Super excited to present my 2021 gift guide! This list is genuine; these are all items that we actually use (or gifting this year). I consulted some friends (thank you – you know who you are) and they gave me some really great ideas.
Drum roll pleeeeeease!
1. The Great Saskatchewan Bucket List – Robin and Arlene Karpan
Ok – I actually bought this book at Coles in 2010 – is Coles even still open? It honestly was kind of tucked away until covid when we really got into “adventuring”. Now I bring this baby on every trip. I look to see what is featured in the area, and mark the dates that we visit that bucket list place. It’s been fun. $25
2. Glow Sticks
Great stocking stuffer! I know glow sticks seem simple (cause they are). We love them for camping, and any sort of outdoor evening activity – especially in the fall/winter when it gets dark out real quick! @busytoddler also throws these in the bath! ~ $2
3. Yeti Tumbler
Who likes their coffee hot?! Ok actually I don’t, but it’s great for people who do! Yeti is magic and keeps hot beverages hot, and cold beverage cold. Available in a variety of sizes and colours. ~ $40
4. O2 Cool Mist’N’Sip
A friend had one of these this summer at the soccer field. It was so hot that day and a water bottle with a built in mister seemed genius. ~ $20
Got this at the dollarama! It’s a card game that practices addition and subtraction. You can also adapt to just practice numbers. We will keep ours in the camper for the summer. ~$3
6. East Coast Lifestyle Adjustable Dad Hat
Just launched – I love the look of these vintage washed hats. Available in 4 colours. Will likely buy myself one.
7. LED Toque
I first saw these last year from @bowsandbentos. I think they would be perfect for outdoor play in Sask winters. Also would have come in handy for fall camping… and spring camping?! The LED light is USB rechargeable and the toques come in a variety of colours! ~$20
8. Bush Pie Maker
Friend recommendation, turned into stocking stuffer. Give me one good reason why a delicious sandwich cooked over the campfire wouldn’t be magical. Pizza sandwiches, grilled cheese, fancy sammys. The bush pie maker has no limits – I just looked for recipes ideas on Pinterest. I repeat there are no limits. ~$20+
9. Kids Shakespeare Spincast Kit
We were gifted one of these a few birthdays ago, but really got our use out of it (and bought another one) this summer. It was great way for the boys to practice their casting and pretend to be fishing. Also a great distraction when we had lake-side camping sites. ~$20
10. Windriver Women’s HD1 Long Puffer Jacket
This jacket is available at Marks, and I have 2 of them from previous seasons. It’s so lightweight, but also so warm. Covers the bum, and has a 2 way zipper. There’s 4 colours to choose from and I want brown. I looked back and bought it on sale for $40. I HIGHLY recommend when on sale. ~ $120
11. Camping Journal For Kids
This was a gift (thank you friend!). 3-4 pages are dedicated to each trip with prompts, places to draw and add in any memories (tickets, photos, a leaf). We have the one pictured, but there are lots of options out there. ~ $12
* Included with this gift was a scavenger hunt game. There’s tons of games and books for outdoor scavenger hunts available.
I’ve contemplated a Thermacell for a few years now. As soon as @chasingkennedys recommended I ran to the store. We have the “Halo” and from my experience it works. This year Ty might be getting the portable repeller from Santa. I think this would be great for hikes, and well anywhere the mosquitos are – sports field, yard work, camping. etc. Also if you don’t know what a Thermacell is – it is a no spray, no scent, deet free mosquito repellent. ~$35+
13. Female Urination Device
@marinas_and_mountains made me do it. Once Lindsay recommended I was on board. Adds to cart > puts in stocking. I’ll keep you posted. ~$20
14. Waboba Bouncing Ball
When we were at Kenosee Lake my brother-in-law had one of these and it was perfect for the kids to play with in the lake. Once I found out he bought it at Allison’s (the store in the provincial park) I followed suit. ~$15
15. Woods LED Light
My dad has this light and we took it camping when we were in New Brunswick. We then purchased for our fall camping when our light sources were limited. Perfect lantern for night time cards, reading your camper manual when trying to figure out the furnace, or trips to the washroom. It is LED rechargeable and the brightness is adjustable. ~$40
16. Outdoor School – Hiking and Camping
Outdoor School has a few books that look great for outdoor adventuring. We have the one pictured on the guide and my oldest (6) just looks at all the pictures. A lot of great information in an easy to read format. ~ $20
17. Kids Ski Goggles
Santa got these for the boys last year, they have been awesome for snow days, outdoor play, and sliding. ~ $30+
18. Bumkins Snack Bags
We have been using these for a few years now. They are perfect for all the snacks – fruits and veggies, crackers, cereal. Easy to open, and easy to clean. They come in a snack size 2 pack, and a sandwich size. I found them in the baby section at Superstore. ~$12+
Ok! That’s all I got! If you have any questions please send a message
I hope you have found this helpful this holiday season.
Lastly – don’t underestimate the power of stickers, bubbles, and popcorn twists.