Chiara Bullen puts together a list of the perfect gifts for the outdoors enthusiast in your life.
Jack Wolfskin Merino Wool Hat, £35
It will certainly be cosy this Christmas for the recipient of this gift. This charming knitted bobble hat from jack Wolfskin is the perfect stocking filler and an essential addition to any winter strolls you’re planning. The chunky knit fabric is 65% merino wool for optimum warmth and comfort.
Local Outlines Bathymetric Maps, £40
Do you have a special memory attached to a Loch in the Scottish Highlands? Did you particularly enjoy a wander round a specific lake in the Lake District? Local Outlines allows you to capture those special memories with their Bathymetric maps. From Derwent Water to Loch Lomond, this is sure to make a unique and thoughtful gift.
National Trust Fragranced Gel Candle, £14
Experience the outdoors in the comfort of your own home with this winter-scented candle. Featuring hints of eucalyptus and patchouli, it’s a great way to freshen up your home during those festive-hangover filled days between Christmas and New Year. The candle is made from a natural blend of waxes and features floral foliage for a special finish.
Sandstone Press, The Secret Life of the Cairngorms, £24.99
A truly magnificant book that gives a thorough insight to wildlife in the Cairngorms, Andy Howard’s The Secret Life of the Cairngorms is a great present for those who feel the call of the Highlands. Featuring stunning photography and a captivating narrative packed with wonderful wildlife tales, we can think of no other book we’d rather curl up with this winter.
Smartwool, Premium CHUP Polar View Crew, £26.99
What would Christmas be without at least one pair of socks to open? Be the most popular sock-gifter this year with this pair of Smartwool socks. A supportive arch brace and premium construction helps keep feet comfy all day long, whilst the merino wool ensures ultimate snugness.
Merrell, Women’s MQM Flex GTX, £115.00
If there’s someone in your life who vows to get out and about more every year, make it easier for them with these flexible shoes. Featuring a Gore-Tex membrane, a GRIP outsole and breathable mesh lining, these versatile shoes are perfect for year-round adventures.
Maps International, Scratch Off Munro-Bagging Print, £15.99
Munro-baggers rejoice! There’s now a perfect way to show off your accomplishments thanks to this quirky print. Scratch off each Munro to reveal the name after completion and track your progress with ease. It might also serve to inspire some New Year’s Resolutions.
Lifeventure Thermal Mug, £13.99
This durable thermal mug will keep hot drinks warm and toasty for up to 4-hours, perfect for those chilly walks at this time of year. Whether you’ve got a commuter or a climber in mind for this gift, there’s a mug to suit everyone with 16 different colours to choose from.
Ruffwear Trail Runner Bowl, £16.95
Don’t forget about your furry friend this Christmas, especially if you enjoy taking them out on the hills. This collapsible bowl is perfect for anyone who prefers to pack light for the trail, and the single-wall construction makes it easy to clean and dry.
Lonely Planet, Hidden Wonders, £14.99
Surprise a young adventurer this Christmas with this whimsical, fact-filled guide. Take a journey into the unknown and discover the planet’s wildest and most wonderful sights with vibrant illustrations and surprising stories. There’s no reason why it can’t be enjoyed by older curious minds too!
Ordnance Survey OS Waterproof Picnic Rug – Snowdonia, £39.99
Be more adventurous with your picnics with this waterproof picnic rug featuring the Snowdonia National Park and Snowdon from OS Landranger mapping. This rug is lightweight and compact, meaning you can easily carry it to your preferred picnic spot. It also comes with its own stuff sack and is 140cm x 140cm when spread out.
Lifesystems Reusable Hand Warmers, £4.99
Whether it’s a summit hike or the daily dog walk, frozen hands are enough to put a dampener on any outdoor adventure. Give the gift of portable warmth with these nifty hand warmers that come in a set of two and provide warmth for 90 minutes.
Historic Scotland Harris Tweet Hipflask – Personalised, £36.99
If you know someone that enjoys a wee dram to celebrate reaching summits, the end of trails or Fridays, this pocket-size hipflask means they can do so in style. It holds 6oz and can be personalised up to ten characters for that unique touch. Slàinte!
Wainwright Society Calendar, £10.00
Back for 2020 due to popular demand, the Wainwright Society calendar continues to showcase the photographic skills of its members. Each month features a photograph taken by a member together with a related sketch and quote from one of Alfred’s Wainwright’s famous works. The proceeds from sales of the 2020 calendar will be donated to the Blencathra Centre.
The Great Outdoors Magazine Subscription, £39.99
Perhaps we’re a little biased, but we figure a subscription to The Great Outdoors would make a cracking gift. Expert gear reviews, knowledgeable columnists and exciting features – TGO has been the most trustworthy hillwalking magazine for over 40 years. This Christmas we’re offering a special subscription deal and you can save 35% on a subscription for 13 issues.