Finding small things that provide real value is something we really appreciate, and we look for on a daily basis. These items are small but mighty, and they all collapse into a package small enough to fit into a stocking. Or better yet in your backpack on an adventure.
We have used the QuikCamo 3D Leafy Camo Ghillie Suits for the last several years. These leafy suits are perfect for new hunters because they are extremely well priced and can fit over other clothing. We love these for taking new hunters out who do not have hunting clothes yet. The suits fit well over street clothes and work extremely well for hiding hunters in early season deer hunting and spring gobbler season. The fine mesh keeps out mosquitos and ticks. These suits fold up into a very, very small package.
Sea to Summit Pillows
The Sea to Summit Pillows are comfy, and at under 7 oz. they are the perfect size to fling into your pack on a quick three-day excursion or a month long expedition. They blow up easily, and you can quickly release a bit of air to get just the right pressure for your comfort. These fit well into sleeping bags and make camping trips just that much more comfortable. We like the Aeros Premium Deluxe Pillow and the Aeros Down.
Cell phones are a serious part of our lives and when I am hunting, I use my cell phone for filming and checking maps to make sure that I am staying on public land. I like to know that my phone is right on my chest and not bouncing out of my pocket. The Rooster Wrap is a quick and easy tool to keep my phone close to my chest. It works equally well for filming when we are upland hunting or crawling on the ground stalking deer. We use the UAG case for the cell phone and quickly attach the Rooster Wrap to that case to make a cell phone protection system for our adventures.
Sawyer Micro Squeeze
Enjoy clean and safe drinking water wherever you are with the Sawyer Micro Squeeze Water Filtration System. The Sawyer Micro Squeeze is only 2 ounces and removes 99.99999% of bacteria (salmonella, cholera and E. coli), 99.9999% of protozoa (cryptosporidium and giardia), and 100% of microplastics Attach the Micro Squeeze to the included drinking pouch or screw it onto standard disposable bottles The Sawyer Micro Squeeze is rated up to 100,000 gallons and it works everywhere. We really like that this works on a plastic water bottle and keeps you safe no matter where you are in the world. It costs less than $30.00.
Chomps Meat Snacks
Who doesn’t want a healthy snack in their stocking? Over this season we have relied on the great taste from Chomps Meat Snacks to keep our protein levels high. Grass Fed Beef with Cranberry Habanero, Sea Salt Beef Stick and Salt and Pepper Venison Sticks are some of our favorites. These coupled with the Four Points Tactical Bars for slow-burn protein keeps us going day after day chasing mule deer and pheasants.
Caveman Vibrant Indicator
The Caveman Vibrant Indicator allows you to know when your barrel on your rifle is too hot to handle. The flare mini lets you know when your rifle is hot to the point that it is affecting your bullet travel. At under $12.00 these are the perfect stocking stuffer for the shooters on your list. These work well for rifles of all sorts.
We got to sample the many different versions of the Outlaw soaps and colognes and they smell like the outdoors. The Blazing Saddles smells like the sagebrush of the West and the Fire in the Hole smells like a campfire. These soaps are perfect for the outdoorsmen in your life.
SPOT Gen 4
The Spot Gen4 Satellite GPS Messenger has come a long way from its beginning well over a decade ago. Spot Messenger devices keep open the line of communication when you travel beyond the boundaries of reliable cell service. The unit allows you to send a preprogrammed message with your GPS location to let family and friends know you are okay. Of course if the situation is desperate you can also send your GPS location to emergency responders and rescue teams. Currently these units are on sale, and they are well worth the price and the piece of mind.
Camillus Ultimate Camping Kit
The Camillus Ultimate Camping Kit is a great small kit perfect for the stocking. It includes paracord, a knife, sheath, fire starter and whistle. This simple tool is a solid kit and perfect for young hands starting out on a lifetime of adventure.
We have had the Huntego CLEANSHOT in our pack over the last several years. Whether we are hunting pheasants, dove or waterfowl, shooting one of these through our shotgun cleans out the barrel and keeps it pristine and ready for the next day. When we get home, we break it all down and do a thorough cleaning, but this makes all of the difference in the field.
Otis Technology Cleaning Kits
In the hotel or at home on the cleaning bench, the Otis Technology cleaning kits and supplies keep your gun clean which is paramount to keeping it safe. We never leave home without an Otis Technology kit, and at home we have the deluxe kit for cleaning our rifles and shotguns. Whether it is Otis Technology Bore Snakes or the great chemicals like MC-10, these are gifts that will be welcomed in a stocking.
TENKARA USA SATO KIT
This year we had the opportunity to escape for a few days of pure bliss and socially distanced fishing in the Eastern Sierras and while you cannot fit that into a stocking, what you can fit in is the Tenkara USA SATO kit or a gift card to get one. This amazing rod has simplified my fishing and allowed me to slow down and enjoy the process of fishing mountain streams and lakes for small trout.
HEYBO Outdoors Shirts
The lightweight 1/4 zip shirts from Heybo Outdoors are perfect for the summer fishing trips on the ocean or on the lake. They provide serious UPF protection from the sun and are extremely well ventilated. This shirt packs up into a very small package and slides into your pack quickly and easily.
Pixel Computer Eyewear
Working on a computer all day, these computer glasses save my eyes so when I am outdoors, I can still spot game and focus on the beauty of nature. These glasses help block blue light, and are also reading glasses so I can focus on the words and prevent eye strain. Check out these great glasses from Pixel Eyewear.