Holiday Gift Ideas for Travel and Outdoor Lovers, Part 1

All the leaves have fallen and the air is frosty – and you know what that means…the holidays will be here before we know it. Once again, The Adventure Post crew has compiled a Gift Guide to jumpstart your shopping.

From high-tech gadgets to warm, comfy clothes, we’ve sifted through a sleigh full of ideas to highlight some of the best gifts for adventure travelers and outdoor lovers. We hope you find the perfect things for friends and family – and drop us a comment if you discover other great gift ideas that we can share!

And, it doesn’t stop here: Don’t miss Part 2 of our holiday gift ideas, running Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.

Olloclip – 3-in-1 Lens

Have an iPhone junkie on your shopping list? Olloclip’s palm-sized, 3-in-1 lens system should help feed the addiction. It packs a lot of punch with three lens options: macro for 10-times magnification, fisheye for 180-degree field of view, and wide angle for extra field of view (about double the normal iPhone). It works with all your apps and easily slips on and off the iPhone’s camera lens. Comes with a microfiber carry case that doubles as a lens cleaner. Retail price: $70

Keen – Howser Slip-on Shoe

The Howser slip-on shoe from Keen has us telling Old Man Winter, “Bring it on!” Described as a sleeping bag for your feet, the bunched and quilted nylon fabric upper is accented nicely with stitching details, is water-resistant and boasts a slim silhouette. We can just imagine the lush feel of the microfleece liner once it’s slipped on. The outsole is a natural rubber compound and the insole is cushy memory foam that molds to your feet. Get a pair for the whole family: men’s, women’s and kid’s sizing available in oodles of colors. Retail price: $60/adult; $45/kids

Sierra Designs – Gnar Lite Jacket with DriDown

Water-repellent down has made nature’s best insulator even better. Thanks to 800-fill DriDown, Sierra Designs Gnar Lite jacket will continue to keep you warm even if it’s soaked with moisture. DriDown stays dry seven-times longer and dries 33 percent faster than traditional down. Plus, the jacket has a storm flap behind the zipper and a DWR finish to repel moisture. Weighing just 9.5 ounces, the Gnar has two zippered hand pockets, two interior open pockets and one interior zippered pocket. Available in men’s and women’s styles. Retail price: $229

Sea Bags - Star Tote

Sea Bags x Woolrich - Harvest Tote

Sea Bags – Totes

Sea Bags is breathing new life into retired sails by turning them into handcrafted items including totes, specialty bags, wine bags and assorted accessories. The recycled sails are collected from sailing communities around the world and repurposed on Portland’s working waterfront in Maine. Many of the tote styles are available in small, medium and large sizes with hand-spliced rope handles. Sea Bags has also partnered with Woolrich on a limited edition line (large tote, iPad case and travel/shave kit) that blends hand-selected wool scraps from its woolen mill with the recycled sails. Retail prices: Star tote – $105/small, $130/medium, $150/large; Woolrich Harvest tote – $225

Snow Peak – Mini Hozuki Lantern

Not too bright, not too faint. When we’re reading or relaxing in a tent, we want lighting that’s just right. Snow Peak’s Mini Hozuki LED lantern offers three brightness settings, plus a dimmer, so you can dial up the exact light level you prefer. If you’re in a romantic mood, you can even set the light to flicker like a candle, and a rubber lantern shade softens the glow. Running on three AAA batteries, the lantern measures about 2 inches by 2 inches and weighs just 3.1 ounces, so its light enough to take on the trail. Retail price: $40

ENO – Double Nest Deluxe Hammock

Hammock camping continues to become more popular, and the DoubleNest Deluxe is a top seller for ENO, one of the leading hammock companies. This is ENO’s most spacious hammock, providing enough room for two people to relax comfortably. It measures 9 feet, 4 inches by 8 feet, 4 inches, and weighs 28 ounces. The hammock is constructed of lightweight nylon that has triple-stitched seams and can hold up to 400 pounds. A stuff sack is included. Retail price: $80

