Thursday, December 8, 2022

 Eric’s Holiday Gift Guide 2022

 by Eric Harris


Another year another TTDILA Holiday Gift Guide! This year’s holiday guide is the most expansive yet and features the best and most interesting gift ideas the TTDILA team encountered during 2022. Gifts range from the practical to the lavish and most items are made in the USA. We didn’t plan the USA emphasis, it just worked out that way. There’s also a bit of a Western tilt this year. Enjoy!

Adventuring Gear

Fisher Space Pen #400 - Chrome Bullet Space Pen

The Fisher Space Bullet Pen is an iconic example of American industrial design and makes for a fantastic stocking stuffer! Fisher Space Pens are built for the rigors of space travel and have been featured on every NASA manned space flight since the Apollo 7 mission in in 1968. These pens can write on most surfaces in almost any condition (e.g., water, grease, upside-down, etc.). Space Pens can also handle extreme heat and cold (-30 to +250 F/-35 to +121 C) which means you can leave them in glove compartments and not worry about leaks. These are great for adventures, vehicles, emergency kits, tool chests, or other environments where one needs a low-maintenance, reliable writing instrument (that’s not a pencil).

Fisher Space Pen


1980’s fashion trends are going through a bit of a resurgence right now and few things scream “Eighties Style” more than a fanny pack in an ugly color. Tough Traveler fanny packs are among the best options out there and are available in wide variety of colors and styles.

Tough Traveler Sidekick Waist Pack

Pulsefire LRT

Does a loved one need the capability to vanquish hordes of the zombie undead and/or aliens? An Exothermic Technologies Pulsefire LRT flamethrower under the Christmas Tree can make this dream come true!

In full disclosure, this cool looking device is not a weapon, but rather a long-range torch. The Pulsefire is legal in 49 US States (sorry Maryland) with no background check required! Local laws may vary. Envision a lucky gift recipient as a bald space Marine with the power of fire and an itchy finger. The possibilities are endless.

Pulsefire LRT

Pulsefire LRT

Kratos Portable (flywheel training device)

It is widely accepted that the best accessory to a shiny new flamethrower is a good-looking set of arms. This applies to both men and women. So, if the beneficiary of said flamethrower is looking soft or scrawny, help beef-up those arms with the gift of the portable version of the Kratos Portable flywheel training device. The Kratos is compact enough to fit into a gym bag or picnic basket and is the ultimate travel-friendly flywheel training device.

Kratos Portable

Luxe Camp Stove

Wielding a flamethrower builds up an appetite! Get your loved ones outside more often with a premium camp stove! Your social media feeds and family and friends will thank you for the stove’s 12,000 BTU heat output, 9.5-inch (24 cm) diameter pot/pan capacity, and sturdy, yet luxurious, design.

FORE WINDS Luxe Camp Stove

Gifts for Children and Pets


Celebriducks is the only USA-based manufacturer of rubber ducks and offers dozens of models of rubber ducks ranging from classic rubber ducks designed for kids to celebrity, college mascot, and character-themed ducks for kids-at-heart.

Celebriducks - The Good Duck


Elastic Precision Model 1911 Rubber Band Gun

A semi-automatic rubber gun is sure to warm the cockles of the heart. Be sure to add little army men for targets. Get some! 

Elastic Precision Model 1911 Rubber Band Gun

Elastic Precision Model 1911 Rubber Band Gun Gift Set

Uncle Goose Classic ABC Blocks with Canvas Bag

Uncle Goose Classic ABC Blocks are classic wooden block for babies. Blocks are available in twenty-five languages and 100% made in America using sustainable Midwestern basswood and printed with safe-to-touch inks. For 2+.

Uncle Goose Blocks

National Park Dog Throw and Pal Gift Set

Four-legged “children” will love this two-piece gift set that includes a dog plush toy and a machine-washable fleece throw from Pendleton’s National Park stripes series.

