Preview: The Best Outdoor Gifts for the Holiday Season

July 30, 2013    |    By +
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Each summer, the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (called “OR” in the business world), becomes the world’s largest outdoor sports showcase and industry gathering. With more than 25,000 exhibitors and attendees, OR is the place I go to scout out hot products for, learn about the latest industry trends, and see great coming-soon gear from around 1,000 outdoor lifestyle and recreational brands. The challenge for a Gift Guru like me is to cherry-pick the most the fun, unique, helpful, and ultimately gift-able products from the thousands on hand. For example, last year we loved the LifeProof case for iPad and the inspiring Made in America story of Liberty Bottleworks.

And this year? Stay tuned and come back to GiftRap as I’ll be shouting out some of my OR Show favorites, and highlighting some of the best outdoorsy gifts that just may find themselves wrapped and under trees this December!

In the meantime, check out some of our favorite gifts for the Outdoor Adventurer!

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at 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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Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.