Everyone’s making a gift guide these days, so I thought I’d get in on the action. Here, then, is the Fordsbasement 2014 Gift Guide.

Goal Zero Torch 250 Flashlight

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The Torch 250 from GoalZero is the ultimate emergency flashlight. It can be charged via a built-in USB charger, a solar panel, or, for the most dire situations, a hand crank. It’s also got a USB port so you can use its battery to charge your phone or tablet.

 

Hollow Book Safe with Catcher in the Rye Flask

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If you’re going to hide a flask of whisky in a book, a solid choice would be stashing a classy Catcher in the Rye flask inside a copy of Salinger by David Shields. From the Hollow Book Company.

 

Yasutomo 2020 Wa-Ben Cuben Fiber Wallet

Yasutomo 2020 Wa-Ben Wallet

The best wallet I’ve ever owned. Made of super-light, super-tough cuben fiber.

 

Tortuga Travel Backpack

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The Tortuga Backpack is a well-designed, carry-on sized, front-loading backpack that holds everything you need for world travel—all without checking a bag.

 

Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle

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The 18-ounce Hydro Flask Insulated Widemouth Water Bottle is one great water bottle. It’s made from powder-coated, double-walled 18/8 stainless steel, so your hot drinks stay hot and your cold drinks stay cold. The widemouth is big enough so you can easily add ice cubes, drink mixes, or booze (should you want to do that sort of thing).

 

Expedition: Famous Explorers

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Being a world traveler isn’t easy. But you can enjoy the excitement of global exploration from the comfort of your games room with Expedition: Famous Explorers.

 

The Timbuk2 x Blue Bottle Coffee-Brewing Travel Kit

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A complete coffee-brewing system for travelers.Includes a hand-grinder, enamelware tumblers with felt cozies (or “zarfs” if you prefer) ceramic dripper, filters, and even coffee—all wrapped up in a classy Timbuk2 Travel Case.

 

Blue Bottle Coffee

Coffee beans spilling out of an orange Fiestaware cup.

Formerly Tonx, this service will deliver a bag of freshly roasted whole bean coffee right to their door (and don’t forget to try a free sample for yourself).

 

Periodic Table of Elements Blanket

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It might not be as good as an exothermic reaction, but the Periodic Table of Elements Blanket will keep you warm on those cold winter nights.

 

Proper Shaving Gear

Shave like a man: The full kit.

Set someone you love on the bold path of double-edge shaving with the right tools. Which tools? These tools.

 

 A Comfortable T-Shirt

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Everyone needs a comfortable go-to shirt. For example, mine is the Backcountry.com Classic Goat T-shirt. On our trip around the world, I’m in this short more often than I’m not. In fact, I’m wearing it right now.

 

 Adventure Books

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Something for the adventurous soul on your list from the Fordsbasement Adventure Library, perhaps?

 

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Written by Tom Fassbender

An amateur hobbyist, expert generalist, and outdoor enthusiast who recently traveled around the world with his family.

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