Strain your brains no more and save it on other things! Here's a list of gift ideas or better yet, add these to your wish list. :P These items are all useful, handy, funky and easy to find.
1. Head Accessory : Headware
This is a great gift for people who love bandanas and despise wearing caps.
|Jules, The Trail Running Mistess (MakTrav Day Hike)|
What to Buy : Headware is a Philippine brand that features creative and functional head accessories. It can be worn as protection from the heat, dust, pollution, sandy situations (like that 4wd to Mt. Pinatubo) or a fashion piece! What's great is that it comes in designs that caters to adventurers with varied preferences. It comes in light, neon and dark colors. The most awesome thing? It's budget friendly!
How Much? 195 Pesos and above, depending on the design
Where to Buy It: R.O.X.(Bonifacio High Street, Cebu, Pampanga), Outlet Store (Market Market) , Other Sports shops
As the name implies, it's basically a lamp worn around the head . :P It enables you to hike/bike, whatever, without the need to use your hands to hold it up. It's helpful in situations like pitching a tent in the dark, cooking at the campsite, etc.
|Cueva Santa Cave, Quezon (Petzl, Black Diamond and Energizer represented!)|
How Much? 800-3,000 Pesos depending on the brand. Energizer's the cheapest among the three.
Where to Buy It? Outdoor shops like Conquer (Robinson's Pioneer), R.O.X. (Bonifacio High Street, Cebu, Pampanga), Energizer headlamps can be purchased at the grocery.
3. Water-proof/Shock-proof Cameras
Though a bit on the expensive side, this is a gift that will surely be welcomed with open arms. Under weather disturbances or wet situations where everybody else is hiding their SLR's inside their bags, the jovial recipient of your gift will be out there, shooting!
|Photo courtesy of Google image search|
How Much? 6,000 Pesos Above depending on the brand
Where to Buy It? Camera shops. Haha! Sorry, I couldn't be more specific. I don't know much about cameras but I'm pretty sure it's so easy to ask around.
When you're out there camping, you don't bother with details on where the toilets are or where to dress up. You do it anywhere and this is where a Malong comes handy. You can dress in front of your friends without putting out a good show. :P Just go inside a malong and do your thing - change into a bathing suit, a long gown, whatever. It can serve as a blanket during long bus rides or while sleeping inside your tent.
|Helping Glee change clothes in front of everyone, Mt. Manalmon, Bulacan|
Where to Buy It? Aldevinco in Davao is a haven for malongs and various souvenirs. I'm not familiar with a source in Manila but I guess you can try the bazaars.
5. Packing Solutions
Your honey doesn't like packing? I don't either! Packing cubes enables you to stuff in clothes so that it'll consume lesser space in your bag. You can also group your clothes together so that you don't have to guess where your favorite chartreuse underwear went. :P Better if you can get a waterproof packing cube but I haven't seen any of those.
What to Buy : Eagle Creek, You can also check out locally made packing cubes like Paccube (haven't tried them yet though)
How Much? : 350 Pesos and above (prices varies according to the size and model).
Where to Buy It? R.O.X. (Bonifacio High Street, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee Mall, Pampanga), The Travel Club, Paccube Website
6. Dry Bags/Waterproof Pouches
Keep your clothes and gear dry by stuffing it inside a waterproof bag. These babies are handy, light and you can just fold or toss inside your bag after using it.
|my friend Ivan before we started our Mt. Maculot traverse, no need to worry about his phones!|
How Much? : 200 Pesos and above for waterproof pouches while dry bags start at 800 Pesos up (depends on how big, the brand, etc.)
Where to Buy It? Sandugo Outdoor shops, R.O.X. (Bonifacio High Street, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee Mall, Pampanga), Trek & Conquer , various local outdoor shops
7. Travel Books/Magazines
Knowledge is power! Travel books/magazines are great source of ideas on future destinations. If they're not much of a reader, then go for those books with amazing pictures.
What to Buy? A Year of Adventures from Lonely Planet and practically everything from their collection, books from Jon Krakauer, Local Travel Magazines,Twisted Travels by Jessica Zafra is also a fun read (don't expect colorful photos though), 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.
How Much? A Year of Adventures from LP is around 999 Pesos, while Jon Krakauer books can be bought at Booksale at 150 Pesos, you just have to sort patiently through their shelves. :P
Where to Buy It? Powerbooks, Fully Booked, A Different Bookstore, Booksale, National Bookstore
8. Statement Shirts
Everybody needs something to wear, well, at least until they get to their destination, so why not give a shirt that stands out? (Dri fit preferred so that it dries easily).
|Our shirts from our friend's fund raising activity for Blue Baby Naomi. Visit this link for details on |
how to avail.
What to Buy? Pinoy mountaineer,Team Manila, Bazaars
How Much? 350 above
Where to Get It? Pinoy Mountaineer shirts, Team Manila, Conquer
9. Water Bottles/Hydration Bag
Do your part in saving the environment by giving hydration bottles which can be replenished after each trip. No need to scout for the nearest grocery to buy water!
What to Buy? Nalgene, Camelbak, Source, Nathan
How Much? 750 Pesos above
Where to Get It? Nathan FB Page, Local outdoor shops like Conquer in Robinson's Pioneer
10. Utility Knife
One of the outdoor fanatics' must-haves. This is for opening canned goods, beer, clear a trail and more!
What to Buy? Victorinox is a good brand, the balisong (knife) from Batangas are also highly recommended (sariling atin!)
How Much? 700 Pesos above
Where to Get It? You can purchase Victorinox Swiss Knives in National Bookstore (for real!), R.O.X. (Bonifacio High Street, Ayala Center Cebu, Marquee Mall, Pampanga), Ebay PH , Amazon
Whatever you give, I'm sure it will be appreciated, but wouldn't it be better if it's something they can use for their next adventure? Now go to the mall or to the online shops and grab something! :)
This is not a sponsored post. Just trying to help! :P