Gifts for Mushroom Lovers & Foragers
As the holidays near and we are all necessarily cozy at home, it’s time to think about Christmas gifts for your favorite foragers! I am always on the lookout for fun mushroom-themed stuff. The list is long this year – there’s no better time to support your favorite local businesses and artisans.
Below you will find some of our favorite things. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
Here are a few things we can’t live without! Do we use our own cookbook? Yes! ALL the time, the recipes from our foraging friends are inspiring.
This Swedish berry picker is a game changer for collecting huckleberries, choke cherries and the like. Totally awesome and inexpensive.
Of course we are biased, but if you’ve been looking for some new inspiration on how to cook or preserve wild mushrooms, this book is for you.
We take our hori hori knife on the road wherever we go – just in case (it’s THE BEST)! Be careful though, the knife is sharp.
I’ve met quite a few serious foragers over the years and one thing I can tell you is that they all love a FEW good knives. Custom made knives can be really special as some makers take orders. At the same time a simple foraging knife with brush is great for a newbie.
Foraging Bags & Baskets
It’s so much easier to protect your finds when you have a great bag or basket!
These hand-crafted Slater baskets are one of a kind and truly beautiful. A very special gift for someone you love. Guessing these may require an order well in advance as they go fast and take awhile to make.
We are biased, but love our foraging bag with mesh and four quadrants which allows you to separate by species OR by quality. It’s hand sewn out of recycled sleeping pads here in Colorado. And we have some fun new colors in stock!
We all love fun and beautiful mushroom themed fashion. Take a look!
We have some cute t-shirts in our store for ladies and for men! This is one of my personal favorites. Simple and stylish. These shirts are print-on-demand which means they take about 10 days from time of order to get to you. Order early for the holidays.
Trent has been rockin’ this chanterelle tee from Robin MacLean since Telluride 3 years ago. He is tough on his shirts and this one is still going strong! Simple, fun designs and quality material. She also has tea towels, placemats, aprons, masks & totes – check it out!
Want to rock Telluride next year? Just amadou it! Check out these suave amadou mushroom hats from Transylvania. Our friends surprised us with a pair of them last year – they are so soft and super fun.
Foraging Gear & Tools
Cool stuff for cool cats that love being in the woods.
Gaia GPS will keep you from getting lost in the woods, and you can use your phone! No need to worry about cell signal, you can download your maps before you go and the gps will keep track of you. Share your treks with your foraging partner & tag photos along the way. This link will give you a 20% discount – enjoy!
Gift the burn morel hunter in your life 2021 burn intel this year! We spend hours curating burn maps for morel hunters in 11 Western states, sorting through fire data and removing many poor choices. We also choose 10-20 top fires in most states and provide details and hunting tips for each of these burns. This includes our Burn Morels e-book.
In the Kitchen
We spend lots of time in the kitchen prepping and preserving. Here are a few things that make life easier!
This gadget makes vacuum sealing a breeze while on the road. No need to drag along the big sealer, just pack this along with some special bags and you’re good to go. It will also seal lids on canning jars, crazy cool!
The Magical Butter Machine is truly a wonder. Yes, it IS a product meant for creating marijuana infusions, however, it also works amazingly well for a million other things. You can control time and temperature on this thing. It’s great for making strong chaga tea and/or extracting beneficials from any foraged plant or dried mushroom.
Mushroom Fruiting Kits
Curious about cultivation? One of the best ways to get the whole family excited about your potential new hobby is to buy a ready-made fruiting kit. All you need is a temperate space and a spray bottle. In a few weeks all of you will be delighted. There are lots of kits out there these days, here are a few from our friends:
Mushroom Tinctures & Powders
You have to be hiding under a rock if you haven’t seen mushrooms in the news these days. They are having a moment – from leather and meat replacements to depression and PTSD treatments to home building blocks! If you want to gift healthy immune systems this year, check out these tinctures and powders.
Culinary Mushroom Products
Looking to give the gift of health and deliciousness? The first two purveyors have beautiful dried mushroom products and Shared Cultures has koji products that are truly unique.
Eleana and Kevin at Shared Cultures are Koji innovators. If you haven’t tried ‘kojified’ products, now is the time. These creations would make a unique gift that any mushroom foodie will really appreciate.
Foragers rely on books, they delight and educate. These are just a few of our favorites. Buy from the author direct if available or ask your local bookstore to order for you! At the same time, Amazon makes or breaks us – leave your favorite authors a review (you don’t have to have purchased there to do so).
Journals & Subscriptions
Surprise your favorite nerdy forager with a whole year of education!
Gifty Fun Things + Splurge
A few more things I just couldn’t leave out! If you don’t find something here, go to Etsy and search for ‘foraging’ or ‘mushrooms’. Prepare to lose at least an hour, lots of great makers out there these days.
I am in love with this art. There is something so incredibly special about an old growth forest. This is a ring print from a real 372 year old Oregon Sitka Spruce. The prints are made by hand and pressed from the stump. If this tree could talk…
Last but certainly not least is the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer. This is a big ticket item, it’s expensive. We splurged on a machine a few years ago specifically for experimentation with culinary wild mushrooms and have not looked back. This thing is humming in our garage at least 3 days a week. Lately we have been experimenting with instant chaga tea to great success!
Do you have favorite items that you just love? Leave us a comment and let us know, we’ll try to share a link!