Holiday Gift Guide: For the Outdoors Enthusiast

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END Stumptown Trail Shoes

Maybe your nearest and dearest will want to get out the door asap and hit the trails to run off all those rich, organic dishes you've indulged in over the holidays. If so, help them counteract your family's secret mashed potato recipe with lightweight Stumptowns by END footwear. By reducing the complexity of materials and production used on many shoes in the same category, END not only reduces manufacturing effects, but rings up at a more affordable price. (END Footwear, from $60)

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Teko Organic Merino Socks

If your gift buying budget is more modest, consider outfitting your outdoorsman with just the socks. Teko's Snowboard socks are fashioned from EcoMerino organic wool and Ecopoly recycled polyester, and specially cushioned for a long day's shredding. Forget doubling up on regular pairs and save on laundry. (Teko Snowboard Sock, $22)

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Boot Repair or Resole

Many people have much-loved hiking, telemarking or climbing boots that seem a bit past their prime. But often these tried-and-true partners in climb can be resuscitated and given a second chance at a long useful life. Surprise your giftee by shipping his boots off to Rocky Mountain Resole for new treads instead of splurging on a new pair and let him keep that perfectly-worn-in look. (Rocky Mountain Resole, from about $50)

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Keerunch! Organic Food Bars

Tempt the munchkins to join you outdoors for a day of hiking or biking (which puts less wear on the wallet and encourages a healthy lifestyle) with Keerunch!, a trail bar made from all organic ingredients, including cashew butter, dates, cocoa, and rice crisps. The company behind the treat, Organic Food Bar, says that the low glycemic index of organic agave nectar won't give kids the sugar highs associated with refined sweeteners; we say, at under $2 each, we'll take a whole box. ( Keerunch! Bar, $1.40)

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