Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide for Travel and Outdoor Buffs

From a bike-enabled smartphone holder to the finest backcountry meals, we’ve got little bit of everything for the adventurer on your list.

By Jason Buehrer December 13, 2016

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Not just a nice-to-have: You might actually really NEED this 72-hour survival pack.

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Haven't yet found the perfect goodie for the trail-trekking, bike-schlepping, Big-One-prepping loved one on your holiday list? We've got you covered, from a brand-new urban ride guide to Columbia Sportswear's sweet winter line of Star Wars: Rogue One-inspired outerwear. We've organized these gifts by price, from budget to blowout. 

1. Bangin' Backcountry Meals

This Portland-born company is geared toward discerning eaters who demand more than flavorless rehydrated calories, from creamy potato and gravy-filled Sheppard’s Pie to a Three Sisters Scramble with sausage, cheddar, and green onions. (Our fave: Murray’s Hurried Curry.) $11-$12 per pack,

2. Ride Guide

Local writers Ayleen Crotty and Lizann Dunegan aren’t afraid to say it: They think they’ve written the best guide to Portland-area bike rides. Their September 2016 addition to the Falcon Guide series, Best Bike Rides: Portland, Oregon, offers 40 bike routes they think constitute the metro area’s “greatest recreational rides” for beginners and bombers alike. $21, —Ko Ricker

3. Annual Day Pass to Oregon State Parks

Sean Stevens recently shared his thoughts about the pressures that now exist on our state parks. You can help support the parks with your gift to a loved one. Oregon State parks offers an annual day-use parking pass good at all 26 of our parks. From now until the end of the month, you can get them for $5 off the normal price. $30,

4. Snazzy Smartphone Holder for Cyclists

The century-and-change-old Portland-based Beebe Company somehow makes it look easy to adapt leather accessories for the new millennia. Take this brass, nickel, and silicone tooled Thurman smartphone holder: designed to attach to any bicycle handlebar or top tube—and fits any model of Android or iPhone.  Now, you can simply glance down at your GPS, and keep both of your hands free for, you know, steering. $59, —Webb Wright

5. Lustworthy Leatherman

Local tool company Leatherman partnered with pro skaters—Arto Saari, for one—to develop the Jam + style pocket tool. It can trim a rope, wrench your trucks, or just stash your ear buds. Clip it on and go. $47, —Eden Dawn

6. Hot Headgear

The funky designs on Portland’s Nutcase Helmets will make you reconsider helmet hair. While it should be easy to find a size to fit your skate and bike enthusiast’s head, the hardest part will be finding one that fits their style. $80,

7. Winter Warmth

Curl up this winter with Pendleton blankets inspired by Crater Lake or Rainier National Park. Highlighting their co-anniversary with Glacier National Park, Pendleton has released a line of 10 national park inspired blankets made of 100 percent virgin wool, sure to keep you warm on the trail or curled up in front of the fire. $229–$259,

8. Straight-Up Preparedness

No matter the size of the disaster, Jet Pack Bags will keep you and your loved ones stocked up with food, water, and essentials for the first couple of days. The earthquake-inspired safety kit is perfect for a grab-and-go situation or peace of mind in the trunk of your car or truck. $299,

9. Stormtrooper-Fighting Jackets

Just in time for the premiere of Star Wars: Rogue One, Columbia Sportswear has released a trio of Rebel– and Imperial–inspired coats and jackets. All three models take advantage of Columbia’s existing technologies like Omni Tech, making them perfect for the everyday backwoods adventure—or your cosplay needs. Supplies are very limited, so grab them early. $400–$450,

10. Boots for the Office—or the Outback

This year, replace those scruffy kicks with a new pair of locally made Crary Boots. For nearly 40 years, the Portland cobblers have made handmade boots in styles fit for the board room or the trail. $625–$875,

11. Beautiful Bike

Portland manufacturer Renovo utilizes the natural shock-absorbing power of wood by incorporating it into a bike frame. The hollow wooden composite frames are only a pound or so heavier than their carbon cousins. Starting at $4,500,

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