With no shortage of outdoor activities, San Diego is brimming with runners, hikers, climbers, surfers and kayakers. Generally speaking, this crowd is stocked to the nines, hence the popular association of “gearheads.” If buying for such a recipient seems like an impossible feat, never fear, there are a few things out there that can still be surprising, useful, and even downright fun. From the inexpensive to splurge-worthy, these gifts are sure to please the outdoor activist.
Nuts n’ More High Protein Spread
For a tongue-in-cheek stocking stuffer, add this high protein spread to the shopping list. Keep cells, enzymes and smiles working at peak performance with tasty flavors including salted caramel, chocolate maple pretzel, toffee crunch, pumpkin spice (limited time only), chocolate almond, and birthday cake ($12). Pick up at local GNC stores or online at nuts-n-more.com.
National Parks Trivial Pursuit Game
Snuggle up and get nerdy by the fire with this brain-twisting game of outdoor knowledge. The set includes a die and 100 cards in six categories, including Natural Wonders, Science and Nature, Wildlife, Cultural Heritage, Battlefields and Historic Sites, and Wildcard ($20). Shot glasses not included.
5556 Copley Dr., Mira Mesa, 858.279.4400
1590 Leucadia Blvd., Encinitas, 760.944.9020
Floating Waterproof Snapback
Like water off of a duck, this innovative hat from the La Jolla-based Everyday California is completely waterproof, making it ideal for watersports and outdoor adventures. Keep that noggin dry during surfing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and sailing, and look stylish to boot ($32). Available in sage and navy colors.
2246 Avenida de la Playa, La Jolla, 858.454.6195, everydaycalifornia.com
For outdoorsy types that can’t part from technology, the Kings backpack has that dilemma covered. Designed specifically for professional gadget heads, the 15-inch backpack has a padded laptop compartment, along with room for a tablet, phone, cords, snacks and clothes. The CableReady system keeps cords organized and out of the way, while a battery pocket allows for charging on the go ($149).
The lightest shoes on Earth
“If you like the feeling of walking in bare feet, then we’ve got just the shoe for you,” the company proclaims. With ultra-thin protective soles, these anti-shoes continue to be one of the hottest on the market. Whether your recipient is a long-distance runner, trail hiker, land and sea sportsman, or a vegan sidewalker, there’s a barefoot shoe to match. Give the gift of the Primus Lite, the company’s lightest, a 6-ounce shoe perfect for beginners and travelers ($135).