All the STUFF you’ll love this holiday season
Whether you’re stuffing stockings, putting presents under the tree or just dreaming of a better life, we have the perfect guy loot to fill your wish list this holiday season.
JBL Xtreme 2
Yes, we love that it's waterproof and that it has 15 hours of playtime with each charge. And yes, it's ideal to take to the beach, the park, or an overnight camping trip, thanks to its size and a handy carrying strap. But the thing that makes this portable Bluetooth speaker a must-have for the holidays is the sound. The bass thumps, the highs are crisp and mids are clear as a bell. In other words, it checks all the sonic boxes. (Tip: For those looking for something more appropriate for a stocking stuffer, the $40 JBL GO 2 has the same waterproof protection and is small enough to fit in your pocket.)
$300 (currently marked down to $250) jbl.com
PUMA IGNITE PWRADAPT DISC
Form and function fully merge to make one of the best golf shoes you'll find. The first thing you'll notice, besides how stylish these are, is just how comfortable they feel on your feet. That's thanks to the IGNITE foam that cushions your walk. Then there's the DISC system, which means you'll never have to stop and re-tie your shoes while walking the green. The PWR ADAPT PODS on the sole provide traction and grip during your swing, even on uneven surfaces. But these really shine on rainy days, thanks to the waterproof mesh that keeps the wet out but allows for breathability to keep your feet from holding sweat.
Nokona Classic Walnut 12"
Anyone who grew up playing baseball, or even catch with their dad in the backyard, knows there's something magical about a great glove. There's the slow, painstaking ritual of breaking it in. There's the smell of the leather and that distinct sound of the ball popping in the webbing. All of those moments will come flooding back when you slide your hand into this American-made classic. It's a quality glove that should only get better over time, becoming more flexible and comfortable with each and every catch.
Lululemon Commission Pant Slim Wool 34"
We don't often get excited about pants, but consider us thrilled. These chino-inspired slim-fit pants are off-the-chart comfortable. They feature Lululemon's ABC (anti-ball crushing) engineering to give you freedom in all the right places. Hidden zippered pockets are ideal for all your everyday carry items. Better yet, they can easily make an appearance at the office or while relaxing with friends.
Slime Handheld Cordless Inflator
To be so small (about the size of a power drill), this thing really gets the job done. There's an easy-to-read and easy-to-set digital display that lets you set the PSI (0-99) and automatically shuts off when you reach the desired pressure. It's powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery that provides enough life to inflate at least three full-sized car tires. Inflation takes about 6 minutes per tire. We tried it out on car tires, bike tires, under-inflated basketballs, and anything that needed air. It worked like a charm.
Historically blue-light blocking glasses are, shall we say, ugly. Mercifully, GUNNAR has designed a line of gaming specs that buck that trend. These feature a retro classic frame that actually looks stylish even when you're not gaming. In fact, they also work great for desk jockeys (and digital editors like us) who are staring at computer screens all day and night. So what exactly do these comfortable specs do? They block harmful blue light and 100% UV light, and feature an anti-reflective lens coating on the front and back of the lens. In short, they massively reduce eye strain and reduce negative side effects like headaches, dry eyes, blurry vision, and poor-quality sleep.
Four Sigmatic Chaga Mushroom Elixir Mix
For that health fan in your life, this is a great stocking stuffer. Chaga mushrooms are filled with antioxidant properties to support your immune system. Each pouch (there are 20 per box) has 1500 mg. But unlike many "healthy" drinks, this stuff tastes great. You can mix it with your coffee, tea or in a smoothie. We tried it with a little sweetener and some creamer and found its taste to be similar to a mild coffee. Drink up!
$38 (20 packets per box) foursigmatic.com
TaylorMade P760 Irons
The P760 pulls performance technologies and shaping attributes from its Tour-proven siblings, the P750, P770, and P790. The P760 irons effectively replace the P750 & P770 in the TaylorMade lineup, giving players the performance of P750 in the short irons and improves on the performance of P770 in the long irons. The P760’s progressive design is individually optimized for each club, from the 3-iron to the approach wedge, to provide Tour-caliber shaping and performance. So, what are you waiting for? Treat yourself for Christmas.
$1,400 (set of 8) taylormadegolf.com
Tentsile Trillium XL Hammock
When they say XL they're not kidding. This massive hammock is strong enough to handle six adults (or up to 10 children or 1,200 pounds) and provides a comfortable breathable mesh and 19 feet of reinforced webbing along each side. Set up is easy (around 8 minutes), as long as you have trees to strap it to. It's ideal for a backyard basecamp or for chilling with a group on an overnight wilderness trek.
NoSweat Disposable Hat Liners
Here's the perfect stocking stuffer for that overly-sweaty person in your life. Simply peel and stick the liners inside your cap. They're padded and comfortable on your head. No matter how vigorously we exercised, the sweat stayed trapped in the hat liner. When the workout is over, just remove the moisture-wicking liner and you're done.
