Whether you are shopping for yourself, shopping for your loved one, or just looking for gift giving inspiration, we hope that this years Holiday Gift Guide serves your well. This year has been rough all around, so we’ve set a cap at $100 this year. And remember, donating to a charitable organization in someone else’s name is a great way to deliver a memorable gift that is beneficial for more than just the direct giftee.
1) Oak Street Bootmakers: Fine Footwear Care Kit
Any shoe aficionado needs a decent set of shoe care accessories, and Oak Street Bootmakers’ makes a great introductory kit. Their Fine Footwear Care Kit contains three items: cedar shoe trees, a horsehair brush, and Venetian shoe cream. Shoe trees absorb moisture from shoes, which improves their longevity, as well as helping them to retain their shape and smell fresh. Horsehair brushes are great for clean and buffing footwear, and the Venetian shoe cream moisturizes shoes and laves a mild shine behind.
Available for $40 from Oak Street Bootmakers.
2) The Vermont Flannel Company: Fitted Flannel Shirt
We’ve talked about The Vermont Flannel Company many times before, and with good reason: they offer a wide array of flannel offerings that are made in the USA to high quality standards while remaining relatively inexpensive. Their Fitted Flannel Shirt is a great, all-around offering—they’re soft, 100% cotton, and come in dozens of different patterns.
Available for $64 from The Vermont Flannel Company.
3) Tellason Stock Jeans
If you are looking to get someone else into the world of raw denim or just need a new pair this season, you can’t go wrong with Tellason Stock jeans. They’re just about as inexpensive as made in USA raw denim get, and are our pick for the best entry level raw denim jeans. Available in two different fits, these 14oz. jeans come with a chainstitched hem and copper rivets.
4) Carbon Tactics: Epoch Belt
If you want to gift something that will be around for years to come then Carbon Tactics’ Epoch Belt is a fantastic choice. This iteration features a double-layered fabric, although single-layered is available at a slightly cheaper price, and comes with a machined aluminum, quick-release buckle.
Available for $100 from Carbon Tactics.
5) Howlin’: Wool Beanie
Everyone likes receiving wool accessories during the holiday season, and Howlin’ makes some great options such as their Wool Beanie. They’re made in Scotland from 100% lambswool, and feature ribbed construction to ensure a snug, comfortable fit.
Available for $62-$70 from Lost & Found.
6) American Giant: American Midweight Crew
There are a lot of high quality sweatshirts out there, but one of the most popular makers is American Giant. Their American Midweight Crew is one of their most compelling options, made in Los Angeles from 100% cotton, 11.4oz. terry cloth and garment dyed to the perfect hue.
Available for $94 from American Giant.
7) P.F. Flyers: Center Lo
P.F. Flyers is a great option for classically styled, canvas sneakers, with their Center Lo being among their most popular products. They’re made from 10oz. canvas with a rubber-wrapped sole and eyelet-ventilated arch. Available in a wide range of color and sizes, you’ll be able to ensure you can find the right combination for whomever you are buying for.
Available for $50 from P.F. Flyers.
8) Uniqlo: Ultra Light Down Puffer Jacket
When the weather gets cold there is nothing better than a down jacket, and Uniqlo’s Ultra Light Down Puffer Jacket is among the best deals out there. Made with a Nylon exterior shell and down filling, this puffer jacket is mildly water resistant, features a quilted stitching pattern, and ensures warmth with its tall collar.
Available for $50 from Uniqlo.
9) Humanitarian Pick: The Environmental Defense Fund
So the UN and the American federal government 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.