'Tis the season for stressing out about presents, especially for the outdoor lovers on your list. What could your favorite gear-hoarder possibly need--or, more likely, not already have stashed away in his man cave? Fortunately, while his garage overfloweth, his closet could probably use some help. Give him pieces that are as stylish as they are practical, and let him go from work to trail with barely a wardrobe change.
Browse our full selection of men's apparel and footwear, and here are a few suggestions to get your inspiration flowing:
Men #gearcooper's Gift Guide
Men aren't exactly known for being clothes hounds. If he could wear his broken-in jeans and near-threadbare sweatshirt every day, he'd be content. Perk up his closet with this novelty: a thick, comfy snap-button shirt that does double-duty with a reversible brown/blue plaid print. Something he can wear at least twice before washing? That's proof you really love him.
"Warm," "fluffy," and "cuddly" aren't usually the best adjectives to describe a masculine gift. Rethink that with Mountain Hardwear's Nitrous jacket. Its water-resistant, 800-fill Q.Shield Down with drawcords and handwarmer pockets will wrap him in an insulating cocoon akin to a blanket warmed by the fire. He'll never be more thankful for something snuggly.
Who doesn't love a hoody? Everyone who's ever tried to be active in one, only to realize your comfy staple is suddenly not so much. This stylish sweatshirt by Burton looks unassuming, but is actually chock-full of technical materials and construction: DryRide Thermex bonded fleece, a kangaroo handwarmer pocket, and even a hidden stash pocket with a headphone cable port. It'll stand up to all his favorite outdoor sports and keep on looking and feeling good.
It's almost the only jacket he'll ever need. Arc'teryx's versatile softshell can be worn alone, but also easily slips over down puffers, bulky sweaters, and fleeces for efficient layering. This warm, water-resistant jacket sheds water almost as efficiently as a hardshell, and its fully adjustable hood with a stiff brim will keep his head warm but vision unobstructed--perfect for stormy-weather runs, games, dog walks, or errands.
These will become his new favorite jeans. Stonemaster comes courtesy of legendary big-wall climber John Long, someone who knows how crucial it is for activewear to be durable, comfortable, breathable, and wearable. Classic dark-wash denim and a flattering slimmer fit meet sturdy construction with a touch of stretch, making them just as good for a day on the crag as hitting the sports bar for the game.
Crazy socks prove that it's what's underneath that counts. Liven up his otherwise drab daily outfit with these colorful, camping-inspired foot covers. Crafted in Vermont from fine-gauge merino wool by the aptly-named Darn Tough, they'll keep his toes toasty (and cool, depending on the season!) for a lifetime.
Don't be fooled by their street-savvy good looks: Forsake makes serious hiking boots concealed as slick kicks. Leather and cordura, a rugged outsole, and a waterproof-yet-breathable exterior membrane make these suitable for year-round treks. Plus, they look really nice with that trendy lumbersexual getup making the rounds these days.
If running makes him feel like he's on Cloud Nine, give him the shoes that may well propel him there. On-Running's Cloudsurfer shoe gives him the best of both worlds: the responsiveness of a minimalist shoe with the cushioned support of a maximalist design. The bouncy "cloud" sole effortlessly transforms energy into momentum, so he can fly with every step.
Headlamps: they're not just for camping. Far from it! Watch as Black Diamond's bright, rechargeable, dual-color ReVolt go from backpacking trips to nighttime runs to round-the-house repairs. It's the household essential he'll never know he needed.
Travel can be a nightmare. Make his cross-country trips a little bit easier with Granite Gear's sturdy wheeled carry-on duffel, which transforms into a backpack complete with load-bearing shoulder straps and hip belt. Navigate crowded airports with ease, and then have a convenient backpack at your destination for spontaneous day hikes and urban exploration--he'll always be ready for adventure wherever he's going.