Backpacker Gives Us 40 Great Gifts for the 2018 Holiday Season

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Next week we’ll mark the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S., which also kicks off the official start to the holiday shopping season as well. I plan on writing several gift guides to mark the occasion, but the editorial team over at Backpacker magazine have already beat me to the punch, producing an outstanding list of 40 great gifts for the outdoor lover in your life. Here, you’ll find everything that your gear-obsessed friends and family members could ever want to see them safely and comfortably through any adventure.

With 40 unique items to sift through I couldn’t possibly give away everything that makes the cut. I will say however that their are gift suggestions for pretty much every budget. For instance, the list begins by suggesting Kate’s Real Food energy bars, which are a tasty and affordable option that most hikers, trail runners, mountain bikers, and climbers will love. From there, the options expand dramatically with suggestions on water bottles, camping kitchen sets, clothing, gloves, shoes and so much more.

A few of the highlights that sick out to me include Kelty’s Woobie sleeping bag for kids, Outdoor Research’s Skyward II jacket, and Altra Lone Peak 4.0 running shoes, which double nicely as light hikers as well. The rest of the items you’ll have to discover for yourself, but there are plenty of pieces of gear to choose from, including apparel, technology items, watches, packs, and other products. In other words, if you have a number of outdoorsy people to buy for this year, you can pretty much get all of your shopping done here.

Check out the full list on the Backpacker website.

Kraig Becker