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November 29, 2005|Mary Forgione

Let's face it, no gift is going to beat a weekend in the backcountry, on the ski slopes or in big waves -- but you can still give some wild ones.

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FLOWERS, NOT GUNS

Live ammo always makes a statement, but if you're a nature lover not a hunter, maybe these spent shell bud vases -- fitted with a suction cup so you can stick them anywhere -- can give you some bang for your buck. $12.99 for a set of four colors, www.ecoartware.com.

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BASE CAMP BUDDIES

You're snug in your tent high in the Sierra and suddenly an aching loneliness takes hold: You miss your garden gnomes! This four-pack of inflatable emergency elves is $16, on sale at www.ems.com.

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WAVE RIDER

Surfers love saltwater, and maybe a little salt too. Surfer girl (pepper) and the surfboard (salt) are iconic; and there's even a surfer boy, if you prefer. $11 to $15 in various colors at several websites, including www.tropicislemusic.com and www.maikaihawaii.com.

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THIRST QUENCHER

You use the straw and your dog uses the bowl on top of this bottle. The "No backwash!!" warning will ease Fido's fear of your germs. $6.95 at REI stores.

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ARMED, NOT DANGEROUS

Primal Wear's arm warmers for cyclists feature flaming eyeballs and dragons, providing a pain-free way to tattoo heaven. $28.99, www.coloradocyclist.com

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-- Mary Forgione

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