You’ve waited until the last minute, believing that you will think of something for that person who has everything. Everyone has at least one person like this on their Holiday gift list. At the Kayak Shed, we are working to make shopping easier by providing you with a list of things that person probably doesn’t have, but will love.
Gift Ideas for the Minimalist Runner
Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves $40
Help your barefoot-loving friend run farther and faster, as well as say sayonara to sore calves and shins. These compression sleeves aid blood flow, so you can perform your best, no matter what activity you are participating in.
Injinji Socks $10-$38
Help prevent stinky shoes with injinji socks. We know, we know, it sounds practical, but your friend will thank you when his feet stay warm and his shoes smell fresh. With a wide variety of colors and cuts, you can get that special person a sock for every day of the week!
Barefoot Running by Michael Sandler $24.95
Many minimalist runners were inspired by Born to Run, but inspiration doesn’t teach you proper technique. Whether that special person is just joining the barefoot movement, or if she is a seasoned veteran, Michael Sandler can help improve barefoot technique. If your friend already has perfect form, do not worry, there are sections about preventing and treating common barefoot running injuries, building up the pads of your feet, and tips for running on different surfaces and terrains. Winter is here, help your friend get her feet ready.
kigo Edge $69.99
Though barefoot lovers would like to believe that Vibram FiveFingers are appropriate for every occasion, sometimes they do have to slip on shoes. kigo Footwear eco-consciously makes minimalist shoes that can pass as everyday footwear.
Gift Ideas for the Recreational Paddler
Wind Paddle Adventure Sail $154.95
Paddling with your kayak is a no brainer, but the Wind Paddle Adventure can help you sail. The added wind power means you can go from cruising to flying across the water. Even better, the Wind Paddle Adventure sail fits pretty much every kayak and canoe, so you know it will be compatible, even if you don’t know what kind of kayak or canoe they have.
Hobie Mirage Sail Kit $319.95
If that special, but difficult to shop for person, rants and raves about his Hobie Mirage Kayak, give him something to talk about! The Hobie Mirage Sail Kit works on any Hobie peddle kayak and converts it into a mini-Sailing vessel. The Mirage drive acts like a Daggerboard, so you can tack upwind too.
Harmony High Volume Bilge Pump $26.99
Nobody likes a wet blanket, or boat. The High Volume Bilge Pump pumps 30% more water (out of your kayak) per stroke, so you can get your kayak dry in no time. Bilge pumps may not be the flashiest of gifts, but your difficult-to-shop-for friend will be happy to have it when he needs it!
Gift Ideas for the Whitewater Kayaker
River Hardware Throw bag $69.95
Whitewater is powerful, so give the gift of safety! Every whitewater kayaker, from class II to V, could use a good throwbag. Many throw bags on the market are only strong enough to retrieve swimmers, but River Hardware makes theirs with strong enough rope for mechanical advantage systems. After you use this throw bag, the wide mouth makes it easy to repack for use 0n another day. Any paddler would be happy to have the River Hardware Throw Bag as part of her kayaking gear (but even happier to never have to use it).
River Gypsies Guide to North America $44.95
This is the ultimate in Guidebooks. Not only does it feature runs by region from Class III-V, but the stunning images make it appropriate for any coffee table. Whether your Paddler is planning a kayaking trip or just fantasizes about it, this book is a must-have.
Pulse: A Year with Tao Berman and Team $29.95
Show your friend what a year with one of Whitewater Kayaking’s top paddlers is like with this exciting video. Pulse chronicles Tao Berman and Company’s travels to Chile, Mexico, Michigan, and Washington.
Gift Ideas for Women
Arc’Teryx Molly & Moe Toque $35
Everyone can always use another hat and this one is this year’s favorite. It is a 50/50 blend of Merino wool and acrylic, so it keeps your head warm and fits well. If you are not sure what color her coat is, worry not! The Molly & Moe design is flattering with nearly any color scheme.
Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody $199
You couldn’t find a better gift for a woman who loves comfort and functionality. This hoody is so soft that wearing it makes her feel like she never had to get out of bed. It is wind and water resistant, so it can act as a stand alone layer, but it is slim enough to fit under a shell for chillier days.
Kigo Curv $69.99
If she loves comfort or pumps, the kigo Curv is a shoe that she can go the distance in, whether that is walking from the car to the office or running a 10K. The Curv folds up, so it can fit in a purse or desk drawer to be ready at hand when she needs shoes she can move in. To make a great shoe even better, the Mary Jane style can be dressed up or dressed down and looks great with a pair of slacks as well as a pair of gym shorts.
Gift Ideas for Men
Arc’teryx Covert Beanie $35
Everyone wants to keep their noggin warm and this is our best selling Beanie. Its simple design means a style everyone loves along with warmth and comfort. He can take this anywhere from the slopes to around town.
Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket $179
This sporty insulated jacket is warm enough to use as a layer, but it is also wind and water resistant, so he can wear it as a stand-alone jacket. If he’s going to be in variable conditions, the Micro Puff Jacket is the perfect solution. Not only can it be worn alone or as a layer, it is also highly compressible for easy storage when he doesn’t need it.
Arc’teryx Stinger Bib $450
If you’re shopping for a guy who likes to be dry in all conditions, look no further than the Stinger Bib. It’s not just a pair of pants…it’s smart. These pants are loaded with features, including a hidden Recco reflector, in case he runs into trouble in the backcountry or on the slopes, gusseted knees and seat, for freedom of movement, and pockets everywhere he needs them and nowhere he doesn’t. The Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric with completely taped seams and laminated zippers means it’s durable and dry. Yep, it’s really that good.
Gift Ideas for the Dog Lover
Ruffwear Beacon $12.95
Make sure your furry friend doesn’t become invisible when the sun goes down. This flashing LED light clips on to Ruffwear wearable dog gear, like collars, jackets, and packs. Whether you are hiking in the wilderness or on an afternoon stroll, make sure that your best friend is seen!
Ruffwear Mt Bachelor Pad $59.95-$74.95
Who doesn’t love luxury? Give your Dog the gift of comfort and give your belongings protection from dirt and dog hair. The Mt Bachelor Pad rolls up for easy transport, so your best friend can snooze comfortably in the car, while camping, or at home.
Ruffwear Portage Float Coat $49.95
Whether your Dog swims like he invented it or avoids water like he will melt, he can’t swim forever, so protect him with a little extra flotation. For dog owners who are also avid boaters or beach goers, this is a must-have!