Got a guy in your life that loves the outdoors? Sometimes it can be hard to buy for someone who already seems to have all the gear. I’ve made a list of some of the best Christmas gifts I’ve given or received (or want to receive). There are a few gift ideas to fit every budget, perfect for stocking stuffers or more.
Socks and Underwear
I know these sound like the unexciting cliché stocking stuffers you’d get from your Mom or Grandma every year. But, any outdoorsy type would give a big Christmas sweater hug to get these stockings in their stockings.
Smartwool makes excellent socks for all types of outdoor activities so you can buy hiking, running, skiing, or just chilling socks for that special someone to fit their favourite pastimes.
For underwear, you can check out my Ultimate Hiking Underwear Comparison to get some ideas on the best out there. But for the most part you can’t go wrong with the ExOfficio Give-N-Go Boxer Briefs or the Smartwool Microweight Merino Wool ones. They both fit true to size so you can just take a peek in your man’s underwear drawer to get the right pair. Again these will work great for any man who loves sports or outdoor activities: runners, cyclists, hikers, and skiers will all love to find these underwear under the tree.
This is an easy and versatile gift, they come in all different colors and can be used for a ton of activities. You don’t have to worry if the person already has one, as they can always use a spare for when one gets dirty. I wear one while hiking to keep my neck or face warm, mop up sweat, or even strain water when it’s really icky.
I bought my sister a Buff bandana for Christmas a few years back. Hoo-Rag is another great bandana maker and they have a ton of colors and patterns. You’ll be sure to find one that works for your giftee and at $15 + free shipping (or cheap shipping to Canada) they won’t break the bank. They sent us a couple of testers that we’ve been wearing while walking the dog on these chilly days and I’ll be posting a full review soon.
Cheap, easy, and everyone needs to eat; I think I get one of these every year from my family. Which is perfect, because I inevitably break one every year. On second thought though, maybe what I really need is one of these:
What man doesn’t love a good multitool? None. And this Spoor Key Fob from form•function•form is about as awesome as they come. You get a Leatherman Squirt and a Split Pea lighter all wrapped up in sexy hand-stitched leather to make a beautiful, functional, and unique keychain. It’s almost too nice to take hiking.
I don’t own one of these… yet (hint hint). But, I do have the Architect’s Wallet and the Lure Bracelet. The craftsmanship is fantastic and you’ll never find anything like these at your local mall. You could get all your Christmas shopping done at this one store.
A Good Night’s Sleep
At $150 the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir isn’t cheap. But, I got one for Christmas a few years ago and it’s made every subsequent outdoors adventure more enjoyable.
If you’ve got someone on your list with back troubles or someone that you don’t want to get back troubles then this is the gift! Not only does it make sleeping on the ground an enjoyable experience when compared to traditional self-inflating mattresses, but it will also likely lighten your pack load. So your back will be happier when walking during the day and even happier when sleeping at night.
Give the Gift of Warmth
It’s winter and it’s cold. Giving anything warm will be much appreciated, especially if your loved one can’t stand being stuck inside on these cold days. Giving anything made of down like the North Face Thunder Jacket I reviewed will definitely be appreciated by it’s wearer.
The North Face Men’s Thunder Jacket
My birthday gift to myself this year was a pair of Outdoor Research Alti Gloves and although I haven’t tried them skiing yet, I can tell that they are going to keep my hands toasty warm on the slopes.
Outdoor Research Alti Gloves (Black/Charcoal, Large)
If you’ve got an avid skier on your Christmas list, check out my Dressing for Skiing post for more clothing layer gift ideas.
Activities for the Active
Some of the best gifts that I’ve gotten are the ones that actually get you outside doing stuff. And all the better if you can do them together with the person that you’re gifting. Here’s a couple thoughts for winter activities this Christmas.
If you’re looking for a gift for the skier or snowboarder who already has all the gear, why not get them lift tickets to their favourite hill. It’s even better if you get to go along with them! Heck, if you’re really looking to splurge why not get them a season’s pass?
This can be a great gift activity for a couple or a family and can make for a fun day outside. Just make sure to bundle up!
Gifts don’t have to be expensive. You can make your significant other a coupon redeemable for a skate date and hot chocolate.
If they don’t own the gear, you can probably rent it from a store nearby. It’s great exercise, gets you outside and can introduce you to other fun ways to make the most of winter.