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Last Minute Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Outdoor Enthusiast

Dec 16, 2019 5:40:18 PM / by Krista Lutzke have this person in your life. You may classify this person in a few ways: unconventional, outdoorsy, adventurous. And this person may seem hard to shop for. They have everything they need, and don’t really like extra “stuff” lying around. So, what do you do?

Here are some gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your life that you'll love to give — and they'll love to get.


Wool Socks

As kids, most of us thought socks were the worst gift ever. Now, we long for a pair of good wool socks to keep our feet smelling fresh in the back-country for days. And those suckers aren’t cheap!



Arguably the most versatile clothing item ever made. They can be bandannas, neck warmers, snot rags, ear warmers. But we all know their real use is to fashionably hide dirty hair.



We can’t have a gift guide without including an actual guidebook! A guidebook isn’t just a book to place on a shelf and collect dust. It’s an opportunity for adventure, a lesson in the history of the land, a plea not to get lost forever. Give a copy of Menasha Ridge Press' new camping guides.

External Battery

This tiny piece of technology is worth its weight in gold for those of us who are obsessive smartphone photographers in the back-country. And photographs only! Because we all know phones shouldn’t be relied on for trail directions.


Nonprofit Memberships

Any outdoor lover will be thrilled to get a gift helping protect and preserve public lands. Sign them up to be a member of one you know they will love. Better yet, sign them up to be a NAISMA member!


hunter_brush308.highres_creditmnwecBoot Brushes 

Boot brushes are versatile, especially the handheld PlayCleanGo boot brush with horse pick.

They work not only on shoes and boots but also are great with packs, the cloth undersides of strollers, bike tires, horse hoofs, and any outerwear. If you’re out in wet, muddy conditions, you might need to wait until the mud dries to be able to scrape seeds and plant pieces off. Be sure to bag up whatever you scrape off and throw it in the trash. Does your dog like to hike with you? Use the boot brush on their paws too and check fur for hitchhiking seeds that might be from invasive plants.


Shammie Cloths

Shammies are the ultimate in outdoor recreation usefulness. Towel off your gear including PFDs and paddles after boating, wipe down your bike and bike gear, and wash it for your next outdoor adventure. Try to get any seeds, plant parts, or aquatic animals  and throw them away. Another great PlayCleanGo tip. Watch for them to be placed in our PlayCleanGo store soon!


Portable Showers

This road shower is lightweight, solar, and portable. Just fill it up before you head out for your mountain bike ride, hike, hunting excursion, or camping trip, and shower off gear before you leave the trail-head or campsite.


Other Ideas

Add a great water bottle or coffee mug that can be used for camping or thrown in the mix.

Multi-tools or knives! Can you ever have too many? Pocket knives, fish cleaning knives, multi-tools with fingernail clippers; the possibilities are endless!

Don't forget those sport specific gifts such as fishing lures, inclinometer, indoor/outdoor weather station or hygrometer.


Go for the Experience! 

Does your adventure seeker have it all?! Value the day together by planning a fishing trip, a hiking adventure, a kayak trip, a horseback ride, or fun in the mud with your ATV.

Happy Holidays to all you adventure seekers out there!

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Krista Lutzke

Written by Krista Lutzke

Krista is NAISMA's PlayCleanGo Program Manager. Her natural resources career began with the Wisconsin DNR in the Natural Heritage Conservation Bureau conducting invasive species management and later working as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative’s Phragmites australis Project Coordinator. Most recently she served as Conservationist with the Door County Soil & Water Conservation Department. She loves to go on road trips with her family, exploring all of our National Parks, camping, hiking, birding, and botanizing.

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