Good to Give
Good to Give
If it's something that they'll use, brings joys, supports local business, is made to last or in a way that minimises its impact on the earth, it's Good to Give.
We're a young start-up business and it's no secret that we need to sell 'enough' to get by. But the pressure to GIVE, GIVE, GIVE, BUY, BUY, BUY has been out of control for a while. Black Friday, for example, can get in the bin.
Waste is the end result. We reckon it's OK to ask what people want, or need. It really helps to stop giving/getting unwanted gifts.
Give digital, or give an experience. The main thing we're craving after this year is time outside with friends and family. So how about this: give a promise to go on a 2021 trip with someone, with a little gift alongside as a show of intent. See card template below.
Or support your local outdoor shop, physiotherapist, bike shop or climbing wall by buying vouchers as presents. They'll be all the sweeter to spend when they're still in business next year.
Don't buy wrapping paper; buy a roll of 100% recyclable paper tape and re-use old wrapping paper, newspaper, old OS maps or whatever old mags you have under your bed. OK, not *those* mags, we're thinking more 90s MTB ones, they'd look ace under the tree.
For the bits you do want to spend your hard-earned pennies on, below are some ideas from us and some other UK companies we think are doing good things. Some pricey stuff that's worth it, and some stocking fillers that are just as good.
We've got to start with ourselves, haven't we? We'll keep it short. To make it easier we've broken it down by how much you like the person you're getting the gift for, we hope this helps.
A good gift for someone you...
Mixed 8 pack of all natural energy bars in compostable wrappers.
£13.50 See them here
Mixed 18 pack of all natural energy bars in compostable wrappers.
£27.00 See them here
...might be in love with.
Pre-paid 3 or 6 month subscription to Outdoor Provisions. They'll get an 18 pack delivered to their door every month for the next three, or six, months.
£77.00 / £153.00 See them here
...know loves birds of prey.
A raptor pin badge, 100% of the profits from this go towards ending raptor persecution.
£6.00 See them here
Good Outdoors gear
Millican released their Core range earlier this year; it's made from 100% post consumer plastic waste; recycling discarded bottles and remaking it into a bag for life. The Core Roll Pack 20L [£80] would be our pick.
Our friends at Alpkit now make a jacket with 100% recycled fabric AND 100% recycled insulation. The Kanyo [£85, usually £99] is also currently on sale!
Slow fashion advocates Findra make the softest neckwarmers [£30] from ethically sourced, mulesing-free merino wool.
The first of Athena Mellor's Ramble guides [£16] has been much anticipated by us and would make a really lovely gift for anyone with a fondness for the Peak District.
If you're looking for something for a budding photographer, David Lintern does a photography day course [£150, approx.] in the Highlands.
Lastly, maps. Nothing says I love/really like you and would like to go on an adventure than a map. Hand drawn, illustrated, 3d, OS, whatever.
Good for cyclists
The guys at Albion recently release the ZOA Jacket [£175]; It stands out as low impact because it uses Clo™ Eco Vivo recycled breathable insulation and a bluesign® approved recycled nylon outer fabric and lining. They have a lovely little Ti Mug [£20] as well if you want to support for a bit less.
If you know someone that's bikepacking curious, a place on a Pannier.cc introduction to bikepacking weekend [£165] in the Peak District would be a top, top gift.
A whole bicycle? More people on bikes is a good thing. More people on bikes from British companies is even better. Look at Temple cycles for everything from step-through frames to adventure rigs. It's run by some genuine fresh-air-heads too.
Straight Cut Design Bagel Bags [£70] for anyone that needs a bit of extra on-bike storage. You'd be giving a long-lasting handmade gift, supporting a small business that's run by a top bloke.
Good from Manchester (Available UK wide)
We're from the norf so have friends that we think deserve support.
You can find a beautiful magazine for anyone from Rare Mags. Usually, we'd insist on a visit to the shop but they do sell all their magazines online. You can probably pick up a copy of the newly released Dropped Magazine from them - a lovely carbon neutral print magazine on cycling culture.
Coffee. COFFEE. Our consumption is pretty high right now, so it's handy that we recently moved in next to Blossom Coffee who specialise in low impact roasting. Actually we started a whole 'Coffee Outside' section and it go too big, so we're doing a coffee specific gift guide to follow this one.
Last up, get your favourite fresh-air-head something from one of our favourite fresh-air-heads; a Dick Vincent print. Hobbit references? LCD Sound System lyrics? Jack Kerouac quotes? Now we're talkin'.
Coffee Outside, curated by Blossom coffee
This section got too big too quickly so we made dedicated Good to Give Coffee Outside edition.
Curated by our friends at Blossom Coffee Roasters, you can read it here ↦