The holidays are coming up fast and while many sleeping bags and packs can cost well over a hundred bucks, it’s not hard to find some cheaper high-quality gifts for your outdoorsy friends and family members.
Footwear is always a great idea for a stocking stuffer, but why not get something with a purpose that lasts? Wool socks are extra cozy for winter months and super useful on the mountain. Try Wigwam socks for some style and their lifetime guarantee or even REI Co-Op’s wools socks for classic comfort and warmth.
Pieces of paper seem like a copout over a solid gift, but for the backpacker looking to hit a new trail, maps are all that they would ever need. Get a few maps from your REI or Next Adventure store with the help of someone working there who knows the routes. After all, a backpacker really only needs a direction and they’ll go after the journey. Check out these hiking maps on Amazon.com for some easy picks.
Sleep might be the most important thing on the trail. A lot of people bunch up a couple shirts and jackets for a headrest, but an inflatable pillow is ideal for someone looking to double up on compression and comfort. Our Ultralight Inflatable Camp Pillow uses tri-blend cotton and a layer of synthetic cushioning to help you sleep like a log. This is hands down the best camp pillow on the market - try it out on Amazon.com if you're a prime member or get it straight from our website here.
And after a good night’s sleep, nothing beats good coffee to get you up and going. GSI’s Ultralight Java Drip Coffee Maker gives your outdoor buddy a cup of drip coffee that’s easy to clean. For a minimalist brew, your holiday budget suffers less than $10 - grab one here.
The daypack is an incredible gift and can be used in and out of the city. Your buddy will swoon over the thought and effort you’ve put in. The best part is that you can find packs for under $30 for their next day adventure, and you can be the holiday hero.
Article by Mike Shymanski