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I recently purchased some new gear at REI and as a result, I received a gift card for $20.

Anyone have unique ideas on what I should get with this gift card? What are some of the most practical and useful small items that you have?

The most creative suggestion wins!
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Esbit tablets and a Platypus bottle.

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Esbit tablets and a Platypus bottle.

I already have a Platypus bottle but those Esbit tablets look very interesting.
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One if these

And one of these


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It is great to have backup Platy's too... You never know when some of this stuff will be gone... and it usually happens about the time you need another one...

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Eggs, I have the S2S AL Short spoon and it is great...  :)

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I had a feeling this would happen. I get a bunch of great suggestions and my $20 purchase ends up being a lot more than that!

That spoon looks like a great idea. All of my meals are in pouches and this would really come in handy.
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I was thinking of a spoon and platypus too. I got my $20 yesterday and I am ordering some boots today so'll I'll end up with another one as well. I didn't read the fine print, I wonder if they can be combined giving me $40 to use on a larger ticket item. I'd like some hiking pants if I can do that.
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$20 for me equals new spoon, extra Mt. House meals, paracord, a cheap balaclava, some new stakes, or some utility biners.

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$20 for me equals new spoon, extra Mt. House meals, paracord, a cheap balaclava, some new stakes, or some utility biners.

I've always wondered about the non technical use of biners. Suggestions?
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They've replaced every strap I've got on the outside of my back to attach items excluding the two I use to lash my snow shovel and snowshoes. I use them at camp to hang my winter lantern, headlamp above my head, dry out my gaiters, hang my boots to keep them out of spindrift range, dry clothing, etc...

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Thanks for the suggestion. Looks like biners are on the list.
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I was planning to keep mine and use it along with my dividend, but I see that it is only good from Dec. 12th - Jan. 6th.  I guess I will need to use it sooner than I planned.
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I would wait a bit. Invariably something you need will arise, and you'll have a $20 head-start for it. Sure you can spend it now, and sure you'll get some things that you can justify in your mind, but if you spend it on 1-2 little things now then that gift card value will seem to just vanish.

Whatever you would buy with it today you certainly can buy with it by the expiration date if you haven't spent it by then, but if you still have it around and suddenly need a new puffy coat or need a new pad or whatever that $20 will feel really good. Or, possibly a deal of the day/week will pop up that tickles your fancy and with the sale price +$20 gift card you'll feel really good about getting it for a song.

Ultimately spending $20 is spending $20 no matter how you spend it, I've just found more psychological satisfaction from using gift cards against things that I need. It's hard to resist the urge that the gift card is "burning a hole in your pocket", but if you have to ask others what you should spend it on then you won't spend it on anything you "need", and I think that isn't as satisfying psychologically.


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Good feedback. Fundamentally I agree. I'm looking at this gift card differently. There's nothing I "need" at this point. I'd like to use the $20 on something different. That's why I'm looking for some suggestions. For example, the esbit tablets could replace my current fire starter. The long spoon would make my dining less messy.

I'm sure there are other things out there...
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Long spoons are great.  I use the $2 plastic ones.  Metal spoons will burn your lips.

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Long spoons are great.  I use the $2 plastic ones.  Metal spoons will burn your lips.

When you eat soup at home do you use the finest plastic silverware you can fined? :)

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Long spoons are great.  I use the $2 plastic ones.  Metal spoons will burn your lips.

When you eat soup at home do you use the finest plastic silverware you can fined? :)

Usually do, lately.  And out of a plastic pot that I heated in the microwave.  Conditions and usage are usually different in camp.

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is this something that comes to REI members or where you given a gift certificate?
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Whenever I'm in your situation, a gift certificate that doesn't quite cover the cost of stuff I really need or want,  but I feel compelled to use it, I often use it on some packages of freeze dried food.  I'm not a real fan of freeze dried stuff, but somethines it's nice to have in an emergency or if you're really trying to cut weight on a long trip.  Of corse, you could always apply it to the cost of a more expensive item that you'd like or want.
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If you spend $100 at REI, they give you a $20 gift card. Limited time...
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Why would the metal spoon burn my lips?
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Long spoons are great.  I use the $2 plastic ones.  Metal spoons will burn your lips.

Why would the metal spoon burn my lips?

If you cook your soup by using a lighter under each spoonful and cook on the fly.

Seriously though, I did have an issue when I bought one of those sweet looking Ti Cups that were all shiny. I would make my coffee, pour it in the cup and then sit there and wait for the cup to cool enough for me to drink it. Usually, that was about the time the warmth of the liquid inside had wicked out through the metal enough to make it slushy with ice.

I have one of those long Ti handled spoons. One of my hiking buddies got it for me. One of the best things I've ever gotten strangely. I enjoy the heck out of that thing and can't imagine eating Mt. House meals without it ever again.


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Here are a couple of ideas that I have blown small amounts on in the past:

REI Sport Wrap

I've used them instead of stuff sacks for my sleeping pad and tent

nite ize rope tightener

These little tighteners are sweet for cinching down ropes.


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I can blow $20 on repair items. Buckles, straps, grommets.

And coffee.
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I have one of these and use it almost daily. Truly a multi-use item both at camp and in the "real world."  I find scissors to be much more useful than pliers most of the time.
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I have one of these and use it almost daily. Truly a multi-use item both at camp and in the "real world."  I find scissors to be much more useful than pliers most of the time.

To me, this is what makes something 'multi-use': I can use it in the backcountry and in the real world.

I've had one of these for almost 15 years. Great product.
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Here are a couple of ideas that I have blown small amounts on in the past:

REI Sport Wrap

I've used them instead of stuff sacks for my sleeping pad and tent

nite ize rope tightener

These little tighteners are sweet for cinching down ropes.

These are both great ideas! The rope tightener...can these replace the sliders on tent guylines?
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Here are a couple of ideas that I have blown small amounts on in the past:

REI Sport Wrap

I've used them instead of stuff sacks for my sleeping pad and tent

nite ize rope tightener

These little tighteners are sweet for cinching down ropes.

These are both great ideas! The rope tightener...can these replace the sliders on tent guylines?

I've replaced all my sliders with them. That, and I use the reflective guylines so I don't kill myself anymore.

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I suggest the GSI Coffee Grinder.  Sounds weird, but is quite good and allows you to make a good cup of coffee in the morning.

I suggest a shot of Jamesons as well, LOL.


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