Is your partner, sister, mum or auntie a keen walker? Or perhaps they enjoy mountain biking, skiing or off-road running? Whatever their outdoor aspirations, they will be delighted to find the perfect gift wrapped up and popped under the Christmas tree. But what will you choose? Here we bring you a blog guide to some great Christmas – and birthday – gifts for your special lady.
Scottish Trail Running. Author Susie Allison is an outdoorsy girl who has run the length and breadth of Scotland in search of the best routes for off-road running. Her new book reveals a wide spectrum of trail running routes from very easy to much more extreme and from the south of Scotland to the very north. This is the perfect gift for any woman who is thinking about taking up off-road running – or who already has and wants to know about some of the best routes in Scotland. For a full review see FionaOutdoors Available from all good stores and published by Pesda for £15.99.
Ladies-fit walking boots. You’ll have noticed the differences between your girl’s feet at your own. Hers are more likely to be slimmer and have a lower in-step. And did you know that her feet also sweat a lot less? That’s why women should wear walking boots made to suit them, and not the men. The choice of ladies boots is vast and it depends on what kind of hiking the girl in your life usually enjoys. However, we have heard great things about these Salomon Wings Sky Gore-Tex Ladies Walking Boots, which have a lightweight and breathable design, as well as a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex lining. Priced around £140 from outdoors stores.
Helmet hugger. Most skiers and snowboarders now wear helmets while on the slopes. But most of these helmets aren’t that funky and fashionable. The latest solution is a Helmet Hugger! The Helmet Hugger is a simple and elegant way to dress up your girl’s skiing or snowboarding helmet. It fits over most ski/snowboard/bicycle helmet sizes and shapes – and turns the ordinary into a fashionable accessory. See Helmet Huggers
Down jacket: Down jackets have become so much lighter and easier to wear in recent years – and the women’s ranges have become so much more beautiful and colourful. Another great asset is the feminine-fit of the latest down jackets. No longer will the girl in your life look like a Michelin man, for her newChristmas present will keep her looking slim but still offer maximum warmth while out and about this winter. One great jacket is the Rab Women’s Microlight Alpine.Priced at around £160 and available from outdoors stores.
Icebreaker baselayer: This might not sound like the sexiest of gifts but if your woman is always on the chilly side – and let’s face it, most outdoorsy women are always on the chilly side of life – an Icebreaker baselayer will be the best item of clothing she has ever owned (and if she’s honest, even better than her newest skinny jeans!). Icebreaker make their baselayers from Merino wool so it offers ultimate thin-layer warmth. Another advantage is that the natural fibre is good at wicking away sweat (yes, ladies do sweat, too) so it means that the Icebreaker will rarely ever become smelly. Icebreakers come in women’s fit and short and long-sleeved, and in a range of weights. See Icebreaker or search on-line.