Good Giving: 40 Under $40, pt. 1

Welcome to the 2011 Well Spent holiday gift guide. This year, I set out to gather an assortment of high-quality, low-cost goods that, though small enough to fit in a stocking, are a bit more enduring and useful than your typical stuffers. Most of the items are made in the US, and all of them are under $40 (not including shipping). Part 1 and 2 are up today, 3 and 4 are on Wednesday, and 5 and 6 will be up on Friday. Here’s to a healthy and sane holiday season.

Sierra Lace Extra Rugged Boot Laces
Braided 1000D Cordura nylon
Cut to fit
Guaranteed to “outlast your boots”
Made in USA
Best Price: $4.99 at Hero’s Welcome

Prospector Co. Tester Vials Kit
No “chemical additives, colorings and unnatural preservatives”
Samples include: K.C. Atwood Aftershave Splash, Peary & Henson Aftershave Splash, Burroughs Beard Oil and Miss Annie Jones Shaving Oil
Crafted in small batches in the USA
Best Price: $16.00 at Prospector Co.

Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopaedias
Publisher’s description: “The photographs, drawings and texts published in this book are part of a collection of more than 3,000 tattoos accumulated over a lifetime by prison attendant Danzig Baldaev. Tattoos were his gateway into a secret world in which he acted as ethnographer, recording the rituals of a closed society. The icons and tribal languages he documented are artful, distasteful, sexually explicit and sometimes just strange, reflecting as they do the lives and traditions of Russian convicts.”
Best Price: $17.99 and up at The Book Depository

Skinny Ties Cotton Knit Ties
Recycled cotton / acrylic blend
2.5″ width
Made in USA
Best Price: $20.00 at Skinny Ties

GMP Canvas Bushel Bag
Canvas body
Riveted nylon straps
Made in Pennsylvania
Best Price: $20.00 at Craft Work Tools

Stormy Kromer Original Wool Cap
80% recycled wool / 20% nylon outer
100% cotton lining
Made in Michigan
Best Price: $34.99 at Stormy Kromer

  • Phillip

    Just ordered myself a red boot lace for my L.L. Bean Katahdin.

    Thanks Brad!~

    • Brad

      Enjoy ‘em.