Finally, the solution for the OCD camper—REI’s camp mini kitchen is a compact carrying case with enough compartments to keep even the most organized packer sane. A collapsible aluminum tabletop folds up nicely into the front pocket, a metal frame expands out to form a solid work surface, a two-burner stove tucks away underneath the case, and there are storage pouches galore (including several specifically for wet and dirty cookware).
$100 at REI, 840 Brannan St., 415-934-1938, rei.com
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Have your boyfriend unwrap Jack Spade’s boat canvas circular duffle bag before heading to the airport for the trip home. Industrial-strength design plus quality detailing equals traveling in style.
$245 at jackspade.com
Suit up for the cold, damp winter with Gap’s faux-fur trim trapper and cableknit fingerless gloves. Whether you’re hitting the mountain lodge or braving slick city sidewalks, your fingers will remain free to grasp that steaming hot chocolate.
$20–$25 at Gap, 890 Market St., 415-788-5909, gap.com
Keep your mountain biking bros safe with Ryders Eyewear VTX interchangeable sunglasses. The tinted, shatterproof lenses, which pop easily in and out, come in three shades (gray, orange, and clear), perfect for every trail setting, and anti-slip nose pads keep them in place.
$59 at See Jane Run, 3910 24th St., 415-401-8338, or ryderseyewearusa.com
Stand out in a sea of black and gray on the slopes. Patagonia and The North Face may be the high-performance industry standards, but the Kit Sweater by Obermeyer incorporates color in a chic way to keep you looking hot while skiing or snowboarding, no matter how cold it it outside.
$90 at Lombardi’s, 1600 Jackson St., 415-771-2896, or obermeyer.com
Get your brain in shape with Restoration Hardware’s French tournament edition backgammon and chess set. Good for an evening by the fireplace with a glass of eggnog, this handsomely antiqued set includes two classic games in one, with wooden pieces housed comfortably in delicate linen pouches.
$199 at Restoration Hardware, 1733 Fourth St., 510-526-6424, restorationhardware.com
Your best friend has made it known that her New Year’s resolution is to become a yogi, so Putumayo’s first-ever yoga cd is the perfect gift. Krishna Das performs his call-and-response chanting while Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band hit melodic high notes on “Om Hari Om/Sharanam Ganesha.” More than 70 minutes of relaxing, meditative music will put her in the just the right mood to perfect her downward dog.
$15 at Borders, 845 Market St., 415-243-4108, putumayo.com
With the exorbitant prices of Patagonia active wear, you might as well call it Patagucci. This season, get better bang for your buck with Aprés Collective’s cropped moto jacket, which can be worn 10 ways. Versatile, functional, and tres chic—now if only all outdoor gear could be this cool.
$285 at Collage Clothing, 1345 18st St., 415-755-8306, aprescollective.com
Look no further—the weekend bag you’ve been looking for has finally arrived. Made by hand of cotton duck canvas, this bold red WM. J. Mills canvas duffel features lock-stitched seams and a heavy-duty marine-grade zipper for superior strength and durability. You’ll never have to buy another weekender again.
$143 at The Common, 1077 Mission St., thecommonsf.com
Every outdoorsman will thank you for REI Outdoor School’s two- or three-day wilderness first aid course. REI has teamed up with the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS to offer this comprehensive course that teaches survival skills your rugged guy can recreate with confidence in the backcountry—from medical emergencies to traumatic accidents.
$200-$220 at REI, 840 Brannan St., 415-934-1938, rei.com
Incoming—Ralph Lauren’s cashmere cable travel set is just the gift for your jet-setting mom. Have her flying first class to Monaco in style with this combo of throw blanket, eye mask, and zip bag that doubles as a pillow. If you can get your hands on the Pink Pony model (it’s widely sold out), a percentage of proceeds will go to breast cancer research. But the navy is just as nice.
$395 at Ralph Lauren, 2040 Fillmore St., 415-440-6536, ralphlauren.com