I know it sounds cliché, but I’ll be the first to admit it. As a hardcore outdoor enthusiast, finding a holiday gift for me is a difficult task.
In fact, whether you hunt, trap, fish, boat, kayak, camp, backpack, hike, bike or watch wildlife, I bet you are also in the hard-to-buy-for category. Am I right?
We are a picky lot, aren’t we? We are a detailed bunch. We know what we need and desire to have. And what the holiday gift giver in our family thinks we should add to our gear repertoire, we don’t want.
Getting gifts for any of us who are avid outdoors-people can be quite challenging.
So as an active outdoor participant myself, I thought it would be a great idea to share some tips from my experiences in both giving and receiving gifts.
Here are several quick tips for you to remember when attempting to locate the perfect gift for the adventurous, outdoorsy one in your life:
- Do some ‘recon’ (reconnaissance)! Quiz your outdoor enthusiast. Ask them questions about the outdoor activities they passionately enjoy and note all the specifics they give you.
- Buy for their aspirations. Better gear may be what is holding your outdoor sports-person back from pursuing a higher level of the activity they love. Nearly all folks with an affinity for the outdoors prefer dependable, high-quality gear that addresses a variety of functions. Another way to think about this is that for some outdoor enthusiasts, their gear can actually mean safety or even survival.
- Purchase for comfort. A good idea for purchasing the recreationist in your family or friend network is an at-home comfort gift. Choose something with the same look and a similar construction to the outdoor gear they use. Maybe it’s a blanket or sleeping bag built for camping, yet it would make a superb covering for curling up on the couch.
- Take into account the outdoor person’s financial situation. Just because they own a certain piece of gear, doesn’t mean the outdoorsy person wouldn’t be excited about an upgrade. Try to assess the brand, type or model, size, age and condition of the item they have now. If you can’t get a peak at it or snap a quick pic of it, pay close attention to the clothing you see them wearing when they’re outside.
- If he or she is extremely hardcore in a particular outdoor pursuit, don’t scrimp on the price of an item. Select expensive, technical gear for the lifestyle of your outdoor enthusiast and make sure you know it is absolutely what they need or want. The old adage “You get what you pay for” stands true with outdoor equipment. A cool trick if you shop online is to search for terms like “titanium” or “ultralight.” These two search terms alone at online marketplaces should give you a start on a ton of top-notch gift possibilities. Keep in mind you can always acquire a nice, hefty gift card to an established sporting goods, retail or specialty store that sells outdoor products as well.
- When in doubt, buy a permit for the new year! The 2022 Nebraska permits and stamps for outdoor activities are outstanding gifts for the individuals who love the great outdoors! Hunting, fishing, fur harvesting and state park entry permits with associated stamps are gifts that can be purchased for others that are reasonably priced, last all year long and contribute to conservation and outdoor recreation in Nebraska! These are all available at OutdoorNebraska.gov
Remind yourself the best gifts aren’t always the shiniest gadgets. Experience-driven presents go way beyond just material items. They are the ones that bring value to someone’s life and, more importantly, inspire memories with family and friends to be cherished forever.
Happy trails and happy holidays! GW.