It’s that time of year again. Whether Christmas gets you amped up or sends shivers down your spine, we all have to prepare for the craziness to come. We’re simplifying things for you with not one, but two gift guides. The first, 10 Gifts for the Outdoorsman, features some of the coolest products we’ve seen this year. In fact, you may find it tempting to keep some of these goods for yourself. The second, 10 Stocking Stuffers, includes small gifts that pack a punch, whether you need to keep things on budget or just need something cool for a gift exchange.

Since Thanksgiving is going down in a couple of days, we’ve included a primer on how to throw a kick-ass holiday bash (as well as tips for not getting food in your beard even as you’re stuffing your face).

And if you need a break from the holiday hysteria, read about the cool exhibition on Victorian beards happening in London, or up your beard game with 8 beard-growing tips for newbies.

Beard On,

The Zeus Team

A brief history of British beards, focusing on the resurgence of facial hair in the 1800s. (History Extra)

Speaking of the British beard craze, the new Victorian beard exhibition at the Florence Nightingale Museum reveals the great lengths some men went to for a set of whiskers, including wearing artificial beards made with a patent steel spring mechanism. (The Guardian UK)

Most of us can always use more advice on this subject: How to avoid getting food in your beard during No-Shave November. (The Daily Meal)

Officers in Perth, Australia are protesting for the right to grow facial hair, particularly where the climate is colder. (Perth Now)

Growing your beard for the first time? Here are 8 beard-growing tips to get you started on your hirsute journey. (Men’s Journal)

Check off that Christmas list with our gift guide, which features 10 gifts for the outdoorsman. (Zeus Beard Blog)

On a budget, or just need a cool stocking stuffer? Our 10 stocking stuffers list has got you covered. (Zeus Beard Blog)

How to throw a kick-ass holiday bash. (Men's Journal)