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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Camper in Your Life

There's no reason adventure seekers shouldn't be roughing it in style. Kick their adventures up a notch with these items that are both efficient and easy on the eyes.


1. BIOLITE CAMP STOVE; $130

Creating a wood fire in this stove charges smartphones and other devices using a USB. The compact, 2-pound device packs down small for easy transporting and can also be outfitted with the grill accessory to get campers cookin’.

Find it: Amazon


2. MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR SHIFTER 2 TENT; $199

Whether the camper in your life is looking for privacy or a view of the campsite, the Shifter 2 tent provides both. The tent sleeps two and can be configured for various weather conditions; the fly can be set up as a vestibule or storage area.

Find it: Mountain Hardwear


3. LEATHERMAN SIDEKICK MULTITOOL; $50

Tim Leatherman found out the hard way what it’s like to travel with a tool that can fit a variety of needs—that’s why he created his line of multitools. Make sure your favorite camper is always prepared with the Sidekick, which features 14 tools, including two blades, three screwdrivers, pliers, a wood/metal file, and more.

Find it: Amazon


4. REI EVRGRN CRASH SACK; $119

The Crash Sack, which is suitable for temperatures as cold as 45°F and comes in three sizes, can be used as a puffy jacket when sitting around the fire and converts to a sleeping bag for snoozing under the stars. It has a hood and arm holes and is equipped with interior pockets for electronics. The bottom clips up and out of the way.

Find it: REI


5. THERM-A-REST NEOAIR TREKKER AIR MATTRESS; $114

Regular air mattresses can be big and heavy, and lugging them on camping trips is a drag (not to mention how they seem to leak as the night goes on, leading to an uncomfortable dip in the middle). Them-A-Rest’s NeoAir Trekker Air Mattress is thin and compact, with more than 100 air compartments that ensure stability. It also features ThermaCapture Radiant Heat Technology, which keeps the mattress extra warm. Comes with a stuff sack and repair kit.

Find it: Amazon


6. IGLOO ICE CUBE 60 QUART ROLLER; $70

You giftee will never run out of beverages with this wheeled cooler, which can hold 90 12-ounce cans. A handle makes it easy to pull, and handles molded into the side make lifting it out of the car a cinch. It also has a recessed plug for easy emptying.

Find it: Igloo


7. ICEBREAKER OASIS LEGGINGS; $90

There’s nothing worse than being cold on a camping trip—so base layers like these merino wool leggings are essential. Merino wool is soft and doesn’t itch like regular wool. It’s also stays cool in the heat but warm in the cold, and it breathes so the wearer doesn’t get clammy. Another perk: it resists odor, so it can be worn for a few days without smelling.

Find it: Amazon (Women’s), Amazon (Men’s)


8. AHNU HIKING BOOTS; $165


You never know where a camping adventure might lead, so make sure your loved ones are properly outfitted with these waterproof hiking boots, which are comfortable right out of the box. (Consider picking up some good socks as a stocking stuffer, too.)

Find it: Ahnu (Women’s), Ahnu (Men’s)


9. ALITE CLOVERWEAR 2.0; $7

Save the environment—and room in your loved one's bag—with this four-in-one set of utensils. The spoon, fork, and serrated knife nest together; connect the fork and knife to create a cooking tool for grilling (they're heat resistant up to 400°F). They can kick back in one of Alite's comfy camping chairs and dig in.

Find it: Alite Designs


10. SNOWPEAK HOZUKI LANTERN; $100

This Japanese-designed LED lantern has a normal mode, a candle mode, and a sleep mode, where the brightness of the light is determined by the sound in the tent. When everything falls silent, the light goes out. The hook can also be used as a stand, turning the hanging lantern into a desk lamp.

Find it: Snowpeak


11. STANLEY MOUNTAIN VACUUM COFFEE SYSTEM; $60

A boiling pot, French press, and leak-proof insulated thermos in one, this system ensures the best possible coffee at the campsite. The lid even separates into two cups for sharing.

Find it: Stanley

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Warm Up With These 15 Heat-Sensitive Mugs
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With the cold weather, you’re probably going to be drinking a lot of hot cocoa. Get your drink on in style with these mugs that change when filled with hot liquids.

