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:
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.
After getting the opportunity to product test one of these all summer (thank you, Outdoor Demo Tour), I can assure you that this Kelty Recliner is the best thing to happen to camp furniture since…uh, camp furniture was invented? It’s a little spendy, but well worth it; it’s probably more comfortable than your actual furniture, and absolutely perfect for kicking back after a long day of adventures. It even has a removable side table (with molded-in beverage holder, of course) and an attached bottle opener so you don’t have to worry about losing it as the night goes on. Win.
Store your sauce
For those who prefer things on the harder side, a flask is the best way to carry your favorite liquor or fine spirits into the wilderness. We have two to choose from, the Stanley Classic and the Innate Trad. They both serve the same purpose, so it really just comes down to whether you need 6 ounces or 8 to get the job done.
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 25, 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). If your wine lover has been extra nice this year, treat them to this gift set, which includes two stemmed glasses, a soft 750mL carafe, and an insulated tote to carry it all!
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.