How to Make the Perfect Lightweight Hiker Stocking this Holiday Season

Santa stopped by Gossamer Gear headquarters recently with a bit of a predicament. It turns out Mrs. Claus is super into lightweight backpacking in the North Pole. Santa is used to lugging around a ton of gear, so he wasn't quite sure how to create the perfect hiker stocking for someone like Mrs. Claus. If you're in the same predicament, we thought we'd share our advice to Santa with the rest of you so that you, too, may create the perfect lightweight stocking for the hiker in your life.

What Makes the Best Lightweight Hiker Stocking?

When making a lightweight hiker stocking, it's important to start with a low base weight. The way we see it, you have three options here:

  1. The Packable Vagabond - This new addition to the Vagabond Collection of daypacks is the ultimate minimalist daypack. It weighs a mere 11.2 ounces, is made of tough 70D Robic Nylon fabric, and even packs into itself via its main accessory pocket. With dual top carry handles, it also hangs easily from your mantle, ready to be filled with lightweight hiker stocking stuffer goodness for the holidays.
  2. Stuff Sacks - With four different sizes available, our stuff sacks are the perfect lightweight stockings for the family of hikers–you'll have Papa Bear, Mama Bear, Middle Schooler Bear, and Baby Bear all covered and ready to hit the trail. They range from 0.3 to 0.7 ounces and each have a festive, colorful drawstring so you can hang them by the chimney with care.
  3. Bumster - For the lightweight hiker who wants to casually wear his or her stocking around town, across the living room, on a bike ride, or up the trail, the Bumster effortlessly secures to the waist and is ready to go. At 3.8 ounces, this mini stocking can be hung from a tree branch and filled with lightweight doodads the hiker on your holiday list will love.

So, You Have Your Hiker Stocking Picked Out–Now What?

In true "take less, do more" fashion, you should now have a lightweight stocking picked out that doubles as a daypack or gear organizer. The lightweight hiker in your life is going to love your multi-functional choice. Now it's time to turn to turn to the best stocking stuffers for lightweight hikers. Lucky for you, we have some ideas.

1. Long-Handle Bamboo Spoon

Our customers rave about this lightweight, naturally odor-, stain-, and water-resistant bamboo spoon! Made out of sustainable, natural material, this spoon will let your loved ones enjoy their backcountry meal without that metallic taste of titanium. Make sure to let them know about our blog post on how to take care of the spoon, and you'll have a perfect lightweight stocking stuffer for your hiker.

enchanted valley

2. The Crotch Pot

It will start as a joke, and end up a new favorite piece of gear. Trust us. Who needs a stove when there's already plenty of heat down below? Dinner is ready by the time you reach camp. Gag gift? More like one of the best stocking stuffers for lightweight hikers ever.

Crotch Pot

3. Deuce Backpacking Trowel

Hey, everybody poops. And, at a mere 0.35 ounces, this Gossamer Gear exclusive edition of the Deuce backpacking trowel weighs the same as just 7 small blueberries, making it the lightest on the market. As we like to say, both are good for pooping in the woods! Compact enough to slip right into the side pocket of a backpack–or into a stocking.

stocking stuffers for thru hikers

4. Feed Bag

The universal truth about hikers is that, well, they get hungry. Let the lightweight hiker in your life easily relish in the lightening of their load as they eat peanut M&Ms straight from this little pocket that attaches to their pack's shoulder strap. In fact, we recommend filling a Feed Bag with your hiker's favorite snacks before adding it to their stocking.

5. Joshua Tree Mini Lip Balm

Adorably little and incredibly necessary, lightweight hikers will love finding this lip balm in their stocking. Ensure their lips don't get burned out there in the elements and stuff a couple of these into their stockings this year.

6. Shock Compression Cord Set

At about 15 grams per set, the ultralight hiker in your life will love the flair and function our compression cord sets add to their pack. Available in all the colors of the rainbow!

7. Rite in the Rain Waterproof Notebook

Once the hikers head out into the woods with the amazing lightweight stockings you created for them, they are bound to get overwhelmed by feelings of joy and gratitude. They will want to capture these into beautiful poems to share with you upon their return home. Help them out by adding one of these waterproof notebooks in their stockings. We also recommend adding a NanoPen Ultralight Trail Pen.

8. Gift Cards

Lightweight hikers may not want you to select out their lightweight doodads in case they already have one or are otherwise trying to clear out some clutter in their lives. Consider delivering them one of our digital giftcards as an alternative stocking stuffer so they can pick out exactly what they most want or need for the trail–nothing more, nothing less. We've got you covered with gift cards starting at $10 and going up to your desired price.

Hiking poles in the snow on top of a mountain

Last, But Not Least–We Want to See Your Hiker Stockings!

If you create the world's most amazing lightweight hiker stocking this holiday season, we want to see it! Share it with us by tagging @gossamergear and using the hashtag #takelessdomore. We'll make sure to share it with Santa for some additional inspiration for Mrs. Claus this year. Happy trails!

