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Holiday Gift Guide: The Outdoor Lover

There always seems to be at least one in every gift list, those who prefer long nature walks, rugged terrains and exploring the great outdoors to being cooped up inside.

Below, we’ve put together a few gift ideas for those who prefer scenic routes, wide open spaces and being one with Mother Nature. These will make them almost as happy as a day spent somewhere off the grid with little to no cell phone reception!

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For Her:

1. The North Face "Aconcagua" Jacket

2. Patagonia "Mirror Lake" Vest

3. Marmot Tech Sweater

4. SOREL "Tivoli" High Boot

5. Smartwool Chunky Cable Scarf

6. Arc'teryx "Pyxis 18" Backpack

For Him:

1. Arc'teryx "Delta AR" Zip Neck Sweater

2. Suunto "X-Lander" Sports Watch

3. The North Face "Denali" Jacket

4. Outdoor Research "Blackpowder" Gloves

5. Patagonia "Refugio" Backpack 28L

6. Outdoor Research "Svalbard" Hat

For Fido:

1. Ruffwear "Web Master" Harness

2. Ruffwear "Roamer" Leash

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Bundle Up in the Best Cold-Weather Jackets

Keeping the winter chill out is nothing to take lightly. But heavy, boring jackets and coats shouldn’t be an option when you’ve got a busy day braving the elements. Investing in a great quality jacket or coat is worth every penny because staying warm and protected never goes out of style.

We’ve picked out some of our favorites from our Zappos Outdoor Shop to get you ready to face old man winter in the best gear around:

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Women's: 1. Prana Devan Jacket, 2. Marmot Arona Jacket, 3. Patagonia Down With It Parka

Men's: 4. Marmot Conness Jacket, 5. Prana Rhody Reversible Jacket, 6. The North Face Gatebreak Down Jacket

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Fresh Picks: Eco-Friendly

This Sunday, the world celebrates Earth Day, a time to renew our commitment to protecting our planet’s natural resources and the environment.

As an ode to Mother Nature, we want to share just some of our favorite Earth-friendly picks. Made of sustainable, recycled or organic materials, these products are a step in the right direction to being more environmentally conscious—and that’s always a beautiful thing!

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1. Volcom V.Co Meadow Tank Dress, 2. Patagonia Summertime Dress, 3. The North Face Papenoo Woven Top, 4.Marmot Women's Pop Tee, 5. Patagonia Three Trees Shirt, 6. Keen BrooklynII Travel Bag, 7. NVEY Eco Lip Color , 8. Timberland Earthkeepers Katama Strappy Sandals , 8. Timberland Earthkeepers Hookset Chukka

Here at Zappos HQ, we have a group of eco-minded employees who banded together to form L.E.A.F (Leading Environmental Awareness for the Future) , a group committed to making Zappos a more environmentally-conscious company. To learn more about L.E.A.F. and their eco-focused efforts year round, click HERE.

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New Brand Spotlight: Marmot Kids

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1.Boys' Guide Down Hoodie in Forest/Fatigue, 2. Boys Morzine Insulated Jacket in Team Red/Brick, 3. Girls' Precip Jacket in Pink Punch/Hot Pink, 4. Girls' Guides Down Jacket in Ultra Violet and Electric Purple

All you snow enthusiasts can now bundle up your little ones in the same Marmot jackets you love this cold-weather season. Using the same quality technology as the adults’ versions, Marmot Kids jackets are perfect for those family snow trips!

Their fun and colorful jackets will not only keep your kids warm, they’ll keep them looking stylish despite harsh weather conditions.

Check out the entire Marmot Kids line!

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Fresh Picks: Earth Week Eco-Friendly Products

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With Earth Day being tomorrow and this entire week devoted to Earth Week, we think it’s important to remember that although there’s a specific week, day, and even hour dedicated to Mother Earth, we really ought to be celebrating our planet on a daily basis.

In honor of Earth Week, we thought we’d shine the spotlight (an eco-friendly compact fluorescent lightbulb spotlight, of course!) on some of our favorite earth-friendly products. They not only look good, they make you feel good about doing your part in supporting more eco-friendly manufacturing practices and materials.  

1.       Matt & Nat Stardust Elm tote

2.       Patagonia Men’s Live Simply™ Guitar T-Shirt

3.       Keen Coronado sneakers

4.       Simple Flipee Eco-Friendly Certified Nubuck

5.       Marmot Women’s Mandala Tee

6.       Horny Toad Cliff Shorts

7.       Simple Carport- Elastic sneakers

8.       NVEY Eco Cosmetics Advanced Care Lip Color

What little things do you do regularly to be kinder to the planet? Got any earth-friendly tips? Leave a comment below!

