2018 Outdoor Gear Holiday Gift Guide

November 23, 2018 Gear Reviews
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For the person who is perpetually planning their next outdoor adventure. Gear we’ll know they’ll love, because we love it too.

We try to publish gift guides when we can, but often times, a gift guide from last year (or several years ago) will still give you some great ideas. 


The PackTowl personal towel

The PackTowl personal towel set includes a bath towel and face towel. Charcoal/abstract lime colour shown. Image from Backcountry.

This handy little item is very versatile and travels well. You can take it into the backcountry and take it when travelling. It packs up small and is highly absorbent. The gift set is cute and comes in a neat outdoor themed pattern.

Apres-Adventure flannel

So the outdoorsy person will usually have lots of technical wear, so why not think outside the box and get them something comfy they can wear post-adventure? There is nothing like slipping off layers after a great day out and getting into some comfortable, dry cotton. Try a flannel shirt from Patagonia. The Fjord flannel shirt for men and the Fjord flannel for women.

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The Fjord flannel shirt in Activist/Navy Blue from Patagonia is available at Backcountry.com. Image from Backcountry.com.

Heated socks

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Lenz Heat 4.0 Socks with Lithium battery pack. Image from evo. 

Here is something they may not even know they wanted. Do you live in a frigid climate like us? It’s so cold here, our ski boots will get so cold we can barely get in and out of them sometimes, and our feet suffer numbing cold. Heated socks make the day much more pleasant. They are the gift that keep on giving.  Try the Lenz Heat 4.0 sock. This is a bit of a splurge at $283 (regular $314), but when buying heated socks, quality is key.

Outdoor Reading

Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales

Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales. This awesome book was hard to put down! Image from REI.com

A great source of inspiration, these books will motivate and entertain. There are so many great outdoor reads out there, but we highly recommend (and read) Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales, Alone Against the North by Adam Shoalts, Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad, No Shortcuts to the top by Ed Viesturs.  Check out REI’s great assortment of outdoor books.

If you know the areas they would like to explore, then consider buying a map or guidebook.

Recycled fleece 

Patagonia Re-Tool Snap T pullover is a classic. Tailored grey nickel colour for women shown. Image from REI.

Patagonia Re-Tool Snap T pullover is a classic. Tailored grey nickel colour for women shown. Image from REI.


The Patagonia Re-Tool Snap T is so cosy and comfortable we live in ours all winter. It’s made of 51% recycled Polartech Thermal pro polyester, so you can feel good about it. The Re-Tool is quite hot so it’s recommended for hanging around camp or home. Great to throw on apres ski! It has pockets, too. The best part is Patagonia has been making these fleece jackets for decades and they came in a wide variety of colours, and they are updated and changed every year. They come in both mens, womens, and kids styles. They retail for $119 but you can usually get them on sale if you’re not too picky about colours.

Merino wool base layer

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Smartwool 250 weight merino wool base layer. Image from REI.

Every year is a great year to give merino wool. One cannot simply tire of the stuff; it’s so versatile and lasts forever. Did you give a merino wool base layer last year? No problem. The outdoor adventurer will love to get another one. There are many weights and styles, so consider the season. Do they need one for summer? By them a more cooler weight t-shirt. If it’s for those really cold winters, a 320 weight will be much appreciated, and a 260 is a great mid layer. They come in crew and mock neck styles with zipper. My favourite is the 200 weight zip mock neck for winter. Our favourites are Icebreaker and Smartwool.

Luzon del Dia daypack

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The Luzon del Dia daypack from Cotopaxi.

We have several of these Luzon del Dia packs already and really like them. They are so versatile and comfortable! Use them for a grocery, coffee run or summit dash. Plus they come in a variety of super bright cheery colours. Available from Cotopaxi for $50. 


Need more ideas? Check out our guide from last year. The gear is still available and awesome this year.