While we can recommend and select great gifts this holiday season, we figured it was time to invite some other experts to give their ideas.
Eric Yang over at Gear Patrol kindly agreed to share eight holiday gift ideas for 2011. As expected, Mr. Yang’s gift ideas run the full gamut of men’s goods – from camera bags, jackets, to power drills, and $50 mechanical pencils – all catering to the more discreet shopper who expects a premium return for their money. Everything on his list is accessible to most without breaking the bank, sans that killer camera.
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Read and see 8 holiday gift ideas from Gear Patrol’s Eric Yang after the click.
“Because the digital camera to Photoshop workflow has become a critical all-consuming part of the job, I’ve found myself turning to manual cameras as an escape. Aim, shoot, and (yes…) develop. Simple. It’s great that companies like Voigtlander still recognize a demand for mechanical cameras. The Bessa not only looks like the camera you wish you were shooting everyday, but its all-manual setup will make you a smarter, more thoughtful photographer. Just be warned, going old school isn’t necessarily a cheap affair. Scouting on eBay or local shops for an old Canon AE or Nikon F are fine options as well.”
“It’s no secret the resurgence of American reference style has gone far beyond the shores of the U.S., but sometimes a bit of outside perspective is nice. The Italian brand Esemplare threads together some great pieces, one of which I’m particularly digging. The Yakar jacket is a recreation of a U.S. Military Korean war era parka, but unlike the heavier reference worn by GI’s, Esemplare has updated it with a more tailored cut. A sharp looking go-to winter coat.”
“Tools sound like a cliche gift but personally, I think they rock. What isn’t cool though is living in a New York apartment where workshop dreams go to die. But smaller, cordless tools doesn’t mean a man has to relegate himself to the K-Mart special. The Bosch 12-volt pocket driver is just about perfect because it has precise control, a slim profile, and packs twice as much torques than its nearest competitor. It’s also a feather-weight despite its mighty motor.”
“Layering with a blazer is the best corollary to cooler weather. The upshot is usually keeping things simple, so my MO is to make sure the pocket square is unique — and here again, the Brits know their stuff. Just don’t go crazy with it.”