Stocking stuffers are often an afterthought. But they don’t have to be.
This year, break the cycle of sweets, books, knickknacks—and all the usual stocking stuffers—and get something outdoor enthusiasts on your list will enjoy more.
The key is to focus on what most of them do: camping. It is one of the top-five outdoor activities, in terms of participation. Even people involved in other activities often camp in conjunction with those activities.
Here are a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing:
Glow-in-the-dark waterproof playing cards by Kikkerland, $10. Use them to play games anytime, anywhere and in any kind of weather.
Stormproof strikeable fire starter sticks by UCO Gear, $10. These are great for camping, the survival kit or even at home for lighting fires in the wood stove.
The MT908 11-function stainless steel credit card multitool by SE, $5. It’s a survival tool kit that fits in a wallet.
Collapsible clover-style solar-powered LED lantern by Suaoki, $19. Fold up its three solar panels, set it in the sun and power it up. To use the lantern, hang it in the tent or on a tree branch. Adjust the lighting level by folding the three panels up or down.
The Trucker’s Friend by Off Grid Tools, $50. It just as easily could be called the Camper’s Friend, since it’s so handy around the campsite. It’s great for splitting kindling, driving tent stakes, removing hot lids and pots, and a dozen other uses.
Three Online Sites to Get Excellent Outdoor Deals
Sierra Trading Post. This website has a huge selection of overstock, seconds and last year’s name brand gear at discount prices.
Steep and Cheap. This website offers hefty discounts, but you have to act fast because quantities are limited on many items.
Campmor. For the best deals, especially on seasonal closeouts, check out Campmor’s clearance section.
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