The weather is turning cold, the Thanksgiving leftovers are all gone, and the Christmas shopping season is already in full-swing. For many with friends and loved ones who spend much of their leisure time in the great outdoors, finding the right present can often be a chore. Therefore, the following is a list of items that could make any outdoors man or woman very happy on Christmas morning:
PolarWrap’s Toasty Feet insoles are among those things a person who suffers from cold feet should never leave home without. The thermal barrier used by Toasty is NASA-developed nanotechnology Aerogel. Tested with a block of dry ice, Toasty Feet insoles provided an effective barrier to the cold, keeping feet at a comfortable 72 degrees. The advanced nanoporous material in Toasty Feet has the highest thermal insulation value of any solid material available today. For more information, visit www.ToastyFeet.com or call (800) 967-9727. They are about $12.99 per pair.
Two award-winning travel journalists have combined their talents to create the Destination Series of cards. While the outdoor images evoke an enduring sense of time and place, the brief texts by Chris McBeath resonates a heartfelt simplicity for broad appeal. These are an ideal alternative to blank cards and Hallmark sentimentality, and are suitable for all occasions throughout the year. They can be seen and purchased at: www.greatestgetaways.com .
For the hunter, hiker or outdoor enthusiast on your list, you can’t go wrong with a new pair of Excursion binoculars from Bushnell Outdoor Products. The Excursion line has something for any outdoor activity from palm-sized compacts to lightweight full-size models that bring the action up close and personal. Backpackers will appreciate the small 8x28mm that fits easily into a daypack or pocket. For the hunter, there is the 8x32mm mid-size pair in Mossy Oak® Break Up camouflage. Birders and naturalists will like the 10x32mm full size model for its power and clarity. These binoculars have non-slip rubber armoring for a secure grip, BaK 4 prisms, and fully coated optics for maximum clarity and contrast. All models include a neck strap and carrying case. Retail prices are 8×28 – $139.95; 8×32- $199.95; and 10×32 – $219.95. For more information, visit www.bushnell.com .
Most sportsmen would never put an appliance on their Christmas list, but the GameSaver Turbo from FoodSaver® is the exception to the rule. Getting fish or game ready for the freezer is now quicker and easier with the new FoodSaver GameSaver Turbo. With two vacuum pumps instead of one, the new top-of-the-line GameSaver Turbo is designed for speedier, heavy-duty use. It comes with FoodSaver Bags (five gallon size and five quart size), two FoodSaver Rolls (11 in. x 10 ft. and 8 in. x 10 ft.), the Accessory Port hose, User Manual/Quick Start Guide, and an instructional video. Suggested retail is $299.00. Visit www.foodsaver.com for your nearest dealer.
The New Guide to Bank Fishing on Lake Lanier is a great stocking stuffer for Christmas. This book is THE definitive answer to fishing success from the shores that surround Lake Lanier, and is available online at: www.fishinglanier.com . The price is $14.95.
Classic gear holds a special place in every outdoorsman’s heart. Veteran woodsmen will fondly recall memories while neophytes will treasure the prospects when they unwrap a piece of equipment regarded as legendary. This Christmas, give the time-tested Coleman Model 288 gas lantern, recently inducted into Field & Stream Magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame for outdoor gear. Still manufactured in traditional forest green, this classic two-mantle lantern provides bright illumination for family campsites, fishing excursions and hunt camps across the land. It is passed from generation to generation within some families. Widely available, it retails for under $50. Other Coleman lantern models are also available.
Gift certificates for a multitude of fishing or Eco trips on either the Chattahoochee River or Lake Lanier are always perfect gifts for outdoors men, women, or children. These range from $250 to $350, depending on the type of trip. For more information or to purchase a gift certificate, visit www.georgiafishing.com .