10 Gifts For Your Adventurous Loved Ones

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Happy November! We are gearing up for the holiday season here at Heather's Choice, so today I wanted to talk about a fun topic to help you get into the spirit for the holidays, and hopefully get some amazing gifts for the adventurous loved ones in your life!

1. Big Dipper Wax Works Candles

These bees wax candles come in a variety of different scents. Bring these on a backpacking trip, and put them in the tent with you to create a nice ambiance. Or, if you're enjoying your meal outside, light a candle and enjoy that ambiance! These are on the low end of our price range at about $5 a piece.

2. Super Salve

This stuff is like gold! If you haven't already gotten some, you'll want it for yourself too! I first discovered Super Salve on a backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon. It's this really thick green, goop, and it's MAGIC! On any backcountry trip, my hands will get super dry and my nails will split. If you're in a dry environment or cold, wet conditions Super Salve will save the day! I also put this on nearly every night before I go to bed, because it's just so awesome!

3. Sawyer Water Filter

This is a great gift for anyone spending time in the backcountry. You can use this in-line with a gravity water filter or you can use it with the .5 Liter pouch and drink directly from the pouch. At around $20 this makes a great stocking stuffer! I will definitely be bringing this on all of my backcountry trips from now on!

4. Darn Tough Socks

We particularly love the Darn Tough socks because they maintain their integrity better than other brands of socks. You can get them tall or short. Around $20 this is another good, affordable gift idea.

5. Petzl REACTIK Headlamp

When I lost my headlamp, I was quick to purchase one of these to replace it. Firstly, it's chargeable with a USB, so you can plug it in to your backcountry charger, so you don't have to carry batteries. It also adjusts depending on what you're looking at. If you're looking at something close, it will get dimmer, or if you look farther away, it will get brighter. I LOVE this! These run at about $80-100. 

6. Black Diamond Pro Shock Trekking Poles

Trekking poles are something that I thought I was too cool for, but as soon as I got a pare, they have since gone on every trip with me. Whether it's hiking, backpacking, or packrafting, I always have my trekking poles! I love the quick-release clips that allow you to adjust the height. I've had mine for over three years and I can't imagine why I'd need to replace them.
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7. MSR Reactor or Windburner Stove

This is something I talk about all the time. If you know someone in the market for a new backcountry stove, this is what I think you should get them. This 1L pot is perfect for two people. We can boil water for dinner and drinks, or breakfast and drinks, and it packs down incredibly small. It's very fuel efficient and boils water super fast. I got mine three years ago and haven't had any issues with it. Don't forget to get them some fuel canisters as well!

8. Skhoop Down Skirt

This one is women's specific, but I didn't want to leave it out. I was recently wearing this on a trip with Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and it got a lot of comments. This is a down skirt from Skhoop. They come in a variety of lengths, from short to full length. I wear mine on backpacking trips and cabin trips. Pair this with wool socks and some rubber boots and you're going to be so happy!

9. MSR Guardian Filter

If you find yourself in the backcountry and you can't find a clean looking water source, you may need a water filter that is more robust. We were on a trip in the Grand Canyon and our only water source was the Colorado river, and if you know anything about the Colorado River, you know it's pretty nasty. This filter did a great job filtering our water from the Colorado River. I understand this technology was originally created for the military and is quite robust. If you have a loved one that is going to be adventuring near limited or questionable water sources, I would highly recommend this water filter.

10. Heather's Choice Meals and Snacks!

Last, but certainly not least, get your loved ones some good food for their backcountry adventures! We have gift options from $5 and up! We have sampler boxes that are already gift wrapped for the holidays, including the breakfast sampler, Packaroon sampler, entree sampler, and, of course, the complete Heather's Choice sampler box!
Tune in this December and we'll discuss 10 gift ideas that you can MAKE for your adventurous loved one! If they already own everything on this list, we'll help you come up with some ideas of fun, edible, and useful craft ideas. 
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  • Great post Heather! I’ll defintely be checking some of these things out! Thanks for the recommendations!

    Jim Richman on

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