Finding that shell-shocking, immaculate, dare I say, the best gift for outdoor lovers can seem like a bit of a hassle with the overwhelming amount of outdoor stores, brands swirling around AND not to mention the stress of the holidays on top of all of that. This gift guide will cover all the best gifts for the nature lover in your life and leave you stress-free while you’re shopping for gifts this holiday season.
In order to match any of these awesome gifts to your giftee, you’ll want to keep a couple of things in mind about what the gift should do for them. A great gift will enhance their outdoor experience, keep them outside longer, and get them excited to take that next trip. I mean, everyone is always excited to take their next trip, but you want this gift to really get them revved up for new adventures coming down the pipe. I have spent hours on hours curated this perfect list of gifts so they will do all of these things and more! On top of that, I wanted to make sure there were gifts here that everyone can afford, so I have included gifts with different price ranges so if you’re pressed for a budget, you can still pick up something awesome.
I want to wish everyone a VERY happy holiday season and I hope that we all get to chug like five gallons of (vegan) eggnog before the seasons over! Without further ado, whip out a notepad or your web browser and let’s tackle these best gifts for outdoor lovers, campers, hikers, travelers, and more!
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The Best Stocking Stuffers For Outdoor Lovers
Alpine Start Instant Coffee
What’s better than that fresh cup of instant coffee at the summit of your hike? A fresh cup of instant coffee that tastes bomb and doesn’t suck as most instant coffees do. The best part about these coffees is that they’re non-GMO, dairy-free, and soy-free, so everyone can enjoy them! The downside to getting these coffees is that the individual coffee packets aren’t biodegradable, but they are recyclable, so whenever you pack out all your trash, you can add it to the recycle bag. They come in a variety of flavors, the dirty chai being my personal favorite, but if you can’t decide on the perfect flavor for your outdoor lover, give them the gift of the three-flavor bundle! They’ll take these on the trails or on the go because it’s really THAT GOOD.
Backcountry Gift Card
A gift card: AKA the world’s best stocking stuffer! I buy all of my gear from Backcountry since that is my preferred outdoor retailer, but you can easily get an REI Gift Card instead if that’s where your hiker gets their gear from. If you’re unsure of what to get, this makes for an awesome gift if you’re buying for someone that may be picky or have specific things that they made need. It’s a gift you can’t go wrong with, especially if you’re giving some of these other awesome gifts for outdoor lovers below!
Petzl Tacctikka Headlamp
I know a headlamp might seem like an odd gift to give, but it seriously changes the game when it comes to camping and hiking. This is the brand and style of headlamp that I personally, and a lot of other hikers and campers use to illuminate the camp kitchen, light up the trail on those sunrise/sunset hikes, and use as a regular light instead of your phone! They’ll love it because it has three different luminance settings AND you can tilt the light-piece up or down depending on what you need it for. This headlamp is awesome and 100% hiker/camper approved!
Goal Zero Flip 36 Recharger
One of my biggest priorities while hiking is staying connected, so I love having a portable battery pack with me! This battery, in particular, can be charged by a cord or a solar panel which is awesome for backpacking trips and multi-day hikes! This charger is going to be on my wishlist this year, along with their nomad solar panel that is compact and great to pair with this battery pack!
Matador NanoDry Towel
Gather round, ladies, and gentlemen, because nanofiber is the new black when it comes to travel. Nanofiber is lighter than microfiber and absorbs 2.3x more water than microfiber does. In addition to that, this towel has an antimicrobial coating on the outside of it that prevents the growth of mildew, an essential when out camping in more humid and wet areas. The whole towel packs down into this small, silicone holder that clips right onto your backpack! The towel also has a small loop so you can hang the towel on branches, bushes, or on racks if you have the luxury!
The Best Gifts For Outdoorsy Women
Fjall Raven Classic Knit Hat In Dark Garnet
You can never go wrong with an adorable, warm-toned beanie for the outdoorsy woman in your life. Fjall Raven is a fantastic, and sustainable, outdoor company that makes high-quality items that you’ll have for life. I love the design of this beanie because it’s simple, comes in a variety of different shades to match all aesthetics, and there isn’t a huge, obnoxious logo on it. I love the wine shade pictured below, but they have other beautiful colors on the backcountry website to choose from in the link below!
