SHARE

When I’m not at the office or on a photo shoot, I’m planning my next adventure into the great outdoors for some skiing, hiking, and of course eating. (I even have a hashtag all about it: #bigmeeshgoesnorth.) There’s something about that fresh air and smoky campfire combo that I never get sick of.

I tend to keep an ongoing wish-list throughout the year of my favorite alfresco kitchen essentials that make for perfect gifts to convince even my most city-dwelling friends that meals are better in the mountains. Here’s what to get your own northbound eater.

Holiday Gift Guide
See the full Saveur gift guide here » Matt Taylor-Gross

The Hobo Knife ($32)

Handy knife, fork, and spoon set for the great outdoors
Handy knife, fork, and spoon set for the great outdoors Best Made

A pocket knife is always a good idea to carry around, but this one also comes with a fork and spoon, so you’ll be just as prepared for some campfire soup as a cast iron steak.

CAMP Backcountry Spice Kit ($48)

Keep all your camping spices in one place
Keep all your camping spices in one place CAMP

Your spice pantry to-go, including Inca Fire Salt, Scarborough Fair, Apple Pie Spice, Driftwood Texas BBQ Rub, and Bow River Fish Blend, all packed into a convenient little case that can easily fit into your backpack.

Poler Sandwich Maker ($53)

Perfect for grilled cheese over the fire
Perfect for grilled cheese over the fire Poler

This cast iron sandwich press helps make a quick and easy grilled cheese (or any other sandwich of your choice) over an open fire. A little baroque but a super-fun tool to have.

Tinware Bowls ($56 for 4)

Vintage-looking enamel bowls keep things stylish
Vintage-looking enamel bowls keep things stylish Pendleton

Sometimes it’s worth packing lightweight but colorful enamelware for an extra stylized meal.

7-Quart Cooler ($80)

The perfect sized cooler for lunch on the go
The perfect sized cooler for lunch on the go Stanley

A practical and durable cooler and thermos set to carry your lunch to go.

MITI Camp Stove ($85)

Place atop a quartered log to cook in the backwoods
Place atop a quartered log to cook in the backwoods Filson

This stainless steel stovetop is placed on top of a single log, cut into quarters so it burns from the inside out. It’ll last for hours while you cook.

SOLKOA Fire Kit ($128)

Start a fire anywhere with this handy kit
Start a fire anywhere with this handy kit Best Made

Made by the people who design similar tools for U.S. Special Forces, this is kit has everything you need to start a fire no matter where you are or what the weather’s like. You’ll never be without an open flame.

Cocktail in a Can ($4)

Straight rye whiskey with honey, navel orange, rock candy, and Angostura bitters
Straight rye whiskey with honey, navel orange, rock candy, and Angostura bitters Danya Henninger

Because everyone enjoys a good cocktail in a can, this Cooper Spirits Company take on a Rock and Rye—straight rye whiskey with honey, navel orange, rock candy, and Angostura bitters—is sure to warm you up even on the coldest of nights.

Holiday Gift Guide
See the full Saveur gift guide here » Matt Taylor-Gross

MORE TO READ