GEAR REVIEWS OUTDOORS TRAVEL

    2016 Gift Guide

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    I wanted to put together a list of stuff I use and love, not because it’s sponsored by anyone, but because I thought you’d like it. I describe my style as refined grit– and so, this list is for the sophisticated explorer in your life. Someone who gets after it outdoors but enjoys little luxuries too.

    This list includes stuff from companies that I work with and companies I have nothing to do with. Whatever you choose to buy this holiday season, remember that you are voting with your dollars.

    $25 OR LESS

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    Burt’s Bees Lip Balm / $9.01 for two at Amazon
    Burt’s Bees has been my go-to chapstick for a while now. Lately I’ve been digging the tinted lip balms, but the original is still great too. A solid choice for a stocking stuffer.

    Bananagrams / $12 at REI
    Bananagrams is like Scrabble but better and you can play it anywhere. A great game to have and bring on trips!

    Topo Designs Accessory Bags / $13-17 at Topo Designs
    Full disclosure: I modeled for Topo a year ago and got a bunch of swag. My favorite things from them? These bags. I have one for makeup, one for stationary supplies, and one for memory cards & tech. They are also super durable and Colorado made.

    Moleskine XLarge Soft Cover Cahier Journals / $14.69-$19.95 for three on Amazon
    The only journals I use. I have been writing and sketching in these for ten years– they are durable and slim so they can go anywhere.

    SugarSky Bandana / $22 at SugarSky
    A few months ago, SugarSky sent me a couple of headbands, and I haven’t come across any bandanas that I like more! Their patterns are awesome– you are sure to find something for every style.

    $50 OR LESS

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    Tarteguard 30 Sunscreen Lotion / $32 at Sephora
    Give the gift of SPF! I have been wearing this for months as my daily moisturizer and really dig it– I was surprised to see that it only has 4 stars on Sephora! The packaging is annoying for travel since it’s in a pump bottle, but I have been really happy with the formula. I only buy cruelty-free cosmetics and this product is vegan.

    Goal Zero Switch 10 Portable Recharger / $39.95 at REI
    I don’t actually own this, but I really want one. I’m always running out of juice. There are plenty of portable rechargers out there, but Goal Zero makes durable stuff so I trust that this is no exception.

    BioLite Powerlight Mini Light / $44.95 at REI or Amazon
    BioLite gave me one of these to try over the summer, and it’s pretty darn handy. It keeps me visible on the trail and it’s a great light to have for reading or hanging out inside a tent. It has multiple modes and is super slim so you can pack it anywhere.

    Ethnotek Chiburi Travel Organizer / $50 at Ethnotek
    My friend Tiffiny works for Ethnotek and gave me this to try. I have never been one for travel organizers– they just always seemed uncool and over-the-top. I was shocked that I not only continued to use this, but I liked it a lot! This is like a bigass wallet that fits your phone, passport, cards and money. Plus it has a zip pouch for coins.

    $80+

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    America The Beautiful National Parks Pass / $80 at REI
    Access to every National Park in the USA for a year. Pretty sweet.

    Ubuntu Made Canvas Shopper / $149.99 at Ubuntu Made
    I first found out about Ubuntu Made at a Kammok event this fall. I love their product line– canvas and leather is a combination I will always rock, and this bag is classic. Ubuntu Made celebrates the artisan work of makers in the Maai Mahiu community in Kenya. They have recently partnered with (RED), the global fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.

    Blundstone Boots / $169.95 on Amazon
    I got these boots as part of a collaboration with Zappos and fell in love. These are comfortable, durable, and stylish and I wear them every day. Adventure ready for sure.

    Cotopaxi Kusa Bomber Jacket / $189.95 at Cotopaxi
    So that “refined grit” style I was talking about above? This is that. It’s made from sustainably sourced llama fiber insulation and I could not make that up if I tried. I love that this jacket looks seriously good but also works. Fashion meeting function: yes please. For 15% off, use discount code “ERINOUTDOORS15”.

    ANY AMOUNT

    Donate to an organization that can use the funds for something you believe in. Here’s where I am giving:

    I hope this post gave you some ideas! What is on your list?

     


     

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