Thursday, November 17, 2016

Play Outside Holiday Gift Guide And Giveaways

I love everything about Christmas except shopping, so I shop early and do it mostly online after the kids have gone to bed. By getting gifts throughout the year, I save money and save weekends for what we love most: playing outside!  I hope our outdoor-themed holiday gift guide and giveaways will help you get outside more too!

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors for all the great prizes! There are 8 prizes up for grabs this year! Good luck!!

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For Outdoor Kids 

Grandma is a Slowpoke is one of the sweetest books I've read all year! It's the tale of a girl and her Grandma who go on a pokey, but amazing, nature walk together.

Book Available on Amazon
Looking for a water bottle that won't leak? The Camelbak Podium Water Bottle works great with the added bonus that the top is easy enough for kids to open and close (but doesn't slide open and leak in your pack). We all have one!

Camelbak available on Amazon
Zippyrooz Biking Gloves are perfect for young cyclists. They're easy to put on and take off (thanks to loops on the fingers), are super comfortable, and come in cool designs. We've been testing the Flowers Full Finger Gloves since August and love them! There is padding where needed, soft fabric on the thumbs, and the kids hands are fully ptoected. I have to mention, they feel like pro cyclists too! Full finger and half finger gloves available for children up to age 6. Enter to win a pair below (Canada & US)!

Available from (Canada) or Amazon (US)
Little music lovers will adore Rocky Mountain Fairy Tales & More Rocky Mountain Fairy Tales. A young girl's Rocky Mountain adventures with fairies are set to classical music in the first album and jazz in the second. Each album has original stories and songs that will appeal to children and parents alike. We loved hearing stories about places we'd been to like Heart Creek and Castle Mountain. It was also cool to listen for the different fairies' sounds; the Red Fire Fairies, Green Forest Fairies, Yellow Wind Fairies, Blue Water Fairies and Purple Mist Fairies are all represented by different instrument families. Listen to a sample here. Enter to win both awesome albums below (Canada only)!

Available online at CD Baby and in store at select retailers.
MSR Tyker Snowshoes are our top pick for little kids' snowshoes as they are light, provide excellent traction, and have great bindings. Of the three brands we've tried for 3-8 year olds, the Tykers are #1! For a detailed review of kids' snowshoes, please see this post. All Out Kids Gear has generously provided one pair of MSR Tyker Snowshoes to give away to a lucky Play Outside Guide reader. Enter to win the MSR Tyker Snowshoes below (Canada only)!

MSR Tyker Snowshoes - Available at
Good quality outer layers are essential to having fun outside, but it helps if the pieces have a bit of style (so the kids will actually wear them). Oakiwear's matching rain jackets, umbrellas, and rain boots in bold, solid colors, or fun prints like owls, dinosaurs, space ships and mermaids are sure to be a hit! We've tested Oakiwear rain boots and rain gear and been really impressed with the materials used and attention to details. Check out our Oakiwear rain boot review here and Oakiwear Trail Rain Gear review here. Enter to win a super cute Oakiwear polyurethane rain jacket and umbrella below (Canada & US)!

Oakiwear Kid's Outer Space Rain Jacket
Available from Oakiwear (US) or Amazon (Canada)
Skiing is so much more fun with cool ski goggles. We love these Spy+ Cadet Kids' Goggles as they have anti-fog and anti-scratch protection, provide 100% UV protection, and look great because they fit little faces well.

Spy+ Cadet Goggles available at MEC
Technical base layers are a must for our climate! We love the Terramar Sports Power Play 1.0 two-piece set for hiking and cross country skiing. On colder days, we wear Terramar's Cloud Nine base layers. The base layers breathe well, do not pill, and come in all sorts of fun patterns. My girls like them so much, they often wear them as normal clothes!

Terramar Sports Cloud Nine Top (left)
Available from Terramar Sports (US) and Amazon (Canada)
Get a high quality 17.5" stuffie, help animals at risk, and get a $30 donation receipt all at the same time with World Wildlife Fund Wildlife Adoptions.  The stuffie comes with a poster and pamphlet explaining what project your donation will support, gift bag of your choice, and adoption certificate which you can personalize. A great gift for the kid who has everything!

Narwhal available at WWF

Gifts For Her / For Him 

For a unique, made in America gift, you can't go wrong with a Stormy Kromer cap! Stormy Kromer's legendary caps are still made by hand in Michigan, just like they were back in 1903. Choose from wool, waxed cotton, Harris Tweed, denim or canvas in a variety of styles and patterns to suit your look. I lived in the Ida's Infielder all summer and wear the Button-Up in stormy weather. They make high quality apparel and bags as well! For more details on the company and its products, please see my writeup here. Enter to win a sweet Stormy Kromer cap below (Canada & US)!

