Last Minute Outdoor Christmas Gift ideas 2013

By Chris

Last Minute Christmas presents

Are you still looking for a Christmas Gift for your Outdoor woman or man? Here are some Winter Essentials that will definitely put a smile on the face of those receiving it. 

Handmade Beanies and Chalkbags, Bags

Handmade and sustainable  knitted beanies and chalkbags, or even bags from upcycled climbing ropes. I love so their concept.  Help keep them alive and order one today:

  • Felsliebe

    Julia makes little bags, chalkbags and key chain holders out of upcycled rope. Sometimes you see them travel as far as Hampi, sometimes in Laos.  Recently, you could also get one of those products that was climbed once with the rope of your favourite Bad Ass rock climber.  Now, isn’t that a nice idea!??

Fels-Liebe Seiltaschen

  • Blaue Route

    It’s not only always a girl thing and Martin proves this to us.  He crochet beanies and chalkbags himself. And it all started when he stopped smoking! :-) Wow! Look at all those wonderful things you do when you stop. Keep it up, Martin!

Blaue Route

  • Haekelwerk

    Evi and Nini from the Rosenheim region spends their passion for outdoor activities mostly in the Alps. Apart from that, they crochet beanies, chalkbags, headbands in lively colours.

Häkelwerk Mützen,Chalkbags, Stirnbänder

Photos: Leonhard Habersetzer

  • Wollkoffer /

    They love  handmade, sustainable fashion. This goes to say that they don’t support making Beanies with pom poms out of real animal fur, which is trendy today. We do too. And these stuff  comes as scarfs, more beanies and headbands out of Alpaka or Merino wool and some topped with Polartec® Wind Pro® against windy days. Susanne even has a DIY Kit to order with everything that you need to start off on your own. /

Pictures (c) Reinhard Gattinger

North Face womans Cresent Hoodie

Thinner, lighter, functional – that’s how the garments of today are. That’s why a warming layer in low temperatures makes sure you don’t freeze out. The North Face Crescent Hoodie does just this. The soft and cuddly sweater is not only the perfect companion on colder days in the mountains, it’s the casual wear for the evenings and city. With UPF 50 Protection, the sweater protects you from harmful UV-Rays. The 359 g/m² fleece ensures keeping you so warm you can even wear it as a stand alone.  Watch out for the next review.  Price: ~ 100 EUR


northface Crescent Hoodie

Icebreaker seamless Socks

Not only are they great under the hiking boots, but they are awesome when you use them for alpine or cross-country skiing. Seamless, warm and natural, Icebreaker Hike socks comes in different lengths, quality, and lively colours to fit the right sport activity that you do, and some with messages under your feet. Say goodbye to blisters and cold feet. Watch out for the next Test review.

Price range: 19,90 – 29,95 EUR  (depending on quality and model)

Online stores:
Bergfreunde, Teamalpin, Campz, Bike24, Engelhorn, Zalando, Ebay,, etc

Icebreaker Hike Socks

Odlo Evolution Greentec underwear

This will make the technic freaks heart beat a little stronger. Not only are Odlo’s new sustainable garments constructed to keep you having the right temperature while you hike, climb or ski –  it keeps you warm while you are having fun outside in minus degrees. The Evolution collection maintains and puts odours to a stop, keeping you fresh for a longer while. Find out more in the review

Odlo Evolution Greentec

Mountain Equipment Starlight III

A great 4 season synthetic Sleeping bag that keeps you comfortably warm with a comfort zone of minus 1 makes sure freezing off on cold nights outside is history. It acts great as a travel sleeping bag, when weight is not a problem for you. Insulates well even in damper conditions. Read here for the full review

Mountain Equipment Starlight III


66° North Snaefell Jacket

A winner year after year, and my Top Post this year.  This Hardshell keeps you dry not only under waterfalls, but works well in active sport activity where you usually prefer a breathable alternative. Feels like a softshell, works like a hardshell. Light, soft, waterproof. The Snaefell jacket is still a favourite today. Read here for the full review


66° North Snaefell Jacket