2016 Gift Guide: Apparel & Accessories

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2016 Gift Guide: Apparel & Accessories

Everyone will love and appreciate a gift of fashion, comfort, and coziness. Here are some terrific gift ideas.

By GRIT Editors


The Elements 2.0 Transport Ruck from Carhartt is a built-to-last backpack that can withstand any kind of weather. It’s durable, comfortable, and has plenty of room to hold everything from books for class to sandwiches for a hiking trip.

Where to buy:Carhartt

Comments from the GRIT editors: Well-made with high-quality materials. Roomy interior. Great for hiking and camping trips.

Hooded Sweatshirt

The Women’s Force Extremes Signature Graphic Hooded Sweatshirt from Carhartt makes a great gift for the ladies on your list. The materials that make up this sweatshirt work hard to keep active women comfortable and maintain their body’s ideal temperature, on both hot and cold days.

Where to buy:Carhartt

Comments from the GRIT editors: Fits comfortably. Looks and wears well. Washes nicely.



Everyone loves a pair of comfortable, durable, flexible jeans, and the latest collection from Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. is all about those key ingredients, which can quickly turn a pair of jeans into a “favorite” pair of jeans. Crafted with premium denim that flexes for all-day comfort, Signature jeans are durable and stylish. The Signature collection is available in a variety of styles for both men and women.

Where to buy: Walmart — in stores and online

Comments from the GRIT editors: Very comfortable. High-quality materials. Great fit. Look nice. Large selection of colors and styles. Affordable.

Kids’ Clothing & Accessories

If you’re looking to get the little ones on your list something stylish and adorable, check out the rural-themed clothing and accessories from Colorado-based Western Border and Co., where everything is handcrafted. Their creepers are soft, 100-percent cotton onesies, with a design embroidered onto fabric, and then patched onto the onesie, so the rough feel of the embroidery doesn’t touch and irritate babies’ skin. Creepers are available in sizes 3 months to 18 months. Their boots are made with 100-percent cotton fleece fabric, and come in sizes 3 months to 9 months. They also have additional baby items, as well as shirts for older kids, in sizes 2T to 6T.

Where to buy:Western Border Co.
To receive 25% off all non-sale items, type in the code Mag2016 at checkout.

Comments from the GRIT editors: Absolutely adorable. Well-made with high-quality fabric and materials. Items wash well. Very soft.

Men’s & Women’s Jacket

A comfortable jacket is a must for everyone, and the Men’s Full Swing Cryder Jacket and Women’s Full Swing Cryder Jacket from Carhartt are just that — comfortable and cozy. Both jackets feature stretch technology that provides maximum range of movement. The women’s jacket is heavyweight, while the men’s jacket is midweight. Both are water repellent, and both come in extended sizes.

Where to buy:Carhartt

Comments from the GRIT editors: Great fit. Well-made, comfortable, and roomy. The coats repel rain and snow well.


Multipurpose scarves from Fluffy Layers, featuring animal prints, are a great gift idea for ladies who enjoy accessorizing their outfits. The scarves, which measure approximately 71 inches by 35 inches, can also be used as a sarong, a cover-up, or a wrap.

Where to buy:Fluffy Layers

Comments from the GRIT editors: Really enhances a plain outfit. Nice length, design, and patterns.

Sheep Neck Warmer

The plush Sheep Neck Warmer from Gardener’s Supply Co. is 15 inches long by 5½ inches wide by 2 inches thick, and is filled with rice, flaxseed, and buckwheat. The microwavable insert provides tension-releasing warmth and soothing weight on the base of the neck and shoulders, designed to dissolve stress and coax the kinks out of fatigued muscles. To clean, remove the insert, and toss the polyester plush cover in the washing machine.

Where to buy:Gardener’s Supply Co.  

Comments from the GRIT editors: Great stress reliever after a long day at work. The heat and weight on the neck and shoulders is very soothing. Works well for headaches too. Easy to clean.

Tote Bag

The Legacy Women’s Essentials Tote from Carhartt is a versatile tote that can go from work to the farmers’ market with ease. It’s sturdy, goes with everything, and has room for everything from veggies to a laptop. It features durable shoulder straps that won’t wear out or snap under the weight of a heavy load, a large main compartment, and two interior pockets. The tote is approximately 15 inches tall by 16 inches wide by 4 inches deep.

Where to buy:Carhartt

Comments from the GRIT editors: Well-made, attractive design. Nice size. Roomy main compartment. Interior pockets are perfect for a cell phone and a laptop cord/charger.

For more gift suggestions, see: GRIT’s Guide to Holiday Gifts for 2016.