Alright, so maybe we’re a challenging type of person to shop for around the holidays. We’ll be the first to admit it.
We know what we like to wear on the trails, have broken in multiple pairs of our go-to hiking boots, can be picky with food, have mastered the art of fitting everything perfectly into our day packs, and tend to get a little vocal when it comes to the “pole or no pole” debate.
So, what do you buy for the hiker in your life who seems to already have it all?
I’m here to help, my friends. Here’s a quick ‘n dirty list of some unique ideas that you may not have thought of…
1) Enamel Camping Mug
Photo cred: Emalco.com
Even if your hiker pal already has one, you can never have TOO many mugs, right? Plus, it’s nice to change it up a little. So, why not support a local artist like Black Coffee or get a mountain themed one they’ll definitely dig?
OR, if you’re a crafty little rascal, make it EXTRA personal by designing your own! You can do this with a company like VistaPrint, although buying in bulk may be your only option.
Bonus points are rewarded if you add in a carabiner for clipping the mug somewhere handy for easy access!
2) Waterproof Lighter
Photo cred: Pinterest
A friend of mine gifted me one of these bad boys last Christmas and it’s been in my pack since then. Here’s a list of the best ones on the market to check out for inspiration!
3) Subscription to Backpacker Magazine
Photo cred: Fontmeme.com
It doesn’t have to be Backpacker Magazine. It can be any outdoor, lifestyle or fitness magazine! This is the gift that keeps giving and your pal will think of you each time it comes in the mail.
4) Rent a Yurt
Photo cred: Mary Anne snagged this one!
If your budget is a little higher than the stuff listed above, then splurge and rent a yurt! SO FUN! If you’re like us HikeAdditcts, you prefer glamping over camping any day. This is a fantastic alternative to sleeping on the cold, hard ground while also feeling like you’re one with nature. Ommm.
We’ve stayed at some pretty beautiful spots over the years but I have to say that one of my all time favorites was a yurt in Vermont with this super adorable and accommodating family. It may not look like much from the outside, but the inside was like a magical fairy tail with tiny white Christmas lights galore!
5) Jack&Joel “Gatineau Park” Soap
Photo cred: JackAndJoel.com
Jack&Joel is an Ottawa soap company and you know how much we LOVE supporting local! They have a wonderful line of soaps, bath salts and shaving products that will leave you smelling like nature-y dream.
6) Mountain Jewelry
Photo cred: MMackenzieJones Etsy
We are huge fans of these mountain necklaces made by Mackenzie Jones Designs Inc from Calgary. From the Three Sisters Mountain to Mount Rundle, the mountains will never be too far from your heart. Check out her Etsy store here!
And, if you don’t like any of these ideas or are still feeling unsure, you really can’t go wrong with a gift card for MEC, Trialhead, Cabela’s, Bushtukah, Ice Breaker, Eddie Bauer or any other sporting stores in Ottawa.