Holiday Gift Guide: Active & Outdoorsy Edition

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‘Tis the season – with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals looming in the near future, here’s a handy guide to navigating the sales if you’re shopping for a loved one (or yourself!) who enjoys an active lifestyle, indoors or out.

Outdoor retailers start particularly early, with REI leading the charge by opting out of Black Friday entirely. With the REI “Gear Up and Get Out” sale November 15th – 25th and other retailers following in their sales footsteps, now is the best time to find great deals. I own many of the items featured in this guide, and can attest to their longevity and functionality.

As of the now, the following sales are live and soon-to-be live:

  • REI Gear Up & Get Out Sale | Nov 15 – Nov 25
    • Select popular items from multiple brands are 25 – 30% off
    • If you are an REI member, you can get 20% off one item or 20% off one clearance item.
  • Moosejaw Anniversary Sale | Now – Nov 25
    • 20% off one full-price item with code ANNIV
    • You must be a Moosejaw Rewards member (free, you can sign up at checkout)
  • Backcountry | Now – ??
    • 20% off one full-price item, applied to cart directly (certain exclusions apply)
    • You must sign up for their credit program, which sounds like the Moosejaw Rewards / REI co-op program (but is free)

For additional savings at Moosejaw and Backcountry, you can use Rakuten to earn cashback. The percentage ranges depending on the promotion – recently, it was 11% for 11/11, but can range between 4% – 15% depending on the season. If you’ve never used Rakuten, you can sign up through my referral link to earn an additional $10 cashback on your first purchase.

The Gift (or Shopping) Guide

Holiday Gift Guide for Adventurers

Details on each item below. Most of the clothing is available for both men and women, with the exception of a few things.

Main Course

1 | Outdoor Voices Merino Fitted T-Shirt: $55 – A lightweight wool tee is the perfect baselayer for winter activities. I now prefer lightweight wool tees over synthetics in all seasons, due to their ability to insulate while also wicking sweat and not smelling.

2 | Arcteryx Atom LT: $239 – The perfect active midlayer, for those who run a bit colder (like myself). While it functions similarly to the less expensive Patagonia Nano Air, the cut on this jacket is much sleeker and can transition more easily to the city. Also available for men. Moosejaw has all Arctery’x for 20% off (limit one) until Nov 17th; REI will have the hooded version for 25% off and all others for 20% off. Inventory will go quickly!

3 | Patagonia Capilene Air: $129 – Can you tell I like wool? This is another great baselayer that is slightly warmer than the Outdoor Voices variety. Warm, lightweight, and makes you feel like you’re being hugged by a cloud, no joke. Available at Backcountry (and the 20% cart discount applies to this piece.) There is also a men’s version.

4 | Girlfriend Collective Leggings: $68 – $78 – Eco-friendly, sustainable and recyclable (ReGirlfriend) leggings available with more compression or less compression, in a rainbow of colors. I actually haven’t (yet) reviewed these, but word on the street is positive so far. Check out their website here. No sales as of now, but I will update if they have one.

5 | Patagonia R1 Pullover: $129 – This is an active midlayer, so easy to throw on when the temps get chillier. My husband swears by this jacket – the perfect combo of warmth, breathability, and light weight. For those who run warmer, this may be a better option than the Arcteryx Atom above. Available at Backcountry (and the 20% cart discount will apply to this item). There is also a men’s version and a Techface option – I recommend going for the original version, as the Techface makes it less breathable and adds a bit of weight.

Stocking Stuffers

6 | High Tail Designs Fanny Pack: $55 – perfect for those who love carrying some extra snacks, sunscreen and their phone, but don’t want to carry a full backpack for a hike, or don’t want to reach into their giant pack for everything. Made out of DCF with a ton of prints, ultralight and cute! You can purchase via Garage Grown Gear – which is like the REI of small, cottage brands mostly based in the US. No sales as of now, but I will update if they have one.

7 | Luci Light Lux: $19 – We have two of these in the Pro version (with USB charging so we can charge our phones) and love for backpacking & camping. Prefer the lux (frosted) verson, as we feel it disperses light better than the clear one. One of the few items from this guide you can find on Amazon!

8 | Kula Cloth: $20 – ever go on a long hike or camping trip, go number 1 in the woods and then realize you have no toilet paper? Fear no more with the Kula cloth, which comes in a variety of designs by lady artists. Bonus points for it being a lady-founded business based in Seattle. Eco-friendly, as it reduces TP waste. If you’re lucky, your local REI may carry them – otherwise, you can purchase via Garage Grown Gear. No sales as of now, but I will update if they have one.

9 | DIY Sandals from Xero: $19 – $29 – perfect for an ultralight, barefoot feel (note: the soles are quite thin, these are not for everyone!). I don’t have this exact style, but I have another style from Xero that are my favorite camp shoes. You can purchase this unisex style directly from their website.

10 | Smartwool Socks: $12 – $20 – Smartwool has stepped up their game in the last decade, with a wide range of sock styles and designs. I have them ranging from short running socks to thick hiking socks to tall snowboarding socks. They’re all excellent, and my oldest pair has lasted me 10 years now. Try to aim for a higher wool % content and it will last longer (and not smell). REI will have all Smartwool products for 30%+ off.

Hope you find this guide helpful – happy investing!

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