Pendleton National Park Throw and Plush Toy

Little Buckaroo Chuck Set

Consider the charming Little Buckaroo Chuck Set featuring Till Goodan's whimsical cowboy art for the little cowboys or cowgirls in your life. Yee Hah! Includes 9½" Plate, 12" Bowl & 6 oz cup. Dishwasher/microwave safe.

Little Buckaroo Chuck Set

Gifts for Home and Office

Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie in a Wooden Box

Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie was voted as the best mail order pie in America by Bloomberg! Serves ten.

Brazos Bottom Pecan Pie

American Cowboys (book) by Anouk Masson Krantz

Sometimes it takes an outsider, in this case, a French photographer, to help remind us of what makes it great to be an American. This handsome picture book is sure to please.

American Cowboys book

"Not Fried Chicken" Ice Cream Bucket - 9 Pieces

This looks just like a bucket of fried chicken drumsticks; however, everything is actually ice cream! The 3 oz. ice cream bars are made from waffle ice cream, a chocolate-covered cookie “bone” and a coating of white chocolate and crushed corn flakes.

"Not Fried Chicken"

"Not Fried Chicken"

"Not Fried Chicken"

14-ounce Ember Mug²

Ember mugs are the world’s first commercial temperature-controlled mugs. Ember keeps beverages warm ALL DAY long using the charging coaster and up to 1.5 hours using built-in battery power. There is even an app that can set the temperature between 120°F - 145°F (50°C - 62.5 °C). We truly live in fantastic times.

Ember Mug

Ember Mug

Ember Mug

Extō Smart Chip USB Type C Power Cord

Say no to ugly and poor-quality power strips and extension cords and give the gift of electricity with colorful, high-quality electric extension outlets by Conway Electric! The Extō USB Type C extension cord features USB Type A and USB Type C charging ports and two AC outlets. Conway Electric products are proudly made in Los Angeles, CA.

Extō Smart Chip USB Type C

Extō Smart Chip USB Type C

Extō Smart Chip USB Type C

The Good Life

Bailey Silk Women’s Long Dressing Gown

And now something nice for the ladies! Derek Rose is perhaps best known for its traditional British men’s pajamas and dressing gowns. However, the company also makes women’s clothing too! The Bailey Silk Women’s Long Dressing Gown available in blue, green, navy, and pink. Lovely.

Derek Rose Dressing Gown

Barky Turntable

Looking for a rustic, yet elegant turntable? Consider Audiowood’s Barky turntable.

Audiowood Barky turntable

FatStack Smokers FS-80 Smoker

The Fatstack Smokers FS-80 is the king of the backyard barbeque smokers! Is it ugly? Perhaps. However, this is one of the finest compact “stickburner” smokers on the market. The basic smoker configuration weighs a ridiculous 750 lbs.! All that thermal mass ensures that it is brisket season all year long! The FS-80 features 1,200 square inches of cooking surface and has the capacity to smoke two or three briskets. (Step up to the larger FS-120 for six brisket capacity.) Made in California.

Fatstack Smokers FS-80

Buffalo Fur Jacket

We spend so much time researching and reporting on the “Hollywood” West that our sartorial taste is starting to reflect the wide-open spaces that we love so much. The humble buffalo (bison) coat is a classic piece of Americana, and is sadly, a garment that is lacking from most men’s wardrobes. Merlin’s Hide Out has two excellent buffalo outerwear offerings —a mid-thigh length jacket and a mid-calf length coat.

Merlin’s Hide Out Buffalo Jacket

Merlin’s Hide Out Buffalo Coat

Minimoog Model D Analog Synthesizer Reissue
The Minimoog Model D is Moog Music’s latest synthesizer hotness — a reissue of the world’s first portable music synthesizer the LEGENDARY 1970-era Minimoog Model D. An American classic for more than a half-century, the Minimoog Model D features the original component placement, through-hole design, sound engine, and signal path of the classic Model D, but includes several modern features such as MIDI integration, and a spring-loaded pitch wheel with center deadband.

Minimoog Model D Analog Synthesizer Reissue

Minimoog Model D Analog Synthesizer Reissue

Minimoog Model D Analog Synthesizer Reissue

Minimoog Model D Analog Synthesizer Reissue