Our Christmas Gift Guide 2022 is here. We have included some tried and tested items and called in products from others and some from brands we work with regularly. There are also some curveballs. Please read on to find out more and we really hope you find it useful.
Time To Give
It’s that time of year where you may be looking for that perfect gift for that special outdoor person in your life. We’ve got your back. We’ve selected 15 items and deliberately aimed for things suitable for a range of activities because, after all, most outdoor folk do lots of different things. Some of them have been provided by companies we work with and others are things we’ve used ourselves. We hope you find them useful in guiding your gift choices.
Darn Tough Socks
Darn Tough is our ‘go to’ for socks. We love the ethos of this long established family business and love their products. We have featured their multi-purpose lightweight crew model, but Darn Tough really do have a model for every occasion. Their socks are a comfortable and durable combination of Merino wool, nylon and Spandex and come with Darn Tough’s legendary life-time guarantee. The lightweight crew model featured retails for £16.00. Details on all their range are available on their website here.
Trekmates Thaw Mitten & Annat Beanie
Trekmates is a long established British manufacturer producing a broad range of multi-purpose outdoor accessories. We’ve chosen to feature their Thaw mittens and Annat Beanie as a great option for many different cold weather adventures. The Thaw is a lightweight Primaloft Gold Eco insulated water resistant mitten and the cosy Annat is a unisex Polartec Micro Series beanie with ear flaps. The Thaw Mittens retail for £30.00 and the Annat Beanie for £ 12.00. Details on all their range are available on their website here.
Osprey Ultralight Padded Washbag
Osprey market this handy bag as a washbag and organiser and that sums it up just right. It is certainly perfect for your toiletries and features handy interior organisers to tuck away all the little bits. However, the padded construction and adjustable Straight Jacket compression system also makes it perfect for storing everything from electronics to other travel essentials. The washbag retails for £22.00. Details on this product and all their range are available here.
Paramo Compact Expedition Towel
Paramo’s Parameta S is a very clever wicking fabric perfect for a range of outdoor clothing. It’s a reversible fabric that directs water to one face and captures still air in the other. It works superbly as an ultralight towel fabric because, by deciding which way round you use the towel, users can decide whether they want to stay warm or cold. Clever. The expedition towel comes in various sizes and packs into a handy mesh bag. It will be a perfect companion for endless adventures. The expedition towel retails for between £20.00 & £25.00 (depending on size). Details on all the Paramo range are available on their website here.
HydroFlask 16oz Tumbler
HydroFlask tumblers are perfect for everything from travel and adventures to everyday life. They feature a double wall construction allowing you to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold. They also incorporate the clever new HydroFlask sliding lid closure and come in different sizes and colours. There is no doubt one of these beauties will become a trusted companion. The 16oz tumbler retails for around £20.00. Details on all their range are available on their website here.
Nikwax Outdoor Protection Kit
For decades Nikwax have been industry leaders in proofing and cleaning products and their Outdoor Protection Kit features everything an outdoor person might need to care for their footwear and clothing. The kit comes in a handy branded dry bag and includes Techwash and TX Direct Wash In for clothes care and proofing along with footwear cleaner and leather and fabric proofer. There is even a handy cleaning brush and care guide. Nikwax also have a variety of other kits available. The protection kit retails for £25.00. Details on all their range are available on their website here.
Peak Design Everyday Phone Case & Universal Bar Mount
We’ve been fans of Peak Design since testing one of their innovative duffles here. Since then, we’ve been using their well featured and beautifully crafted Everyday Phone Case and teamed it with the clever Universal Bar Mount for biking adventures. The case protects your phone perfectly (we can admit to a few drops onto hard surfaces already!). Even better, the case can be used with any of their other mounts such as the extremely secure bike mount featured. They even produce a clever mini tripod. The Everyday Phone Case retails for £27.00 and the Universal Bar Mount costs £33.00. Details on all their range are available on their website here.
