While our Extravagant Holiday Wish List contains a lot of great products, the steep prices preclude many of us from actually gifting those pieces. If that sounds like you, then you’ve come to the right place. While I won’t go so far as to say everything on this list is super affordable, each item is certainly one that has plenty of lower-priced alternatives elsewhere in the market. Remember: the holidays are about friends and family, not overextending yourself financially.
1) Unbranded: X01 and X04
If you know someone who wants to get into raw denim, then there is no better gift than a pair of entry-level jeans. Unbranded is arguably the most suggested entry-level brand, and their wide selection of styles makes them a great choice. Their 14.5oz. selvedge jeans sit comfortably in the mid-weight, four-season category and come in indigo and black. And both colorways are available in five different fits so you can be sure that you’ll be able to find a size and style that fits your giftee.
2) Samurai Jeans: Roped Dyed Knit Caps and Scarves
Knits are one of those classic holiday gifts, and we’re happy to see Samurai Jeans add their Roped Dyed Knit Caps and Scarves to the market. While wool is a great material, it’s nice to see some level of synthetics in these pieces as they add to longevity and overall warmth. While you can most certainly find quality caps and scarves elsewhere this holiday season, it’s nice to see them made by one of our favorite denim brands and will be well received by just about any denimhead.
3) Ayame: Bullock Indigo Mugs
There is nothing better on a cold, winter day than a mug full of your favorite, hot beverage. Except, perhaps, a super beautiful mug full of your favorite, hot beverage. Ayame is a small brand that produces handmade ceramic mugs on Orcas Island, Washington, and their passion really shows through in the final product. Their Bullock Indigo Mugs are charmingly asymmetrical with a speckled, indigo finish that will remind you with each sip that this is a handmade product.
Available for $78 from Glasswing.
4) Rototo: Double Face Socks
I don’t know about you, but, for me, a nice pair of socks is one of my all-time favorite gifts. And Rototo’s Double Face Socks have done nothing but raise the bar in terms of sock game. With a wool exterior and cotton interior, these double-face socks will keep even the coldest of feet warm without the itchiness of traditional wool socks. They’re available in a wide range of colors, making it easy to find the perfect pair for your loved ones this holiday season.
5) Military Style Wool-Blend Blankets (4-pack)
You get a blanket. And you get a blanket. Everyone gets a blanket! While I’m not a fan of giving the same gift to multiple people, these Military Style Wool-Blend Blankets are something that everyone can use. They’re made from a 60/40 wool/synthetic blend, which makes them both warm and durable. Whether you keep one of these folded over the back of your couch, sitting at the end of your bed, or in the trunk of your car for emergencies, these blankets are the perfect wintertime companion.
Available for $34 from Sportsman’s Guide.
6) Vermilyea Pelle: Wenatchee Belt
Everyone needs a good belt, so if any of your friends or family are sorely in need of one, make sure they get a great one. Vermilyea Pelle’s Wenatchee Belt is one of many great options, but what sets it apart from the rest of the lot are the unique colorways and leathers it’s available in. While I’m partial to the natural horsehide variant, you really can’t go wrong with any of them. The price may be more than you are used to spending on a belt, but you’re really getting a good bang for your buck with a belt at this caliber.
7) Kiriko: Fishing Net Pillow
If there is one thing Kiriko knows, it’s how to find the most beautiful fabrics in the world, and their Fishing Net Pillows are perfect examples. They’re made with 100% cotton fill and a vintage fabric originally intended to be made into a kimono. The style might not be quite to your giftee’s liking, but if you take a look at their other offerings, you’ll undoubtedly find something that is.
8) West Coast Shaving: Getting Started Set
If you have a friend who is still using a basic drugstore razor, then consider getting them a classic shaving set. While many men do prefer straight razors, I’d suggest going with a standard safety razor; not only will that be easier to adjust to, but most of the accessories for it will transfer over to straight razors should your giftee decide to try one in the future. A good, starter shaving set only needs a few things and can be had for not much money. West Coast Shaving’s Getting Started Set is one great option, although you can most certainly put together a nice set for less if the price point is a bit prohibitive for you.
Available from $77 at West Coast Shaving.
9) (Malin + Goetz): Votive Candle Set
Spruce up anyone’s home this holiday season with this Votive Candle Set from Malin + Goetz. While the tobacco, vetiver, and dark rum scents might not be up everyone’s alley, they are certainly unique enough that you’ll certainly know right away if your giftee’s nostrils are in the same alley. And if not, don’t fret. Malin + Goetz makes a ton of other scents and there’s certainly no shortage of other candle makers out there.
Available for $49 from End Clothing.
10) Humanitarian Pick: The Environmental Defense Fund
So the UN and the American federal government recently released reports that if we don’t do something about climate change in the next 15ish years, the changes are going to be cataclysmically terrible for pretty much all life on Earth…we should probably get on that. If you don’t have the ability to drop everything and work to stabilize our planet, maybe think about funding the people who do. The Environmental Defense Fund is dedicated to protecting vulnerable wildlife, stabilizing the climate, and feeding the world sustainably. The vast majority of donations also go directly to their mission and not, you know, to more fundraising.
Learn more and donate at Environmental Defense Fund.