12 GIFT IDEAS FOR THE
By Crowfoot Media
Mountain people can be surprisingly easy to shop for. Give them a new piece of gear to unwrap and they’ll usually be over the moon. Truly, who else can you give a compact shovel to and expect a great big hug from? With so many cool gadgets coming to market it will be pretty easy to pick something out. But, if you want to be a bit more unique or deliberate in your gift-giving this holiday season, check out this list of gifts curated specifically for the mountain enthusiast! If you aren’t in the Rockies to access these gifts, most can be ordered online.
#1: MIZU V10 THERMOS
- Retail: $54.99
- Available: Unlimited Skate and Snow (Banff)
Featuring a copper lining and vacuum-sealed cap, this is thermal retention at its best. We love the self-cinching rope handle that makes it easy to carry or fasten to a pack.
#2: 2017 CLASSIC CANADIAN ROCKIES CALENDAR
- Retail: $25.00
- Available: Online and at Cafe Books, Tinbox, Banff Provisions and Branches Marketplace
Enjoy the best the Canadian Rockies have to offer through a collection of Paul Zizka’s classic photographs. This large-format (11″ x 13″) calendar features a dramatic and varied array of Rockies landscape images.
#3: MANFROTTO BE FREE CARBON TRIPOD
(Recommended by Paul Zizka)
- Retail: $449.95
- Available: Online
OK, so at that price tag this one might be a group gift, but for the photographer in your life who loves to lug his or her gear into the backcountry, this lightweight travel tripod for Manfrotto is sure to become their new best friend.
#4: CANADIAN ROCKIES ANNUAL
If you haven’t yet gotten your hand on Vol. 1, it’s time to hint for it as a holiday gift! Pre-orders for Vol. 2 are also now available – head on over there to get a sneak peek at the content!
#5: PARK DISTILLERY MINI BOTTLES OF FLAVOURED VODKA
Sometimes the best things come in tiny bottles. Get a sampling of Park Distillery’s award-winning spirits at a reasonable price. Choose from Classic Vodka, Vanilla, Espresso or Chili Vodka and Glacier Rye. The perfect size for your next adventure.
#6: CAMP MUG
- Retail: $16.00 – $20.00
- Available: Online
Combining ‘blast from the past’ enamelware with our modern mountain logo, these camp cups are high quality and perfect for your next camping adventure, backpacking trip or morning coffee at home.
#7: WHYTE MUSEUM GIFT MEMBERSHIP
- Retail: $12.50 – $60.00
- Available: Online or at Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies (Banff)
For the mountain history lover in your life, Gift Memberships at the Whyte Museum include discounts at the Museum Shop and free admission to select museums and galleries. Plus, you’ll be showing your support for this institution’s amazing programming.
#8: ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOAP CO. “BUILD YOUR OWN GIFT”
If you love Rocky Mountain Soap Co.’s line of all-natural products, you’ll love this. With their Build Your Own Gift, you choose a gift box then pick your favourites to go inside it. They take care of the rest!
#9: RAV POWER LUSTRE PORTABLE CHARGER
- Retail: $18.99
- Available: Check Amazon
For keeping your devices charged on the trail, RAV Power has a number of options. One of our favs is the RAVPower 3350mAh Luster Portable Charger. At the size of an oversized lipstick, you can get a few charges for your phone without much added weight.
#10: GSI GLACIER STAINLESS STEEL CUTLERY
- Retail: $11.00
- Available: MEC
Nothing too fancy here, this simple, yet sturdy set of camping cutlery will tolerate the wear and tear of long-term use on your adventures. Each piece comes clipped to a handy o-ring.
#11: DAKINE DELUXE TUNE KIT
- Retail: $69.99
- Available: Online
This sweet all-in-one tune kit is an essential piece for any snow enthusiast! The tool set comes in a compact zippered case – perfect for tossing in your backpack, pocket or board bag.
#12: ESSENTIAL ROCKIES READING
- Retail: Varies
- Available: Find them at your local bookstore, such as Cafe Books (Canmore)
Call it recommended reading for your mountain education. This set of books from Rocky Mountain Books should be on every adventurer’s bookshelf: Sport Climbs in the Canadian Rockies, Scrambles in the Canadian Rockies, Ski Trails in the Canadian Rockies and Summits and Icefields 1 & 2 (and check out their website for more!). Check out which ones your friend has, then fill in the gaps!