By Tonia Bartlett
Well ladies and gents, Thanksgiving has officially come and gone, and the sounds of Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas songs will soon be ringing in our ears in shopping malls and grocery stores alike. And while this means we all will be loosening our belts a notch or two thanks to those mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving dinner, it also means we have to start looking forward and prepping for what’s to come: holiday shopping.
If you’re anything like me, the hardest people to shop for always seem to be those practical, outdoorsy friends and family. It seems like they always either already own it, or don’t want it, regardless of what “it” is. To try and help this process along, I present to you: a list of perfect holiday gifts for the outdoors-person in your life. Guy or girl, here are some items that any true outdoorsman or woman will love this holiday season.
Let’s start with the obvious, ENO gear
Whether they already have a hammock or not, you can never have enough accessories or upgrades. Get them a Vulcan Underquilt to prep for the frosty winter months to come, or invest in a Guardian Bug Net to ward off those pesky mosquitoes come spring and summer.
Rock the Flannel
If there’s one thing we all love and can never get enough of, it’s some high quality flannel. While you can usually find decent flannel for cheap at your local thrift store, splurge a little bit, and invest in some high end flannel for your loved ones this holiday season. L.L. Bean makes a great flannel for both men and women, and this one won’t break the bank.
These boots were made for walkin’
Sorry for the lame pun, but during the upcoming extreme weather months, everyone could use some trendy hiking or warm winter boots. Try Sorel’s latest line to gear up for winter or Chaco boots for some great hiking gear for just about anyone in the family.
GoPro or go home
If you aren’t already, do yourself a favor and follow GoPro on Instagram: I promise nothing will get you more excited about the great outdoors. Meanwhile, for the true adventurers in your life, you can’t go wrong with a GoPro camera this holiday season. Not only are these cameras virtually indestructible, they also capture all of the raddest moments and ventures. These sweet cameras are so worth the investment, not to mention they’re perfect for capturing all the pictures you or your loved ones will keep forever!
Give them the gift of mad skills
There’s nothing we nature-lovers enjoy more than feeling prepped and ready to take on the outdoors. Sign yourself and your loved one up for a class to get certified in basic wilderness skills at your local REI. Learn together, have a blast, and then once the weather clears, hit the trails! REI offers all sorts of certification classes, along with basic instructional classes for adventurers of all levels. Give the most practical gift of all this season, and help them prep for future endeavors.
Keep warm, and keep hanging ENOpians. Happy holidays!About the author: Tonia Bartlett I like to think I would be the lovechild of Bob Dylan and Beyonce. My sense of adventure is as big as my stack of homework, though adventure usually wins that battle when it comes down to it. I wish I could say I chose Colorado for college because it was the smartest option, but honestly the gravity of those mountains pulled me more than anything else. My ideal day would involve my purple and orange ENO Doublenest Hammock, my ZX/2 Yampa Chaco’s, a long tall glass of raspberry lemonade, a rushing river, and some good friends.