Top 10 Stocking Stuffers for Thru Hikers in Your Life

Top 10 Stocking Stuffers for Thru Hikers in Your Life

Have a family member who completed her first thru hike this past past year and is already eager to get back out there? Or, maybe your good friend is excitedly planning for his first thru hike this spring? Gossamer Gear is here to help you select the best stocking stuffers for thru hikers in your life.

As backpackers who like to keep things light, we know that the little things can add up. That's why we've rounded up the best lightweight options to snag as stocking stuffers for thru hikers. Each of these adds value to your pack and your experience, while not adding unnecessary extra pounds to your journey. These stocking stuffers for thru hikers will put a big smile on the faces of the outdoorsy people in your life.

These Stocking Stuffers for Thru Hikers will Make for Happy Campers

  1. The Bumster
stocking stuffers for thru hikers

Fanny packs are alive and well. Wear this one as part of a backpack system, or alone as a highly fashionable statement piece. The Bumster fanny pack is the answer to all "I wish I had just one more easily accessible pocket on me" woes. Waist band is adjustable to fit all sizes. It's one of those stocking stuffers for thru hikers that will be used both on and off the trail.

  1. Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter
stocking stuffers for thru hikers

The Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter is the ultimate water filtration system for minimalist hikers. It's extremely compact and lightweight, clocking in at just 3 ounces with the ability to roll-up for easy storage. Thru hikers will love this stocking stuffer, especially when they learn of its guaranteed life expectancy of 1 million gallons.

  1. Gossamer Gear Hats
stocking stuffers for thru hikers

Everyone loves some good swag, and it doesn't get much more glorious than our Gossamer Gear hats. Available in three styles, these caps are stocking stuffers for thru hikers that will be hip on the trail and on the downtown-bound train.

  1. Revivex Odor Eliminator
stocking stuffers for thru hikers

Did your loved one smell terrible when you picked her up at the end of her thru hike? Show her you care by gifting Revivex Odor Eliminator in her stocking this year. This product can become a long distance hiker's new best friend, as it can remove miles and miles of stink from your favorite hiking shirt, making it ready for the next adventure!

  1. Deuce Backpacking Trowel
stocking stuffers for thru hikers

Hey, everybody poops. And, at 0.6 ounces, this trowel weighs the same as 13 small blueberries. As we like to say, both are good for pooping in the woods! Compact enough to slip right into the side pocket of a backpack –or into a stocking.

  1. Long-Handle Bamboo Spoon
stocking stuffers for thru hikers

Our customers rave about this lightweight, naturally odor-, stain-, and water-resistant bamboo spoon! Made out of sustainable, natural material, this spoon will let your loved ones enjoy their backcountry meal without that metallic taste of titanium. Make sure to let them know about our blog post about how to take care of the spoon, as well, and you'll have a perfect stocking stuffer for a thru hiker.

  1. The Crotch Pot
stocking stuffers for thru hikers

It will start as a joke, and end up their new favorite piece of gear. Trust us. Who needs a stove when there's already plenty of heat down below? Dinner is ready by the time you reach camp. Gag gift? More like one of the best stocking stuffers for thru hikers ever.

  1. Cuben Q-Storage Sacks
stocking stuffers for thru hikers

For thru hikers who like to stay organized while on the trail, we offer our Cuben Q-Storage Sacks. Made out of dyneema reinforced laminate, they're ultralight and come in assorted sizes and models to stash everything from tent poles to glasses.

  1. Backpacking Pocket Knife
stocking stuffers for thru hikers

This Swiss Army Classic SD Knife has everything you need and nothing you don't–just what thru hikers want to see as their stocking stuffers. Slip it in your pocket. Hook it to your keys. With its seven implements, it can save the day!

  1. Photon Freedom LED Micro Light
stocking stuffers for thru hikers

The Photon Freedom has long been one of our favorite, essential pieces of gear, and we know it'll make a great stocking stuffer for a thru hiker, too. Single-button operation provides full range brightness control plus safety strobe beacons. Water-resistant. Easy to use. Great for the backcountry or everyday use!

BONUS: Gift Cards

stocking stuffers for thru hikers

Sometimes it's best to let your loved one pick out what it is he or she most needs or wants. We've got you covered with gift cards starting at $10 and going up to your desired price.

The Reasonable Decision to Give Outdoorsy Loved Ones Gift Cards

The Reasonable Decision to Give Outdoorsy Loved Ones Gift Cards

With Chanukah well underway, Christmas and Kwanzaa just around the corner, and the general spirit of holiday giving floating through the air, those of us who procrastinate may just now be wondering what goodies to gift our loved ones this year. For those of us with outdoorsy friends and family, gear to help them on their 2018 adventures seems like a clear choice. But, with the plethora of options before us, how can we be sure we're picking out the right item for them? Gift cards are often given a bad rap as being too impersonal, but here are some thoughts on why they're actually a totally reasonable, perfect last-minute gift option - as well as some tips and tricks on how to give them in more meaningful ways.

