Oct 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm #1295312
This is tough. A lady friend is having a birthday in three weeks, so obviously I need to get her a present. She is a backpacker, but not a dyed-in-the-wool UL backpacker. As a result, she has all of her own basic gear, but it tends to be medium weight gear or worse. Her backpack is 65L in volume, if that tells us anything.
I am reluctant to buy her anything where sizing will be an issue, so that kind of leaves out outdoor clothing, boots, and backpacks. She doesn't like to see premium prices paid for premium brands. She tends to operate mostly in the Alps in summer. Since I have never hiked there, I don't know for sure what kind of gear is really best there.
If I can't think of anything really great, I will just give her a $100 gift certificate to REI or someplace equally decadent. Yes, I know REI is overpriced for most stuff, but at least it is convenient.
Any suggestions? I mean any suggestions besides: Marry her.
–B.G.–Oct 20, 2012 at 7:45 pm #1923270
@woodenwizardLocale: Greater Mt Tabor
IDK about specifics but Snow Peak has all of that nice camping stuff as far as tableware and all. I guess sorta pricey but form is important over there so usually its more of the classy looking stuff.Oct 20, 2012 at 7:48 pm #1923271
Barry, her idea is that anything more than a plastic bowl and a spoon would be overkill.
–B.G.–Oct 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm #1923276
Something homemade is always nice. How about one of Kat's hats?
Or perhaps Andy Skurka's or Justin Lichter's book?
Or, if she's ever sent you a bunch of pictures of one of her trips, make a near pro-level book out of them, a la Apple books or similar.
Or some of your best backpacking shots made into a book, if you think she might like something like that.Oct 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm #1923280
@flutingaroundLocale: Rocky Mtn. West
Sounds like she is lucky to have you as a friend!
I'm not sure what you want to spend, but a few generic ideas..
Goosefeet down hood or down booties – or a gift card for Goosefeet?
Gift Card for gourmet backpacking food
Smartwool glove liners (can never have enough of those)
Dirty Girl Gaiters
Blue-Mini Ultralight Designs (inexpensive alcohol stove kit she can experiment with)Oct 20, 2012 at 8:51 pm #1923288
Douglas, good ideas. However, she never wears hats, or certainly not warm hats. I know it sounds bizarre. She is one of the generation that believes in leaving everything floating around in the digital world and never in print.
–B.G.–Oct 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm #1923289
Raquel, I think you are getting the closest. She is kind of a foodie, so the gift card for gourmet backpacking food makes sense to me. Besides, I might end up on the receiving side result of that. Hmmm.
–B.G.–Oct 20, 2012 at 9:35 pm #1923292
Bob, does she like to cook? How about a Harmony House Backpacker's Sample box? REI has them for $50. Every dehydrated veggie and bean she could wish for.
Then, if you know her skull size, I'd strongly suggest a Black Rock down beanie–in my opinion, the perfect hat.
Then, you might also consider a personally signed collection of the Idester's all-time greatest poetry… Have you published that yet, Doug?Oct 20, 2012 at 11:11 pm #1923308
"Then, if you know her skull size, I'd strongly suggest a Black Rock down beanie–in my opinion, the perfect hat."
Based on my experience with Black Rock, that is the least perfect hat, and I wouldn't buy another one.
–B.G.–Oct 20, 2012 at 11:18 pm #1923311
"obviously I need to get her a present. She is a backpacker, but not a dyed-in-the-wool UL backpacker. As a result, she has all of her own basic gear"
Speaking of "dyed in the wool" I have two of katharina's excellant hats, hand made, in Davenport California from Alpacas that were NOT harmed in the process.. What the heck else can you ask?Oct 20, 2012 at 11:33 pm #1923313
As I stated previously, this gal never wears hats and certainly not warm hats. Her idea of wearing anything on her head means a ski helmet.
–B.G.–Oct 20, 2012 at 11:36 pm #1923314
Bob.. the reason she never wears hats might be that no one ever gave her the "right" hat… Just sayin'Oct 21, 2012 at 12:09 am #1923316
Does she wear ponchos? If so, is hers an old style heavier one? You could replace that with silnylon (or cuben?).
Fancy alcohol stove such as one of the packafeather ones? Caldera cone system?
UL gaiters? Rain chaps? Cuben stuff sacks? Birdiepal Dainty UV umbrella? Cuben daypack for peak bagging?
I'm running out of non-sized ideas. Maybe the gourmet food idea is better.Oct 21, 2012 at 6:27 am #1923328
@flutingaroundLocale: Rocky Mtn. West
Maybe you can get her one of these nice watches that hiltonu recommended.
lmao.Oct 21, 2012 at 8:34 am #1923346
"Maybe you can get her one of these nice watches that hiltonu recommended."
Yes, I will send a personal message right away. Or not.
–B.G.–Oct 21, 2012 at 8:51 am #1923353
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
Does the gift need to relate to backpacking?
If she has an iPad – Logictec ultra-slim keyboard cover
iTunes gift card
Amazon gift card
Does she have a car?
– Garmin GPS
– Hands-free Bluetooth for cell phone
Does she drink wine?
– Accessory kit/tools
– Elegant wine bottle stopper
Bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne (somes around $100 at Costco)
Wool scarf or throw blanket (not for backpacking)
Charm bracelet – vogue is the "cable" sytle where the charm has a hole in it (Google Pandora)
I have more ideas is you want them :)Oct 21, 2012 at 8:55 am #1923355
Nick, in my other ear I am getting advice from hiltonu.
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