Bruce’s Holiday Gift Guide: Bags, Boots & More

You made it through Thanksgiving more or less intact, and now the holiday season is in full swing. Time to do a bit of shopping! If you’re not sure what to buy for the people on your list, don’t sweat it – we’ve got you covered. Here’s the first of our December gift guides, and it features some of my favorite products. I own or have tested each of the products on this list, so you’ll get an honest opinion of each of them, who they’re good for, and where you can pick them up. 

Tretorn Gunnar Boots

Tretorn Gunnar Boots
The best of both worlds: a rain boot and a stylish sneaker. These mostly rubber boots sport a cap-toe design with canvas on the side. I picked up a pair a few weeks ago and put them to the test in some heavy rain. They’re comfortable on wide feet and the fleece lining ensures that you’ll stay warm no matter what the temperature. $95.

Looking for more of a heavy duty rain boot? See the full selection of weather boots at East Dane with sizes to 15.

KOR ONE water bottle

KOR ONE Water Bottle
I first saw this water bottle on Tony Stark’s workbench in Iron Man 3. It had such a unique design that I had to try it out. The KOR ONE Hydration Vessel sports a hinged cap and a wide spout that lets you chug your (cold) drink if you so desire. With a cushioned base and ergonomic design, it’s easy to transport anywhere you need to go. If the KOR ONE is good enough for Iron Man, it’s good enough for me! Though my bottle is the Cobalt Blue, there are a bunch of other colors to choose from. Pick one up for $25 at

Topo Ballistic Rover

Topo Designs Ballistic Rover Pack
I’ve always liked the look and function of Topo Designs bags, but many of the ones I really liked came in colors I couldn’t really see carrying. That’s why I jumped at the blacked out Ballistic Rover Pack when I came across it. This nylon backpack sports the mandatory padded laptop sleeve, a lot of pockets for your odds and ends, and a giant, unlined interior for your jacket, a change of clothes, or whatever else you can think to stick in there. Get yours for $159.


STM Drifter Medium Laptop Backpack

If you’re looking a bag that is less outdoorsy (or military inspired) and more metropolitan, consider the Drifter from STM. This bag features suspended pockets on the interior, room for a 15″ laptop, a variety of compartments for your phone, ID, transit tickets, and a detachable rain cover to ensure all your important stuff stays safe if you’re ever stuck in a torrential downpour. $138

J.W. Hulme Keyfob

J.W. Hulme Co. American Heritage Key Fob
If you’re tired of your simple old keyring, consider upgrading to this cowhide leather and brass key hook. You can snap it onto your belt loop and let it swing a bit, or you can snap it around your actual belt and go about your day knowing your keys are safe and secure. This is especially good for those of us with a lot of keys and a small amount of pocket space. $35. See all of the keychains available at East Dane.

Wolverine Orville Desert Chukka Boot

Wolverine 1883 Orville Leather Desert Boots
I’ve already told you about these beasts (read my review and see them on me here), but I like them so much, I’ll say it again: this is one good boot. The construction is solid, the leather is good, and the sizing is right on, even for a foot as wide as mine. They look good with just about anything, so they’re a safe bet. Plus, at $94.50, they’re a steal. You really can’t go wrong with anything from Wolverine, in my opinion.

RVCA National Duffle at East Dane

RVCA National Duffel
A duffel bag should well-constructed, simple and easy to use, and the RVCA National Duffel is just that. With a contrast top, zippered pockets on both ends and the side, and an adjustable shoulder strap – if simplicity is what you’re after, this fits the bill. Great for a weekend getaway – just throw some clothes in there, some deodorant, and your favorite pomade and you’re ready to go. If you’re the type of guy who wants to skip the full-sized luggage on a quick trip, give this bag a try. $66. Want a duffel with a bit more..sophistication? Here are a few more to choose from.

There you have it – a few of my favorite odds and ends to add to your holiday list. Or, you know – to pick up as a gift for someone else. Look for more guides later in the week to help you find something for everyone you need to buy for. 

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