FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Hunting for the perfect gift for the outdoors lovers on your holiday shopping list is easy because there are so many great new products.
The following items have all been tried out and will appeal to those who fish, dive, hike, hunt, camp or paddle. Most are available at retail stores or can be purchased online:
The lightweight Zipperless HardBody Cooler by California Innovations is great for storing food and drinks, then you can fill it with the day’s catch. The lid opens and closes with one hand and the HardBody liner keeps your stuff cold and doesn’t leak.
The Energizer Hard Case Professional LED Spotlight has a powerful beam that covers nearly 400 yards, so it’s ideal for finding your way in the dark while boating, hiking or camping. The tough High Intensity LED flashlight has an aluminum case and a textured grip. Joggers, walkers and bikers can make themselves easily seen by clipping an LED Safety Flasher to their clothing or gear.
Divers will appreciate the new X-stream fins and X-vu LiquidSkin masks from Mares. The powerful, pivoting fins make it easy to deal with strong currents and the masks are incredibly comfortable.
Duck hunters love the high-quality gear made by Avery Outdoors. Avery blind bags safely hold a lot of stuff and the adjustable Marsh Seat is ideal for those who hunt out of the boat.
For anyone who spends time outdoors contending with mosquitoes, a ThermaCELL makes a great gift. The portable device heats a repellent pad to create a zone of protection. The new version has a handier on-off switch. There’s also an improved holster with a rotating clip to attach the device to a belt, backpack or treestand and a new swivel light.
Those who bake or fry their fish will like Everglades pre-seasoned All-Purpose Breader. The Fish & Chicken seasoning is really good on grilled fish. Everglades products are available at supermarkets and at evergladesseasoning.com.
Sun protection is vital for outdoors lovers and Elemental Herbs has organic, herbal-based, chemical-free sunscreens, lip balms and Sunsticks that really work and don’t leave you wiping sunscreen out of your eyes.
When you’re done with your outdoors activity and need to freshen up, Paper Shower leaves you feeling clean and dry. It consists of a cleansing wet towelette and a dry toweletter. It’s available at papershower.com.
Pat Ford of Miami is a wonderful photographer and some of his best work is featured in his newest book Fly-Fishing Daydreams from Skyhorse Publishing. The hardcover book has shots of everything from billfish and tarpon to bass and salmon and details where to fish, when to fish there and with whom.
Another excellent book is “Catching The Bug” by Jim “Chiefy” Mathie, which covers all aspects of finding and catching spiny lobsters in an easy-to-read and easy-to-remember format. The book is available at dive shops and at chiefy.net.