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our 2020 gift guides

This year we're ALL about highlighting smaller businesses, local brands, and tried + true companies that we stand behind. We've created a couple of gift guides with the outdoor enthusiast, the homebody, the apparel lover in mind, and even our intern's faves! Each one features some of our favorite small business friends that have some awesome gifts!

For the Outdoor Enthusiast

  1. MuttRuk Adventure Pack ($68) - We're big fans of a fanny pack but this one is geared towards all types of adventure, especially if you have a pup! I've been eyeing the red one so I can hike with Cookie and carry all his gear.

  2. Magnesium Fire Starter ($6) - Not only are these a life-saver (literally) but it's enjoyable to learn the skill of building your own fire and starting it with one of these guys.

  3. Bullkelp Bedroll ($459) - This brand caught my eye (I know it's an investment) and I've been obsessed with the idea of these bedrolls ever since! Such cool Wild West vibes and perfect for sleeping under the stars.

  4. 72-Hour Emergency Kit ($37) - You might be laughing since this isn't the sexiest gift, but it's really great to have and to give. Nathan says that if we didn't have one already, we would love this as a gift.

  5. Native Instinct Co Throw Blankets ($90) - We love our friends at Native Instinct Co! Everything on their site is hand-sewn in Colorado Springs and is oh-so-cozy.

  6. Tri-Fold Shovel ($20) - This shovel is EVERYTHING! We've had ours for almost two years and it has done everything from dig us out of snow piles to create firepits. We love that it folds into a compact piece.

  7. Free Country Cloud Lite Reversible Jacket ($100) - Free Country sent me this jacket but I am honestly SO in love with it that I would gift it to my best hiking gal pal! It's extremely warm, reversible, and actually made from a fabric made from recycled bottles.

  8. Showerpouch ($25 for 5) - Sick of using baby wipes and not feeling clean? Our friends at ShowerPouch legitimately have you covered with a big ass body wipe that will make you feel so good after a day hiking or camping.

  9. Kulacloth ($5) - If you're a lady who backpacks or camps, you NEED THIS. It's the first of its kind - an intentionally (and obsessively) designed reusable antimicrobial pee cloth! If you're out in the wilderness you usually A.) pack in a ton of toilet paper or B.) employ the 'shaking off' method and both pretty much suck. This pee cloth is the way to stay comfy and be environmentally conscious. You can also use these as cleaning cloth or a small washcloth.

  10. Overland Coffee Co Pour-Over Kit $32) - For your camping + off-road friends who love coffee, or for those who just love coffee! These are great because you can just pop the filter in and pour over hot water.


  1. Elsewhere Candles ($20) - Their candles are inspired by the scents of the outdoors, including National Parks! Definitely snagging the Joshua Tree one :) If you can't decide on one for a gift, they also offer a candle club subscription.

  2. The Book of Epiq People ($75) - We have this on our coffee table and it is the most perfect conversation starter. We've loved learning about everyone who writes their answers in!

  3. Herb Pot + Planter Tray ($16) - I love Tyler Kingston Mercantile! I want every single thing they sell in my house. These little planters are affordable but look super luxe.

  4. Daneson Mint Toothpicks ($6) - I love these as a fun stocking stuffer! Nathan always wants toothpicks and I'm into the fact that these are mint flavored

  5. Magnolia Home Cast Iron Dutch Oven ($50) - Nathan got this for his birthday and loves it! Really great quality for a fraction of the cost of a Le Creuset.

  6. Stoneware Colander Basket ($29) - For some reason, I'm obsessed with these little colanders for rinsing and storing fruit and veggies. They're so cute!

  7. Homebody Keychain ($9) - Just like it says, perfect for the homebody ;)

  8. P.F. Candle Co Room Spray ($18) - Their scents are some of my favorite and room sprays are absolute game-changers if you haven't tried one yet.

  9. Half Baked Harvest Cookbook ($30) - This is our cooking bible. Seriously not kidding! We've almost cooked our way through it and every recipe has been nothing short of amazing.

  10. Leather Toilet Paper Holder Kit ($36) - Can we agree that toilet paper holders just aren't that chic? This one IS. I love it and want to order the dark one for our tiny bathroom.

  11. Seek & Swoon Throw ($90+) - I just snagged one of these and couldn't be more obsessed! I met Jala through my time at SPPR and have fallen in love with her product, and mission. These are truly special blankets and worth every penny!


  1. Hue Clay Co Earrings ($ Varies) - You KNOWWW I am a huge fan of Hue Clay Co. Her earrings are stunning and super high quality. She's a mama, boss babe and gets her orders out so quickly! Use SAMI10 for 10% off your entire order!

  2. Wondery Brand Camp Quarantine Crewneck ($56) - Another brand you know I'm passionate about! Every purchase helps empower women in the outdoors and they truly have quality goodies. I love this Camp Quarantine Crewneck for all the cozy days spent at home and outside. Use my code unexpected15 for 15% off!

  3. Seager Co. Ramblin Man Hat ($30) - A huge fan of Seager! Grab this for the dudes in your life.

  4. Koolaburra Tynlee Lace-Up ($100) - This brand is a new, more affordable sister of UGG and I'm here for it. I love these lace-ups for a cute boot that has all the winter feels.

  5. Topo Tech Shirt Popover (On sale for $70!) - I love a good windbreaker for all activities and when you don't need something too heavy, especially if you live in Cali. The color of this one is great and I am a die-hard Topo fan :)

  6. Blundstone Boots ($180) - Perfect for the men or women in your life! Blundstone boots are the coolest: you can wear them on your next hike or every out on the sidewalk.

  7. Lucy and Yak Dungarees ($74) - I'm a huge fan of dungarees (overalls) and these ones are too cute.

  8. Favor Jewelry Semicricle Stacking Ring ($34) - I love Favor Jewelry! Everything is fabricated by hand in their Portland, Oregon studio using metalsmithing techniques. I have a bunch of their rings and love gifting them.

  9. Aloe Rivieria Anklet ($28) - I met the owner of AR at a pop-up shop and snagged some necklaces. I've loved her unique designs ever since.

  10. Marloe Florine Bag ($228) - One of my friends Analisa handmakes all of these bags and they are amazing. Super ethical, small-batch, and superior quality. I'm obsessed with her newer designs like this Florine bag.


We know that TUT intern Kayley has incredible taste, so we asked her to send us her top 5 picks that we turned into a gift guide! We're equally obsessed with these items as she is (especially those puzzles!).

  1. Soft Smile Vintage Candles ($ Varies) - Hand-poured + upcycled soy candles made by my friend Tara! Her candles are so fun and unique! She also sells other thrifted finds as well.

  2. Brukie Studio Ceramics ($22+) - Handmade ceramics made by my friend Sarah! I have several of her mugs and they make fantastic gifts! She also sells planters, Christmas tree ornaments, and more. The quality of her work is incredible!

  3. MUUJEEHandmade ($12+) - I am OBSESSED with this company! It is a small biz based out of California and they make the cutest paper, linen, leather, and wood goods! I am planning to get a matching wooden hexagon ring tray for my husband and I!

  4. Wander Puzzle Co. Puzzles ($28) - SUPER cute puzzles! Like, ridiculously cute! I really love their new puzzle, Reflection, and I'm hoping to get a few of their other puzzles for my sisters (and myself!)

  5. Walter Filter ($328) - Okay, this one is prettttty bougie, but I think it would make a great gift! It is a BEAUTIFUL water filter that looks like art while serving a great purpose!

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