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November 30, 2020

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I like cool things. So if you’re shopping for someone who also likes cool things, check out this gift guide, filled with cool things. But seriously now, I own all of these things, and love them. And I think whoever you get them for, will love them as well.


1. Dewalt Oscillating Tool: $144
Man alive do I love this tool. Also called a “multi-tool,” it does so many things. Can be used for sanding, notching baseboards and trim, cutting sheetrock, taking off old grout, cutting pipes, cutting sheet metal, blah blah blah more stuff and more stuff. Seriously, everyone should have one.

2. The North Face Resistor Charged Backpack: $249
This is my travel backpack. Has a built-in charger for devices, enough space for a weekend of clothing, and lots of little pockets for random things. Also super comfortable and not sweaty.

3. Patagonia Maple Grove Canvas Jacket: $199
Bought this jacket in Park City, Utah because the weather turned colder than expected while we were visiting. It’s been my favorite since. Really warm, great fit.

4. The New Primal Beef Thins: $46
I’ve always loved jerky as a snack, but I’ve become keenly aware of all the crap that goes into most options (sodium nitrite, for example). This jerky is minimally processed, has clean ingredients (coconut aminos instead of soy sauce, for example), and no nitrates. I also love the thin, crunchy texture.

5. Wusthof Classic Ikon 8in Hollow Edge: $195
Y’all know I’m the cook in our home, and this knife is my favorite, hands down. I have the black-handle version, but this white handle is *chef’s kiss*.

6. Laser Measure: $115
Every project we plan for, I use this. Perfect for measuring layout, room dimensions for flooring etc., and doesn’t require someone else to hold the other end. Also great for trim, as it’s so accurate.

7. Banana Republic Traveler Jeans: $119
My favorite jeans. Soft, comfy, slight stretch but still durable.

8. Maui Jim’s Alelele Aviators: $230
A new twist on the classic Aviator, and my favorite sunglass profile. The frames have a silicone coating and are super light and comfortable.

9. Nike Metcons: $130
I’ve spent a good deal of my life out of shape, and this year have decided enough is enough. I’ve been focusing on weight training + cardio, and am really enjoying it. These shoes are really stable and supportive for lifting, but light and comfy for short jogs or the elliptical.

10. Oculus VR: $629
Love my VR. I have the HTC Vive Pro, but that requires some additional equipment. In doing some research, the Oculus Quest 2 VR All-In-One is really the best way (IMO) to get into Virtual Reality gaming.

11. Tommy John Shorts: $68
I. Love. These. Shorts. Jules got a pair for me and I wear them every night after things wind down. I cannot tell you how comfy they are – I asked for two pairs of each color for Christmas so I can wear them always.

12. Taft Rome Boots: $295
Taft is an amazing brand of dress shoe. Handmade, great style, quality material. The Rome is my most frequently worn, but I have a few pairs from them. A good pair of dress boots just makes you feel confident.

13. Apple AirPods Pro: $197
The first time I experienced the noise-cancelation tech in these, it blew me away. Something that has to be experienced. Great for the gym or office, I use them whenever I need to put my head down and focus.

14. Invisasox: $17
The best no-show sock out there. I’ve always struggled with no-show socks. They either actually do show, or they slide halfway down your foot. These socks are awesome – no shifting, really soft, and fit to specific shoe sizes, not ranges of sizes (10-12 size socks are horrible for people like me with size 12 feet, and we all know it).

15. Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer $45

I stopped shaving several years ago, thanks to a beard trimmer that Jules got me and last year I upgraded to this one and I enjoy not shaving even more! It’s all in one (beard, head, body, etc) with a plethora of guards. Can’t recommend it enough if your guy likes a bit of scruff.

What do you think?

  1. Eugénie says:

    Would you mind sharing how tall you are? My husband is 6’4” and has trouble with BR clothes being too short. Would love to try these jeans. I think I remember you are also 6’4”?

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