Holiday Gift Guide 2012: What to Buy For the Outdoor Lover

To help take the pressure out of your gift-buying decisions, California Home+Design is going to play Santa's little helper and hook you up with a designer's gift guide every Friday until the X-Mas is on top of you like a hastily fallen pine tree. This week we are featuring gifts for the outdoorsy person in your life that will satisfy both their practical and need-to-look-awesome sides.

By Sarah Virginia White
Photo credit: Fiskars
Tree Trimming

When it comes to slicing stuff up, it doesn't get better than Fiskars for cutting tools. For the gardener who's always making space at a campsite or neatening the hedges, pick up these 30-inch Cut-and-Grab Loppers in the Finnish company's trademark orange hue, $50, Amazon.com

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Fetching Filtration

This sculptural water bottle, $20 from CB2, is made from BPA-free plastic and gets retro styling from its cork stopper. The binchotan-activated charcoal stick delivers premium hydration when placed inside, and needs replacing only once every six months. 

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Portable Fireplace

There's nothing better than a warm holiday evening around a fire, and the Dish fireplace from EcoSmart Fire fireplace lets you bring the party outside. Forget fussing over kindling, as this little guy is fueled by bioethanol. Available in rust, black or white, $890, from Room & Board

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Serious Storage

This chic Byrd & Belle felt tote (in gray or charcoal) carries plenty of kindling to the fireplace, but it would also make a perfect picnic or camping bag, $149 from Room & Board

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The Birds

If you love watching birds in your yard but seed-filled plastic tubes and little wooden houses aren't your thing, go for the sleek, scultpural lines of the new Bistro Bird Feeder from J Schatz, $175, which comes in six colors (aqua, green, orange, white, yellow aand red). 

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Seasonal Seating

Made from molded resin, the hardy Phoenix chair from Source Outdoor will brighten up any outdoor gathering. Available in a range of hues (including orange, blue, green, red and white), $97, from San Diego's NLP Furniture and Beverly Hills' Gibraltar Furniture

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The Bees

Beeswax candles from pollenArts smell so good that burning them outdoors attracts curious bees. Each candle is handmade in a Winnebago using vintage jars and organix beeswax, from $30 at LA's Apothia

Photo credit: Peter Strzebniok
Chicken Chic

For a city as agri-minded as San Francisco, why wouldn't chickens reside in quarters this deliberately designed? Architect Peter Strzebniok developed a modular coop, or Moop, which consists of a 2-by-2 foot coop and a 4-by-2 foot run that can be placed parallel or perpendicular to the main section. A line of custom ceramic waterers and feeders is next. Available to order starting December 1, $600 - $800, themoop.com.

Photo credit: Pendleton
Native Arts

Pendleton's Chief Joseph blanket pattern is translated to an ultra-plush cotton spa towel, $50, from LA's Ron Robinson. At 40-by-70 inches, it's big enough for the beach or just the hot tub.

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Drink and Drive

Architect Barbara Bestor features the best of SoCal culture for Sisters of Los Angeles, her collection of Los Angeles-inspired gifts. Put some miles on this HIghway 5 water bottle, $15, from Kitson, Yolk or Ron Robinson in the LA area. 

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Antler Ottoman

Bring the outdoors in with this organic hemp Antler Ottoman, $750, from Archival Decor. The Northern California company handscreens photographs by Michelle Pattee onto cotton, velvet and hemp for its custom ottomans. 

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