2018 Ultimate Gift Guide

Have an off roading enthusiasts on your holiday list?

In this post we’ve compiled the ultimate 2018 gift list, everything to make sure

“you-are-the-best-insert relationship here-ever!”

to your favorite off road enthusiast!

Click on the title of each item to be linked to their website!

 

Landcrusier Ugly Christmas Sweater by Tool and Dye Designs

Show off your favorite rig, even at the office Christmas party! Tool and Dye Designs has over 500 designs, so you know you’ll be sure to find your favorite ride.

While on their site, be sure to sign up for “The Beard’s” (yes, he has a God given name… but ain’t nobody calling him by it) email list. He sends great tips and keeps you up to date on any sales in the shop.

Wicked Landcruiser by Chatham Ivy

The sisters at Chatham Ivy created a line of water color designs that celebrates the spirit of New England and their fun loving dad, Nick Noble. Good thing for all of us he was into classic rigs! Be sure to order by December 10th to have one of their designs under your tree this year!

We fell in love with their Wicked Landcruiser long sleeve for obvious reasons:

  •  It’s a FJ40
  • The sweet pup looks like our naughty pup, Ginger

Ford Bronco to Woody Wagons, they have your preppy vintage 4×4’s covered!

40 Series Land Cruiser Christmas Stocking by Point Hats Designs

When Andy saw this stocking he got the idea the Landcruiser needed her own stocking… to which Crystal replied- “heck yes”!

The stocking is created by Scott in Sheridan, WY. He creates the stocking out of recycled coffee bags. Scott then hand sews the felt and screen prints the FJ40. Pointy Hat Designs also offers FJ55, FJ60 and FJZ80 + Norwegian designs!

Scott was also awesome enough to send us a FJ40 Land Cruiser screen printed plush ornament/Dash Buddy. He also screen prints the vehicle and then hand paints the ornament.

Use code 25PERCENTOFF at checkout to receive 25% off your order of $25 or more.

Bolinas Car Air Freshener by Air Out There

The crew at Air Out There sent over three of their car air fresheners… which led to an argument about which one was going in which rig-

They all smell AH-MA-ZING!

Lola the Landcruiser received first choice and has their “Bolonias” hanging from her rear view mirror. It’s a great coconut smell and makes us want to hit the road and wind up somewhere tropical! Crystal’s daily driver has their “Marlin” (inspired by ocean breezes and saltiness) and Andy’s daily has their “Sierra”, which makes you feel as if you are driving through a forest of redwoods.

We were super impressed with the scents and appreciate that all their air fresheners are printed with eco friendly inks on recycled paper in the good ol’ US of A.

Adventure Chasers Overland Shirt by Venture Works Outdoor Outfitters & Design Company

David at Venture Works is all about getting out and enjoying adventures. He has a mix of activities covered on his Etsy shop, but of course we had to rock the FJ40 Adventure Chaser. FJ40 not your thing (what is wrong with you?) He also has designs of FJ60, BJ40 and even a Jeep design.

Need something modified? Talk to David! He’s open to small customizations such as color, location of design and printing onto tank tops instead of t-shirts.

Be sure to tune into our social media pages on Friday, December 7th to learn how you can win some swag from David at Venture Works!

Jeepster Briefs by Saxx Mens Underwear

We heard about this brand from our nephew, at first Andy didn’t get his excitement… oh but now he does! Saxx is changing the game when it comes to men’s underwear. They have an innovative design that keeps everything in place and supported, without feeling like a rig on a tight trail.

*wink wink*

With breathable mesh panels and Flat Out Seams™, the BallPark Pouch™ helps you to not feel like your skin is getting a trail pin stripe. Jeepster, the vintage rig print we received, comes in shop briefs, shop boxer briefs, shop loose boxer briefs and multi pack!

Travel Journal by Cruiser Convoy

This compact leather journal makes capturing your thoughts while on the back roads a snap. It fits standard 3.5″ x 5.5″ notebooks and only gets better with age!

Cruiser Convoy also has other Landcruiser inspired gifts- key chains, leather consoles inserts, wallets, shirts, etc.

One of Crystal’s favorite hats is the Cruiser Convoy Trucker Hat!

VO Membership by Veteran Overland

There are other overlanding memberships that are offered, but we choose to feature Veteran Overland. Andy is a Marine Corp veteran and we know how important groups like Veteran Overland are.

A membership with Veteran Overland brings the recipient into a community of like minded individuals that are out to “Hunt the good stuff”.

$5 of every membership goes directly to a veteran organization. As for the perks you receive for becoming a member of this elite group; patches with your membership number, 10% off products, access to being in the know for future events and a membership only facebook group!

North End Off Road Swag

We’ve put together some of our own swag here at North End Off Road. We have Lola the Landcruiser green can stubbies (learned that’s what the Aussies call can coozies… we like it), and North End Off Road decals.

Follow our social media to learn how to win 1 of 5 North End Off Road swag giveaways!

