Winter Is Coming…Gift Accordingly

December 16, 2012    |    By +
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For many “Winter Is Coming” is all about HBO on 3/31/13.  But for any one who has glanced at the calendar lately, the tempatures are about to drop in a big way in many parts of the country.  So here are a few hot gift ideas that will really hit the spot when it starts to get cold.

Footwear as a gift can be a little dicey, but it can also be a no brainer when it comes to winter shoes like the Radler Trail Camp Mid Insulated boot by Timberland. A durable, yet comfy boot that is upper lined with toasty Thermolite on top of a grippy (eco-sensitive) rubber outsole. These hot features gets you ready for all the outdoor fun winter can offer. But the real showstopper is the boot’s zip-together design for easy packing.

When winter gets ugly, you’ve gotta fight back. But staying warm and looking good when it gets frigid outside can be a challenge. The Super Diez jacket by The North Face is a cold weather assassin. Stuffed with 900-fill down, the jacket is extremely warm, yet very light weight. Don’t let the light weight fool you though, the ripstop exterior is a high-end technical fabric that provides durability that plays equally nice on mountain summits as it does on city streets.

When it comes to gadgets in the winter, you’ve probably experienced the challenge of trying to operate a smartphone while wearing winter gloves. Agloves solves the problem of not being able to use touch-screen technology with gloves on! The secret sauce for Agloves is actual silver fibers knitted into the gloves. Silver is a great conductor of bio-electricity – the basis of touch screen technology. Choose from 5 styles from $20-$35. Bottom line: If you know a gadget lover, you just found a great winter gift for them.

Sherpa know a thing or two about cold weather gear. The Sherpa owned and run company, Sherpa Adventure Gear is an inspiring company. They take as much pride in making durable, mounted-tested gear as they do in giving back to the Sherpa community. Each piece of Sherpa Adventure Gear is finished with an Endless Knot. The Endless Knot symbolizes unity and continuity and reminds us that all things are tied together in some way. I love their Jumla Hat.  It is hand-knitted in Nepal and made of 100% wool and lined with Polar fleece for forehead comfort.


A handkerchief* set is a timeless and gentlemanly gift idea. I love a handkerchief set for basically any fella during the winter months when unexpected nose drips are bound to happen.  For handkerchiefs, personalized is the way to go. Here’s one I love.
*A tip I heard a while back in reference to the difference between a handkerchief and a pocket square…”one’s for blowin’ and the other’s for showin’!” .

Great winter gear is an investment. It often pays to find a great piece of clothing that will last for winters to come. The Smartwool “Next to Skin” Zip Tee is about as versatile of a cold weather piece as you can find. The 100% Merino Wool shirt has a buttery soft feel. The athletic cut means it’s a super base layer, yet definitely not restricting. Pretty much any winter outdoor activity from shoveling snow, to skiing, to cold weather runs, the NTS tee will literally have you covered.

For sports fans, winter is when the games really start to count. And when the games get bigger, so should the homegating effort. Bringing the tailgating indoors means a few things….a) a guaranteed great seat to watch the game b) no freezing cold temperatures and c) an endless supply of home-made, game day grub. Here’s a great gift for sports fans this winter. Get a Crock Pot…not just any Crock Pot…a Crock Pot that shows your NFL team colors. Prepare unreasonable amounts of serious homegating eats like BBQ pulled pork or chili.

Those are a few of my winter favorites.  Check out all our men’s gifts for more great ideas.


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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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