The following appears in the December issue of California Sportsman:
By Amy C. Witt
You’re probably thinking you’ve exhausted all options. Between anniversaries, Valentines, birthdays, achievements, celebrations and … wow, that’s a lot of gifts!
But kiss those what-to-give worries goodbye, because we will help you think of something she will love but might not buy for herself, a gift that will remind her of you every time she uses or gazes at it.
Remember that it doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy to be the perfect gift. Relax, sit back and read on. Here’s your ultimate holiday gift idea checklist and a spending guide to help you survive the season.
AK CUSTOM KNIVES
Get a customized skinning knife, filet knife or set of chef knives from California-based Andreas Kalani, who specializes in handmade American blades, knives and accessories. Info: andreaskalani.com or (949) 682-8282.
BB CUSTOM LEATHER
Customize a special and unique gun sling, scabbard, holster, belt, or anything else of your liking for your special someone. This company’s run by a Central Valley-based woman whose leatherwork has graced musicians and professional cowboys all over the U.S. Info: (559) 706-9205 or Instagram (@buckinbuckarette).
Not only are they great and universal fashion statements but also have multiple uses in the great outdoors! These wild rags and scarves have been handpicked, designed, sewn and packaged by the owner, who runs her own business in Bakersfield. Info: buckwildrags.com.
PENDLETON ROLL-UP BLANKET
It’s a ready-to-use, easy-to-clean blanket to take with you into the field. It has a functional roll-up design and convenient carrying handle, consists of pure virgin wool, and is made in America. Info: pendleton-usa.com.
Let her film all her trophies and journeys with a GoPro. Also, purchase the Sportsman Mount to hold the camera on shotgun barrels, fishing rods, nets, in front of the boat, the treestand, or the stabilizer of a bow. Info: gopro.com.
THE SPORTSMAN’S BOX
Get a subscription and each month the newest collection of outdoor, hunting and fishing items will be sent to your loved one’s door. Info: thesportsmansbox.com.
FLAG NOR FAIL HAMMOCK
With a 400-pound capacity, heavy-duty nylon straps, aircraft aluminum carabiners and stuff sack, it’s not only convenient but meant for adventure. Info: flagnorfail.com.
EVA SHOCKEY’S BOOK
Huntress Eva Shockey-Brent, an accomplished sportswoman, speaks on hunting stereotypes and conservation in her new book, Taking Aim: Daring to Be Different, Happier, and Healthier in the Great Outdoors. Info: evashockey.com or available on Amazon.
TIMBERLAND HIKING BOOTS
Women’s White Ledge Timberland Mid Waterproof hiking boots are reliable and comfortable for everyday wear. Info: timberland.com. CS
Editor’s note: For more on Porterville-based Amy Witt, check out Californiadreamin.com and follow on Instagram (@Californiadreamin).
Check out these products for your hunting or companion dog this holiday season.
DOGTRA ARC HANDSFREE E-COLLAR
Dogtra, the innovator of the world’s finest dog training products and e-collar systems, is proud to introduce the newest addition to the best-selling ARC e-collar remote training system, ARC Handsfree. Perfect for hunting dogs, the ARC Handsfree e-collar provides owners the freedom to multitask, while maintaining discrete control during field operation. The flexible ARC Handsfree Remote Controller allows you to apply stimulation using only fingertip control, providing more versatility with your hands at any given time. It’s designed for all dog breeds with medium to mild temperaments. Info:dogtra.com
KURGO NORTH COUNTRY COAT
Rain filtering through the trees, wind whipping over the mountains, snow falling wet and heavy – none of these should stop your adventure. The North Country Coat is made from a durable Ripstop and 1200-denier material that stands up tough on the trail and effortlessly sheds water, wind and snow. Inside, it’s lined with a soft fleece to keep your furry friend warm and comfortable through any conditions. Let the weather do its worst, because your pooch will be sporting the best. Info: kurgo.comCS