Maybe it’s that sweet mountain air, but there’s always been a lot of crossover between outdoor adventurers and those free-spirited hippie types. And we have to admit it — it's fun to shop for the flower children in our lives. Who else would delight in unwrapping a technicolor tie-dye, pretty patchwork bag or gear emblazoned with cute Dancing Bears?
Thankfully — for the gentle people among us — hippie gear has come a long way since the days of gauzy bell-sleeve shirts and macramé pants. This season at Ski Shack, we’re going high-tech (and planet-friendly) for our bohemian friends, with recycled-fiber fleeces, performance patchwork backpacks, and a puffy, waterproof-breathable blanket that doubles as a poncho.
This past September, Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard announced that 100% of the company's profits (after business re-investment) would go toward environmental conservation and fighting climate change. We love warming up in Patagonia’s classic Women's Lightweight Synchilla® Snap-T® Fleece Pullover, with its trend-defying three-snap design and handy chest pocket. We're also glad that workers stitch each fleece in a Certified Fair Trade factory from 100% recycled polyester — practices any tree-hugger can feel warm and fuzzy about. $129
Here’s a funky, feather-light day pack that demands a second look. Crafted with reclaimed remnant fabrics and conscientious labor practices, each Cotopaxi Batac 16L Pack - Del Día backpack is totally one-of-a-kind (much like that special hippie in your life). A great choice for toting goods over trail or to school or work, the bag’s two exterior pockets keep water bottles, cell phones and snacks close at-hand, while the main compartment is roomy enough for a light layer, laptop and lunch. $60.00.
Love it, but need a bit more space? Check out Cotopaxi’s Luzon 24L Daypack - Del Día ($75) which features the same eye-catching design and extra room for bulky textbooks or a warmer layer.
When LA-based outfitter 686 debuted its inaugural lineup of Grateful Dead gear earlier this fall, we knew we wanted in. Now that the snow has started to fly, we’re cuddling up with the 686 x Grateful Dead Waterproof Hooded Puffer Blanket, which is uber-breathable and sheds precipitation like a champ. Featuring a fleece-lined stash pocket (large enough for a phone or wallet) and hands-free clips so you can fashion it into a poncho, we seriously can’t imagine a more head-turning piece for an aprés-ski tailgate session — or for an avid, all-weather music-lover to wear around the pre-show concert lot. Available in tie-dye or purple. $189.95
Here’s a fun little gift for the twirling dancer on your list. Part belt, part bag, Patagonia’s Ultralight Black Hole® Mini Hip Pack 1L puts a 21st century spin on the funky 1990s fanny pack. Wear this 100% recycled ripstop nylon satchel at the hip, or sling it cross-body when you need extra pockets — it's just roomy enough for the essential phone-wallet-keys-sunglasses (or a small flask?!). Packing for a trip? Tuck it into the built-in stuff sack, then unfurl it when the good times start rolling. $29
If you dig the idea of Grateful Dead gear but can’t spring for the 686 x Grateful Dead Waterproof Hooded Puffer Blanket, consider the 686 x Grateful Dead Packable Everywhere Hat. Crafted with wicking, water-resistant, quick-dry nylon and a crushable soft brim, this sweet lid performs like outerwear — and keeps it casual with its laid-back good looks. Available in black or purple. $34.95
In 1999, brothers Pete and Paul Pinholster headed out on the summer live-music festival circuit with a van full of hammocks, hoping to make a living while traveling and enjoying the tunes they loved. Since then, they’ve built a thriving business out of sleeping-in-trees, with dozens of products, a robust social-environmental sustainability program, and international reach. They make these ENO Festy Flags with unused hammock scraps; we love to fly them at camp or beach — and they're a great way to help your home base stand out at summer festivals. $19.95
Please forgive us, we’re very excited about 686’s cool new collection of Grateful Dead gear. But with Deadheads and hippies on our gift list today, we’d be remiss to skip the 686 x Grateful Dead Women’s Revel Glove. With a friendly Dancing Bear waving “hello” from the topside, this high-performance mitt lets your favorite flower child dial in her snow-day playlist with gloves on, thanks to Soundtouch™ Touchscreen Technology. And, whether the weather’s mild or in a deep-freeze, the Revel glove keeps warmth in (and water out!) with a two-piece waterproof-breathable shell-plus-insert design. $59.99
Still working on your holiday shopping? Find more fun, thoughtful goodies in our comprehensive holiday gift guide. You can also check out our top picks for women, men and children, along with sweet stocking stuffers under $50. Or, if you’re in Northeast PA, swing by our store! We’re open seven days a week through the winter season, and our friendly, gear-loving staff will be glad to guide you to just the right thing … For everyone on your list.