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1. CONNECT THE STARS; $15.95

What seems like a normal night sky is actually filled with constellations. Some hot water will reveal them to you—since constellations never look like anything without the drawn lines.

Buy on Amazon.

2. MASS EXTINCTION; $15.95

Some hot coffee turns these dinosaurs into fossils, just like that comet did.

Buy on Amazon.

3. WAKE UP; $7.32

This cup will mirror your own face as you drink your morning coffee.

Buy on Amazon.

4. WE’RE ALL MAD HERE (ABOUT THIS MUG); $13.95

Pour in your drink, and the feline from Alice in Wonderland disappears to just a grin, in typical Cheshire Cat fashion.

Buy on Amazon.

5. RECHARGE YOUR MUG; $16.54

This mug tells you when you need to recharge (reheat) your drink.

Buy on AliExpress.

6. FULL HEALTH; $10

Video game lovers will be soothed by the appearance of a full red heart. Just don’t get injured sipping on that hot cocoa.

Buy on Amazon.

7. PAC-MAN; $14.99

Filling up this mug is a lot like putting a quarter in the classic arcade game.

Buy on Amazon.

8. TETRIS; $10

Perfect for video game lovers who have a hard time looking away from their console.

Buy on Amazon.

9. TRAVEL THE GALAXY; $15.95

The TARDIS never stays in one place for long—as you’ll soon discover with this mug. Add hot liquid and your time machine will transport it from an English street to deep space.

Buy on Amazon.

10. PICK A BEAR; $14.02

Empty, this sleepy bear is all black. Full, it becomes an alert panda.

Buy on Amazon.

11. SWITCH TO PROTESTANTISM; $15.95

Once you fill this cup, Henry VIII's wives fade away, leaving only their cause of death.

Buy on Amazon.

12. WINTER IS COMING; $15.94

The Starks know cold, but they also know how to keep warm. Cuddle up with your mug and the Starks' house words of warning.

Buy on Amazon.

13. CAPED MUG CRUSADER; $19.99

What seems like an unassuming black mug is actually a super cool Batman mug in disguise.

Buy on Amazon.

14. SAVE CHRISTMAS; $14.75

Santa can’t navigate his sleigh until you’ve had your morning coffee.

Buy on Amazon.

15. THE NORTHERN LIGHTS; $14.99

The aurora borealis can be elusive in real life, but it just takes some hot coffee to make the lights appear on your mug.

Buy on ThinkGeek.

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11 Gifts for the Cyclist
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In some ways, having an avid cyclist in your life makes holiday gift-giving simple. Obviously, they could use something for those four-hour-long Saturday morning rides. But if you aren’t a cyclist yourself, you may not know where to even start when you walk into a bike shop. Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. Here are 11 gifts to help the weekend warrior nearest and dearest to your heart hit the road in style.

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1. ROAD RUNNER BURRITO HANDLEBAR BAG; $40

A tattooed cyclist rides a bike equipped with a small blue bag under the handlebars.
Road Runner Bags

This handy bag slips under a bike’s handlebars to provide a little extra storage without getting in the way. It’ll give your beloved cyclist a water-resistant spot to stash their keys, phone, snacks, or extra clothes while they ride.

Find It: Road Runner Bags

2. THE FRIDGE NECK GAITER; $20

A man's face is covered by a light blue striped gaiter.
The Fridge

A neck gaiter is a great way to keep warm, and a great gift, if your cycling aficionado commutes by bike in the winter or loves to ride in chilly weather. The versatile, tube-shaped cloths can be used to keep the neck, the face, the ears, and the head warm, depending on how they’re worn. The Fridge’s stylish gaiters come in a variety of different colors and patterns, so you can find one that matches your cyclist’s personal style. Even if they already have one, it’s one of those accessories that no one can have too many of.

Find It: The Fridge

3. LIZARD SKINS BAR TAPE; $40 AND UP

A roll of black handlebar tape
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Metal handlebars can be hard on the hands, so most cyclists use some sort of tape to pad their paws and give them a little extra grip. Colorful tapes like the ones offered by Lizard Skin will give a touch of personality to your cyclist’s ride, and protect their hands, too. If you’re not quite sure of their style, though, you can’t go wrong with a classic black.

