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5 Days of Last Minute Gift Ideas: Day 5 is for Good Cheer!

5 Days of Last Minute Gift Ideas: Day 5 is for Good Cheer!

It is no accident that this gift suggestion was saved till Friday.  In celebration of the end of the week, and as we head full steam towards Christmas, we have the perfect gift for your friends that like to imbibe. Look no further than Vargo's NEW Titanium Funnel Flask released in October 2014.

5 Days of Last Minute Gift Ideas: Day 2 is for anyone looking to lose weight!

Don't worry I am not going to recommend some low-fat, health conscious, trail snack or the latest exercise gadget. I am the one who loves backpacking so I can eat my forbidden guilty pleasures of Snickers and Top Ramen. 

I am however going to recommend an awesome sleeping bag for anyone who wants to shed some serious size and weight, but isn't quite ready to head toward the ultralight quilt option. Any of the Spark Sp sleeping bag series by Sea to Summit will score you major gift giver points! I tested the Spark Sp II and loved it... the official review is in the works, but know it gets 2 thumbs up. TheSpark Sp II regular length bag weighs in at 16.4 oz and compresses down to the size of a large grapefruit. This simple, but effective, bag features a 1/3 length zipper, 10D Nylon shell for minimal weight, and is filled with ULTRA-DRYDown™.  

Spark Sp I - Regular* // Fill Weight-6.3 oz // Bag Weight-12.3oz // EN Temp Rating- 46F/8C 
Spark Sp II - Regular* // Fill Weight-9.9 oz // Bag Weight-16.4oz // EN Temp Rating- 35F/2C 
Spark Sp III - Regular* // Fill Weight-14.1 oz // Bag Weight-22oz // EN Temp Rating- 25F/-4C 
*Long also available. Specs on website.

Gift Wrapping Tip: Compress it down and put it in a small box or gift bag. No one will ever suspect it is a sleeping bag.

Gift Giver Rating: Big Spender! $$$$

3 #ShopSmall Companies We Love

Looking to support some of the smaller guys this holiday season? Here are 3 companies that we love. We know and have met the owners of each, who all rock, and they make great products.

1. All Good, by Elemental Herbs
Personally I can't live without their lip balms and Goop! They have an amazing line of all natural sunscreens, lotions and skin care products that are worth checking out.

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2. Optic Nerve
I have been wearing their sunglasses for years after switching from one of the big industry giants. Their motto is "Nobody Owns Us" and they make top quality sunglasses and ski goggles at totally affordable prices! They make sunglasses meant for all athletic pursuits and fashion forward styles for around town.

3. TurboPUP
If Betty and Norman could talk they would tell you to stuff Fido's stocking with TurboPUP bars this year. They make the perfect meal replacement bar for long days out with your 4-legged partner or work as a savory snack. Feel great about supporting this veteran-woman-owned business and know your dogs will LOVE you!