Skier Chick Pick
MontBell Thermawrap ($55, montbell.us): For the woman who has everything, snag one of these cute, cozy, quilted wrap skirts. I love it for throwing on over long johns after a day on the slopes.
Mountain Laurel Designs Spintex EXP Stuffsacks ($12-$22, mountainlaureldesigns.com): Can a backpacker ever have enough stuffsacks? Well, I suppose. But your beloved UL-freak will joyously accept a new collection of these simple, and not-too-outrageously priced cuben fiber sacks.
Sierra Designs Big Dog/Dragonfly Sleeping Bag ($89-99, sierradesigns.com): These awesome synthetic-filled bags come in 20° or 40°F, boy or girl versions and your kids will love them for camping trips because they’re warm and cozy, and for slumber parties because they’re colorful, cool, and have neat accessories like an included pillow and attached stuffsack.
Coleman Roadtrip Grill LXE ($200, coleman.com): I desperately want one of these (are you listening, Santa?) It’s the amped up version of one that I’ve tested and reviewed, with a much bigger cooking surface and an integrated stand. You can buy the interchangeable cooking surfaces (griddle and stove grate are sold separately—yes, please, Santa!) that are just plain brilliant.
Mophie Juice Pack Air ($80, mophie.com): Snap this hard case over an iPhone and you’ve got more than just protection for your substantial investment—you’ve got a sleek battery pack that doubles the run-time on these notorious juice-suckers. I bought one for my husband so he doesn’t have the “but, honey, my phone died!” excuse for not answering my calls.
Cub or Boy Scout
Professor Noggin’s Earth Science Card Game ($10, professornoggin.com) or Why Knot Games ($5.50, available at rei.com): Both of these card games are packable and so fun that your scout won’t realize they’re—gasp!—educational.
Ruffwear Square Ball ($18, ruffwear.com): You’ll huck this squarish, weighted toy way farther than the averge tennis ball to give your dog a killer workout.