The time for the last-minute gift scramble is on. The speediness and bustle of the holiday season make it inevitable every year that I will be traipsing about town on Dec. 24 to find gifts for my mountain-town friends. Here are a couple of ideas to relieve some stress as you begin your last-minute search.
- “The Grand Canyon: Between River and Rim” by Pete McBride – One of my favorite gifts this year, The Grand Canyon chronicles valley local Pete McBride and author Kevin Fedarko on their journey of hiking the entire length of Grand Canyon National Park. A new perspective on the iconic landscape, this book’s purpose is to highlight the pressures our national parks are facing with increased development and attendance. The two won National Geographic’s “Adventurers of the Year” award after completing this blister-building journey. This book is eye candy at its best as McBride pulls you into the sacred canyon with his outstanding photos. $50
- Ugg Cashmere Flip Mitten – Mittens are a no-brainer that every Coloradan never has enough of. These from UGG add in a little luxury with their soft cashmere intertwined with sparkly thread for some flair. The flip style makes accessing your fingers easy, and there’s a little button attachment to secure the flip when you’re not using it. $128
- YakTrax Pro – In my 17 winters in Aspen, I’ve gone through several of these things. They are instant traction for everything from walking around town to walking up Buttermilk. Low profile and easy to attach, YakTrax’ coil, no-spikes design adds a level of confidence and safety to your everyday winter activities. $30
- Hydro Flask 25 oz. Wine Bottle and Tumblers – Hydro Flask’s new wine bottle and tumblers make it easy to bring your favorite wines along on any adventure. Featuring double-wall vacuum insulation, durable, pro-grade stainless steel and a leak-proof cap, this will be your gear lover’s new favorite system of wine transport. Each tumbler holds two standard pours and includes an insulated press-in lid. Available in seven different colors that you can mix and match, this bundle will be a hit. $105
- Royal Robbins Highland Travel Scarf – A scarf with benefits, the Highland scarf features five buttons and buttonholes to bring some versatility to styling. An excellent companion for your travels, this scarf can be styled traditionally, as a shawl or even a kind of cardigan. The fact that it completely opens up to one big blanket makes it the perfect companion on the plane. The merino wool blend is soft, lightweight, naturally odor-resistant and machine washable. $50