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Gifts for liberal, active, outdoor peeps?
May 16, 2014 1:50 PM   Subscribe

I want to get birthday gifts for two liberal, active outdoor people. Ideas? Hoping for real objects to give under $50.

One used to be/is still into the punk scene, is a musician, vegetarian, hiker and bicycler. Other is into scuba diving and hiking, training for fire/EMT.

If you can throw me some ideas of things they might appreciate, I'd appreciate it. Neither have immediate equipment lacks that jump to my mind, so things that might not be on everyone's radar, but are awesome to have once you know, would be on target.

Examples that would be good gifts (but alas, are covered) might be a good multitool or camelbak. I'm hoping for something practical, but I'd be open to giving art (music? etc.) of some kind that was awesome.
posted by jsturgill to Shopping (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Maybe a gift certificate to somewhere for some kind of experience? I'm thinking kayak rental, guided rock climbing day trip, meal at a great vegetarian restaurant, some kind of class.
posted by geegollygosh at 2:08 PM on May 16


A candle lantern is awesome to have once you know about them.
posted by gyusan at 2:10 PM on May 16


Oh, just load up the Tom Bihn accessories page, close your eyes and point at the screen. Pick whatever you landed on. Personally, I would love a packing cube shoulder bag or backpack - pack your clothes inside for when you are en route, then empty it out and use it as a daypack.
posted by payoto at 2:19 PM on May 16 [1 favorite]


A season pass to federal or their state parks.
posted by headnsouth at 2:22 PM on May 16 [1 favorite]


I really like this chair from REI, conveniently on sale this week for $49.99. I've only taken it on a one night backpacking trip but would probably take it more often if my husband wouldn't make fun of me.

If you have a lot of time for shipping, maybe an extremely bright headlamp.

This energy bar cookbook is on my wishlist but I haven't actually tried it yet: Power Hungry.

My friend has one of these lights and it was really good for lighting up dinner while camping.
posted by carolr at 2:24 PM on May 16


Waterproof smartphone case (if they have smartphones).
Good headlamp (I like Zebra Lights).
posted by adamrice at 2:31 PM on May 16


Get 'em hammocks! You can get a decent, lightweight (for hiking, packing, etc) hammock for under or around $50.
posted by carsonb at 2:54 PM on May 16 [1 favorite]


My brother has a lightweight packing hammock and it's awesome. I also use my headlamp ALL the time... Planes, reading in bed, fixing the kitchen sink, and camping....

Gift basket of goodies from Trader Joes... Dried fruit, nuts, candy etc.
posted by jrobin276 at 3:25 PM on May 16


Waterproof smartphone case

I got one of these for kayaking and it's great, truly great. Good headlamps, nice LED ones are also great.
posted by jessamyn at 5:48 PM on May 16


Titanium spork. There are others that are even more sporklike. Plus, you get to say "titanium spork."
posted by selfmedicating at 6:28 PM on May 16


These lightweight, inflatable, waterproof "sit pads" or "trail seats" allow you to have a comfy seat anywhere you happen to be hiking...great in the rain, wet grass or muddy conditions, dusty dirt, even on snow. I would never have bought one for myself, thinking them an unnecessary luxury, but I received one as a gift and now take it along everywhere! They pack really small, are quick to deploy or fold up when you're done and actually really help you keep warm and less sore which I find important out in the wild.
posted by dahliachewswell at 8:20 PM on May 16


Not just a hammock but ties, too. I have ones like these (maybe not that exact model) and love them.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:51 AM on May 17


Just a note of caution, a lot of people I know who are outdoor/athletic types have pretty specific ideas about what gear they are interested in. They would be stoked about recieving gear that was within those parameters but it can sometimes be difficult for others to know what those parameters are. So, ask yourselves if that sounds like it might be these people and include a gift recipe.

(Advice from a liberal, hiker, biker, and EMT.)
posted by rip at 10:04 AM on May 17


As a liberal, active outdoor person myself, I would second any kind of headlamp. I got one as a gift a few years ago and it's one of the most useful things I own.

Maybe a gift certificate to EMS or REI so they can pick what they want?

And I don't really have a need for this wood burning charger, but it's one of the coolest gadgets around if you find yourself off the grid for a few days.
posted by freakazoid at 2:48 PM on May 17


Thanks everyone. Some nice ideas. It helped.
posted by jsturgill at 9:44 AM on May 19


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