Overland Journal

We think some of the best Christmas gifts are the ones that keep on giving through the year. What better way to show your overlander that you love them, but by buying them a gift membership to Overland Journal!

Overland Journal is produced five times through out the year (5 times a year your lucky overlander will be reminded that you think they are great). It is full of inspiring trips, featured builds, product reviews and even camp recipes.

Military Truck Cookie Cutter by Cheap Cookie Cutters

When we first moved into our home we had awesome neighbors who gifted us the most AH-MA-ZING sugar cookies for our first holiday in the neighborhood. We convinced them to share their recipe and ever since, sugar cookies are the only cookies we make!

Why am I sharing?

No, it’s not to make your mouth water and your tummy grumble… The cookie cutters from Cheap Cookie Cutters are perfect for them! Karrie and Chris at Cheap Cookie Cutters have over 4000 designs to choose from- still can’t find the perfect shape? They can create it for you!

 

We hope you fell in love with these products like we did, now get to it and order them up to show your rig enthusiasts some love this holiday season!

 

 

Bear Creek Overlook

Bear Creek Overlook Victor Montana Landcruiser

In October we stayed at the Trapper Peak Outfitters and Guest Ranch. The Lodge is ran by Outdoor Channel’s TV personality, Laramy “Sasquatch” Miller. Trapper Peak offers hunting and fly fishing guides where they aim to create lasting memories. “Sasquatch” and his wife purchased the Lodge in 2015 and have developed it into a go-to-destination for hunting in the Bitterroot Valley.

Trapper Peak Outfitters and Guest Ranch can accommodate 33 people overnight. The 5,000 square foot log lodge houses a dining room, guest suites and a great room with a impressive stone fireplace. We stayed in the bunkhouse, a building that reminded us of the old west. We appreciated the fact that it was dog friendly so Ginger could join us. The lodge also has a seasonal hot tub and a large deck.

While socializing in the lodge, Laramy pointed out the trail behind the lodge that has spectacular views perfect for our Landcruiser.

Bear Creek Overlook has amazing views of Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. We suggest hitting this trail an hour before sunset so you can experience the sun setting behind the majestic peaks.

Bear Creek Overlook

 

Secret Falls, Somewhere Montana

Secret Falls.jpg

We feel very fortunate that we live in Montana.

Don’t get us wrong, we both have a strong wanderlust and a long bucket list to go with it…

BUT We are thankful that in between our out of state travels, we have an amazing place to call home with generous friends that share their slice of heaven with us.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

 

 

Boulder Creek- Montana

In September we drove south along Flathead Lake looking for a back road Crystal had heard about. When we arrived at the start of the location there was a Tribal Land Special Permit sign. This meant that we needed to turn around and go even further south to the local Polson Walmart to pick up our permits. The permits are inexpensive and need renewed every March.

Alright… where were we…

The route starts to the east of the lake and gradually makes the ascent. There are plenty of Flathead Lake photo ops along the first stretch of the road. The road follows along the ridgeline and at a clearing you are able to view the Swan Valley to the east.

 

There are plenty of roads and no cell service, so be sure to have your map ready!

Toyota Landcruiser Boulder Creek Lake County Montana.jpg

Lake Como- Montana

During our recent stay at Downing Mountain Lodge, we stopped into the local Forest Service office in Hamilton. They had a great free handout of the local back roads in the area. We highly recommend you pick one up.

After looking at the map we decided we wanted to return to a place that both of us had been to before, Lake Como, except this time we weren’t going for the water activities. There is quite a bit of forest service roads in that area and we were hoping to catch some spectacular views of the lake.

The water was low at the lake when we visited this fall, so we took the Landcruiser down the boat launch and made our way through the rocky terrain to the shore. I always forget just how beautiful the mountains are in this part of the state. We discussed how we should bring the boat with us on our next trip to the Bitterroot and travel to the other end of the lake to view the waterfall.

We decided to travel further up the Lake Como road which made an ascent so we were overlooking the lake, the mix of fir and pine trees made it a beautiful ride, but no clear photo op of the lake. We made a turn at a side road and located two great rustic camping spots. We added yet another place to the bucket list, and hope to return once we get a roof top tent.

Landcruiser backroads of Montana- Lake Como.jpg

Interested in staying in this area? Lake Como has three developed campgrounds:

  • Lake Como Campground is located below the Lake and is a single loop campground with room for 10 sites. It has the most amenities of the three, including: water, vault toilets, electricity and garbage services.
  • Three Frogs Campground is a newly constructed campground on the north side of the lake past the swimming beach. It has 16 small trailer campsites and 4 walk-in tent sites. It offers vault toilets, picnic tables, fire rings, water and garbage service.
  • Three Sisters Campground is a newly constructed group site located across the road from the Rock Creek Horse Camp.  The site has a pavilion, 8 picnic tables, group size BBQ grill, group size fire ring with handcrafted wooden benches around it, 2 vault toilets, parking for 25 vehicles, and a capacity to hold 75 people.  There is no water or electricity.

 

Check out our YouTube of Lake, Como