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Outdoorsy Christmas Gifts Guide 2017

Yes it’s that time of year again – when you start finding yourself singing tunes from the Muppets Christmas Carol, wanting to live in a nest of blankets, and eating your own weight in mince pies. It might also be the time where you spend days staring blankly at your friends or family wondering what to get them, but fear not! Here’s my guide to the best Christmas gifts for outdoor lovers – perfect for climbers, hikers, adventurers and anyone just a little bit wild.

Close up of girl wearing blue Merino wool Buff as a neckwarmer

Buff Headwear for cool-weather trail running

Confession: for an outdoorsy person, I can be pretty lazy. Iā€™m particularly bad in winter, when the freezing winds and incessant rain make it all too easy to find excuses not to go outside. Fortunately the lovely team at Kitshack recently gave me the opportunity to test out a Buff, which was the prod I needed to hit the trail again and see if this might finally crack my reluctance to run in anything less than 20 degree sunshine.

Muddy legs from trail running

#thisgirlcan – and so can you.

I should probably confess that I haven’t been running much over winter, but I was inspired to go today when I watched the video for Sport England’s new #thisgirlcan campaign. The basic aim of this is to encourage women – no matter what age, size, profession etc – to get out and get active. And it is awesome.