‘Tis the season for chocolate, flowers, and romantic candlelit dinners. Valentine’s Day is upon us and with it comes the onslaught of glittery cards and heart-shaped candies. But what about those who prefer legit dining al fresco? I’ve rounded up the best Valentine gifts for the outdoor lover in your life. Trust me: any item on this list will lead to campfire swooning.
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My dad would always tell me the same thing when I’d fret about my chilly digits: “Cold hands, warm heart.” Fortunately, modern technology makes it easier to have warm hands too, especially if you slip on the Passion Gloves. With wool on the outside and fleece on the inside, these naturally water-repellant gloves are a perfect solution for chilly V-Day picnics.
Maybe you’re hitting the trail for a romantic backpacking trip, or perhaps you just want to nestle up while stargazing at a nearby trailhead. Regardless, a cozy double sleeping bag is going to make the experience a lot more memorable. The Jazz pulls out all the stops for camping comfort: an integrated sheet makes you feel like you’re in a bed at home, as does the quilted pillow-top. All you need is a snuggle buddy and you’re ready to go.
It doesn’t matter if you’re dining inside or out; lighting sets the mood. Pop the Mini Flame glass cylinder onto one of your almost-used-up gas canisters to create ambiance. Not only will you be using up the dribs and drabs of leftover fuel, but you’ll create a romantic candlelit environment at camp. Pro tip: the bottom of the cylinder spins to adjust the flame height, depending on what kind of party you want to have.
Speaking of mood lighting, check these out! I realize not everyone wants lights twinkling throughout their campsite, but if you want to create a special scene for your loved one, lining the inside of your tent with these sparkly lights is a surefire path to success. They’re battery powered and operate in eight different modes including waves, slow glow, slow flash, and twinkle. My advice: go with the fade for an ultra-romantic evening.
You may not be up for schlepping an entire pie into the backcountry to surprise your sweetheart, but I bet you’re willing to hump a few ounces in a nearly-weightless plastic bag. Backpacker’s Pantry Dark Chocolate Cheesecake dessert is a dehydrated meal, so it weighs practically nothing. But, once you add a bit of cold water, you’ll have a mouth-watering, indulgent chocolate dessert that is sure to please your valentine.
Cart an entire bottle and two glasses into the woods with this gift set. A 750-ml soft sided wine carafe holds an entire bottle of wine and two nesting wine glasses stow away in a separate pocket that rolls up into one tidy package. The whole kit includes a shoulder strap too, so you can easily trek it up the trail for a moonlight surprise.
If all else fails and none of your mood lighting or chocolate indulgences seem to work, snag a copy of this book. Author Michelle Waitzman takes a fun (yet semi-serious) look at love in the outdoors based on her years of experience and adventure. She details everything from the best sex positions, to ways to feel sexy when you haven’t showered for a week, so there should be something for everyone.