The Christmas Season is on us like a millennial on a free wireless connection.  Once again The Rugged Male  will deliver valuable insight on gifts for the cool guy on your list.  We would also be remiss if we didn’t mention that it’s the best time to go for afternoon drinks.  Everyone is hiding behind their shopping bags, knocking down red wine, bourbon cocktails and winter ales with a clear conscience knowing they just spent money on others.  So belly up as we unveil our annual Holiday Gift Guide For The Rugged Male.


1. WhiSki Poles – $99

WhiSki Poles are surprisingly high-performance ski poles. What’s surprising is they have an integrated flask in the cavity of the pole.  Enjoy some tasty brandy or schnapps on that long cold lift ride.  WhiSki Poles utilize a standard ski pole handle with a proprietary screw off cap at the top of the pole.  Just unscrew the top of the pole and throw one back, no need to take off those gloves!  It only takes a single hand and you won’t have to worry about fumbling with the cap because there is cap-strap to make sure it’s never dropped.


2. House of Marley Speaker – $199.99

This product has been road-tested by our audiophile team at TRM headquarters.  It looks dope and sounds even better.  Wirelessly stream all your music via Bluetooth. The built-in rechargeable battery and convenient 3.5mm audio input make it simple and easy to connect all your devices and fire up your beats whenever and wherever you need them. The backside fabric cover and natural bamboo front panel are beautiful and made from sustainable products.

The purchase of House of Marley products help plant trees. A percentage of the sales go towards supporting reforestry through


3. Oliver Peoples Sunglasses – $400

This one is abit pricey but if you live in a warm weather state then you know the value of good sunglasses.  Let us dispel the myth that you shouldn’t buy expensive sunglasses because you will lose them. It’s just not true. It’s like anything else you purchase that is expensive. You take care of it!  Besides eyesight is pretty darn important so you might as well look cool rockin some dope shades from Oliver Peoples.


4. Hobo Belt from BED|STU – $50

Also road tested by our team. The Hobo is aged to perfection, a classic men’s style that looks and feels well broken in. Dont settle for a belt 1.5 inches wide, that’s weak sauce.  The Hobo is a hefty 1.75 inches but fits in any pair jeans with a rugged look.  According to BED|STU – “This belt can be paired with your most comfortable denim or a classic pair of chinos to attain the casual male look.”  People still say chinos?  We say you pair it with cool jeans, kick-ass boots and a glass of Bulleit bourbon.


5.  Custom Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers – $100

Give the gift of an American classic this year with a twist.  Create your own Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers.  Now you can design your own and why not start with leather Chucks as your baseline.  You can change colors of the trim, heal, eyelets, laces and even put a moniker on it.  The rugged male on your list will appreciate your ingenuity and not looking like every other dad at the soccer game.


6.  Carhartt Duck Quilted Flannel-Lined Active Jacket 


As clothing manufacturers modify their designs to meet the ever so soft needs of most millennials, thank heaven Carhartt does not.  Whether you work on the docks, construction or commute on the subway to work, anyone who spends time outdoors will appreciate the cold-weather chops of this men’s hooded jacket. Proudly made in the USA, it’s built with water-repellent and wind-resistant rugged cotton duck. The body and hood are lined with quilted flannel to keep you warm and looking cool.


There you have it lads, your 2018 Holiday Gift Guide For The Rugged Male on your list. Don’t mail it in this year with old tired gifts like whisky flasks, beard combs and winter ale selections.  Have some style and uniqueness, because that’s what makes giving gifts fun.

Thanks For Reading, Happy Holidays and Travel Safely!


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