holiday gift guide

Once again, we’ve scouted our best suggestions for the land lover in your life. These ideas will go over great for the holiday gift-giving season, though they would probably be well received anytime of year.

A Kudu Grill

Kudu has a serious fan base for its portability as an open-fire system. Grill, bake, sear, sauté, steam and fry, and when you’re finished cooking, the Kudu easily converts to an elevated vertical fire pit. Pack it into your campsite and leave behind a minimal footprint.

The Dakine Party Bucket

What's not to love about the Dakine Party Bucket? Inspired by masonry tool buckets, Dakine has amped up the function with its party bucket (comes in four colors). The design features an insulated main compartment with a mesh bottom that transforms into a cooler with the addition of a five-gallon bucket, plus eight koozies and a large insulated wine-bottle pocket as well as a zippered water-resistant interior top pocket for snacks or party essentials. That ought to cover it.

Outdoorsy Home Hardware

It's a fine line between cool and kitsch, but we walk it for the more subtle indoor outdoorsy accessories like this hardware offered by Cabela's. Find a vintage piece of furniture, refinish it, and complete the look with these drawer pulls for your land lover. Finish options include antique brass, black, pewter, or bronze.

L.L. Bean Wicked Good Toe Warmers (and Some Bean Boots)

The 106-year-old outdoor goods purveyor offers a wide selection of their classic "Bean Boots" in various heights (our favorite is the 16"), but if your land lover already has their favorite pair, .L. Bean's Wicked Good Toe Warmers will be a welcome treat to bring them some additional warmth this outdoor holiday season.

Mossy Oak Deluxe Binocular Strap

Binocular straps feature an elastic harness that holds your binoculars against your body, rather than leaving them to swing from your neck. Easily adjustable, the Mossy Oak Deluxe Binocular Strap is a comfortable, convenient, and stylish accessory for your land lover while he or she is out surveying the land.

Stocking Stuffers from Molly Jogger

Visit for a cornucopia of outdoorsy gifts under $50. This hip shop will release your land lover's inner scout with offerings from all-weather journals to their scrimshaw knife kit ($48.50). Priced a little higher, the Riverside Chair is our favorite land-lover's seating.

Sundowner Field Bar/Desk

Campaign furniture is probably the most recognizable land-lover style, epitomizing what it means to settle into the great outdoors. African Sporting Creations offers field furniture in British, teak, and rosewood styles. Many of these styles were created by the military to withstand time and the elements. While your land lover may not want to colonize foreign territories, he or she can enjoy a rest on their own land in style.

Long-Distance Two-Way Radios

The Midland GXT1000VP4 offers a range of 36 miles, so if your land lover and a partner are in the field away from cell-phone towers they can still communicate. A lot of waterproof options are on the market and include features like privacy codes (for chatting land values!) and NOAA Weather Scan features.

Hatchet by Richardson Axeworks

A runner-up in the Garden & Gun 2018 Made in the South Awards, Birmingham-based Richardson Axeworks sources vintage materials to use for their line of artisan axes and hatchets. More than just good-looking, these hickory-handled hatchets put function before form and serve handy for many an outdoors task. Find one in G&G's Fieldshop for $150. More options and bespoke orders are available direct from Richardson Axeworks.

The Wonderbag

The Wonderbag design allows food to be slow-cooked or kept warm off of a heat source. This powerless slow cooker continues to cook food which has been brought to a boil by conventional methods for up to 12 hours without the use of electricity. For every Wonderbag purchased in the developed world, a contribution is made to the Wonderbag Foundation—supporting the donation of bags to families in need throughout Africa.

A subscription to LAND magazine

For perspective or seasoned land buyers, a LAND magazine subscription is a proper accompaniment to the land lifestyle. Our quarterly magazine highlights luxury properties as well as top brokers, agents and sellers, and features a wide range of editorial content including destinations, market data, and rural living.

For a biggie, try the new syndicate at Delphi Lodge

While it may be too extravagant to buy actual land for your land lover, the next best thing is an outdoor membership to a hunt or fish club. Our choice for 2018 is the new syndicate at Ireland's Delphi Lodge. With this opportunity to purchase prime Irish salmon fishing and accommodation in a country cottage, each new member will have the option of a one-week stay, a four-day stay or a three-day stay fixed for five years. Stateside, consider a guided upland hunting excursion from The Last Buffalo.

  • Heather Richie is a writer & producer whose special interest is the land traditions—particularly the foodways and sporting—of the modern American and unbordered Souths.

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