Okay, let's be honest. Gift giving is HARD! As the giver, we want it to mean something, right? We want the gift to be useful. We want the person to open it and say "OMG HOW DID YOU KNOW?! I'VE WANTED THIS FOREVER!" So, instead of your average list of cute trinkets, I decided to put together a list of rad gear that every adventurer would actually want, use, and keep for life.
Each and every one of these items are ones I either own already or they're on my list. They're the real deal, and they're sure to bring a smile to anyone who rips open the wrapping paper.
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1. Cotopaxi Bataan Del Día Fanny Pack – These fanny packs are part of Cotopaxi's (Re)Purpose collection, which means each product is made from the fabric left over from other companies' larger production runs. They're so colorful, so bold, and big enough to fit your cards, a tiny first aid kit, and even a flask ;) $30.
2. Aeorpress – I swear by this thing. It's a quick, clean, and easy way to brew fresh coffee on the go. I've even swapped out my home coffee maker for this thing! $31.95
3. Nomadix National Parks Towel – Absorbant, soft, and lightweight towel for summer adventures. National Park themed. $39.95
4. Crampons – Every winter hiker could use a pair of these! Crampons are spikes for you boots that keep you from slipping and sliding on snowy hikes. If the snow is deep and fluffy, swap these out for snowshoes. Now $37.46 (25% off $49.95)
5. NEMO Switchback Sleeping Pad – These sleeping pads double as
day hike picnic mats for when you don't want to sit your butt down on wet snow or hard rocks. They're also super lightweight, with the regular size weighing just 14.5oz. Now $37.39 (25% off $47.95).
6. Cotopaxi Luzon 24L Backpack - Del Día – Also part of Cotopaxi's (Re)Purpose collection, these backpacks are high quality, durable, lightweight, and colorful. $75.
7. Eno Hammock - Lightweight, durable, breathable hammock for two! Packs down small for bringing along on any adventure. Comes with carabiners. Select styles are currently 30% off at Moosejaw! $79.95
8. National Parks Pass – EVERY adventurer needs one of these if you plan to visit a National Park four or more times. It's only $80 for the whole year and it gets you into every National park in the U.S.
9. Grayl – This is a filtering water bottle that's great for longer hikes and backpacking trips. You can fill it up anywhere! I love mine (but make sure you get the bigger size). $89.95
10. Klymit Insulated V Ultralite Sleeping Pad – This thing is truly amazing. Weighing in at only 16oz, this sleeping pad has an R Value of 4.4 (out of 5) for cold weather sleeping. I just purchased one of these for myself and it's seriously incredible. Now $95.96 (20% off $119.95).
11. REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0 – My go-to cold weather hiking jacket, the REI 650 is super lightweight (10.8 oz), packs up tiny, and keeps me toasty while hiking. Its recycled nylon shell is treated with DWR to repel snow and rain (necessary int he PNW).
13. Ski Pass – The ski season has only just begun and a pass is an awesome way to stay active and have fun during COVID. For those who go big or go home, choose the Epic or Ikon pass (prices vary). Or, keep it on the cheaper end with an Indy Pass (this is the one I purchased this season!) that gets you to smaller mountains around the PNW for $199.
14. Biolite Camp Stove 2 Bundle – Basically a portable and controllable fire pit that comes with a KettlePot
to boil water, a FlexLight adjustable LED, a Smart LED dashboard to give feedback on fire strength and power output, and a USB output and integrated battery powered by the fire to charge your devices. $229.95
15. MSR Hubba Hubba NX (2-person) Tent – This is my home for all my adventures! Moosejaw is currently offering 20% off one full-price item. Take advantage! $449.95