Holiday Gift Guide 2014

It’s been raining all day and we’re making the final moves on the holidays before we get together with family. We want to share our favorite gifts of the season with you while we’re at it. We hope these will get you in the mood to enjoy the last few weeks of this fabulous year.


Sweet and Sara Marshmallows

Ever since our wedding in February, we’ve been thinking about sharing these delicious marshmallows with you. We used them in our wedding dessert buffet (which was a s’mores bar, of course) and they were a huge hit. They happen to be gelatin-free, and come in several delicious flavors. Our favorites are strawberry and toasted coconut. These marshmallows are perfect at an outdoor fire during a holiday party or camping trip. They would also be lovely in a cup of hot cocoa on Christmas Eve.


RavPower Portable Charger

We recognize that we’ve become too reliant on technology nowadays, but it is so convenient to use our phones as our lightweight cameras, notepads, and books when away from home. This little charger is the perfect accompaniment for someone who does as much work with theirs as I do. It, too, is lightweight and compact, so it was easy to make room for it in our packs during our backpacking trip to Mineral King over the summer. I can get almost a full charge of my phone with it, but it can also be used as an emergency light source, and recharged with a solar panel for indefinite use.

Buffalo Check Flannel

Anyone who spends time in the outdoors can appreciate a classic flannel as the item that should always be around. Why not go with one of the most iconic ones. This cozy Woolrich Buffalo Check Flannel is something that you can’t go wrong with.

Barebones Forest Lantern

I bought this lantern when planning my wedding with the intention of giving it away after the event. It was so pretty, though, that it has become one of my signature items for any events I attend. It is rechargeable and can also be used to charge your devices. The color of the light is soft and warm, and the lantern is just beautiful to have on a buffet table or lighting your outdoor space. It is one of my favorite things.

REI Co-op Down Vest

REI has recently unveiled a new brand within their brand. It has the name REI Co-op and a cute new logo, and their first product is a wonderful gift option. This vest is an impressive price for the quality and packability, and the outer fabric is super soft. They are working towards Blue Sign approval, which I appreciate. This vest (or the corresponding jacket) is the perfect gift!

Hydro Flask 64 ounce Growler

Cold drinks need to stay cold, and hot drinks hot. These Hydro Flask bottles work really well.

Patagonia Provisions

Patagonia is always the company that cares about social and environmental responsibility. Now they’ve begun to create responsible outdoor food. They provide sustainable salmon and a new addition called “Tsampa soup” that has been adapted from a Himalayan recipe. You can never get too much truly good food.

One thought on “Holiday Gift Guide 2014

  1. Hi there. I’m wondering if you could tell me what stove you use for all of your backpacking recipes. I can see it in the photos but can’t recognize the type! We are a family of four, and have been using the solo stove but need something a bit more efficient that can still handle our bigger pot and pan but can be super transportable like the one in your photos. Thanks!

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