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Explore last minute holiday finds with the Curse of Oak Island Gift Guide

Adventure is anywhere you are willing to look for it, whether that’s treasure-hunting on a storied location like Oak Island, or a weekend hike in the park. Either way, solid and stylish tools are a must. Make an adventurer you know happy this holiday season with the latest in outdoor innovation.

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Medal in Metal Finding

Treasure hunting is much easier with the proper treasure-hunting tools. But even if you aren’t after pirated doubloons or Civil War artifacts, a reliable metal detector can make the task a little more exciting. The Bounty Hunter TK4 Tracker IV Metal Detector gets high marks from users for being easy for beginners, and a good value for both serious treasure hunters and those just looking to find some spare change. About $95, Amazon.

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Dig It

After you detect some potential treasure, the next step of course is to get it out of the ground. You’re going to want something precise and strong to work with. Fans of the Fiskars Long Handle Digging Shovel say it’s up to about any task, from roots to rocks. Plus its sleek black coating makes it look pretty bad-ass. About $22, Amazon.

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Bug the Bugs

Mosquitoes are annoying at best, and dangerous at worst. Some species can carry disease such as West Nile virus or Zika. These SelpHbalance mosquito-repellent bracelets use essential plant oils such citronella, lavender, eucalyptus to discourage bugs from hanging around. They come in a variety of colors, and look great in the field or on the beach. (Always check with your doctor on the best type of bug repellent for your individual situation.) About $15, Amazon.

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Light the Night

A flashlight is perhaps the most basic of adventure tools. But that doesn’t mean you need a basic flashlight. The UCO Leschi 110 Lumen Compact LED Lantern and Flashlight is a super cool three-in-one gizmo that can provide a directed beam of light, or a more diffuse setting to illuminate an area. It can also be used in strobe mode in an emergency. It comes in three colors and with a strap to allow mounting. And it’s smaller than a beer can! About $13, Amazon.

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Sunshine in the Shade

Protecting your skin from sun is one of the best things you can do for your health. A hat can help, and can add a dash of style to otherwise utilitarian adventure outfitsl. The Patagonia Duckbill Trucker comes in upbeat colors, and has a cool mesh back for a no-sweat approach to safety. About $35, ebags.

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Take Note

Sure, you can record your adventures on any old piece of paper, but don’t you want to give them the dignity they deserve? The Pocket Travelers Notebook - Leather Journal Cover works with fabulous brands of notebooks including Moleskine, Field Notes and Word Notebook and others. Made of thick yet lightweight leather, it measures about 4 x 6 inches and should tuck neatly into your backpack. You’ll be glad you have it when you record exactly how you felt the moment you knew you had a big find. About $16, Amazon.

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Use Your Head

Handheld flashlights are great, but sometimes, when things get serious, you need to go hands-free. The Black Diamond Storm Headlamp is both waterproof and dustproof, and offers multiple lamp colors and brightnesses for different level of light. Plus, it’s just fun to wear; who does not feel cool in a headlamp? About $50, Amazon.

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Make Tracks

The last thing you want to do while treasure-hunting is get lost. And with ever-improving technology, finding your way home is getting easier and easier. The Garmin eTrex 30x 010-01508-10 Handheld Navigator fits neatly in your pocket and offers heaps of memory so you can download all kinds of maps. Good battery life and speed should make it a go-to for long hikes, as well as short jaunts. About $185, Amazon.

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