USA-made Gifts: Brett McKay
Welcome to The Wishlist. It’s that time of year—time to start thinking about what you’re going to gift your loved ones (and what you’re hoping they gift you) for the holidays. This year, we’ve asked our friends—the outdoorsmen, the dads, the athletes, the travelers, the whiskey lovers, and the clothes hounds—what they’d actually like to see in their stockings. Here we’ve got Brett McKay, who founded the Art of Manliness and loves American craftsmanship, sharing his made-in-the USA wishlist. So whether you’re like Brett, have a loved one like Brett, or you just want to send something nice to Tulsa, let this list be your guide.
When you buy something made in the good ol’ USA, you know you’re not only getting a quality item that’s built to last, you’re also supporting jobs here at home. For the man who appreciates American craftsmanship, here are a few made-in-the-USA items I’ve got my eye for gifting this holiday season.
Comfortable, rugged, and handsome. Warm but not stuffy. Made in America to last a whole decade. The 10-Year Pullover is the gift that will keep on giving.
For 150 years, Stetson has been making hats that look good and keep your head protected from the elements. My grandfather sported a Stetson during his forest ranger days in the Dixie National Forest. The Langston is a modern take on a classic outdoor design.
This is my go-to jacket during the fall and spring. Made with waxed, weather-resistant sailcloth, the trucker jacket is soft right out of the box and can be worn with just a tee underneath since it’s fully lined with soft wool. Perfect for fall when you’re regularly adding and subtracting layers. Plus, it will only look better as it ages and develops a unique patina.
My family has roots in New Mexico going back to when it was a Spanish colony. My forest ranger grandfather finished his career in New Mexico. I’ve spent many a summer vacation and Thanksgiving wandering the Land of Enchantment. The vistas are breathtaking, but I also love the smell. Thankfully, Boyds of Texas was able to capture the essence of the smell of the New Mexican desert with their High Desert cologne.
My family makes it to Vermont every year. Everytime I get up there, I try to get a session of wood splitting in, and, of course, you need a good pair of work gloves to do the job. The Farmer Glove fits the bill, and it’s made in Vermont to boot. Keeps your hands warm and protected while providing maximal dexterity.
Brett’s Holiday Tips:
• When you put lights on a Christmas tree, start from the bottom, not the top.
• Throwing a holiday party this year? Check out our guide.
• “It’s a Wonderful Life” is a classic Christmas movie, but “The Shop Around the Corner” is an oft-overlooked Christmas flick starring Jimmy Stewart. Watch it.
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