Often times, shopping for the outdoorsy person on your holiday gift list is a quagmire. Many of them are minimalists by nature so they aren’t forthcoming about things on their “wish list.” Additionally, outdoor gear can be expensive, and every serious recreationalist has their favorite brands and equipment nuances. How do you go about buying something they will appreciate, not rush to exchange and actually use? Let me see if I can help.
One of the best wedding gifts Stuart and I received is the first thing on my gift guide for the outdoor gearhead. The tagline on the website reads “outdoor inspiration delivered monthly“ and that’s exactly what it is. Cairn delivers a box filled with outdoor oriented goodies to your special someone. You can decide how many months you want to give, though there are price breaks for six- and 12-month packages. You can find details at www.getcairn.com. Why not give a gift for multiple months instead of just one under the tree?
For the fisherman or hunter in your life, I recommend a lifetime conservation stamp. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department requires that all sportsmen purchase a $12.50 annual conservation stamp to accompany any permit they may buy. My dad bought one for my 28th birthday and I am reminded of what a great present it was every time I buy a license. Granted, it will take 15 years before the $180.50 gift will begin to pay off, but you will save your loved one money every year they buy a license for the rest of their life. Download the application at https://wgfd.wyo.gov/Permits/Forms-Applications/Lifetime-Licenses or, for more information go to the regional WGFD office in Sheridan at 700 Valley View Drive or call 672-7418.
Even the most ardent of outdoor explorers are bound to spend some time indoors. A thoughtfully chosen magazine subscription is another marvelous way to remind your trailblazer multiple times throughout the year that you’ve thought of them. My favorite magazine to give to fellow nature lovers is Orion. Of course, for every niche activity there is an accompanying specific magazine. Others include Outside, Backpacker, Fly Fisherman, Alpinist, Field & Stream, Rock & Ice, and of course, National Geographic.
Speaking of reading materials, you’d be surprised how many resident outdoor buffs don’t own their own Falcon Guide copy of Hiking Wyoming’s Cloud Peak Wilderness. Besides not telling one how to actually climb Cloud Peak, this book has it all. Don’t let the title fool you, it includes trails across the Bighorn National Forest inside and outside the CPW boundary. You can pick this gem up locally at Back Country Bike & Mountain Works or Sheridan Stationery for only $16.95.
Two maps make great additions to accompany the book; National Geographic’s Cloud Peak Wilderness and the USGS Bighorn National Forest are both printed on durable waterproof paper. In addition to being available at the aforementioned retailers, you can also pick these treasures up at Rocky Mountain Discount Sports and the Sport Stop. The whole set won’t even set you back $50.
Maybe your beloved adventurer ardently insists on not receiving a gift? In that case, why not make a donation, in their name, to a local outdoor focused nonprofit organization? Our community is flush with groups that provide recreation opportunities for, support, enhance and educate our citizens about our local back yard.
I can assure you of one thing for certain; the absolute best gift you can give the outdoor adventurer in your life this holiday season is to take them on an adventure.
Julie Greer is a member of the Wyoming State Parks and Cultural Resources Commission.