Christmas is less than two weeks away, and Hanukkah begins in just 12 days, which means you’ve likely completed approximately 2 percent of your holiday shopping and are now scrambling. Coffee.Tape.Climb. has you covered with inexpensive gifts for the outdoor enthusiasts on your list.
A HYDRO FLASK: This “water bottle” keeps beverages hot for 6 hours and cold for 24. Basically, it’s the lighter, sleeker, packable version of the classic Stanley thermos: Perfect for friends who want to carry warm water for winter bouldering but chug ice water to survive sweltering summer cragging. I’d recommend purchasing the 40 ounce model–one liter just isn’t enough.
THE ULTIMATE SPORK: No, this isn’t one of those horrible incomplete spoons with a useless half-centimeter-long “fork” at the end. Light My Fire’s titanium (for durability) and plastic (it’s crazy cheap) sporks have a fully functional spoon on one end and a complete fork on the other. But wait, there’s more: a small knife along one side of the fork, which isn’t tough enough to cut your steak but will get you into a block of sharp cheddar. I’ve used my plastic spork daily for everything from stirring boiling chili to twirling steaming spaghetti for the past two months, and it’s just starting to show signs of wear, so your partners will think of you for many seasons’ worth of mid-adventure scoops of peanut butter to come.
RECHARGEABLE HAND WARMERS. No more wasteful, throwaway sacks of sandy chemicals, these rechargeable hand warmers will keep your buds’ mits toasty all season long.
NONPROFIT-SUPPORTING SOCKS. Everyone knows a thick, comfy, sweat-wicking pair of socks is the ultimate stocking stuffer, but there are so many seemingly wonderful options! Pick a company with a quality product that also cares about the environment and our fellow humans in need. Buy Point6 socks for durable, comfortable merino wool hiking and casual socks that will keep your partners’ feet warm on approaches and support numerous community- and environmentally-focused nonprofits. Balega is another great, community-supporting option for the runners on your holiday list.
A BANANA SAVER: Bananas are a cheap, healthy, yummy, versatile, quick-carb energy boost–that is until they get mashed into your pack, leaving it, and later your car, smelling of overripe bananas…Save your loved ones from this nightmare by getting them banana savers.