Get Adventurous with Your Gifting This Year
What are the best gifts for every type of adventurer? Hint: They’re not things.
We’re firm believers in the ethos that experiences bring more joy than things, and we’re all about applying that line of thinking to holiday gift giving. So, to help you decide on truly memorable presents for all the adventurers in your life, here are some thought-starters—from easy afternoon sojourns to bucket-list epics. The best part? You get to join in the adventure.
For the Powder Hound
Maybe the snow lover in your life has to travel for powder. Or maybe they have the other season pass (the Epic–Ikon rift is real). Help broaden their snow-sports horizons with a lift ticket or voucher to a mountain they’ve always dreamed of skiing or riding. (Pro tip: If you have a season pass, use one of your buddy passes for a deep discount.) Then pack the camp stove and end your day on the hill together with an après tailgate picnic.
Easier: Got a backcountry-curious friend? Sign them up for an avalanche education course or a day of guided cat skiing.
Wrap Your Gift In: Hydro Flask’s 12 oz Coffee Mug. Perfect for morning coffee on the ride to the mountain and hot toddies after a day on the slopes.
For the River Rat
Book a leisurely trip down a river this spring or summer for you and your giftee. You can shoot for a Class III adventure down Colorado’s Arkansas River, West Virginia’s Gauley River, or the American River in California.
Easier: Wade into a mellow float in a tube or canoe on the Colorado through Grand Junction, Colorado, or the Guadalupe River in Texas.
Tuck Your Gift In: A classic Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth insulated bottle. It’ll keep liquids ice-cold for 24 hours on the river.
For the Angler
Send your angler to a Blue Ribbon river and book them a local guide who can lead them to the most active holes. Try the Battenkill in Vermont for browns and brookies or, out west, the big rainbows on Henry’s Fork of the Snake in Idaho.
Easier: Pack a picnic lunch and carve out a morning to head to the nearest fishing hole or lake.
Tuck Your Gift In: Hydro Flask’s 20 oz Coffee Mug. It’ll keep the liquids hot well after you’ve landed your first catch.
For the Outdoorsy Yogi
What’s better than hot yoga? SUP yoga, of course. Book your outdoorsy yogi a private on-water lesson for when the weather turns warm. Outfits like Yogaqua, which holds classes in Marina del Rey and Ventura, California, as well as Vancouver, Canada, are popping up all across the continent. The added challenge of a tippy platform is sure to renew any practitioner’s perspective on balance.
Easier: Take a class outside. Yoga on the Rocks, at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver, has classes all summer, and in Chicago, the Yoga in the Park summer series takes place in Lincoln Park.
Tuck Your Gift In: A Hydro Flask 32 oz Wide Mouth bottle with straw lid for easy sipping between poses on a hot summer’s day.
For the Calm-Seeker
Combine a short walk or hike with a soothing payoff: a soak in a natural hot spring. Try Travertine Hot Springs, on the east side of California’s Sierra Nevada, Penny Hot Springs, outside Carbondale, Colorado, or San Antonio Hot Springs, in the Jemez Mountains near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Easier: Make a day trip to a hot springs resort such as the Buckstaff Bathhouse, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, or Ojo Caliente, near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Tuck Your Gift In: A Hydro Flask Wine Bundle. The nearly indestructible 25-ounce Wine Bottle and 10-ounce Wine Tumblers will keep your wine cool while you soak.
For the Ambling Cyclist
Just about the coolest (and easiest) way to bike between Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., is on the 333-mile Great Allegheny Passage–C&O Canal Towpath linkup of abandoned railroad grades and shady canal-side track. Load your bikes with gear and camp each night or travel light by staying in B&Bs and hostels along the route.
Easier: Between Malibu’s Topanga Canyon Beach and Redondo Beach in Los Angeles, you can travel 18 miles of beachfront on a single-speed cruiser, stopping for fish tacos in Venice or heading out on one of four piers for a drink along the way.
Tuck Your Gift In: A 12 oz Cooler Cup from Hydro Flask. This versatile, vacuum-insulated koozie fits cans and bottles—and it doubles as a cup, too. Genius.
For the Stargazing Camper
The Northern Lights are a bucket-list sight to behold, and one of the greatest reasons to head into the night during winter. You could go somewhere far-flung—Alaska or Iceland—or look to more easily accessed locales, like Michigan’s UP, Priest Lake, Idaho, or the northern reaches of Minnesota. All are blessed with some of the darkest skies around, perfect for Aurora Borealis viewing.
Easier: Make your own nighttime light show by setting up a roaring campfire at a nearby campground, breaking out the s’mores, and letting those campfire vibes flow.
Tuck Your Gift In: Hydro Flask’s 22 L Soft Cooler Pack. It’ll keep food and drinks cold—but not frozen, like the outside air temp—for two days.
For the Foodie
Make next summer’s trip to the farmers’ market one to remember by hiring a personal chef to be your giftee’s guide to shopping that day. The Farmers Market Coalition designates June as Local Chefs Month. Want to go with a pro? Contact your favorite farm-to-table eatery and arrange for your foodie friend to tag along while their chef shops at the local market. Then book a table for that night’s menu, made from ingredients your recipient saw purchased that morning.
Easier: Make a date to hit the farmers’ market with your bestie, let them grab anything and everything they want, then prepare that night’s dinner with the haul.
Tuck Your Gift In: The ultimate farmers’ market shopping bag, Hydro Flask’s Insulated Tote, which keeps 20 liters of goodies fresh.
Hydro Flask will serve up a hot coffee on the chairlift ride. And keep water icy cold on a hot sunny beach. Whatever adventure you’re planning, we’re in. Today is wide open. And we’re up for anything. Give the Gift of Go. Learn more here.