Camino-Inspired Gift Ideas 2018

Greetings! It’s the time of year to share a selection of Camino-inspired gifts for the holidays.  I try to find gifts created within the last year, or that have not been featured on my previous posts.  This is an ode to the Camino creatives tribe, which I mentioned in a previous post. These are pilgrims who have been so inspired by their experience on the Camino that they have turned their creative ideas and hobbies into films, books, artwork, crafts,  jewelry, and more. I always enjoy hearing their stories and sharing their labors of love.  I am super excited because I just received the new patches for 2019, which are pictured at the end of this post.  Browse the gifts for the pilgrims on your list, and perhaps pick something out for yourself! You’ve been a good pilgrim all year, haven’t you? If not, I won’t tell St. Nick, or St. James.  😉

Buen Camino Calendar 2019

A desktop calendar for 2019 with pictures taken on the Camino Francés and quotes for contemplation each month. $12

Buen Camino Calendar

This is a new offering from the lovely couple from Mt. Shasta, California who made the Buen Camino board game. Get 20% off your order from Buen Camino Shop when you spend $15 or more. Code XMAS2018 Discount applied at checkout. This calendar will sell out soon. Continue reading

Camino-Inspired Gift Ideas 2017

It’s the time of year to share an updated list of Camino-inspired gifts for the holidays.  I find it fascinating that some pilgrims have been so inspired by their experience on the Camino that they have turned their creative ideas and hobbies into films, books, artwork, crafts,  jewelry, and more. I see this as a way pilgrims can share their talents in a way others can enjoy, and possibly, also be inspired by the Camino! Below are a few gift ideas for the pilgrims on your list.

Camino-Inspired Gift Ideas

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The Camino Provides Patch for 2018

I’m super excited to announce the new patch for 2018.

The Camino Provides 2018 patch

The patch is similar to the 2017 design with the rainbow-banded Camino shell, but has the red color for 2018. The rainbow shell design was inspired by the concept of chakras, which was an important part of my journey with yoga and healing over the last year.  I am continuing with the chakras theme for 2018 by highlighting the root chakra color at the base of the shell.

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Camino-Inspired Gift Ideas 2016

Happy Holidays! I love this time of year for so many reasons. Mostly, I love to give gifts! However, it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy of commercialized Christmas. I try to stay away from big stores and shopping malls. It is so overwhelming! I prefer to shop in local neighborhoods or online. Fortunately, there is a great variety of gifts from pilgrims who were so inspired by their experience that they turned their ideas or crafts into creative Camino gifts. Below are a few ideas for gifts for the pilgrims on your list. There is something for everyone!

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Backpack Review After the Camino

13240067_10105305608779283_2362745926358871776_nI carried an Osprey Sirrus 24 backpack, in which everything fit fine, and there was still a little room to spare. It was only at the end of my Camino that I wished it had more capacity. On my return trip to Lisbon, where I was to catch my flight home, I had to carry the souvenirs I bought in Santiago in a separate bag. Yes, I know. I’m eating my words from my previous review about the said backpack being large enough. And while for the most part it was perfect for my short one-week Camino, it would have been nice to be able to fit those extra items in it.

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Camino and Hiking Events in July

Lake Merritt Camino Walk + Optional Brunch
Saturday, July 2, 10:30 am

LakeMerrittWalkThis is an informal gathering taking place on the first Saturday of the month, rain or shine. The group meets at the Lake Merritt Pergola on the east side of Oakland’s Lake Merritt at 10:30 a.m. and starts walking around the lake clockwise at 10:45 a.m. If you are part of the NorCal APOC Chapter, RSVP on Facebook.
Optional no-host brunch. After the walk, we will head over to Barlago Italian Kitchen.
You can check out the restaurant’s menu at http://barlago.biz.


4th of July Hiking Tour in Oakland
Monday, July 4, 2016, 8:30 am

Join Stan Dodson, producer of the TRAILHEAD documentary, on a hike from the Dimond District up to the Bay Area Ridge Trail at Chabot Space & Science Center. This beautiful hike will climb through Dimond Canyon Park and Joaquin Miller Park, rising from 200 ft to over 1,500 ft above sea level. After enjoying some treats at the top, we will hop on AC Transit for a scenic ten-minute bus ride back to Dimond.

When: Monday, July 4, 8:30 a.m. (The group will leave promptly at 8:40 a.m.)
Meeting point: La Farine Bakery, 3411 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland, CA 94602
Details: Rigorous 5.5 mi hike in Oakland’s largest wildland trail system. Bring water, sturdy shoes, and a bus fare ($2.10).

For details, click here. To register at Eventbrite (required), click here.

From right here in the heart of urban Oakland, we’re connected to a trail system that spans the entire East Bay. You could hike for days and days.”..—Stan Dodson, tour leader
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Camino and Hiking Events in June

Lake Merritt Camino Walk + Optional Brunch
Saturday, June 4, 10:30 am

LakeMerrittWalkThis is an informal gathering that takes place on the first Saturday of the month, rain or shine. The group meets at the Lake Merritt Pergola on the east side of Oakland’s Lake Merritt at 10:30 and starts walking at 10:45 in a clockwise direction around the lake.  RSVP on Facebook.
Optional no-host brunch. We will gather for a post-walk brunch around 12:15 pm at Shakewell located at 3407 Lakeshore Ave., 10 minute walk from the Lake Merritt Pergola. See map. See menu: http://www.shakewelloakland.com/menu/

RSVP on Facebook for the next one! July 2 Lake Merritt Walk and Optional Brunch.
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Patches now available

I now offer three different patch designs: the original (no date), 2016 and 2018 designs.  I produce a limited quantity of patches each year, and the 2017 design has sold out.

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The patches measure 2.5″ round and have an iron-on backing.

Cost is $4 + .50 cents shipping per patch – US.
International shipping is $2 + .50 cents each additional.
US Postal Service First Class. Expedited shipping available.

How to order

1. Go to etsy.com/shop/caminoprovides

2.  Buy in person. If you’re in the Bay Area and attend our Camino events, let me know and I’ll deliver your patches in person so you’ll save on shipping.

Questions? Contact Laurie@caminoprovides.com

Stickers are also available for $1. Click here to buy stickers or add to any patch order.

See photos on the Patch Gallery, and share a photo of how you use your patch for a chance to win in the monthly contest.

Below is a photo of three patches: The Camino Provides, APOC and Camigas.

Sizes: 2.5″ Camino Provides | 3″ APOC | 3.5″ Camigas

Sizes: 2.5″ Camino Provides | 3″ APOC | 3.5″ Camigas

Patch on a denim jacket

Patch on a denim jacket

Please note: it is not recommended to iron patches on nylon backpacks. Please sew or use an adhesive glue to place on backpacks. Iron-on patches work best with on cotton fabrics, such as denim, flannel,  t-shirts and hats.

Instructions for Iron-on patches

Step 1: Set your hand iron at the hottest temperature setting. DO NOT USE STEAM DURING APPLICATION!
Step 2: Place your embroidered patch in the desired position and place a pressing cloth (such as a handkerchief, sheet or pillowcase fabric) over top.
Step 3: Press the iron straight down for 35-45 seconds with as much constant pressure as possible. NO BACK AND FORTH.
Step 4: Turn the garment inside-out and repeat steps 2 & 3.
Step 5: Allow the embroidered patch to cool down.