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Gift Ideas for the Fickle Outdoors Enthusiasts in Your Life

Alright, it's that time of year, the dreaded moment when you've filled your Christmas list except for that one pesky person. Or two.

Refer to this list year round for birthdays, anniversaries, graduation presents, you name it!

What do you buy someone who seemingly has all the gear they need?

1. First and foremost, these are a repeat offender and appear on both lists. Socks. I'm not talking regular discount bin socks, I'm talking utilitarian socks. Whether the person you're buying for loves ice fishing, fall/winter hiking, or late season hunting, there will always be room for more socks. Trust me, we get excited about socks.

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2. As a photographer, owning a hard case to carry my camera equipment is absolutely necessary. I find myself in some pretty wild situations on the water, and I rest easy knowing my gear is safe. If your gift receiver has valuable equipment that accompanies them in the outdoors, chances are they will appreciate a hard case to protect it from the elements.

Another option is dry bags. A lightweight alternative to hard cases that provide water proofing for less fragile items, such as clothing, towels, or granola bars (my mind always travels back to food)

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Adding onto the above, anything water proof. Water proof phone cases, rain shells, you name it. To be sure you're getting what you need, check seams for seals, test phone cases (without phones in them) and remember, you get what you pay for in terms of quality.

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3. It's no secret outdoors enthusiasts love to document their adventures. Action cameras are getting more and more affordable every day. Do some research on different makes and models, and if you need a hand, always feel free to pick my brain at

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4. Art: I can't stress enough how exciting it is to receive a piece of original or outdoors specific art.

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Don't forget about us photographers that have prints available for purchase as well! Here are some more artists below!

5. This is a bias item, I won't deny it. The Just Encase musky tackle box is so wicked. I don't own one yet but I've been hearing great things. Honestly, as soon as I have the chance to go through their custom options, I'm getting my own.

6. I'm on the road 98% of the time, meaning my life is essentially portable. I don't know where I'd be without these few simple items. First off, portable battery packs for my phone, lap top and camera batteries. Second portable stoves, and or single burners, and camp tables to use them on. Safety third, as I always say, a first aid kit will go a long way, even if you just whomp your trailer receiver against your knee and need a band aid.

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7. I'm the person who geeks out when I see new multi tools hit the market, I know I can't be the only one out there. As a side note, I found these Paracord Grenades recently, can't speak for them personally but they sure look like they'd make an unique gift, just check out all of the stuff that comes inside of them!

8. Hand and feet warmers, disposable packs are great, however I'm a huge fan of the butane hand warmers by Zippo.

9. Headlamps. To help you avoid whomping said knee on said trailer receiver.

10. Gift cards, they are often over looked in my thoughts because I just assume they are tied to large corporations or the LCBO. However, I was recently reminded (Thanks, Scott T) that you can purchase gift cards for smaller, local suppliers. Here's a few I wouldn't mind store credit from :

Feel free to comment adding your favourite local outdoors shops.

That just about sums it up for the 2024 list of goodies I'd wa- I mean, your loved ones will want under the tree this year.

Did I leave anything out? Be sure to let me know, I'll add your ideas and names to the list!

Happy Holidays, and stay safe out there!

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