I have always considered the topics that we cover at Cravings — food, wine, design and such — to be gender neutral. But when I visited the boutique and online store Best Made, I realized that there is a whole realm of designer goods that approach design and utility from a distinctly masculine point of view. Just because you are camping or out cutting wood doesn’t mean you don’t want to use high quality tools that are also aesthetically pleasing — “tools to empower and inspire.” Designer Peter Buchanan-Smith founded the company based on his vision for a better axe. Today, Best Made products include clothing, bags, first aid kits, knives, books, maps, enamelware and one-offs like vintage barometers. When sourcing goods for Best Made, Buchanan-Smith’s first priority is functionality. It’s good if the item can be used outside, and even better if it can also be displayed proudly inside the home. As an extreme urbanite, I had never considered the aesthetics of an axe or a bow and arrow, but my viewpoint has certainly changed. Check out Best Made online or at its Tribeca store for gifts — for him or her — that are beautiful and beautifully useful.