Christmas has crept up on us this year with all the shine seemingly sucked out by Covid. Let’s start planning adventures and travels for 2021, when, hopefully, we’ll be back out there doing what we love. For those of you needing inspiration for your loved ones, take a look at our pick of the best gifts out there for outdoor families.
1. Camera trap for kids – £59.99 from Victure
We first used this camera trap on the elephant conservation project we volunteered on in Sri Lanka. My girl has been asking for one ever since. Want to capture wildlife in your garden or in your local forest? Boom. This is it. An insane piece of kit at an entry level price. Waterproof, with 1080P HD videos & 20MP res for images, plus a wide range night vision, this present is guaranteed to excite every outdoor kid out there.
2. Spot 350 head lamp – £40 from Black Diamond
The perfect stocking filler for any outdoors adventurer, kids included. This Black Diamond head lamp is downright exceptional. We should know – we’ve put it through it’s paces for the last 6 months. Whether you’re planning post Covid to bothy in the Highlands, bed down in high mountain huts on the TMB or slog across the wilderness of Iceland then this award winning head torch will meet all your needs. Fully waterproof & boasting 350 lumens of light, it’s compact construction is ideal for kids, trail runners, climbers or any outdoors adventurer.
3. No 7 Outdoor Junior Knife – £15 from Opinel
Perfect for older kids’ stockings, this round tipped Outdoor Junior Knife from legendary brand Opinel includes a built in whistle and comes in a variety of cool colours. With a durable, waterproof handle this knife can handle any outdoor activity. Guaranteed to be cherished by any adventure loving kid.
4. Juniper Waterbottle – £24.95 from Tentree
No-body drinks from a plastic bottle anymore. Please never. With so many awesome water bottles on the market, there’s just no need. Our favourite is Tentree water bottles who plant 10 trees for every product bought. We love this silver birch look alike design. Perfect for, well anyone.
5. Walking Socks £16.99 by 1000 mile socks
Whether you’re cooking up an epic multi- day hike far flung in Iceland or Peru, keeping it real closer to home, or just want to keep out the cold walking the dog, these anti-blister 1000 mile socks are guaranteed to keep your toes cosy and warm this winter. With a double layer, these socks are the excellent for preventing blisters. We’ve been happily using them to protect our tootsies for the last few years.
6. Torres Merino Wool Top – £49.95 by Keela
Throw on one of these super warm, snug merino wool tops and you’ll be toasty whether you’re battling the elements, hitting the ski slopes or cosying up next to the fire. Incredibly comfy, these tops come in the gorgeous colours of olive or berry.
7. Tough Women Adventure Stories: Stories of Grit, Courage and Determination by Jenny Tough – £9.99 by Summerdale Publishing
If you need a helping hand in the inspiration stakes, the incredible stories of these badass women who all possess an unwavering determination will definitely buck up your spirits to make dreams become reality. It’s a great read. Perfect as a stocking filler particularly for impressionable teenage girls – our future female explorers. Show them adventure can be done by anyone, including them.
8. Sopris 30 ski & snowboard pack – £120 by Osprey
Finally a back country snow pack built to last! As always Osprey pull out all the stops to provide an incredibly practical backpack with all the ingenious touches that make this company top of it’s game. Paired with it’s infinity guarantee and green credentials Osprey is untouchable in it’s playing field. Perfect for ski tourers or split boarders. The Sopris is built for women. If you’re shopping for him check out their mens equivalent – the Soelden pack.
9. Hasri Pullover £70 by Sherpa
We love winter for cosy woollen sweaters. Sherpa’s Nasri pullover is perfect for wintery days with it’s gorgeous jacquard pattern inspired by the rich tapestry of Bhutan. Nasri, a common girls name in Nepal, means ‘always joyful’. Sales of Sherpa products help provide resources and education for children in Nepal, in fact, every item you buy, provides a day at school. Shop with Sherpa to feel good.
10. Radiate Heat Mat – £50 by Vango
Camping just got better. Vango’s heat mat pad is designed to warm up your sleeping bag before wriggling in. Yep you heard me. This power bank operated heat pad is guaranteed to become your new favourite camping essential. Perfect for shoulder season campers, camping in colder climes or to lure non-campers to join the tent brigade.
11. Stingray Tent tree – £699 by Tentsile
This is a heavy weight present for all the family to enjoy. The Stingray tent from Tentsile, designed for 2 adults and 2 children, is guaranteed to bring a whole new way of life to outdoor lovers. This spaceship style tree tent is epic and ground breaking in every way. Featuring in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, it has won multiple awards for its design and practicality.
The Stingray is perfect for families looking for a new adventure.
12. Wild Underwear – £32 by Picture
Treat your man to a pair of these cool wild boxers. Give yourself eco points too for these comfy under garments are made with recycled polyester. Picture are a truly inspiring company with far reaching green ethics. A certified B corp company, they’ve been awarded the highest allocade in business for making their environmental & social impact integral to everything they do – they even have their own plastic recycling machine. Yep, these guys are setting the standard high & forging the path for the new industry norm. Be a part of it.