Valentine’s Gifts With Something To Say

Ideas & Advice
Valentine’s Gifts With Something To Say

Ready to think outside the candy box this Valentine’s Day? The outdoor love doctor is in! Sure. Sweaters, fleece jackets and gloves are can’t miss gifts for the person you love as much as you love the outdoors, but here are some Valentine’s Day gear ideas that are perfect for adventure while keeping the romance alive. Don’t think outdoor gear makes the same statement as lingerie? It’s all in the presentation, my friends.

 I think you’re hot.

You want to get things cooking with that special someone? Nuthin’ says lovin’ like 4500 BTUs. Like you, a camping stove provides years of heat on-demand your Valentine is sure to appreciate.

Will you go out with me?

When you give your Valentine a hiking backpack, you’re not just giving a piece of gear, you’re giving the freedom to escape the stress of the world at a moment’s notice. What’s more romantic than that?

I’ll follow you anywhere

To the unenlightened, giving your Valentine hiking boots may seem like a sure-fire way to end up single again. Obviously, I don’t recommend giving a burly pair of Asolos to just anyone. A gift this good is reserved for a person you’re ready to go the distance with.

Let’s spend the night together.

When things get serious and you need some alone time, it’s always good to have your own place away from friends or prying roommates. And what better way to do that than a camping tent that gives you and your Valentine all the privacy you need wherever you need it?

I’m stuck on you.

Falling in love is great. Falling on your butt? Not so much. Give your Valentine some winter traction like microspikes or Yaktraks and make sure gravity has no affect on your effort to sweep the object of your affection off his or her feet.

You’re toe good to be true.

Sticking with the footwear theme, Vibram FiveFingers or any pair of minimalist footwear are a great way to show your “sole” mate how he or she fits you like a glove. They may be lightweight and feel like nothing but they’re a big hit with Valentines who are into natural running or cross training.

You bring me to my knee

Alpine skiers may not understand telemark humor but for couples whose idea of skinning gets them panting in a purely physical way, these kneepads from Black Diamond are a great way to keep your Valentine from getting hurt.

I only have ice for you.

If your Valentine is into ice climbing you can forget the expression “if you love something set it free.” When kicking and swinging he or she needs to be as secure as possible and a bomber ice axe is a gift that’s sure to make an immediate impact.

 I’m ready to commit.

Show that special someone you’re not afraid to be tied down with a climbing rope that also says that you’re literally and figuratively ready to put your life in their hands.

So there you have it, Nine Valentine’s Day gift ideas to melt the heart of your outdoor lover…with the right cheesy delivery of course. And hey, if my advice doesn’t work, look on the bright side, you’ll end up with a sweet piece of gear for yourself!

Happy Valentine’s Day and have fun out there!
Jim Darroch

Jim's love for the outdoors began with family camping trips in "Brady Bunch" style canvas tents and progressed to backpacking adventures with the Boy Scouts. In 2007, he fulfilled his teenage dream by joining Eastern Mountain Sports as Brand Communications Manager. When he's not in the office, you'll find Jim kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking around the Monadnock Region and throughout New England with his wife Brenda and his dog Brewski.


  1. Dru
    February 11, 2013, 11:15 pm

    the best advice of the entire blog is the closing… ” if my advice doesn’t work, look on the bright side, you’ll end up with a sweet piece of gear for yourself!
    right on brother, awesome ideas!!

  2. February 7, 2013, 10:05 am

    AWESOME marketing! I love all your valentine ideas. I look forward to sharing this on my site!!!

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