8 outdoor gift ideas for adventures and glampers alike

Tiki torch-inspired Bluetooth speakers, portable solar panels, and a 21st-century firepit top our list of cool gifts for outdoor enthusiasts and adventures.

Short day trips and extended camping adventures are great ways to enjoy the outdoors and there are plenty of accessories to enhance the experience. Whether it’s a backcountry camping trip, a strenuous hike, or a plush glamping setup, there are plenty of tech gadgets and essential items to tow along. From an all-in-one water purification system to solar panels and 300-lumen headlamps, here are eight outdoor gift ideas for adventures and explorers.



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On extended adventures, explorers must either tow all of their water or boil water from local sources. Unfortunately, building a fire and boiling water can be both time- and labor-intensive. The GEOPRESS water purifier uses purifying media and activated carbon to filter chemicals, pathogens, and more from drinking water.


$90 at Grayl



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A campfire is virtually synonymous with an evening in the great outdoors. However, not all camping sites provide a dedicated fire pit for cooking or warmth on cooler nights. The BioLite FirePit is a highly portable solution with a total weight of just 19.8 pounds.

The mesh exterior allows the heat and light to escape from the front and back providing warmth and illumination around the campsite. A device attached to the side controls the airflow and campers can remotely control this Bluetooth-enabled device via the BioLite Energy App.


$250 at Amazon



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A Bluetooth speaker is a popular accessory for weekend outings. This Tiki torch-inspired pair from Sharper Image add a little light while playing one’s latest favorite mixtape. The dual-sync feature allows a single phone to connect to both speakers concurrently. The unit recharges via USB and the manufacturer estimates the unit is capable of six hours of play per charge.


$80 at Sharper Image



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Image: Uncharted Supply Co.

An unforeseen accident can strike on the trail, at the campsite, or en route to that next adventure. This backpack functions as an all-in-one survival kit packaged in a waterproof outer shell. Inside, the unit stows a number of emergency accessories including first aid essentials, a water filtration system, 3-in-1 radio, a fire starter kit, a space blanket, and more.


$350 at Uncharted Supply Co.



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The Goal Zero Torch 250 flashlight functions as a backcountry multitool. The unit features multiple recharging options including an internal battery, a solar panel, and a hand-crank for manual refreshes between outlets. Aside from the front-facing flashlight, this model also includes a series of lights along the bottom, enabling the Torch 250 to double as a lantern. The unit is also capable of recharging two phones via the built-in USB outlet and side-mounted USB cable.


$70 at REI



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Setting up camp or finishing a hike after sunset can present a host of challenges. A light source is virtually a must on most overnight outdoor trips. Opposed to traditional flashlights, headlamps enable hands-free operation, allowing campers to pitch a

Coupon Usage – Are All Hispanics Alike?

Response Magazine reported recently that free-standing insert (FSI) coupons emerged as a key component in promotional programs of many manufacturers and retailers during 2009 with more than 272 million pieces dropped. But what was the coupon redemption rate in 2009?

Well, it seems many cent-off coupons were put to use. The Experian Simmons National Consumer Survey showed that 7 out of 10 households used coupons in 2009. Although most were looking to save money, others used coupons to try new products. One out of two consumers claimed they used FSIs cent-off coupons, placing this coupon category at the top followed by coupons received by mail, found in packages, magazines, on the Internet or handed out in or near stores.

For many years, coupon redemption among Hispanic consumers has been reported to be lower than the general population due to a number of factors including cultural barriers, lack of familiarity with the redemption process, different product preferences, wrong distribution channels, requirement of multiple purchases, low coupon face value, and refusal to accept coupons by stores frequented by Hispanics, among others.

However, the last couple of years in a down economy may have help Hispanics to get with the program. In 2009 Hispanics weren't too far behind the average non-Hispanic household as 6 out of 10 Hispanic homes used coupons, with Puerto Ricans leading the way (67%), followed by Cubans (62%), other households of Hispanic heritage ( 60%) and Mexicans (57%). Nearly 4 out of 10 Hispanic consumers used coupons inserted in newspapers (FSIs) and 3 out of 10 used coupons received by mail.

Given the diversity and expected growth of the Hispanic population in the US from 15% in 2009 to 30% in 2050, there is a big opportunity for manufacturers and retailers to introduce new products to Hispanics with the help of coupons. The key is to develop research-based promotional programs – with a coupon component – that appeal to the diversity of the Hispanic market in the US. Sensitivity towards cultural differences based on country of origin, product preferences, regional variations of the Spanish language, and levels of acculturation, among other factors, can send coupons to the trash can or get Hispanic consumers to try new products.

Sources:

– Census Bureau – Projections of the Population by Sex, Race, and Hispanic Origin for the United States: 2010 to 2050
– SMRB – Summer 2009 Adult 6 Months (Feb 09 – Sept 09)
– Jacqueline Renfrow, "FSI Couponing Reaches Record Levels," Response Magazine, 20 Jan, 2010

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