Yup, it’s already that friggin’ season again — the time to get all our family and friends the gifts they need. Or maybe you’ll get some sweet gear you want for yourself. Plus, all of these great gifts are made right here in the USA.
From backpacks to axes to fleece, below are 13 handpicked items from awesome brands in the New England area. These gifts are sure to please this holiday season.
PolarFleece Shearling Pullover: $120-140
It’s the soft, fuzzy pile fleece fabric that started it all. The Shearling Pullover from PolarFleece is iconic for its versatile cold-weather performance and style. And it’s fully customizable: Visit PolarFleece’s site to create unique color combinations and finer details in your own look.
This is the Original Andover fleece jacket — now customized by you! World-famous for its versatile style and high warmth-to-weight ratio, this jacket can be fully customized on the PolarFleece website with any color combination under the sun (or snow). And, it’s made with authentic Polartec 200 Series fleece fabric for dependable performance and durability.
Independent Fabrication’s Gravel Royale will take you down the path less ridden. Manufactured in New Hampshire, Indy Fab is known just as much for eye-popping custom paint jobs as it is for hand-welded steel frames and forks. The Gravel Royale sports disc brakes, large tires, fully sealed tubes, and anything else you can dream up.
It’s got the retro look, but this ain’t your grandpa’s leather jacket. The Comet Jacket from Vanson Leathers is a modern take on the classic moto racing style. Vanson’s proprietary tanning and finishing processes bring a comforting leather drape and weight that feel good whether at full throttle or full relaxation.
BaileyWorks has been handcrafting some wicked-good bags in New Hampshire since the early ’90s. This Nomad roll-top pack is made with highly durable fabrics and weather-resistant components that last for years of heavy use. The Nomad is currently available in two sizes and 19 colors.
If you need a gift that makes a point, chop to it with this custom axe. The Allagash Cruiser Axe from Brant & Cochran is forged in Portland, Maine, from strong 1050 carbon steel and paired with a smooth 28-inch hickory handle. It’s a beautiful combo of metal and wood, all nestled inside a custom leather sheath for safe handling.
Skida knows how to stay warm and comfortable in frigid temps. The Alpine Neckwarmer features Polartec Micro Fleece for soft next-to-skin insulation. The outer layer is available in a variety of prints and colors to bring out the style in cold-weather conditions.
Quoddy Dorm Boot: $199
The Dorm Boot from Quoddy is what happens when you send a classic insulated boot design to grad school for some higher education. The handsewn, twin-face sheepskin gives it a buttery-soft feel, all backed by a stout leather heel cover and pull tab for quick adjustments. The Vibram sole ensures many years of durability and reliable traction.
The Smith’s are a husband-and-wife duo from Maine that handcraft this awesome, simple leather balm. Made from 100-percent organic cocoa butter, 100-percent organic beeswax, and 100-percent almond oil, this triple blend of pure ingredients keeps your leather smooth and moisturized.
These Governor Baxter beds are fit for a king but designed for our four-legged friends. The beds are handmade in Maine and stuffed with Kapok, a natural seed fiber that was commonly used in old-school flotation devices. It’s all held together by a burly cotton canvas and finished with water-repellent wax to stay dry and durable.
HMH Fly Vises Standard Fly Vise: $305-550
This classic tabletop tool from HMH Fly Vises is a precision-machined dream. It’s perfect for that special someone who needs the core mechanics for getting hands-on with tying their very own custom fishing flies.
The Junction 2400 Ultralight Backpack from Hyperlite won’t take you straight to the top, but it will make it a heck of a lot easier to get there. Hyperlite made this pack with a streamlined, waterproof central vessel and two outer pockets for simplicity. This pack, a great choice for any lightweight adventure, is available in four sizes.
Parlor Skis Cardinal Pro: $1,475
The pros at Boston’s Parlor skis know a thing or two about custom skis. An evolved version of the brand’s flagship Cardinal from 2013, the Cardinal Pro ski threads the needle for carves between all-mountain and mixed snow conditions.