10 Great Gifts for Outdoorsy Folks


The holiday season is upon us, which also means Black Friday and Christmas sales are too. As we all gear up for this most wonderful time of year, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite products I’ve had the pleasure of testing out this year. Below are 10 great hiking gifts plus some stocking stuffer ideas to help make your holiday shopping easier.

1. Thurso Surf WaterWalker SUP 

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This is a BIG gift, in size and price, but if you’re looking for a pressie of this magnitude, here’s your winner. This is the standup paddleboard I have and LOVE TO BITS. See me using it here, here and here. We are surrounded by so much beautiful water in this pocket of the world we’re blessed to call home and being able to pop out onto it quickly, easily and in style with the convenience of this portable, inflatable paddleboard is amazing. All those water access only hikes will no longer be out of reach!

SALE: the 10’6″ board package with all the accessories like carrying bag, paddle, etc is on sale for Black Friday for $519 USD (normally $619). Buy it now at https://thursosurf.com/stand-up-paddle-boards/waterwalker-all-around-sup/?wpam_id=5

2. LOWA Waterproof Hiking Boots

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I’ve been loving my LOWA Canada Lady Light GTX Ws boots. I’ve worn them on most of my hikes this year. See pics on my Instagram and Facebook. LOWA also makes awesome waterproof hiking shoes too if that’s more your jam. Check out my review of my Innox Evo GTX shoes here.

SALE: For a different style that’s named one of the top 3 “Best Hiking Boots of 2018”, Sport Dinaco generously donated a pair of LOWA Renegade Gore-Tex boots for my charity auction, with the bidding starting at 40% of the retail value! Bid now here.   

3. Garmin Fenix Watch

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I’ve had the Garmin Fenix 3 HR Sapphire watch for a year and a half now and it’s awesome. I use it track all of my hikes. It’s really helpful for navigation too. You can upload gpx tracks to it to follow, or use the trackback feature to track your hike in and follow the same route back, among other things. The newer model is the fenix 5.

SALE: there is a certified refurbished Fenix 3 HR on sale on Amazon right now for $396.69 with free shipping (down from $700). See it at https://amzn.to/2Kpj1c8. The newer model fenix 5 is on sale for $200 off until December 1 at Best Buy. See it at http://fxo.co/6S8f

4. Vaude Citus 16 LW Ultra Lightweight Daypack

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This is the backpack I use for all of my dayhikes. It is incredibly lightweight and just the right size to fit all of your gear. It’s well-designed with great pockets and straps and bungee cords, and works with a hydration system. Made with fair and environmentally friendly manufacturing too!

SALE: Sport Dinaco generously donated one for my charity auction, with the bidding starting at 40% of the retail value! Bid now here. You can also buy it direct from Sport Dinaco here.  

5. Secret Woods Landscape Ring

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They describe it best saying, “Inspired by the natural beauty of Canada’s great outdoors, we create wearable art with forests and landscapes inside.” I LOVE my Autumn River ring. It’s made from wood and resin. It’s so dang pretty and unique, don’t you think! I also love love love that they’re local Vancouver artists! Check out more pics of my ring here.

SALE: They’re having a 50% off sale right now. If you miss that, you can still get 15% off by using my discount code THANKS_HIKES

6. Arcteryx Zeta LT Rainjacket

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I’ve had this jacket for one year now and while expensive, it’s been worth every penny. Goretex is the only material, in my opinion, that makes a jacket truly waterproof. This jacket has kept me completely dry and happy on countless hikes, including those full of torrential rain. It’s one of my essential items for outdoor safety that I take with me on every single hike, no matter the conditions.

SALE: Arcteryx stuff rarely goes on sale, and often it’s an in-store, so check your local retailer like Valhalla Pure. I do see the men’s on sale for 20% off – $440 down from $550 at Altitude Sports online here

7. VESSI Cityscape Shoes

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I’ve only had my Cityscape shoes for a few days but I’ve been loving them. I’ve worn them all day, every day since I got them. They are super comfortable and perfect for us here in Raincouver. The first of its kind, this knit running shoe style walking shoe is totally waterproof. Yep, waterPROOF. You can immerse it into a deep puddle and won’t get even a titch wet. Walk around in the rain and watch the droplets bead off. They’re amazing. Vessi is a Vancouver company that is huge right now. This shoe has been an enormous hit on Kickstarter.

SALE: The Cityscape shoes are $99 (down from $135) with free shipping for Black Friday. Buying outside of the sale? Get 10% off with code HIKES10 at https://vessifootwear.ca/discount/HIKES10

8. Tree Tribe Leggings & Beanie

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I love my Dream Space leggings and charcoal beanie from Tree Tribe. The tights are made from recycled polyester blended with spandex, and 10 trees are planted from every purchase made from this company! Items are made completely not too far away from us too in California, USA!

SALE: Everything site-wide is 30% off until Monday Nov 26 at midnight with code BF30NICE. If you miss that sale you can use code HIKESNEARVANCOUVER for 10% off anytime. 

9. 105 Hikes in and Around Southwestern BC

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One of my very favourite guidebooks. This book is a great new edition to the classic 103 Hikes with updated and lots of additional hikes and other information.

10. Anja Jane Art

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I just love Anja’s work. Her illustrations of local nature scenes are so pretty. She sells digital art prints of so many different parks and cities and other sites in our region, as well as postcards of them. She’s a local Vancouverite working out of a studio in Kitsilano so you can save on shipping by picking up your items!

PRO TIP for Online Shopping! Install the Honey Chrome extension! It automatically searches coupon codes and offers and applies them to your order when checking out!

Stocking Stuffers/Secret Santa Gifts

Looking for something a little cheaper? Here are a few other ideas that would make for AMAZING gifts for your hiker buds and fit perfectly in a stocking!

The Deuce 2 Trowel

Costco Merino Socks

Dehydrated Meals – I love Happy Yak, Good To-Go, PeakEats and Mountain House the best.

10 Essentials for Outdoor Safety

Adventure Begins Mug


Happy holiday shopping, everyone!

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