You know the feeling. You’ve been wandering around the department store for the past 2 hours. Reading packaging…picking up items…putting them back down. It’s almost like the holiday gift-buying season is some bizarre stress test that’s designed to take you down.
We’ve gathered the products for the person on your list who loves the outdoors and likes to spend the night below the stars. Many nights. Actually, they would prefer to sleep under the stars rather than a fancy hotel. We share their sentiment. Regardless if you’re looking for something budget-friendly, or the perfect item to leave a lasting impression – here it is: the 50 Campfires 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Sleep.
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You’re away from home with your wallet, your phone, car keys and other important items. Where do you put them when you go to bed? Leave them in your pocket? Lock them in the car? It makes sense to have a dedicated, waterproof spot to drop your stuff, and the Plano Guide Series cases do a great job at providing one. We’re fans of the 3600 case – perfect size for a couple of phones, car keys and even your sunglasses.
So you have a choice. Keep being a tough guy, and roll up your sweatshirt into a ball – or you could finally take the leap and buy an actual camp pillow. The Teton Sports Camp Pillow comes with its own stuff sack, and compresses down to smaller than the book you’ve been trying to finish. Multiple colors, for even the most fashionable sleepers.
One of the best parts about heading outdoors, is relaxing in the fresh air. Not all sleeping has to be done in a tent…right?! The Matador Pocket Blanket folds out to 63”x44” and folds down to fit into the palm of your hand. Weighted corners keep the blanket in place on windy days – and the water repellent and puncture resistant material keep you dry and comfy.
Let’s be honest. We all sleep a little better after an evening nightcap. The folks at TINCUP whiskey have distilled a bold and spicy bourbon that’s cut with pure Rocky Mountain water. Notes of cinnamon, pepper and orange will lull you away – or keep the campfire vibe alive well into the evening.
It’s possible that you own a sleeping bag for every possible temperature range – but unlikely. Sea to Summit’s compact Thermolite built liner bag adds an additional 25ºF of warmth to your existing bag – making it the perfect add on for those cooler nights. The added drawstring hood keeps your head warm as well.
A good nights sleep is imperative after spending a day outside. Lying down on the hard ground is amateur hour, and you deserve better. Check out the Therm-A-Rest Trail Pro Mattress. Made from diagonal-cut foam that increases warmth without adding weight.
Portland Woolen Mills Hiking Quilt
Taking a nod from the 4 point woolen blankets of the past, Portland Woolen Mills has updated the quilt for campers of today. Wrapped in a synthetic outer shell, the interior of the Hiking Quilt boasts a natural fiber insulation – making it the perfect bag or blanket for staying dry and warm.
If you prefer snoozing in a hammock over a tent, the Klymit Hammock V might just be what you’ve been waiting for. Designed to fit all standard hammocks, the V-chamber is designed to keep you comfy and warm all night long. Think of it as a sleeping pad for your hammock.
If you experienced camping cots in decades past, you probably have nightmares of an oversized piece of camping furniture, that’ll likely take your finger off if you close it wrong. The TravelChair Sleep Rite Cot folds down into its own travel pouch, and setup is quick and easy at the other end, able to hold a weight capacity of 300lbs.
Nemo Mezzo Loft Duo Sleeping Bag
If you have a tough time spending a night under the stars alone, this might just be the perfect gift. The Nemo Mezzo Loft Duo bag comes complete with dual fitted pad sleeves, meaning that you and your bunkmate won’t have to be pushing the other one out of bed. Enhanced with dual zippers and water repellant coating, this is the bag that’ll keep you both warm on your next trip into the woods.
$500 and up
So, either you’ve got a big family – or you enjoy bringing everything but the kitchen sink when you camp. The Nemo Wagontop 8p has your space needs covered. Built using a unique pole structure, this tent boasts enough room to not only stand, but move around as well. Simple setup with an attached rain fly – this will quickly become your home away from home.
The folks at Tepui tents have taken the concept of “car camping” to the next level. Alright, enough with the bad puns – but seriously. The Kukenam Sky Tent mounts to just about any car with a roof rack, and provides campers with a birds eye view wherever your vehicle can take you. Built on an aluminum frame and Ripstop canvas – you’ll never camp the same way again.