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9 Gifts for Weather Watchers and Outdoor Lovers

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Weather Enthusiasts

Catherine Boeckmann
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Need Christmas gift ideas for the weather watchers and outdoor lovers in your life? We’ve been watching the skies since 1792, so we know a thing or two about weather! Here are 9 great gift ideas for the weather enthusiast, ranging from the practical to the delightful.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has predicted the weather since George Washington was president. In fact, many of our earliest presidents were keen weather observers! Washington himself took such regular observations that the last weather entry in his diary was made the day before he died. Thomas Jefferson maintained an almost unbroken record of weather observations until 1816. He bought his first thermometer while writing the Declaration of Independence, and purchased his first barometer a few days following the signing of the document.

For generations, we’ve counted many weather enthusiasts among our readers. So, to all our fellow weather watchers (and their families!), we offer 9 gift ideas for the holiday season. (We’ve included reviews of our top picks from Almanac editors as well as happy readers!)

1. Favorite Weather Calendar

“I never tire of watching the sky, so this is the perfect calendar for me. I especially like the fun facts and interconnections between weather and life on Earth—it’s a cool and unique perspective.”
–Heidi S.

“I’ve been giving the weather calendar to my wife for over 10 years. She is always thrilled when she gets it and the photos are beautiful. She likes the weather information it provides, too.” 
–Dustin R.

The 2022 Old Farmer’s Almanac Weather Calendar offers vivid full-color photographs of a spawning tornado, striking lightning, the dancing Northern Lights, and much more! Each month also features a weather Q&A, weather history fact, and timeless weather lore. One of the top-selling weather calendars on the market, we’ve captured Mother Nature’s splendor!

The Weather Calendar will expand your weather wisdom with fun facts like how to test ice safety, how a sunset turns red, and how day length affects fall foliage. Plus, discover curious events in weather history like George Washington’s Hurricane, the day that brown snow fell, and more. Enjoy reliable weather knowledge and classic folklore in your 2022 Weather Calendar!

Look inside the 2022 Weather Calendar.

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2. Stylish Rain Gauges

“My kids and I love checking our rain gauge after storms. And the attractive design fits so perfectly into any yard or garden!” 
–Sarah P.

“As a gardener, this rain gauge lets me keep track of how much water my garden is getting on a daily basis right from my front window—without having to go down and check the soil!” 

–Chris B.

Not sure if you need to water the garden or lawn? Our rain gauges will help you decide! The wide-mouth glass vial collects water, recording accurate rainfall amounts. In addition, these decorative rain gauges add interest and height to your garden beds. Lastly, they can help gardeners save money on their water bill.

These top-quality rain gauges are made of metal in a variety of finishes from brass to bronze and satin nickel. Many are easy to read from a distance as they have large numerals or use the water to magnify the numerals. Talk about a gift that’s both practical and stylish!

See the different rain gauges available.

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3. Window Weather Stations

“The brass weather station looks very old school and classy. The brass accents are attractive. I got tired of those ugly electronic thermometers and this definitely adds to the look of my home.”
–Ben K.

“I love the larger numbers, which is a boon for older eyes and makes it more easy to see from across a room. My weather station helps me dress appropriate for the weather.” 
–Ann H.

How about a weather station that adds a touch of elegance to your home? If you’re tired of those ugly cheap plastic thermometers (which eventually break), chose a weather station that’s both attractive and functional with precision-engineered mechanisms for durability. Mount to a window and with large, easy to view numerals. Choose from brass or copper that will age and form a distinctive/desirable patina. 

These weather stations makes a nice gift for someone who is always watching the temperature. And you can keep an eye on the humidity, too. It’s especially handy in sunrooms and indoor rooms to ensure the houseplants don’t get dried out!

All our weather stations are beautifully designed, serve a useful purpose, and will make you smile whenever you look at it, good weather or bad!

See all the weather stations available.

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4. Best Weather Notebook

“I’ve found it fascinating to compare my own weather between years. I love how this notebook is FULL of pages for one to note down all things weather-related for each day of the year. It’s got a flexible yet sturdy cover which will last, and I like how the notebook is thick but not unwieldly.” 
–Heidi S.

