Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box
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Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box

I know the frustration of trying to find a gift for somebody who seems to have everything. What finally helped me take the angst out of gift buying was starting to think outside the box. Since then, it seems to be easier to find something that my loved one will like, whatever the occasion. These days, I look in unusual places for gift ideas. Instead of retail shops, I see what is happening at local auction houses. I may look into getting my loved one something they've expressed an interest in recently, like taking guitar lessons. I may even surprise my friend with a visit from a chef who prepares a special meal just for him or her. If you have the gift buying blues, let me help. I'll provide some tips on how to get clues for wonderful presents that will delight and amaze your loved ones.


Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box

2 Things You Should Look For When You Shop For Women's Hunting Apparel

Peggy Lee

Are you a little bit of a tomboy? If you grew up tagging along with your dad and brothers when they went hunting and fishing, you might be tempted to hit the same stores they did when you start shopping for your own sports apparel. Fortunately, these days, clothing manufacturers offer hunting apparel made just for women, so you can stay comfortable and confident out on the range. Here are two things you should look for when you shop for women's hunting apparel at places like Chauncey's Pawn & Gun, and why it will matter later:

1: Fit

That flannel shirt might look pretty similar to that men's version that you saw on sale at the sporting goods store, so why wouldn't you get that one instead? Believe it or not, women's clothing is actually made a little differently to fit your body more precisely. Here are a few differences that might be difficult to spot, but that can make a world of difference:

  • Cut: Men's pants are typically made with a roomy seat and a straight leg. However, since women naturally have more curves, designers tend to tailor pants much more. Women's pants typically have more room around the hips, and less room through the thighs. Jackets and vest often contain extra room in the bust area, and are tapered to fit more snugly around the waist.   
  • Waistband: If you are pregnant, those run-of-the-mill male hunting cargo pants might not feel great around your waist. Fortunately, women's performance pants usually contain waistbands that hit you lower around your hips, so that they will fit a larger range of women.  

When you shop for women's hunting apparel, don't be afraid to try things on. Instead of just standing in front of that mirror and checking out that great jacket, move around like you would outside. You might be able to decide whether or not a piece is comfortable, which could keep you happier when you are out in the wilderness.

2: Functionality

That hunting vest might look great, but how easy is it to use? Is that pair of pants easy to run in? Although functionality might take a backseat to form, the fact of the matter is that a great outfit won't help you much if you trip over extra fabric while you are chasing a deer. When you try things on, try to analyze how functional each piece is. Here are a few things to pay attention to:

  • Storage Placement: Are the pockets easy to reach and open? If you need to grab your hunting knife in a hurry, you might be in trouble if that snap is difficult to open and close. Also, pay attention to how the pockets are situated. Storage should be easy to reach—without interfering with your shooting stance.
  • Pant Length: Pay attention to how long the pants are. If pants are too long, you might trip, while shorter pants might give ticks easy access to your legs. When you shop for trousers, wear the boots that you would wear on a camping trip so that you can account for your average heel height.  
  • Fabric Choice: Your guy friends might not worry about looking sweaty and gross when they are in the middle of a camping trip, but if you like to stay clean and dry, performance fabrics can help you out. While cotton fabrics might absorb water and keep it against your body, some performance fabrics wick it away from your skin, where it can evaporate and keep you cool.

When clothes fit properly, they stay out of the way so that you can focus on the task at hand and stay safe.

By knowing what to look for as you shop for women's hunting apparel, you might be able to find clothing that fits you better and suits your personal tastes.