Stormy Kromer Ida's Infielder Cap
Available at Stormy Kromer and select retailers
For the person who has everything, get them a KEEN gift card! KEEN makes amazing footwear from hiking boots, winter hikers, backpacking boots, and sports sandals to casual shoes and boots. I love my Durand Waterproof Hiking Boots, Riesen Zip Full-Grain Waterproof boots, and Versatrails! The waterproof boots are actually waterproof and the Versatrails are so light and.. well, versatile! I hike, walk, and run in them. Enter to win a pair of KEENs below (Canada only)!

KEEN Reisens Available from KEEN Canada, MEC, and select retailers
Terramar Sports Technical Base Layers are what I live in most of the year. I've been fortunate to try several different items from the fall/winter lines and spring/summer lines and love them all! The Cloud Nine pieces are so soft and comfy, I wear the leggings as pants! They breathe well too! When it's cold out, I wear my Thermawool top (my fav!). Wool on the outside and fleece on the inside keeps me warm and cozy without irritating my sensitive skin. Another cool thing I tried this year was Terramar's Microcool tops. The fabric actually feels cool to the touch and stays cooler than regular technical gear, even when it's really hot out. I don't know how it works, but my long sleeved Microcool hoodie kept me cool and dry backpacking in 28C weather! Enter to win a set of cozy men's/women's Cloud Nine Base Layers from Terramar below (US Only)!

Terramar Sports Thermawool Top and Cloud Nine Leggings (right)
Available from Terramar Sports (US) and Amazon (Canada)
A hammock is a great gift to share! The Sequioa Hammock by Serac Hammocks is an extra large double hammock that fits two adults or a whole bunch of kids. We love that the hammock is light, super easy to hang, and comfortable. You can easily lie flat in it, so it would be great for camping in a warm place. Another great thing about this hammock is that it comes with everything (no extra charge for stuff sack, tree straps and carabieners). It's well made and reasonably priced. See my full review here. Enter to win a super Sequoia hammock from Serac Hammocks below! 

Serac Hammock available at Amazon (US Only)
If you know someone who loves to fish, you can't go wrong with a fishing store gift card. In Calgary, visit the Iron Bow Fly Fishing Shop (Dalhousie), Hanson's Fishing Outfitters (downtown), The Fishing Hole, Cabela's, or Bass Pro. I'm hoping Santa brings me a sweet pair of Simm's Goretex Waders!

Gifts of Experience 

For the person who has everything, give him/her the gift of experience!

Some ideas for Calgary & area include:

Ski Resort Loyalty Cards (RCR Rockies Card, Lake Louise Plus Ski Card, Sunshine Card, Big Drop Card)
Gift cards for Winsport - Luge, Skiing, Mountain Biking, or Zipline
Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park, Calaway Park, or Telus Spark day/annual passes
Canmore Cave Tours
Snowy Owl Sled Dog Tours

Giveaway Prizes

 Now is your chance to win some great prizes! Prizes available include:
  • 1 set of Cloud Nine Technical Base Layers from Terramar SportsOpen to Residents of US only
  • 1 pair of shoes/boots from KEEN CanadaOpen to Residents of Canada only
  • 1 Stormy Kromer Cap - Open to Residents of Canada & US 
  • 1 pair of MSR Tyker Snowshoes from All Out KidsOpen to Residents of Canada only
  • 1 Oakiwear polyurethane rain jacket and 1 umbrella - Open to Residents of Canada & US
  • 1 hammock from Serac Hammocks. Hammock comes with carrying bag, 2 tree friendly straps and 2 carabieners. - Open to Residents of Canada & US
  • Rocky Mountain Fairy Tales CDs (Rocky Mountain Fairy Tales & More Rocky Mountain Fairy Tales)- Open to Residents of Canada only
  • 1 pair of Zippyrooz biking gloves - Open to Residents of Canada & US

Giveaway Rules

The giveaways end at midnight on Sunday, November 27, 2016. Winners will be selected at random, via the Rafflecopter app, and notified via email. Winners must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize.

This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+ or any other social media.

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More Holiday Gift Guides & Giveaways! 

Please check out my fellow Outdoor Families bloggers' holiday gift guides for even more great gift ideas and giveaways!

Born to be Adventurous - Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers
Brave Ski Mom - The Brave Ski Mom Holiday Gift Guide, 2016 (Giveaway)
Currently Wandering - 25 Gift Ideas for Adventurers, RVers, & Families
Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies - Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Families (With Giveaways) 
Go Adventure Mom - Holiday Gift Guide 2016 - Companies that Give Back Gift Guide 2016
Little Family Adventure - Gift Guide for Outdoor Families


Great ideas!! I love the Stormy Kromer hats! I couldn't find the gift sets but if I was going to gift something to myself it would be the plaid Button Up hat!

