The holiday season is all about giving.
It’s that time when everyone comes together to celebrate the year they’ve had and to talk about what’s in store for the future. As well as a time to eat and drink in true festive spirit.
But when you’ve got a lot of family members and friends to shop for, things can get a little tough on your wallet. Luckily, MEC has you covered.
It’s Canada’s go-to place for outdoor gear and has so many genius stocking stuffer ideas you’ll wish you knew about sooner. To help you find the perfect present, we’ve compiled a list of 14 gift ideas from MEC that cost $25 or less.
Move over cans, craft beer is meant to be enjoyed at a cold temperature in a slick cup. And this handmade steel tumbler is coated in durable, rich enamel, with cool graphics that add an extra shot of personality. You could even put some merry mulled wine inside if you wanted to. To make it better, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways with every product sold.
Pocket Discs are an epic frisbee alternative. They’re super easy to pack, just as easy to huck, and their cushy design won’t hurt if you catch them awkwardly. Since they can also be used indoors, they give you the perfect excuse to pick up a casual game right in the living room – just watch out for the glassware!
Pepper Jack Moon Cheese is an actual thing that your cheese fanatic friend will adore. The company that makes it takes 100% natural cheese and dries it into individual crunchy bites, making it an optimal snack for hiking, on a road trip, or mid-ski on the slopes. The way this cheese is dried makes it more nutrient-rich and preservative free, plus your compadre can channel their inner Chris Hadfield when they eat it.
Everyone knows at least one happy camper who will go nuts for this gift. It’s a little lantern that’s perfect for proximity lighting in the tent or around camp. With a runtime of 25 hours, there’s no worrying about it going out on you. Getting someone you love this gift could save them so much time searching for things in the dark when they hit the wilderness for a weekend away.
A pocket knife is something every keen hiker needs to take on a journey with them. Made in Switzerland, this one is light, slim, and safe enough to carry on a neck lanyard where it’s always on hand. Plus it comes with built-in tweezers, a file, and mini scissors, so your buddy will have all they need in one handy unit.
Adventurers work up a thirst quickly, so this gift is ideal for the outdoor aficionado in your life. It’s a nice and sturdy vessel that holds an American pint (473 ml) and keeps it super frosty (or insulated) thanks to a double-wall TempShield insulation. All your friend has to do is decide whether they want to have coffee, water, or beer. Simple.
Help your bestie stay entertained next time they go travelling with these tricky little wooden puzzles. They can test their wits and then throw them back in their backpack when they’ve completed one (or given up). But don’t worry – instructions are included, so you can cheat a little along the way.
Take playing a game of cards to the next level with this gift. Each card features a series of questions that will unplug your friend from their tech devices, get them to interact with the people around them, and allow them to connect to the outdoors on another level when they’re camping or hiking.
Let the games begin on your next camping trip by getting your friend a Backpack Kendama (and maybe even gift yourself one, too). Snapping up this quirky game means you can hone your kendama skills wherever you are. Don’t sweat, it comes with instructions, a replacement cord, and a carry bag, too.
Any keen biker or hiker will go crazy for these thin, unpadded socks which have been designed for optimal airflow and cool, dry, comfort. They’re a better gift option than a multipack of logo socks any day because they’re ultra-durable with exceptional wicking ability and air permeability – making them great for long hot rides. Peddle up!
Okay, chances are you know someone who wants to be the next Bear Grylls. An all-round adventure-hungry outdoor enthusiast who wouldn’t miss a camping trip for anything. This folding knife is something they’ll want to have in their pocket as it can be used for everything from whittling to food preparation. It has a slotted stainless steel clip that securely locks the blade open or closed (safety first) and a contoured hardwood handle.
Chocolate is something that makes people happy (AKA you can do no wrong by buying it for someone). They say what’s seldom is wonderful and this limited edition Ritter Sport chocolate bar is no exception. It’s a must-try this season as it has the classic spice combination of delicious Speculaas biscuits, smothered in Ritter’s smooth milk chocolate. Sound delish much?
Let’s face it, nobody likes stubbing their toe when they didn’t see something on the ground due to bad lighting. This could soon be a thing of the past with Petzl’s three-mode headlamp which features a big lumen boost. It’s suitable to be worn around the house or on a campsite – basically anywhere you need some illumination. And it could come in handy the next time you’re searching through all of your old stuff.
‘Tis the season to wear warm winter hats and this one wins in the style stakes with ear flaps and a whimsical design. It’s made from soft, itch-free acrylic with a fleecy lining that adds resistance on cold winter days. Although it’s primarily a children’s hat, who says your pet couldn’t wear one? Cuteness overload.
Now you can take the stress out of holiday shopping by visiting MEC online or a store near you and purchasing affordable gifts that everyone will love. Shopping. Made. Easy.