Mandatory’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide
Ridgemont Outfitters – Monty Shoes
I was lucky enough to receive a pair of these shoes, and they are fantastic. Not your run-of-the-mill-looking pair of kicks, either. Ideal for those leading an adventurous life in and around the urban/outdoor environments and built with rugged durability (while incorporating a heel stabilizer to ensure balance and comfort), the Monty was created to satisfy the needs of hikers but in an attractive design for off-trail adventures. Versatile in design, The Monty compliments jeans and shorts for any occasion. Available in two styles — the Hi and the Lo. ($75-$79)
RibbedTee – Retro Fit Tee
Every man needs more of these. It’s a fact. The Retro Fit tee combines fashion with function, using a special wash technique that leaves the fabric buttery soft — way more comfortable than the average itchy tee! Plus, it’s the optimal length for wearing either tucked or untucked. The Retro Fit tee is reasonably priced at $30/2-pack, making it the perfect gift for the style-conscious man this holiday season!
Penny 36″ Longboard
Whether you’re a pro or a novice, Penny Skateboards and their new line of plastic longboards are great for getting around. With their sleek design and easy maneuverability, they’re the perfect gift for anyone looking to ride in style, regardless of skill. Seriously, you’d have to be Humpty Dumpty to fall off one of Penny’s first-ever 36″ boards, they’re just that good. ($159.99)
Harvard Arcade Electric Indoor Basketball Game
The two-hoop basketball game is designed for home use, specifically for inviting your friend over and kicking his butt while you down beer and pizza. Each hoop is equipped with electronic, magnetic scorers for accuracy and a timer. It easily folds to save space when you’re not using it, and it comes with four mini-basketballs and a pump. (Available at Lowe’s, $200)
Acoustic-Electric Concert Ukulele
The first acoustic-electric ukulele in the Mitchell line, the MU100CE takes the ever-popular concert all-koa ukulele and adds the flexibility of a Fishman KULA preamp with built-in tuner, allowing you to amplify your performance and dial in the perfect sound on any stage. The beautifully appointed abalone rosette and purfling combine with the warm, rich look of figured koa for a ukulele experience like no other. Available at Guitar Center. ($279.99)
The Coolest Cooler
Temperatures may be dropping, but football season is hotter than ever, and tailgating and holiday entertaining is in full-swing, whether with friends or family. Enter: The Coolest, a portable party disguised as a cooler. Features include a built-in blender, waterproof Bluetooth speaker, picnic set, bottle opener, USB charger, and LED lid light, among countless other features that make this the most luxurious and unique cooler on the market. One of the most funded Kickstarter campaigns in history is finally on the market. The Coolest meets all needs for outdoor recreation, tailgating, beach trips, and any activity where you can bring your refreshments to go. ($499)
Personalized Natural Beechwood Beer Bottle Opener
Crafted from all natural beechwood, it has an incredibly thick and sturdy handle with a strong stainless steel opener that keeps the beer flowing well into the night. Engrave it with the name of anyone special on your gift list this year. The beer bottle opener from HomeWetBar.com measures approximately 6″ x 1″ and is only $15.95.
Custom 500 Motorcycle Helmet
(Street) Throwbacks and retro lids are nice, but nothing beats an original. Back in 1954, Bell founder Roy Richter formed his first helmet out of fiberglass and named it the “500.” Bell’s Custom 500 pays homage to Richter’s original design while adding modern protective technology to bring the design up to date. Comes in multiple colors. ($119.95)
Char-Griller Duo Black 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
Your BBQs will never be the same (in that they will be way better than ever before).
