Festive Season by Hena Sharma

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Nature Lovers

Getting outdoors and spending time in nature is one of our favourite things to do, but in a society that is increasingly dependent on technology, it has become harder for many of us to escape the screens and find the time to be around nature. As we move into the new year it’s important to remember that taking time to be around greenery, immersed in nature, works wonders for mental health and mood. Our intention for 2022? More green, fewer screens.

As Covid cases rise and travel becomes strained once more, it’s the perfect time to enjoy our natural surroundings and take trips closer to home. Seeing as it’s also Christmas, we have started thinking about what to buy for friends and family who are obsessed with spending time in the great outdoors. If you’re stuck on what to gift your climate-conscious, outdoors-y friend whose ideal trip revolves around a five-day hike in a forest, rest assured, we’ve got you covered.

1. Titanium Chopsticks

Japanese brand Snow Peak creates innovative equipment for climbers and hikers alike. These titanium chopsticks are perfect for easy eating when on the road. Made from a material as strong as steel but much lighter, these chopsticks won’t weigh down your backpack when on long hikes.

2. Patta x Helinox Personal Shade

The Korean label has dropped a row of collaborations this year which we are loving (Stussy, Jordan Brand). This one is no different. Catch some shade with this Patta x Helinox Personal Shade chair - a mixture of city style from the streets of Amsterdam with durable and transportable outdoor furniture. This shade cover is perfect for when you are lounging on the beach with your ice cooler and want to block out the sun rays.

3. Recycled Camping Tent

Vango's tent from their 'The Earth Collection' protects you from outdoor elements but is also kind to the environment. Their tents are made from 'Sentinel Eco Fabric' which is formed from recycled single use plastics. The Vango Osiris Air 500 is produced from recycled material, equivalent to 158 plastic bottles.

4. Portable Sustainable Campfire

This little campfire is great for camping, backyard fires, and tailgates. Designed to simplify your outdoor experience, this traveling campfire is portable, eco-friendly an easy to light and extinguish. A transportable campfire made from safe, recycled materials. It minimizes waste and helps protect the environment with its 100% soy wax and rigid recycled paper.

5. Keep Cozy with Nong Rak's Bucket Hat

Bangkok-based fashion brand Nong Rak has been on the tips of everyone’s tongue lately. Creative couple, Cherry and Home, create eccentric knitwear from hand. Each piece is one-of-a-kind as well, making it a perfect gift for your fashionable, nature-obsessed pals. The brand story is inspiring -- Cherry started out as a school teacher in Bangkok and eventually started a vintage shop -- once lockdown hit, her business started struggling and from there she got creative with knit and yarn. Get your hand on a bucket hat if you can, items sell out super fast!

6. Ocean Bottle

This bottle is award winning and stops “1000 plastic bottles from entering the ocean.” The perfect present to keep your cold drinks cold and your hot drinks hot! Ditch plastic for a long-term drink holder “designed to come along with you this Christmas and beyond.”

7. Rumpl's Down Puffy Blanket - Pyro Tri-Fade

Keep cosy and colourful in Rumpl's The Down Puffy Blanket. The blanket combines sustainably-sourced duck down insulation with the same technical materials found in premium sleeping bags and insulated jackets to keep you warm and cosy indoors and out.

8. Free -- offer to fix up your friends clothing

Patagonia has lots of tips and tricks on how you can increase the lifespan of your clothing at home. For a gift this year, why not offer to fix your friends' clothing.

9. SOUNDBOKS

Danish brand SOUNDBOKS was created by 3 friends that wanted to have a sound system unlike any other. Unable to find what they were looking for on the market, they made it themselves with did that with SOUNDBOKS. The speaker is perfect for your outdoors-y, music-loving friend who as it's made to endure the most extreme uses and environments imaginable. Being weatherproof, connectable by bluetooth with a 40-hour battery life makes it a perfect companion for outdoor parties and get togethers.

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