Klean Kanteen – Steel Pint 4-Pack

Admittedly, we love the classic Red Solo cup but feel guilty when we toss it in the trash. Stop the waste and embrace the steel with Klean Kanteen’s 16-ounce steel pint cups. Don’t think of it exclusively as a party-beverage receptacle, but as a multi-use cup for a variety of liquids (water, juice, smoothies, sodas, etc.) and any occasion: camping, concerts, BBQs, beach trips, picnics, kids’ birthday parties and chillin’ at home. Along with being highly versatile, they’re durable, dishwasher safe, stackable, BPA-free and don’t retain flavors. Retail price: $38/4-pack; $10/single cup

REI – Variegated Scarf

For a little extra warmth and a dash of style, you can’t beat a scarf. We’ve lost track of how often one has come in handy and made sure to pack at least two on our recent fall travels to Switzerland. The Variegated knit scarf from REI lives up to its name exhibiting different colors in irregular streaks along its 6-foot-plus length (we love ‘em long!). It’s a blend of acrylic, wool and polyester and has a soft hand that never makes our necks itchy. Available in navy and sesame colors. Retail price: $36.50

Ortovox – 3+ Transceiver

Last winter was one of the deadliest U.S. avalanche seasons in a decade, so safety gear should be on the wishlist for backcountry travelers. The Ortovox 3+ transceiver has three antennae and automatically switches to the optimal antenna, so you can locate victims quickly. The circular display makes it easy to see the distance and direction to a victim, and it shows whether you’re staying on track to reach the burial spot. Plus, you can identify multiple people who are buried. Retail price: $349

Redington – Topo Outfit

Perfect for someone who’d like to start fly-fishing, this affordable kit from Redington includes everything you need to hit the water, including a 9-foot, 5-weight fly rod that breaks into four pieces for backpacking. There’s also a Crosswater reel spooled with fly line, a tapered leader, an extra spool of tippet, plus nippers, a fly box with six dry flies and a rod case. The kit includes a how-to guide with instructions on casting, reading a stream and tying knots. Retail price: $200

Vapur – Quenchers Water Bottle for Kids

A gift that can make the whole family happy: Vapur’s Quenchers foldable water bottles for kids that come in four customizable quirky characters – Bo, Lolli, Fuse and Splash. Each “do-it-yourself” bottle allows kids to personalize their Quencher with three included sticker sheets of facial expressions and add-ons. With an attached carabineer, the bottles are reusable, dishwasher safe, freezable and BPA-free. Vapur has also created an interactive website that includes a gallery of designs, character bios, wallpapers and coloring pages available for download. Retail price: $12

And don’t forget the Stocking Stuffers!

Clif Bar – Luna Soft-baked Fruit-filled Bars

Ever since we first tried the new Luna soft-baked bars filled with fruity goodness from Clif Bar, they’ve become a go-to snack that’s too good not to share. Flavor combos include: chocolate/raspberry, vanilla/blueberry and peanut butter/strawberry (yum!). Just 110 calories per bar with hunger-curbing fiber and boosted by a “core 4” combo of calcium, iron, folic acid and vitamin D. Slip a bar in everyone’s stocking to help jumpstart a New Year’s resolution to eat right. Retail price: $6/box (6 bars)

MSR – LED Tent Light

No more fumbling to rig a light in your tent. This LED light from MSR is made with magnets, so you can attach it to the tent fabric, slide it around and direct light to any area. There’s a white light version for reading as well as a red light version to preserve your night vision. Delivering six lumens, the tent light has high, low and strobe settings, and lasts 10 hours on the high setting and 22 hours on low. The light is powered by lithium batteries (included) and weighs only 1.75 ounces. Retail price: $15

Need more ideas? Don’t miss Part 2 of our special holiday gift ideas for travel and outdoor lovers on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.

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