It’s almost that time. Here are a few stocking stuffer ideas for cool, top performing products that will delight your outdoorsy friends and family.
For Skiing Enthusiasts
For years, I’ve been carrying a bandana (or tying one around my neck) when skiing. Never know when you’re going to need one to clean your sunglasses or goggles after a fall or an impromptu snowball fight with the kids. The Buff provides a much more high-tech option. There are plenty of color and fabric options including Coolmax, fleece and wool.
I stand by my original review, these might just be the best cold weather running glove on the market. Brooks loaded the Vapor Dry with tons of features and innovations. Everything about them is well thought out. And while others tend to provide nothing more than the bare essentials, the Vapor Dry gloves deliver much, much more.
I wear these for every cold weather run and love them. You will too.
For Fly Fishers
I received the Ketchum Release as a Father’s Day present and really like it. It surely beats a pair of forceps for removing a difficult hook from a small trout. Just slip it on the line and slide it down to the hook to remove. Quick and simple, less handling of the fish and faster release. The latest versions are carbon fiber and extremely light.
Everything tastes better in the outdoors and that includes a glass of wine. Last Christmas, I received a set of Reidel stemless wineglasses as a gift from my wife. They’re delicate and beautiful, and clean up easily in the dishwasher. Love them. Not suitable for use in the great outdoors, of course, but GSI makes a nice alternative for use around the campsite.
About $7. Buy two.
For Hikers and Backpackers
One of the 10 Essentials is illumination. And one of my preferred ways to get it is via a headlamp. I use one in camp at night instead of a flashlight or lantern for a hands-free light source. The beam goes where you’re looking so read in your bag at night, work on a close up project, you name it. These have almost unlimited utility.