Another tidbit about our family. We enjoy the outdoors. Camping, hiking, skiing, water fun, and even the occasional trail run. Along the way, I’ve come across “must have” items that I’d like to share with you this holiday season.
These gift ideas are great for many an outdoor enthusiast. Or anyone else who just loves to get outdoors. Or anyone who just thinks these are cool gift ideas!
So from our adventures to yours – Happy Shopping!
Campers, hikers, bikers, geocachers too. Whatever your outdoor enthusiast is into, the odds are he will love a Garmin Oregon GPS. This handheld GPS is loaded with a rugged touchscreen, preloaded topographic maps, 3-D map views, a high-sensitivity receiver, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, microSD card slot, picture viewer and more. Ohhh, pick me! I want one too! I’ve been good.
Shopping for a runner in the night? Or early in the morning? Then gift her with this reflective vest. Maybe not the height of fashion, but it’s so cool ’cause those cars will see her! With more high brilliance reflective area than standard running vests, 360 visibility, and fully adjustable for both height and waist, your runner will thank you. But don’t take my word for it – check out what they’re saying about it at Athleta.
If wet, damp outdoor adventure awaits your outdoor enthusiast, then he’ll be glad to have one of these with him. An Aquapac will ensure he’ll keep his electronic entertainment safe and sound whenever a “wet-scene” demands it. AquaPac waterproof bags are easy to pack, easy to use, and don’t have to cost as much as the items you intend to protect.
AquaPac waterproof bags range from $30 on up.
SteriPEN Outdoor Water Purifier
Camping, hiking, biking, running. They all create quite a thirst. So how about gifting your outdoor enthusiast a portable, fast, and effective UV water purifier he can trust? It’s easy to stash for on-the-go water needs. My personal favorite is the SteriPEN Adventurer Opti for $90. Don’t just take my word – check out what Backpacker Magazine says.
SteriPEN Outdoor models range from $70 – $120. A personal favorite is the Adventure Opti with Solar Charging Case.
Dakota Watch’s Angler II Clip Watch
Gift your fisherman an Angler II Clip Watch and he’ll be the envy of all the other anglers! This clip-on watch has everything an avid fisherman could want in a timepiece. It even has a hook sharpener and stainless steel nippers, whatever that’s used for. I’m not a fisherman, so don’t ask me! The Angler II’s suggested price is $80, but is on sale at Cabela’s for $63.99.
A close second is the Dakota Knife Clip Watch. This clip watch includes an all-in-one Multi-Tool made with utility in mind, and is sure to delight any outdoor gadget junkie. Find it at LLBean and Altrec for $69.
Send your outdoor enthusiast off on her next adventure with this pocket-sized toolbox. It’s only 3.5″ long, yet it houses 33 different tools. Really! From fishing tools to to cutting tools, this knife has a tool for practically everything, yet it’s still compact enough to fit in a pocket or purse.
The SwissChamp suggested retail price is $99. Shop around, and you should find it for less. REI and Brookstone sell it for $75. ShoeBuy also sells it for $75, but right now use coupon code JOY25 and get an additional 25% off.
ReVive Solar ReStore XL4000 Battery Pack
No excuses now! He’ll be sure to call in from his next adventure when he has the ReVive solar powered external battery pack. Revive cell phones, tablets, even that Kindle reader with this external battery pack. And it doubles as a flashlight, so he won’t get lost in the dark, either! The hand carabiner clip keeps the pack close at hand, even on the outside of a backpack, charging up with the sun’s rays.
Snack attack! Hey, we get hungry after a hard day of playing! Gift the outdoor adventurer JuJu Jerky for a healthy, on the go snack. It packs easily into day bags, and better yet, it tastes great! A Combo Sampler Variety Pack is the way to buy, and the Mega-Sampler is the best per-pack price, but you might want to start with a smaller Sampler Pack.
JuJu Jerky sample packs are on sale right now for $10 – $100.
Something for Everyone!
Stuff everyone’s stockings with one – or all three – of these gift ideas.
Keep everyone’s hands toasty warm with these wool-blend gloves. The silicone palm and finger grips making holding onto ski poles or steering wheels a gripping experience. Got a runner on the list? These gloves are also great for cold day runs.
Flurry Glove prices range from $23 for kids, to $38 for men and women.
Just about anything Smartwool will do. Feeling extra nice? Smartwool NTS baselayers are a cool weather outdoor adventurers’ best friends. A hiker, runner, or skier on the list? Smartwool socks are wicked warm and comfortable! Wanna keep her head warm on that early morning jog? How about a Smartwool headband or hat?
- Baselayers for Men – Women – Kids Too! Everyone stays warm. From $55 – $110.
- Socks for everyone! Men – Women – Kids. Prices from $12 – $27.
- Keep your runner’s ears warm with a PhD Training Headband for $25.
Can’t decide? Give a Smartwool gift card and let them choose.
These elastic laces are perfect for runners, triathletes, and just about anyone else who puts on a lace-up sneaker. Lock Laces can speed up a triathlete’s transition time and ensure those laces stay tied during that crucial sprint to the finish line. Or that sprint to the playground. Or that sprint to get the last holiday cookie! Stuff those stockings with Lock Laces for everyone. Especially handy for the young child not able to tie his shoes. And they come in such fun colors!
Just for the Kids
For the littlest adventurers on your list. Hey, they love the outdoors too!
A fan favorite in our house, sure to be in yours too. What kid won’t look uber-cool shredding the slopes, or chilling at the bus stop, with a Turtle Fur fun hat! And parents will be happy too – the kids might just keep these hats on their heads!
Turtle Fur hats are on sale right now, ranging from $20 on up. Free shipping too!
LifeLight LED Light
Another fan favorite here! These fabulously fun little lights will have your little ones lighting up camping pathways and darkened hallways. The carabiner clip ensures these lights can go just about anywhere your little adventurer goes, even through the woods to grandmother’s house!
Black Diamond Wiz Headlamp
Light up that stocking with a Wiz headlamp, and she’ll be lighting up the pathway during that next camping trip or next game of flashlight tag. No worries with the child-safe battery closure, and break-away headband. Hey, you might even want to get one for everyone! Lots of other styles to choose from.
Wiz headlamps sell for $18.95. Find them at BlackDiamond.com as well as major outdoor adventure stores.
So what do you think? Got a few more ideas to round out your holiday shopping list? Find something for that outdoor enthusiast? Let me know in the Comments section below.