Coolcasc Goggle Cover
Goggles are a staple item for many activities including skiing, winter mountaineering and downhill mountain biking. They are essential and yet the lenses are very vulnerable to scratches. Having a solid goggle case for general storage is key, but sometimes you might be storing them in a rucksack and want more lightweight protection. A Coolcasc Goggle Cover is a simple stretchy cover that can be pulled over your lenses in a second and come in a wide range of unique designs. They are perfect for all goggle users. They retail for £12.00. Details on all their range are available on their website here.
Nemo Fillo Elite Pillow
Every good night’s sleep needs a comfy pillow and for a compact travel option it is hard to beat an inflatable model. The only problem is they aren’t always very comfortable. The Nemo Fillo Elite is designed to be as comfortable as your home pillow without the bulk. It features a soft washable cover, 3 inches of loft, recycled insulation and baffled support. It’s a peach of a pillow and suited to every adventure – except one where you need to stay awake! The pillow retails for £50.00. Details on all their range are available on their website here.
Super Sparrow Ultralight Standard Mouth Flask
Ultralight, insulated, high quality and available in a broad range of designs and sizes. We reviewed Super Sparrow bottles here and the findings confirmed these would make a great travel companion. They are also very good value. They are made from medical grade stainless steel and can be used to keep drinks hot or cold for up to 24 hours. Super Sparrow bottles retail for £15.00 to £25.00 (depending on size). Details on all their range are available on their website here.
LifeStraw Peak Series Personal Water Filter Straw
LifeStraw have been industry leaders in water filter technology for years and the new version of their popular personal straw has upped their game even further. In a unit weighing only 65 grams users have a filter that can be used as a straw, can be connected to standard gravity/hydration hoses or attached to standard water bottles. The other great news is that for every filter purchased LifeStraw provide safe water to a child for a year. The personal straw retails for £30.00. Details on all their range are available on their website here.
Primus Cutting Set
Wilderness cooking doesn’t need to be basic cooking. Stove and accessory specialists Primus produce beautiful products to raise every outdoor goers cooking game and their cutting set is a great example. It features a lovingly crafted oak cutting board and oak handled chopping knife stored in a branded poly cotton roll. It is a work of art to help produce edible works of art and a certain to be loved gift. The set retails for £67.00. Details can be found on the Trekitt website here and please check out the Trekitt video here explaining a great option your outdoor companion could prepare with it!
Coolcasc Helmet Cover
Whether it is time to hit the slopes or you just want to make more of a statement for any helmet wearing activity, a Coolcasc Helmet Cover might fit the bill perfectly. The option featured below is called ‘The Spike’ and yet there are loads of styles, colours and designs available. They are designed to fit any helmet and are suitable for everyone from the young to the young at heart. The Spike retails for £24.95. Details can be found on the Coolcasc website here.
Voited CloudTouch Blanket
We have some skin in the game here because we reviewed the Voited CloudTouch blanket earlier in the year and loved it. Infact we are still loving it for everything from nights in chilly huts to wintry nights at home. Please check out our review here. The CloudTouch combines a layer of plush fleece with a core of additional insulation covered by a durable nylon outer. It is a furnace of cosiness and there are loads of fun and cheerful designs and colours available. No one could avoid being overjoyed with one of these in their Christmas Stocking. The CloudTouch’s retail for £115. Details are available on the Voited website here.
Wild Nature Calendar & Diary 2023
We featured the Wild Nature Calendar & Diary in our 2021 gift guide (please check out that guide here) and knew we had to feature the new version too. Both items feature a stunning selection of photographs from acclaimed and award winning photographers and it is edited by the legendary Peak District photographer and author John Beatty. The calendar and diary are produced to raise money for the John Muir Trust and so, as well as keeping the outdoor goer organised over the coming year, you will also raise funds for this vital organisation. The diary retails for £16.00 and the calendar for £12.50 and they can be ordered direct from the Wild Nature website here. Please also check out the John Muir Trust website here.
We hope you’ve found some inspiration in our gift ideas. Of course, if you want to give the gift of adventure maybe one of our legendary Peak Mountaineering Gift Vouchers might be the ultimate present! Full details on them are available on our website here.