Patagonia Fjord Long Sleeve Flannel
The perfect pairing for cold weather is a classic flannel to throw under a puffer vest *hint hint wink wink below* or to throw over their favorite baselayers. The neutral plaid is great since it pairs well with the outdoor tones AND looks great in photos! Flannel button-ups are seriously some of my favorite layering pieces since they add a bit of color and personality to an outfit AND they’ll keep you toasty! This button-up from Patagonia is on my personal wishlist this year as an outdoorsy gal, so it’s guaranteed that this is going to bring a smile to that special person in your life. If you’re not vibing with this particular color, there are almost a dozen options to view in the link below!
Patagonia Bivy Vest
Puffer vests are an incredibly underrated clothing piece when it comes to hiking and the Bivy Vest from Patagonia is on top of everyone’s radars this holiday season. Seriously, this would be so cute layered over a waffle knit long-sleeve top or the flannel that I listed above for this gift guide. I like that it’s made from 100% recycled down, so if you’re on the hunt for a more sustainable gift to gift this season, this is an awesome option. The Bivy Vest comes in three different neutral tones that will match great with other hiking gear and look awesome in photos!
Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket
Cold weather and warm fleece jackets are like the creme de la creme of gift-giving, believe me on that, and that special lady in your life is going to adore this fleece from Patagonia. You can browse it in six different color combinations in the link below to find the perfect one! Patagonia makes quality outdoor gear that will last for lifetimes of adventures, so I guarantee that the outdoor lover in your life is going to be spotted on the trails in this bad boy for years. It’s great for fall and winter adventures, or those cooler evenings and mornings when you’re up in elevation… No matter the adventure, this is a great companion to take along.
Mountain Hardwear Ozoniz Stretch Pants
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I put these Mountain Hardwear Hiking Pants on for the first time… No frumpiness. No sagging. Just fabric that hit in all the best places. I strutted these around Iceland for two weeks and I felt like a Charlie’s Angel for the entirety of my trip. These are so flattering on and they’re also waterproof, so they’re great if you’re caught in the rainy Pacific Northwest or in a storm anywhere else in the world. They are on the more pricey side for a pair of pants, but the outdoorsy woman in your life is never going to want to take these off. Trust me!
The Best Gifts For Outdoorsy Men
Patagonia Better Sweater Henley Top
At this point in these best gifts for outdoor lovers, you’d think I would be sponsored by Patagonia, but I am not, I just really love the company! I mean just look at this henley sweater. Warm. Stylish. Great color choices. Great company. You can’t go wrong! These styles of shirts look great on guys, in my opinion, and they look awesome dressed up or down! This also happens to look great under the coat that I talk about a few gifts down! What makes this sweater so great is that it’s also made from 100% recycled polyester!
Bradley Mountain Edison Chore Coat
The perfect working, hiking, adventuring, exploring coat is this bad boy from Bradley Mountain. All their gear is handmade here in the States using high-quality materials that will last a lifetime. You can layer flannels, vests, and long sleeves under it for extra flair, or you can wear it as is during the fall months. This jacket comes in other colors as well, so if olive doesn’t interest your giftee, then there are a few others to shop from using the link below! If you sign up for the Bradley Mountain newsletter, you’ll also receive 10% off your first order!
Patagonia Insulated Fjord Flannel Jacket
What’s better than a flannel? An insulated flannel that you can wear as a jacket. Boom. Instant perfect gift for outdoor lovers. This Fjord Flannel Jacket is basically an insulated version of their Fjord Flannel, which is a great option if you don’t have a ton of money for the jacket but still want to grab something cool and within the same clothing category. If the outdoorsy man in your life already has more flannels than they can count, pick this one up and it’ll knock their socks off!
Bradley Mountain Survival Book
Hands down, one of the coolest gifts you can give is this Department of the Navy Field Manual for Survival from 1970! This book is 288 pages of rugged and field-tested survival tactics for group survival, health and first aid, orientation and traveling, water, food, fire-making, cooking, hazards, survival and a whole lot more. This is a great gift for all hikers no matter the size and age, and who knows, this may help them survive a surprise apocalypse if one were to occur…You might even want to pick one up for yourself it’s so cool! I know I am!
