If we have anything to say about it, a women’s life should be filled with adventure and love. Forget five gold rings; naughty or nice explorers alike deserve a thoughtful gift.
That’s why this Christmas we’ve put together a selection of little somethings for the other explorer in your life - be it your significant other, sister, mother, father, or dog, so you can express how much you love them through your adventurous gifts.
Or if you need to drop your partner a hint of what you want for Christmas, you can forward this handy inspirational list to them too!
We’ve all heard the old saying that the best things come in small packages. So we’ve listed a few stocking fillers that won’t break the bank. However, with some of the adventurous presents listed, you won’t want Santa taking all of the credit! And we think there are certain items that lend themselves well to large quantities, such as mulled wine, mince pies, chocolate, leftover turkey sandwiches….
So even if Santa Claus doesn’t come down your chimney this year, you’ll have stockings and presents under the tree covered. Now let’s put on Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, heat up some mulled wine with a side of mince pies and get festive.
Award winning artisan chocolate is driving change in how chocolate is made. They pay farmers what they ask for and know what happens from bean to bar, as the roasting and processing of the cocoa beans is done by themselves in Lincolnshire.
From £5.95 a bar. Shop here.
The English Pewter Company
We think it's about time the hip flask came back in fashion, where else are you to store the whisky that gives you the fire in your belly during a chilly evening in a bivvy?
We love the Celtic Rose 6oz Pewter Hip Flask, as it has a hint of feminine adventurous spirit!
This one is mid-range at £36. Shop here.
Armadillo Merino - Kick Ass Socks
Socks can get a bad rep as a Christmas gift, but you'll thank your partner for these! They'll keep your feet warm and comfortable during winter, even if they get wet while walking through a bog!
The heavy boot socks are our favourite socks for winter adventuring and we're hoping to find them in our stockings!
We interviewed the founder, Andy Caughy, last month and you can read more about this amazing company here; Behind The Brand: Armadillo Merino
Socks from £14.99 (shh.. some are on sale!). Shop here.
One the most ultimate explorer's gadgets - toys just aren't for boys alone. Any man would be jealous if you had one of these!
On the left is The Signal - 19 functional tools including pliers, saw, can and bottle opener, awl, knife blade, fire starting ferro rod and an emergency whistle. With this you can stay ready for the expected (and unexpected) no matter where you are with everything you need right on your belt.
Their Wave is their most popular and they have a few basic outdoor multitools to get you started.
Prices from £50. Shop here.
Neal's Yard Remedies Seaweed & Arnica Foaming Bath
What better way than after an adventure to soak your aching muscles and muddy body in a steaming hot, healing bath. She'll feel refreshed and vitalised afterwards! And this is one you could both enjoy!!
From £15. Shop here.
Bespoke Custom Made Ordnance Survey Map
Focus on your favourite area or create a unique gift with folded, flat or framed maps. What a great way to find more wild camping spots in your local area?!
From 16.99. Shop here.
Dare To Do - Sarah Outen
Be inspired by Sarah's incredible story of adventure, raw power of nature, the kindness of strangers and the spirit of travel, of finding love in unexpected places and of discovering your inner strength. It's about trying, failing and success.
Find out more about Sarah here.
Tools Of Titans - Tim Ferriss
We've been super excited about this book coming out, as we're BIG fans of The Tim Ferris Show (awesome podcast).
In this book contains the distilled tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else, new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met. Tim has interviewed over 200 world-class performers and in here lies their secrets to success. The first paragraph had us on the edge of our seats!
Find Tim's blog here and we highly recommend his podcasts!
BAM Bamboo Clothing
You can't go wrong, they have you covered for every type of explorer, whether you're buying for someone who adventures through dream land, is a skier, outdoors women or hiker! From socks and underwear to vests, leggings and headbands.
We love their leggings - great for a base layer and running leggings.
Just check out their website. It's all good!
These hats are awesome for the outdoors and the people at Zaini are dedicated to bringing you new, colourful and unique hats. All of them are designed in Scotland and handmade with attention to detail in everyway.
Brighten up your day with a Zaini hat - great for a cold nights camp!
Hats from £25, buy here.
With the click of a button you are two minutes away from boiling water for cocoa, coffee, soup or a gourmet freeze-dried meal. Whether at the summit or the campsite, Jetboil will provide a system that is thoughtfully designed and able to withstand the toughest outdoor conditions.
Loads of our friends swear by them and we'd love to receive one under the Christmas tree this year!
MSR WhisperLite Liquid Fuel Backpacking Stove
Backpackers, climbers, hikers and adventure travelers alike have come to rely on its easy-to-use design and durable, stainless steel and brass construction to deliver dependable performance in most any situation.
We must say we love ours, it boils water quickly and you can cook a nutritious meal quickly. It's also easier on the environment, as you're not going through gas canisters.
From £80 on Amazon.
Stanley Adventure Shot Glass & Flask Gift Set
What more do you need for a wild camping trip or microadventure with friends?!
A true party ‘to go’ set, this has everything you need for a great time in the outdoors. Bring your favorite alcoholic beverage in a 8oz Adventure Flask, and toast with your friends in 2oz shot glasses. How cool is that?!
Santa we promise we've been nice this year!
Buy from Amazon from £40 - we did see the shot glass from £20.
Glen Scotia Double Cask Whisky
A bottle of whisky under the tree never goes a miss and it's a perfect accompaniment to a hip flask or the Stanley gift set!
Apparently this whisky is matured in the finest oak barrels and finished in a combination of first fill bourbon barrels and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks, offering the perfect balance of rich spicy fruits with the Glen Scotia signature characteristics of sea spray and vanilla oak.
It's from £43 at The Whisky Shop. Shop here.
Alternatively get a bottle of whisky that's on special offer from your local supermarket!
Microadventure Brukit Bundle
Enjoy crisp winter nights outdoors with an integrated camp stove and pot, spacious bivvy bag, titanium spork and our latest LED head torch
We love our Alpkit Hunka Bivvy Bag, so if your partner is getting into wild camping or it's on their new year's resolution, this is the perfect gift for them!
£120. Buy here. Or check out their site for much more gear.
Patagonia Women's Nano-Air Hoody
We LOVE this hoody and wear it is a outer layer. It is warm, cosy, stretchy and so breathable I tend to wear it for the entire day when in the mountains!
Adelaide, our founder, finds she can wear a merino base layer, merino hoody and a nano air and she is sorted for a day in the mountains! It's her favourite piece of kit!
At £190 they are expensive, but Patagonia is very environmentally friendly, will repair your kit for free and build their gear to last. (You might also want to watch out for special deals and sales!)
Buffalo Women's Mountain Shirt
We love the brand Buffalo because they have a workshop in Sheffield and work hard to keep alive the heritage of British manufacturing.
I've heard many explorers rave about this product, saying it keeps them toasty, but it also has great vents!
The Mountain Shirt is an award winning design classic and has been tested for over 30 years in the most hostile conditions, it's highly respected by all that use it.
From £136 in stores.
Hiut Denim Women's Jeans
We love this brand too! The Hiut Denim Company was started to bring the manufacturing of jeans back home to Cardigan. To use all that skill on our doorstep and to breathe new life into Cardigan.
All they do is make jeans. nothing else.
So treat your partner to a pair. They're from £125, but they're built to last.