7 Christmas Gifts We'd Be Stoked To Open
It's crunch time, and finding a thoughtful gift can be tough. From the practical and useful, to the fun and quirky, to the odd gift that ends up being something they're not quite sure how they lived without - we have it. We're headed into our favorite week of the year at our shop. These are just a few of the gifts that catch folks by surprise.
#1. Water Bottle + Dog Water Dish, All In One
Someone's a genius. And they're from PupCup. Whether you're taking a long stroll around town with your furry friend, or hitting the trail for a good long hike, you should have one of these. Sharing is caring. If you have water - they have water. Guaranteed forever. BPA and latex free. Made in the U.S.A.
#2. The Best Bug Net We've Ever found
Okay, we know what you're thinking - who ever opened up a bug net and yelled, "Oh yes - finally! It's everything I've ever wanted!" - but hear us out. If you have a serious gardener, hunter or hiker in your life, we promise they'll love this thing. Tested and approved by "Bucky", the hardest working 82-year-old gardener and wood-splitter you'll ever encounter. And also really hard on bug nets. Not this one.
#3. Easy Tick Removal
Ticks are gross, there's no other way to say it. And there seems to be a lot of them these days. We've carried the Tick Key for years, and have removed dozens from our dogs using it over that time. Fits conveniently on your key chain and worth its weight in gold should you need it. Yes, it removes them from humans as well.
#4. Maps. Maps. And More Maps.
Maps are the most basic tool for inspiring a new adventure. Every time I get a new one, I'm sucked in for days, weeks, or even months. Complete with hiking, biking, ATV, snowmobile and equestrian trails; noting boat launches, campgrounds, trail shelters and a bunch of other points of interest; all on super durable weatherproof, tear-resistant paper. We have 500,000 acres of public land in our backyard, and winter is for planning.
#5. For That Kid (or Kid-at-Heart) That Is Literally "Climbing The Wall"
On to the fun and quirky. Winter can feel long. Whether it's for a little monkey in the family, or you're ready to add to the bouldering wall in the garage, a fresh set of climbing holds can help shake off the winter rust.
#6. An incredible adventure shoe.
Seven years ago I was on an early morning adventure, creeping around the banks of the Allegheny River, trying to get the perfect snap of early morning fog lifting. One fateful step later I was knee-deep in silt, and I'd spend the next hour trying to figure out how to remove my shoe that'd been sucked off my foot two feet below the waters surface. That's when I found the Boundary shoe. Waterproof, warm and comfy, with a serious grip. We use 'em outside around the house, fishing, kayaking, short hikes and walks, and they've been through seven river clean-ups. That alone is a serious testament to their durability.
#7. Lightweight, Cozy, Comfort.
You almost want to call it a wearable sleeping bag, but it's so lightweight it's more of a tech blanket. Either way you look at it, the Honcho Poncho by Therm-A-Rest is an incredibly comfy luxury item. Wear it around the campfire in the backyard, throw it on at a football game, stay warm in your deer stand, or unsnap it to snuggle on the couch - we've done all four. That odd gift that ends up being something they're not quite sure how they lived without that we mentioned earlier - this is it.