Wednesday, November 18, 2015

15 Things Your Outdoorsy Mama REALLY Wants for the Holidays - Gear Gift Guide

Look at the Happy Outdoorsy Mama in her hot, new ski jacket at Squaw in Tahoe, California!

Hey guys. It's that time of year again when you find yourself scratching your beard on HOW to blow the hiking socks off of your Outdoorsy Mama for holiday gifting. Luckily, I've found 15 things she really, really wants...

Rock-Star Stocking Stuffers:

Big Gifts You Can Wrap & She’ll Love to Tear Open:
You know your gal has worn the same jacket through the tornado of two or three kids now... It’s time to update her hot-cocoa and kid-stained ski jacket with a new, hi-tec, female-flattering, crushing-it look. So many brands to choose from from breathable shells to insulated parkas. Check out the latest from Marker, North Face and Patagonia.

Seeing as most of us gals are wrapped in some sort of blanket from say October to April, why not surprise your gal with a technical “outdoor” blankie? Rumpl makes one that can be used at the campsite then brought home, thrown in the washing machine, and stored in a sack the size of a baseball. Durable and the key word is WARM. Check it out!

Throw your kids’ adorable faces in outdoorsy places onto the custom travel mugs that your outdoorsy gal drinks from each adventurous morning. Make an impact with a set of 4 mugs using different themes. One mug from each season. One mug from each epic family outing. Etc. Your kids can definitely help create this gift. Customize easily online at Shutterfly.

Anything with the word “cozy” attached to it is sure to be a winner for your outdoorsy mom. Unbelievably soft, alpaca wool socks by Ausangate are a treat or splurge on luxurious sheepskin boots by Ugg. She’ll slip her feet in each morning or after an outdoor adventure and have you to thank for her happy feet bliss. 

Pick your favorite outdoor store and give her the gift that we all know she really wants – a gift card extravaganza. This is NOT the easy way out. This will make her smile more than the “glamorous” bottle of Jessica Simpson perfume the kids picked out for her at CVS last year in a last minute panic. A no brainer, a big winner and easy for you. Envelope + schmoopy card + big, holiday bow = Voila! – best gift ever.

Blow Her Mind with Your Thoughtful Gifting Awesomeness:
Tahoe weekend. Vail weekend. Jackson Hole weekend. Your outdoorsy mama really, REALLY wants to spend some time with like-minded friends doing what she loves most, bonding in the outdoors. Give her a free pass for four nights away including a “no texting about random kid-things” rule and a promise to get the laundry done while she’s gone…. That’s nirvana for an outdoorsy mama.  

There are so many quality groups now running Volunteer Vacations – which are a combination of a trip to outdoorsy places AND giving back to the world. For an outdoorsy mom and family, this is a new twist on the usual family vacation and great for when the kids get a little older. You’ll work some of the time on a vital project that the community you are visiting desperately needs, like schools, latrines or housing. And then, there is downtime to explore the gorgeous area you’ve traveled to. A win-win to teach your kids stewardship globally, giving back to those less fortunate, and even gratitude for what they are lucky enough to have in their own daily lives.

13 & 14 - Peace. Love. 

15 - Harmony. In the both your household and world-wide.

So be that rock-star guy who gives the outdoorsy mama in your life what she REALLY wants. Happy ho ho ho!

11 comments:

  1. Reef to Rockies travel agency in Denver, Colorado can set up a volunteer vacation in Costa Rica. We did that for part of our trip and saw turtles.

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    1. excellent info, Natasha! thanks for sharing. it's good to get a list of quality groups who run these Volunteer Vacations -- in fact, if i get enough, would make a great post. thanks TONS! & stay tuned -- happy holidays, natasha :) annie

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  2. This is by far the most hilarious gift guide I've read this year! :) But I agree with your picks! Kids DO destroy clothes and spill cocoa on them - treat Mom right!

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    1. gotta have a sense of humor about all this stuff - how else to survive?? ;) xa

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  3. Love the mug idea! Might have to make this for hubby this christmas :)

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    1. it's totally cute, sarah. we have them and dads love them too! he'll love it - woo! -a

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    1. hey thanks Cindy! hope one of these ends up under the tree for you ;) happy holidays!

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  5. Mrs Adventure loves Exofficio underwear!

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    1. Mrs Adventure is brilliant! Between her and me, i'm wearing 'em right now headed out for snowshoeing. Good under-gear vital.

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