Wondering what to get your loved ones this holiday season?
Fear not! We’ve gathered a list of all of our favorite products that will make for perfect gifts. The Mirr Ranch Group Gift Buying Guide shows you what products our brokers love when it comes to gear, clothing, travel, and local foods. Be our guest, and explore below.
And just so you know, these are just companies and products we dig; we were not compensated for any of these recommendations.
An Outdoorsman’s Gift Buying Guide
BEST MID LAYER: Arc’teryx
TRY OUT: Atom LT Hoody Women’s
Steeped in the alpine, this versatile hoody has warmed climbers, hikers, backcountry skiers, and downtown commuters. Worn as a mid layer or standalone, it performs across a range of conditions and output levels.
BEST FLEECE: Duck Camp
TRY OUT: Barn Burner Merino Hoodie
A sharp-looking and high performing piece, this well-rounded Merino Hoodie wears comfortably from temperature ranges of 30 degrees to 70 degrees. The Merino Wool advantage is real: this garment regulates your body temperature and doesn’t run too hot as temperatures rise later in the day.
BEST DOWN: Mountain Hardwear
TRY OUT: Men’s Super/DS™ Stretchdown Hooded Jacket
Stretchdown weaves pockets of down insulation from a single stretch fabric, giving you freedom to move. A durable material blend comes together with the highest quality goose down insulation in an ultra-engineered construction to combine warmth and movement for the full range of winter activities.
BEST GLOVES: Give’r
TRY OUT: Frontier Mittens
The Frontier Mittens are designed to endure all of life’s challenges and enable seamless transition between work, play, and everything in between. Featuring an all-leather, 100% waterproof design, the construction includes a breathable, waterproof Hipora membrane, Thinsulate insulation, and an all-leather exterior. They are built to withstand everything from grabbing a burning log from a campfire to ice-fishing in -40 degrees.
BEST BOOTS: BOGS Footwear
TRY OUT: Bozeman Mid
Not only are these boots some of the most durable and lightest boots available, but they also breathe, incorporate wicking tech, and are 100% waterproof. We also love that they are aco-friendly, using algae-based EVA footbeds that help clean polluted water habitats!
BEST WAXED JACKET: Barbour
TRY OUT: Barbour Beaufort® Wax Jacket
First available in 1983, the Beaufort jacket, designed by Chairman Dame Margaret Barbour, is one of Barbour’s most iconic waxed jackets, featuring the useful full-width, lined, rear Pocket. Fully interactive with a detachable hood and liner, the Beaufort truly is the ultimate, classic all-year-round jacket.
BEST BAG: Rocio G
Each bag is individually handmade at Rocio G, and while creations may be similar in style, no two are exactly alike; they carry a unique story behind their craftsmanship. Born in Buenos Aires, the designer now combines leather with special items she comes across on her travels.
BEST BELT BUCKLE: Cityboy Forge
Based in Chicago, Cityboy Forge considers belt buckles wearable art. “Hand forged,” the custom buckles require heating metal until it glows red, orange or yellow, then hitting it with hammers and other tools to move the metal into the desired shape. The end result? True works of art!
BEST COWBOY BOOT: City Boots
Partnering with a fourth generation family-owned factory in Old Mexico that has been making boots for almost 100 years, City Boots aims to provide heirloom-quality products that can be handed down from generation to generation.
BEST CUSTOM HAT: Greeley Hat Works
Since 1909, Greeley Hat Works provides not only a service but an outlet of personal expression for anyone interested in wearing a hat. From politicians and celebrities to ranchers and fashionistas, they provide the highest quality products and impeccable customer service to all walks of life.
BEST SCARF: Kit Santa Fe
Inspired by the founder’s cowgirl-equestrian background and life in the Southwest, their bandanas and wild rags can be “worn against the sun, wind, snow, and dust from the Patagonian pampas to the cobbles of old Europe to the rangeland of the American west.” All of their scarves are American made.
BEST FISHING BAG: Fishpond
TRY OUT: Switchback Pro Wading System
Fishpond makes wonderful products for the modern fisherman, but we can’t rave enough about this bag. With super customizable modularity, the company describes this as an adjustable shoulder workstation that accommodates a wide range of accessories. We love the magnetic drop-down pocket and the easily accessible fly dock.
BEST REEL: Ross Reels
TRY OUT: Evolution LTX
The ultra-smooth drag found in the Evolution LT has a long and revered history. The drag debuting with the LTX is over four times stronger than its predecessors’. This allows it to perform not only as a perfect trout reel but also has the power to take on saltwater game fish like Redfish, Bonefish, and Snook.
