8 Sensible Gift Ideas For Outdoor Enthusiasts

Here are some practical gift ideas that your family can use the next time they go looking for a Christmas tree and get trapped in the snow for three days. Unlike too many of the “gift lists” the media spits out each December, these are fairly affordable items—most of them are priced between $20-$40. Or if you’re really on a budget, you can go for the $4 gift and give your loved one a Spork XM, made from a “durable polycarbonate that brings its weight down to a half-ounce.”

A couple of our favorites:

Adventure Medical Kits S.O.L. Survival Pak — Made for wilderness survival in a time of emergency, so pray your friend or family member never employs this gift. The S.O.L. Pak puts several survival items in an ultralight waterproof bag. The 4.6-ounce kit includes a mirror, whistle, matches, tinder, space blanket, bilingual survival and first-aid instructions, fishing kit, duct tape and compass. $25

Big Agnes Mountain booties — Technical slippers are a reality. If you’ve ever winter camped, you know the pain of cold feet in a tent or snow cave. These PrimaLoft-insulated booties have an ankle drawstring to cinch securely on your feet. They pack down small to become all but unnoticeable in a pack. $40

“The Gear Junkie: Still shopping? Here are eight affordable ideas” [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]

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  1. cabinaero says:

    I have that spork! It’s fantastic but you really need two of them if you plan on using the knife portion

  2. shadowsurfr1 says:

    I can’t vouch for the audio quality on the 180’s but their design is really nice and they certainly do the job of keeping your ears warm. I use mine all the time, as I’m a commuter to my college (in the northeast) so that means a lot of walking around in cold / snowy weather. I’d recommend those, personally.

  3. bbbici says:

    Except that the polycarbonate may give you cancer.

  4. girly says:

    I got that credit card survival tool mentioned on lifehacker for 9 bucks shipped from an amazon merchant