As outdoorsy people ourselves, we figured we were up to the task of creating a gift guide for people who love to spend their time outdoors.
It can be difficult to choose a gift for outdoor enthusiasts because we’re notoriously known for being picky about our gear.
We came up with these gift ideas by thinking of things that we would be happy to receive. We hope your giftee will be happy to receive them too. Our aim is to choose gifts that are practical and thoughtful.
We hope you’ll find something that you can gift as a Christmas present, birthday present, or way to show your appreciation. Otherwise, we hope they’ll help inspire a new gift idea for the special someone in your life!
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1. DJI Mavic Air 2 Drone
The DJI Mavic Air 2 is one of the coolest gifts you can get for an outdoorsy person. They’ll be able to shoot high-quality footage of glaciers, mountains, and other beautiful scenery that is otherwise impossible to capture without a drone.
We know we’d be beyond stoked to find a drone among our presents on Christmas morning. It’d be awesome to be able to take aerial shots and videos of the beautiful places we visit to keep as memory and to share with family and friends.
2. Garmin InReach Mini Satellite Communicator
There’s no gift more touching than something that says, “I hope you enjoy yourself out there, but please come home safely.” That’s why we picked the Garmin InReach Mini Satellite Communicator.
This palm-sized device uses the global Iridium satellite network to send and receive messages and allows someone to trigger an SOS signal to a 24/7 emergency search and rescue monitoring center. It’s a lifesaver for those who venture to areas where cell phones won’t work.
Small, rugged, and lightweight, it can clip onto a backpack or waist and endure all sorts of outdoor activity.
3. Katadyn Pocket Water Filter
The Katadyn Pocket is among the best water filters, if not the best water filter, you’ll find. It’s the go-to filter for outdoor enthusiasts. They’ll usually have access to water sources that need filtration to be potable.
The Katadyn Pocket can clean up to 13,000 gallons of water, is built like a tank to withstand a lot of abuse, and comes with a 20-year warranty. This is no ordinary water filter, but a high-quality one that’ll make a great Christmas or birthday gift for a special someone.
4. BioLite CampStove 2 Bundle
Besides clean water, an essential item among every outdoor lover’s gear is a good-quality and functional stove for cooking.
The BioLite CampStove 2 bundle is unique because it’s not only used for cooking, but it turns biomass – twigs, pine cones, pellets – into clean, smokeless energy that you can use to boil water, charge your electronic devices, and power a light.
This bundle is ideal for someone who’s just starting out and doesn’t have a cooking set as part of their gear, or someone looking for an upgrade.
5. Jetboil Flash Camp Cooking System
The Jetboil Flash is a compact cooking system that’s perfect for backpackers. It’s one of the highest-quality, minimalist stoves on the market. Despite its compact size, you can cook a full meal right inside the cup and boil water in as little as a minute.
6. National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass
What better gift to get an outdoor lover than the gift of nature!
This annual pass covers entrance and amenity fees to more than 2,000 sites across America for a period of 12 months. A park pass is a great “experience gift” to get someone who may already have all the gear and gadgets to enjoy the outdoors.
7. Ikon Pass
The Ikon Pass is a great experience gift for avid skiers and snowboarders. It gives the pass holder access to 41 ski and snowboard destinations in the US, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Chile.
The Ikon Pass is a simple and great way for skiers and snowboarders to try out the many resorts and mountains across the world.
8. REI Adventures
REI Adventures are guided trips for people who love the outdoors. Trips are organized in all parts of the world and range from weekend getaways to three-week adventures. It’s a great way for an outdoor person to meet others with similar interests and discover new places.
There are plenty of trips to choose from. You can choose a backpacking trip in Asia, a family hiking adventure in Europe, or a women-only mountaineering challenge in California – there’s bound to be a cool experience that would make an awesome gift for an outdoor lover.
9. Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler
Outdoor enthusiasts love the hard coolers by Yeti because these things are practically indestructible. They’re also functional, stylish, and meet performance expectations. Yeti hard coolers come in a range of sizes, but the Tundra 45 should work for most people because it’s not too big and not too small.
10. Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader
We love our paperbacks more than anything. Maybe it’s the way we can touch and flip pages, or as science has proven, maybe it’s also because we can retain more of what we read with paper books.
But if we’re traveling with lots of gear, books can hold us down. So for camping, backpacking, traveling, and other on-the-go activities, it would make more sense to bring an e-reader.
11. Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer Top
Base layers are a great gift because you can never have enough. Merino is known as the gold standard of fabric when it comes to next-to-skin insulation.
Impress your giftee with this Merino 250 base layer top by Smartwool. It’s perfect for all cold weather activity including ski touring, snow sports, backpacking, hiking, mountaineering, and camping.
12. Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer Bottom
And get them some Smartwool Merino 250 bottoms to match.
13. Mammut Runbold Shorts
We love Mammut shorts because they’re so light, quick to dry, breathable, and hardwearing. They’re best for hiking but we also love using them for travel because they save so much luggage space. If you’re looking for a pair of high-quality outdoor shorts for someone, pick these.
14. The North Face Thermoball Hoodie
The North Face Thermoball is a lightweight jacket that’s particularly great for travel. It’s a synthetic jacket that packs down to nothing, yet has the warmth of a 600-fill goose down. Once this gets added to someone’s wardrobe, they’ll wear it everywhere because it’s simple and functional.
15. Fjallraven Keb Touring Down Jacket
We love Fjallraven because their stuff is high-quality and stylish. It’s hard to find flattering outdoor clothing that balances performance and style, but this Swedish brand does it really well. The Fjallraven Keb Touring Down Jacket is a packable jacket that’s great for winters, trekking, and traveling.
16. Fjallraven Keb Trousers
The Keb Trousers by Fjallraven is an award-winning technical pant that’s a must-have for every outdoor enthusiast. It features large front pockets, ventilation zippers, knee pad openings, boot hooks, and a hardwearing stretch fabric.
These are the go-to adventure pants and a pair of these will last many adventures.
17. Norrona Falketind Gore-Tex Jacket
Norrona is another premium outdoor Scandinavian brand we want to introduce. The company was founded in 1929 by a Norwegian outdoor enthusiast.
Their Falketind Gore-Tex jacket (women’s version here) is a technical all-season jacket. It’s designed perfectly for climbing, mountaineering, or hiking and performs exceptionally well against wind and rain. Waterproof and breathable, it’s great for outdoor use and wearing as a rain jacket.
18. Norrona Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Jacket
The Lofoten (women’s version here) is a ski and snowboard jacket that Norrona is most known for making. This jacket was first introduced in the mid-2000s and has been known as the freeride skiing jacket to get. If you’re looking for a gift for a skier or snowboarder, delight them with this.
19. Kan Jam Outdoor Disc Toss Game
What do you get when you merge basketball and ultimate Frisbee? Kan Jam! This highly-addictive game will provide hours of outdoor fun for the whole family.
20. Sea to Summit Event Compression Dry Sack
There’s always a need for extra compression sacks to keep gear dry. The super tough, super flexible Sea to Summit sacks come in a range of sizes and are great for holding things like under garment, clothing, jackets, blankets, sleeping bags – anything that you need to keep dry.
21. Marmot Col -20° Sleeping Bag (Winter)
The Marmot Col is an outstanding down-filled sleeping bag for the winter season. It lives up to its -20°F comfort rating. The bag is put together with a breathable, waterproof fabric, so it will keep you toasty at night and allow moisture to exit the bag.
This is the perfect gift for someone who does cold-weather camping or mountaineering.
22. Amazin’ Aces Pickleball Paddle Set
Want to introduce your kids to a new sport? Get them a pickleball paddle set! This family-friendly game is super addictive and fun.
