If you’re a frequent hiker or backpacker and your spouse or partner isn’t, it’s important to recognize the loneliness and feelings of abandonment that they may experience when you’re off having an adventure.
Here are some gifts that I’ve given my wife during the holidays, that I know make her happy and help her feel connected to me when I’m not there. We’ve been together for over 20 years – so consider these well-tested!
1. LeCreuset Enameled Cast Iron Pot
If your partner is a foodie, get them a really nice Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Pot or one made by Staub. These companies make high-end cookware that is the envy of every home chef and they come in gaudy colors that will serve as a constant reminder of your thoughtfulness.
2. Box of Imported French Chocolate Truffles
Get him or her a box of exquisite French artisan chocolate truffles, one for each day that you’re gone.
3. Spend a Weekend Visiting their In-laws (without objection)
I love my in-laws, but I hate driving 200 miles to visit them. Still, if it will keep the peace with my wife while I’m gone, I’m happy to go down and visit them without giving my wife grief about it.
4. Goose Down Booties for Wearing around the House
There is nothing better than slipping into a pair of the lightweight Western Mountaineering Flash Booties for wearing around the house. These babies are packed with warm goose down insulation to help keep your toes warm and give them some good ol’ TLC.
5. A Cooking Class at a Famous Cooking School
The King Arthur Baking Education Center welcomes all bakers, no matter your skill level or baking interest. Classes range from introductory demonstrations for beginners to intensive week-long courses for the professional, with a wide variety of hands-on classes for both adults and children.
6. Couple’s Weekend at a Luxurious Hotel
A grand masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture, The Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire’s White Mountains was a two-year labor of love for 250 master craftsmen. Conceived by industrialist Joseph Stickney, this National Historic Landmark opened in 1902 and has been attracting generations of families ever since.
7. A Huggable Plush Animal from JellyCats
Suitable for all ages, plush animals from Jellycats are extremely huggable with mischievous personalities that will keep your significant other fully occupied and entertained while you are in your adventure!
What special things do you get for your hiking widow(er) for the holidays?
I’m always on the look out for new ideas…
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