Ask any outdoors enthusiast to build a holiday wish list and they could easily come up with 100+ toys. Recreating in nature is not without its tools. Many outdoors retailers offer fantastic gift guides for the holiday season, but here are a few fresh items your outdoorsy loved ones will cherish:
Gifts for Him
The Classic Flannel Shirt – A quality flannel shirt is an essential piece of clothing for every outdoorsman. Find one that is made from a soft-yet-durable wool blend and is available in a classic trim for better mobility (for activities like chopping wood). He could very well own this classic piece for decades.
Down-Fill Insulation Jacket – Staying warm is crucial while hiking and camping in the cooler months. And a lofty, goose-feather down jacket is the perfect layering piece to stay insulated. Wear it over a wool base layer for added warmth and underneath a windproof liner when the weather gets nasty.
Plush Suede Slippers – After a long day of hiking, skiing or climbing, there’s no way to let your feet recover back at the cabin than a good pair of slippers. A pair of genuine suede slippers with a good sole won’t come cheap, but his feet will certainly thank you for it.
Gifts for Her
Pullover Fleece – A great pullover is irreplaceable, and finding one with micro-fiber fabrics and a festive winter pattern will make this a great piece for the holidays. Warm enough for winter nights yet breathable for mild days.
“Women Who Dare” – This picturesque coffee table book highlights the best female climbers in North America and is a sure inspiration for anyone, from experienced mountaineers to women who want get started with the sport.
Birkenstock Arizonas – Birkenstocks are like a good pair of leather dress shoes — take care of them and it’s the last pair you’ll ever buy. Not only is this classic sandal still very much in style, these are great for light hikes on smooth trails or just moving about the campsite after the hiking boots come off.
Gifts for Gearheads
Internal-Frame Backpack – The quality of a backpack can make or break a long hike and modern packs use an internal frame to distribute weight to the hips and keep stress off the shoulders. A good pack will cost you more than $150 and should come with a long warranty as they shouldn’t need to be replaced for a long time.
Backpacking Coffee Press – How much do you value a fresh cup of coffee after waking up in the wilderness? For some, it’s an absolute requirement, but the equipment to brew a proper cup of joe can weigh down the backpack on the trail (those ounces add up). Look for a titanium press that is both lightweight and durable to hold up in the wild.
Backpacking Stove/Boiling System – Speaking of hot liquids, a good backpacking stove is the gatekeeper between you and a hot meal on the trail. And in order to eat well, you need to boil water using as little fuel as possible. Find a stove or boiling system that is the right combination of lightweight and effective for quick boiling.