This liquid propane gas grill comes with a charcoal grill on the same cart for duel fuel cooking. It’s 1,260 square inches in total cooking area, porcelain-coated with cast-iron cooking grates and stainless steel burners. The Char-Griller has three main burners and one side burner with a flip-down cover, electronic ignition for quick and easy start-ups and two built-in temperature gauges to allow easy heat-level monitoring. Game on! (Available at Lowe’s, $299)
Star Wars Themed Ceramic Salt And Pepper Shakers
Made of the highest quality ceramic, these droidtastic R2-D2 and R2-Q5 salt and pepper shakers are molded and painted to look just like the best known astromech droids in the Star Wars universe, making them a must-have addition to any fan or collector’s dining table. Measures approximately 3 1/2″ high x 3″ wide x 2″ deep. Officially licensed product. (Available at Amazon, $25)
Smart Flour Foods Gluten Free Pizzas
Everyone loves pizza, but everyone also wants to try to eat healthy. Those don’t usually go hand in hand, but these little tasty chef-inspired Italian pizzas fit the bill. Each pizza is free of preservatives and artificial ingredients, made with real mozzarella and provolone cheese that is free of rGBH (recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone) and topped with hand-selected uncured meats that are free of nitrites and nitrates. Smart Flour Foods new pizza varieties are now available at select natural and specialty stores nationwide for $6.99 to $7.99. Stuff your freezers with them.
The Perfect Shave Kit
Unless you’re capable of sporting a full, manly beard year-round, your face needs a full service shave at home every so often. Smooth, protect and soothe with four full-size products designed to work together for the ultimate shaving experience. This no-nonsense travel kit contains everything needed for grooming on the go, including airline compliant sizes of Anthony’s Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Invigorating Rush Hair + Body Wash, Shave Cream, All-Purpose Facial Moisturizer, and Mint and White Tea Lip Balm SPF 25. Avalailable at Anthony.com for $70 ($90 value). Also, Anthony donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all products to support prostate cancer research.
Vapium – Weekender Edition
#VapeLife, bro. Created for the avid outdoor enthusiast or the casual weekend adventurer, VAPIUM’s Weekender Edition is the ideal travel companion, creating an organic connection between the modern explorer and our planet’s aesthetic. In lieu of power outlets, cables and batteries, nature taps into a single bottomless spring of limitless energy: sunlight. With the Weekender Edition SPRING Solar Charger, consumers now have this power. The Weekender includes both one SUMMIT® vaporizer and one SPRINGTM Solar Charge. ($189)
Onewheel is the revolutionary electric boardsport that incorporates intuitive control, self-balancing, and the freedom to ride all into one. Onewheel is simple to operate; lean forward to accelerate, lean backward to slow down, stop and change direction. Inspired by the sensation of snowboarding on powder, Onewheel brings a completely new and exceptionally smooth riding experience on or off road. Onewheel combines breakthrough technology with an incredibly intuitive and fun ride to create a personal digital vehicle at the intersection of recreation and transportation. Rolling on a single large air-filled tire, the Onewheel is incredibly versatile, handling terrain ranging from urban pavement to gravel, grass, sand and single-track. (MSRP $1,499)
“Star Wars” New Limited Edition Individual Blu-Ray Steelbooks
As the galaxy prepares for the next generation of “Star Wars,” the six epic films have also been released as commemorative Blu-ray steelbooks. In addition to the collectible steelbook packaging, each single disc Blu-ray includes existing audio commentary with George Lucas and the film crew as well as audio commentary from archival interviews with the cast and crew. Steelbooks are available at retail stores nationwide for approximately $15-$20 apiece. “Star Wars: The Complete Saga” is also available at stores nationwide for around $100.
“Zoolander” Limited Edition Blu-Ray Gift Set
What is this, a holiday gift guide for ants?! No, it’s actually an awesome “Zoolander” Blu-ray Limited Edition Gift Set. And it was just released on December 1st. The release sports an original design, is swathed in a signature “Blue SteelBook” and includes new special features, a sneak peek at “Zoolander 2,” a collectible Derek Zoolander headband and Movie Money worth up to $8 towards a ticket to see the new film. The Blu-ray will be available exclusively at Walmart. ($17.96)
“Mission: Impossible” The 5-Movie Collection
Can you say “‘Mission:Impossible’ movie marathon?” The explosive $650M+ worldwide blockbuster “Rogue Nation” debuts on Blu-ray combo pack on December 15, 2015. However, you can get it on digital HD right now. You can also get this collection of all five of the Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) action films on December 15 as well. ($39.99 for Blu-ray combo pack, $64.99 for 5-pack collection)
Happy holidays, everyone!