‘Tis the season! Most of us are spending great time and money getting Christmas gifts lined up while doing out best to meet a budget. If you’re smart, you’ll find a way to come in under budget and spend the savings one additional items that are easily justifiable.
I’ve played this game with my wife for years. Yes, she makes out pretty well during Christmas morning, but my secret stash of “selfie-gifts” make me better prepared for what I LOVE to do!
Before continuing, let me be clear: I honestly love watching my family enjoy gifts that I got for them far more than receiving gifts myself. Giving really does beat receiving, by a long shot. So, don’t read any more if you’re sensitive to personal agendas. My goal here is to simply help you make good decisions when getting necessary items that are meant to further your passion for the outdoors.
Perhaps, if you’re like me, you end up with a stack of gift cards that need to be appropriately spent—this is a good thing, mind you. Here’s a little rabbit-trail justification: Some of my dearly loved ones often complain about my request of gift cards during the holidays. They claim that it takes the “gift out of gifting”.
There could be some validity in that argument, but my rebuttal is simple. I’d rather get something that I’m going to use, than receive a gift that will either sit in my garage or get returned—and I think the “gifter” would agree! Everyone says, “Oh just return it if it isn’t what you want.” But, we all know that’s a good way to hurt feelings. So, gift cards assure a quality gift that will see time on the water.
In no particular order
1. Cool Humminbirdskull cap – Keep your noggin warm with stylish digs that flash your favorite brands!
2. Costa’s Tuna Alley sunglasses – Not only are these some of the finest polarized specs available, but they look great! (Yes, I prefer white frames, unapologetically!)
3. Cabela’sGuidewear Gore-Tex Ice Angler Parka and Bibs – Whether you live in the Ice Belt or not, these things will keep you warm and dry on both hard and soft water! Very comfortable, durable and allows for ample ease of movement. I love these things!
4. Manly Flannel Shirt - Because every man wearing a beard should wear a flannel. Just sayin’.
5. LifeProofNuud and Lifejacket– Keeps your super-handy smartphone completely safe year round!
6. This is a stellar time of year to find assorted baits on sale—arguably the best time to stock up on Yum, Trigger X and Rapalas!
7. Frabill FXE Gauntlet Gloves – Again, whether you live in the Ice Belt or not, these things WILL keep your hands warm during all winter fishing outings!
8. Frabill Straight Line Bro Series Ice Fishing Combo – Ice fishing rods designed by the Northland’s most recognized ice angler Brian ‘Bro’ Brosdahl. These things are awesome!
9. Abu Garcia Veracity – The latest series of technique-specific rods offer an extensive line of classy rods, and one of my personal favorites!
10. Abu Garcia Revo Winch – A great match to a new Garcia rod!
11. Cabela’s Comfort Trac 2,000-Gram Rubber Boots - These are tremendous all-around boots for anglers and hunters alike! They work well on a cold winter fishing outing, or on the ice—they’ll keep your feet warm!
12. Frabill Ice Creeper Cleats – The added traction will keep you off your can while chasing fish on the ice. They go on just about any boot and come off just as easy!
13. Powerbait Tackle Bag – This is a very convenient and sharp-looking tackle storage system. This can also double as a great place to hide the new baits you acquire during Christmas shopping—can’t ignore a good deal!
14. More baits – Take advantage of great sales when you see them, add to your collection of Berkley Gulp! and look for lots of new items in the Berkley Havoc line. One simply cannot have too many baits, period!
As you’re crossing off everyone else’s Christmas-list items, don’t overlook gifting yourself when good opportunities arise. Good luck and Merry Christmas!