As a family owned business, we believe in supporting the people who are working hard to make our communities better places. This holiday season, we’re excited to partner with two great organizations, Eblen Charities and Carolina High, to keep local families warm.

November 19th  –  December 25th  stop by either Frugal Backpacker location to donate a gently used coat. It’s the perfect way to use your holiday shopping for good, and as a thank you, we’ll give you a coupon for 20% off a new coat.  Read more about the organizations that your donations will benefit below.

Eblen Charities

If you’ve spent any time in the Asheville area, you’re no doubt familiar with Eblen Charities. For the last 27 years, they’ve offered crucial financial and practical assistance to local families dealing with difficult circumstances. As temperatures drop, their coat closet is vital to making sure many WNC residents are able to stay warm and healthy. All coats donated at the Asheville location of Frugal Backpacker will go to Eblen Charities.

In addition to collecting coats for Eblen Charities, Frugal Backpacker will be donating new clothing to support their numerous community outreach projects. On Tuesday, December 4th 20% of the day’s sales will be donated.

Carolina High

Nothing warms our hearts quite like stories about young people working hard to bring about change. After noticing that many of their classmates didn’t have access to quality clothing and footwear, seniors at Carolina High decided to launch a community closet as their senior project. The Carolina Closet makes clothing, footwear, toiletries, and food available to students and their families. Since the school has a 100% poverty index, these items are much needed, and are valuable to helping students thrive. All coats and footwear donated at the Greenville location of Frugal Backpacker will go to the Carolina Closet at Carolina High.

Thanks to your generosity, we collected over 500 coats last year. This year, we hope to be able to donate even more.

Frugal Backpacker Asheville crew member, Maggie loves backpacking and spends her free time exploring the mountains of WNC with her dog, Sprout. She’s known for being the sort of awesome coworker who brings chocolate bars to work (thanks, Maggie). And is easy to spot around Frugal, as she’s usually rocking her signature combo of mary janes and funky Socksmith socks.

Her favorite stocking stuffers combine practicality with a whole lot of fun, and match her personality perfectly. These pint sized presents are sure to delight all the outdoor lovers on your list.


Lucy Outdoor 2.0 Solar Lantern – $19.95

These solar powered inflatable lanterns are so versatile.  Use it as outdoor lighting in the backyard, an emergency light in a power outage, backpacking, etc.  The Luci Pro Outdoor 2.0 ($35.00) takes it a step further with a two-way USB charger, so you can use it as a power bank or solar charger for your phone!

Socksmith Socks – $8.00

Add a kick to your day with these fun casual socks! You can often see me sporting these around the store (my favorites are the unicorn and significant otter prints).  Available in Men’s, Women’s, and Kid’s, you can check everyone off your list with these stocking stuffers!

Adventure Med Kits 0.5 – $15.00

You can never have too many first aid kits. I’ve got the 0.3 in my car, the 0.5 in my day pack, and the 0.7 for backpacking trips.

Gear Aid Tenacious Patches – $2.99

It’s always a bummer to get a rip or a hole in a beloved and well-used piece of gear, but with these patches pre-cut into various themed shapes, you get to add a little flair to your repair!

Eno Echo Speaker – $34.95

This waterproof speaker can go anywhere!  Connect via bluetooth and listen in the shower, on the river, on a camping trip (it only weighs 4 oz), or around the house!

Ultralight Java Drip – $9.95

For those who can’t live without their morning cup o’ joe, the Ultralight Java Drip is a life saver.  Avoid the grounds at the bottom of your cowboy coffee with this super portable drip brewer.

Southern Swag Handle-It Cup Handle – $16.00

This bungee and paracord handle slides on to give your water bottle or tumbler an easy handle.

Funky Flames – $5.99

Campfires are always fun, but turn it up a notch with Funky Flames and turn that campfire blue, green, or purple!











Frugal Backpacker Asheville Crew Member, Julie is a true winter lover. For her, cold weather is an opportunity to get outdoors and put her many winter jackets to the test. She loves skiing, hot chocolate, and mountain biking. As a long time outdoor adventurer, her favorite items make great gifts for the experienced camper on your list. Check them out below. 

ENO Technest – $94.95

This new hammock from ENO is amazing! It is very lightweight and has many new features like lighter weight carabiners and a different style of pack up that is much more efficient.

Grayl Ultralight Filter Bottle – $47.95

This super easy to use filter is great for travelers and backpackers alike. It not only protects from bacteria and protozoa but also viruses! Amazing to have for traveling abroad or backpacking.

YakTracks – $16.95

Want to go hiking in the winter or know someone who does? This is the perfect gift for the outdoor person who won’t let the ice and snow keep them from playing outside.

Pelican 1010 Case – $18.49

Need a place to keep your gear dry while you kayak, paddle board, or play in the river? We have multiple sizes of these boxes that can keep your gear clean and dry.

Dr. Bronners Soap 8oz – $6.69

This is the soap that does it all. Wash your laundry, clean your face, brush your teeth- with over 12 uses this soap is an outdoor lovers best friend.

Kelty Essential Chair – $49.95

We have both the classic essential chair as well as the awesome love seat! The loveseat basically goes wherever I go and I use it all the time. It is great for camping, hanging out with friends outside, concerts, the list goes on.

Kelty Cache Box Medium – $19.95

These little boxes can do so much. There are multiple sizes that all fit inside each other and are great for storage.