Stuffing for Stockings

Six smaller gifts for your most-loved outdoor adventurer

Meg Simon

With the holiday season in full swing, we’ll soon be hanging our stockings by the chimney with care. When it comes to gifting, stocking stuffers are the perfect opportunity to give your loved ones the little things they wouldn’t normally get for themselves. Listed here are several items I’ve found that your most-loved outdoor adventurer would enjoy digging out of their designated sock.

1. Dragon Kodiak LL Sunglasses

Sunglasses will always be a go-to gift for any outdoors person. Whether my old ones are beat up from too many trips to the desert or I’ve misplaced them after après at Ajax Tavern, I’m always needing to replace my shades. With clean lines and sleek temples, the Kodiak glasses from Dragon are hard to beat. The front of the frames are constructed of sustainable plant-based resin material and the temples are a sleek metal. 100% UV protected lenses made with Lumalens technology creates a crystal-clear view that rounds out a stylish and functional everyday essential. $135

2. Filson Wool Fisherman Beanie

One can never have too many beanies, and in our mountain climate they are in rotation year-round. This hearty one from Filson is crafted with the same Scottish wool that’s protected generations of sea farers from the harsh conditions of the North Atlantic. Constructed with 100% pure new wool and handmade in a traditional fisherman cable-knit pattern, Filson has created a warm and authentic staple that will insulate even when wet. $95

3. Life Elements Holiday CBD Bath Bomb

After a long day of chasing powder or at the end of an evening skin up Tiehack, a long soak in a hot bath is a treat for tired muscles. Bump that bath up a notch with the gift of this bath bomb that’s made with 200mg of CBD, an ingredient that has become a favorite for relieving pain, reducing stress, aiding sleep and reducing symptoms of anxiety. With subtle scents of pine, honey and cinnamon, this bomb provides a relaxing and effervescent experience to help shed off the effects of an epic day. $24

4. Honey Stinger Cookies and Cream Waffles

Instead of filling that stocking with candy, throw in these delicious waffles to help fuel their adventures. According to Honey Stinger, with the right balance of honey-powered carbs, the energy in their waffles is released immediately and absorbed at a steady rate, which delays muscle fatigue and gives your body a boost of power. This version has a vanilla cream-flavored filling sandwiched between two dark chocolate crispy thin gluten-free waffles for a perfectly packable snack. $18 for pack of 12

5. Vuori We Rise Bandanna

The undersung hero of outdoor essentials, a bandanna should never be far from reach. I once read an article that listed 75 different uses for a bandanna. Not just for blowing noses, a bandanna can be used for everything from a make-shift bandage to a coffee-filter. Give the gift of this beautifully designed one from Vuori that’s made of sustainably sourced 100% organic cotton and gives back 10% of sales proceeds to Oceana, an international advocacy organization for ocean conservation. $30

6. Cotopaxi Teca Mask

Unfortunately, we aren’t out of the woods yet where masks are concerned and those masks have taken a beating since the pandemic first changed our world. Refresh their stash with these beautiful ones from Cotopaxi. Made using surplus fabric, these comfortable, non-medical grade masks keep good materials out of landfills. Each mask is constructed with 100% tightly woven, lightweight cotton and includes two layers of fabric. Cotopaxi donates one mask for every mask purchased to communities in need including displaced refugees, entrepreneurs of color and native tribes. It’s a mask that gives back. $13

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