It’s that time of year when we’re all discussing secret Santa’s and stocking fillers. If you’re trying to buy for the outdoorsy person in your life, here are 10 gift suggestions they’re sure to love.
1. Waterproof socks
Reckon socks are a boring present? Think again. These Seal Skinz socks are 100% waterproof and breathable. Their use of pioneering technology protect feet against water, wind, mud, cold and blisters. Because there’s nothing worse than cold, wet trotters.
Perfect for: trail runners, mountain bikers, hikers, cyclists and anyone who spends time outside in inclement weather.
Every self-respecting outdoors person needs a multi-tool! Give your friend or family member the ability to chop, cut, saw…and open that must-have tin of baked beans with the Leatherman Wave+. Voted Best Buy in Gear Lab’s 2020 review of multi-tools.
Perfect for: all outdoorsy folk.
3. Merino wool base layers
Treat your loved one to a 100% merino wool base layer, like the 175 Everyday Long Sleeve Crewe Thermal Top from Icebreaker. It’s designed to regulate body temperature, wick away sweat and resist odour. A winning combination. Also available in the men’s range.
Perfect for: hikers, skiers and snowboarders.
4. Rechargeable power bank
Help your nearest and dearest keep electronics charged on the go with the Sherpa Power Bank 40 from Goal Zero. It’s slimline to save on space, and gives life to phones, tablets, POV cameras and other devices. Can be recharged time and time again – no disposable batteries needed.
Perfect for: hikers, backpackers and happy campers.
5. Hut booties
A present that’s sure to make others green with envy. The Thermoball Traction Booties from The North Face make a welcome addition to any backcountry adventure. They can be readily stuffed into a backpack but are robust enough for hut-based errands (like snowy walks to the outhouse). Even better, they double as comfy slippers at home. Also available in the men’s range.
Perfect for: hikers, climbers, ski tourers and hut hoppers.
Sometimes you just want to kick back and relax at camp. Make that dream a reality for the special someone in your life with the Therm-a-Rest Slacker Hammock. It packs down into an integrated pocket, making it easy to transport. Available in a single and a double. Suspender straps are sold separately.
Perfect for: creating a comfy camp.
7. Beeswax wraps
Promote zero-waste adventures this holiday season by gifting these beeswax wraps from Nature Bee, perfect for packaging sandwiches and snacks. They can be washed and re-used, making them an excellent alternative to single-use plastic wrap. Practical, pretty and plastic-free.
Perfect for: the eco-conscious.
8. Windbreaker jacket
Prevent wind chill with the Houdini Jacket from Patagonia. Lightweight and versatile, this might just be my most-used item of clothing. The zippered chest pocket converts into a stuff sack, so it can be rolled up and taken anywhere. Also available in the men’s range.
Perfect for: trail runners, climbers, mountain bikers and cyclists.
9. Satellite communication device
Not a cheap buy, but you can’t put a price on peace of mind. The Garmin inReach Mini allows the user to trigger an interactive SOS to search and rescue, just in case the worst should happen. The cost of the device is accompanied by a subscription which can be paid monthly or yearly.
Perfect for: anyone heading into the backcountry
10. Enter a race
For something a bit different, why not give the gift of motivation by entering your loved one into a race? You’ll need to do some research based on their chosen discipline, be it running, mountain biking, road cycling, swimming or something else. Find a Race has some great challenges to inspire you. Choose the gifting option at checkout.
Perfect for: helping your loved one achieve their New Year’s resolutions.