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Gift-giving is almost never an easy process; it’s sometimes hard to know what to buy for someone even if you know them well. Gift-giving on a budget is even harder, as it can be difficult to fit that perfect item into your post-holiday spending or to find the right present for under $50. The key is to think of things that will help the recipient be the best version of themselves they can be. What are their interests?
For the person who loves to spend time outdoors, it’s a good idea to think first about their needs and then about what might add to their fun. For instance, do they enjoy camping? Do they often take long weekend trips with a camper, or are they more of a day-trip kind of person? Do they include their dog in the festivities? With just a few simple questions, you’ll be able to figure out gift ideas they’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.
Here are some tips on getting started.
Do they have a dog?
If your recipient has a dog they often spend time with outdoors, you can use that to your advantage. Camping and hiking with a pet can be a great time, but it can also be dangerous without the right equipment. Would a safety light for a dog collar, a warm pet hoodie, or a fire-proof pet bed be advantageous for your loved one? Safety and comfort are two of the biggest things on a pet owner’s mind when spending time outdoors, and combining them could be your best bet. Read on here for a few ideas on what to buy.
Find the right tools
Anyone who loves spending time outdoors probably enjoys having the right tools to make that time worthwhile; for hikers, it might be an eco-friendly refillable water bottle with a filter, while campers might enjoy a small camp stove like the one seen here. Think of the best ways to help your loved one make the most of their leisure time.
Even people who love spending time in the great outdoors appreciate helpful technology, from a solar recharging kit to a bluetooth speaker that fits on the handlebars of a bike. It can be hard to fully disconnect these days, even on a camping trip, so think of some ways you can make a weekend in the woods a little easier and check out this article for ideas.
Think outside the box
Even if your recipient loves to be outside, you can find gifts that will help them at home if you think outside the box a little. For instance, if they go out of town a lot for camping, think about what they might need to keep their house safe, such as small surveillance cameras that send a live feed to a phone or tablet, or motion-sensor lights for the front yard.
After the fun
Most people who spend a lot of time outdoors are in great shape, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t love a little pampering when they return from a big trip. Hikers and bike riders can especially benefit from a massage or spa day, where they can treat their sore feet and aching muscles. A gift certificate to a massage therapist or local spa is always appreciated.
It is possible to find the perfect gift on just about any budget; it’s just a matter of thinking creatively in many cases. Whether it’s a gift certificate for a service or a gift that will help them make the most of their camping trip, your loved one will appreciate that you took the time to think of them.
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