In the Northeast, the holidays also mean shifting into the season of the chill. And while many dream of jetting off to warm beaches (who doesn’t love that?), it’s good to be able to find adventure right in your own back yard.
With the mountains just to our north, the beaches wide open for winter walks and sea glass spotting, close-to-home options like tubing, winter hiking and just plain getting out, this season, consider giving a gift that makes winter outdoor adventure fun.
Here are our choices for great winter adventure/fun gifts this holiday season.
Warm to the bone:
Most folks who think they hate being outside in the winter just don’t dress for it. It all starts with the base, and Hot Chillys (www.hotchillys.com) has long been the master of the perfect base layer and more. This year, check out their warm, sensible yet super fashionable Fiesta line. Made with their most popular Micro Elite Chamois fabric, an enhanced polyester and spandex fiber blend, with wicking, stretch and even UPF 30 protection (yes, you can still burn in the cold of winter), they are available in adult and youth sizes.
Both top and bottom are snug but not binding, just the perfect warmth. Worn as a base layer or on their own, they feel great, wick away moisture and make hanging outside in the winter months toasty.
Have Fire Pit, Will travel:
Solo Stoves (www.solostove.com) smokeless and easy to use fire pits, may just be the best thing to happen to outdoor winter fun in a long, long time. They are portable (you can even purchase carrying cases for them), easy to use (just throw a few logs in and it burns pretty much perfectly) and fun. That means your outdoor enthusiast can bring that fire pit vibe with them anywhere you head out. Winter beach smores? Ski area parking lot cook out? A fun hang out in your own snowy back yard? Why not? Bonus gift: You can purchase a pizza oven that fits right on top. Now that’s some cool hot stuff.
Extreme Extremity Warmth:
So much of having fun outdoors in the cold depends on your extremities. For those fingers, Vermont Glove, operating for more than 100 years out of Randolph, Vermont, has been a great choice for warm hands. They’re durable and comfortable, and come in a variety of styles. The Uphill Skier is an active twist on their classic glove. This 100% goat leather glove features a removable merino wool liner— take that liner out when you’re more active, then pop them in when you’re not. Mitten lovers should consider their newest mitt, the “Jeezum.” Named after the classic Vermont saying “Jeezum Crow,” this mitten is lined with 100% recycled polyester fleece, is hand made from goat leather and features a woven cuff to fend off frigid temperatures. It’s like giving your loved one warm hands for the season.
Promise of Escape:
That said, we all want to get away in the winter months. Gift your loved one a hot new luggage choice. Rollink suitcases (www.rollink.com) recently won the “innovation award” for luggage, and it’s easy to see why. Rollink is collapsible; when not used it folds down to just two inches thick, meaning you can store it super easily. It’s also durable, easy to roll (two wheels make it a smoother glide), and (this matters to all of use, outdoorsy or not) has one of the lowest carbon footprints thanks to its compact shipping size. They’re available in a bevy of colors that truly pop. New to the US this past spring, you can gift your loved one with the promise of travel via an innovative suitcase.