The New York Times describes The North Water as “a great white shark of a book ― swift, terrifying, relentless and unstoppable.” $20.
Donegal tweed crew socks, $30, to keep his feet cozy all winter.
This great bread knife to shear off crusty slices for his famous homemade soups. No bread squishing required. $40.
James-Bond-esque Lever toolcard, $32, that fits into his wallet, but has a money clip, a bottle opener, wrenches, screwdrivers, nuts, a can opener, a cord cutter, rulers, etc.
Infinity pillow for the traveler who loves his disco naps. $28.
Famous chocolate bar that Norwegians take on hikes, bike rides and skiing adventures. Plus, a long walk together. $4.
Keytag to make him laugh. $15.
Negroni lip balm, $8. These originally sold out like crazy, and the company got weekly emails begging for its return. Awesome!
Alex, who writes the watch column for the New York Times, says that even the most discerning collectors covet this watch. “The movement of this watch is made from only 51 parts, held together with just one screw, so it’s a marvel of engineering efficiency,” Alex told me. “My personal favorite is the Sistem Arrow, with a design that hearkens back to WWII pilot’s watches.” $195. (You could go in with siblings.)
Wooden photo holder, plus 12 sweet family snapshots for his desk. $25.
Aeropress coffee maker, $30, which combines the technology of a French Press and a pour-over. “All my coffee-loving friends pack an AeroPress when they hit the road,” says food writer Ruth Reichl. “It is, they assure me, the only way to be sure of getting a decent cup of coffee.”
Plane tickets to visit each other because, as always, that’s all he really wants anyway.