Patina: 12 Gifts That Get Better With Age

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What’s the point of a gift if it’s not going to make it to next New Years? Not only are these gifts built to last, they get better looking the more they’re worn, used, and handled. Over the years, a well-earned patina will develop as these gifts meld to their owner and the rhythms of his life. Shop on for gifts that only get better with age.

Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket

Flint and Tinder Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket

Year after year, the Flannel-Lined Waxed Trucker Jacket from Flint and Tinder flies off the virtual shelves at Huckberry—for good reason. Built in the USA from a heavy, waxed sailcloth and lined in soft flannel, it’s comfortable from the first wear and over time develops a deep, rich character. He’ll think of you every time he wears it, and that will be often.  

Frye Logan Messenger Bag

Frye Logan Messenger Bag

When it’s time to upgrade from that gray Jansport backpack, it doesn’t get much more sophisticated than this. The Frye Company has been crafting leather goods for 150 years and their Logan Messenger bag showcases such heritage. Made from Italian pull-up leather, it looks handsome on day one, and downright phenomenal on day 1,000.  

Grovemade Brass Pen

Grovemade Brass Pen

Prepare to impress the hell out of somebody with just a pen. Grovemade’s Brass Pen is made in PDX and Washinigton state from a solid piece of brass. It feels great in the hand, has facets so it doesn’t roll away, and opens with a satisfying and addictive twist action. 

Taylor Stitch Jeans in 18-Month Wash Organic Selvage

Taylor Stitch Jeans in 18-Month Wash Organic Selvage

Here, the patina comes built-in. Like everything Taylor Stitch makes, the 18-Month Wash Organic Selvage jeans are made to last by way of responsible manufacturing. The heavy wash gives the broken-in look a head start and the fit looks good on most guys. 

Field Company Cast Iron Skillet

Field Company Cast Iron Skillet

This is the do-everything, go-everywhere, last-forever skillet that will make breakfast this December 26th and dinner January 1st, 2055. Naturally non-stick, made in the USA, and ergonomically designed, Field Company makes Cast Iron Skillets that are even better than vintage. 

Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger Boots

Red Wing Heritage Iron Ranger Boots

If something is going to last forever, it better never go out of style. The Iron Ranger Boots from Red Wing sport a workwear design that came to prominence about a century ago, and have the no-nonsense good looks that’ll be relevant for another hundred years. 

Rolex Submariner

Rolex Submariner

The Rolex Submariner is the gold standard of watches. Wrap this up and you win gift-giving this year. Waterproof, timeless, and the height of watch-making craftsmanship, it will one day be passed on to the next generation.

Shinola Slim Bifold 2.0 Wallet

Shinola Slim Bifold 2.0 Wallet

Simple in design, rugged in its build, the Shinola Slim Bifold combines the low-profile of a minimalist wallet, with the classic card pockets and bill compartment that are familiar to anyone who uses money. 

Bellroy A5 Work Folio

Bellroy A5 Work Folio

Offering what is possibly the best looking way to get organized, the Aussie carry masters over at Bellroy designed the A5 Work Folio—in an environmentally certified leather—to hold pens, cards, cords, a small tablet (like an iPad Mini) and an A5 paper notebook (about 5.5 by 8 inches).

Taylor Stitch Drop Point Knife in Brass

Taylor Stitch Drop Point Knife in Brass

Taylor Stitch knows style, as proven by their enduring, responsibly made apparel. When they decided to make a knife, they made sure it was a good one. The brass handle will age beautifully and the corrosion-resistant steel blade will stay sharp and eternally ready.

Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket

Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket

A good motorcycle jacket racks up decades of use before it gives up—and really starts to shine around year 40. Founded by an actual motorcycle rider, Roland Sands Design has the cred to back up their style, which is on full display in the cafe racer silhouette of the Ronin.   

Shinola Bedrock Belt

Shinola Bedrock Belt

A good belt does more than just hold up pants. It tops off an outfit and brings the look together. Shinola’s Bedrock Belt is made from premium leather that will earn its patina.  

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