It’s that time of year again where we’ve got to scramble to find gifts for the people we love. If you’re hard pressed to find something for the Gentleman Badass in your life, this list will come in handy.
If you’re a Gentleman Badass yourself, well, this list will give you something to spend your holiday cash on.
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Black Rifle Coffee – I’m a big fan of this company and their products. I’ve been a member of their coffee club for almost a year now and it’s awesome. Any coffee lover will be more than pleased with a big haul of BRCC.
Pour Over Coffee Kit – They’re going to need something to brew their Black Rifle Coffee in and pour over is one of my favorite methods. This kit gives you everything you need. You can spring for more and get the actual Chemex brand, but this should work just fine.
Yeti Mug – I was gifted a short Yeti mug well over a year ago and I have used it for every cup of coffee I’ve had at home since then. Say goodbye to the days of coffee growing cold in the cup. This thing keeps it warm for hours.
Moleskin Notebooks – I bought a pack of these earlier this year and have used the hell out of them. One is for my daily journal, one for tactical notes and one for guitar studies. Their compact size is the selling point for me.
Fuji Sekai Gi – I bought my first Sekai Gi five years ago and though the pants finally ripped out, the top is still going strong. The best part is it hasn’t shrunk, which is more than I can say for most of my other gi tops. At 6’1″ and 210 pounds, this gi also fits me perfectly whereas many of my other gis are a bit too small.
Fuji Supraito Gi – This is another great gi by Fuji. It has a professional fit and so far the top hasn’t shrunk.
Vulcan Belt – If you know someone who has recently been promoted and want to reward them with a great new belt, Vulcan is my recommendation. I like their look and feel and they’re tough. I put my purple belt through hell and I’m currently in the process of doing the same with my brown.
Title Gloves – If you know someone who likes to punch stuff, get them pair of gloves that won’t disintegrate in a year. Title is tough.
Merrill Moab 2 – I’ve been a fan of Merrill shoes for years now but I recently put the Merrill Moab 2 in direct competition with the Salomon XA Pro 3D. While the Salomons had some nice features, they were a lot more expensive and, like my wife said, “they look like something my dad would wear.” I went with the Merrills and I love them.
Ecco Exostrike – Ecco makes an amazing shoe as well. If you now someone with foot or ankle problems, these are a lifesaver. This shoe is what Mick uses when he’s standing for hours on end during executive protection gigs.
Amazon Essentials Jeans – I’ve hated almost every pair of jeans I’ve ever worn (Except those super wide leg JNCOs in the early 2000s. When is that fad coming back?). I’m a weird size. 35 x 32. I can never find size 35 unless I go to a high-end store. Someone told me the Amazon Essentials jeans were actually really nice. Since they had size 35, I ordered a pair on a whim and they’re fantastic. I’ll be ordering more after Christmas.
Fairwin Tactical Belt – Another perpetual annoyance of mine is belts. One belt hole is too tight, the next is too big. This belt allows me to adjust to whatever size I want and it works perfectly for both my primary conceal carry holsters. It’s not top of the line by any means, but it gets the job done.
Zimco Cycling Jacket – If you’ve got a cyclist on your list, this insulated jacket will keep them warm and visible on the road. The sizes run small though so consider ordering one size larger than normal.
Moleskin Mini Notebook – Trying to look things up on my phone calendar is a pain in the ass. I’ve recently started writing out my daily schedule on one of these mini notebooks and keeping it in my pocket. It’s a great quick reference and it also works well for taking notes in a pinch.
Tactical Pen – If you’re going to carry a pen for taking notes, you might as well be able to stab someone with it. These certainly aren’t top of the line, but they work well… at least for writing, I haven’t needed to stab anyone yet…
Streamlight Flashlight – One very useful but often under utilized self defense tool is a tactical flashlight. This little guy is 350 lumens and has a rechargeable battery. That’s enough brightness to temporarily blind the bad guy, or more likely to illuminate a room when the power goes out. Its’ slim fit also makes it comfortable to carry daily in my pocket.
Casio Pro Trek – I’ve tortured my Pro Trek for the last two years with workouts and hot summer concert tour dates. It’s held up like a pro (trek). It’s solar powered and has a compass, altimeter and thermometer. While I’ve never really needed the altimeter and thermometer, the compass has come in handy quite a few times. It also looks professional enough I can wear it anywhere.
Swiss Gear Backpack – I’m not of the mindset that all my gear needs to be “tactical.” I subscribe to the grey man theory in that I don’t really want people to know what I know or might be carrying (though all the OD green I wear might give me away). I’ve carried a Swiss Gear bag for more than 15 years now. My current bag not only holds my “bug out” gear, but it doubles as my range bag and my laptop case. Sometimes all three at once.
Dummy Rounds – Did you know dry fire is important? Dummy rounds make dry fire training more realistic. Train like you fight.
Mag Block – This tool allows you to dry fire your pistol with an (empty) mag inserted, which makes your dry fire more realistic. Just slide one into the magazine and it keeps the magazine follower positioned so that it will not engage the slide stop.
Surefire EP3 Sonic Defenders – If you know someone who spends a lot of time shooting at indoor ranges, it’s wise to double up hearing protection. These earplugs fit comfortably underneath over-ear hearing protection and further dampen the sound of the pew pews.
Glock Airsoft Pistol – Another great training tool that’s especially handy when ammo is expensive is a green gas airsoft pistol. This pistol fits all my Glock holsters and is well made. I previously owned a CO2 cartridge Glock airsoft. It was cheaply made and fragile. I didn’t like it at all. This pistol costs a bit more, but it will last a lot longer.
CAT Tourniquet – If you know someone doing any type of firearms training, a good tourniquet is a must. It’s also wise to have these stashed throughout your house, EDC gear and car. This brand is pricier, but it’s what I use, and in my opinion, when buying something that might save you or a loved one’s life, don’t go cheap.
Steiner P4Xi – If you’re looking to spend a fair amount of money and want to make your shooter extremely happy, I highly recommend this optic. It was recommended to me by an Army Sniper friend and I love it. With 1x to 4x magnification and a red dot, it’s good for CQB as will as mid-range distance shooting. I’ve easily hit out to 300 yards with this optic and I’m certain I could go further.
Curt Mangan Coated Acoustic Guitar Strings – I’ve been sponsored by Curt Mangan for well over ten years and I love their product, especially their coated acoustic strings. I play (well, before Covid I played) a LOT of acoustic gigs. These coated strings last 3x as long as their non-coated counterparts, and they sound great. Your guitarist will love them.
Nulaxy Adjustable Tablet Stand – If you know someone who’s been thrust into the world of Zoom meetings, this stand could be life changing. It’s what we’ve been using to video train clients at the gym during the pandemic.
4 in 1 PS4 Controller Charger – For the gamer in your life. Make charging the PS4 components a bit more organized.
Henry Doggit and the Case of the Phantom Stench – Shameless plug, this is my book, but kids love it. If you have an animal loving kid on your list, they will enjoy this book, and so will you.
Henry Doggit and the Case of the Noms Raider – If you’re going to give them Volume 1, you might as well grab Volume 2 while you’re at it.
Intuitive Theory – Alright, last one. I wrote this book on music theory earlier this year. It’s a new approach to understanding music theory using a method I haven’t found anywhere else. If you have a musician in your life, this book could be eye opening for them.
Well, that’s it for this year. Do you any awesome gift ideas for Gentlemen Badasses? If so, leave them in the comments.