It’s not too late to get some last-minute gifts shipped for folks on your list who enjoy the great outdoors, but want to do it in style. Glamorous camping is made easy with these finds.
Helinox HDB Collection: These compact, stylish chairs ($129) and tables ($174) each fold down into canvas totes that are not much bigger than a loaf of bread – meaning that urban dwellers can easily stow them under a bed or in a closet then pull them out for impromptu park picnics, as well as being a stylish addition to your glamping set up.
VSSL G45 Coffee Grinder: Whether your preferred method is pour-over, French press or percolator, there’s no denying that freshly ground beans augment the experience. This durable portable grinder has 50 different settings – something for every coffee snob – and will hold up to 50 grams of coffee. Made with aircraft-grade aluminum and stainless steel, it’s pretty dense, weighing a solid 21 ounces—which makes it perfect for car-camping or a particularly java-devoted backpacker. ($220) A smaller version ($160) holds less ground coffee but weighs about half as much.
Nocs binoculars ($95): Birdwatching has never looked so cute as with these colorful, high-quality binoculars. A range of colors will coordinate with every look, while the top-shelf optics and easy focusing mean this accessory isn’t just pretty. Add the smartphone photorig ($35) to zoom in on wildlife for perfect pix.
Snacks: Stuff their stockings with fancy portable snacks. I’m obsessed with Irvin’s Salted Egg Salmon Skin ($29.99 for six 1.8-ounce bags). Sustainably sourced with upcycled skins, these crunchy, umami-laden gems are also packed with protein and omega-3’s. For something that can go from breakfast toast to evening cheese board, grab a couple jars of Pear Cardamom Preserves ($10) from small-batch purveyor Root and Spoon, which uses locally sourced produce to create tasty jams.
Drinks: Canned wine has improved by leaps and bounds lately. For those who want booze, grab stylish D’Juce – top European wines in travel-friendly, social-media-ready cans ($11 each). The wine is small production and the labels are designed by an international slate of provocative artists. Skipping the alcohol? Grab Oddbird’s festive Blanc de Blancs ($6.99) or rosé sparkler – juicy and dry, it compliments any dish, or just hanging by the fire.
Death & Co. Picnic Blanket: Evoke the eternally cool ambience of one of the best bars in the world with this a thick cotton picnic blanket decorated with the bar’s signature Phantom Floral pattern ($70). It’s cozy enough to use as a wrap when it’s chilly, or spread it out for seating for two. Pair with their custom-designed James Brand multitool and picnic knife ($99), and a Death & Co. tote ($35) for a complete gift.
Thermopen One ($109): Avoid the guesswork (and undercooked chicken) with this thermometer, which gives a reading in just one second. Compact and rugged, it has an automatic backlight so you can read the temperature easily even after the sun goes down.
Matador Pocket Blanket($35): It’s amazing how much thought has gone into this palm-sized package. Tiny stakes will secure the corners to the ground – or use the pockets that you can fill with sand at the beach. The storage bag is attached – and stitching on the blanket actually shows you how to fold it to fit back in the attached storage bag. I am not great at folding maps, but even I can fit this blanket back into its pocket every time.
MIVA Recovery water bottle
($49): Stay with me here – I didn’t know I needed a combo water bottle and foam roller until I actually had one. The tough, rubbery textured exterior is intended to mimic human hands – plus keeps your water cold. So you can hydrated then roll out tight muscles after a long hike. Plus it’s cute. The only downside is it doesn’t fit in a standard water-bottle pocket on a backpack. But your lats will feel fantastic.
Puffer Hug 418 Scarf ($68.88): Okay, so this one also seems a little odd at first – which is what makes it the perfect gift. You can be certain that your hard-to-buy-for friend doesn’t have this snug scarf-insulated vest combo. Wrap it around your neck as a scarf, or snap it into a vest. The pockets are deep and cozy, lined with fleece. And if you’ve got a friend who is obsessed with their dog, you can get them matching. Feel good too, knowing that the company donates 15 percent of sales to children’s mental health programs nationwide.
published 2023-12-16 23:19:19