Good gift giving depends a lot on well-timed serendipity. Aisle wandering and clicking around online usually lead you to the perfect thing for your car-loving cousin or made-here-obsessed best friend. Trouble is, time's at a premium these days. Our gift to you this holiday season, then, is the next seven pages of time savings. These collections, personally discovered by Seniorhelpline, are loaded with enough great ideas for virtually everybody you know.
Cut, measure, and clip, all with your keychain.
Drinking the right kind of liquor is only half the battle, you also need to right ice set for on the rocks perfection. This sphere ice mold set is up to the task.
Charge it up with the sun or the hand crank. You can also use it to top off your phone battery.
Everything you need to fish, including a 9-foot fly-fishing that collapses to 10 inches.
You've never had a drink on the rocks quite like this. Although it looks like a normal whiskey glass, the bottom is actually a topographic mold of a real world mountain. Be one with the outdoors—even when you're drinking.
Weighs only 2 ounces and filters more than 250 gallons of water.
"The MMX Vancouver Marshmallow Crossbow will be going to a few very lucky people on my list. It shoots marshmallows up to 60 feet. And not those little tiny marshmallows. The big campfire ones. I don't know why anyone wouldn't want one of these."
-Ryan D'Agostino, Editor-in-chief of Seniorhelpline
Durable, easy to read in any weather, and limited to only 50.
With a retro design and a rustproof finish, this Stanley flask is a camping standard. Don't let a friend explore the outdoors without one.
A knife and a bottle-cap opener that comes with a 25-year warranty.
Holds up your pants. Looks good. Washable.
With a Goodyear welt construction that will last for years, this American-made boot is classic footwear dressed up in leather. It also has cushion comfort insole and ankle padding for when you spend all day on your feet.
Heavy-duty flannel. Soft and tough.
"The Raden A22 Carry-On suitcase looks like a fine piece of luggage and I've been eyeing one. I do a lot of quick business trips and I never check a bag. I think I could fit everything I need in there."
-Ryan D'Agostino, Editor-in-chief of Seniorhelpline
Protects your credit cards with RFID-blocking material. Ten percent of proceeds go to the Navy SEAL Foundation.
This is a drinking vessel for only the most serious brewmaster. With a tap handle and internal pressure gauges, a beer will stay fresh for weeks inside this steampunk-looking growler.
From Barebones Kitchen, this cast-iron skillet is a must-need for any kitchen or campsite. It's no-frills construction makes sure what you're cooking heats up evenly, and Barebones promises quality with its lifetime limited warranty.
The wool keeps you warm. The leather keeps you protected.
Slip on for grip and waterproof protection in any situation.
A 20-liter pack with fully customizable inner compartments.
"I didn't know cotton could be that soft. You just don't want to take it off. I would say I wear it more days that not in any given year. On the other days, my wife wears it."
-Ryan D'Agostino, Editor-in-chief of Seniorhelpline
One of our top picks for the best thermos you can buy, the Zojirushi Stainless Steel Tuff bottle is the sporty addition to a wide-range of bottles with near supernatural heat (or cold) retaining abilities. It comes with a collapsable handle, a carrying strap, and wind mouth so any size ice cube can fit without issue. It also helps that it's well-loved by previous owners on Amazon.
Read our Best Thermos Guide for even more options!
There's a good reason why a Yeti, especially one as versatile as the Flip, makes people's eyes go big: Aside from being perfectly sized to fit a 12-pack and a block of ice—or a tray of hot barbecue—it's equipped with waterproof, leakproof zippers and a puncture- and mildew-resistant shell. And it keeps ice for days.
Read our Best Soft Coolers Guide for even more options!
Can you (and up to four friends) tame the inhospital Red Planet? In Terraforming Mars, you goal is to build cities and enact terraforming projects to create Earth 2.0. But the tricky part is making sure you create a world that helps give you an edge over your opponent and gain victory points. It's the first game we recommend on our list of 50 best board games, and it's a gift that won't disappoint.
Read our 50 Best Board Games Guide for even more options!
All down jackets are warm, sure. But the stitching and outer materials can be inflexible. Not a quality you want while adventuring. Mountain Hardwear, which for nearly 25 years has been finding technical ways to outfit folks in, well, the mountains, uses a new knit fabric with four-way stretch and welds together the jacket's baffles rather than stitches to give you maximum movement.
