It’s that time of year when the holiday shopping rush begins. I do my best to stay out of this mayhem, but do want to highlight a few items that I’ve really enjoyed using this past year. These products range from electronics to camping gear, and are all priced under $50. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find a good holiday gift idea in here!
I recently read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and a message that stuck with me is having gratitude and feeling joy when using something you love. These are a few of those items that give me that feeling. So many products claim to make life easier or enhance it in some way, but few actually accomplish this claim. These items truly work well and are positive additions to my life.
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I’m a little behind on the times since I’ve historically hooked up my computer or iPod to speakers via an auxiliary cord, but have fallen in love with the convenience of Amazon’s Bluetooth Speaker. I trust Amazon to deliver quality products at an affordable price, and they didn’t disappoint with this speaker. Amazon prices the speaker around $30, and it has features comparable to speakers priced above $100. The audio is great and it’s portable enough to carry easily from room to room.
Get the AmazonBasics Bluetooth Speaker for $31.39 on Amazon. All prices are from November 2017.
I rarely carry cash and usually only keep an ID, health insurance, and a few credit cards in my wallet, so earlier in the year I began to search for a durable, minimalist wallet. I was tired of carry around a thick Ducti wallet, and wanted something low-profile that I could slip easily into a pocket. The NOMATIC (originally named BASICS) Slim Wallet was created from a Kickstarter campaign and took off. The elastic sleeve keeps cards secure while a handy pull-tab allows easy access to your most used cards. This wallet is stylish, minimalist, and functional. What more could you ask for?
Get the NOMATIC Minimalist Wallet for $19.99 on Amazon.
It’s hard to have too many socks, but having just a few quality socks is well worth it. I used to hang onto socks as backups for when my favorite pairs became threadbare, but Darn Tough, based out of Vermont, solved this dilemma since they warranty their socks for life! That’s right, if you wear through a pair of their socks you can just mail it in and get a new pair. They use the terms: “No strings. No conditions.” in regards to their warranty. That’s pretty awesome. I’m also a big fan of the creative designs and colors that they offer.
Hydro Flask, based out of Bend, OR, specializes in vacuum insulated stainless steel water bottles, and they do them well! I bought their massive 64 oz insulated bottle for river trips this summer and it quickly became my favorite piece of gear on the river. Having an insulated bottle allowed me to sip on cool water on even the hottest of days, and wake up to water that wasn’t too chilly. I’d recommend getting a wide mouth bottle and throwing on a straw lid for easy sipping. Yes, it’s kind of like a fancy adult sippy cup, but you’ll love it.
I never envisioned that I would own a camping pillow, but I haven’t regretted purchasing the NEMO Fillo one bit. It’s packable enough to bring on all but the most ultralight adventures, and is always a staple on river trips. It has a hybrid construction of memory foam and an inflatable air bladder so you can customize its firmness and height. Avoid the restless nights that come with rearranging your “pillow” made out of scrunched up clothing while camping, and enjoy the luxury of this pillow. If you’re interested in more details, check out the review of the NEMO Fillo that I wrote a while back.
Get the NEMO Fillo for $39.99 at Backcountry.com.
There it is, five quality pieces of gear that I’ve come to enjoy. Do you have some items that you’ve come to really appreciate this past year? If so, leave a comment below!
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