d be forgiven for thinking that all socks are basically the same - we thought so too before we started wearing these! They are great fitting, super soft, and made from organic cotton. We’ve also found them to be incredibly long lasting. Fear not - these socks will be a hit!
The folks at Cotopaxi make a fantastic pack. We remember seeing the first iterations when they emerged onto the scene and being impressed at the time. Well they’ve only gotten better from there—matching thoughtful functionality, durable construction, and fun styles. Our favorite is the Allpa 35L Travel Pack which is a versatile, all-around size that works great as a carry-on or for hauling gear around town or on the trail. Best of all, the internal pocket arrangement is fantastic. You’ll know exactly where things are at all times.
Sure, we’re biased, but there probably isn’t a better shirt out there than the classic blue oxford. It works well in a range of settings, it pairs well with a variety of colors, and it has that classic, All-American look. Of course not all Oxfords are created equal. Ours comes in a more tailored fit — gone are the days of those boxy, set-sail oxfords of yesteryear. Oh yes, and did we mention that it’s made from organic cotton, woven in Portugal, and crafted with care right here in the USA? We challenge you to find a better Oxford to put under the tree this holiday season!