Gift giving – the outdoors versus the non-outdoors

Okay, enough about the weather and deer hunting. Let’s change gears and consider that Christmas is fast approaching – just 19 more shopping days remain – and many minds are whirring as they try to figure out what to buy and give that special outdoors person on their list.

Unless the “giftee” has thrown out obvious hints (i. e. “I’d love a new Hummer in Realtree camouflage HD finish.”) the “gifter” is pretty much left to their own devices when perusing the outdoor departments or sporting goods stores. The true challenge is to avoid giving something the giftee already has, or doesn’t truly need or will use that often. And with today’s economy, the gifter needs to assure they get the most bang for their buck (I just had to sneak “something” in relating to deer hunting).

I guess we can all relate to receiving gifts that never saw the light of an outdoor day. Usually they were given by a non-outdoors person who had little or no knowledge about the lifestyles of avid outdoors people. Often, the gift idea came from a strategically worded and promoted ad seeking to unload a few warehouses full of whatever the stagnant product was. But to the inexperienced non-outdoors person, they seemed perfect for Uncle Joe, the avid sportsman. One of the all-time classics was a turkey hunting/attractor cover scent marketed by “Tink” Nathan, inventor of the “Tink’s 69” buck lure. It seemed like the perfect gift for the turkey hunter, right? Well, keep in mind that turkeys have almost a zero ability to smell. They identify everything by sight. As I recall, that product vanished rather quickly from the advertising roles, but still, many bottles were sold, probably purchased by well-meaning non-outdoors people as a gift to Uncle Joe, the turkey hunter.

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