What We Do Best - a Guide to Gifting!

Posted by Whole Earth | 10.29.2023

A photo taken on journey to the Wind River by Whole Earth Travel in the 1970s



What We Do Best - a Guide to Gifting!


When you're shopping for holiday gifts, it's good to know that there's a store where you can find the best gifts for almost everyone on your list. For over 50 years, Whole Earth Provision Co. has been known for quality clothing, comfortable shoes, practical travel gear, engaging toys, exciting stocking stuffers, and gifts that are truly appreciated! 


Beautiful sweaters

Patagonia Women's Recycled Wool CardiganThe holidays are a perfect time to give the gift of a beautiful sweater, one that's eye-catching and a pleasure to wear.  At Whole Earth you'll find lightweight and heavier knit sweaters made for cold weather. With bold patterns and seasonal colors, they're from some of your favorite brands including Pendleton, Smartwool, Royal Robbins, prAna, and Patagonia.  Wrap a loved one in warmth this holiday!



Special shirts

Howler Brothers Men's Crosscut Deluxe SnapshirtLooking for a special shirt for your special guy? You'll find it at Whole Earth! We have technical shirts made for life on the water, cozy flannels for cooler days, collectible designs for the guy who can't get enough, and shirts that have the good looks for a party and the comfort of a Saturday afternoon. You know he'll love a shirt by Howler Brothers, Patagonia, Royal Robbins, prAna, Toad & Co, KUHL, or Mountain Khakis.



Layering systems

The North Face Women's Osito Jacket

The secret to always being comfortable outdoors in cold weather is layering. In three easy steps, you can be prepared for all kinds of cold, wet, or windy weather. The first step is a base layer. This is a close-fitting top that keeps warmth close to your body. You can add bottoms too if you're out in very cold weather. Base layers come in several weights and are made with a variety of fibers. Next add a midlayer, usually a fleece or an insulated jacket or vest that also provides warmth. The top layer is a shell, rain jacket, or heavier jacket that is both waterproof and windproof. By layering, as you warm up or as the weather improves, you can shed a layer or sometimes two and still be comfortable. 



Outerwear for kids

Patagonia Baby Reversible Tribbles Hoody

Have a new or very young member of the family? Consider gifting this beloved child with a warm jacket that will keep them toasty even on the coldest days. Patagonia clothing for infants, toddlers (and kids!) is made to last and can be passed on to several more children before it may be ready for repairs or recycling. Patagonia makes base layers, fleeces, insulated vests, and jackets for kids that combine quality and an abiding consideration for people and our planet. 



Comfortable shoes

Birkenstock Women's Boston Soft Footbed Suede Leather Clogs - Regular

To our long-term customers, Whole Earth means comfortable shoes. We were an early source for Birkenstock, Dansko, OluKai, Chaco, Teva, and other trend-setting brands that not only look good but also care about our customers' feet.  Hikers have been shopping with us for over 50 years.  Today, their favorite brands include Merrell, Oboz, Salomon, and Keen boots. In these casual days, some of the hiking brands can now be found at work as well as on the trail. An introduction to a new or old favorite brand of quality, comfortable shoes may be just what someone on your list is hoping to receive for the holiday.



Running shoes

On Running Women's Cloudrunner ShoesWhole Earth has been a source of high-quality running shoes for many years. You'll find classic brands like Brooks, Salomon, Vibram Five Fingers, and newer brands that are currently leading the pack like Hoka One One and On Inc. We also offer trail running shoes from Merrell, Salomon, Brooks, Hoka One One, Altra, and On Inc. Whether your recipient prefers the feeling of running on a cloud or feeling the earth beneath their feet, you'll find the running shoes that will bring a smile to their face.



Hats galore

Tilley Endurables Unisex LTM6 Airflo HatHave you considered giving a hat as a gift? At Whole Earth you'll find hats for all sorts of people and occasions. We have five panel and trucker hats, straw hats, sun hats, fedoras, as well as knit caps and beanies. There are hats with chin cords, UPF protection, hats that float, and hats for all ages. Consider a beanie as a stocking stuffer, a trucker hat for a white elephant gift, or a handsome Tilley for the traveler or outdoor adventurer in your life. 



Travel bags

Patagonia Black Hole Duffel Bag 40L

The holidays are a great time to upgrade your luggage and bags or those of the traveler on your gift list. A Black Hole Duffel is very popular with our customers. A duffel's wide-open interior allows travelers to carry odd-sized items and organize the bag as they choose. The duffel is also a favorite as it can substitute for a pillow while waiting for the next train or flight. They come in assorted sizes and some even have wheels. If a more traditional piece of luggage is what you're looking for, we have lots of sizes and interior layouts to choose from. Our brands include Patagonia, Osprey, Eagle Creek, The North Face, Thule, and Cotopaxi.



