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Sam’s starting early and somewhat silly Christmas list

I am one of those people who is just a little bit challenging to shop for, I think. I’m lucky. Mostly, if I need or want things, I buy them. But I also know that gift giving is fun. And I do take breaks from work and ogle things on the internet.

Here’s some of the latest stuff I’ve spent time looking at, and lots of it is even fitness related.

🎄 Exercising My Demons Tank Top

I love silly workout t-shirts.

🎄 Hoka hiking shoes

Maybe these ones?

You’ll recall I went sneaker shopping after my first knee replacement surgery. I bought a pair of Hoka shoes for everyday (and a pair of New Balance hiking/trail shoes for walking Cheddar on trails.) All good except the Hokas are so much easier on my knees, I now want all of them! The ones I got were their athleisure shoe, “The Kawana is the perfect athleisure shoe for those who like the Hoka look but don’t run.”

I keep browsing their website and visiting running stores trying to decide what to buy next. I want both a hiking/trail shoe and a dedicated indoor only pair for the gym. Friends and family, if you spot them on sale, I’m a women’s 10. All the wild colours welcome. My first pair are black and white. Very comfortable and great on my knees but maybe a bit boring. I wear them a lot, most days since last September. Here’s 10 things you might not know about Hoka shoes.

🎄 I’m gearing up for bike packing next summer. I have rear panniers, including a new excellent one for commuting to work that has a shoulder strap for off the bike and a special padded spot for my laptop. What I want next is a bag for the top of my rear rack.

Maybe this one?

But my last Ortlieb bag kind of fell apart. It’s got a 5 year warranty but I don’t have the receipt and the stores I thought I bought it from don’t have a customer record for me. Puzzling.

🎄 While we are on the subject of cycling gear, for years I’ve wanted one of the Garmin rear lights that connects to your computer, notifies you about traffic behind you, and that brightens up when it detects cars. According to Garmin, “The world’s first cycling radar, Varia helps create a safer cycling environment by warning cyclists of vehicles approaching from behind up to 153 yards (140 meters). The radar tail light also warns approaching vehicles of a cyclist ahead.” There’s a fancy one that also records video footage. But I think I just want the basic one.

🎄 The media has been going on and on about the percentage of toys that are bought by adults for themselves. I’m not there yet but hey, I’d love some as gifts.

How about this great Lego Succulent set? Plants that will survive in my office!

🎄 A big part of what’s fueling the adult toy craze, is our desire to express our belonging to certain fandoms. Count me in, I’d like a Stevie Nicks Barbie please.

🎄 Finally, if you’re rich, and wondering what to get me for Christmas, how about a bike camping trailer for bike packing. When I’ve been trailer shopping, I usually think of tiny tear drop trailers to tow behind our small hybrid vehicle in which we could pack bikes and head south for the winter. But lately I’ve been seeing trailers that can be towed behind bikes, a home on wheels. Check out the Hupi Wagon. Yes, I’d need an e-bike but wow, this might be fun.

Hupi Wagon

One thought on “Sam’s starting early and somewhat silly Christmas list

  1. Man oh man, now you’ve got me started on my own Christmas list! I’m going to order some Calamity ware shirts for family (and maybe one for me), plus I love love love the lego succulents (much better than the other lego florals– of course I checked them all out). And the Hupi Wagon– OMG. I want one. So much fun!

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