With festive mayhem gathering pace, it’s the time of year when thoughts turn to gift buying and of course your own personal wish list, which should already be on it’s way to Santa by the way, but fear not, we hear he accepts emails these days. Either way, be it the dreaded weekend trawl around the chaotic shopping centres and industrial parks that have now become an annual event, complete confusion at what on earth to buy your loved ones, or furthermore a bit of self-love and your own wants and needs, we’ve got you fully covered.
All this week we’re running our Christmas guides filled with the best in quality, innovation, sustainability and downright awesomeness to offer you that spark of inspiration. Today it’s all about the outdoors, and the perfect gifts for those who love a bit of adventure in their life. So forget all this Black Friday nonsense and take a more considered long-term approach to spending your hard earned cash. Here’s our Christmas wish list for The Outdoors.
These classic hiking boots from Anatom, genuinely are the finest and most comfortable you’ll find on the market. Incredibly resilient and durable, they’re also surprisingly lightweight and are made from the finest Italian full-grain waterproof leather.
We love the look and with hiking boots also bang on trend right now, you’ll look incredibly stylish while also affording the kind of comfort and sturdiness required for even the most challenging of outdoor pursuits.
Anatom Q2 Classic Hiking Boots – £ 140
Every Christmas a man will get a pair of socks he doesn’t want, that won’t be the case with these Merino eco-performance socks from Teko. These cushioned, temperature regulating beauties will keep you toastie when you’re walking off all that overindulgence.
The Belmont Parka might just be the only jacket you’ll need this winter. From the forward-thinking hands of innovative outdoor specialists Sprayway, comes this warm, waterproof, wind protecting, life-enhancing number that’ll leave you oblivious to the perils of the wicked winter weather.
If you’re not aware of Sprayway, they’re blazing a trail with the industry’s most technically advanced, durable, high-performance fabrics, while importantly not skimping on style. They’re also fully fledged members of the Fair Wear Foundation that aims to improve labour conditions in the garment industry. God these guys are good, get on it!
Belmont Parka – £200
We aim to bring you only the finest, quality products just like this backpack from Fjallraven. Made from G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco in recycled polyester and organic cotton, the fabric blend is essentially one of the most resistant and hard wearing you’ll find.
You can customize the material using the specially designed Greenland Wax, a combination of beeswax and paraffin to suit the extremities. The top and bottom of it however, is an incredibly durable and weather resistant product ideal for the great outdoors. With enough compartments, zip pockets and hidden pouches to keep all your worldly possessions, like your newly purchased wireless earplugs and a bonus but rather fetching rain cover, Fjällräven has shown once again why they’re the final word in quality outdoor apparel.
Fjällräven Kaipak – £175
The award-winning Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3100 wireless headphones are the perfect gift for the adventurous, off the beaten track, sporty person in your life. As comfortable as earbuds get, what stands these guys out from the crowd is the fact that they’re waterproof and feature always aware ear tips – avoiding the hazardous noise cancelling technology that’s pretty hazardous to any urban athlete.
That’s not all, with up to 5 hours listen time; you can double that if you’ve got the perfectly formed snug charge case to hand. Prepare to transform those mundane morning workouts. Just don’t forget to download the accompanying app.
Plantronics BackBeat FIT 3100 – £129.99
Whether stuck in the great outdoors or just trying to find your way home from the local after a few festive beverages, this 155 lumen LED head torch is definitely the tool for the job. It’s lightweight, operates off a single AA battery, boasts an adjustable beam angle that operates over a long distance (up to 62 metres), and has 7 lighting modes including SOS flashing for those times of trouble. If only it helped in all areas of our lives.
Lifesystems Intensity 155 – £19.99
Ashortwalk is of one of the UK’s leading producers of top quality goods made from recycled waste. From house signs to reusable coffee cups to clocks, like this awesome tide timepiece. Ideal for anyone who lives on the coast, or equally those that long too. Synchronised to the moons daily cycle, you’ll have no excuse to put off that new cold water swimming regime. Either way, this is a great Christmas gift.
Tide Clock – £26.95
The perfect beanie for the rugged outdoors type, this lovely, extremely comfortable ribbed hat from Jeep is the perfect little addition to your newly innovative, technologically advanced and stylish new wardrobe. We’ve gone for red because, well, Christmas. An ideal stocking filler.
Jeep Beanie – £22
All photography by Simon J Evans
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