Hunters can be a pain in the a** to shop for, because there’s an overabundance of gear on the market and also an overabundance of gear in most guys’ garages. Out of sympathy for anyone who has a hunter on their shopping list, I’m going to put together the MeatEater’s 12 Days of Gifts Guide. These items are gonna please any hunter out there, no matter how picky or overstocked he or she happens to be. What’s more, these things can be purchased quickly online without having to drive around and endure hordes of competing Christmas shoppers.
Day 5: If you’re shopping for a hunter who truly has everything, get him or her a set of merino wool base layers by First Lite. Even if they already have some—especially if they already have some—they’re going to certainly want more. I have never worn anything in the woods that rivals First Lite merino wool in comfort, quiet, durability, scent control, and ability to handle a wide variety of climates. I have worn the same set of First Lite base layers for seven days in a row, literally, without catching those musty whiffs of body odor that you get from synthetic base layers. And on top of all that, the stuff just looks cool. I’ve even worn mine out for dinner with my wife and just pretended it was a lightweight wool sweater. The only thing better than a set of these base layers is two sets.