It's crazy but Thanksgiving is upon us, the official start of the holiday season. We're looking forward to spending Thanksgiving in the Trees but in the back of our mind, we know that after we enjoy this amazing meal with friends and family we've got some people on our shopping list to start thinking about.
We did an informal poll here and noticed that our outdoor enthusiast friends and family seem to fit into a few distinct groups, so we made a few "gift bundle ideas" for each. If the outdoor crazed on your list are anything like ours, this ought to spark some ideas.
The Outdoor Wine Enthusiast
Who is the person you know who loves being outside and enjoys a glass of wine? BBQ's, picnics, outdoor cinema, concerts, tailgating, apres ski, camping and even hot tub time are perfect excuses to break out this bundle. Here we have the Wine Tote and some stemware. Throw in their favorite bottle of wine, write a note that says "Let's enjoy this together after the holidays!" and you'll give the best gift of all: laughs with friends.
Need more ideas for this person? We've got you covered - more wine lover gifts here.
The Outdoorsy Coffee Connoisseur
You know that person who NEEDS their cup of coffee each morning? The one who knows that special coffee shop that makes the perfect cortado? Give them their own outdoor coffee shop this holiday season - camping will become infinitely more enjoyable. There are tons of ways to brew coffee in the backcountry but the real treat is the perfect grind while in the woods. The JavaMill is the answer - grab them a bag of their favorite coffee and they can grind coarse or fine, even miles from the trailhead.
More for the Coffee Connoisseur here.
The Backcountry Bartender
A cocktail at the end of a long hike is an amazing treat. Give the person who loves preparing them the proper tools and you're likely to benefit next time you're in camp. We have ample ideas for your favorite cocktail slinger; give a look at the Vortex Blender slushy drinks in the summer with no need for an extension cord. It's pretty cool. We used it this past summer to make margaritas in the Red Rocks parking lot before a show - here's the recipe we used.
GSI Vortex Blender Margarita
1.5 oz. Blanco Tequila
.75 oz orange liqueur (we used Cointreau)
.75 oz lime juice
1 tsp agave nectar
Salt for rimming the glass (optional)
We mix the wet ingredients in a Glacier Stainless DukJug at home before leaving so we don’t have to carry so many bottles. That way when we get to our destination, we can pour it into the Vortex Blender, add some ice, crank and watch the smiles appear on your friends' faces!
Want more backcountry cocktail slinging ideas? Here you go.
Good coffee for the commute, hot lunch mid-day and a water bottle for hydration at your desk - these little things can turn your workday from meh to woohoo! Here are some ideas for your favorite commuter: one of our favorites is the Commuter JavaPress. It's an insulated coffee cup, it's a "mid morning, I should have had another cup" coffee brewer (just add your favorite coffee and hot water) - it's pretty fantastic!
Know anyone who likes to spend days on end in the backcountry, far away from the car with everything they need securely on their back? Yeah, us too. They're some of our favorite folks. Over the years, we've found that even the most die-hard, light-and-fast folks still enjoy an amazing camp meal. Help them go to sleep satisfied on their next adventure. Some cookware, a nice stove and some eating utensils and this person will be raring to go.