Find It: Amazon

4. SHIMANO TRANSIT SHORT FINGER CYCLING GLOVES; $18 AND UP

A dark gray fingerless glove
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These fingerless gloves will make your loved one’s bike commute a little safer, and more comfortable to boot. They not only improve grip, but they’re made to be highly reflective to keep cyclists visible in low light. Plus, they are designed to absorb vibrations, making long periods of time on the road easier on the hands.

Find It: Amazon

5. OOPSMARK BICYCLE WINE CARRIER RACK; $34

A bottle of wine strapped to the frame of a bike
Amazon

A good bike ride doesn’t always have to be a serious, Lycra-clad affair. Give your loved one a great excuse to take a leisurely picnic jaunt on their bike with this rack, which will allow them to safely strap a full bottle to their ride. The handsome leather straps and antique brass fasteners will no doubt make them feel classy while they do it.

Find It: Amazon

6. DRAFT ANIMALS; $12

The cover of a book shows a cyclist riding next to a car.
Amazon

Recently-retired pro cyclist Phil Gaimon’s memoir Draft Animals: Living the Cycling Dream (Once in a While) explores the ups and downs of life at the highest levels of the professional cycling world. In addition to the intrigue of going behind the scenes (including frank discussions of doping), its honest tales of some of the less glamorous aspects of being a professional athlete—the stresses of living on the road, long-distance relationships, and the nightmare that is negotiating contracts with teams—may make your favorite cyclist even more content with staying in the amateur lane.

Find It: Amazon

7. PEDRO'S MINI PIT KIT; $50

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Amazon

This miniature cleaning kit packs a powerful punch in one 1.8-gallon bucket, making it perfect for cyclists who live in small apartments and don’t have a ton of space to clean their bikes after a ride. It comes with a bag to separate wet and dry items, and separate brushes for larger parts of the bike like the frame and wheels and for small parts like cogs and chains. It also includes tire levels and other tools, and comes with a cleaning guide full of expert advice on bike maintenance.

Find It: Amazon

8. THE STICK; $42

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After a long ride, any cyclist is going to be a bit stiff. The Stick can be used both pre-ride as a way to warm up muscles and afterward to boost muscle recovery. The scientifically-validated muscle roller massages away pain and works out knots, improving strength, flexibility, and endurance. Go ahead, give your favorite biker the gift of pain relief.

Find It: Amazon

9. DONATION TO SCHOOLCYCLE

Give your dearest bike lover the chance to help someone else get behind the handlebars. In 2014, the UN Foundation’s GirlUp charity launched SchoolCycle, a project to help more girls stay in school by giving them the means to get there. A $125 donation gives a girl in Malawi—where some have to walk up to 10 miles to get to school—a bike, spare parts, and maintenance training so that they can get to class easier.

Find It: SchoolCycle

10. BAMBOO BIKE WALL CLOCK; $64

A clock made of a bike gear and bamboo
Uncommon Goods

This handsome bamboo clock is made with reclaimed bike parts, making it the perfect addition to any cyclist’s living room. What better way to remind them it’s time for a ride than with a bike-chain pendulum?

Find It: Uncommon Goods

11. GARMIN VÍVOACTIVE 3 GPS SMART WATCH; $250

The screen of a Garmin smartwatch shows a clock and activity statistics.
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Garmin’s latest GPS smart watch makes a great gift for any athlete that loves to quantify their hard work. The vívoactive activity tracker uses GPS, an accelerometer, and a wrist-based heart rate monitor to automatically track activities like biking, detailing the distance, time, and speed of a ride along with updates on cardio levels. The full-color touchscreen device (easy to read in direct sunlight) is water resistant enough for swimming, so it can definitely withstand the sweat of a bike ride. It also features smart notifications, so they can see when you’ve texted them, even if they’re on their bike. (No excuses not to respond now!) And with the new touchless payment system Garmin Pay, they won't have to bring their credit card on their ride if they want to stop for coffee.

Find It: Amazon

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