2019 Gift Guide for the Outdoor Enthusiast in your life
It’s that joyful, festive time of year again and with that often comes the brain-racking and last-minute scrambling to find the perfect present for your loved ones. No mean feat when we’re faced with a vast offering of products from far and wide. To help you in this search, we’ve done a bit of the heavy lifting for you!
When it comes to adventure lovers, we are very fortunate to live in a time when there are thousands of products to choose from, both high tech and minimal, or weird and wonderful, that can really make a difference to the way we camp, hike and explore the great outdoors. The philosophy behind Scrubba is all about helping people to get out and see the world in a clean, light and free manner so with that in mind we’ve searched high and low for gear that will allow you to do just that. Our list comprises ten of our top picks to cater to a broad spectrum of budgets, that are equal parts practical, lightweight and of course, reusable!
But first, coffee! Ok, so this one may or may not be an essential piece of equipment (debatable at Scrubba HQ) but it’ll sure put a big smile on the face of your outdoor-loving pal who can’t function without their morning brew. Whether heading into the wilderness for the night or setting up camp for a few weeks, space and weight are huge factors when it comes to gear selection and packing. The Wacaco Minipresso GR is the smallest espresso machine on the market at only a little over 6 inches and weighing less than 400g. Not only that, it’s super easy and efficient to use and we rather like the sleek compact design!
LuminAID PackLite Max 2-in-1 Phone Charger Lantern: $49.99
Next on the list is a feather-light piece of kit that rolls two important features into one. Sure to impress adventurers with its simplicity yet functionality, LuminAID’s PackLite Max weighs in at around a pound, is easily collapsible and inflatable as well as being shatterproof for those rougher adventures! We love that it can be powered by both its built-in solar panel or micro USB input, providing approximately 50 hours of light when the battery is fully charged. Staying lit and connected when on the trail has never been so easy. As an added bonus, this lantern is waterproof and even floats so you can take it for a cheeky late-night swim!
LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle: $62.95
Here at Scrubba, we are firm believers that the best gifts are those that give back. We love promoting initiatives that make the world a better place and with our longstanding relationship with Charity: Water, LifeStraw’s promise has really struck a chord. For every product purchased, a school child in need receives safe water for an entire school year! We’ve featured the original LifeStraw water filtration straw in a previous eco-travel blog post and we’re still firm fans! This time, we’re loving the LifeStraw Go which incorporates the same award-winning technology into a refillable water bottle so you can carry safe drinking water with you on the go. Adventurers can stop and fill up at a river, stream, or even a puddle and sip away with peace of mind!
Helinox Chair Zero Ultralight Camping Chair: $181.89
After a long day on the trail, there’s nothing better than sitting back in comfort with a bite to eat and a chat around the campfire whilst watching the stars before going down for the night. This chair really is a top pick for lightweight adventurers! The Helinox Chair Zero comes in at a mere 1.1lbs but is surprisingly sturdy and comfortable. Not only that, the Chair Zero is easily collapsible and packs up smaller than a bottle of water into its neat, light stuff sack. We could very easily imagine any outdoor lover throwing this chair into their truck or overnight backpack without a second thought!
Xenvo Pro Lens Kit for Smartphones: $59.99
No wonder this little guy is a best seller. For under $50, it’ll literally take phone photography to the next level! A great entry-level set of lenses, the Xenvo Pro Lens Kit for iPhone and Android includes a macro and wide-angle lens with LED light and travel case. Lightweight and incredibly easy to clip on and use, it enables high-quality photo creation for budding travel photographers and those who love to capture their surroundings to share with others. Help your mate make those awesome memories!
Hyke & Byke Crestone Hammock Compatible Down Sleeping Bag: $317.71
What has an impact on our mood, energy levels, and overall camping experience? Sleep of course! When it comes to kipping in the great outdoors, there are a number of factors inhibiting a good night’s rest so what better way to show your love this festive season than by giving the gift of nighttime comfort? The beauty of Hyke & Byke’s range is that they‘ve been designed by a small team of outdoor-loving ex-engineers and offer the sort of specs that will impress even the most ardent of hikers. Weighing less than 3lbs, this mummy-style sleeping bag is compatible with any hammock whilst also being suitable for tent camping! Made from ultra-lightweight, durable material it is easy to compress and pack away in its sack for ultimate portability. The Hydrophobic Down insulation capabilities ensure maximum warmth, no matter where hikers choose to bed down. Good night’s sleep equals happy camper!
The Outdoor Gourmet Company Beef Bourguignon: $16.99
Food, glorious food! Undoubtedly the other major element in determining mood and energy levels. As a bunch of foodies, we couldn’t create a list without making mention of some sort of edible gift ideas. In fact, food is that important, we have two food-related suggestions for you (see no.8 for our top cookware pick)! Because the festive season usually involves a little (or a lot of) indulgence, we couldn’t resist including this delicious Beef Bourguignon dish by Back Country Cuisine. These guys are big on flavor but equally as big on nutritional value, fuelling adventures across NZ and Australia since 1998. Fear not, their mouth-watering options don’t just stop there. Choose from a whole range of enticing gourmet entrées, breakfast options, snacks and desserts such as the decadent Three Fruit Cheesecake. Pick up one or a whole bunch of these gourmet freeze-dried meals for your adventurous buddies.
MSR PocketRocket 2 Ultralight Hiking Stove: $109.95
In order to consume said delicious meals, one will need boiled water…which means, yep you guessed it, a stove! Weighing just 2.6oz, the MSR PocketRocket 2 is the perfect folding canister stove for minimalist adventures. It’s easy to set up and operate, boiling one liter of water in only 3.5 minutes which is of utmost importance after a long day on the trail and you can’t function without that Dark Choc Cheesecake! Not only that, it’s a durable and dependable little guy, and also comes with a lightweight protective carry case. This modestly priced stove paired with a couple of Backpacker’s Pantry meals would make a great Christmas bundle for a loved one.
Smartwool Hiking Crew Socks: $30.96
Ahh, socks, the humble stocking filler or dare I say it boring dad gift, but do the majority of us take these little foot huggers for granted? I think so! Can we comfortably hike without them? I think not! The way to your hiking buddy’s heart is to give the gift of all-day odorless foot comfort and zero blisters when on the trail, surely! For men and women alike, Smartwool’s Hiking Socks blend together Merino wool, nylon, and elastane which allow feet to breathe whilst keeping them warm in winter and cool in summer. No more sore, stinky feet with these bad boys.
Scrubba wash bag MINI: $54.95
Last but not least and since we’re on the topic of stinky feet, it might be the time to throw the new Scrubba product into the mix. Introducing our tiniest washing machine yet, the Scrubba wash bag MINI, which may just be the ultra-light hiker’s dream! Following the success of the original Scrubba wash bag, we had various requests from minimalist adventurers to create something even smaller, but without compromising performance. Weighing in at less than 2.5oz and compact enough to fit into the palm of your hand, the Scrubba wash bag MINI still gives that machine quality wash thanks to the internal washboard, but is half the size of the original, adding next to no extra bulk to a backpack. By using the Scrubba wash bag MINI each night, hikers and campers can have fresh socks and underwear to welcome each day's adventures. And that really is a gift.
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