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!
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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 AllOutKids.com (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 – Available at AllOutKids.com|
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
Now is your chance to win some great prizes!
Prizes available include:
- 1 set of Cloud Nine Technical Base Layers from Terramar Sports – Open to Residents of US only
- 1 pair of shoes/boots from KEEN Canada – Open to Residents of Canada only
- 1 Stormy Kromer Cap – Open to Residents of Canada & US
- 1 pair of MSR Tyker Snowshoes from All Out Kids – Open 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
- 2 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
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.
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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
KidProject.org – Companies that Give Back Gift Guide 2016
Little Family Adventure – Gift Guide for Outdoor Families
Moosefish – The Moosefish Holiday Gift Guide
Mountain Mom and Tots – 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
Outdoorsy Mama – 10 Gifts to Blow Her Outdoorsy Mind (2016 Holiday Gift Guide)