Welcome to Metropolitan Mama's Christmas Gift Guide for the men in our lives who work hard for a living - or for fun!
These are gifts for carpenters, farmers, mechanics, construction workers, house-flippers, landscapers, gardeners, electricians, mechanics, and more!
We've rounded up some of the best gift ideas for holiday 2019 - including work boots, tactical clothing, and tools. We've also included dress clothes and shoes for the days he ends up in the office.
Rugged work boots are one of the best gifts to get for men who spend time outdoors or engaged in any kind of construction project.
The Ramsey 2.0 is a solid work boot, crafted with premium leather and attention to detail. These waterproof, durable boots are comfortable and good-looking with ample support for people who spend hours on their feet. The 6-inch height protects the ankle while not being too tall for easy, everyday wear. These boots fit true to size and are a five-star gift pick for any man who you would describe as "active," "outdoorsy," or "hard-working." If Charles Ingalls were alive today, he would totally wear this boot.
If the guy in your life works in law enforcement, he may already be a fan of 5.11 Tactical. If not, this is the time to introduce him. 5.11 Tactical is "purpose-built gear for the most demanding missions." It is specially designed to help men (and women) "always be ready" for any situation.
Take the Apex Pant, for example. These super comfortable pants are brilliantly engineered - with internal cargo pouch magazine pockets, a flex cuff pocket inside waist, reinforced belt loops, barracking at key stress locations, and a reinforced knife clip area. Plus, these pants are teflon-treated to repel stains and moisture. As a bonus, they have a great flattering fit for ease of use across many situations and venues. I have a strong hunch that we will be repeat-buying these pants in the coming years! Don't hesitate to get your guy these pants for Christmas. He'll wear them everywhere.
Also featured above is the Freedom Flex Short Sleeve Shirt, which is made from a breathable, non-wrinkle material! Although it is no longer available from 5.11 Tactical, you can find plenty of other shirts with similar features on their website.
New work wear is always appreciated and Dockers has been a reputable brand for affordable, classic pieces since 1986. If you're looking for everyday work pieces like polos, khaki pants, dress shoes, or button-ups, Dockers is a great place to begin your search.
The Slim Fit pants (pictured above in khaki and corduroy) have a great modern fit without being tight or "super skinny." They also offer a Smart 360 Flex™ 4-way stretch fabric, which means that the fabric moves with you.
As for dress shoes, the mottled butterscotch color of the Shaw Oxford caught my eye. Easy to pair with a number of different colored pants or slacks - as you can see above!
If you're looking for a sophisticated "boss boot," the Side Zip Wellington Waterproof Work Boots offer I'm-in-charge appeal. Available in an attractive deep brown, these sophisticated boots are crafted with high-quality leather and a sturdy brass zipper. Although this boot features an adjustable leather in-step strap, note that they run wide and about 1/2 to 1 size too large. Size down for a more comfortable fit.
The GAMEPROCESSOR kit by Outdoor Edge is a 12-piece "field to freezer" set. The following items are included in a forest green plastic briefcase: 3" caping knife, 4.5" gut hook skinner, 6" boning/fillet, 8" butcher knife, carbide sharpener, game shears, 10" bone/wood saw, carving fork, ribcage spreader, cutting board, and disposable gloves. The kit was created so that hunters can "save the cost of commercial processing" and "ensure the quality of meat" for their families.
Even if your guy lives in his work boots, he's bound to need great looking casual shoes to relax in, to vacation in, and to go to the office in. I found two great options for your consideration for holiday 2019.
Men's Sharkbyte by XtraTuf
These canvas slip-on shoes are described as "deck shoes" for "fishing, boating, or on land excursions." They offer preppy sophistication, while also offering slip-resistant outsoles and breathable mesh interiors. Easy to pair with jeans, slacks, or board shorts.
Men's Tikal by Garmont
Made with Michelin® Cross Terrain outsoles, these ultra-cool casual shoes are trendy, yet mighty. Even though he'll be able to wear these sneakers with almost any business casual or vacation attire, his feet will also be supported and protected on hiking trails and outdoor expeditions. Thanks to Garmont's commitment to quality, he'll have excellent traction and stability while he looks fashionable at the same time.
You already know Gregory Mountain Products for their high-tech and outdoorsy backpacks, but did you know they also make large-capacity, rugged suitcases? The Quadro Pro 30" hardcase suitcase pictured above offers a huge amount of space, while simultaneously being surprisingly lightweight. Your man will appreciate the thoughtful features that make this case ideal for business, adventure, and international travel - an integrated combination lock, a removable ActiveShield compartment to hold his wet or dirty gear, a zippered expansion panel, and interior mesh zippered pockets for small item organization. Plus, the wheels are receiving rave reviews from users for their smooth and quiet rolling capabilities. Rest assured, this suitcase also comes with the Gregory Lifetime Guarantee.
Some of the products in the list below were sent to us to try. Other products are ones that we purchased ourselves or were given by family members and friends. Know that I will always provide both the pros and cons of each featured product. You are welcome to send any follow-up questions to me via twitter (I'm @stephsheaffer).