So many great giveaways on here! If I were to win the base layers I would gift them to my boyfriend who really needs a pair. If I won a pair of Keens I would buy a second pair of Rose sandals - love them to bits! As for the hammock, that would be great for all our extended climbing/camping trips! Oh, and the Fairy tale CD would be soooo loved in my classroom! Good luck to all entrants :)

The Serac hammock is AMAZING. Would love to be relaxing in that!

hi - nice give aways! I'm enjoying your blog :)

Thanks so much for this. Always looking for fun ideas for outdoor gifts!

These are great ideas for outdoor lovers!! I especially love giving the gift of outdoor experiences to my family and friends. They always appreciate it!

If I won the base layers I wouldn't share with anybody, because I would be living in them constantly. ;) Also, the big button Stormy Kromer hats are super cute and I've always wanted to try an outdoor hammock, I mean other than the rope mess one I still have up on my trees right now.

I would give the base layers to my husband as his are old and smelly and my Mom as she would like to do more outdoors stuff this year.

I need a new pair of boots! I would order the Keen Elsa or Bern.

I would love to take my family snowshoeing in Kananaskis. I thin my boys would love it!

I would get my older son the Geometric Long Finger Bike Gloves. He moved up to a bike with gears this year!

oh my I would love the alien or monster gloves. So cool!

Terramar Base Layers for my hubby! He'd love that

Keen boots would be my choice if I were ordering them right now! Such amazing quality!

The Stormy Kromer cap would definitely be the kids original one. LOVE THAT!

We would go snowshoeing to Mt. Hood. So many wonderful places around there.

Oakiwear Dinosaur rain jacket would be my top pick. It's adorable!

I would probably pick the Teal Sequoia Hammock, but I like all the colors really!

Great gift ideas! I would keep the base layers for me, KEEN shoes would be awesome (our family LOVES KEEN!), the Stormy Kromer button up w/ tweed is adorable, we plan to snowshoe in The Snowies, the Oakiwear burnt orange trail fleece is my fave, and I would love any color of hammock...I just would love a hammock. The last two wouldn't load for some reason... Thanks again!!

I would love to invest in a pair of KEEN boots because I've heard such amazing things about their amazing quality. Even better that they are waterproof ;)

A hammock is on our camping wishlist. I'd pick the Serac Sequoia Ember Ash/Red one.

I'd give the Terramar Base Layers to my oldest son!

Love the men's Original With Hardware hat at Stormy Kromer!

I really like the Oakiwear kids navy & green raincoat. My kiddo would love to splash in it!

My kiddos would love the Daybreak Orange/Blue hammock for our next camping trip!

We'd adore the Monsters Half Finger Bike Gloves from Zippyrooz!

Love this stuff. Thank you for the chance to win!

The terramar base layers would be for my 4 year old. He always has to have hand me downs and would love some new stuff!

My 7 year old would love the aliens long finger bike gloves. He wants full finger gloves like Mama!

There's no green, so...snowmelt gray/teal.

I would love to win winter boots from keen! Thanks!

okay, here goes, Keen boots for Mom, Gatsby or Flat Top Caps, snowshoeing in K-country with the grandparents, Ember Ash and Red hammock, Cd's to my daughter and aunt, Geometric half finger gloves, and THANKS for all the good ideas!

I would keep the Cloud Nine Technical Base Layers for myself.

I would choose the Rancher Cap in Charcoal.


hahah the Terramar Base Layers would be definitely be a present to myself :)

Terra Mar base layers for hubby. So he can join us on adventures.

I'm about to move to Vancouver Island... I need another pair of sandals for the beach!

For me, I'd choose the snowmelt grey/teal. If I was feeling generous and giving it to my hubby I'd get him the one with the orange :D

I'd get KEEN boots and the SK beanie. We love snowshoeing in Fish Creek! My daughter would love the outerspace or dinosaur jacket. I like the teal/great hammock!

There are so many great options for the Oakiwear raincoat, I think I'd have to let my kids pick so they can both enjoy it!

The grey and teal hammock would match my Keens!

My daughter would love the Rocky Mountain Fairy Tales.

Jealous of my kids KEEN sandals all last year so I would order sandals for sure this summer!

Our kiddos love Rocky Mountain Fairy Tales and have memorized their favourite parts. My son does think there needs to be a brown mud fairy added to the gang.
So many great ideas and items that would be great. I'd love the hammock, it's going on my wish list.

What amazing ideas! Thank you so much for sharing!

My fingers are crossed for the hammock!!

The Keen sandals look great - love that they can go in the water.

The Rocky Mountain Fairy Tales look amazing, my kids would love them.

The bright pink and yellow starred gloves would be perfect for my dare devil daughter!

There are so many great options for the Oakiwear raincoat, I think I'd have to let my kids pick so they can both enjoy it!

I'd give the fairy albums to my son to remind him of all the great adventures we've taken in the Rockies!

