13 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsy Adventurer
A fun activity, a great source of exercise and an excuse to get outside on those extra snowy days. You can shop for snowshoes at independent Ottawa shops including Bushtukah, Sporting Life, Kunstadt Sports and Trailhead Paddle Shack.
With tons of colour options and styles to choose from, Fjällräven backpacks are sustainable and reliable. Find one to suit any need from laptop bags and day packs to trekking and mountaineering backpacks. Ottawa has its own Fjällräven store located in Westboro, where you can shop in person.
Whether you’re into skiing, winter hiking or spend hours building snowmen with the kids, Buff neckwear is a great staple to have in one’s winter wardrobe. You can also shop for them in Ottawa at Bushtukah, Trailhead Paddle Shack or MEC.
Enjoyable for anyone with an outdoor space! Portable campfires come in a tin so they’re easy to transport, light and extinguish. You can even roast marshmallows! The Manotick shop Lasting Impressions Gifts carries the Radiate Portable Campfire. Act fast because they’re popular!
'Happiness Is Canada' Sweater
A cozy way to show that love for all things Canada. Perfect for wearing out on a walk, in the car for a road trip, or layering once it gets cold. All items from Happiness Is Inc are ethically made here in Canada, and oh so soft. Get a matching tee for yourself.
Satya Organic Skin Care
Initially created as a natural solution for eczema and dry skin, Satya Organic Skin Care does so much more. Use it for chapped lips, blisters, bug bites, scratches, wind burn and chafing. Read more about this versatile skin care product here.
Ottawa Region Hiking Guide
For the friend that loves exploring and finding new trails, Girl Gone Good has a detailed hiking guide with almost 200 trails in the Ottawa region. There are local insights and other information as well. Proceeds go to mental health and conservation charities.
Fuel for any high intensity adventures, Stoked Oats creates nutrient-packed superfoods for anyone on the go. Everything is plant-based, gluten free with little to no sugar and no preservatives.
Crampons are essentially spikes for the bottom of your hiking shoe, allowing you to walk more effectively on ice without slipping or falling. If you know an avid hiker who continues their adventures in the winter, this is a great gift idea. They’re adjustable for various shoe sizes. Available at Ottawa stores including MEC and Bushtukah.
Thermal Water Bottle
Any adventurer needs a good water bottle to stay hydrated. Find one in a fun colour or pattern to match their personality. In addition to many sporting goods stores in Ottawa, you can find a selection of quality water bottles at Terra 20. Terra 20 sells brands such as Stojo, 24 Bottles, S’well and Danica Studio.
If you’re outdoorsy and on the move, but love some cozy home comforts, Doozy Candle is a great gift option. These artisan candles are Canadian made, durable, dripless and made with a high-grade wax. You can leave them outside in the rain and they will still burn well once lit. Read more about these local candles here.
Convenient to fold, pack and bring anywhere, because you never know when a lake will start calling your name. Wanderlight is a Canadian company creating these travel towels that are quality made, sustainable and absorbent.
Natural Bug Spray
Bug spray is often a necessity, depending on where you are and what outdoor activities you’re enjoying. The big brands are usually full of harmful chemicals. For that eco-friendly, local loving outdoorsy friend, shop Buzz Off Bug Spray by Enfematic. Ottawa Artisans sells their products, and now you can shop them in person at Bayshore Mall in Ottawa.
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