December 2008

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With five days left until Christmas, if you’re anything like Closet Granola, you’re still trying to figure out what gifts to buy for your Hiking Diva. Men can never take a hint, so I’m going to spell it out for you here:

Patagonia Fleece

Patagonia Fleece

I love Patagonia. Closet Granola calls it Pata-Gucci and that makes me love it more. What I don’t love is being cold…and a fleece is the perfect apparel to keep the wind and cold at bay. TheĀ Patagonia Women’s Lightweight R4 Jacket is windproof and has two handwarmer pockets. White is also such a sophisticated color, but black is available for those girls who think “white makes them look fat”. In either color, it won’t look like a fleece you picked up at your alma mater’s campus store. It’s even on sale right now at REI, discounted from $225 to $115.

North Face Ski Pants

North Face Ski Pants

Do you have a hiking diva that you would like to be your snow bunny? Having quickly learned that the trick to making a girl want to be outdoors is to make sure she looks good outdoors, Closet Granola applied the same technique to being in the snow. He bought the cutest pair of ski pants without any input from me. They’re slim fit with a bootleg and available in off-white, more Aspen or Chamonix than Reno. With the North Face STH Soft-Shell Pants, there is no reason why a girl should look 10 pounds heavier just because she wants to keep warm.

Mahardsha Sigg Bottle

Maharadsha Sigg Bottle

Owls Waterbox Icon Bottle

Owls Waterbox Icon Bottle

Perfect stocking stuffer: We’re not embarrassed to carry around cute water bottles. They keep us well-hydrated so we don’t pass out on trails and have to be carried back and they’re good for the environment. No more plastic water bottles piling up in landfills. I have the Sigg Maharadsha ($18) one in fuchsia, but the turquoise one is pretty too. The light blue owls bottle by Waterbox Icon light blue owls bottle by Waterbox Icon is on sale at the REI-outlet for $13.

One Final Tip: If you plan on getting her gear for hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding or any other outdoor activity and she doesn’t love that activity, make sure you also buy something she would like…something sparkly from a jewelry store will usually do the trick.

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