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2013 guide to gifts for the outdoor lover part 1: Gifts under $50

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Outdoor lovers can be a tricky lot to shop for. There are the hardcore gear junkies that only want the latest and greatest; the trail fashionistas that want to be protected from the elements, but look good while doing so. There are the weekend warriors that prefer comfort and convenience; and there’s everyone in between. With that in mind I have compiled a gift guide that should offer something for just about everybody, at price points for any budget.

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Check back later this week for Parts 2 and 3 of the 2013 guide to gifts for the outdoor lover.

Ultrapod

The Ultrapod Go from Pedco is an ultra-light (2oz), ultra-versatile tripod designed for GoPro POV style video and small to medium sized high performance cameras up to 1lb. The rugged Ultrapod comes with an integrated PowerStrap mounting system and also features a literally handy Pistol Grip form that allows for easy and stable hand held video. The Ultrapod earns extra points for ease of use and compactness. $14.99

Commuter Java Press

The Commuter Java Press from GSI Outdoors is perfect for coffee and tea lovers commuting around the city or car camping. Sure the PLUSfoam, recycled Neoprene sleeve is soft and comfortable. And yes the crystal-clear, BPA-free Carafe is lightweight and shatter-resistant. But the show-stopper here is the brilliant bit of hot beverage engineering that removes the plunger rod from a traditional French Press and replaces it with an inner mug that creates a double wall of insulation to keep coffee or tea hot. $19.95

SoftFlask

The SoftFlask from Hydrapak is a collapsible, dishwasher-safe bottle that can be used for pretty much any outdoor endeavor. It can be carried in a pack, a pocket, a bottle holder, or simply carried by hand. SoftFlasks feature large filling ports, dust covers, shut off valves and carrying loops. It is lightweight (2.4 oz for 750 ml model) and compresses down nicely when empty for easy storage. $20.99 for 750 ml model shown here.

Everywhere Hat

The Everywhere Hat from Headsweats is exactly what it sounds like. The hook and loop adjustable hat is comprised of a wicking, proprietary fabric called Eventure Grid, and is a great option for any and all outdoor adventures. The soft-shell construction is extremely comfortable and light (2 oz) making it easy to forget you’re wearing it, and easy to stash if you’re ready to go sans cap. $22

Ice Cream Ball

The Ice Cream Ball from YayLabs is all about the fun. Couldn’t you just take the kids camping and bring a pint of ice cream in the cooler? Sure you could. And you could also save the gas and go camping in the backyard, but that’s just not as much fun. Put rock salt in one end and ice cream mix in the other, and then go play. Toss it around, play keep away, whatever. 30 minutes later open up the Ice Cream Ball and enjoy. It’s backed by a one year warranty and comes with a recipe booklet. $34.99

Wine Gift Set

The Wine Gift Set from GSI Outdoors is ideal for enjoying some Oregon Pinot Nior on a camping trip or day hike. A 750 ml soft sided wine carafe is housed in comfy, insulated neoprene. A secondary zippered pocket holds two GSI Outdoors Nesting Wine Glasses. The durable BPA-free Copolyester glasses snap in and out of detachable bases making for easy storage and transport. This is next level stuff, people. $39.95

360 Foot Massager

The 360 Foot Massager from Moji is a dream for foot-weary hikers. Heck, anyone with feet will benefit from this thing. The 360 has two zones - one with seven small massage spheres for an easy going more comfortable massage, and a second with two large massage spheres if you really want to get after it. The 360 is easy to clean, has a slip-resistant base, and is great for tight arches, plantar fasciitis, or just relaxation. $39.95

For more of Adam's writing, reviews, and photography, visit AdamSawyer.com or follow him on Facebook. His forthcoming guidebook, Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon, published by Falcon Guides, will be available spring 2014.

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