BEST WADERS: Simms
TRY OUT: G3 Guide Waders – Stockingfoot
Utilizing the new GORE-TEX® Pro Shell, the G3 provides the optimal balance of reliability, breathability, and all-day comfort. The G3 has all the in-river essentials you need, with legendary Simms durability. 3 chest pockets provide ample storage and hand-warming zones, while sore feet are a thing of the past with anatomically designed neoprene stockingfeet with a funk-fighting anti-microbial finish.
BEST SHIRT: Patagonia
TRY OUT: Sun Stretch Shirt
Patagonia’s most technical, long-sleeved button-up fishing shirt is designed specifically for hot and humid conditions. Made from a stretchy, ultralight nylon/polyester blend, you’ll be comfortable on a summer day along the river.
BEST ROD: Orvis
TRY OUT: Encounter 5 Weight
Ideal as an all-around rod for trout and light bass fishing, the Encounter is the perfect rod for any fly angler. This is a great first-time rod or an excellent back-up option.
BEST OPTICS: Swarovski Optik
TRY OUT: NL Pure
Thanks to its perfect handling and the seemingly endless field of vision, the NL Pure is an excellent binocular for glassing your next hunting prospect.
BEST ROD: Rizzini
TRY OUT: BR110 Field Shotgun
This Rizzini shotgun is Field and Stream’s Upland Gun of the Year, as it is a “nice marriage of light weight and disciplined balance.” A favorite of MRG ranch broker and outfitter, Pat Lancaster, this gun compares well to other Italian-made over/under shotguns.
BEST BOW: Mathews Archery
TRY OUT: V3
Giving bowhunters the ultimate agility and stealth without compromising accuracy, the new Centerguard Cable Containment delivers optimal cam timing while the all-new Nano 740 damper controls post-shot noise and vibration.
BEST GUN BAG: Filson
TRY OUT: Unscoped Gun Case
While we enjoy anything made by Filson, this gun case is in a class by itself. The case is fully lined with cotton flannel, to protect your firearm against scratches and wick moisture away to protect it from rusting.
BEST DUFFLE: Filson
TRY OUT: Rugged Twill Duffle Bag
Another Filson pick, everyone at MRG has one of these bags. Super durable, it makes for a dependable travel bag. It’s designed to meet maximum airline carry-on size restrictions, so you only need one bag for all of your adventures.
BEST COOLER: Yeti
TRY OUT: Tundra 35 Hard Cooler
You know what, everyone at MRG has one of these coolers too. Seriously, this will keep your food, beverages, or fresh catch cold for days. They’re nearly indestructible and built to withstand whatever the wild throws their way.
BEST COFFEE MAKER: Stanley
TRY OUT: Classic Perfect Brew Pour Over
In the backcountry or your own backyard, brewing the perfect cup of piping hot coffee doesn’t get any easier than this. Just add your favorite medium-ground coffee, saturate with hot water, and wait. Remove the Pour Over from the Camp Mug when it’s done dripping, sit back, and enjoy.
BEST GRILL: Snow Peak
TRY OUT: Takibi Fire and Grill
The Takibi Fire and Grill is made of durable stainless steel and designed in Japan for a lifetime of use. Packable, portable and modular, use the Takibi Fire and Grill to create a gathering anywhere.
BEST COFFEE MAKER: Pika Products
TRY OUT: Lightweight Backpacking Essential Kit
Never feel unorganized in the backcountry again. We like the small cube for toiletries and those small items that never seem to have a home. Use the medium cube to keep your clothing organized and keep bulkier items compressed in the large cube. Easily transition your medium or large cube to a daypack using the backpack straps once you’ve established camp.
BEST AFRICAN SAFARI: Outside Go
Ken’s trip to Africa in the late ’80s inspired him so much, he returned with his grown kids recently. The Mirr family can’t rave enough about the experiences Outside Go arranged for them. Upon her return, Haley wrote about their trip and what she learned about international conservation in The Guidebook.
BEST PATAGONIA TRIP: Tipiliuke
Located just minutes from the airport of San Martín De Los Andes, Tipiliuke lodge is located in the heart of a 50,000-acre working cattle ranch, where guests can enjoy tailor made activities, authentic refined cuisine, and knowledgeable personalized service.
BEST LUXURY ADVENTURE: Eleven Experience
Eleven Experience is an adventure travel company with 13 properties around the globe. At each destination, comfortable lodging and delicious, seasonal food are combined with guided outdoor adventures on mountains, in the backcountry, and on the water for guests of all ages and skill levels.
BEST COMFORT AROUND THE GLOBE: Ispirato
An Inspirato subscription grants you access to a full portfolio of luxury vacation homes, five-star resorts, and boutique experiences, as well as a dedicated Care team of travel experts and on-site staff when you arrive.
BEST TOP DOLLAR LUXURY: Aman
Meticulously designed to frame their natural settings, Aman destinations are renowned for space and privacy. Each welcomes guests as if to the home of a close friend, instilling a sense of peace and belonging amid some of the most diverse natural and historical landscapes.