To check out even more eco-friendly clothes, shoes, beauty and accessories, go to the Zappos Eco-Friendly page.

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It's A Cold One Out There

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Now is a great time of year for you and your honey to make snow-angels, snowmen and maybe go on a ski getaway. If the snow is calling your name, turn to Marmot for your outerwear needs. Marmot incorporates quality Gore-Tex® in their products, maintaining the highest quality performance product. Marmot endeavors to provide outdoor gear that is authentic, innovative and best in class.

Rule winter with a fashionable fist thanks to the Empire Jacket. The DWR (durable water repellent) finish sheds moisture, while the 650-fill-power goose down insulation kicks cold weather to the curb. The down-proof design helps prevent feather loss during the life of the jacket. For him, the Marmot Zeus Jacket is an incredibly warm down-dilled jacket that is perfect for keeping the cold at bay with its 800 fill power goose down. The Angel Wing Movement™ allows for full range of motion in the arms to keep the jacket from riding upwards. He’ll love the zippered handwarmer pockets lined with super soft fabric to keep your digits warm.

In every area of business practice that they engage in, they passionately seek the highest level of quality, performance, service and value. Put their expertise to good use on your snow-venture this Winter. Check out professional guide Keith Garvey’s review of the Marmot Zeus Jacket below:

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Cool Winter Coats

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It’s quite possible to stay trendy while enduring below-zero conditions this Winter. Whether you are looking for something light to get you from your car to office or you are looking for a jacket that can keep you warm at the summit, we have all your cold-weather products to get you through the Winter in warmth and style.

Check out the Columba Heat Elite, a lightweight fleece with Omni-Heat® breakthrough thermal technology that maintains warmth while preventing heat loss. If you prefer a bulkier jacket, the Marmot Zeus will keep you incredibly warm with its 800-fill power goose down. Not to mention, if you are all about going all out in the snow, you can machine wash the Zeus to keep you looking fresh.

For the ladies, the North Face Women’s Recycled Denali jacket is one of our most popular jackets. The tried, the true, the one-and-only Denali Jacket is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts. The abrasion-resistant fabric overlays at the shoulders, chest, and elbows to increase durability in high-stress areas. Made from 100% bluesign® approved fabrics, a standard for environmentally-friendly production methods, the Denali is a staple for every closet. Also, the Patagonia Rain Shadow Trench Coat is a sleek raincoat with technical features that will make a rainy day one to look forward to. This coat features 2.5-layer ripstop nylon with H2No® waterproof/breathable barrier and Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish to keep you dry all Winter.

Head over to Zappos.com for all of your Winter clothing needs. Stay warm and don’t forget to bundle up this Winter.

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It's Camping Time

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As sweltering summer temperatures make an exit, it’s time to go camping! Be sure to check out the Outdoor Shop on Zappos.com for everything you’ll need to brave the elements or just kick back fireside. Here are a couple of our picks for must-have items on your next excursion:

1. Therm-A-Rest® NeoAir ™ - The Therm-A-Rest® NeoAir ™ mattress makes comfort one less thing you'll need to compromise when traveling fast and light. Therm-A-Rest®'s patent-pending reflective barrier returns warmth to your body and reduces heat loss to the ground, keeping you three times warmer than any other uninsulated air mattress. And the best part, this mattress folds down to the size of a 1-liter bottle to save you room in your daypack.

2. Marmot Down Yurt – Sleep easy knowing that this versatile Down Yurt sleeping bag from Marmot™ is equally at home for car camping or just lazing around the house. The Down Yurt opens to a 600+ fill power goose down Queen-sized comforter and has a temperature rating of 40° F / 4.4° C. This DriClime comforter comes packaged in a convenient duffle bag of its own for easy storage.

3. Jetboil Backcountry Gourmet Set - The Backcountry Gourmet Cooking Set offers all the tools you need to whip up a feast at your next campsite. This kit includes the award-winning Personal Cooking System (PCS), the FluxRing® Fry Pan, Pot Support and Stabilizer, and Jetset Utensils. The Jetset utensils are specially designed to compliment Jetboil cooking vessels, with long, telescoping handles and tips shaped to scour curved surfaces. The kit weighs only 26.3 oz so you can take it anywhere.

4. Victorinox SwissChamp - Handle anything and everything with the ever-versatile and always-handy SwissChamp from Victorinox™. This all-in-one space saver has 33 useful tools including a fish scaler for your creek-side adventures, can opener, corkscrew, magnifying glass and much more.