Holiday Gift Guide
November 19th, 2019 | Words by Bryson Smith
Even though it's not quite December, the holidays are just around the corner. If the thought of holiday shopping is already giving you a headache, then check out this handpicked guide from the Nomad crew. Everything here is something we use and love. We've got gifts for the tech lover, outdoors enthusiast, and digital Nomad in your life. Check them out below!
Best Gifts for the Outdoors
While summer is over, your outside adventures don't have to end with the onset of winter cold. Here are our favorite gifts for the outdoors lover in your life.
Winter is here: and hopefully, that means bluebird powder days, backcountry expeditions, and some spectacular, albeit frostier, sunrises. If you are looking for a fresh pair of shades to take the glare off of your favorite winter wonderland, check out these armless shades from Seattle based company, Ombraz. These shades are built to stand up to the toughest conditions and fix what frustrates you about sunglasses.They attach directly to a built-in cord that keeps the sunnies securely and comfortably in place. Ombraz built a pair of sunglasses you can throw in a pocket/backpack and not worry about, wear on the river and not lose, keep on for hours without getting a headache, and hike up the trail and not look like a dork. Because of their armless construction, they are much more durable than traditional sunglasses. On top of that, Ombraz is a fellow Climate Neutral member, and for every pair sold, Ombraz plants 20 trees. So help out your eyes and our planet with a pair of Ombraz!
With temperatures dropping, we are feeling the need for a campfire more than ever. Biolite's FirePit brings all the feels of a classic campfire set up with way less smoke and a whole lot more tech. This stove uses a rechargeable 10,400 mAh pack to power a fan, which keeps your fire burning, rather than smoking. You can also use Biolite's app for Android and iOS to control the intensity of your flames via Bluetooth. The firepit also doubles as a BBQ, and if you want to go hibachi style, swap the wood for some charcoal and grill up.
Topo Design's Subalpine pack serves as a great hiking and climbing backpack, as well as a travel/work backpack. With purpose-built features like durable water bottle pockets on either side, multiple gear attachment points, and a sturdy grab handle, the Subalpine is ready for the outdoors. Whether you are hiking, climbing, or doing some lightweight backpacking, the Subalpine is up for whatever outdoor adventures you go on. It also doubles as a great day bag and urban commuter with an integrated laptop sleeve and a removable front pouch for added convenience. The Subalpine is equally at home at the crag or in the office and will make an excellent gift for the outdoors lover in your life.
Whether you are trying to add another layer to your sleeping bag for camping out in the ski lift parking lot this season or simply need a cozy blanket to share with that special someone, then the NanoLoft Puffy by Rumpl is a great choice. This blanket is made from Rumpl's NanoLoft insulation, a synthetic alternative to down. Nanoloft is made from 100% Post-consumer recycled materials, so you can stay warm while going green.
If you want to give the gift of luxury car camping this holiday season, then a Signature Air Mattress from LunoLife will do the trick. These modular air mattresses can be ordered to fit almost any car, so you won't have issues cramming one into your vehicle. An air mattress is great for switching from car camping to car glamping, especially when you have some cool lighting. LunoLife provides in that department as well, with their Ambient Night Lights. These LED string lights have four different light settings and easily mount in any car due to integrated suction cups. They also recharge via micro USB, making it easy to keep them powered while on the go.
The Latest Tech for a Nomadic Life
Are you looking for a gift for your tech-obsessed friend? Check out our favorite new gadgets that fit the lifestyle of a 21st century digital Nomad.
If someone in your life is always misplacing items, then a Tile might be the perfect gift for them. We've always been big fans of Tile, and their newest Tile Slim is a great way to keep track of phones, backpacks, your favorite jacket-pretty much anything you can think of. The new Tile Slim has a 3-year battery life and a 200ft Bluetooth range, making it even easier to find your lost items.
Know someone with an Apple Watch, iPhone and AirPods who is always hunting for a charger? Then the Nomad Base Station is a perfect gift for them. With an integrated Apple Watch Charger and 3 high-power charging coils, Base Station Apple Watch is the one-stop charging solution for the whole Apple ecosystem. The Base Station Apple Watch combines our favorite design elements into one functional piece: rich leather and a sleek aluminum body. We love these chargers at Nomad HQ, and we think they will make the perfect gift for the Apple fan in your life.
If you are looking for a portable Bluetooth speaker that doesn't sacrifice anything when it comes to audio quality, then the Sonos Move is a great choice. Sonos is renowned for their high-quality speakers, and the Move doesn't disappoint when it comes to audio quality. Sonos built the Move to be durable and stand up to the harshest conditions. A hardwearing, shock resistant case protects the Move, so an accidental drop won't damage it. It is also water and dust resistant and backed by an IP56 rating. Our favorite feature about the Move is that it easily integrates into your existing Sonos system for when you aren't on the go.
If you have someone on your list who is chasing the perfect desk setup, then the Retro Classic Bluetooth keyboard by AZIO is a great gift, especially if you like retro styling with modern tech. AZIO's keyboards are made from high-end materials and are reminiscent of classic typewriters. Available in a wood or leather finish, the Retro Classic adds a whole lot of style to any desk. Combine it with a Nomad Mousepad, and you will be the envy of your coworkers when it comes to workspace style.
Travel: Gifts for Life on the Road
On the hunt for the perfect gift for the road warrior or jetsetter on your list? Check out these gifts suited for life on the road for inspiration!
The Yeti Crossroads Tote 16 is a great bag for travel. It compresses easily for packing and can also be used as a personal item/laptop bag while flying. With 16 liters of storage space and a designated laptop and tablet pocket, the Crossroads easily organizes your daily essentials. It is built with 1000D Nylon and lined with ripstop 420D Nylon, ensuring rugged reliability over time.
The Travel Essentials Kit by Ursa Major comes stocked with everything you need to stay looking fresh when you hit the road. Face wash, spray tonic, face balm, face wipes, and deodorant. You might be sleeping out in the dirt under the stars but, with the help of this all-encompassing skin care kit, you will look like you've been staying at a five-star spa. Ursa Major products are all made using only natural, non-toxic ingredients, so you can rest easy while taking care of your skin.
Looking for a gift for the photographer in your life? Check out the Tele 58mm Lens from Moment. The Tele 58mm will allow you to take high-quality long-range shots with your iPhone, making it easier to travel light and leave the DSLR / telephoto lens at home, without sacrificing too much on the photography front. For an easy bundle gift, hook the photographer on your list up with a Nomad Rugged Moment case!
Sick of busted and frayed iPhone cables? On the hunt for a durable iPhone cable that can save you with a little extra juice when you need it? The Nomad Battery Cable combines an ultra-durable 500D Nylon ballistic weave cable with a 2800mAh battery, giving you a durable & minimalist battery pack. Battery Cable will keep you charged when you need it most.
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