7 Gifts Geared For the Outdoors

March 18, 2013    |    By +
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031813 Outdoor_thumbAs we head toward spring, we see a lot more people looking for gift ideas for the outdoors lover. In fact, in 2012 one of the most popular searches on Gift Rap was camping. The key to gifting for the outdoor adventurer is to steer clear of very specific and technical equipment he may not need. Instead, think of gifts that are useful when he hits the hills, campground, or lake, yet will fit right into his everyday life just as well.

Here are 7 gift ideas for outdoorsmen that are good-to-go both on and off the trail.

Good (and helpful) things sometimes come in small packages. Gerber’s Zip Tools Line are small (less and 2.5”), yet very useful hand tools. Each tool is corded to be easily attached to a jacket’s zipper. There are 4 Zip Tools in all – a screwdriver set, a Allen wrench set, a flashlight/bottle opener, and a utility blade. Each will be sold separately and will retail for around $12 (available in April).

031813 DT GDC Zip Tools

He’ll get a lot of mileage out of the Bacon Pack backpack from Eddie Bauer First Ascent. It’s not the edible kind of bacon, but it is an exceptional and versatile backpack great for the trail and travel. An extremely tough and durable pack, the Bacon only weighs a pound and a half and packs into itself for easy storage and mobility. It’s a great option for day hikes and ideal to stuff into luggage for vacay adventures that weren’t necessarily planned. It gives whole new meaning to “Mmmmm bacon!”

031813 DT Bacon Pack

Speaking of food, if he’s going to be hitting the trails, he’s gonna need some grub. Klean Kanteen’s vacuum insulated Food Canisters are a great way to pack hot or cold food. The stainless steel Food Canisters are not only great for the outdoors, but are an ideal way to take your food foods with you to work or while traveling.

031813 DT KK Canister

The High Route shirt from Eddie Bauer is a perfect piece to transition from the outdoors to out-on-the-town. But don’t let the good looks fool you. The High Route shirt is a moisture wicking performance top that’s quick to dry and hard to wrinkle. He’ll quickly make this “go-to” gear for spring and summer.

031813 DT HighRoute Shirt

The UV Buff headwear is basically a wearable Swiss Army knife-like accessory. The seamless Coolmax tube can be worn to keep his head warm on chilly mornings. As it gets sunnier, the Buff 95% UV blocking Buff can be configured to cover necks or other sunburn prone areas. Buff is ideal gear to have if he’s spending any extend period time outside.

031813 DT buff blue

For the most part, technical footwear as a gift is a no-no, but here’s a no-brainer great gift idea. The Kato sandal  from Sanuk is the perfect way to treat his feet after a long day out and about. The “bubbler” foot bed is like walking on tiny, comfy bubbles. The Kato is great for down time foot recovery but certainly a sandal that will feel right at home at the pool or beach.

031813 DT SANUK Kato

While getting outdoors should mean some quality “unplugged” time, in reality it’s just plain practical and prudent to travel with a smartphone. So for piece of mind sake, the BoostSolar from Eton is a great way to get power to your gadgets whenever and wherever. A fully charged BoostSolar will fully charge a smart phone. And with it’s large solar panel, just clip the very ruggedized unit to the outside of a pack to start adding more juice for more back up power. Super for emergency preparedness as well.

031813 DT BoostSolar

Need more inspiration? See my posts about gifts for men .



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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at Gifts.com. She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

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