For those of you who were too busy playing outside and had more adventurous things to do than deal with the craze of Christmas shopping but know that it’s inevitable, here are some ideas for last minute gift ideas for the outdoor adventurer.
The right socks can make all the difference for an outdoor adventurer. We’re not talking the discount-priced mega-bag of socks you can get at a department store. Think more on the lines of technical socks targeted for hikers, runners, mountaineers, and any other outdoor sport that requires shoes and socks. With so many brands to buy and technology becoming quite complex in the materials and how the sock is made, consider Lorpen, Darn Tough and SmartWool. Each of these brands will have the type of sock you need for the outdoor lover.
Food bars are pretty much the livelihood for an outdoorsman such as the climber, hiker, or skier. Many of us have that one-track mind when we’re engaged in our favorite activity and have a tendency to not stop and actually have lunch or some type of meal to keep our bodies nourished. Having food bars handy is always a good thing as they are easy to pack, don’t take all kinds of preparation time, and with a wide variety of them to choose from, you’ll certainly get the nutrients you need to help rejuvenate your body to last even longer outside. Kate’s Real Food bars, CLIF Bars, REV’D Bars, or PROBARs are some good ones to choose from.
Extreme sports films
Whether the person you’re buying for is into climbing, mountain biking, surfing, or skiing/snowboarding, there is an extreme sports film out there that will certainly be worthy of a few moments of their time. For the climber, there are the Reel Rock films or practically anything by Sender Films. With mountain biking, I haven’t met one mountain biker that hasn’t loved the film Life Cycles. Other mountain biking films to consider: Where the Trail Ends and unReal. Check out Teton Gravity Research for skiing/snowboarding. A great Web site to go to for extreme sports films is www.sportsflicks.com. They are located in Sandy, Utah if you just want to pop in to buy a film.
Basket of camping goods
For the camper in your life, put together a basket or box of camping goods that you know are vital to their trips. A mess kit, matches, first aid kit, sunscreen, insect repellent, mini shovel, mallet, marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate are all necessities for camping. Other items to consider would be a flashlight, headlamps, batteries, and a camp axe.
If you’re not entirely sure of what gear they need or what to buy your outdoorsman, the easiest way to assure they get what they want or at least help them attain what they want is to buy them a gift certificate to their favorite outdoor store. Backcountry.com or REI are good places to start.