The Trail Fleece lined jacket looks perfect for our island adventures

I would like to order some boots from Keen Canada.

So many great giveaways.
The base layers I need to keep for myself, I get my kids all properly outfitted but not myself.
I'd love the Gatsby Hat from Stormy Kromer.
For the Oakiwear rain jacket I'd get it for my 8 year because my toddler already has a suit. I'd pick the cloud pattern. For the hammock I'd love the purple/teal because purple is my favorite color. And last but not least for the gloves I'd pick the aliens for my boys.

I would give the Terramar base layers to my wife.

I'd give the baselayers to my mom, she hates the cold but is brave to come visit us in Alaska, even in the winter!

The green fleece-lined trail jacket would be perfect for my little guy!

My son Miles would love the geometric long finger gloves!

Geometric Half Finger Bike Gloves would be awesome for climbing too!

oh I would love the kids clouds rain jacket!! we always need good gear for my kids! they grow too fast! :)

Love the cheeryness of the daybreak orange and blue hammock!

Id totally get the terramar base layers for my husband who has to work outdoors year round!

Id love some hiking sneakers from keen! they're my go to shoes!!

I would keep the base layers for myself 😉 Momma needs stuff, too!

Ummm....I would give the Terramar base layers to myself :)

So many contests! I would love a new pair of Keen sandals or hiking boots. I would let me son choose the rain coat and biking gloves, I love all hammocks! I think that's all of them, fingers crossed for the snowshoes!

I love the men's original at Stormy Kromer.

I would give the Cloud Nine Technical Base Layers to my husband.

I would keep the base layers for myself.

Love the petal pusher cap in merlot/charcoal!!

would love to take the kids to blueberry hill to snowshoe :)

The monster half finger cycling gloves are TOO cute!!

My husband would freak if we got a hammock the dark blue is cool!

I would love to take my son snowshoeing at Trillium Lake near Mt. Hood, east of Portland, OR!

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Great prizes!!! hopefully this will count even though I entered under another email address???? My entries are under Dana Dobiasova ;)


I like the Geometric Long Finger Bike Gloves

I would love some KEEN boots. I need a new pair!

I like this jacket best:

I would like the midnight blue/black hammock

I think my son would like these gloves:

I would like to take my niece snowshoeing in our own backyard!


I would give the base layers to my mom or dad because they go winter camping every 2nd weekend in the winter & need to keep warm!

I would order boots from Keen because my pair of boots from last year are cracked on the sole & water leaks in.

It would be fun to go snowshoeing up near Kananaskis!

My favorite color hammock is the midnight blue/black one!

I'd like to go snowshoeing at the Nordic Whaleback Trail in my area.

I would give the baselayer to my sister. She loves to hike.

I like the orginial with hardware cap from Stormy Kromer.

Trail Fleece Lined Jacket, Lavender is my favorite kiddo raincoat.

Honestly, I would keep the Cloud Nine Base Layers for myself. lol.

I like the Midnight Blue/Black hammock the best.

I would choose the button up in red black plaid


I would choose the Skulls Half Finger Bike Gloves

Would give the base layers to my Mum...or maybe keep for myself! Tough choice!

I'd order new boots from keen. Two babies later my poor feet definitely need them!

I'd like to go snowshoeing in Waterton with my family this winter

How to pick a hammock colour?! Maybe the daybreak? So hard to choose.

I would give the Terramar Base Layers to my daughter.

I would love to go snowshoeing at our local wildlife park or walking trail.

I love the Oakiwear Kid’s Perched Owls Rain Coat

I would love the Midnight Blue/Black hammock

I would love to use the MSR Snowshoes this winter when we venture to the Grotto and Indian Cove

The Terramar Base Layers would be for myself. I get so cold in the winter and having these for our many adventures would be very helpful

the meridian beanie from Stormy Kromer would be nice to wear.

we have so many great trails in this area to go snow shoeing on. Id like to go to the mountains for some fun in the snow

My favorite rain jacket from Oakiwear is the Mermaid one! so cute

Id let my daughter choose the gloves but I like the stars half finger ones on their site

I would give the base layers to my daughter! Thanks for the chance at this!

I would love to get THE IDA KROMER CAP in Silver Stone!

My favorite jacket is the OAKIWEAR KID’S NAVY & GREEN RAIN COAT!

I like the men's Original With Hardware hat at Stormy Kromer!

I would give the Cloud Nine base layers to my sister!

I want to order some kids hiking boots for my 3 year old from Keen.

I love the The Button Up from Stormy Kromer. It's a classic!

I want to go snowshoeing in Alaska once we get our airstream finished!

I love the kids fleece lined trail jacket in forest green from oakwear!

I honestly love all the colors of the Sequoia hammock.

Bummed that I missed these giveaways... they say they end at midnight on Sunday, but it's not midnight yet :-(

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