Christmas is coming up (I know, duh). And while I’m sure most of you have all your holiday gifts squared away (wink wink), for those who don’t, this post may help. All are gifts that will encourage you and your family to be outside. Note that they are also realistic, I refrained from listing a Sportsmobile and the entire inventory at Jacks Plastic Welding.
Let’s get right to it, here are my top 10 picks. 5 Things you can make and 5 things you can buy. Plus links to other outdoor Mom bloggers who are posting about outdoor family gifts today as well.
I’d also be interested to know what your’re giving this holiday…
5 Things You Can Make/Assemble
Olivia Bag (aka survival kit) – Whether you’re hiking, backpacking, river-rafting, biking, or doing some other outdoor activity, you will always be prepared with your ‘olivia bag’. Here’s how to assemble your own kit. My bag was a gift… one of my favorite in fact.
Hammock – It’s soooo easy to make, you don’t even need a sewing machine. Choose some funky fabric and bright webbing, it’ll be great, and cheep. Here are instructions on how to make a hammock. A great gift idea for just about anyone.
Bird-feeder – Make a feeder out of a plastic bottle and some wooden spoons, or go for something more artistic, like this feeder strung with cranberries, or here’s a tutorial on how to make gourd bird feeders, they all look just plain awesome. Also, include a checklist of birds in your area.
Mobile Kitchen – What kid would not be delighted to open a box full of cooking supplies on Christmas morning? Well, they would if they knew it meant more camping in the year to come… Here is how to build your own mobile kitchen, takes a lot of stress out of packing for a camp trip.
Make a Bracelet out of Plant Fibers – When I was young my Mom had us make our friends Christmas gifts just about every year. Older kids can make this bracelet. Leave it plain or add beads and charms. They turn out a lot like hemp jewelry, so if you were part of the 90’s hemp craze you’ll be a pro.
5 Things You Can Buy
An Axe – Mark, from Adventure Parents, recently blogged about the axe his wife gave him. Got me thinking… an axe; that’s a good idea! Mark really likes his, and I also have to recommend the Gerber Camp Axe, since it’s small enough to throw in a box with your camping gear.
Multi-sport helmets – If your like us you dabble in a wide variety of outdoor sports, therefore, so do your kids. For us it’s not economically feesable to buy a kid helmet for every sport, but it is important that our kids are wearing one. This is where a good multi-sport helmet comes in handy.
Light – Headlamps, lanterns and flashlights, you can never have too many. We love our Apollo Lantern, and have recently fallen for a Nite Ize BugLit LED Micro flashlight (way more versatile and sturdy than it looks). We have yet to find a good kid headlamp however, they all tend to fall apart too fast. Maybe this year?
Frisbee – It’s the perfect sport to play outdoors. Playing amidst sagebrush, trees or sand dunes provides a whole new dimension to the game. Just make sure you get a Discraft Ultimate Frisbee, there’s a reason the pros use it. Also, I highly recommend paring it with a vintage copy of Frisbee by the Masters.
Take a Trip – Joe and I started this tradition before we even had kids. Experiences are far more valuable to us than stuff, and since we really can’t afford both, we don’t buy a lot of stuff. We save our $$ and take a trip every year over the holidays. It’s my #1 gift pick.
More Gift Ideas from fellow Outside Mom Bloggers
Christmas Gift Ideas – The 5 Pieces of Gear we Take Everywhere by Jessica (from Bring the Kids).