Butc(h)er 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 7 – Adventures

There’s more to Christmas (and life) than gift-wrapped boxes under the tree.  Sometimes the best gifts are not things, but experiences.  I have no idea what gifts I received 5 years ago for Christmas, but I do remember that year we took a trip to the mountains and it was so cold the snow tubing place shut down.  Experiences often stay with us longer than the warm glowing feeling we get from opening a well-chosen gift.  So if you really want to make an impact this holiday season, consider giving one of these adventures as a gift.


Winter Ziplining

Walking Food Tour


Brewing Class


Camping Weekend

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Whitewater Rafting


Cupping Class




Butc(h)er 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 6 – The Home

Your home is your castle.  “A man’s character emerges in the building and ordering of his house.”  These gifts pamper your home and give you something to look forward to when you walk through the door after a hard day at the office.

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Westclox Retro Clock; Armillary Sphere; Handsome Dan Leather Head FootballFluance Fi30 High Performance Wireless Bluetooth Wood Speaker; Pendleton Yakima Camp ThrowApartment Therapy Complete and Happy HomeThe Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be BeautifulStadler Form JASMINE Aroma DiffuserNatural Root Wood Bowl; Ikea JÄPPLING Armchair


Butc(h)er 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 5 – The Bookshelf

These bookworm gift ideas cover the range from old fiction favorites to some of the highest rated books from 2015.  The nonfiction choices will help you upgrade your cooking, bar tending, gardening and letter writing skills.  The fiction selections will take you on adventures in today’s world and the streets of worlds past.  The book darts are an excellent tool for marking pages to remember or passages you want to return to.

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James Bond 007 Series;  The 12 Bottle Bar;  Esquire’s Big Book of Fiction;  The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual;  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up;  The Art of the Personal Letter;  The Black Lizard Big Book of Black Mask Stories;  The Complete Sherlock Holmes;  Tasting Beer;  Joy of Cooking; H is for Hawk; Book Darts

Butc(h)er 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 4 – Every Day Carry

These every day carry gifts will help get you through each day in style.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change;  How to Win Friends & Influence People;  Casio Watch;  Dockers Handkerchiefs;  Field Notes Pitch Black Notebooks;  Fisher Bullet Space Pen;  Hei-Matau Bone Necklace;  Marshal Wallet Slim Lambskin Wallet;  Burt’s Bees Lip Balm;  Cinnamon Cocoon iPhone Sleeve;  JVC HAFX32B Marshmallow Earbuds;  Buck Knives Solitaire Pocket Knife

Butc(h)er 2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Part 3 – The Office

Many of us spend over 2,000 hours a year in an office and yet never make any effort to upgrade our surroundings from the impersonal basic office equipment that was waiting on our desks when we showed up on our first day.  Take control of your surroundings and make your environment more personal and stylish with these gift ideas.

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Ikea ARÖD Work Lamp; Hirt’s Gardens Guatemalan Red Ponytail Palm PlantSky & Telescope’s Moon Globe; Kaufmann Mercantile Hasami Porcelain Mug; Two Little Birds Press 2016 Letterpress Botanical CalendarAcuRite Galileo Thermometer with Glass Globe Barometer; So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Lovetwelvesouth BookBookKenneth Cole Reaction Colombian Leather Laptop Portfolio