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8 Great Gift Ideas for Guys

I’ve had a few people reach out to me via iMessage or Facebook asking what to get “their guy” for the holidays. With the gift-giving season upon us, here’s a guy gift-giving guide from the perspective of someone who spends a lot of time on the go, for business and pleasure, in both the outdoors and the big city.

1. Timberland Boot Company Tackhead 8-Inch Boot

In full disclosure, I’m a bit biased as the Boot Company Brand Manager – but I can say with confidence that the Boot Company Tackhead 8-Inch Boot fits in whether you’re in a swanky restored whiskey distillery or on an authentic Yukon Territory ranch. With a mix of organic cotton canvas and premium full-grain leather with a wool liner, it’ll keep you on the cutting edge — and warm. It also features a Vibram® outsole, so you know it’s ready for anything.

2. Timberland Chocorua Alpine Waterproof Raincoat

When you can only pack one jacket, you need something that’s dependable, waterproof, warm and makes a statement. The Chocorua Alpine Waterproof Raincoat is seam-sealed waterproof and features Primaloft® ECO insulation (made from 50% PET, recycled plastic bottles). The aesthetic mixes classic mountaineering alpinist with mixed media elements in the form of leather in high wear locations normally reserved for Cordura® or Ripstop.

If orange is too bright for you, check out the Earthkeepers Front Country Hiker Jacket in Forest Night (Green), Black or Rust. You can layer it with a Lightweight Quilted Jacket and achieve a similar effect.

3. Timberland Front Country Chronograph Watch

It’s a sad reality that whether I’m on the go for work or play, keeping track of time is usually a necessity.  The Front Country watch is water-resistant (so go ahead and play in the snow) and durable enough to stand up to your daily workout or simply daily wear, thanks to materials like stainless steel and leather.  If classic black isn’t your thing, it also comes in olive green.

4. GoPro Hero3 Camera

I’ve become obsessed with documenting my life. I blame my kids. I’m a huge proponent of the aggregation of devices (aka iPhone), but there are times when you need to have some specialized gear for the task. The new GoPro offers you the ability to capture all of life’s little adventures wherever they may take you. No need to worry about dropping the iPhone in the ocean with this one.

5. Rapha Merino Base Layer

When I’m not working, I try to spend a bunch of time on the bike. When it got a bit chilly, I always wore this layering piece. Eventually I started wearing this off the bike, under button-downs when it was chilly or even on its own in place of a t-shirt. Merino wool keeps you warm, but also naturally wicks sweat and water. This makes it a perfect piece when you need to travel. I usually wear these on the plane, where the temperature changes more frequently than my 3-year old’s mood.

6. Cocones iPhone Sleeve

Here at Timberland, we’re a pretty crafty bunch. We like sleek stuff that is hand-made from natural materials, so it’s only natural (get it?) to have an iPhone case made of 100% wool felt.

7. Men’s SmartWool Diamond Jim Sock


Remember what I said about Merino Wool and its awesome abilities to wick sweat and keep you comfy? The same goes for socks. These little guys keep you warm, dry and also sport an argyle, diamond pattern for your inner hipster. Rock these socks in an office meeting or on the trail.

8. The North Face Base Camp Duffle

We’ve all been there. Your luggage arrives in baggage claim, and it looks like someone packed a honey badger in your bag. It’s that exact moment that you want to avoid when you’re traveling for work or for fun. This duffle comes as small as XS and as large as XL. It’s made out of a crazy, waterproof ballistic nylon, is tested at Mt. Everest (no joke) and can be carried like a backpack too.

Deep breaths. You’ll be ok. Happy shopping and happy holidays!

Get a Grip With Formentor Bags

You might expect superior traction and stability when you’re wearing Timberland’s Formentor boat shoes made with Gripstick technology … but did you know we use the same Gripstick technology in our Formentor bag collection?  It’s our way of making sure your gear stays as safe and dry as you do.

Our Formentor bags are made with lightweight, durable synthetics and feature waterproof zippers and polyurethane-coated plastic hardware for superior grip in wet or dry conditions.  These bags get their own treatment of Gripstick technology in the form of non-marking rubber feet, which protect the bags (and their contents) from the ground and reduce tipping and slipping.

Our Formentor Waterproof Tote Bag is ready to go to the beach or boat, and its water-resistant detachable pouch is perfect for carrying small essentials:

Formentor Waterproof Tote

For not-so-small essentials, our Formentor Waterproof Duffle Bag offers protection from the elements in streamlined style:

Formentor Waterproof Duffle

Need a bag that’s as changeable as the summer weather?  Check out our Formentor Waterproof 4-in-1. Depending on how you configure the straps, it can be used as a pack, duffle, tote or sling, making it the perfect go-to bag for any warm-weather adventure:

Formentor Waterproof Convertible Drawstring Pack

If you’re looking for sea-worthy style from head to toe, pair these bags with our Formentor apparel and footwear.

The Art of Perfect Packing

Packing might seem like a silly thing to try to master (or maybe that’s just me), but when you’re trying — unsuccessfully — to squeeze that one last bag into your trunk or the overhead bin on an airplane,  it’s important enough.

We asked Todd Calitri, an Alaskan fly fishing guide, to share some of his packing tips with us.  When you travel as much as Todd does (he averages 250 days a year) and in the places he frequents (not a lot of baggage carts or bellhops in the Alaskan wilderness), you become a bit of an expert on how to pack right and travel right.

Just another day in the office for Todd Calitri

  • Choose the smallest bag you can. When you choose a huge bag, you’ll end up taking things you don’t need, and all that extra stuff weighs you down.
  • Take things that have more than one purpose. If a jacket looks good enough to wear in the evening and can also serve as a raincoat in a storm, I’ll pack it.
  • When in doubt, leave it out. If there’s something you’re not sure about taking, don’t take it!

Are you a perfect packer already, or could you use more of Todd’s expert tips?  Take our packing personality quiz to find out.  If you’re ready to put your packing skills to work, be sure to check out our collection of packs and luggage.