A military surplus, camping and survival store is a great place to go for Christmas gifts for the hard-to-please.
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Arian’s Supply Sergeant at 469 Main St. in Placerville carries cold weather gear for men, women and children, camping supplies, Carhartt workwear and military surplus.
A huge selection of beanies, gloves and hats, flannel jackets and flannel shirts as well as Carhartt jackets offer many choices of cold weather gear.
Wool socks by Railroad Sock and the ultimate in snow boots by Sorel, are sure to keep your loved one’s feet toasty in snow and ice. Arian’s also carries Ice Treks, chains for shoes or boots, that provide traction in the snow and ice.
There is a wide variety of knives in a range of prices, for stocking stuffers or as treasured tools.
Other stocking stuffers could include bandannas or flashlights. Arian’s has bandannas in a myriad of colors and flashlights to suit every need.
Arian’s employee Ryan Brett demonstrated the palm-sized Redline flashlight.
“It has 310 lumens and zooms in and out to be a spotlight or a flood light.” It also has a strobe feature, an SOS feature and three different light settings so you can dial down the blast of light — if you want to.
For the person who believes in being prepared, Arian’s has a selection of duffle bags in different sizes for use as “bug out bags.”
They can be filled with a variety of emergency supplies, also carried at Arian’s, such as sleeping bags, firestarters, flashlights and other gear.
“Look at what happened during Hurricane Sandy,” said Kevin, manager of Arian’s. “People without power for weeks.”
Sleeping bags perfect for cold weather like the Big River Outdoors bags start at $39.95. Arian’s also carries tents and has a big selection of cast iron cooking equipment.
Arian’s Supply Sergeant is at 469 Main St. in Placerville. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Call 530-622-3414 for more information.