Story by Ted Fernandez
Just because winter is here does not mean that the camper, fisherman, or avid hiker on your list will avoid the outdoors. On the contrary, many outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the challenge of cooler temperatures. If you are struggling to finish your shopping, keep reading. Below we have a few gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiasts that prefer the stars overhead.
Backpacks are not just for middle schoolers. A waterproof bag can make or break a camping excursion. Before you buy, keep in mind that it must be large enough to hold everything they need but lightweight so that it does not burden them. Camping backpacks are not always cheap, and some of the best can easily hit $200 or more. Nonetheless, if you do your research, you can find a great deal. A few clicks of the mouse will quickly reveal great savings, including current bag and luggage deals for retailers like Adidas, Jansport, and Samsonite.
This one might be obvious for the camper on your list. However, just because they already have one doesn’t mean they have the right kind of tent for each potential overnight scenario. Wide Open Spaces lists several different options, from tent/hammock hybrids to expansive “mountain mansions” that can easily hold a family of four or more. If your camper is the adventurous kind, you might want to consider a tent made specifically for survival situations. Skilled Survival notes that while these can get pricey, there are cost-effective models that are perfect for one. If they tend to adventure with a group, look for one with a vestibule, which is a small foyer where everyone can store their stuff instead of filling up the sleeping area.
Whether your loved one is a day hiker or a trail runner, you can’t go wrong with a GPS watch. Don’t be alarmed; despite the high price tag of many brands, it is possible to give this tech-forward gift for $100 or less. GearPro notes that the Suunto Spartan Ultra pairs easily with the Movescount app and can help your outdoor explorer find their way home if they find themselves in unfamiliar territory.
A New Adventure
When your giftee already has everything they need to experience the outdoors, you’ll have to get creative. However, no matter where they have been and what they’ve seen, there are always places they’ve laid their eyes on. Give them the gift of a new experience by booking a few nights at some of the more interesting places to camp in the country. For $8.40 per night, you can explore Ludington State Park in Michigan, and $10 per vehicle will buy entrance into Arches National Park in Utah or the Joshua Tree National Park in California.
The Little Things
If your budget can’t accommodate a backpack and you do not have enough vacation time to go on a shared excursion, you can still give a gift they will cherish. Wool socks, a fishing shirt or lures, a field dressing apron, or a fire starter kit will set you back less than $50 but will render priceless smiles on Christmas morning. Another idea, which they will cherish for a lifetime, is to give them a canvas, wood panel, or another piece of art created from pictures of journeys you’ve taken together over the years. Walgreens is an affordable place to have these made, and you can usually find coupons for half-off your print order.
Hopefully, these ideas have helped you finish off your gift list this holiday season — at least for the outdoorsman in your life. Remember, you do not have to give a flashy or pretentious present to make an impression this holiday season.
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