Okay, to a non-explorer were not the easiest people to buy for. But once you’ve ‘cracked that shell’ there’s so much you can buy for them, whether they’re your friend, son/daughter or you’re in a relationship with them. I’ve compiled a gift guide which is pretty unisex, so you can’t really go wrong.
1) ‘Survival Kit’
A Carabeiner – You can’t go wrong, they’ve very practical on expeditions and they make you look ‘cool’ (not allowed to say another word but you know what I mean).
First aid kit – Pretty self explanatory, you don’t want them to get hurt, simple solution.
Weightless food – That stuff can be expensive. I personally don’t have £6 to spend on one packet which just one meal, so if you buy them like 2, they can cute little stocking fillers and they’re big so they’ll fill the stocking.
Wet wipes – They are weightless and your explorer will be so grateful if you do, just trust me.
Travel toiletries – The essentials really, they can again be cute little stocking fillers or you could buy those little packs that aren’t very expensive.
Socks – I don’t know how many times I’ve mentioned socks in my previous posts, but they are so important, hands down I will love you forever if you buy me good, comfortable hiking socks. Usually they aren’t even that expensive for a good brand.
Dry bags – You can buy them cheap from Sports Direct for a few quid and they are great for just keeping your stuff together.
Compass – As they are very useful for when you’re lost and have no idea where you’re going.
2) Big Gift
Walking Boots – A great idea for a new explorer, but I warn you, don’t go straight to an expedition without wearing your boots in first, not a good idea, so wear them around the house or to school or whenever you can really, just to make them comfortable.
Coat – Who doesn’t need a coat? Especially in winter, in England. Plus coats are such a versatile gift, you don’t even need to be an explorer, wear it everywhere, coats are a great gift idea.
Rucksack – A quality rucksack can be expensive (my Berghaus rucksack was around £80 without DofE discount) so they’re good for a main Christmas present. However, I would advise taking your explorer with you when your purchasing it, as one of the store members can adjust it perfectly to your body.
Sleeping bag and roll mat – The worst thing is being sleeping on the hard ground, in winter, with a one season sleeping bag. It’s not nice. Both sleeping bags and roll mats vary in price you can get very high quality for a very high price or you can average it out. It really depends on your situation.
3) Gift Cards
If you are still unsure what to buy for your explorer, buy them a gift card. I know that the major camping stores, like Mountain Warehouse and Go Outdoors sell them, and then they can pick out what they like.
I hoped this helped, and made it easier to select a suitable item, if you did find this helpful please comment and let me know 🙂 (I know the image isn’t very relevant, I just thought it was cool)