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Great gifts for lovers of the outdoors

It’s not too late to buy those last few Christmas presents for your nearest and dearest! And remember, it doesn’t have to be all about PS4s, virtual reality headsets and iPhone 7s! Why not treat your loved one to something more practical? We’ve compiled a guide to top gifts for lovers of the outdoors, to help take some of the pain out of those hours of searching for the ideal gift. Oh, and with a YHA Membership, you’ll find that you can save money on plenty of these picks!

A great coat: There’s nothing much more satisfying than zipping up your biggest, cosiest winter coat, especially when you’ve been cooped up inside for too long and are in need of fresh air! We’re particularly fond of Rab’s range of insulated coats. With a number of options, to suit everyone from the Sunday dog walker to the Polar expeditioner, you’ll find plenty of options at both Go Outdoorsand Cotswold Outdoor. We have partnerships with both of these retailers, offering you great savings with a YHA Membership! Oh, and don’t forget to enter our competition to win a down-filled jacket here.

Cosy socks: Socks are the ultimate stocking filler, and you’ll be hard pressed to find an outdoor enthusiast who wouldn’t be appreciative of a new pair of walking socks! And with it being Christmas, you’ve got to have a bit of a pattern on them haven’t you? We love this women’s pair!

GoPro: If you’re a fan of the outdoors, the chances are you’ll also be a lover of great footage and images of the beautiful scenery you have enjoyed exploring. There are few better options on the market at the moment than a GoPro Hero5. Now, this might be an expensive piece of kit, but if you’re after a rugged, waterproof and wearable device, capable of capturing almost perfect photography and video, then look no further.

OS Map: You’re not a true fan of the outdoors unless your shed, garage, coffee table or office are crammed full with OS maps! Well, the kings of map-making, YHA partner Ordnance Survey now offer custom made UK Maps, allowing you to focus on your loved one’s favourite area – ideal for creating that well thought out, personalised gift that everybody loves to receive on Christmas Day!

Portable charger: Whilst many outdoors enthusiasts dislike the idea of using mobile devices whilst in the open air, to some a mobile phone has become a vital piece of equipment. To be sure that you aren’t left high and dry without your handset, get your mitts on a portable charger, such as this highly recommended effort from Anker. It’s highly compact but packs a punch and will charge your smartphone up to 3 times!

Trainers: For some, enjoying the outdoors is best done at running pace. If that’s somebody you’re looking to buy for, then the present to buy could well be a brand new pair of trainers. If road running is your thing, then you could do much worse than get your hands on a pair of Adidas Ultra Boost. If you prefer a more off-piste route, then take a look at the Salomon Speedcross 4 – a proven trail show, available in a range of colourways. Both pairs of trainers are available at Runners Need, where YHA members can receive 15% off!

HI-TEC Go: To many, tackling the challenges posed by the outdoors offers the best way of keeping fit. In doing so, you’re likely to want to know how many miles you’ve covered, how many calories you’ve burned and generally how well your body is coping with the stresses your exertions are putting upon it. The HI-TEC GO does all this and more, all in the form of a slick piece of wristwear. Once again, YHA Members can receive 15% off!

Gift Voucher: If our list hasn’t quite hit the spot, or you’re simply struggling for imagination, then our friends at GO Outdoors and Cotswold Outdoor both offer gift vouchers, allowing your loved one to choose for themselves that perfect outdoor item that’s missing from their rucksack.

YHA Stay: And if all else fails, you can do a lot worse than to book a stay with YHA! With great deals available over the winter, give the gift of a trip to some of the best-located accommodation in England and Wales.

So, there you have it, a thorough guide to a great range of presents that could bring a smile to the face of any outdoor enthusiast this Christmas!

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