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And it's not just snow-capped mountains and evergreen forests we've got to brag about: That unparalleled nature's inspired more than a few best-in-class gear outposts and apparel slingers, from Filson's rugged workwear, first introduced in the nineteenth century, to Girlfriend Collective's fashionable athleisure, founded in 2016.
Whether your giftees are legitimate fanatics or simply existing in the PNW (look, we do love puffy coats), heed the call of the wild with these (mostly) local picks.
Keep an eye out for the following tags for gifts selected by our Travel and Outdoors Editor, Allison Williams, and other local experts:
Compressive Set Bundle with Pockets, Girlfriend Collective Local
Local purveyor of our favorite recycled skorts bundled some products in the name of sweet, sweet discounts. This one, complete with the compressive sports bra of your choices and high-rise leggings (again, with pockets!) in any color, is as well-suited to athletic pursuits as it is to cozying up on the couch.
Women's Chase Glove, Pow Gloves Local
Reject the squeaky black gloves everyone and their mother wears on the mountain in favor of Ballard's finest ultra-flexible waterproof leather version in colors like misty rose and popcorn.
Signal 3 Men's Road Running Shoes, Brooks Running Local
Fitness aspirations are a fickle mistress, but they're more liable to stick around if there's a new pair of shoes involved. This pair from Wallingford running brand Brooks is geared toward runners who are just starting their journey.
Written in the Snows by Lowell Skoog, Mountaineers Books Local
Outdoorsman and local legend Lowell Skoog just released his definitive history of skiing in the Pacific Northwest—expect riveting anecdotes, cool historical images, and the best winter cabin coffee book table money can buy.
Pourigami Travel Coffee Dripper, Miir Local
Real Seattleites don't give up their artisanal beans for a week in the woods. Wallingford-based Miir's pocket-sized foldable dripper makes a great gift for campers and coffee connoisseurs alike.
KAVU Rope Sling, Free People Local
KAVU's rope sling bag has both fashionable appeal and adventure-friendly practicality, like a water-resistant polyester exterior, a padded back, and tons of compartments. We're pretty proud to say it's local.
Coldfront Down Jacket, Outdoor Research Local
We in the PNW are suckers for puffer coats, it's true, but SoDo-based Outdoor Research genuinely brings the goods: light-but-cozy insulation, recycled materials, and a fit that's made to layer (with other gifts, perhaps?).
Moxi Beach Bunny, Get Your Bearings Skate Shop Local
Everyone wants to get in on the pandemic roller skating renaissance—do it in style with this relatively affordable, oft-recommended, beginner-friendly pair from local favorite Get Your Bearings Skate Shop.
Houdini Jacket, Patagonia
Per Keep It Movin' Run Club captain Alec Remington, this jacket is the best bang for your buck when it comes to a lightweight running windbreaker: "It packs down super small and has all the features you need," Remington says. "I searched high and low for a good water resistant running jacket," and this is the best in its price range.
Bogey Ain't Bad Ball Marker, Bogey Boys Local
We couldn't leave Seattle rap legend Macklemore's foray into fashionable fairway apparel off the list. Golf's outdoors! These sweet ball markers feel like a treasure in a stocking or paired with a heartfelt card, and they're practical, too.
Eddyline Skylark Kayak, Olympic Outdoor Center Local
Seattle big-ticket items are a little less Escalade and a little more Eddyline. The Burlington company's boats get rave reviews, and this one's great for new kayakers, too.
Lux Glovers, Oiselle Local
Local women's running brand Oiselle knows what the people want—and, weirdly, it's fingerless gloves. These fan-favorites keep outdoor athletes of all sorts warm and dextrous, while veering far from Hot Topic territory.
8BPlus AJ Chalk Bag, REI Local
This rec comes from Mike Fong, operations manager at Edgeworks Seattle climbing gym: "Every climber is different, so why not get them a chalk bag that is also a little different?" Pick a sweet and silly monster bag to suit their personality—this guy's "beastly, hungry," and "the center of attention." It'll also keep hand-drying, grip-improving chalk secure and "help you send in style."
Nagata Speed Blade, District Vision
"District Vision has the sleekest running eyewear," says Keep It Movin' Run Club captain Alec Remington—it's lightweight, durable, and genuinely fashionable. This black rose pair works well in all weather conditions; Remington recommends amber-colored lenses for "PNW flat light" in particular.
Bandito Bicycle Bag, Swift Industries Local
This little number from local bike bag specialist Swift Industries holds all the essentials, can be attached to either the saddle or the handlebars, and looks damn good. (Make your life easy and plan to get them a matching caddy or pannier for another upcoming holiday or birthday.)
Mindbender 108TI Skis 2023, K2 Local
K2 was founded in Washington in 1961, and it's been making some of the best and most recognizable skis in the industry ever since. This year's Mindbender model is built for any mountain conditions (and god knows the Pacific Northwest sees them all). And just look at that art.
Sherpa Fleece Vest, Filson Local
You know Filson for its quality workwear, but the Seattle brand's signature attention to detail comes through in its casual clothing, too, from the warmth-capturing high neck to the cozy microfleece-lined pocket interiors.
Amphipod Xinglet, REI Local
One last recommendation from KIMRC captain Alec Remington: "Show you really care and get someone you love a reflective singlet" to help them stand out on early mornings or evening runs in the dark of winter. "It literally is a life saver."