The great outdoorsy Christmas gift guide 2017

‘Tis the season to be jolly! And to give these lovely presents to your outdoors-mad friends and family. This year my gift guide has a bit of a beachy, country vibe to it – expect cosy woolly blankets and jumpers, fire and forest-inspired treats, practical gadgets and some very cheerful wellingtons. Happy Christmas!

Outdoors Christmas gift guide

Outdoors Christmas gift guide: presents for your favourite adventurers.

1. Deck wellington boots, £35 from Seasalt
Perfect for: Puddle splashers
I defy you not to feel cheerful with these bright yellow wellingtons stuck on your feet. Seasalt’s lovely Deck wellies were made for muddy country walks, and their wider cut means you can fit your thickest woolly socks inside.

2. Dylan beanie, £19.99 from Passenger Clothing
Perfect for: The wild at heart
I’m slightly obsessed with this Dylan beanie, which has my two loves emblazoned on it – one side reads ‘Waves’, the other, ‘Trees’. So whether your winter walk takes you along the coast or into the woods you’ll match your surroundings. And it has a great bobble on top, natch.

3. Forest candle, £21 from Brick+Mortar
Perfect for: Bringing the outdoors in
Wish you lived in a little log cabin? Transport yourself to a Scandinavian woodland with a sniff of this rosemary, eucalyptus and peppermint-scented beauty. The Forest candle burns for 50+ hours and is soy-based, which is better for the environment than paraffin wax.

4. Foscot fire pit, £86 from Greenfingers
Perfect for: Winter gatherings
I am seriously lusting after this one. Foscot’s elegant fire pit is a portable campfire you can stick anywhere from a back garden to the beach. Fill with logs for an easy way to cook, roast marshmallows or just sit around a crackling flame with your mates.

5. Travel bracelet, £21.99 plus £8.99 for step beads from El Camino
Perfect for: Globetrotting gals
What do you buy for the travelling girl who has everything? How about a leather bracelet she can string all her memories on? El Camino make minimalist beads inscribed with locations as far-flung as New York and Nepal so you can add one for every life-changing adventure you take.

6. Field Hat, £50 from Brixton
Perfect for: Country ramblers
Every self-respecting style maven should have one of Brixton Hat’s wide-brimmed fedoras in their wardrobe, to wear in rain or shine. The moss-green Field looks great with everything and sports a smart leather strap so you can sling it around your neck.

7. Icelandic Mohair jumper, £135 from Brora
Perfect for: Lovers of hygge
The search is over – this is the loveliest nordic jumper this side of Fair Isle. Brora’s Icelandic-inspired mohair beauty is soft, snuggly and perfect for someone who has been very good.

8. Performance Vision sunglasses, £180 from Sunpocket
Perfect for: Sports addicts
Probably my favourite ever sunglasses. These smart unisex Sunpockets are an adventurer’s dream. The lenses are polarized and offer 100% UV-A/UV-B protection making them brilliant for watersports, climbing, skiing and more, and they fold up teeny tiny to fit in your pocket. Plus, they come with a tough case so you won’t squash them in a rucksack.

9. Ryder Crux bike lights, £21 from Cycle Republic
Perfect for: All-weather cyclists
Light up the night and stay safe on your bike with these great quality yet afforable lights from Cycle Republic. They’re a cinch to snap on and off your frame and you can recharge them, too.

10. Braven 105 Portable waterproof speaker, £41.63 from Amazon
Perfect for: Country weekenders
Take your bangin’ tunes wherever you roam with this small but powerful speaker, which comes in a range of candy-bright colours. Already dreaming of summer pool parties? It’s waterproof to one metre.

11. Recycled wool picnic blanket, £36 from Atlantic Blankets from Not On the High Street
Perfect for: Cold winter evenings
Stay cosy all winter and then plan many a summery picnic with this beautiful sea-blue, Cornish-made and coastal-inspired blanket, recycled for extra brownie points.

12. Adventure socks, from £19.63 from Stance
Perfect for: Happy hikers
“One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” Do him proud with these lovely cushiony, wickable socks from Stance, perfect worn with hiking boots on a Christmas Day walk.

13. Dakine Scout mittens, £39.95 from The Board Basement
Perfect for: Snow nuts
Avoid frostbitten fingers on the pistes with these warm and cosy Scout mittens. They come with a removable inner liner and ‘nose wipe thumb panels’ (lovely).

14. Work trousers, from £58 from Revolution Race.
Perfect for: Keen gardeners
Cold-weather gardening, bonfire building and generally getting muddy outdoors have made me extremely appreciative of these tough, waterproof and flexible trousers from Revolution Race. Brilliant for working outdoors and for winter hikes.

 

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