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Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
a gift on 10/20/2012 20:27:19 MDT Print View

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.

--B.G.--

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: a gift on 10/20/2012 20:45:47 MDT Print View

IDK about specifics but Snow Peak has all of that nice camping stuff as far as tableware and all. I guess sorta pricey but form is important over there so usually its more of the classy looking stuff.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: a gift on 10/20/2012 20:48:19 MDT Print View

Barry, her idea is that anything more than a plastic bowl and a spoon would be overkill.

--B.G.--

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: a gift on 10/20/2012 21:14:09 MDT Print View

Something homemade is always nice. How about one of Kat's hats?

Or perhaps Andy Skurka's or Justin Lichter's book?

Or, if she's ever sent you a bunch of pictures of one of her trips, make a near pro-level book out of them, a la Apple books or similar.

Or some of your best backpacking shots made into a book, if you think she might like something like that.

Raquel Rascal
(flutingaround)

Locale: Rocky Mtn. West
nice on 10/20/2012 21:27:05 MDT Print View

Sounds like she is lucky to have you as a friend!

I'm not sure what you want to spend, but a few generic ideas..

Goosefeet down hood or down booties - or a gift card for Goosefeet?

Sawyer Squeeze

Gift Card for gourmet backpacking food

Smartwool glove liners (can never have enough of those)

Dirty Girl Gaiters

Blue-Mini Ultralight Designs (inexpensive alcohol stove kit she can experiment with)

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: a gift on 10/20/2012 21:51:31 MDT Print View

Douglas, good ideas. However, she never wears hats, or certainly not warm hats. I know it sounds bizarre. She is one of the generation that believes in leaving everything floating around in the digital world and never in print.

--B.G.--

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: nice on 10/20/2012 21:54:25 MDT Print View

Raquel, I think you are getting the closest. She is kind of a foodie, so the gift card for gourmet backpacking food makes sense to me. Besides, I might end up on the receiving side result of that. Hmmm.

--B.G.--

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
a gift on 10/20/2012 22:35:31 MDT Print View

Bob, does she like to cook? How about a Harmony House Backpacker's Sample box? REI has them for $50. Every dehydrated veggie and bean she could wish for.

Then, if you know her skull size, I'd strongly suggest a Black Rock down beanie--in my opinion, the perfect hat.

Then, you might also consider a personally signed collection of the Idester's all-time greatest poetry... Have you published that yet, Doug?

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: a gift on 10/21/2012 00:11:48 MDT Print View

"Then, if you know her skull size, I'd strongly suggest a Black Rock down beanie--in my opinion, the perfect hat."

Based on my experience with Black Rock, that is the least perfect hat, and I wouldn't buy another one.

--B.G.--

a b
(Ice-axe)
Katharina's Hats on 10/21/2012 00:18:43 MDT Print View

"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"

Speaking of "dyed in the wool" I have two of katharina's excellant hats, hand made, in Davenport California from Alpacas that were NOT harmed in the process.. What the heck else can you ask?

THIS: www.mountaingoathatsandgoods.com

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Katharina's Hats on 10/21/2012 00:33:52 MDT Print View

As I stated previously, this gal never wears hats and certainly not warm hats. Her idea of wearing anything on her head means a ski helmet.

--B.G.--

a b
(Ice-axe)
Re: Re: Katharina's Hats on 10/21/2012 00:36:23 MDT Print View

Bob.. the reason she never wears hats might be that no one ever gave her the "right" hat... Just sayin'

d k
(dkramalc) - MLife
Re: Re: Katharina's Hats on 10/21/2012 01:09:36 MDT Print View

Does she wear ponchos? If so, is hers an old style heavier one? You could replace that with silnylon (or cuben?).

Fancy alcohol stove such as one of the packafeather ones? Caldera cone system?

UL gaiters? Rain chaps? Cuben stuff sacks? Birdiepal Dainty UV umbrella? Cuben daypack for peak bagging?

I'm running out of non-sized ideas. Maybe the gourmet food idea is better.

Raquel Rascal
(flutingaround)

Locale: Rocky Mtn. West
hey Bob on 10/21/2012 07:27:25 MDT Print View

Maybe you can get her one of these nice watches that hiltonu recommended.

lmao.

Edited by flutingaround on 10/21/2012 07:30:02 MDT.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: hey Bob on 10/21/2012 09:34:47 MDT Print View

"Maybe you can get her one of these nice watches that hiltonu recommended."

Yes, I will send a personal message right away. Or not.

--B.G.--

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Not backpacking-centric on 10/21/2012 09:51:12 MDT Print View

Does the gift need to relate to backpacking?

Some ideas:
iPod
Kindle
If she has an iPad - Logictec ultra-slim keyboard cover
iTunes gift card
Amazon gift card
Does she have a car?
- Garmin GPS
- Hands-free Bluetooth for cell phone
Does she drink wine?
- Accessory kit/tools
- Elegant wine bottle stopper
Bottle of Dom Perignon Champagne (somes around $100 at Costco)
Godiva Chocolate
Perfume
Neclace
Earrings
Wool scarf or throw blanket (not for backpacking)
Charm bracelet - vogue is the "cable" sytle where the charm has a hole in it (Google Pandora)
Wrist watch

I have more ideas is you want them :)

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Not backpacking-centric on 10/21/2012 09:55:28 MDT Print View

Nick, in my other ear I am getting advice from hiltonu.

--B.G.--