Let’s face it, if you’re reading this blog, chances are, you don’t really need anything, in the survival sense. Sure, the holidays are great for many things, most of which bearing more importance than sharing gifts. Bike rides, warm drinks, hiking, camping, all of which are for the most part, free for you to share with friends and family.
That said, it’s a lot of fun sharing gifts and whatever, it’s a once a year kinda thing. Most of these gifts are gauged around lifestyle and camping but all have a place in your day-to-day use.
Every holiday season, we compile a list of products that have piqued our interest here at the Radavist. Most of which are made domestically, be it Japan, Germany, the US and the UK. This year, because I know everyone’s on a budget we’re doing it a bit different, offering up alternatives that are more affordable… Only because I don’t want this list to be alienating.
When you can, buy locally. Did you know your local bike shop can also order camping gear from QBP? Now you do!
Check out the Radavist Holiday Kinda Sorta Need List below!
Everyone can use a dopp kit. Both men and women can benefit from having a durable and yes, stylish case for their toiletries when they travel. The new Osker Dopp Kit from Fabric Horse looks to keep your carry-on bag neat and organized.
Clever key rings that double as tools will forever be one of those thoughtful gifts that will get heavy use. Especially with all those hexheads! Check out the Ring Tool…
Ranging from affordable gifts for your favorite bike mechanic to more expensive garments for your loved ones, Pedal Ed’s gear is all made either in Japan, the UK or Italy. From belts to caps and jackets, this brand has something for everyone.
Buy a 35mm point n shoot camera and film!
Go to your thrift stores, camera shops and yes, maybe Craigslist or eBay and find a compact, prime lens point n shoot 35mm camera. Then go to your local camera shop and buy film, a case or even a gift certificate. It’ll be the gift that keeps on giving.
Taking something as functional as a scarf and making it from Pendleton wool, then adding a snap so it’ll stay around your neck is ingenious! Making it by hand in Seattle is sustainable. These Swift Industries Southwest Neck Scarfs look great.
If one thing is true about the Athletic, it’s that they’ve got something for everyone when it comes to socks. This Portland brand began building hype on Instagram and now they’re got a brick and mortar shop. Made by DeFeet in the USA, these socks will last long through the winter months and then some.
Screw a snack bar! Go all in. 1600 calories per loaf, these tasty treats are perfect for winter base miles, randonneuring, touring or camping. Just seeing this photo makes my mouth water. They really are sinfully delicious… Don’t believe me? Try one on for size!
Some will say, these days, a wrist watch is a luxury item and while that’s true for the most part, it doesn’t mean you have spend thousands of dollars on a Swiss-made timepiece. Weiss makes their watches in Los Angeles, California from Swiss movement and unlike the other guys, that means everything but the movement is made in the USA. For alternatives, check Seiko, MWC and Timex. Or have a look at Huckberry’s Watch Guide.
Wald Basket – $$ varies
This is the best $20 I spent for my touring bike this year. Sometimes, the simplest designs are the best. Line the bottom with wood, or a tarp and add a bungee net for increased stability. Either use the brackets included, or zip-tie it to a small rack. What would you keep #InTheWald?
I used to lose my flasks all the time, then I bought an expensive flask and never lost it again (knock on oak barrels). These Horse flasks are made in NYC and would make a mean addition to the Moscow Mule attaché case. For alternative purchases, check out the classic flask by Stanley!
A good, lightweight bag is one of the best items you can have in your bicycle camping inventory… Weighing in at just 16oz, this is one of the lightest 35º bags on the market and it’s made in the USA with a lifetime warranty.
Yes, I know that’s a lot of money for a flannel, but the whole idea is you only need one or two and they’ll last you for years. As long as you don’t eat too many SinDawgs. I love the Woodlands flannels. They’re extremely comfortable, have a nice tailored fit and are perfect for winter bike camping. Highly recommended. If you’re on a tighter budget, check out Patagonia’s Fjord Flannel line.
Sure, Ocean Air doesn’t make these Helix cones themselves, but they’re the ones who turned me onto them! Camp coffee, here we come!