I love the holidays, partially because I am great at buying gifts. It’s a matter of pride, which is why I roll my eyes when I see the ridiculous offerings my friend Brad brings to our annual white elephant gift exchange. From nose hair trimmers to little plastic bears that roar when you fire a toy gun, he always manages to find the worst possible “gift.” I’m not sure if this is some twisted humor or if he’s just really bad at buying gifts.
In honor of Brad’s terrible gift-giving, each winter I like to bring you some examples of excellent gifts. If you need some tips for your holiday shopping, consider a few of these quality items...
Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker
I’m a coffee aficionado, always looking for better ways to enjoy my morning brew. Great coffee takes a little extra time, and the Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker gives fresh coffee grounds time to bloom, releasing the best flavors as you pour the hot water by hand. The grounds are evenly soaked and you get to enjoy the most flavorful coffee of your life. This glass coffeemaker even looks like a piece of art. When you pair it with the Chemex filters, it becomes essential for your 3 p.m. coffee fix.
Hestra Winter Mittens
My son got the Hestra ski gloves not long ago, but even with the army-grade gloves, his fingers were still getting cold. This is because it doesn’t matter how impressive the gloves are, when your fingers are separated, your hands get cold. Here’s where the mitten comes in. Your thumb is free to move, but your fingers remain snugly bundled together, keeping your hands nice and toasty. Plus, Hestra gloves and mittens use top-of-the-line materials you can trust while skiing down a mountain.
KMC 6-Outlet Surge Protector
A surge protector isn’t flashy, but anyone who receives this gift will wonder how they managed to live without it. This particular surge protector has three outlets lining both sides and two USB ports right in the front. The surge protector also has two tiny shelves built in that you can rest your smartphone on while it’s charging. This is really handy when you’re traveling with family. No more fighting over limited hotel outlets! And the whole thing is so small that you can fit it in your carry-on.
Tumi Alpha 2 Suitcase
Did you know you could love your luggage? I didn’t. Not until I got the Tumi Alpha 2 International Carry-On<