This is part 3 of my 2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Guys. You can check out part 1 for $5-10 items and part 2 for $10-20 items. The goal of these guides is to put out some ideas for Christmas gifts that guys will actually be surprised and excited about unwrapping. Hopefully this will benefit all of the Direct Sales Husbands out there who’ve been checking out my posts. (Guys, I’m still taking suggestions, btw. If you know of something that needs to be on the list, leave a comment or email (or Facebook or Twitter) me. If I get enough, I’ll do a post with just the suggestions.)
Keep in mind that many items are available in many different price points. That is certainly true of knives, lights, multitools, electronics, etc. More money doesn’t always mean a better tool. I’m trying to pick out items I have personal experience with and/or that I feel are exceptional values at their price point.
SOG Specialty Knives and Tools FF01-CP Contractor 2 by 4 3-Inch Folding Knife with Pocket Clip, Black
Condor Tool and Knife Bushlore 4.375-Inch Drop Point Blade, Walnut Handle with Leather Sheath (Plain)
SOG Knives Flash I Knife
Condor Tool and Knife Hudson Bay 8.5-Inch Black Blade, Walnut Handle, Leather Brown Sheath
Kershaw Ken Onion Chive Pocket Knife with Speed Safe
Are your kitchen knives dull? Holley’s were so dull when we got married, you couldn’t even cut through the skin of a tomato (seriously!) Sharp knives are important and way more functional. These types of kits are reliable, inexpensive ways to make a dull knife very sharp. Polish the edge with the slip strop to get it razor sharp.
It may not look like it, but these lights are fairly tiny. But put out BIG light. If you don’t have a small powerful flashlight, then you should check these out. These and the $10-20 ones are probably worth buying a couple or more. Throw one in the glovebox. Keep one in your nightstand drawer. One in the basement. You get the idea. Note also that many lights require the CR123A type of battery, which you may need to buy separately. Those batteries are more powerful per size than AAA’s.
4Sevens/Foursevens Mini CR2/ MLR2 Black Finish / Cool White LED; 1XCR2; 180 Lumens
Black Diamond Equipment Storm Headlamp
Fenix Compact 140 Lumen Flashlight
Fenix LD01R2, 3 Level High Performance CREE LED Flashlight
Streamlight 88031 Protac Tactical Flashlight 2L with White LED Includes 2 CR123A Lithium Batteries and Holster, Black
Other Useful Stuff
Etón FR160B Microlink Self-Powered AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio with Flashlight, Solar Power and Cell Phone Charger (Black) (this thing is a hand-cranked generator. Can be used to charge cell-phones and other small, useful items)
Huntington MG1 Military Bearing / Lensatic Compass, Professionally Liquid-Dampened, Full Metal Body with Bearing Prism / Lens System (K4580 GR US)
First Aid Kit With Hard Case- 326 pcs- First Aid Complete Care Kit – Exceeds OSHA & ANSI Guidelines – Ideal for the Workplace – Disaster Preparedness (Color Red) (Every house needs at least one good quality first aid kit)
BAHCO 396-LAP 8 Inch Laplander Folding Saw (This will cut branches up to about 4″ diameter and folds for easy carrying.)
Baja Dry Sack by SealLine – These are great for the boat or as an emergency bag.