Buy the outdoors man, woman or child in your life a great gift this Christmas
What makes the ideal Christmas gift? Something new and shiny? Something that your loved one would not buy for themselves? Something that perfectly suits their hobbies, dreams and aspirations? Perhaps the answer is, all of the above, or at the very least a great gift is one that brings a big grin to the face of whoever tears off the wrapping paper.
So thereâ€™s no pressure, right? Donâ€™t worry though because we have come up with a guide to some of the best Christmas gifts for men, women and children who enjoy spending time outdoors in Scotland.
Christmas gifts for outdoors guys
Treat your favourite man to a Nae Limits “Stay and Play” Gift Experience Voucher.Â The voucher entitles one intrepid adventurer to a one-night stay at the Nae Limits Log Cabin (based on two sharing) and a choice of white water rafting on the Tay or Tummel, an â€œadrenaline shotâ€ of canyoning, white water or adventure tubing, quad biking or clay pigeon shooting. The voucher costs Â£85 and is valid for 10 months so you donâ€™t need to book a date when buying. Nae Limits
Heâ€™ll never guess that you plan to splash out on the all new Gopro Hero3+ camera. We hope youâ€™ve been saving up because the price tag says Â£359.99 but oh how he will grin when he opens this gift. The Gopro Hero3+ is claimed as the “best sports video/stills camera in the world” and now boasts higher definition film and photos as well as a lower weight. Buy from Jessops.
Osprey make some of the best and most innovative rucksacks that you can buy. Treat a keen walker to the Osprey Kestrel 68, which is perfect for “extended backpacking” trips. There’s lots of space in this pack for kit and sleeping bag, as well as two torso sizes, a torso adjustable harness, an AirScapeâ„¢ backpanel and LightWireâ„¢ framing. Â£130 from Cotswold Outdoors
Christmas wrapped up for outdoors ladies
The Patagonia R3 Hoody is a real treat for any ladies who find winter a chilly chore (thatâ€™s most women, then!). This is Patagoniaâ€™s warmest fleece, made in high-loft Polartec Thermal Pro, with a well-fitting hood to crank up the thermostat in cold weather. Â£159.99 from Surfdome
A whitewater kayak in a fantastic shade of pink. This Jackson Karma boat is the perfect pressie for your paddling lady! Â£949, Canoe and Kayak Store
Good looking boots that keep feet warm and dry. Keen have the perfect solution with their Hoodoo II boots. Oh, she will love you for popping these under the Christmas tree for her! Â£134.99 fromÂ Keen
Santa delivers to outdoorsy kids
Frog Bikes are childrenâ€™s bikes that are designed and made for kids. They are lightweight, with good quality components and come in a range of fun colours.Â Prices start from Â£185. See www.frogbikes.com for stockists in Scotland, which include Edinburgh Bike Cooperative and Billy Bilslands in Glasgow.
Junior skiers need the same comfort and speed on the slopes as the skiing grown-ups. So make sure Santa has these Salomon Focus boots on his list. There are five different colours in sizes 4.5 to 14. Â£200, Salomon
See the kids take sledging up a notch with a snow scooter. TheÂ Boyz Toys Snow ScooterÂ is a fun way to travel down snowy slopes. The non-skid footrest provides extra traction and a hinged handle offers good control. Â£20 Cotswold Outdoors
Christmas outdoors stocking fillers
For kids who believe their bikes need more horsepower give them a Handlebar Hero. Â£9.95 from Edinburgh Bike Coop
A funky DMM tube chalk bag for climbers. Â£12 from Craigdon Mountain Sports
Smartwool womenâ€™s PhD Ski Light Socks will fill the toe of her Christmas stocking perfectly. The socks are made from soft and warm merino wool and come with patent-pending ReliaWool technology. Â£19.99 from Ellis Brigham
Pop an Alpkit Gamma headtorch into his Christmas stocking and show him the way towards night hiking, walking, kayaking or plain old looking in the loft for the skis, snowboard and boots. Â£15.99 at Alpkit
Of course no gift list would be complete without us shamelessly promoting Scotland Outdoors gift subscriptions! They cost just Â£20 for a year – that’s six issues – and make the perfect gift for outdoorsy friends and family.