Each time the sun sets and rises, Christmas is that much closer.
If you have an outdoor lover in your life who doesn't hibernate in the winter, check out these great gift ideas from Detours, Camelbak, SIGG, Action Wipes, Darn Tough Vermont, B’ani Bands, and Clif Bar and to help keep him or her hydrated, clean, warm and well-fed.
Darn Tough Vermont full-cushion hiking socks ($19)
Since 1978, the Cabot family has been making, in my opinion, the best sock out there. The fit and attention to detail is amazing.
Made in Vermont with True-Seamless™ toe closure, Darn Tough Vermont boasts the highest density knitting in the industry and are unconditionally guaranteed for life.
Yes, that’s correct. You have a better chance of winning the lottery then wearing them out.
If, on the off chance that you do wear them out, Darn Tough Vermont will replace the socks.
Action Wipes 30 count multi-pack ($24.99)
There is no substitute for a proper shower but Action Wipes comes close.
I have used these on camping trips and for post-ride/run clean-up with barely any residue on my skin.
Three wipes gets me completely clean from face to toe. Moisten the wipe with a little water before using so that it goes further.
If you’re a bike commuter, and your building has no shower, these are a must-have.
Detours Twin Cities Blend Coffee Bag ($24)
Part gimmick, part functional saddle bag, it looks like a bag of coffee in a food-grade TPU waterproof bag.
Bike commuters can use it to carry tools, lunch, wallet, phone, etc. A fastener near the bottom lets you secure to a post on the bike and tighten as needed.
A thinner band with a buckled enclosure around the top of the bag that, once the top is rolled down, can be attached higher up on the post or to the stem of my bike seat.
Detours makes the Coffeebag in five blends: Evergreen Blend (Washington), Mile High Blend (Colorado), Highway 1 Blend (California), 10,000 Lakes Blend (Minnesota) and Lighthouse Blend (Maine).
It’s tough, it’s waterproof and it makes a unique gift for the coffee-loving cyclist in your life.
B’ani Bands ($12 - $18)
One doesn’t normally associate “fashionable, sport headbands” with “Army Intelligence”, but you now you can.
Renee Hanson, founder of B’ani Bands and a former Army Intelligence Analyst and athlete, had a hard time finding comfortable sport headbands to fit her self-described “big head”.
Each headband has a fabric backing that is 100 percent polyester velvet to absorb sweat and to keep them firmly in place without causing hair breakage.
The pizza resistance is the adjustable bra strap to allow the headband fit any size head comfortably.
B’ani Bands come in a variety of widths, ribbons and sequin and retail for $18 or under.
SIGG Thermo with Tea Filter (0.3L, $24.99)
If it's made in Switzerland, you know it's made well.
The SIGG Thermo with Tea Filter is constructed from top quality stainless steel that is both odor and taste neutral, it will keep your beverage warm for up to eight hours.
When sitting in a chilly deer stand or camping in the middle of a snowstorm, you can have yourself a spot o’ tea.
Just unscrew the cap, fill the tea infuser with loose leaf tea, add boiling water, and screw the cap on to steep. Remove the infuser and drink.
Clif Bar Pecan Pie ($15, 12 bars)
Each year, to coincide with the first snowfall, CLIF Bar releases a few seasonal flavors.
The spiced pumpkin pie is like my mom’s pumpkin pie: moist, clovey, nutmeggy and cinnamony. It takes me half a nanosecond to devour a bar.
Iced gingerbread is just as yumptious. But unlike a real gingerbread bar, the CLIF Bar version is soft and moist with a rich gingerbread flavor and a healthy amount of icing.
This year they’ve added pecan pie. Though not as strong of a flavor as pumpkin pie or iced gingergread, I can definitely imagine that I’m eating a pecan pie that is a little easy on spice rack.
For each Clif Bar that you buy, the company donates one percent of the seasonal net sales to Protect Our Winters, a non-for-profit that fights against climate chan