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I really dislike commercializing Christmas and would be perfectly content with just wishing my family and friends a Merry Christmas or just telling them how much I appreciate them. But, we all tend to find ourselves in a store looking over items to get those special folks in our life.
The economy has put a good dent in our wallets and like most people I tend to get tired hearing about that too. In order to help readers out I have assembled a few ideas for gifts for that outdoorsman or woman in your life that may be easily overlooked.
Turn on the lights!
How about a light for that special person? Streamlight makes an excellent pen sized light that easily fits in your pocket and it very bright. I love the one I have and keep it handy in the truck or on my desk should the power go out. The Cyclops cap lights that attach to your hat brim are perfect for getting to a treestand, fixing the truck, changing a tire or baiting a hook come summer. Bass Pro Shops has their own version of the light too. I have seen the cap lights at major retailers in our area as well.
Keep your edge!
Most outdoors people hate a dull knife. I have several sharpeners that I use but with all the cutting I do I tend to wear them out in a year or so and appreciate a new sharpener on a regular basis. Sharpening sticks with diamond grit on them work very well for putting a fast edge on a blade and will work on filet knives and little pocketknives. There are many varieties and most will work great.
A memory is forever.
Photos make great memories and bring back a lot of laughs and stories being retold. If you have captured a good shot there is no reason that you cannot get it blown to a larger size and frame it on the cheap or simply take a photo album and put a dozen or so pictures in it to get your recipient started on a memory book of their own.
Don’t forget to check out The Journal website for photos. Many of the talented photographers have taken sports shots, parade shots or other community event pictures. The cameras of the newspaper staff have caught a number of citizens of our community.
Get some bang for your buck or duck or …
Sorry for the play on words but I know that I tend to go through some ammo each year and it sure is nice to get a replacement without having to head to the store. Since the local stores have shut down and the prices of ammo have gone up I almost hate to purchase ammo unless I am very nearly out. Be sure that before you purchase the ammo you sneak over and take a look at what your honey or friend uses and get exactly that. Some guns don’t use other brands or loads well and we hunters get picky about what we shoot. If you need to, get your camera phone out and take a shot to take to the store with you.
Keep them warm.
Nothing makes a hunt end faster than getting cold. I hate being cold and if I ever move again it will be south where it is warmer. No one will complain about getting an extra or new hunting hat (blaze orange is good), new gloves (do gloves disappear where socks seem to disappear?) or some really well made socks. Redhead has some socks that are lifetime guarantee that they will not wear out. I am going to try a pair. I tend to wear out socks within one season. Don’t forget to purchase a few packets of those throw away handwarmers too. They can be a lifesaver for kids that are hunting with you and even for the veteran hunters they can keep you in the field just a little longer!
There are several things I want to remind readers not to forget. The first is why we have Christmas. We tend to get caught up in the commercialization but really we celebrate for one reason only and that is our Savior’s birth. Let’s not forget.
Also, don’t forget about our men and women overseas and away from home. There are many of them serving our country from our area. We are proud of them. Why not send them a subscription to The Journal so they can keep up with what is going on or maybe a magazine subscription that they can pass around to the others that enjoy the outdoors?
Finally, don’t forget that shut in that never has company. Get over to their house for a visit. Take them some game or fish and swap stories for an hour. That hour you spend will be golden to them.