By Christopher J. Shaffer
Holiday gift buying is tough enough, but if you’ve ever tried choosing something for an outdoor person, it gets even harder. We are known to be picky and opinionated. So in the interest of making your holidays easier, the staff at your favorite outdoor retailer thought we’d tell you what we want this year.
Gear Aid: Tenacious Tape
These patches can do it all. Tenacious Tape works well on technical fabrics, nylons, canvas, and mesh as well as neoprene, rubber and vinyl. This ultra-strong repair tape has maximum strength adhesive with ‘clean adhesive’ technology which will not leave a sticky residue if removed within 72 hours. They are available in various size packages priced from $3.00 to $8.00.
Pocket Monkey and Hedgehog Wallet Comb
Both of these are inexpensive gifts that every outdoor person will love. The Pocket Monkey has a tool for every purpose; it’s a bottle opener, screwdriver, hex wrench, and more. The Hedgehog Wallet comb is exactly that — a comb. Another plus, each item is sized to fit in your wallet. A perfect gift for anyone on your shopping list this season, priced at $14.00 each.
Opinel Knives #6-9
These are great knives for the outdoor enthusiast. Compliment this knife with the case and you have a great every day carry. Depending on the size you choose, they range in price from $11.95 to $14.49.
Rite in the Rain Notebooks and Pens
These are excellent items when the need for journaling and taking field notes arises, as they withstand moisture. Great for any outdoor enthusiast, the waterproof notebooks and pens ensure your notes survive the rigors of the field regardless of the conditions. You can choose from an assortment of items that range in price from $4.00 to $34.00.
Buffs are a very comfortable and practical clothing accessory. Multifunctional headwear, they can be used as a headband, face covering, or a neck scarf. With a variety of styles and colors, you can match every outfit while you protect your neck from the biting wind and snow. Prices range from $15.00 to $50.00.
Sea to Summit Aeros Ultra Light Pillow
This lightweight travel pillow is the perfect traveling companion. Very small and super easy to inflate, it’s really comfortable and great for the adventurer. Priced at $39.95, any recipient of this gift will really appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
One of the few lines of headlamps I have found that can hold up to an adventurous lifestyle, this is a great headlamp for a great price. It is waterproof, has red and green lights for night vision, and lockout features. It’s fully dimmable with a power output at 250 lumens and is priced at $49.95.
Cozy Plush Stuffed Elephant
This stuffed animal is so cute it will make anyone smile. But it also has a hidden secret — it can be warmed up in the microwave for the perfect cuddle buddy. Priced at $24.99 it’s sure to be a hit with campers on a chilly night or anyone who likes to spend time outdoors.
Stanley Drinking Sets
Made of stainless steel, these are great for use at home or camping with friends. Choose from different sizes of containers and cups with prices ranging from $30.00 to $75.00.
Salsa 30 Down Sleeping Bag
Designed with stretch stitching, to add room at the elbows and knees for those of us who sleep on our sides, the Salsa 3-season is what every outdoor person wants to find under the tree this year. The price is $219.95.
Crescent Moon Eva All-Foam Snowshoe
Completely new this year, these snowshoes are designed to make the sport more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. With more rocker from front to back and less weight, these snowshoes are sure to please even the pickiest of outdoor people and get them out of the house a little more this winter. They are $159.95 a pair.
Osprey Manta AG and Mira AG Hydration Packs
Loaded with features, this pack is sure to please. Whether you want to take it on long day hikes, or stuff it with everything you need for your next bike-packing adventure, this pack will make your journey easier. With three sizes for men and women, it will fit anyone’s needs. Depending on the size and features, prices range from $155.00 to $175.00.
Dagger Axis Kayak
Just looking at this kayak makes me want to hit the water. It’s the perfect kayak for Ohio’s lakes and rivers. Being a bigger guy, I am asking for the 12-foot size and looking forward to using the extra volume in the bow to punch through roller waves on the lakes and big standing waves on the rivers. If your loved one has a goal of paddling all of Ohio’s water trails, this is the place to get them started. The Axis provides excellent tracking from a height-adjustable drop skeg that keeps it moving straight. Defined chines add maneuverability, and the Axis can accommodate a sprayskirt and thigh braces for more challenging environments. The 10.5-foot model is ideal for relaxing day trips on the lake, but can also take the challenge of a running river and is unmatched in its class. Prices are $809.00 and $909.00 depending on the size you choose.
All of these items are available at Appalachian Outfitters where you can see what’s new for the outdoor enthusiasts on your gift list or add to your own wish list. Stores are located at 60 Kendall Park Road in Peninsula, Ohio and at Ohio Station Outlets in Lodi, Ohio. You can also find great gift ideas on their website at www.appalachianoutfitters.com. Here’s hoping everyone receives the gifts they want to make all your outdoor activities fun in the coming year.
Holiday Gift Guide for the Outdoor Person