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7 Christmas Gift Ideas for Summer Lovers: Christmas in July

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Whether you love snow or not: There’s nothing quite like soaking up the stars with friends after grilling burgers over an open fire. (Yes, this scene is achievable with snow and an igloo—but it’s a much greater challenge in every way possible! More layers. More gear. More risk.)

Here’s a roundup of gift ideas for summer lovers to help chase away those icy winter blues. Start dreaming up your post-winter adventures: Warmer days are just around the corner!

Foxtails
Sunglasses make the best stocking stuffer, and these pairs from Sunski not only protect the eyes but also debut the sweetest styles. These shades are all high quality yet affordable. Each pair is polarized and come in a custom travel box. Adventure time! Buy here/Learn more.

Oru Beach Kayak
Oru Kayak’s mission is to help make water exploration more accessible. Solution: a foldable, origami-style kayak that is lightweight, packable and can fit nicely in an apartment. But, the boat is durable and spacious, so you can paddle across a lake or in an ocean with gear, a pup, brews, you-name-it, in tow. The Beach Series is for recreational paddling, the Bay Series is for sport touring, and the Coast series is for expedition tripping. Buy here/Learn more.

Igloo Daytripper
Take the party with you, wherever you go. This backpack (or tote) is perfect for outdoor concerts and lounge days at the park. The design features a removable bottle divider to create secure, separate compartments for everything from wine to brews to kombucha; utensil pockets to organize accessories like knives and forks. A bottle opener is located on the strap—so you can always pop one open. The pack actually comes with a bamboo cutting board, stainless steel cheese knives and corkscrew (score), and the liner is heat resistant to keep all the goods cold! Buy here/Learn more.

Royal Gorge White Water Rafting
The Royal Gorge is the kingpin of white water rafting in Colorado: everyone knows this treasure and its one of the top 10 rafting runs in the country. The run takes paddlers beneath the highest suspension bridge in the U.S.—which is 1,100 feet tall—and the challenging rapids of the Arkansas River take you on a rollercoaster ride on Class III-IV bowls between gorgeous canyon walls that stretch high above the water.  Purchase a gift certificate from American Adventure Expeditions, one of the top-rated adventure companies in Colorado, so the recipient can book the whitewater adventure of their dreams. Buy here/Learn more.

Puffe-Heated Blanket
This blanket is like the cherry atop the sundae: it’s perfect for enjoying the sunset on the beach, in the desert, atop a mountain, or picnicking in a meadow. Heated, portable, durable this blanket is machine washable, can charge mobile devices, and is water resistant, too! Who doesn’t love cuddle time? Buy here/Learn more.

Yakima LiteRider
Is it time to pump up the mountain bike tires, yet? Light and super secure, the LiteRider aluminum hitch rack is decked out with cushioned handles, an integrated lockable security cable and at just 20 pounds is one of the lightest aluminum hitch racks on the market. Get one fit for two or three bikes. Buy here/Learn more.

PizzaDome
Homemade-outdoor pizza while car camping, throwing a pool party, or summer evenings on the back porch? Yes please! This awesome stove cooks up flatbreads and pizza, includes a thermometer to monitor temperatures, and the ceramic stone (which the food cooks on) keeps heat evenly distributed so the crispiness level is equal throughout and all of the meat is cooked. Buy here/Learn more.

No matter where you choose to adventure when the snow thaws and the daylight stretches itself again, take these summer Christmas gifts with you—and share the gift with others, too.

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