As hard as it is to believe for some of us, there are people who like to stay fit and go outside (trust us on this). Ok, maybe that is dramatic. We like to get out some too. Let’s say you have one of these dynamic adventurers in your life. You want to get them something that will help them on their next adventure, or help them keep their sleek physique. It just so happens we are in the foothills.
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For The Adventurer
Delicious? Check. Nutritious? Double check. Perfect stocking stuffers? Triple check. Benji Bars are locally made almond and honey protein bars are more than just scrumptious – they also pack a mighty punch to the face of hunger and sugar crashes. With 13 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein and only 180 calories wrapped into one serving, Benji Bars make an ideal snack to get you through your day (or holiday season). The best part?? They’re perfect for anyone on the move.
Nothing says, “stocking stuffer” like granola (maybe we just made that up, but hear us out). Made with only eight ingredients Mt. Gilead Granola elevates their granola with their signature cinnamon pecan blend. The cute bear on the package evokes the cold feelings of the holidays, and the cinnamon gives you warm feelings. This granola is just crunchy enough, just sweet enough and just about perfect for an afternoon snack, or fueling your next adventure.
The Landmark Project
Let’s be honest, sometimes our adventurer friends forgo style for their adventures (and sometimes you have to look put together). The Landmark Project is a line of apparel that combines a love for the outdoors with comfortable fashionable shirts. Know their favorite national park? Get them a shirt (the art for these shirts is seriously cool). How about the avid hiker? They also have shirts featuring some of the incredible trails in America. A shirt from The Landmark Project is bound to become their favorite.
On the list of things we hate, mosquitos are pretty high up there. That is why we were thrilled to learn a local company is making all natural bug-repellent products to keep those pests away. Magnolia Scents is taking a natural approach to repelling those little bloodsuckers. They offer two sizes of bug spray (an 8 oz and 2 oz option), as well as a soy-based candle. The ingredients list is short, but the bug-repelling power is big. Ready to say “buh-bye” to bugs?
Everything about Elkmont screams “outdoorsy.” It doesn’t literally scream because that would be weird and terrifying. The atmosphere is homey and rustic, with exposed wood and stone. The décor isn’t the only thing great about Elkmont. Located in Clemson, Elkmont has a bevy of outdoor-related items and home goods. Looking for hiking shoes? Gloves? All natural soaps? Camping supplies? What about some rugged (but still heavenly scented) candles? You’ll find them at Elkmont.
There is a reason “adventure” is in the name of Sunrift Adventures. That is because they are things outdoors. Rock climbing, kayaking, hiking, or just all-around traveling, you can find whatever your loved one is into at Sunrift. The staff is all about helping you facilitate your next adventure. They also offer rentals so that you can set up an extreme (maybe not too extreme) outing for you and your loved one or friend.
We Took to the Woods
If you are looking to go the extra mile and spoil someone you really like, then check out We Took to the Woods. They are a specialty store that loves fine goods. Looking for a specialty homemade candle? They make them in-house. Looking for some unique decor to add a rustic touch to your friend’s home? They’ve got it and more. They also offer floral and event design services, so take advantage of their amazing taste!
Benchmark Bicycle Supply Co.
Biking is a favorite in the Upstate. If you have any biker friends that need some updating, give them some love via Benchmark Bicycle Supply Co. in Greer. If you’re feeling generous, pop in and check out their selection of bicycles for that special someone. Just looking to help them improve a bike they already have? This one-stop shop also offers full-service tunes-ups and more to keep things in tip-top shape.
Are you shopping for someone who loves to take to the mountains and hike? Maybe someone who wants to get into hiking? Then you’ll want to head to the Local Hiker in Spartanburg. Not only do they carry anything an expert or aspiring hiker needs, but they also coordinate group hikes around the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains. They also offer classes and challenges for varying levels of expertise.
If your friend is one of THOSE adventurers, they have a lot of scrapes and bruises. Luckily, there is a way they can promote healing that is an adventure in and of itself. Frigid Cryotherapy in Greenville cools things off…way off. Negative 240 degrees to be exact. Cryotherapy can help with athletic therapy, pain management, and can even promote skin health and a boosted metabolism. You’ll be the coolest gift giver, and your friend will be the coldest recipient.
Flying Tigers Sports Parachute Center
Some people are daredevils, and that means they live for an adrenaline rush. The Upstate offers plenty of ways to get one such rush. For the thrill seeker in your life, take them skydiving with Flying Tigers Sports Parachute Center in Anderson. Imagine the rush they will feel as they jump out of a plane and parachute to the ground. Personally, it sounds terrifying, but for some, there is no greater thrill. Are you ready to take the plunge?
An Intro to Flight Class with Greenville Aviation
Do you know someone who always has dreams where they are flying? Make that dream a reality, and without having to tire out their arms. This intro class will be their first foray into flying. With a ground course and 30 minutes in the air, they’ll be hooked. They’ll get to start the plane, taxi, take it off, and fly it around Greenville.
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