5 Gifts for the Outdoor Wild Card

Ideas & Advice
5 Gifts for the Outdoor Wild Card

Everyone knows that one of the best things about doing stuff in the outdoors is the post-[insert activity here] libation. You can bet that the climber, hiker, skier, or even recreational car camper you’re shopping for this holiday season looks forward to their end-of-day/campfire beverage as much as (if not more than) the actual activity in which they’ve chosen to partake (assuming they are at least 21, of course). Help them fully enjoy every aspect of their outdoor lifestyle with one of these great gifts:

Be Prepared

You don’t embark on a backpacking or climbing trip without at least glancing at a guide book first, and the drinker in your life shouldn’t have to explore the beer world unaided, either. Complete with pub crawl maps, beer profiles, and information on must-visit bars and beer events throughout New England, Norman Miller’s Beer Lover’s New England is perhaps the greatest guide book of all time.

Sit Pretty

When Alite Designs came out with the Monarch chair a few years ago, I thought it was the greatest compact camp chair to ever grace our company with its presence. The only drawback was that its rocking-chair-esque design required a great deal of balance…which is often the first thing to go when you’re spending the night around a campfire, if you know what I mean. But now, Alite has also introduced the Mayfly to its line of awesome camp furniture. You can spend the early part of your evening rocking your little heart out–just be careful not to spill your drink!–and when things start to get a bit fuzzy, you can simply flip the front leg down and keep on keeping on.


Bottoms Up

There are a lot of places–like most parks, campgrounds, and beaches–to play outdoors that don’t allow you to bring in glass containers. I wholeheartedly support this policy, but as a very picky beer drinker I also know that it can be a bit of a bummer (although it’s certainly getting easier to find good beer in cans these days!). HydroFlask understands this outdoor drinker’s dilemma, though, and they’ve created the perfect solution: a stainless steel growler. Hallelujah!

Getting Fancy

When I first started working for EMS, I was 16 and pretty naïve. I thought these GSI wine glasses were ridiculous. Now that I’m older, I realize that they are probably one of the best ideas GSI has ever had. Whether they want to enjoy a classy drink by the campfire or are just like my friend who always ends up breaking her nice glasses, the wine lover in your life is sure to appreciate these BPA-free plastic wine glasses (stemmed or stemless).

wine glass

The Morning After

Now that we’ve covered the things your favorite outdoor drinker needs to enhance their campfire experience, let’s talk about the next morning. Even the most responsible drinker gets caught up in the moment sometimes (after all, drunk pull-up contests hurt your arms a lot less if you drink more!). Fortunately, these Nuun energy tabs double as an excellent hangover helper.

Are you the wild card in your circle of outdoor friends? If so, leave a comment to let us know what you’d like to get as a gift to enhance your après!
Ashley Reven

Ashley is a passionate runner, rock climber, cyclist, hiker, snowboarder, and ice climber. She started working for EMS in 2003 and worked in three of our stores before setting up shop in the corporate office as a copy writer. If you ever need to dispose of weird trinkets, her desk is a good place to do so…her Albert Einstein action figure, racing nuns, and pipe cleaner/walnut squirrel could use some new friends. Follow Ashley on Twitter! @ashleyreven