Thursday

Last Minute Gift Ideas



Where has the year gone? I swear it seems like we had less time between the holidays this year- and my long shopping list proves it. Just in case you’re in the same boat, we’ve put together a wide variety of gifts that any RVer - or future RVer - would love. And since we know that thinking of the perfect present is half the battle - we hope this takes some of that stress off your plate. 

For the Kids

Let’s be honest, we all want more RVers in our lives - so why not start them out young? Land of Nod has the cutest stuff for little ones to help them dream about RVing from the very beginning. 




For the Grill Master

We all have to eat while we’re out on the road - so for those of us who prefer to grill these products from REI will make sure that you’re still getting a gourmet meal.




For the Glamper

Now tent campers may say that RVing is already a form of glamping - but what do they know? For the glamorous among us - these items will definitely spruce up any camp site - taking it to new, over the top levels.



For the Hiker

We know the weather’s a bit chilly out these days (cough - understatement - cough) - but these things will help get you ready for warmer weather and great days spent out of the trail.


The holidays are definitely upon us - so we hope this list inspires you, while helping you relax and focus on spending time with your loved ones. If you need some more ideas - we’ve created a whole Pinterest board for you to check out with additional choices.

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Inside Games for Winter Weather




One great thing about summertime is that when the little ones start to get restless - you can send them outside to hunt for bugs, run around, or just generally entertain themselves. But the colder winter weather can throw a wrench in that - so to make sure you survive the “inside months” with your sanity, we’ve put together a list of easy games. They don’t require too many supplies and you can whip them out at a moment's notice for a little family fun (we’ve also put them in order of least amount of supplies needed to most amount of supplies needed - just for fun).

Flying School

So this is really a two-part activity. First, you can spend time making the perfect paper airplane and then you can compete to see who can get the most points in flying school. As you can see - materials are minimal, just a few pieces of computer paper and one larger piece of construction paper and you are all set.

Target Golf

Another equally easy project - take any old box and cut various size windows in the front of it, labeling each one with a different point system. If you don’t happen to have golf clubs on hand - you could easily turn this into a ball rolling game that would provide just as much competition and fun.

Saran Wrap Ball

This one requires a little more pre-planning, but nothing a trip to the Dollar Store or a local convenience or grocery store couldn’t quickly fix. Basically, you start with a prize and some saran wrap - and you just start wrapping, stuffing more candy and toys between the layers of saran wrap. Once you have a decent size ball - hand it over to the little ones to unravel. Each time they reach a treat - they pass the ball onto someone else, until all the prizes are gone. How fun does this one sound?!?

Marble Race Track

So depending on what supplies you have left over from summer, you might not need to get anything for this - but you have to have a pool noodle. Once you have that - this is a super easy project. Cut the noodle in half and put one end on a higher surface . Next you need to connect it to a show box at the bottom - and send the marbles flying down.


Laundry Basket Skee Ball

If you have multiple laundry baskets hanging around - this game requires nearly no additional supplies. You will have to make a launch ramp - but it’s as simple as cutting open a cereal box to curve inside a shoe box. Once that’s done - set the baskets up at varying lengths and go for it!

Honestly, as we were writing this - we realized these games could be just as much for adults - and we may or may not be getting ready to play Flying School as we speak. So regardless of who you choose to play them with - we hope you enjoy!
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Snowy Destinations



Whether you live in a naturally snowy climate or just pine for one these destinations are great spots to truly enjoy the winter weather. The three spots we picked out all have a unique charm to them - but are not the big resorts you’ve likely heard so much about.

Mammoth, CA
Mammoth is a great destination for skiers and non-skiers alike. The mountain itself has more open terrain to explore than any other ski resort in the country - which is impressive. And, if that wasn’t great enough - it is also known for being uncharacteristically sunny throughout the year - with more than 300 days of sunshine on average.

If you aren’t up for skiing, you can check out the Village at Mammoth Mountain - which is full of cute shops and restaurants - or ride the Gondola up to the mountain’s summit for some breathtaking views of the snow covered surroundings.

If you’re looking for a day trip - check out June Mountain Lake - which is possibly more beautiful in the winter than it is during the summer.

Midway, UT
Make sure you pack your bathing suit…is typically a recommendation you would expect to find in an article about the best snowy destinations - but you’ll definitely need one for this stop. The Homestead Crater is a hot spring found inside a 55 foot tall limestone rock and was slowly formed by the melting snow. The coolest - and possibly creepiest - part is that the crater is completely dark. They do have some lights, but overall, it’s dark water. To get a better view - you can even look into scuba diving there. Afterward, hike to the top of the limestone rock to see a view of all Herber Valley - which includes Herber City, Midway, and Daniel - and take a look down on the hot spring and swimmers below.

Steamboat Springs, CO
Steamboard Springs, in our opinion, has one of the cutest ski villages around. This particular town is bustling throughout the year with great events and festivals, including a Hot Air Balloon Rodeo.

In the winter, Steamboat is known for their “champagne powder” - the term coined to describe their light, fluffy snow. After hitting the slopes - should you choose to - the Yampa River Core Trail is a great pastime. It runs from one side of Steamboat to the other along the frozen river. As you walk along the trail - it kind of feels like you’re walking through a winter wonderland.

Wondering where Steamboat Springs got its name? From the hot springs that are found throughout the surrounding area, of course! There are two famous ones - the Old Town Hot Springs and the Strawberry Park Hot Springs. Both are relatively close to downtown Steamboat - and would be great to relax in after a busy day in the wintery weather.

Winter weather doesn’t last that long - so make sure to plan a trip to enjoy these snowy destinations that are guaranteed to make you feel like you’ve stepped into a real-life snow globe.






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