Presenting the highly sought-after Fordsbasement 2016 Gift Guide!
Once again, I present you, dear reader, with my artisanal list of hand-picked, life-changing hard goods for all the adventurous heroes on your shopping list.
Burroughs Beard Oil
As any bearded gentleman will tell you, one must care for one’s whiskers, and a daily application of some aromatic beard oil helps keep the facial hair in order. And this one ounce bottle of magical beard elixir from Prospector Co., named for noted bearded naturalist and writer John Burroughs, is an excellent choice for any bearded one in your life.
It seems every year I find a new favorite pair of affordable sunglasses. This year, those sunglasses are a pair of Nectar Wayfarers I received in my second Cairn subscription box, and I like them so much I wear them almost every day. Nectar has plenty of affordable styles, and right now they’re 20% off (through December 20).
Filson Tin Cloth Apron
Whether working in the kitchen, the shop, or at camp, an apron is one essential piece of gear. And when it comes to aprons, the durable and utilitarian Filson Tin Cloth Apron gets the job done like no other.
An Outdoor-Themed Subscription Box
What’s better than getting one present? Getting a present every month that’s jam-packed with all sorts of useful, interesting, and sometimes weird gear. I’ve been reviewing these subscription boxes here on Unboxed, and I can recommend either Cairn or Isle Box for your favorite outdoor enthusiast.
BioLite Powerlight Mini
One of my current favorite pieces of gear. It’s a versatile, lightweight flashlight/lantern with numerous lighting modes combined with a 1350mAh battery for mobile devices. I use it quite often, even if it’s just to read in bed. Check out my review.
Karma Go Portable WiFi Hotspot
When traveling, whether it’s across town or across the country, nothing beats reliable WiFi to get you through the tough, lonely times. And the Karma Go give you a steady stream of internet connectivity, whether you’re in a coffee shop, library, airport lounge, or just driving down the highway. karma is selling their device with data packages for some good sale prices this holiday season.
Anker PowerCore+ Battery Charger
In today’s age of always-connected communication, it’s inevitable that, sooner or later, you’ll run out of juice. And that’s when this handy, compact charger comes into play. It’s packed with 3350mAh, enough to charge your phone a few times. And it’s small enough to fit comfortably in a purse or pocket.
Ristretto Messenger Bag
Tom Bihn has been making quality bags in the U.S. since 1972. One of my favorites is the Ristretto, a slim but roomy bag designed to fit a table or a laptop up to 13″—as well as pretty much anything you’d need to get serious work done remotely.
Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide
A traveler’s experience tends to be better when they leave the beaten path and go exploring less popular (yet fascinating) sights and locales. The Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders can help you discover all manner of strange, unusual, and really interesting places to visit.
A Comfortable T-Shirt
Like this Friends of P-22 shirt made by my friend gurlRUN. And now that P-22’s gone and gotten himself into trouble with the local ranchers, he needs all the friends he can get.
Something for the adventurous soul on your list from the Fordsbasement Adventure Library, perhaps?