Mother’s Day is rapidly approaching and falls early this year on the 8th of May.
While I propose some gear thoughts for the active Mom I also believe traditional gifts are appealing as much as I like to think gear, gear, gear.
A great gift for the Mother of your child is a charm necklace. This can be built upon with additional charms for future Mother’s Days, birthday’s and other gift giving times of the year! My recommendation is checking out Helen Ficalora. Upon getting the chain, you can start with an Alphabet charm with the initial of your child. This is a sure win for Dad!
I might also recommend snapping up gift certificate (ummm…Groupon) for a facial, massage, or pedicure/manicure. Flowers are always welcome as well on Mother’s Day and should be standard in your mix of giving on Mother’s Day!
Now for the gear gift perspective…
I am sure the Mother you are buying for already has a watch or two but why not give her a watch that will help engage her while on a run or walk. A great watch that would meet fitness related goals would be an Ironwoman Sleek 150 Lap with Tapscreen.
Does she have a go to rain jacket for weekend away or a rainy walk with the dog? If not I can highly recommend the Outdoor Research- Palisade Jacket. My recommendation for Outdoor Research is based on knowing that anything they produce does the job intended and is also backed by their Infinite Guarantee.
An Ibex Hooded Indie is a lighter weight merino long sleeve that is great for layering in the colder months but also a year round piece of clothing suitable for any weekend bag. The beauty of the merino wool is it’s temperature range in which it can be worn. The Indie could be a great cover up from the sun while sailing or watching the sunset from your favorite beach.
For an everyday top in the hot summer months pick up the superfine, premium merino, Reef Tank Top from Icebreaker. You will be thanked many times over because of the ultimate comfort the soft merino provides on the hottest of days.
You can’t go wrong with a new pair Chaco Flips which are all flip and no flop. The comfortable Chaco footbed will keep her feet happy all day long.
I wish you well in your hunt for the ideal Mother’s Day gift!
An excellent night was had by all that attended the Winter Warming event at the recently opened Ibex store located at 303 Newbury Street. Many folks were taking advantage of the 20% off the entire store last night. I meant to pick up a very nice piece for my wife, Leigh, but I got caught in the moment and left without it….boo.
I met some great people last night and reconnected with others. It was a pleasure to meet Julie (@verdejulie) from Verde PR as she did an excellent job packing the store. Although, having American Flatbread Pizza with their mobile brick oven parked out front didn’t hurt along with the VT beers flowing and of course Hot Toddies. Anyone have a photo of the oven set up to share? If so, please add to comments.
Many faces from the Ibex family including the Top Sheep himself graced the store with their presence and their welcome smiles. The social media presence was also well represented and pictured below: @swimmykimy (Kim), @bostontweet (Tom), Ally, @foodtorunfor (Liz), @boloco (Sara-in background) amongst other I may have not met.
I suggest you drop into the store before your shopping is complete for the Holidays. If you are anything like me…I tend to buy gifts that will last many years and Ibex is no doubt an investment that keeps giving back for years.
Thank you to Ibex for hosting such a great event with fun people and local VT food and drink.
sidenote: This time I made it home without hitting the pavement.
Please join me in celebrating the coming of Winter Thursday, December 2nd at the Ibex Flagship store, 303 Newbury Street. Be there for your chance to win a weekend for two at Stowe or score the $500 Ibex gear upgrade. Local beer and wine to be served along with American Flatbread Pizza bringing their tastiness down from VT. Great opportunity to pick up a holiday gift that will be around for many more holiday seasons. Ibex is generously offering 20% off the entire store which includes merino wool and organic cotton product lines from 5-8pm.
The gift giving season is upon us and I’m here to throw out some gift ideas for those that will be playing in the cold. You can expect merino wool products to be included.
I tend to review all products that I have used and these gifts are no exception; although I have not tried the Mayfair Jacket from Icebreaker as of yet. The Mayfair looks like the ultimate winter coat for occasions that call for more than your go-to softshell.
Speaking of go-to pieces, if I was to recommend one merino wool product to invest in for versatility and comfort look no further than the Ibex Full Zip Classic. I have never had a better mid layer then the Shak and my existing Shak has lasted 6 years with no sign of wearing down. Okay so the cuffs are worn a bit after years of abuse from cold weather rides, endless days on the slopes, to nights out on the town. The range of temperature that merino wool can be worn is truly amazing and a far cry from Grandpa’s itchy scarf. You will see the full zip Shak’s newest relative…the Hooded Shak (pictured below). I would also highly recommend investing in a pair of mid weight merino bottoms, Ibex Woolies, as an essential for aerobic Winter activities.
Practical gifts that last a lifetime are also high on my list of gifts to give. I bought a pair of Sorel’s for my Dad many years ago and it’s crazy to say but these boots will outlive you. I happen to be a big fan of the “Caribou” but I recently came across a pair of Sorel’s with the old school cool factor….1964 Premium T CVS. However, the bottoms do look like they could be a little slick as opposed to the lugs on the bottom of the Caribou. Sorel also makes a Women’s 1964 Premium that is one good looking winter boot.
For those days when the sidewalks become hardpack and icy, reach for pair of YakTrak to instill confidence on slick surfaces.
For the active person who goes on regular longer excursions through the woods this winter, a Steripen is a great product for those days when weight matters and you don’t want to carry too much water. The Steripen works as advertised and can be recommended for international travel, backpacking, or wherever your adventure may take you.
The GSI Halulite Ketalist is perfect for those cooking a lot of dehydrated meals on the trail and is a great gift for a backpacker who spends a lot of time logging miles in the woods.
Not sure if anyone else has noticed, but the resurgence of hoods has been a welcome sight over the last couple of years. Cloudveil has rolled out new colors for their Hooded Enclosure Jacket which is a great jacket that will compress and easily stash away in your boot bag. They use Primaloft fill as opposed to down which is great for those days it might get wet but still keep you warm. I’m a big fan of Primaloft, as it makes for better layering if you need to throw a storm shell over it on the really nasty days on the mountain.
These are just a few ideas to get the brain focused on Holiday gift giving! Please feel free to comment or provide other suggestions.
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