BEST LOCAL ESCAPE: Dunton Hot Springs
Just across the mountain from Telluride, Dunton Hot Springs is a romantic 1800s ghost town set in an extraordinary alpine valley. The resort offers a variety of day and overnight packages, and the entire town can be rented exclusively for corporate retreats, family reunions, and weddings.
BEST COLORADO GROUND BEEF: VanWinkle Ranch
Howard & Janie are 5th generation ranchers and cow/calf producers running VanWinkle Ranch in Mesa County. The couple received Colorado Cattlemen’s Association 2019 Landowner of the Year Award for caring for the land, water, livestock, and community.
BEST COLORADO LAMB: Knott Land & Livestock
This Steamboat Springs ranch is conserved by our friends at Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust. Five generations take care of this high elevation ranch and promote conservation through agriculture. In addition to grass fed lamb, they offer grass-fed beef, hunting and fishing, habitat and scenery, and hospitality.
BEST COLORADO BEEF BRISKET: Flying Diamond Ranch
The Johnson family has been running the Flying Diamond Ranch in Kit Carson, Colorado since 1907. True pioneers in sustainable agriculture and holistic management practices, the ranch produces some of the best beef products out there.
BEST COLORADO CHICKEN & EGGS: Sunshine Mesa Farm
Located in the North Fork Valley, Sunshine Mesa Farm is committed to ethically raised meat and humane treatment of their chickens. The farm offers fresh eggs, layers and roosters, and some broilers in the fall.
BEST WYOMING GRASS-FED BEEF: Lonetree Ranch
Admittedly, we’re a little bias since we sold this ranch to the Taylor family back in the day, but their organic, grass-fed beef is to die for. Be sure to try this one out for yourself or buy it for a loved one.
BEST WYOMING PORK: Case Custom Meats
Case Custom Meats enjoys raising happy, healthy beef, hogs, and lambs in a non-confinement setting with lots of sunshine and open spaces. They are a family-based operation that is hands-on!
BEST WYOMING LAMB: Johnson Livestock
Johnson Livestock runs a small herd of quality registered Southdown, crossbred ewes, and goats to not only produce great lamb meat but to compete in the show ring.
BEST WYOMING BUTCHER: 307 Meat Company
From the Wyoming ranch to your table, 307 Meat Company is a full-service butcher shop bridging the gap between ranchers and consumers. Featuring beef and pork, born, raised, fed, and processed in Wyoming, MRG did quite a bit of Christmas shopping here this year.
BEST COWMILK CHEESE: Haystack Mountain Cheese
Handmade and free of additives and preservatives, Haystack Mountain partners with Longmont Dairy to create some of the most delicious cheeses made from cow’s milk and cow/goat milk blends. May we recommend the Funkmeister?
BEST RICOTTA: Fruition Farms
Fruition Farms Creamery is Colorado’s first farmstead artisan sheep’s milk dairy, and ricotta was their first cheese. The owners made ricotta as chefs and enjoyed working on this recipe until they ended up with what has become an integral part of their portfolio. It has a fluffy, large, soft curd that will have you thinking of spring lambs and pasture grass when you taste it.
BEST GOAT CHEESE: Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy
Located in Buena Vista, Colorado, Jumpin’ Good Goat Dairy hand-crafts a variety of creative artisan goat cheeses. The owner aims to combine her love for goats and cheese-making while bringing sustainable food to her local community.
BEST BLUE CHEESE: Avalanche Cheese Company
Avalanche Cheese Company makes goat cheeses in Basalt with milk from their goats that are raised and grazed on a farm and dairy in Paonia. Their award-winning Midnight Blue Cheese is a great compliment to any charcuterie board.
BEST WINE: Epoch Estate Wines
With wines that are carefully crafted from Rhone, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo varieties, this Paso Robles outfit utilizes carefully managed, non-invasive farming to bring the complex character of the winery’s vineyards and their terroir into each bottle.
BEST WHISKEY: Stranahan’s Whiskey
With an origin story out of Woody Creek, Stranahan’s has been making a single malt right out of Denver, Colorado for over ten years. They use only the finest ingredients and Rocky Mountain snow melt to craft every batch.
BEST GIN: Leopold Bros
As the only Colorado distillery to malt, mill, mash, ferment, distill, age, and bottle spirits on-site, Leopold Bros offers two dozen unique spirits. We recommend the summer gin for a night out on the patio or cocktail near the fire.
BEST SUSTAINABLE SPIRIT: Split Spirits
Instead of filling traditional white oak barrels, Split Spirits inverts the process by placing wood right in the bottle to capture unique and delicious flavors. The result? Delicious whiskey that uses 93% less wood than is required to barrel age the same volume.