Whether you’re a super-duper weather fan, outdoor enthusiast, gardener, or an armchair sky watcher, this flexibound calendar-notebook format is packed with reference charts, striking photos, and weather related folklore. It also provides information about significant weather events that occurred previously on specific days of the year.

An itemized record for each day prompts observers to log details of the day such as temperature, precipitation, wind speed, and special weather conditions. With room for four years of daily observations, it’s easy and fun to compare details over time.

Look inside the Weather Notebook.

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5. Favorite Compact Travel Umbrella

“What a cool way to brighten up a rainy day.  And the perfect size for my bag.” 
–Jack Burnett

Nature’s stunning patterns and vibrant colors are reflected in these compact travel umbrellas. They fold up to fit efficiently in a bag, backpack, purse, or briefcase, but also have a generously-sized umbrella to shelter you from the rain and wind. The automatic release and collapse ensures that you’ll have no pinched fingers while opening or closing. Just slide off the fitted cover, push a button, and pop, you’re covered with an umbrella that will lift your spirits.

See the beautiful umbrella designs that are avaiable.

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6. Sunflower Thermometer Garden Stake

“I love sunflowers! This is a beautiful product, even prettier than it’s shown in picture. I got them for gifts and the recipients loved them.” 
–Catherine B.

This handy thermometer is also a whimsical garden stake. Almost 4-feet high, it looks great right outside the window so it’s the first thing you see in the morning, bringing a smile. The temperature dial is easy to read and the 2-prong stake is easy to set up in your garden.  ​​​​​​

Choose from several sunflower designs.

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7. Favorite Wind Chimes and Bells

“The quality and sound of my wind bell is spectacular. I am truly impressed on how well it’s made. Very solid. I have it hanging outside in my front door area!” –Bob M.

Bringing the energy of the wind, the melodious sound of wind chimes bring a pleasant, tranquil experience to any outdoor space or garden. They’re also an attractive additon to porches, patios, decks, terraces, and balconies. There’s a style of wind chime or wind bell to suit everyone. We’ve collected some of our favorites featuring birds, flowers, and nature. 

See our large collection of beautiful wind chimes.

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8. Handmade Glass Sun Catchers

“I have this suncatcher in my front bay window. I sit and watch it catch the light and it’s mesmerizing! It takes me to a different, happy place after a long day of work.” 
–Colleen Q. 

These dazzling sun catchers were hand-pressed from recycled glass by the Old Hancock Glassworks using a centuries old technique. Each piece has a unique character not found in machine-made glass.

Suncatchers are relaxing to watch and they transform sunlight into vibrant colorful reflections. Enchant your space by hanging this beautiful piece of art in your garden, sunporch, deck, or a window where it can catch the light. The only challenge is deciding which one to get—or, collect them all! They’re a great Christmas gift or stocking stuff that brings a little happiness to everyone!

See a variety of sun catchers.

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9. The 2022 Old Farmer’s Almanac

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention our book, The 2022 Old Farmer’s Almanac!  Christmas is the perfect time to gift a copy of our newest edition—just before the New Year begins so you start the new year off right.

North America’s most-beloved and best-selling annual book keeps on giving 365 days a year, fulfilling every need and expectation as a calendar of the heavens, a time capsule of the year, and an essential reference guide. Generations of readers have put their trust in The Old Farmer’s Almanac with its predictions of celestial events, its planting and frost dates; and its traditionally 80 percent-accurate weather forecasts and pages packed with wit and wisdom. 

The Hardcover Collector’s Edition is our keepsake edition, often given as a gift. It includes a 32-page Reference Compendium, a lasting clothbound cover with jacket protection, and also crisper whiter paper and slightly larger type than the regular paperback edition. It’s an easy and welcome gift of “new, useful, and entertaining matter” for every day of the year!

Look inside and order the 2022 edition here.

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Find more Almanac editions, calendars, and gift ideas in The Old Farmer’s Almanac Store!

Or, purchase a gift certificate here and it will be emailed to your recipient after the order has been purchased.

Finally, please note: SHOP EARLY FOR CHRISTMAS! Your order may take 5 to 15 business days to reach your home. This is due to high demand and supply chain issues this year. Your understanding is appreciated.

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