Christmas Gift Guide 2018: Our Top Picks

From innovative minimalist footwear to rucksacks handmade in Scotland, this collection is the ultimate guide to Christmas gifts for the everyday adventurer

28th November 2018 | Words by Jack Hart @ WildBounds HQ

Searching for a gift for the everyday adventurer in your life? Gotcha. Having trouble dialling in on the perfect present? We hear ya’. Wading through the deluge of mediocre products listed online to find that diamond in the rough is a process we know only too well. You see, we’re meticulous about only partnering with conscientious brands crafting high-quality products for the adventure-inclined, so carefully selecting exquisite gear and apparel is kind of our jam. What you’ll find in this collection is a line-up of goods that are guaranteed to bring a smile to whichever lucky soul you’re shopping for this Christmas; kit that’ll have them itching to lace up their boots as soon as the turkey’s carved. We’d stake our dinner on that.


British brand &SONS have crafted a distinctive aesthetic by designing innovative, practical workwear for modern men and women through a vintage lens, and their Große Wochenendtasche is a perfect example of that vision. Built from tough cotton fabric, it features genuine leather handles and detail, along with &SONS’ iconic chore pocket for stashing tools and valuables. Whether you’re carrying it through airport security or tossing it in the back of a Defender, this getaway bag has a fusion of style and substance that’s the perfect accompaniment to your weekend adventures. SHOP NOW.

&SONS Weekend Bag - Duffle Bag


New boxers might not have been on your Christmas list but if you find SAXX underwear in your stocking, count your blessings. Their revolutionary BallPark Pouch is a hammock-shaped pouch designed to support your package, using mesh panels and strategically placed seams to eliminate any risk of chafing. It’s an innovative new approach to men’s underwear and one that you won’t look back from. Joy to the world indeed. SHOP NOW.

SAXX PLATINUM Underwear - Men's SAXX Boxers


Manufactured in a family-run mill in the heart of the Midlands, this fisherman’s style beanie from British brand BBCo uses 100% Donegal Merino wool from Ireland for a soft, comfortable fit. It’s a classic cold weather hat that’s stood the test of time for good reason: that chunky knit is guaranteed to keep you warm, whether you’re making the pilgrimage to Val Thorens, braving the winter surf or setting off on a Christmas morning ramble. Besides, that British manufacturing and local farming means your headpiece comes with far less environmental baggage than something produced overseas. SHOP NOW.

BBCO DOCKER - Fisherman Style Beanie Hat


Barefoot living has myriad benefits, from strengthened ligaments and tendons in your feet to improved posture, but just kicking off your shoes might raise some eyebrows. That’s why Skinners created their innovative footwear - it’s a hybrid product with the durability and performance of a shoe fused with the comfort and feel of a sock. From strolling through the office to running through the forest, this shoe-sock has a go-anywhere functionality that can front up to the adventures you face, from the everyday to the extraordinary. SHOP NOW.

Skinners Footwear - Innovative Shoe-Sock


Handmade in their Amsterdam workshop, Pig & Hen’s range of bracelets claim a rich heritage to match their bold style. Dutch sailors in the 16th century would have a pig and a hen tattooed on their ankles to bring them good luck, to help them return home safely from exploring the New World. These bracelets are hand-woven with authentic ships rope to reflect that tradition; paired with their iconic stainless steel clasp, it forms a strong, durable construction that is tough enough to handle any kind of adventure, and will draw eyes as you toast the New Year. SHOP NOW.

Pig&Hen Gorgeous George Bracelet - Handmade Bracelets from Amsterdam


Packed from cover to cover with inspirational tales of adventure and exceptional photography to match, Sidetracked is in a league of its own when it comes to reporting outdoor adventure. These four volumes, each exquisitely printed on luxurious paper, contain some incredible stories, from daring Polar exploration to journeying across rare African ice. Sure, we’d always recommend getting outdoors yourself instead of living vicariously through others, but when you’re in need of inspiration, Sidetracked is our prescription. SHOP NOW.

Sidetracked Magazine Volume 11


Take your Christmas drinks up a level with this Copper Shot Glass Set from American brand United By Blue. Crafted from the highest quality copper, they’re engraved with inspirational slogans and emblems from outdoor adventure, so whether you’re entertaining guests at home or raising a toast by the campfire, that spirit of togetherness in the great outdoors will ring true. Each glass is finished off with a tarnish-reducing lacquer to keep them reflecting that firelight for years to come. SHOP NOW.

United by Blue Copper Glass Shot Set


Trakke hand-make their rucksacks and messenger bags in their specialist Glaswegian workshop, right on the banks of the River Clyde. Using traditional materials like waxed cotton, Welsh stainless steel and webbing from Derbyshire, they create superb-quality bags for the modern world, like this Fingal rucksack. Its main compartment has space for a 13” laptop and there’s a zipped pocket inside for valuables. It’s a simple design that has been perfected by the hard-wearing waxed cotton exterior, which weathers and scars with use, creating an inimitable map of your personal adventures. SHOP NOW.

Trakke Fingal Rucksack


Designed for use at home or around the campfire, these insulated shoes from Scandi brand Nordisk are the perfect remedy to cold winter nights. The warm down filling is paired with a soft, furry lining on the interior for a comfortable, toasty feel. What’s more, the sole features an anti-slip print to increase their functionality, and the whole thing compresses into a roll-up pack sack, making it perfect for use around camp as well as weekends away. SHOP NOW.

Nordisk Mos Down Shoes - Insulated Shoes


Norwegian innovators Northern Playground designed this long-sleeve henley to be the most comfortable top possible, whether you’re trudging through snow or toting a whisky by the fire. It’s manufactured from a blend of organic wool and silk; the latter for a soft feel, the former for durability and natural anti-odour properties. With buttons made from Portuguese olive trees, this grandpa top - or Bestefartrøye - is as environmentally-conscious as it is ludicrously soft to wear. SHOP NOW.

Northern Playground Organic Wool and Silk Henley

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