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22 Gifts For The Hard-To-Shop-For Friend Who "Likes Experiences, Not Things"

It's hard to shop for experience-lovers this year, but these fun online classes, pieces of outdoor gear, craft kits, and more should do the trick.

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13. A Sawyer Squeeze water filtration system for more thoroughly planned treks like backpacking trips and weekend hikes. It's adaptable and easy to use in almost any situation. I've encountered some pretty sad excuses for water sources and have still been able to get liquid into the bag to be filtered and consumed.

The set comes with the filter, two reusable 32-oz, BPA-free collapsible pouches, a drinking straw, one set of Sawyer Inline Hydration Pack Adapters, a cleaning syringe, and a mesh storage bag. It weighs three ounces. It removes bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli as well as protozoa, such as giardia and Cryptosporidium.

I adore this water filter for its ease of use, adaptability, small size, and zero wait time. To use, you just fill the bag, screw on the filter, and roll the bag to squeeze the filtered water into your bottle. You don't need to wait for it to be done like with water treatment pills or gravity systems, and there's no funky taste — just fresh, clean, crisp water. If even the quick bag filling situation sounds like it would take too much time, you can also screw the filter DIRECTLY ONTO A WATER BOTTLE and drink straight from it. Game changing. Either way, it's a quick, lightweight system that I completely recommend.

Explore the complete list of gifts for the experience lover in your life written by Rachel Dunkel here.


December 3, 2023

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