23. Sun Joe Pressure Washer
Anyone who likes to spend time outside the home will need a pressure washer, whether to clean the patio, driveway, deck, boat, or car.
24. Adventure Medical Kit
The Adventure series medical kits make practical gifts. They’re great because they’re well-labeled and organized by activity.
A “Day Tripper” kit that’s intended for a single-day adventure will have basic things like moleskin for blisters, some medication, and bandages. While a “Mountaineer” kit will carry a lot more for adventures that last up to 28 days.
25. Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller
This mosquito-repelling lantern is a versatile gift. It can be for someone who does outdoor activities like camping and fishing, or someone who does a lot of backyard entertaining, gardening, and barbecuing.
26. Pendleton Roll Up Blanket
The Pendleton Roll Up Blanket is our favorite outdoor blanket. It has a wool side and a nylon side. The nylon side protects the blanket from getting wet and dirty, while the wool side makes it cozy to sit on. Alternatively, you can wrap this blanket around yourself to keep warm and dry.
Rolled up, the blanket can be carried like a bag. Functional, beautiful, and easy to clean, this blanket is a must-have for every adventure.
27. Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket
The Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket is another great blanket option. While not as chic as the Pendleton, this blanket is more resilient to water, stains, and odor since the whole thing is made of synthetic material.
28. Snow Peak Pack & Carry Fireplace Starter Kit
This awesome “toy” will surely delight your giftee. The Snow Peak Pack & Carry Fireplace Starter Kit is a portable fireplace and grill that sets up anywhere and leaves no marks. It folds flat and takes up almost no storage space so you can bring it anywhere.
29. Gentleman Jon Deluxe Wet Shave Kit
When buying a gift for an outdoor lover, you don’t necessarily have to choose something they’ll be using outdoors. You can give them something that they can use when they come home, or things that remind them of the outdoors.
The Gentleman Jon Deluxe Wet Shave kit is one of those things that you can get for an outdoorsy guy. Personal hygiene isn’t exactly the first thing on a camper’s mind, but it will be once they come home!
30. CubeFit MWave Massage Gun
A handheld massage gun is a great way to relieve tension and muscle soreness after a long trek or climb. The MWave will save someone from frequent trips to the chiropractor. While most massage guns are as loud as a vacuum cleaner, the MWave is quieter than a refrigerator.
31. LifePro Agility Vibrating Massage Ball
A vibrating massage ball is also a great way to relieve pain and soreness. Although massage guns are easier to use, a massage ball is great for rolling under your feet.
32. Outdoor-Themed Bedding
As we mentioned, you don’t have to get someone a gift they’ll be using outdoors, but at home to remind them of the outdoors! A bedding set is practical and something they’ll be sure to use. Choose something with trees, flowers, bears, moose, and snow patterns, or all of the above!
33. Excalibur 2400 Electric Food Dehydrator
This Excalibur food dehydrator is perhaps our favorite thing on this list. It’s likely something an outdoor lover doesn’t have, but will fall in love with. Using a food dehydrator, they’ll be able to make their own snacks and meals for their adventures!
34. Nostalgia SMM200 Indoor Electric S’mores Maker
An indoor s’mores maker brings the camp experience home. This s’mores maker comes with roasting forks. The electric heater produces no flames so it’s perfectly safe to use indoors.
This is a fun gift for families with children. It’s great for rainy days, family gatherings, and parties at home.
35. Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven
Need a gift for a camper? Get them the Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven cast iron cookware. Cooking with cast iron over a campfire makes food taste phenomenal. A pot like this will last decades.
36. Tenkara Rod Teton Zoom Package
Have a fishing enthusiast on your giftee list? Get them this beautiful and simple fly fishing kit by Tenkara. We love this kit because it’s everything you need to enjoy fishing and encourages us to bring less.
37. Eureka! Ignite Portable Two-Burner Camping Stove
This Eureka stove is great for car camping. It’s rugged compared to similar options and we love that there’s ample space between the two burners to hold various sizes of pots and pans. It’s everything you’d expect from a quality camping stove.
