A Rambler's Christmas Gift Guide 2018
How does Christmas come around so fast? We ask ourselves each year. I think it’s sign of a year well-spent - probably one spent mostly out in the hills or planning adventures into them. We don’t know about you, but we’re already getting excited for 2019 adventures and rambles, and perhaps the gifts on this guide will help us a little with our future outdoor pursuits.
Indeed, the Rambler’s Christmas Gift Guide for 2018 focuses on gifts for the lover of all things outdoors, that will make time spent in the hills that little bit more pleasant. From walking boots to picnic blankets; from a luxury hotel stay in the heart of the Lake District to the perfect tools to make your hillside coffee.
Snow Peak Titanium French Press, Mug & Spork
Ah the perfect camp coffee… If you’re buying for a rambling coffee-lover this Christmas, then a Snow Peak titanium french press, mug and spork could be the perfect gift. Each made from titanium, they are super light with the classic yet subtle Snow Peak logo. Perhaps buy some beans from a local coffee shop to pair with the Snow Peak set, and your coffee-loving friend will be set to head into the hills and make the perfect cup of camp coffee.
Snow Peak French Press: £64.99 from Urban Industry Store
Snow Peak Mug:
Snow Peak Spork: £9 from Outsiders Store
Home of Millican bundle
Home of Millican make some of our favourite hiking bags. Though not the most technical, they are the perfect bag to take you from hills to town - sustainably made, beautifully attractive, and with a whole range of styles and colours. For Christmas this year, Home of Millican have introduced some great bundles combining bags with accessories to suit all your needs. Our favourite is the Curious Commuter bundle featuring an 18L Fraser the Rucksack and a Smith the Utility Pouch. Each Home of Millican rucksack also has a laptop sleeve and loads of handy pockets that make it perfect for day to day life as well as hiking. The ideal gift for a walking lover in need of a new rucksack.
Rucksack are a relatively new magazine making a stunning publication to inspire you to go outside. With whimsical words and faraway images, Rucksack Magazine, indeed makes you want to pack your own rucksack and hit the road. Founder, Athena Mellor, has writing featured in the first two issues of the magazine. With a modern yet moody tone, Rucksack Magazine is an ideal stocking filler.
A waterproof and lightweight picnic blanket with fun, colourful and patterned designs. PACMAT will be in your rucksack for every outdoor adventure, keeping your bum dry on camping trips, your toes clean on the beach, and your food free from grass and mud on a warm summer’s day picnic. Our favourite PACMAT blankets are those with the Ordnance Survey map designs, so you can plan your adventure over tea and biscuit breaks in the hills.
Those classic brown leather boots worn by Reece Wetherpoon in the award-winning film, WILD. Here at Ramble, we are obsessed with Danner Boots to take us from coffee shop to hilltop, feeling comfortable and looking great the whole time. Though pricey, these sturdy leather boots will last you a lifetime and are the kind of item that you’ll pass down to your children and children’s children. The perfect rambling boot that any hill-walker will adore.
rCup & Beeswax Wrap
A zero waste way to have your tea and cake in the hills. A lovely rCup made from recycled single-use cups alongside some Beeswax Wrap to replace tin foil or cling film mean your mid-ramble tea break can be completely plastic free. A great gift for someone wanting to be more eco-friendly in the outdoors. Protect what you love.
What better stocking filler than a British-made beanie from Manchester company RMBLR. RMBLR make socks and hats designed to explore, their motto being ‘take a trip’ with the outdoors at their heart and soul. We love the Shining Circular beanie or the Cabin Woven Patch (pictured right). The hats and socks are handmade in Lancashire and reflect the urban grit yet rural charm of the area.
Conquer Lake District Patches
We came across the lovely Conquer Lake District patches at Kendal Mountain Festival and fell instantly in love. They make beautifully designed patches as memories for each hill in the Lake District you’ve climbed. Decorate your backpack, fleece, blanket or whatever else with these lovely patches, a wonderful little gift for Lakeland-loving friends.
Another Place, The Lake Hotel Stay
For a very lucky friend, partner or family member, a Christmas treat of a gift card for a stay at Another Place Hotel will have them squealing with joy. The hotel provides the perfect amount of luxury in an idyllic countryside location on the banks of Ullswater, with a calming spa, delicious food and walks into the surrounding hills right on your doorstep. Plan a post-Christmas winter escape with walks a-plenty, a morning dip in beautiful Ullswater, and waffles for breakfast. See our hotel feature of Another Place here.
Silva Field Compass & Petzl Actik Head Torch
For the keen rambler who has well and truly fallen in love with the mountains, greater adventures might be imminent and a compass and head-torch are two essential items for longer mountainous adventures. Silva make excellent compasses, while the Petzl Actik headtorch offers 300 lumens of light and can be charged via USB or with spare batteries. The combination of the two will get a hill-walker ready for more mountainous adventures.
With a range of gifts, prices and bundles, our Christmas Gift Guide covers every level of rambler - from the casual urban explorer to the avid walker looking for more mountain adventures. We hope you can find something for all your outdoor-loving friends and family members with this Christmas Gift guide.
Merry Christmas Ramblers!
Team Ramble x