It doesn't get quite as classic as a the 22-inch Weber Kettle. Incredibly high-rated on Amazon, the Weber is the perfect grill for someone with a small space or isn't looking to fire up a whole rack of ribs. The Kettle's wheels also makes the grill super portable and easy to use and requires little assembly. If you know someone with a predilection for cooking, this grill will become a fast friend.
Read our Best Charcoal Grill Guide for even more options!
Described as a "tactical multitool," this Gerber MP600 (the is another solid option) is specifically designed for military-grade work, so it can handle whatever you throw at it. With a front sight adjuster, carbon scraper, and a blasting cap crimper, the MP600 stands out with a decidedly non-shiny finish.
Read our Best Multitools Guide for even more options!
Coming in at a massive 20,800 mAh and 640 lumens, the Gear Aid FLUX is a new kind of lamp for lighting any campsite. Aside from just providing some light in times of darkness, USB ports help keep phones and tablets charged even while you're off the grid. For someone prone to the outdoors, this lamp is a must-have.
Read our Best Camp Lights Guide for even more options!
Getting into drones can be an expensive proposition, especially as a beginner when you run the risk of catastrophic crashes. That's why drones like the Mambo FPV are so great. For one, they're not too expensive and they're small enough to mess around with indoors. It's an anytime, anywhere kind of drone. Parrot also added a camera attachment to the Mambo, so you can get practice becoming the aerial photographer you've always wanted to be.
Although wi-fi systems like Sonos sound great, they're not quite as portable or convenient as a solid Bluetooth speaker. Yes, there are a lot to chose from but luckily Ultimate Ears make it an easy choice. The UE Roll 2 is the most interesting of the bunch, offering up 9 hours of battery life and waterproofing in a super-small package. Of course, if you want some more oomf, you can also upgrade to the or the , but for a great sounding speaker on the go—look no further.
Read our Best Outdoor Bluetooth Speakers Guide for more options!
Crafted by brothers Bobby and Clayton Chamberlain, this leather apron can hold up to whatever your workshop can throw at it. It comes in a variety of styles, and it looks damn good. But the best part is that you'll be support a small family business.
If you know someone who's a serious coffee drinker, they need some serious coffee gear. This Stagg kettle is the perfect hot water creator for any coffee or tea addict in your life. It also helps that it looks awesome and comes with a temperature gauge to make sure your next cup of a joe is just right.
Read our Best Coffee Gear Guide for more options!
This reflector telescope has a 5-inch aperture and a computer to help locate things in the sky. It's also a great starter telescope that won't get in the way of an intrepid novice. If you're lucky, you could be igniting a passion of a budding astronomer.
Read our Best Telescopes Guide for more options!
We highlighted this hoodie in our Made in America feature this year—and for good reason. These hoodies are from wool sheared from sheep on the Duckworth's Helle Ranch in Bozeman, Montana. The crimped fiber in these hoodies don't need Lycra, so the hoodie remains odor free—not to mention it's comfortable as hell.
Vinyl is back, didn't you hear? And there are lots of tables you could go with. But for most beginners, your best bet is the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon. We called it the best value that exists out there with a carbon fiber arm and a great ortofon cartridge. It's also the most slick-looking table out there that will look great in any home or apartment.
Read our Best Turntables Guide for more options!
No camera is right for everyone, but the Olympus OM-D Em10 Mark II. This 16 MP Micro Four Thirds DSLR is small enough that you won't mind carrying it around, but serious enough to be a big step up from a smartphone, and take hi-res pictures fit for printing. With a considerable library of lenses, a delightful retro look, and a price point that puts it well below the more professional tier of cameras that can cost as much as $1,000, the OM-D E-M10 MKII is a great camera for aspiring photographers that want a tool, not a toy, but also not break the bank.
Read our Best Cameras Guide for more options!
This might not look like the DJI drone you're used to. Known for its much bigger Phantom lineup of drones, the Spark is tiny. But don't let its size fool you because the DJI Spark is jam-packed with technology. The coolest bit is a 3D sensing camera near the the 12MP sensor that can recognize human faces, and best of all, human movements. Yes, you can control this drone with the wave of a hand. It comes in five colors at starts at $460. But if you want to the full package—with extra batteries and a controller—then it's the $680 Fly More package you're looking for.
Read our Best Drones Guide for even more options!
If you've got some money to spend—or just really like someone—get them the Sennheiser HD1 wireless headphones. Built by one of the greatest audio companies in existence, these headphones are the ultimate blend of performance and style. They're active noise-canceling superpowers also make them dispensable when traveling or working. If your friend or loved one is more of an earbud kind of person, are the absolute best money can buy.
