Jan 29, 2015

A Lumbersexual Valentine | Gifts for your Awesomely Rugged Man

I remember how hard I laughed when I first heard the term lumbersexual. It was described to me as the opposite of metro-sexual. After I stopped laughing, I looked over at my husband who happened to be clad in flannel, stroking his beard, and drinking scotch. Apparently, I am married to a lumbersexual. And I like it. I had always just called him a Washingtonian, but we'll jump on the bandwagon and use the lumbersexual label. I even got a flannel shirt and a puffer vest this year in solidarity. Our two year old hasn't quite sprouted his first beard, but I'm sure that isn't too far off with these oh so manly genes in the mix. He already calls all flannel shirts 'Daddy Shirts' so he's on board.

If you are reading this post, you have probably found yourself also romantically tied to a manly man. Kudos. Seriously, they're great. But let's be honest, sometimes it can be challenging to pick out a gift awesome enough to impress. With the help of my own personal lumbersexual gift list curator (aka the hubs), I've come up with a list sure to please.

McAdams Co Wooden Tie Bar. For those infrequent occasions when your man has to be fancy, he can take a bit of the outdoors with him.

Kitsbow Flannel. Not your average flannel shirt. From a mountain bike company, surprisingly, these sexy shirts are hand sewn in San Francisco. I can't get enough of the heather gray one. Mmmmm.

Whiskey Ink & Lace Beard shampoobalm, and oil. No Duck Dynasty beards allowed. That sucker has to be well groomed if it is coming near this face. I was skeptical of three whole products dedicated to the beard at first, but I've been convinced. The shampoo leaves it soft without drying it out; while the balm and the oil moisturize the skin, soften the whiskers, and smell amazing. My husband's scent of choice was inspired by whisky. Surprise surprise.

Which brings us to whisky. Obviously. Mostly, he drinks Scotch, claiming his Scottish heritage, but he's admitted to really liking this Texas Whisky and I'm undeniably partial to anything from my homeland.

Icebreaker Flannel. Following our backpacking trip to New Zealand, my husband has been on a mission to wear as much wool as possible. Thankfully, Icebreaker makes that lightweight and stylish. This Icebreaker flannel is 100% merino wool and the black and white plaid has just enough modern style.

Because there must always be coffee while in the woods...good coffee. This snow peak titanium french press is brilliant. I suggest getting a his and hers set with a card that says you want to go camping. Instant awesome points (especially if you mean it).

Poler stuff camera cooler. Designed in Portland (where they invented lumbersexual), this bag is made to function as either a camera case or a cooler. That is just awesome. And it gets bonus points for style.

Saddleback Duffle Bag. With a 100 year warranty and the slogan "They'll fight over it when your dead," this bag absolutely qualifies as manly luggage. And why not throw in a belt while you're at it.

Jack Spade Dopp Kit. He's got to have somewhere to put all those fancy beard products while traveling. This travel case is clean, simple, and even has a subtle plaid on the lining.

Victoraxe.com Manitou 13" half hatchet. This is where the 'lumber' part of lumbersexual comes in. Apparently, all men need a great hatchet. I used to question my husband about purchases like this until that one time he almost got eaten by a mountain lion. Now I just pass him the catalogue when it comes in the mail.

Cyclelogical Shirt. It is a buffalo. Riding a bicycle. I'm not sure there is much more to explain here. My husband happens to be an avid cyclist so this shirt has become a regular part of the rotation. I have to say I vastly prefer this to his plaid flannel bike jersey which at 6'5" sort of makes him look like Paul Bunyan on a bike.

And while we are on the topic of buffalo...any gift list such as this would not be complete without at least one smoked meat. This Buffalo Jerky can be ordered from Woody's Smokehouse in Centerville, TX (aka the Jerky Capital of the World). While I will never fully understand the obsession with dried meat, I'm happy to share a bit of my home state 'heritage'.

And before I give my next recommendation I feel I need to confess that I once made fun of puffer vests. Perhaps it was the burnt orange and brown one my husband had when we met, or maybe it was because I come from TX and people just don't need such things there, but I never quite understood their utility or style until recently. I got my first puffer for Christmas and I fully admit to being hooked. I have been shown the error of my ways. Thankfully, my husband now has the patagonia down sweater vest, which is definitely an improvement over his old model. I also have my eye on this beauty from Icebreaker for the future (the vest, not the model).

My final recommendation is to bring his love of outdoors into your home. Etsy has a ton of creative art that looks great and will make him smile. My husband is probably equal parts lumberjack, cyclist, and engineer, so this print of the patent for the hiking backpack from 1964 seemed particularly appropriate. Another great option is this Seek Adventure pillow also available on Etsy.

I hope you have found some inspiration here for what to gift your personal lumberjack. And before I leave you, I have one last tip. If you really want to make him happy, get yourself a flannel shirt and go on an adventure. Trust me. My husband's first gift to me consisted of a headlamp, wool socks, and a map of Yosemite. It might not seem so on the surface, but this is perhaps one of the sweetest and most thoughtful gifts he has ever given me - an invitation to share in his adventures.


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