REI Employees: ‘These Are Top Holiday Gifts’

If you work at REI, you’ve got access to thousands of great products. We asked a rep from the company what store employees are giving for holiday gifts, and they sent back a sampling of top items staffers are wrapping up for loved ones this year. Pick anything from this list, you won’t be disappointed in this REI-approved gear.

Columbia River Eat n’ Tool ($8) A must-have “everything” tool! It combines a spork, screwdriver, pry tool, metric wrenches, and a bottle opener into one compact, spoon-shape invention. Easily enjoy a meal or make an emergency fix on the trail. Buy Now/More Info

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp ($50) A waterproof headlamp with 160 lumens from a great brand like BD is guaranteed to work when you need it. Buy Now/More Info

GoPro Hero4 Black ($500) For the serious video shooter, this is the most powerful GoPro yet. Waterproof to 131 ft., the HERO4 Black contains twice the processing power and video frame rate speeds of the Hero 3 Black for enhanced quality and playback. Buy Now/More Info

Hydroflask Growler ($55) This metal vacuum bottle keeps cold stuff cold and hot stuff hot. We’ve tested it and know they work great, perfect for coffee or something cold and carbonated like beer. Buy Now/More Info

Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 ($80) A great addition to camping gear or a emergency preparedness kit… the Lighthouse 250 LED Lantern not only lights up the night, but it can be used to recharge your USB electronics with a crank-to-generate arm on the top. Buy Now/More Info

Smith I/O Recon Goggles ($520) They start out as great goggles, then Smith adds some incredible technology. A “heads-up” integrated display screen inside the lens shows real-time information, including speed, jump analytics, vertical, altitude, distance, location and temperature, all read from gages built into the goggles’ frame. Buy Now/More Info

POV Camera Pole ($50) Light and compact, the 36-in. SP Gadgets pole connects to a GoPro camera without any extra parts. It extends and locks to any length from 11.25 to 36 in. to help you get a perfect shot. Buy Now/More Info

Camelbak Forge Mug ($30) Keeping your coffee piping hot for 4 hrs., the stainless-steel, 16 fl. oz. Forge mug makes it easy to fully enjoy your favorite morning beverage. Buy Now/More Info

Jetboil Mini Mo ($130) It’s a smaller, super-charged version of the original Jetboil that boils water faster and is a great compact gift for any backpacker. Buy Now/More Info

Flexlite Chair ($70) A favorite go-everywhere chair, it’s super light at less than 2lbs. A great gift for the backpacker or concert-goer on your list. Buy Now/More Info

Sean McCoy

Editorial Director Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.