2017 Whoa Gift Guide

2017 Mostly Eco-friendly Holiday Gift Guide

Surprise! It’s holiday season. Skip the last-minute gifts and buy something thoughtful this season to bring joy to your loved ones. This year our gift guide is almost entirely eco-friendly and every item is under $100. We believe in these products and organizations or we wouldn’t share them with you.


Photo courtesy of Rollga.
Photo courtesy of Rollga.


– Rollga – Foam Roller – 100% recyclable foam – $39.97
Take away soreness and relieve holiday muscle tension by literally rolling around on the ground. Love it.

– JadeYoga – Harmony Mat – Sustainably tapped rubber. JadeYoga plants a tree for every mat sold – $74.95
This grippy, delicious mat will change your practice. We have it in purple, of course.

– Emma Grace – Audio Yoga and Meditation – Free
Take Emma’s class anywhere during your holiday travels! We love yoga audio because you’re forced to take your eyes off the screen and focus on your body and breath.

– We Are Wildness University – Rewild Your Life 30-Day Challenge – $11
Unplug, ya’ll. Join others around the globe who want to spend 30 minutes every day outside. Follow the prompts and get off your tuchus!


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– Aventura – Titus Pant -98% organic cotton – $85
Cutest casual pants ever. Plus, hella pockets.

– Aventura – Polka Dot Pajama Short – 67% viscose from bamboo, 28% organic cotton-  $37
WFH for the rest of forever in these soft angel pjs. We dig these bottoms because they’re a touch longer than your typical boxers so they don’t show your booty.

– Aventura – Slumber Pajama Top – 67% viscose from bamboo, 28% organic cotton – $34
Seriously… soft angel pjs.

Gitchi Adventure GoodsNational Parks Teddy Crewneck Sweatshirt – 50% polyester, 37% cotton, and 13% rayon. Made in the USA, printed in WI. – $52
The inside of this sweatshirt is like clouds. Get one for all your loved ones! Plus, 10% of Gitchi proceeds go to the National Parks Conservation Association.

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Miscellaneous Good Ideas

– Trailfoody – The Wanderer Subscription – Many food options are organic and sustainably harvested. There are vegetarian and g-free options available. First subscription box comes with reusable stuff sack and future orders are sent in a clear bag that you can use to pack out trash on the trails. – $19.95/month
Sooo many treats in one place and with a great variety of sweet and savory. Eat them while adventuring or staring out the window of your office wishing you were adventuring. We don’t judge!

– Outdoor Women’s Alliance – No trash here! –  Guide Membership – $5/month
We love all things OWA.

– Compass Paper Co.Hilarious outdoor-related cards – Heavy-weight, 100% FSC certified post-consumer matte paper with recycled kraft envelope. Packaged in a compostable cello bag. Designed, printed, packaged and shipped from Northern Michigan. –  From $4.50
We love sending personal cards and these cuties could not be more perfect for outdoor-loving people!

– Salmon SistersWildfish Cannery Smoked Coho Salmon -Sustainable seafood packaged in Alaska. – $9.99
The most incredible salmon on the planet. You can feel the heart of all the people who fished and preserved these reddish pink beauties. Grab some for a holiday party or stash these delicious treasures for yourself.

– Salmon SistersMiir Food Canister – Made of BPA-free medical-grade stainless steel. Each purchase gives back to a project like providing families with water. – For every Salmon Sisters purchase, the company gives one can of fish to a local Alaskan foodbank. – $34.99
You will be the star of the work lunchroom or crag with this seriously durable container. *High five.*

TODO's 2016 Chicago River Clean Sweep.
TODO’s 2016 Chicago River Clean Sweep.

Organization and Causes to Donate to

– The Cairn ProjectElevate outdoor adventure for women of all ages.

– Save the Boundary WatersWorking toward permanent protection of Minnesota’s treasured land and waters in the BWCA.

– BraverMountain MushingSupport Author Blair Braverman and her beau’s team of 21 sled dogs.

– TODO NFPConnecting people to the planet through science, art, technology and outdoor adventure sports.

She Is AbleOffering trauma-informed outdoor experiences to women recovering from trafficking, exploitation, abuse and addiction.

– Outdoor AfroA network that celebrates and inspires African American connections and leadership in nature.

– Seed Savers ExchangeConserving and promoting America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage for future generations by collecting, growing and sharing heirloom seeds and plants.

– United Tribes of Bristol BayWorking to protect  Bristol Bay’s Yup’ik, Dena’ina and Alutiq traditional way of life and opposing all large-scale metallic-sulfide mines in the Bristol Bay watershed.

– Alliance for the Great LakesAnnually involving tens of thousands of people in advocacy, volunteering, education, and research to ensure the lakes are safe and healthy for all. 

Also consider donating to your local trails projects, community gardens, shelters and other organizations that support people and the planet.


Awesome outdoor books by women!
Awesome outdoor books by women!

Books and Magazines

While most of this media is not especially eco-friendly you can purchase them in person from an independent bookshop to reduce transport emissions and support the local economy.

– Misadventures MagazineAnnual Subscription – FSC-certified paper that comes from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. – $19/year
Only subscribe if you dig wonderful stories and funny listacles with gorgeous photos.

– Amy and Dave Freeman – “A Year in the Wilderness” – $35
The BWCA is the most magical place on the planet and these two spent 365 days there raising awareness about the potential upcoming environmental dangers of fracking. It’s an incredible story with beautiful images that bring their journey to life.

– Shawnte Salabert – “Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California” – $19.57
You’ll want to start packing your bags just a few pages in, Shawnte and the PCT are that good. It’s a perfect gift for that friend who has been saying for years that they’ll hike the PCT “someday.”

– Erin McKittrick – “Mudflats and Fish Camps: 800 Miles Around Alaska’s Cook Inlet” – $18.95
Get in the winter spirit with this book about one young Alaskan family’s incredible travels through ice, snow and wind.

– Lois Pryce – “Revolutionary Ride: On the Road in Search of the Real Iran” – $13.56
We didn’t know we needed this unique view into the middle east from a woman on two wheels.

– Anna McNuff – “The Pants of Perspective” – $12
Hilarity and honesty. Anna is a goddess and her story will make you want to aim for your biggest goals while wearing unicorn-rainbow leggings.


Other Awesome Holiday Gift Guides

Little Grunts – “Six Gifts for the Outdoor Advocate in Your Life

Fresh Off The Grid – “Gifts for the Outdoorsy Cook: Ideas for Every Camper on Your List

Blair Braverman – “The Everyone Guide to Anti-Materialist Gifting

Salmon Sisters – “Claire & Emma’s Holiday Gift Guide

The Morning Fresh – “Ultimate Outdoorist Gift Guide


  1. Deborah Regen

    This is an awesome “alternative” gift list – very well thought out. Going to bookmark this page for this holiday season and for other future special occasions.


    1. Hatie Parmeter

      Thank you so much, Deborah! Happy Holidays!


  2. Sue Zazo

    Hi Hatie, I’m Erica’s Aunt in Michigan. Loved your video. Can’t wait to see, and read more. What is your Instagram page(s)? Pls add me to your newsletter list.


    1. Hatie Parmeter

      Hi Sue! Thank you so much 🙂 I’ve heard a bit about you and what an important role you have played in encouraging Erica to go outside! Thank you! You can find Whoa on Instagram here.


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