Holiday Gift Guide for the Outdoor Enthusiast

November is here and it’s time for our annual holiday gift guide. This year’s theme is the great outdoors, with recommendations in the $30 or below price range.

batter-mixerWhiskware Batter Mixer


Price: $14.99

The Whiskware batter mixer helps take the mess out of campsite pancakes. Batter is mixed, poured, and stored all within one container. Simply unscrew the bottom of the container to add ingredients, add the BlenderBall, and pour directly from the heat-resistant tip. To clean, fill the container with detergent with warm water, shake, and dry the individual components. We think this product is the best thing since, well, pancakes!

sixpacktoteBuilt NY Six Pack Tote


Price: $19.99

This clever six pack tote keeps beverages cold for up to four hours. Beyond protecting bottles from rattling together, the neoprene material is way more durable and water tolerant than a cardboard carrying case. Designed to accommodate containers of varying sizes, the Build NY Six Pack Tote can also be used for condiments, pop, or water bottles. Best of all, the tote folds as flat as a mint and can be tossed into the washing machine for easy cleanup.

dog-bowl-water-bottleUncommonGoods Dog Bowl Water Bottle


Price: $20.00 (but you’ll probably see a $5-off coupon pop up on your screen)

Designed just for dogs, the UncommonGoods Dog Bowl Water Bottle keeps your best friend hydrated while on the road. Simply squeeze the bottle base and the attached upper dish compartment fills with water. When done, excess liquid drains back into the bottle. Use the Velcro strap to attach the bottle to your wrist or backpack. As a bonus, the bottle fits into a standard cup holder for one-handed access while in the car.

Read a bit more about UncommonGoods in this story.

thermal-knit-maskRefrigiWear Thermal Knit Mask


Price: $12.00 (we have a 20%-off coupon code listed at the at the bottom of this story)

If you have plans for winter camping, consider the Thermal Knit Mask from RefrigiWear for both comfort and safety. The thermal knit layer offers warmth for your head and neck, while the quilted face guard and detachable mouthpiece provide additional protection against the elements. Machine washable, one size fits all (but maybe a bit large for smallish heads).

Happy shopping and happy trails! 

Photo credit for feature photo: Osthoff Resort.

About the Author

Julie Henning
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers. Julie is the Oregon Coast destination specialist for Bindu Media, an itinerary-focused website launching in Spring 2016 and featuring the work of 200+ professional, indie travel writers. Julie has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources (DNR) Magazine, Sustainable Chicago Magazine, Group Tour Magazine, Student Group Tour Magazine, Silent Sports Magazine, Intercom Magazine,, and FTF Geocacher Magazine. Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. She has blogged for, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee. Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at