A Hunter Wish List from BushWear

Hunters preparing for action

And yet again we are returning to the topic of Christmas Gifts. This time let’s talk about something for outdoorsy people; people who like nature and adventure and need something more rugged and specialize then your standard supermarket equipment.

One of persons like this in my family is my dad. When I was growing up I always had a problem with Christmas, birthday or a fathers’ day gift… now this problem has gone. About 10 years ago my dad took up hunting and now whenever an occasion comes, there is a long list of stuff needed waiting for us to pick from. He is a very active hunter so yes, he has quite a good collection of equipment and gear in general, but there is always something new on the market he wants, something broke and needs replacing and so on…

Dads current wardrobe
Dads current wardrobe
Some of dad current equipment
Some of dad current equipment

Doing my Christmas gifts list preparations I came across BushWear. BushWear was born in 2003 in Scotland due to frustration regarding the lack of quality products for hunters and other likeminded people who wanted and needed more than the current market was offering. Currently BushWear stocks a huge selection of clothing including waterproof clothing, clothing accessories, footwear, gun care, stalking, knives, larder, books, DVD and gifts. They have it all in one place… and if there is something they missed, you can always ask and if possible they will source it for you.

Dads current rifle with scope
Dads current rifle with scope

The first thing on my dad’s wish list this year is a new rifle scope. I was told not to buy anything below 2.5-15×56 specification. Apparently 56 is a very important parameter as it marks lightness of the scope. My dad’s eyes aren’t as good as they used to be so he requested something which will help him hit the target easier, which is the main point of hunting as an activity 🙂 I did find the perfect scope, but it is way outside my price range, so unless we can get some help from other family members, a new scope is out of the question for this year.

Oooo that looks comfortable...
Oooo that looks comfortable…

Next item is a rifle rest… and this is where I hit my first bump… there is so many of them… and they are all very different… I always thought that a wish list is supposed to help you make a good decision regarding gifts, but sometimes all they give you is a bigger headache. After making some additional sneaky enquires I found out that ideally he would need 2 of them – one for the shooting range, as the bags of sand he currently uses are not ideal, and a second one to take with him whilst out hunting… with this information at least I can realistically pick something which hopefully will be of use to him.

Dads current knife.  Classic case of form over function.
Dads current knife.
Classic case of form over function.

The third item on my part of the wish list is a new knife (there is much more to the list than this portion. The full list is huge but we split the list between all our family members and everyone received three options to choose from). I know what dad is currently using so I am opting for a multi tool pack. I especially like this one,

New multi tool pack
New multi tool pack

which seems to have everything; it includes a 12 component multi-tool, flashlight and fire starter rod. Every tool in the kit is outfitted with durable rubber handles for easy gripping, even with gloved hands. All of the multi-tool features are locking – needle nose pliers, wire cutters, wood saw, pierce, scissors, partially serrated blade and more. It really looks like a perfect tool. Actually the more I am thinking about it, the more I want one for myself as well. You never know when you might need it. Even though the last thing I hunted was a tissue.

Do you have any outdoorsy people in your life you are buying Christmas gifts for?

If so, what are you going for this year as the perfect gift idea?

* Post written in collaboration with BushWear.

UK Winter Breaks – where would you go?

Most of us when asked about going away on holiday immediately think of summertime! I never understood why… winter is such a great time for a break. There is no crowds (or at least not as huge as during the peak summer months), prices of things like airplane or boat tickets are lower (especially if you take a trip off peak) and you can still see and visit the same places. For me most of all I think its best because I (and I believe most of us do) feel much more run down during the winter months, so we benefit from a break much more than during the summer months.

The UK is such a beautiful and diversified country. Everyone can find something they like from city breaks to countryside back to nature holidays.

We do not go away as often as we would like (who does?) mainly because we have to take 2 big furry creatures with us and this is not always an option. Sure we have a support network full of friends who will, and already have, a few times looked after the cats and dogs whilst we went away somewhere, but we know that this is not an easy task, so we try not to exhaust their good will or misuse their help.

I have a couple of ideas for some great UK winter breaks, which I would love to take:

Christmas Shopping

st_georges_hotel_piccadilly

This break would be just for me and my sister – a trip to London to do some present shopping before Christmas.  Mark hates shopping; kids probably wouldn’t survive a day shopping as they get bored to fast… so someone has to take this “burden” on themselves. I love shopping, especially before Christmas when the streets look festive, people are generally in a good mood and the shop shelves are always stocked “to the roof”. London during the festive season is fantastic, and there is no better place for finding all your essential gifts, shopping on Oxford street and Regent street will see your Xmas to buy list shorten dramatically. But after a day of shopping it would be great to rest up somewhere for the night. St Georges Hotel on Regent Street seems to be ticking all the right boxes. It is perfectly suited for shopping trips due to its location. And if you worry about money, use the code TEN to receive a 10% discount from their standard rates.

Country Escape

Wentbridge

For me it is the perfect type of break to relax and recharge my batteries during the busy Christmas period. Ideally I would love to go for Christmas Day. As I never spend Christmas away from home, with my extended family and our friends, I would love to experience it.  A stress free Christmas, with no worries about whether everything will go according to plan, if the food will be cook on time and with no need to please everyone around you. Wentbridge House Hotel in West Yorkshire  looks like the perfect place to celebrate festive season. The hotel is set in 20 acres of gardens and grounds which will be ideal for a nice family walk after Christmas dinner (I checked and they have Rock Lobster Bisque planned :-))And afterwards you can just sit and relax by the fire, listen to the crackles and observe the warming glow from the logs while sipping your favourite wine. Bliss, would you not agree.

Coastal Jaunt

Ox Pasture Hall in Scarborough

This is the type of break I love to take with Mark – a trip away from everyday life; perfect time to reconnect and enjoy romantic strolls on the beach and the nearby countryside.  Ox Pasture Hall in Scarborough is an excellent choice for this type of a trip. Located in 17 acres of manicured gardens and rolling grounds. As a bonus it is only 2 miles away from the seaside makes it an ideal place (weather dependent of course) for couples. And they even specialise in romantic short breaks, so flowers, chocolate, champagne on arrival are not a problem… all you have to do is ask.

And if you cannot leave your pets at home, no problems, as they are pet friendly. So grab your hat and scarf, wrap up warm and take the dogs for a long walk on the beach (regarded as the ultimate doggy Xmas present) before coming back for some lovely food and a glass of mulled wine to help restore some feeling back into your cheeks.

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Dog Friendly Britain has a lot to offer. You can find dog friendly accommodation to meet your requirements from self catering cottages to hotels which offer full included service. As essential read for any pet loving, holiday seeking family.

So, where would you go?

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