It’s that time of year (we always say that). But seriously, it’s almost December which means it’s time to think thoughtfully about the gifts to give our friends and family. Of course this should have been on all of our minds for the past eleven months but hey, there’s no time like the present.
So think deeply about the kind of gear you or your camper-loving, um, loved one would be as thrilled to have under the tree as they would a stay at that impeccable ocean-side campsite you’ve had your eye on (don’t worry, it’ll happen sooner or later, honey). For us, our camping gear wish list if full of practicalities and oddities ripe for a good go outdoors. They’re well designed, beautiful and just plain awesome. We hope you feel the same way.
Never be stuck chasing your tabletop light into your neighbours campsite again. This beauty lantern from TadeWinds is both weighty – enough to stand up to the strongest of winds – and efficient with it’s 10-hour rechargeable battery. Our advice: keep your eye on it when the friends are over. trade-winds.be
We couldn’t go without including a piece straight out of our home town of Calgary, Canada. The good folks over at Camp Brand Goods have collaborated with other locals, The Spice Merchant, and prepared a doozy of a spice kit perfect to accompany any camping adventure or road trip. The custom built canvas case is icing on the cake. Includes five spices: Inca Fire Salt, Scarborough Fair, Apple Pie Spice, Driftwood Texas BBQ Rub, and Bow River Fish Blend. Our mouths water. campbrandgoods.com
Ok, two lanterns in one gift guide? Why not! When we spotted the Uma Lantern from Design Within Reach we couldn’t resist. The Pablo Pardo-designed accessory is the perfect modern piece for any outdoor excursion. Eight-hours of battery life, full 360 high quality sound and an unbound aesthetic to boot means dinner parties outside the camper has instantly been taken up a notch. dwr.com
There is pure genius behind these, what seem to be a simple cutting board. When not being used to help prepare your latest campfire feast, these double sided birch boards with well designed handles, can be used as a chalk messaging board. We’ll take two. kanzarchitetti.com
Nothing, like nothing, is worse than a cold drink getting warm. And we’ve yet to find the perfect cooling mechanism that doesn’t suck. The people over at Yeti, however, have figured it out. The YETI Colster is a stainless steel drink cozy that keeps your bevy super cold, doesn’t condense in your hand and works for both cans and bottles. Plus, now you can finally say you own a YETI. yeti.com
The scents and smells of the great outdoors are unmistakable but we all know spending days and days in the tight quarters of a camper can often bear whiffs of pungent odours we’d care not to admit to. Thankfully there are remedies to up the quality of your indoor air and our pick are perfumes from Le Labo, specifically Rose 31, which has woodsy and spicy notes such as cumin, olbanum, cedar, Gaïac wood and amber, perfectly complementing your vanlife view. lelabofragrances.com
Heating up your morning brew will be even more enjoyable with the Hotlips Mug from Snow Peak. Say so-long to what was inevitably a burnt mouth with the addition of a silicone rim to the already sleek designed and fully functional titanium mug. Not cheap. But worth every enjoyable sip. snowpeak.com
Legendary Leica cameras have come a long way since Oskar Barnack founded the company more than a hundred years ago. We’re fans of the Leica Q full frame wifi enabled digital with fixed focal lens. Take photos the way the eye sees it, upload with ease and share your stories with everyone in a snap. Your Instagram feed have never looked better. leica-camera.com
Traditionally made in Sweden, Wetterlings broad axe is perfect for the mid-morning hew of logs destined for the evening burn. The hand forged Swedish Carbon head and Hickory handle are a perfect paring. A locally made, vegetable tanned sheath keeps it safe and secure. Enjoy axing as it should be. wetterlings.com
Keep your spirits in good shape and with an eco-conscious mind in the stylish and sleek Adventure Ecycle Flask from Stanley. This 7oz keeper of social libations is made with a two-stage lid making cleaning and refilling a cinch. Pass it around the campfire or after a long climb to the delight of your mates. stanley-pmi.com
Have a few items you’d love to see or gift? Well we’d love to hear about it. Give us a shout at Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Happy giving, and happy holidays.