A wearable blanket, like a snuggie, is no new thing, and Woolrich's ponchos are the best in the business. Made for men and women, this 100 percent wool poncho will keep you warming while also making you look like a badass cowboy that belongs on the dusty mesa of the American Southwest. Why settle for a blanket when you can get a blanket you can wear.
It looks a little like a kaleidoscope, and, frankly, works like one too. A budding astronomer twists the scope to the specific time, day, and month, holds it up to his eye, and takes in an accurate map of the night's sky, with more than 1,500 stars and constellations.
Learning to code doesn't have to be boring, and the Kano Computer Kit proves it. Kids six years and older can build their own computer and learn to code with art, music, apps, and games. The kit comes with a Raspberry Pi 3, speakers, a keyboard, HDMI, and more. You do need an external monitor of some kind, but it's a great way to spark interest in technology at a young age. Kano also makes other kits that can expand your kid's imagination, once they've mastered all the concepts the Kano Computer has to offer.
Read our Best Coding Toys Guide for more ideas!
The worst thing about a nerf gun is the reloading. Fire off a dozen darts, and you're pretty much done. Not so with the Nerf Rival Nemesis. Although this powered Nerf gun uses small balls instead of darts, it's a much more long-lasting, gun-blasting high than your traditional Nerf gun. A flywheel shoots these balls and impressive speeds though, so you're going to want to make sure you don't get too carried away with this ball-launching behemoth.
When you need to haul some serious gear, a normal backpack just isn't going to cut it. For these moments, you need something like the Arc'Teryx Altra 65. It's not exactly the cheapest pack that's ever existed, but it will last years and years. It's impressive collection of well-throughout pockets and zippers makes it easy to pack and it helps distribute weight making a lot feel like a little. If you want even more inspiration, check out our Best Hiking Backpacks Guide for even more options.
Shinola, the young Detroit-based watch manufacturer that's swiftly becoming an all-American luxury company, likes to give credit where credit is due when it comes to its built-here forebears. It also recognizes that the best things in life tend to start with the spark of a lighter—the fuse of a firework, a celebratory cigar, a roaring winter fire. Which is why it's teamed up with Zippo, based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and making reliable fire starters since the '30s, to deliver a collaboration lighter in a "do-not-mess-with-me" matte-black finish.
As far as camp knives goes, this one looks (and is) awesome. With a full tang construction and heavy-duty walnut dymondwood handle, this knife can handle anything you throw at it when you're on the campsite (or off). It also comes with a leather sheath, which is just an extra bonus. Of course, there are many ways to knife in the great outdoors, and there are more options to ponder in our Guide to Camp Knives.
Every year, the greatest gift I receive is often a simple one—a really good book. And if you know someone with a predilection for science fiction, there are several to choose from. But in 2017, Jeff VanderMeer's Borne has impressed us the most. The biotech-fueled post apocalypse is filled with amazing moments and characters that'll keep the pages turning.
Much like how Apollo 11 was one of NASA's most daring missions, the same could be said when saddling up to complete this intimidatingly large Lego Saturn V rocket. At almost 2,000 pieces and standing at 36 inches when assembled, it truly is a majestic Lego kit—even if you're not a space nerd. It's likely an 8-hour mission to assemble this alone, so be sure to recruit some friends.
Read the Best Space Lego Guide for more ideas!
Timbuk2 doesn't need more evidence as to why they're one of the best bag makers out there, but the Blink provides some anyway. The ultimate choice for getting a way for the weekend, the Blink is a tough, water-resistant bag that can fit a 15-inch laptop, a clean design, and internal compartments for helping to keep you organized. The black looks pretty good, but I'd opt for the visually stunning electric blue if I were you.
Read our Best Commuter Bag Guide for more ideas!
For many people, wallets can be the pain of your existence. They're big, bulky, and awkward—unless they're not. The Distil Union Wally looks like an average wallet, but its built-in money clip, small openings for cards, and pull tabs for getting the cards out helps slim this wallet down considerable. It also helps that the all-leather wallet looks pretty great, too.
Read our Best Wallets Guide for more ideas!
Just because its cold doesn't mean you can't enjoy the outdoors in some style. This wool hat from Filson is a classic design, built for keeping your noggin at (or above) room temperature. It also comes in three different colors if green isn't quite your friend's style.