Inland NW Local Holiday Gift Guide: Camping

This holiday season, OTM makes your shopping easy with our Local Holiday Gift Guide. There’s no need to search far and wide for gifts for your fellow outdoorsy folk and other loved ones who appreciate unique, locally-procured gifts. There are so many good reasons to shop locally for the holidays. We’ve compiled a wide range of unique and useful gifts that just might cover every name on your list. Thank you for shopping locally and for supporting the Out There Monthly advertisers who make each issue possible! (EG)

Rooftop Tents

Spokane-based Adventure Sole’s rooftop tents combine the perks of car camping and tent camping, without the price of an RV. The tents, which are easy to set up off the side or back of your vehicle, come with a high-density foam mattress, a rainfly, travel cover, and side windows. Choose between the BRAVO RT ($894.99–$1,449.99), or the ECHO RT ($1,049.99–$1,549.99), which is designed for even more space. (EG)

Fire Starter 

Way more than a flint and steel, the Selkirk FireStarter proves that Buck Knives continues to be among the most innovative outdoor brands. From building fires to signaling for help, this unit features a whistle, a striker notch, bottle opener, straight-bit screwdriver, line tensioner and a 2″ ferrocerium striker ($25). It doesn’t matter if you’re in the Selkirks or the Cascades, every outdoor enthusiast should add this to their list of backcountry essentials. (JJ)

ENO Hammock

What better way to spend a backpacking trip than a night out under the stars? Eagles Nest Outfitters (aka ENO) hammocks, available at Mountain Gear, range from $60-$95, and can fit single or multiple people. The hammocks are lightweight and can be condensed to the size of a grapefruit. Constructed of durable material and hung on nautical grade line, these hammocks are an easy alternative to your normal tent and sleeping bag combo and are great to have around camp or your backyard for relaxing. (EG)

Camp Beer Kit

Sometimes a beer just tastes better outdoors. This beer kit from GSI Outdoors lets you entertain your friends in style on camping trips. The $99.95 kit comes with a stainless steel growler, four stainless steel pint glasses, and a horseshoe set. (EG)

Lightweight Camp Knife


The new Vertex knife from Buck Knives weighs less than 2 ounces, yet it features a 3-inch blade. The unique, scooped handle design reduces weight and makes it easier to grip while applying pressure with the blade. The serrated edge is especially useful cutting line, and the blade hole facilitates one-hand opening. Best of all, this remarkable knife costs less than $50, and it’s proudly made at the Buck Knives headquarters in Post Falls, Idaho. (JJ) //

Contributing Writers: Amy Silbernagel McCaffree, Derrick Knowles, Elena Gardner and Jon Jonckers

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