38. Garmin Instinct Watch
For someone who’s always on the go, a rugged outdoor watch with a built-in GPS is a useful gift. This Garmin watch is built tough to military standards for thermal, shock, and water resistance. Other than GPS capabilities, it can be paired with a phone and can monitor fitness levels. It makes an excellent gift for a hiker, backpacker, hunter, camper, and even someone who does field work.
39. Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof GPS
This Garmin Foretrex GPS navigator is a must-have item for avid hikers, skiers, and campers. You can use it to retrace your steps, store your favorite routes, view hunting and fishing information, and check sunset and sunrise times. It’s particularly useful for hiking in the wintertime when the trails disappear!
40. Camelbak Hydration Pack
Camelbak is the leader in backpack-style water reservoirs. A hydration pack is useful for someone who has their hands tied up. This makes a particularly useful gift for cyclists, hikers, skiers, snowboarders, hunters, or fishermen.
41. ENO DoubleNest Hammock
What better way to wrap up a hike than to hang a hammock, sit back, relax, and soak in the scenery? Lightweight, portable, breathable, comfortable, quick-drying, and strong, the ENO DoubleNest Hammock is perfect for any adventure.
42. Nikon Monarch 5 Waterproof Binoculars
Binoculars aren’t an essential item for outdoor activity, so they’re probably not something an outdoor person already has. Budget tends to go to something that needs fixing, and they take a backseat to more important gear.
But given the amount of beautiful scenery and wildlife an outdoor person takes in, you can imagine that a good pair of binoculars is definitely on the “want list”.
43. ALPS Mountaineering Ready Lite Cot
We chose this backpacking cot because it makes a handy gift for an outdoor person. Small, lightweight, and durable, it’s the perfect thing to bring to any overnight adventure. It’s also great to have around as an emergency or backup bed.
44. Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Sleeping Pad
For anyone who sleeps in the great outdoors, the Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol sleeping pad is a must-have gear. It can be used as a sitting pad or placed under a sleeping bag for more comfort and protection.
45. Hiluckey Outdoor Solar Charger
This Hiluckey solar charger is a bestselling solar charger for outdoor activity. It’s resistant to dust, shock, and water and will give you all the juice you need to charge up your phones, cameras, tablets, etc.
We love that you can clip it onto your backpack to charge throughout the day and that the large 25,000 mAh battery pack can hold enough energy to charge your phone 8 to 10 times.
46. Polarized Sunglasses
Buying a pair of sunglasses for someone can be tricky because you’d have to know their style preferences pretty well to choose something they’d like. That said, if you have a good idea of what they like, get them a pair!
Polarized sunglasses helps an outdoor adventurer reduce glare from surfaces like water, snow, roads, and glass, and as a result reduce strain on the eyes. For someone spending a lot of time outside, a good pair of polarized sunglasses is a much-welcomed gift.
47. TOZO T10 Wireless Earbuds
Have a music lover on your list? How about getting them a pair of high-quality wireless earphones? With all the physical activity and movement, it’s hard to maneuver if you’re tied down with wired earphones.
48. GoPro HERO9 Camera
GoPro action cameras are the go-to pick for outdoor enthusiasts and athletes. They’re portable, rugged, and do a great job at capturing movement.
49. Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve Water Shoes
These Merrell water shoes are perfect for activities like canoeing and hiking around water. Designed to forge creeks, they are comfortable, breathable, quick-drying, and handle slick surfaces well. These shoes are great to wear for gardening and working in the yard too!
50. Teva Ember Moc Shoes
Teva has been making outdoor footwear for over 30 years. Their Ember Moc shoes are like a hybrid between a moccasin and a running shoe. These shoes are warm like slippers and have soles like running shoes, which make them great for wearing around the campground or on a flight. They’re known as the “sleeping bag” for your feet.