Whether you’re headed out tonight, braving the crowds tomorrow, or waiting for Cyber Monday to scratch a few items off your holiday gift list, you’ll want to have an idea of what to get the loved ones. If you have an outdoor woman in your life, she’s probably not going to be satisfied with the latest handbag or shopping trip to Macy’s. Instead, think hammocks, backpacks and massages! You’ll be sure to win her over.
Here’s our 2016 holiday gift guide for the Miss Adventure in your life.
1) ENO Doublenest Hammock
Whether your Miss Adventure is planning to hang out at the lake for the day or pack up and head overseas for a few weeks, the ENO Doublenest Hammock is an incredible companion. Mine has accompanied me on backpacking trips, camping and lake days. It’s large enough for two people to lounge in comfortably (pair it with a double sleeping bag like one from gearweare.com for an overnight trip!), or for one person to nap under cover (the sides come together and touch with only one person inside. If you’re able to sleep in a hammock, you could even forgo the tent on a summer backpacking trip!
2) Marmot Force 2P Tent
I received the Marmot Force 2P tent last year for Christmas (click here to read my 2015 gift guide) and I absolutely love it! It weighs in at only 3lb 8oz and yet is roomy enough to comfortably fit two adults and a 35-lb snuggle puggle. This tent scores big for being so lightweight, but it’s also incredibly easy to set up with only three poles and an optional rain jacket which performs miracles with trapping in heat.
3) Osprey Sirrus 50 Women’s Backpack
Every woman needs a great
handbag , er backpack. After a lot of research for my next bag, I chose the Osprey Sirrus 50 backpack because it’s made specifically for women, meaning the straps fit where they should and the weight rests mostly on our hips instead of our shoulders. I also love it for the following reasons:
- My current (and overused) pack is a 50 liter and I know this small size works for me.
- I wanted a diverse bag that could take me a week on the trail, or a few months traveling abroad. This one isn’t so minimalistic that it can only used for backpacking, but it’s not overkill, either.
- I love that is has a built-in water port since I use a Camelback when I backpack.
- It has front and top entry, plus a separate sleeping bag compartment.
- It’s relatively lightweight (only about 3 lbs). Though it’s not ultralight for the trail, the top lid can be removed to save weight for light trail days.
- It has gear loops.
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4) Scott’s Cheap Flights Subscription
For the jet-setter, you simply have to get her a subscription to Scott’s Cheap Flights. It’s a daily email notification to amazing “mistake” fares on airline tickets. Scott searches the web to find impossibly cheap deals from an airport near you (U.S. only right now), to locations around the world. Just now, there are notifications in my inbox from Portland to London for only $590 round trip, and Portland to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam for $578 round trip, and Portland to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands for a ridiculous $350. Sign up for free using my link or choose to upgrade to the premium deals (like all the ones mentioned above) and you’ll pay the same low monthly fee of $3.25 and I’ll get $5.
5) Big Agnus Ethel Sleeping Bag
I don’t know about your Miss Adventure, but I HATE being cold when I’m camping. I tend to sleep cold anyway, and I’m a side sleeper so the Big Agnus Ethel Bag bag is a clear winner for a variety of reasons:
- It’s made for women. This is very important to me because it means the bag is extra stuffed in all the right places (feet, chest) and is smaller in size to prevent unnecessary space (and thus unnecessary heat loss).
- My current bag is rated for 30 degrees Fahrenheit and my teeth chatter even when the temps are well above that. So I want a bag that is rated for 0 degrees, and stuffed with down instead of synthetic.
- It’s not a true mummy bag, which means I don’t have to feel claustrophobic when I toss and turn in the night (and there’s still room for the snuggle puggle inside the bag ;).
- It has a pocket designed to hold your sleeping pad in place.
6) Touz Camping Cookware Set
I got this camping cookware set last summer, and it’s been an incredible starter set, especially for the price of $20! The set is complete with a nonstick pot and pan, soup spoon, spork, wooden spoon, two bowls, a sponge and small hand saw. And it all fits together in a small mesh bag weighing only 14 ounces.
7) A Gift Card to the Spa…
…because every woman loves to be pampered, but also because after a long day on the trail/rock/bike/kayak, there’s nothing more appealing than a relaxing day at the Spa. If you’re in Central Oregon, I recommend Shibui Spa in Sisters for ultimate relaxation – a sauna, hot tub and variety of treatments.
2016 Holiday Gift Guide for the Miss Adventure in Your Life