This is tough. A lady friend is having a birthday in three weeks, so obviously I need to get her a present. She is a backpacker, but not a dyed-in-the-wool UL backpacker. As a result, she has all of her own basic gear, but it tends to be medium weight gear or worse. Her backpack is 65L in volume, if that tells us anything.
I am reluctant to buy her anything where sizing will be an issue, so that kind of leaves out outdoor clothing, boots, and backpacks. She doesn't like to see premium prices paid for premium brands. She tends to operate mostly in the Alps in summer. Since I have never hiked there, I don't know for sure what kind of gear is really best there.
If I can't think of anything really great, I will just give her a $100 gift certificate to REI or someplace equally decadent. Yes, I know REI is overpriced for most stuff, but at least it is convenient.
Any suggestions? I mean any suggestions besides: Marry her.