An Adventure Lover’s Gift Guide - Part 2
The countdown to Christmas is almost over, but there’s still time to finish shopping for your adventure loving friends - or for yourself ;)! In the last part we kept it under $50, but in the sequel we’re cranking the price limit up to $100 (with a few even bigger ticket items tacked on as well). Get in loser, we’re going gear shopping!
$75 and Under
First, let’s get outfitted. The Cotopaxi Teca Half-Zip Windbreaker is the perfect shell to keep you dry and looking fly. It’s got a kangaroo pouch in the front and an internal phone pocket which doubles as a stuff sack.
For pants, let’s go with the Coalatree Trailhead Pants. These top rated pants are waterproof, breathable, tear-resistant, and antimicrobial. What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, they’re eco-friendly too.
And for shoes, how about we slip on the Teva ReEmbers. These comfy slip ons are the perfect outdoor relaxation shoe, and they’re made from recycled materials.
Speaking of getting cozy, who doesn’t love a good candle? The Peaks and Valleys Candle Trio from Parks Project gets extra points for outdoorsy scents inspired by the Frasier Firs of the Great Smoky Mountains, the wildflower meadows of Yellowstone, and the sagebrush thickets of the Grand Tetons.
Calling all coffee lovers! If you know someone who can’t start their day without their cuppa, consider buying them this insulated Stanley french press, perfect for chilly mornings at camp.
Light up someone’s life this holiday season with the BioLite AlpenGlow 250 Lantern. It can run for up to 200 hours and has multiple modes including candlelight flicker and color rotations. Whatever your camp vibe is, this lantern will set the mood!
Give the gift of relaxation with the ENO Doublenest Hammock. It’s big enough for two and still folds into a tiny stuff sack for easy packing.
$100 and Under
Picking out a pack for someone else can be challenging, but you simply can’t go wrong with the Osprey HikeLite 18. It’s the perfect size for day hikes and everyday use and provides top of the line comfort and ventilation.
If you’re looking for a pack for your ski bunny friend, the Dakine DXL 75L Boot Pack is the one for you. Boots are housed in a tarp-lined compartment to keep the rest of your gear dry, and padded compartments protect helmets and goggles.
Everyone needs a reliable jacket, and the Patagonia Houdini is top of the line. It’s best known for its weather-repelling protection and space-saving packability, but it also comes in super stylish colors.
Speaking of style, if you want a personalized gift that impresses, try a Mountain Journey Adventure Necklace, sterling silver and hand-cut in the silhouette of the receiver’s favorite mountain range.
On the more practical side of shiny silver gifts, there’s the Leatherman Wave Plus Multi-Tool. It’s got 18 (you read that right - EIGHTEEN) different tools which are all locking and can be operated with a single hand.
Last but not least, don’t forget about the climbers in your life! Gift them with the top rated Petzl Luna Harness (women’s) or Adjama Harness (men’s) to get on their nice list for the rest of your life.
Big TIcket Items
Now let’s talk about really spoiling our friends. You can’t go much more boujee than the Firelight 750 Flask. This 3-piece set includes two magnetically locking 6-shooter tumblers and a 750mL vacuum insulated flask and somehow only weighs in at 29 oz.
While you’re enjoying some of your favorite spirit, why not cozy up in a Pendleton blanket? Their wool is top of the line and will keep you warm all the time.
For the foodies in your life who don’t want to miss out on a hot meal just because they’re on trail, try the Jetboil MiniMo Stove. It’s the perfect size for backpacking and will get a hot cup of tea in your hands in under three minutes.
Speaking of backpacking, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the Big Agnes Skyline UL Chair. It’s the perfect comfort item since it weighs just over 1 lb and packs up into a small stuff sack.
Ok, one more backpacking rec: the Kelty Cosmic 20 Sleeping Bag. Weighing only 1 lb and rated to 21 degrees fahrenheit, it’s easy to see why this 550-fill-power duck down sleeping bag is so highly rated.
Lastly, you're gonna need something to carry all this awesome new gear in. We recommend the Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag. It’s a workhorse that’s made of tough, recycled materials and will help you keep all your gear organized for your next adventure.
Now go forth and bless your loved ones with the gift of adventure this season! And if it comes down to the wire, a Military Wild Lifetime Membership is the perfect last minute gift that just keeps on giving.
PS: Did you know that your online shopping can also support rad nonprofit organizations like Military Wild? If you're stocking up for that holiday feast or ordering gifts for family and friends, check out AmazonSmile! When you shop through AmazonSmile, 0.5% of your purchase is donated to a registered charity of your choice, at no extra cost to you.
Be sure to shop through the AmazonSmile site rather than the traditional Amazon site. At login or checkout, search for and select Military Wild as your donation recipient. We're so thankful to be a part of this military family, and it brings us so much joy to continue supporting you through this wild ride with the help of donations!