Welcome to our annual guide to the best gifts for men, the 12 Guys of Christmas. When it comes to gift guides things can often get overzealous, but this year we’ve aimed to keep ours simple and straightforward — 17 great gifts, at a variety of price points, for every interest. And stay tuned for our stocking stuffer guides. And while we believe that the spirit of the holiday season is quality time with those important to you, that little extra something is never a bad thing. To find exactly what you’re looking for, check out the entire series, updated daily, right here.
Always on the move, the Globe Trotter spends more time on the jetway than the freeway, measuring time in stamped passport pages. Whether work has him criss-crossing continents or the magnetism of wanderlust propels his journeys, products of the sedentary life are more of an afterthought for the Globe Trotter. Instead, durable and lightweight luggage, stylish and comfortable clothing, portable and functional conveniences appeal to the traveling man. To make holiday shopping easier, we curated a list of items that will be welcome on any intercontinental trip.
Casio Edifice EQB500
If your waking hours are spent crossing time zones, you should have a watch built with travel in mind. Enter: the Casio Edifice EQB500. This handsome watch is part of the Edifice Bluetooth Connected Series and features a smartphone link with 300-City World Time. For the car enthusiasts, it has data for the world’s major motor racing circuits preset in the smartphone app. The EQB500’s classic stainless steel band will easily pair with whatever outfits you’ve packed for the trip, from a tailored gray suit to a leather jacket and jeans.
Nisolo Leon Weekender
This weekender is handmade in Leon, Mexico with vegetable-tanned leather and a cotton-canvas lining. Big enough to store everything you need for a multi-day trip, but small enough to easily fit into overhead bins, this versatile weekender will quickly become the go-to bag for any short trip.
Blue Bottle Perfectly Ground Coffee
Third-wave coffee roaster Blue Bottle has found a way to offer pre-ground coffee that retains all the qualities of just-ground beans. The coffee is ground to exact brewing specs and then hermetically sealed in a single-serving air-free bag. Order the Voyager Pack to explore the range of Blue Bottle’s offerings: deeply complex blends and hard-to-find single origins.
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Gear Patrol Magazine: Issue Three
Our latest issue is 320 pages of rich photography, thoughtful writing and, most importantly, gear. But for those with a particular hunger for travel, we spent time dogsledding in Sweden, racing cars in Germany and exploring Havana. We covered both coasts of the United States too, relaxing in the Hudson Valley and surveying the changing culture of Los Angeles.
Keen Uneek 02
The Keen Uneek 02 is a rare breed of footwear, a comfortable hybrid sneaker/sandal perfect for taking on long travel days. A fully enclosed heel provides needed support while a two-cord upper construction allows for a relaxed individualized fit. The Uneek 02 features Cleansport NXT for natural odor control, ensuring that feet will stay fresh, even in the most stressful conditions. An added plus: they’re crushable and easily packable in any size bag.
Outerknown Traveler Chino
The Traveler Chino from Outerknown is one of the most versatile pairs of pants for the man on the go. Made from 8-ounce organic cotton “Z” twill, the pants have a straight leg and medium rise, and feature an incredibly soft micro-sand finish. They’re comfortable enough to wear both running through airports and sitting for hours in economy seats, but look good enough to wear in most professional settings.
Tom Ford Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment
To fight the effects of sleep deprivation on your face from changing time zones, invest in Tom Ford’s Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment. The formula reduces under-eye puffiness, lifting and firming the skin. If attending meetings halfway around the world, you should make sure to look your best.
RAVPower External Battery Power Bank
Recommended by The Wirecutter, the RAVPower 16,750mAh 4.5A Dual USB Output Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank is capable of simultaneously charing two tablets at once. The RAVPower charger can automatically detect and deliver optimal charging for any connected device and has the capacity to charge an iPhone 7 almost five and a half times. Wherever your travels take you, this ensures you won’t be caught without a charge.