Christmas is almost upon us. Everyone is trying desperately to get those gifts for everyone on their lists. One of those people who can be really hard to buy for is that outdoorsy-person who is asking for all sorts of gear. If you are like my girlfriend she is all but lost when it comes to buying me gear. It can be tough to decide what they might need or would use.
To help you out here are some of the items I would love to get for a Christmas present and is gear that they will be sure to use. I have chosen items that can be used for than just hiking to help them get more use out of them.
As a disclaimer - I am not getting paid to say anything about any of these items. They are just things I recommend.
These are a lightweight, thin gloves that are perfect for winter hiking or just wearing around town. They easily fit under another pair of thicker mitts where they can provide another layer of insulation and are also perfect for milder weather where you need something on your hands but you don't want a big bulky glove on. I wear these gloves down to about -5C comfortably.
The other reason I love these gloves is that sometimes you need to take your thick mitts off when it -30C outside to be more nimble with your fingers. These will keep your hands from instantly freezing while you try and get things out of your backpack or take a picture with your camera.
Nothing is worse than cold hands while spending a day outside in the winter!
I know what you are thinking - socks for Christmas? That is so cliche. Well let me tell you that every person who likes to spend time outdoors loves a good pair of socks. A good pair of socks can be the difference between enjoying your time outside or quickly retreating in because your toes are now ice cubes.
The reason I like these socks in particular is they go up to your calf (which means they are above your boot) and are designed to stay where you put them. This will limit the chance for blisters or the dreaded "sock at the end of your boot" from a day walking around.
Never ever buy anyone who likes to spend time outdoors cotton socks - they are the best way to get cold feet fast!
Is that a pocket rocket in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?
I bought this little stove about a year ago and I have been happy with it every since. This is a portable camping stove that can be used by those who are looking to make a hot meal while on the go. The Pocket Rocket folds up into a small container and weighs only 3 ounces. It connects to MSR ISOPro fuel, I recommend buying the first fuel canister (they retail for about $8) so they can play with it on Christmas day. This little guy gives off some serious heat so make sure you are careful with it!
This is a great gift for that person who is starting to go on longer adventures and needs some more serious gear. If you want, buy them a metal cup to boil water with as well to complete the entire setup.
Tents are heavy and cumbersome, hammocks are light and like sleeping on a cloud. If the person you are buying for spends time up north in the forests think about getting them a hiking hammock to take the load off.
Designed to spend the night in the ENO DoubleNest Hammock is just the start in the world of hammocks.
You can upgrade their gear by buying them a tarp, bug net, tree straps and other goodies!
These are great for overnight hiking trips or just days at the beach. Just find a couple sturdy trees and you are relaxing in style. You can use them anywhere as they are so light that you can toss them in a backpack. You can now take a nap whenever the opportunity arises!
I have spent a couple nights under the stars in a hammock and it beats any other way to sleep in the outdoors!
This one of those items that you can live without but boy is it nice to have a chair to sit on sometimes instead of old log. This lightweight chair folds down to a small case and weighs less 890 grams. This is one of those items that will be last on a persons "want" list only because they would prefer to spend their money on other gear. But as a gift - this is perfect!
Not only can you use this chair on hikes or canoe trips but it is also great for music festivals and other events that chairs are in short supply. Since it weighs so little and fits in a backpack it is easy to haul around.
I have been on a few trips where someone brought one of these and let me tell you, I get pretty envious of them after sitting in the dirt for a couple days.
These are just a few gift ideas that I have for anyone looking to check off that outdoorsy person on their list. If you have some other great gift ideas let us know in the comments!