Great Christmas gifts for men that go beyond ties and cologne.
It’s not that ties and cologne are bad gifts. They’re not. Buuut maybe the men in your life have enough of both to last a couple more years.
If that could be the case, consider one of these eight ideas that think outside the traditional gift box.
Primus Onja Stove ($150 at primus.us). He can use this compact two-burner gas stove year-round, from camping and beach trips in the summer to tailgating in the winter. It folds flat and has a carrying strap and an oak lid that doubles as a plate or cutting board to create a striking and practical gift.
Cairo Seahawks T-Shirt ($28 at Prism, Ballard, and prismseattle.com). Designed for Prism’s house line, this soft blue tee features hand-drawn faces of Seahawks legends, including Shaun Alexander, Cortez Kennedy and Matt Hasselbeck.
Viski Irving Airplane Bottle Opener ($14 at viski.com). With midcentury-modern style and a gleaming silver finish, this is one jet-powered bottle opener. And the Seattle-based company’s weighty metal piece is a nice objet d’art when not popping cold ones.
Nisolo Cortez Mid-Top Sneakers ($168 at nisolo.com). If your man is stylish, but conscious about ethical working conditions and fair pay, get him these excellent chukka-sneaker hybrids perfect for Seattle’s slick streets. The company is transparent about its factory conditions and promises above fair-trade wages, health care and healthy working conditions for its producers.
“Hatchet 30th Anniversary Edition” ($10 at amazon.com). Stuff his stocking with this anniversary edition of the Newbery Honor–winning novel about a boy who survives alone in the Canadian wilderness. It’s compact, with a new introduction and commentary by author Gary Paulsen, pen-and-ink illustrations by Drew Willis, and a water-resistant cover so he can take it on his own outdoor adventures.
Pyramid Brewing Co. Box of Beers ($16 for box; beers starting at $1.65 at Pyramid Alehouse, Sodo). Load up this handsome laser-cut plywood box with seasonal beers, like the Snow Cap Winter Ale, from the storied local brewery for the ultimate host gift. The three compartments hold up to two 22-ounce bottles and four cans.
RydeSafe Reflective Bike Decals ($15 at Eurostyle Your Life, South Lake Union, and rydesafe.com). It was a dark and stormy night — for about three more months in Seattle. Make sure he’s safe on the road with these reflective stickers that can be attached to his bike and accessories however he likes. They contain microscopic glass spheres that reflect light back to its source and come in eight colors.
“Star Wars Battlefront II” (starting at $60 at major retailers). EA’s highly anticipated sequel adds a cinematic single-player campaign and content from “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi” movies. Rated T; for PlayStation, Xbox and PC.