If you’re stuck in bind this Holiday season, have a look around your local gas station. You never know what you'll find.
Our founder Amy is a pay-at-the-pump gal and was pretty skeptical when I told her everything I want for Christmas can be found at the Evergreen Phillips 66 in Victor, Idaho. So, for Amy, Santa, my wife and every other poor sap scrambling for last-minute gifts, I give you this list of great holiday shopping ideas courtesy of your local gas station.
I debated whether to save this for last but, heck, let’s start with the best gas station gift out there ... beer!
OK, maybe it’s all my years as a fishing guide, but I buy beer wherever I can get it. In rural Idaho that means picking up a tall boy while filling up your tank. And, let’s be honest, what rugged, outdoor lovin’ dude out there doesn’t want beer under the tree? Like my Dad says ... “My two favorite types of beer are cold and free.”
Yeah, gas station gift cards are a thing. It’ll take $50 to fill up the ol’ truck, Grandma.
Gloves are like skis ... you should have a quiver. You need gloves for skiing (think our bestselling 4-Season Give’r Gloves) and gloves for all those dirty jobs, like changing the oil or a flat. Bottom line: you can never have enough gloves, so grab a couple extra from the gas station.
WD-40, Oil, Road Flares, Washer Fluid, Etc.
Need I say more? Just give me a box full of this stuff and I’ll put ‘em to good use. Pro tip: keep a road flare in your backcountry ski pack. Even an idiot with an arm load of wet branches can start a fire with a road flare.
Red Bull is a tool, just like WD-40 and work gloves. You don’t need it every day but eventually – on a long drive or after a crushing trail run – it’s going to be a life saver.
This is the ultimate thoughtful gift. “Hey Dad, Merry Christmas, I filled up the propane tank for your BBQ.”
And so much more ...
I mean, I can go on and on ... sunglasses, hats, souvenirs, Subway gift cards (yeah Evergreen has Subway in there too), beef jerky ...
Well, now you know how easy I am to shop for, but I’d be willing to bet I’m not alone. Lots of us want in on some gas station bounty.
Love that beer is top of the list…. ALSO Don’t forget most gas stations even have little key chains or candy (my gas station even has Beanie Babies!) for any kids or pre-teens as well!
Corey D Rose
Chris,You’re absolutely right! Christmas is so stressful and it makes you not like the holiday . It can really be easy and you showed that !