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Holiday Gifts For The 'Outdoors-y' People In Your Life



Do you have someone in your life who loves camping and spending time outdoors? If so, you might be wondering what you can get them this holiday seasoning that can help them out in this area without necessarily breaking the bank. Here are a few ideas for gifts for the outdoors person in your life.
A reflective tarp or sun shade. You know those sun shades you see people put in their windshields in the summer when they go into the store? They do so to keep the car from feeling like a pressure cooker when they come back. The same 'technology' (well, if you count fold-out cardboard and foil 'technology') can be used in your tent. Many sporting goods/outdoors stores and websites sell reflective tarps that you can pitch over the top of your tent to keep it cool in the summer heat. If you go anywhere in the southern US, trust me, you're going to need it! Don't put it directly on your tent, but pitch it as a type of canopy. Even if the heat isn't a concern, reflectors are very useful for other things, including cooking. Check out http://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/car-sun-shade-multiple-survival-purposes/ for more information.

A good sleeping bag. The best ones are insulated and waterproof. Visit your local sporting-goods store for specific instructions.

An inflatable mattress and pump. My sorority would often hold initiations at a local campground. The pledges would sleep outside in a tent while the 'sisters' would stay in the cabin. When you have more people than bunk beds or you're going to be on ground that isn't good for laying on, you might want to bring an inflatable mattress and air pump.
Special clothes. A good pair of hiking boots, fleece, a waterproof jacket, track pants and insulated socks are all essential items for any 'outdoors-y' type. Insulated flannel shirts can also be used as jackets.

Anything solar-powered. Somehow I don't think that you're going to be able to find any electrical outlets in the woods. Anything that can attract the sun's rays and use it to cook or power up devices such as cell phones and digital cameras will be very useful and environmentally-friendly.

An outdoor survival kit. In addition to things like bandages and antiseptic, an outdoor survival kit can contain all sorts of items to make things easier. Sunscreen, lip balm, toilet paper, other toiletries, hydration packs and other things of that nature are needed, so it might be fun to prepare an outdoor 'care package' for your loved one. That way, they have the things they need and with a personal touch.

A navigation system. I have absolutely no sense of direction, so I've been known to get lost in a number of places. Hopefully this isn't the case for your loved one, but getting them handheld GPS system, compass or such an app on a smartphone will always be appreciated.

There, now you have a few gift ideas for the outdoors-person in your life. Happy Holidays!


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