Travel Organizers 

Cotopaxi Cubos 10L Travel Cube - Del Dia

Want to travel like a pro? Invest in some travel organizers for you and the traveler on your gift list! Organizers help to reduce the chaos that can easily overwhelm your bag as a trip progresses. Clean underwear, socks, shirts and more can each travel in their own designated bag while the dirty clothes and shoes have their own bags keeping dirt and smells away from the clean clothes. There are also tough toiletry bags that keep liquids and gels safely contained and easily accessible when needed. You'll find organizers in assorted sizes for all manner of uses from Eagle Creek, Osprey, Sea to Summit, Patagonia, and Cotopaxi



Day Bags 

Patagonia Atom Sling 8L

Day bags or daypacks are great gifts for students, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who has an every day carry that includes a laptop or other sizable items. They come in a variety of sizes and interior configurations. The small end of the scale is represented by the 8L Patagonia Atom Sling. Sizes increase up to those that can be easily packed for a weekend trip. This is an excellent time to look for a daypack as new designs have entered the market. You'll find traditional styles as well as colorful newcomers including Osprey, Fjallraven, Patagonia, Topo Designs, Thule, Cotapaxi, The North Face, Pacsafe, and Sea to Summit.



Adventure gear

Nocs Provisions Standard Issue Waterproof Binoculars 10x25

Whole Earth is a prime destination if you have a gearhead on your gift list. Our offerings include gadgets, headlamps, flashlights and lanterns, pocket-size power banks to power stations, binoculars, knives and multitools, tents, sleeping bags and pads, equipment for camp kitchens including stoves, pots, dishes and drinkware and water containers, coolers, water bottles, camp chairs. and trekking poles and walking sticks. If you can't decide, consider a gift certificate, and let them choose!



Cool Toys

Thames and Kosmos Code+Control REX Dinosaur RobotGenerations of kids have loved our stores. It's a prime destination for birthday gifts and for those special holiday gifts and stocking stuffers. Starting with toys for babies and toddlers that are made with child-safe materials, we also have plush animals and puppets that can become a child's sidekick for their daily adventures, age-appropriate games and puzzles, arts and crafts and science kits, outdoor toys and so much more! Find toys to inspire creativity, imagination, and sheer joy at Whole Earth!



Puzzles and games

Eurographics Mexican Table 1000 Piece Jigsaw PuzzleAdults love puzzles and games too, and you'll find excellent new additions to the family's game and puzzle collection in our stores. From compact games that can entertain a crowd and boardgames that become game night favorites, you'll find classics as well as something new. Does the group prefer puzzles? We have them! From 500-piece puzzles completed in an evening, 1000-piece puzzles, up to a 3000-piece homage to Star Trek The Next Generation, we have puzzles featuring art, nature, maps, fantasy worlds, and so much more. Brands include Pomegranate, Eurographics, NY Puzzle Co, eeBoo, Aquarius, and introducing White Mountain and True South



Books to delight

Latinisimo: Home Recipes from the Twenty-One Countries of Latin America

When Whole Earth opened its doors back in 1970, we stocked books. The same is true today. Our carefully curated collection is particularly strong in books for young children, cookbooks, books on nature and hiking, books to make you laugh, and, of course, books on Texas. One of our favorites for this holiday season is Latinísimo: Home Recipes from the Twenty-One Countries of Latin America by Sandra A. Gutierrez. Give the gift of exploration, not just of a new cuisine but the home cooking of an entire continent in a sturdy and beautifully photographed cookbook!



Gifts for home

Music Of The Spheres Japanese Alto Windchime

Love the sound of wind chimes on a gentle breeze or relaxing in a colorful hammock on a sunny day? We do too! We have a generous selection of wind chimes and Yucatan hammocks that make special gifts for the holidays. You'll also find birdfeeders and birdhouses, Pendleton blankets and throws, beautiful picture frames, sassy dish towels and oven mitts, classic mugs, fun planters, small treasure boxes, and even a bake-and-serve dish in the shape of Texas! Our stores are fertile ground for hostess and white elephant gifts as well as gifts large and small that will be treasured throughout the year. 



So this is a quick survey of some of the items you'll find if you visit our brick-and-mortar or online stores. Have questions? Our knowledgeable staff or customer service will be glad to help. We hope you'll stop by for a visit soon!












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