It’s the eternal holiday dilemma: you want to get great gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your life, but you can’t afford much beyond homemade cookies and a trail map. Fear not my friend, our annual Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide has got you covered with a list of prime gear gifts. Each rings in at $40 or less, and is guaranteed to stoke some serious holiday spirit.
Stanley Adventure Vacuum Food Jars
The Stanley Adventure Vacuum Food Jars ensure pure taste and the perfect temperature, anywhere your adventure leads. Vacuum Insulation locks in temperature from five to eighteen hours (depending upon size), so their food will still be piping hot once they finally arrive at their destination. A wide mouth opening makes for easy eating straight from the flask. The leak-proof cap prevents spilling, and because it’s Stanley, you get the added bonus of the rock solid lifetime warranty.
Stanley-PMI.com; MSRP $20 – $30
The Orange Screw is an innovative and easy to use ground anchor made of 100% recycled materials and manufactured in the U.S.A. Orange Screws are lightweight, rust proof and nearly indestructible. The clear drive tool stores on the screw when not in use and slips into the top eyelet to form a T-grip for increased leverage in difficult soils. This is one clever gift that will has more uses than you can shake a stick at.
Orangescrew.com; MSRP $22 per 4pack
Liberty Water Bottles
Totally free of BPA and BPS, Liberty Bottles come in a vast array of colors, designs and sizes. But there’s more to these bottles than just fun artistic renderings. Liberty Bottleworks is the ONLY American made bottles that are 100% recyclable. Each bottle is designed with a tapered neck for a gloriously smooth pour that mimics the pour of a wine bottle. Plus, the wide-mouth opening makes them easy to fill with ice and water. For the trail junkie on your list, you can even pick up a Navi-Cap with built in compass. Did we mention the 24oz size was virtually born for Christmas stockings?
Libertybottles.com; MSRP $20-26
Feetures! Elite Merino+
If you’ve got a runner on your Christmas list there’s one truth that you need to know: The right pair of socks will make them love their runs even more. Enter Feetures! the socks designed for runners – by runners. Their Elite Merino+ socks combine the brand’s Elite technology with a unique blend of super fine Merino wool and silky soft rayon from bamboo to provide truly unsurpassed comfort.
feeturesrunning.com; MSRP $15.99 to $16.99
A bottle of TINCUP Whiskey might just be the definitive stocking stuffer for the mountain man on your list. TINCUP is a blend of two great American whiskeys, each aged in #3 charred oak barrels. “High rye” bourbon, distilled and aged in Indiana, is blended with a small amount of Colorado single malt whiskey. These whiskeys are then cut with Rocky Mountain water. The final result is a dynamic and smooth whiskey flavor that serves as the perfect reward for long days on the mountain.
tincupwhiskey.com; MSRP: $25
IO Merino Aztech Merino Beanie
Fact: You can never go wrong with a quality beanie to keep noggins warm when the mercury drops. And if you’re going to give the gift of a beanie, then you might as well make sure it’s one of the best options available. Made from 100% superfine Australian Merino, the Aztech Reversible Merino Beanie is the one they’ll wish they could wear year round. Super warm, lightweight and soft beyond belief, this beanie sets the standard for winter warmth.
iomerino.com; MSRP: $35
PackTowl Gift Set
Setting up a stationary camp doesn’t mean that your camping adventures will be static. From paddle boarding to swimming, and freshening up at the camp shower, you’re going to need a towel. Made out of a microfiber fabric, the PackTowls from Cascade Designs are soft, highly absorbent, and include a mesh stuff sack for compact packing that will let your towel breathe when it’s packed away. How good are they? The Original Pack Towl absorbs 10 times its weight in water. That’s a lot. Sorry bulky old cotton towels, your time has come and gone.
packtowl.com; MSRP $15-35