Monday, December 3, 2012

The Best Christmas Gift Idea's

Thanksgiving has passed and now it’s time to get your favorite outdoor's man or women something you know is tested and is a quality product for a Christmas gift. I am going to make this easy, so sit back, relax and read my suggestions of gifts anyone would be happy to receive. But first, I am going to have to go “Dave Ramsey” on you: create a budget on how much you’re willing to spend on a gift and follow your budget!  

Here's a great starting point for you...

Costa Sunglasses has your outdoorsy family member covered this Christmas with the introduction of its latest new sunglasses line -  RealTree® AP camo line. Available in Costa’s popular Fantail, Blackfin, Double Haul and Zane, these limited-edition styles are the perfect gift for the avid hunter or angler.  Each of the four Costa styles featuring RealTree AP camo are part of Costa’s core sunglass collection meaning they offer superior wrap shape to protect against glare, proprietary anti-fog vents in the frame front, sturdy integral hinges and nearly indestructible co-injected nylon construction.  Costa is a great choice when it comes to a quality pair of sunglasses. Read more at:

Plano Storage Tubs are very practical, reliable, and truly are a quality product. These tubs offer roomy, lockable storage for objects large and small, and feature two durable latches to keep contents safe even during transportation or shipping. Both models feature molded grooves for simple, sturdy stacking if needed. These Plano's Storage Tubs offer versatile and long-lasting protection to keep contents dry, safe and together. And when in the field, their reinforced lids can even double as a work surface for many chores. I have cleaned fish and ducks on the lid, and it did an incredible job. Read more at:

Look good and support a great charity by purchasing Wounded Wear Forever T-Shirts. These are a high-quality pre-shrunk Gildan Pure Cotton T-shirt with the Wounded Wear logo on the front chest and “Forever Recognizing the Cost of Freedom” underneath the logo. On the back of the shirt is The Wounded Wear logo and the Wounded Wear flag. “What have you done for your Country lately?” is printed on the bottom of the shirts. This is one of Wounded Wear's original shirts and is one of our best sellers! You will be supporting of troops by purchasing clothing from Wounded Wear. You can purchase these items at:

The latest fishing craze is the face covers, or buffs. Wearing one of these means you can wear it as a face mask to skip the sun screen on your face, or stay warm during the winter. The stretchy, seamless microfiber polyester buff’s fabric comes in different patterns and looks. The material is designed to wick moisture from the surface, while being lightweight and comfortable protection from sun and wind. These buffs may be worn easily as a neckerchief, scarf, headband or balaclava. They are perfect for fishing, hunting, hiking, paddling and many other outdoor activities. All of them machine wash, and just allow them to air dry before the next usage. More than anything, I really like all the different ways you can wear them! Pick out a great design from

Number one (#1) most important thing we all should never go on the water without is a good-quality life jacket. I personally never go fishing, or even just boating without wearing it; I love my family too much. A life vest worn on top of everything else it is really hardly noticeable, and it could save your life. I wear the Mustang Survival automatic inflatable type vest, there is no substitute. The competition version of this vest is stylish. It features a secure zip closure that can withstand rigorous activity; heavy duty coated nylon for increased durability, and is very lightweight, comfortable, and compact. It will keep you on top of the water long enough to allow you to get back in the boat. Remember to attach your kill switch to your life vest any time your gas motor is running. See all the different styles of survival vests at  

Lowrance Gen2 Touch includes all the best features from the HDS (High Definition System) series, plus it comes with the company’s Broadband Sounder and Structure Scan HD built in to the unit. The touch screen interface is very user-friendly and seems to be a big hit! One of the cool features is you can customize and configure and make your own screen views with up to four panels at once, plus the Touch offers a new three-panel vertical-page view. The Gen2 HDS Touch 7, 9 or 12 units come with an internal 1 Hz GPS antenna and are preloaded with Insight USA coastal cartography. The Structure Map feature allows anglers to scan and overlay underwater images onto a chart real time or create saved Structure Map views. These units will cost from $1,299 to $3,249. Read more at:  

Anglers can never have enough lures in their arsenal when they go after those illusive green fish called largemouth bass. If they do not have them already, this is a great addition to any fisherman’s tackle box. The Bass Pro Shops XPS Nitro Square Bill crankbait boasts a fat body style that creates a very good displacement in the water over the bill of the bait.  Remember, the purpose of a square-shaped bill crankbait is that it deters snagging on stuff during the retrieve back to you.  For those looking for a silent approach, the Bass Pro Shops XPS Nitro Square Bill crankbait model possesses all the action and snag-resistance that is standard on most square bill crankbaits, but with a quiet approach that makes a shallow-water bass a predator for this bait. Read more at:  

Every fisherman and outdoor's person needs a multi tool. These are the greatest gadget, as they contain everything you'll need in one compact tool. From knife blades to screw drivers, to bottle openers and more, a Multi Tool is the perfect gift for every angler on your shopping list. Leatherman survival products have been around for decades. Beginning with the Pocket Survival Tool in 1983, Leatherman now manufactures over 30 models of knives and multi tools. Every product I have ever purchased has been high quality, and lasts forever. I personally love giving these as gifts they are always well received. See all the different models and price ranges that are available at:

These are some of my favorite gifts - both to give, and or receive. If you receive a great gift this Christmas that has passed your usage test, let me know maybe I can include the information in one of my future product reviews …...  Merry Christmas everyone!


About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a full time Firefighter, Paramedic/Lieutenant in Georgia for the past 28 years and he is a part owner of Wave Away, LLC.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 18 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and he participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab “Jake”.


  1. Tom, great Christmas gift ideas ! I have to have some of those things for dad!

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  2. Thank you for sharing. There is no better way to promote your brand and the work you do than giving gifts with your company logo.