Photo: Sirena Dufault

No Need to Worry about Sizing

ttps://www.gossamergear.com/collections/backpacks"> backpack size might be, and our brand ambassadors have some useful tips, as well. However, muddling through these notes and making that decision is usually best done by the person who will actually be using the pack. Take away the worry of getting sizing right by instead giving your friend a gift card that they can use to order their own pack. Give it to them with a nice handwritten note from you about the adventures you hope their new pack will bring them.

The Conundrum of the Gear Junkie Who Has It All

nd the guessing game by giving them a gift card. You can include some nice printed photos of your adventures together - and maybe toss a little joke into your card about their gear problem!

Adding to People's Eventual Garage Sales

The world is filled with stuff and things. Sometimes the holiday season can feel overwhelming taking on lots of well-intentioned gifts, but ones which you may not really want or need. Best way to keep your gift out of a garage sale? Give them a gift card with a note letting them know that you want them to pick out something they really want, need, and love.

Non-Impersonal Gift Cards

It's one thing to give a Visa gift card, and another to give one to a place you know your loved one will appreciate. Getting the outdoorsy person in your life a gift card to Gossamer Gear shows that you know their love of adventure, and that you want to support many more outings in 2018! Pair your gift card with a top 10 list of places you want to travel together.

Gift card

Sometimes it's best to let your loved one pick out what it is they most need or want. Gossamer Gear has you covered with gift cards starting at $10 and going up to your desired price.

Last minute shoppers - also make sure to take a peek at our Guide to Stocking Stuffers for Outdoorsy Folk for helpful ideas. Through December 20, 2017, we're offering 15% off select items with the promo codeWINTER15 . Happy holidays from our tent to yours!

Gossamer Gear’s Guide to Stocking Stuffers for Outdoorsy Folk

Gossamer Gear’s Guide to Stocking Stuffers for Outdoorsy Folk

Have some outdoorsy friends or family in your holiday circle? We've got you covered for all of the little stocking stuffers they'll be hoping to see this year! Below are ten of our suggestions for pulling together a hiker's dream stocking.

1.) Deuce Backpacking Trowel: Hey, everybody poops. And, at 0.6 ounces, this trowel weighs the same as 13 small blueberries. As we like to say, both are good for pooping in the woods! Compact enough to slip right into the side pocket of a backpack– or as a stocking stuffer.

Lightweight Trowel

2.) Long-Handle Bamboo Spoon: Our customers rave about this lightweight, naturally odor-, stain-, and water-resistant bamboo spoon! Made out of sustainable, natural material, this spoon will let your loved one enjoy their backcountry meal without that metallic taste of titanium. Make sure to let them know about our blog post about how to take care of the spoon, as well.

Spoon

3.) The Crotch Pot: This is in the genre of laugh out loud stocking stuffers. It will start as a joke, and end up their new favorite piece of gear. Trust us. Who needs a stove when there's already plenty of heat down below? Dinner is ready by the time you reach camp.

Crotch Pot

4.) Pack of 10 Aluminum V Peg Tent Stakes: A lightweight and economical option for those of us who seem to always be coming up short a tent stake. Forest gnomes, maybe? Just make sure they keep away from your stocking stuffers!

Tent Stakes

5.) Cuben Q-Storage Sacks: For everyone who likes to stay organized while on the trail, we offer our Cuben Q-Storage Sacks. Made out of dyneema reinforced laminate, they're ultralight and come in assorted sizes and models to stash everything from tent poles to glasses.

Cuben Q-Storage Sacks

6.) The Hipster: Fanny packs are alive and well. Wear this one as part of a backpack system, or alone as a highly fashionable statement piece. The Hipster Fanny Pack is the answer to all "I wish I had just one more easily accessible pocket on me" woes. Waist band is adjustable to fit all sizes.

Hipster

7.) Backpacking Pocket Knife: This Swiss Army Classic SD Knife has everything you need and nothing you don't. Slip it in your pocket. Hook it to your keys. With its seven implements, it can save the day!

Pocket Knife

8.) Photon Freedom LED Micro Light: The Photon Freedom has long been one of our favorite, essential pieces of gear. Single-button operation provides full range brightness control plus safety strobe beacons. Water-resistant. Easy to use. Great for the backcountry or everyday use!

Micro Light

9.) Sticker Pack: Have a Gossamer Gear fan on your gift list? Aw, shucks! We're blushing. Stuff their stocking with our new sticker pack! Five awesome sticker designs will let them rep their Gossamer Gear pride on a water bottle, laptop, or even on their forehead!

Sticker Pack

10.) Gift Card: Sometimes it's best to let your loved one pick out what it is they most need or want. We've got you covered with gift cards starting at $10 and going up to your desired price.

Gift card

Take advantage of our biggest sale ever to check stocking stuffers off your list! Almost everything is 10-40% off through 11/27/2017 at 11:59pm CST.