5 Gifts for the Nice People on Your List

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If you have a friend or loved one who has been an especially good boy or girl this year, then chances are you’re racking your brain to find the perfect holiday gift to let them know how much you appreciate them. While the best things in life are free (and, more often than not, not actually “things”), sometimes it’s nice to pull out all the stops and get someone a whoa-worthy gift…the kind of gift that causes bulging eyes, shortness of breath, and profound joy. If you’re looking for such a gift and the goody two-shoes nice person you’re shopping for loves the outdoors, here are my top five gift picks for 2013:

ambit2 s

Suunto Ambit2 S

At $450, the Ambit2 S is certainly a “quality over quantity” kind of gift. However, if the nice person on your list is an outdoor athlete of any kind–hiker, runner, cyclist, swimmer–then I’m sure they won’t mind getting this one super-awesome present instead of several normal-amount-of-awesome presents. This sleek GPS watch not only comes packed with features that will help your loved one train at the highest level right out of the box, it’ll also let them download tons of sweet apps to help make every workout or race even more meaningful, such as “Beers Burned Off” or “Train for Chocolate.”


GoPro Hero3+

If your loved one has been really nice all year, then they deserve a GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition camera ($299.99). But if they’ve been really, REALLY nice, then you might want to consider springing for the Black Edition ($399.99). These cameras may be tiny, but that’s just their way of proving that good things come in small packages; whether the person on your list prefers to play in the woods or on the water, on skis or on a bike, the feature-rich Hero3+ will capture each awesome adventure with stunning quality. No matter which edition you choose, you’ll be giving that nice person on your list one of the nicest action cameras on the market and securing your own spot on the Nice List for sure.

Mount Washington Guided Overnight Expedition with the EMS Climbing School

In an article on Time Business last year, Katherine Tarbox estimated that between training, gear, licensing, guide services, and extras, it costs anywhere between $55,000 and $122,000 to climb Mount Everest…not including travel. But for $495, you can help the well-behaved adrenaline junkie on your list conquer “The Everest of the East” with all technical gear, meals, and guide services included along with the once-in-a-lifetime experience of an overnight stay at the Mount Washington Observatory. Just like Everest, only a handful of people get to enjoy this experience each year, and the trip ALWAYS sells out. CLICK HERE to learn more about this unforgettable bucket list adventure that any physically fit and determined climber can take on.

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Outdoor Technology Turtle Shell 2.0

Not only is this cute little wireless boombox way cooler-looking than those of the 80s, but its small size will also make it way easier for the recipient to show you how much they love you for getting them such a great gift. The Turtle Shell 2.0 connects wirelessly to any Bluetooth-enabled device so you can pump up the jam AND make or take phone calls when you need to. While $129.95 might seem like a lot of money for such a little speaker, its super-durable versatility, long-lasting rechargeable battery, and 96 decibels of crisp sound make it worth every penny.

massage kit

Trigger Point Performance Kit

Extra nice people are often secretly extra tense since they spend so much time taking care of others and ignoring their own needs. Sure, you could get them a gift certificate for a fancy massage at some chic spa to help them relax and pamper themselves for a day…but if you go that route, it’s a one-time deal. If you get them a Trigger Point Performance Hip & Lower Back Kit ($160), however, they can pamper themselves and roll out their stresses every day. Whether they’re a runner, biker, hiker, or champion desk jockey, this fantastic set of massage tools (with instructional DVDs!) is sure to help your loved one feel as good as they deserve after so being so nice to you all year.


What would YOU give to the extra nice person on your holiday list?

Leave a comment with your suggestion and for more gift ideas for every adventurer under the sun, CLICK HERE.


Jim Darroch

1 Comment

  1. Barbara-Jo Hamel
    January 12, 2014, 8:27 am

    Nice ideas, Ashley! I enjoyed reading this piece.

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