$5 (3-pack) nosweatco.com
It's time to give up that old combination lock and enter the digital age with the world's first smart fingerprint padlock. This sturdy lock allows for up to 500 fingerprints—although we're not sure why you need that many—and multiple users. We tested it out with three users and a variety of fingerprints and found it to be sturdy, secure and, best of all, reliable. Set up takes less than 10 minutes, from downloading the app on your phone, to scanning fingerprints. The lock does require charging, but one two-hour charge will get you roughly 3,500 unlocks, so you can go several months between charges. In addition to using your fingerprint, it can also be unlocked via your smartphone app or using a Morse-Code combination by tapping the power button. Better yet, the futuristic look means you'll never confuse it with all the look-alike tumblers at the gym.
Galvin Green Lance Jacket
This is hands down the best golf jacket we've ever tested. It's lightweight and stretchable, giving you complete freedom in your swing. It's windproof, keeping biting breezes at bay on the open green. It's water repellent to keep you dry in light showers. And it's breathable, so sweat isn't trapped under your jacket, putting an end to that never-ending loop of zipping and unzipping to air out. We love the way it fits. The stretchable material (a polyester outer layer with a polyurethane membrane) is form-fitting—with elastic binding at the sleeves and an adjustable drawstring at the waist—that contours the body like a custom-fit jacket.
NBA2K19 20th Anniversary Edition
NBA 2K celebrates 20 years of redefining what sports gaming can be, from engaging graphics and gameplay to groundbreaking game modes and an immersive open-world "Neighborhood." The game pushes limits as it brings gaming one step closer to real-life basketball excitement and culture. Let's face it, it's the only way we can dunk. Plus, it's loaded with LeBron upgrades: Sapphire LeBron James MyTEAM cards; 5 LeBron-themed murals for MyCOURT; and King's Collection - Nike LeBron apparel & footwear (25 pairs), among other perks. $100 nba.2k.com
The legendary pack-maker is offering up a new urban line. The harness and back panel are foam wrapped in a smooth breathable NeoSpacer material that will make your back and shoulders happy. If you're worried about security, the left shoulder strap can be removed (via a quick-release aluminum hook) and secured to a table or chair to keep thieves at bay. Visually it's a stylish yet minimalist look that blends in well at school or work. We tested it by loading it with two 15-inch laptops, an iPad, along with some extra clothes and snacks. It held up like a champ. Best yet, it comes with Osprey's "All Mighty Guarantee," which means they'll repair any damage or defect for any reason free of charge.
NFL Ugly Christmas Sweater
We're suckers for tacky sports-related gifts and apparel. This obnoxious sweater checks all those boxes. It's Bluetooth-enabled, lights up and has a speaker enclosed in the bottom (powered by triple-A batteries). It's compatible with both Android and Apple devices and the collection includes all 32 NFL teams. We can't wait to wear this during Christmas dinner.
Mil-Spec Automotive H1 Launch Edition
This brute restomodded H1 is actually a four-door hardtop pickup with an eight-inch overall increased track width. It has undergone a meticulous frame-off restoration and features an "After-Burner Grey" paint scheme. It also features a Duramax 6.6L LBZ Turbocharged Diesel V8 with 500 hp and 1,000 lb-ft of torque. The interior boasts hand-stitched, waterproof marine-grade leather, a fully custom dash and sound system, and bespoke tailored materials. They are all hand-built in Wichita, Kansas. Arnold Schwarzenegger sold separately.
Starting at $218,499 milspecauto.com
DeMarini CF-XD(-10) Fastpitch Bat
Anyone who's ever played ball knows the give and take of choking up on the bat. Choking up decreases the length of the bat which allows you to increase bat speed, shorten your swing, and gain inside plate coverage and control. The tradeoff is a significant loss of power because your hand is no longer positioned properly on the knob. That's why we love this innovative fastpitch softball bat. It allows hitters to lengthen or shorten their bat via an adjustable knob that creates multiple lengths.
Lululemon Drivers Coat
Give your dad his old raincoat back and say hello to a modern water-repellent coat. Designed to accommodate the body’s natural movement, and vented across the back for breathability, this lightweight, functional jacket is all you'll need for years to come.
This handheld cordless massager packs some serious punch, despite only weighing 2.5 pounds. We put it through its paces, testing out all three speed settings (up to 3200 RPM), which increase in intensity and allow you to customize the vibration for the body part you're targeting. To further aid in those specific areas, there are four interchangeable head attachments. It's powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery that lasts up to 3 hours per charge. Perhaps the most astounding thing about the Hypervolt is how quietly it goes about its business, humming along at a whisper compared to most other hand-held massagers. Whether you're a serious athlete or a weekend warrior, this well-built device (man, it's solid) will help relieve muscle pain, increase blood flow and improve your range of motion.
5 Stripe Hoodie
Aviator Nation, the makers of this hoodie, claim it's the most comfortable hoodie you'll ever own. And you know what? They're right. The fabric (a blend that's 50% cotton, 37% polyester, and 13% rayon) goes through a breaking-down process that makes it feel like it's been broken in over years of repeated wearing. Beyond the feel, we love the '70s California surfer vibe, thanks to the colorful stripes and weathered grey. To top it off, it's American-made.