Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Gift Guide: The Mountain Man

Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox
From Flickr user JimmyWayne
An adventurer and outdoorsman with a love for flannel, even before those hipster kids started wearing it again. This mountain man is as at home on the river or the slopes as he is enjoying a craft beer back at the lodge. Buy him gifts that bring the mountain into his daily life plus classic tools for his next trek.

An LL Bean classic from 1965 reproduced for today's mountain man. Available on LL Bean Signature.

A classic Stanley flask, for cold nights around the campfire, or warmer walks between the bars.

A box of dynamite fire starters, because that's how it's done when you're a mountain man. Available on Plow and Hearth
 A handsome belt made by Leather Man Ltd. since 1967. The buckle is a trailer hitch.

 A uniquely manly scent that Portland General Store warns "is not a scent for every man." They also use the words "powerfully masculine." What more does our mountain man need? On Etsy.

A windproof lighter, manufactured in Europe since 1918. Available on Restoration Hardware.  

Perhaps more of the sea than the mountains, Kraken black spiced rum - to spike his eggnog? On Fine Wine House.

If beer is more his style, a subscription to a craft beer club featuring domestic and international varieties, as well as tasting notes for each month's selections.  The Gourmet Monthly Beer Club gets high reviews from brew experts. 

A repro of a 1940's Timex army field watch, classic and functional. On J Crew.

A specially selected collection of modern manly-man literature from Sundance who boasts the grouping features everything "from mastery to mystery, courage to contrarianism, the follies of empire to the frivolous but phantasmagoric 60’s." 

Beer and pretzel caramels made from Brooklyn brewery's amber ale and IPA reduced to sticky sweetness and mixed with Martin's pretzels. Available on Liddabit Sweets.

A bottle opener made with a real shed reindeer antler, for his lodge. From Anthropologie.

An ultra-light, ultra-warm down sweater from Patagonia.

For the french-cuff flannel - antiqued pewter stag cuff links from Etsy merchant makeit.
For his Bear Grylls moments, an Eat'N Tool by CRKT offers a spoon, fork, bottle opener, screw driver and series of metric wrenches all on a handy carabiner. At only $6, he can have several. 

A low-tech waxed canvas and leather laptop bag - to give that MacBook a more natural edge? From Lands End Canvas.

A pair of seriously warm, ready-to-work gloves. Inside sources tell me these by Kinco are a fast favorite on the slopes in Aspen where their indestructibleness paired with their great price put them ahead of high-end ski-gloves. Available at Gloves Online

Finally a beautiful, retro-cool series of WPA print reproductions featuring U.S. National Parks. Everything from Acadia to Zion at only $40 each available on Ranger Doug's.