For the homebody, shopping is a relative breeze; you get them a new video game, a classic board game or a kitchen gadget with which to experiment. But for that loved one in your life that spends much of their time braving the great outdoors, what do you buy?
Holiday shopping for an outdoor adventurer may seem like a heads-scratcher at first, but really it’s not that difficult. Essentially, what you want to do is find things that make their outdoor experience easier and more comfortable. The great outdoors are chock full of challenges and discomforts – especially during the winter – so try to choose gifts that address these problems.
Whether they are an avid camper, a serial hiker, a perpetual bird watcher or just a lover of nature, the outdoor adventurer in your life will cherish the following five gifts, which have been listed here according to price.
Under $10 – Infinity Backpacker Mug
This lightweight travel mug comes complete with a removable insulating sleeve, so your loved one can keep their coffee warm in the morning, and their wine cool at night. It’s a minimalist, featherweight gift that makes the perfect stocking stuffer for campers, RVers, or anyone, really, who might enjoy a beverage outdoors. It’s made with 100% recycled material as well, so you can feel good taking it out in nature.
Under $20 – Heat Holders Thermal Socks
The moment you try these thermal socks from Heat Holders you’ll immediately understand the difference. Not only are they insanely soft, but they keep your toes toasty even in the chilliest, slushiest weather. Whereas cotton socks have an average Thermal Overall Grade (TOG) of 0.33, Heat Holders socks have a TOG of 2.34 – in other words, you would have to wear more than seven pairs of cotton socks to achieve the same kind of warmth as Heat Holders.
Under $50 – Gerber Dime Multi-Tool
This multi-tool may lack the “completeness” of some of the more expensive alternatives, but it remains a great value buy that is sufficient for most people’s needs. It’s small, able to fit neatly in any pocket, and contains pliers, a wire cutter, bottle opener, tweezers, blade and two types of driver. Plus, with its sleek black finish, it also looks incredible.
Under $100 – Therm-a-Rest ProLite Sleeping Mattress
Therm-a-Rest specialize in camping mattresses, and the ProLite is arguably their best offering, both in terms of value and performance. While the company offers more expensive mattresses, the ProLite is perfect for all but the most hardcore campers. It allows you to pitch a tent on all but the most rugged spots and still enjoy a great night’s sleep.
Over $100 – Salomon Quest Hiking Boots
According to a few different lists online, the Salomon Quest is the best hiking boot currently on the market. It doesn’t sacrifice utility for comfort, and it is rugged without being heavy. They may set you back over $200, but the Salomon – along with a couple pairs of Heat Holders socks – make the perfect gift for the itchy-footed adventurer.
If you were stumped as to what to get the adventurer in your life, hopefully this article has given you a few ideas. This year, get that special someone a gift they can actually use – choose one (or all) of these five, fantastic outdoor products.