Having trouble thinking of a great Christmas present for the geocacher in your life? Look no further! Below are a list of gifts* that would undoubtedly be very well received by any cacher.
1. A Special Geocoin
There are so many geocoins to choose from, you are sure to find something that makes you think ‘he/she would love that!’
I received two Christmas themed geocoins last year as a Christmas gift and it was one of the best (if not the best) presents I received. It’s a very personalised gift because the variety means you are sure to find something the geocacher will love.
2. A Geocaching Bag
A geocaching bag is a great gift, whether it’s their first ever geo-bag or an upgrade on what they already have. High on my wish list this year is a small backpack, that will fit your geocaching kit, plus a sandwich and water bottle, without being too cumbersome to lug around. This Skysper 10 litre backpack fits the bill nicely and looks pretty snazzy too:
Skysper-10L Outdoor Hiking Cycling Backpack (Blue Red)
I have one of these military style shoulder bags, which has an even smaller capacity, but is handy for urban caching to hold your tools, trackables and extra pens.
3. Must-have Geocaching tools
A telescopic magnet and a telescopic mirror are handy tools to have in your geo-bag. They are most useful when looking for urban caches, such as a nano hidden behind a railing. It’s a lot easier than using the camera on your phone to see behind something (or, in my case, to check there’s no spider in residence on the cache before you put your hand in there!)
Sometimes more elaborate tools are required, like a cache I found called P.L. Robertson’s Square Headed Screwdriver – a clue to the required tool is in the name!
Another great geocaching accessory is a telescopic ladder. We have an increasing number of tree climb caches in Dublin, so a ladder is a very handy asset to help you get to at least closer to the cache before having to climb up the branches. I just bought mine from Amazon and it packs up quite small and fits in a carry bag, which is great for throwing it in to the car boot.
A ladder might seem like a weird gift to buy someone but if you have heard them grumbling about not being able to get tree climb caches, this might just be the best present they ever get!
4. Geocache Containers
If they love evil micro hides, this evil micro hide kit will be right up their alley!
Of course, you can always put together a geocache yourself. Buy a Lock & Lock, a notebook, pen, and some swag from a discount shop, et voilà! You have a geocache ready to be hidden.
5. Hiking Boots (or Walking Shoes!)
If higher terrain caching is your geocacher’s ‘thing’, then a good pair of hiking boots will always be appreciated. Depending on the climate they mostly cache in, waterproof boots are often essential. A good quality, comfy pair can be a huge asset when looking for that T5 cache!
If high terrain caches are not for them, then walking shoes might be a good alternative. Even if the terrain is low, when you’re geocaching all day, comfortable shoes are indispensable.
6. Geocaching Books
Undoubtedly, the geocaching ‘book of the year’ is How to Puzzle Cache by Cully Long. I have seen this book mentioned in a multitude of geocaching groups on social media and have heard it discussed at geocaching events. The perfect gift for any geocacher, whether they are a pro at solving mystery caches or still trying to figure out where to even start.
For geokids, there are some great geocaching-themed story books you can get, like this one: Ben and the Geocache Treasure.
Also for the junior geocachers, this great colouring book from the Podcacher, Sean and Friends Go Geocaching, is sure to put a smile on their face! You can buy it exclusively on lulu.com
7. Geocaching Clothes
There is a huge variety of geocaching attire available to buy. I have my eye on this periodic table T-Shirt:
I really like this simple yet effective ‘Live Love Geocache’ jumper too:
Live love Geocache Womens Sweatshirt
8. Geocache Maintenance Kit
If the geocacher in your life is a prolific cache owner, they should definitely own a geocache maintenance kit. This is easy to put together yourself. Firstly, you’ll need a small storage box or toolbox, I have one like this with little compartments:
Now you can stock it up with Ziploc® bags, pens, pencils, sharpeners, notebooks, logsheets (you can download brilliant, free logsheets from TechBlazer in lots of sizes), swag, stamps, camo tape and anything else you think would be handy, depending on the types of caches they have hidden. I have a few spare geocache containers in my kit too, including some magnetic nanos, bison tubes, a small Lock & Lock and a fake rock.
9. Something Silly
For the geocacher who has everything, how about an ‘I Love Geocaching’ phone cover?
Or this cool ROT13 decoder keyring? The hints on geocaching.com are encrypted using ROT13 code; you can use this decoder to help you work out the hint quickly if they appear encoded on your GPSr. Did I mention it’s trackable?
You can buy personalised mugs or mousepads on Vistaprint. Why not get a coffee lover a mug with ‘Not All Who Wander are Lost, Some are Geocaching’ printed on it? The limit is only your imagination 🙂
10. A Geocaching Trip
The best gift of all is to go geocaching with the cacher in your life, especially if you’re a muggle yourself. Whether it be a trip to the local park on a geocaching adventure, or something further afield to find that elusive Jasmer cache they’ve been dying to find, they are sure to appreciate your time spent geocaching with them above all else!
Do you have any great gift ideas for geocachers? What’s on your geocaching Christmas wish list this year? Let me know in the comments!
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