This season, why just give the gift of rad gear, when you can give a gift that also supports your happy camper’s habits and the Northeast’s economy? While Eastern Mountain Sports carries brands from all over the map, consider adding some local flavor to your holiday shopping list. Most of the items mentioned are manufactured at their company’s headquarters, so spending money just got a lot more responsible.


1. NEMO Wagontop 4P Camping Tent

Based in Dover, NH, Nemo has brought tent innovation to the next level. Nemo combines lightweight materials and strategic design to make shelters that can withstand the elements and won’t weigh your pals down. This Wagontop 4P is an excellent choice for the extended camping trip, with design considerations that keep comfort and space at the forefront. For instance, with its 80-inch ceiling height, everyone can walk in and out with their head held high.

2. Woolrich Sherpa Rough Rider Wool Blanket

Woolrich has a long tradition of keeping its customers warm and dry. Historically, this Woolrich, Penn., company has provided lumber camps, farmers, railroad workers, and even Civil War soldiers with durable outerwear and blankets. The Sherpa Rough Rider, in the brand’s classic Buffalo Check, will be a welcome addition for that friend who’s pursuing the van life.


3. Good To-Go Weekender: Granola, Smoked Three Bean Chili & Herbed Mushroom Risotto 3-Pack

Based in Kittery, Maine, Good To-Go was created for backpackers by a fellow backpacker—who also happens to be a classically trained chef. The brand makes flavorful, easy-to-prepare dehydrated meals for every camper on your list. This 3-pack offers a breakfast, lunch, and dinner option, with two vegan choices. Just add cold or hot water, and your ravenous pals are “Good To-Go.”

4. Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System

This Manchester, NH, company has revolutionized the way campers cook in the backcountry. Its line of stoves and cooking systems significantly reduces the amount of fuel needed to boil water. And, the Jetboil Flash is as simple as it gets. Fill the cup with water, push the button, and wait for the heat indicator to change colors. All together, this process takes approximately four minutes for the whole cup. A Jack-of-all-trades, the Flash packs all components into the cooking cup and works with all other Jetboil cooking accessories.


5. Darn Tough Micro Crew 3/4 Hiking Socks

Tested in the Vermont wilderness and made entirely in Northfield, these socks are industry leaders for comfort in a myriad of conditions. The Micro Crew Hiking Socks (also available in women’s sizes) have cushioning and support where it’s needed most. And, their merino blend will keep the trailblazer’s feet dry and blister-free during those rainy-day hikes and super-sweaty summer treks. As a bonus, Darn Tough boasts that they do absolutely no outsourcing when making this and other products.

Courtesy: Adventure Medical Kits
Courtesy: Adventure Medical Kits

6. Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight 0.5 Solo First

Located in Littleton, NH, the heart of the White Mountains, Adventure Medical Kits knows how to efficiently stock a first aid kit for any endeavor. The compact Ultralight 0.5 is ideal for your pals on the fast and light track, or could make a clutch stocking stuffer. Waterproof inner bags keep contents dry in any condition, and it contains enough supplies for up to two days.

7. Sterling Evolution Velocity 9.8 mm x 60 m Standard Climbing Rope

Climbers in the Northeast are familiar with granite and how tough it can be on gear. Considering this, Sterling makes some of the most durable climbing ropes on the market at their home plant in Biddeford, Maine. The Velocity’s smooth sheath allows for easy feeding through belay devices, effortless clipping of gear, and minimizes rope drag. This all-arounder is arguably the best pick for rock and ice climbers alike.


8. Princeton Tec Sync Headlamp

Headquartered in Pennsauken, NJ, Princeton Tec has spent 40 years paving the way for personal lighting. In this regards, the Sync is easily one of the most versatile gifts, offering something for the late-night reader, the after-dark grill master, the nighttime dog walker, and the outdoor enthusiast. It offers five different beam combinations (that’s more than your smartphone, FYI) and features an easy-to-use dial for changing between them. Include a four-pack of AAA batteries for the ultimate gift combo.

9. Nalgene Bottle Kit, Medium

Nalgene, born in Rochester, NY, debuted its lightweight, leak-proof bottles in the Adirondacks. And, made by the same company that brought you the indestructible wide-mouth water bottle, this kit is ideal for the traveler on your list. Each Bottle Kit container holds 4 fl. oz. or less and offers the globetrotter on your list a convenient solution for taking their favorite shampoo, moisturizer, or whiskey in the carry-on bag.


10. Flowfold Minimalist Limited Card Holder Wallet

Located on the coast of Maine in Scarborough, Flowfold draws inspiration from the state’s textile and sailing history. Sleek by design, the Minimalist is constructed of ultra-lightweight X-Pac fabric. As a result, it keeps credit cards and cash protected from the rigors of nature…or your sister’s handbag.

Glenn Swanson

Glenn got her literary debut writing weekly Taco Tuesday invitations to her pals while at UMaine. After a brief stint in writing memes for circulation among the office crowd, she decided to pursue the wilder frontier of outdoor blogs. She’s committed to the having the most fun on the mountain and sharing that stoke with others, including, but not limited to, summit high-fives.

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