Your local gift guide for the outdoor enthusiast in Birmingham

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Your local gift guide for the outdoor lovers. Photo via Alabama Outdoors’ Facebook

Time to go exploring. Sometimes it’s hard to find good gifts for the person who would rather be outside and on-the-go, but finding the perfect gift doesn’t have to be a trek. Here are five local spots to visit to get that perfect item for the outdoor enthusiast in your life, including experiential ideas.

Grab the perfect item…

1. Mark’s Outdoors

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Display at Mark’s Outdoors. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

What to shop

Consider Mark’s Outdoors a one-stop-shop for hunting season. From top-notch outerwear and footwear to must-have hunting accessories and a large inventory of used guns, Mark’s has what you need for the person in your life who loves to hunt.

2. Mountain High Outfitters

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All the shoes. Photo via Mountain High Outfitters’ Facebook page

What to shop

Who said outdoor apparel can’t be fashionable too? Mountain High Outfitters has the latest styles in women and men’s brand named clothing. May I suggest a pair of On Cloud shoes because no matter what terrain, they make you feel like you’re walking on air.

3. Alabama Outdoors

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Some of the best brands all in one spot. Photo via Alabama Outdoors’ Facebook

What to shop

Alabama Outdoors is an easy choice for gift shopping for the outdoorsy person in your life, but you’ll probably leave with a gift of your own. With brands like Patagonia, North Face, Sorel and so many more, you can get something for everyone in the family. Oh, and let’s not forget their awesome selection of gear for climbers, hikers, runners, campers and everything in between.

4. The Yak Shak

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Sometimes you have to start ’em young. Photo via The Yak Shak’s Facebook

What to shop

Do you know someone who would rather be on the water than on land? The Yak Shak offers kayaks, apparel and even kayak rentals year-round. Personally, I prefer to spend time on solid ground, but the Yak Shak makes me feel like I’m missing out on some awesome water adventures that I’m going to add to my bucket list ASAP.

5. Caliber

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Caliber also has top-notch leather goods for the perfect stocking stuffer. Photo via Caliber’s Facebook

Caliber isn’t just your ordinary outdoor store for fishing and hunting. They specialize in high-end specialty products with a classy atmosphere. They cater to upland bird, deer and turkey hunting, but if that’s not your preferred outdoor activity, they also offer a wide variety of lifestyle apparel, including Alabama brands.

…or give the gift of an adventure

1. Go chasing waterfalls around Birmingham

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Waterfall in the Bankhead National Forest. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Sorry TLC! Adventure calls and it involves chasing waterfalls. There are several waterfalls scattered around Alabama. It’s the perfect excuse to enjoy some time outdoors and maybe even get an epic Instagram pic. Sometimes experiences like these are even better than a physical gift. However, there are some great items that you can snag from a local store to make this experience even better.

Items to bring:

2. Take a trip out to Oak Mountain

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that we live near one of the most beautiful state parks in the Southeast. My friends and I went to Oak Mountain State Park to check out the fall foliage and the views are unbelievable. Even if you miss the bursting colors, there are tons of activities to enjoy including mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, golf and more.

Items to bring:

3. Grab your circle and hit the road

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Does anyone else feel the urge to get an Airstream and just drive through the desert? Photo via Airstream

For some of us, quarantine has taught us to appreciate the outdoors a bit more. After all, when your home becomes your office, every step outside of the same four walls feels like an escape.

On the other side of things, some of us are itching for a getaway. Luckily, you can still hit the road while staying safe. RV rentals and sales have been soaring for obvious reasons—people want an adventure. We’re talking solar fueled, wifi-enabled, sleek modern designed vehicles that’ll get you from point A to point B in style and comfort.

Wondering where to get your hands on an RV in Birmingham? We’ve got you covered with a guide including Storyteller Overland, Gearbox Adventure Rentals, Airstream of Birmingham and more.

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Chaise Sanders
Chaise Sanders
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