Suunto Traverse GPS Watch
Another big-ticket item on this list for the best gifts for outdoor lovers is this easy to use, stylish, and adventure focused GPS watch. No matter if you’re hiking unknown trails, backpacking to new peaks, climbing in the alpine, or surviving the concrete jungle, the Suunto team guarantees that this watch is going to be with you no matter what! It has a 100-hour battery life, barometric trends, storm alarms, distance graphs, digital compass, and so much more packed into this sweet piece of tech! Any hiker would love to flash this on the trails!
The Best Gifts For Outdoor Lovers (Gifts For Everyone)
National Park Yearly Pass
Quite possibly the BEST gift for an outdoor lover in this guide is the America The Beautiful Park Pass by The National Park Service. This card is a one time fee that gets you into every national park in the United States, AKA saving them a TON of money on their adventures. I purchase this pass every year for my annual camping trip with my friend and we save heaps of cash with this thing. This past summer we road tripped through all of Utah’s National Parks and saved us both almost $100 USD!
Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket
The Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket is like THE jacket among the outdoor community. Outdoor lovers adore this jacket because it’s simple in design, lightweight, and it’ll keep you warm and dry in those spontaneous showers. It’s also made from 100% recycled nylon, so it’s sustainably made and perfect for someone that is eco-conscious. Patagonia consistently delivers stunning, high-quality products, so you can count on this jacket to last lifetimes!
100 Hikes of a Lifetime by National Geographic
I am always on the hunt for my next adventure and what better way to gather inspiration than an EPIC hiking book with high-quality images and 100% stoke within the pages. Looking ahead towards future adventures always keeps my head in the right place and keeps me working hard to reach those goals. This is a great book for seasoned and beginner hikers that love the thrills of new and maybe even offbeat adventures.
Bradley Mountain’s ‘The Adventure Log’
Whether you’re trekking through the Himalayas, stopping in for a cup of coffee at the best coffee shops in Edinburgh, or having a quick weekend getaway in New York with the girls, this adventure log is here to document all your favorite moments between the covers of this little travel companion. I used to always journal to keep track of my travels, and I still do that, but what makes this log so special is that it has spots for your location, companions, conditions, and even a small space for notes. This is a great item to remember the smaller moments of travel and look back on.
Wilderness Survival Class
Something that I’ve always been wanting to do ever since I got into hiking was taking a wilderness survival class. Sometimes before I go out hiking I can get a little bit anxious and think of all the things that go wrong and I think that knowing how to take care of myself in turmoil would be both exhilarating and practical for my adventures! There are classes all over the United States that are available, so there is a list below of the best survival classes you can take! If you still want to give this gift but don’t have the budget, REI offers some wilderness courses that you can view here!
The Best Gifts For Campers
Big Agnus Copper Spur HV UL3 Tent (3 season)
If you have a little bit more money to spend on a gift for the outdoor lover in your life this season, this tent is an awesome selection. Not to mention that it’s absolutely perfect for stargazing, every nature lovers’ favorite passing time! It’s big enough to comfortably fit 3 people for 3 seasons and it’s incredibly lightweight which makes it perfect for backpackers and backcountry explorers! Any avid camper would be stoked to receive this gift this year!
NEMO Helio Pressure Shower
Camping upgrades are one of the biggest moves you can make for adventures in 2020, so I highly recommend picking up this portable pressure shower by NEMO. I am all for getting muddy, sweaty, stinky, and everything in between, but my pillow and sleeping bag can get a little grimy after having all these boxes checked. This pressure shower is the camping tool you never knew you needed and it keeps outdoor lovers feeling fresh, clean, and revitalized after those long days of hiking!
Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad
What better gift than quality rest after long days of adventuring? This top-rated sleeping pad is lightweight, comfortable, and easy to pack down to fit into a backpack which makes it the perfect addition to any gear haul. I am hoping to add this to my gear in the future so I, too, can feel as though I am sleeping on a cloud no matter where I am in the world!
Barebones Rechargeable Lantern
Every camp set up needs some type of light source, and I’ve learned that the hard way more times than I can count. For all those dark nights cooking over the fire, I wish I had this really cool, antique-looking lantern by Barebones. You charge this with the small micro-USB and it will run anywhere from 3-80+ hours depending on the setting. It’s great if you love late-night board games and soaking being able to look around without using a smaller headlamp or phone light. At 220 lumens, this lantern will brighten any nature lovers’ holiday.
Helinox Chair One Camp Chair
You cannot go wrong with a quality pair of camping chairs. I like this chair because it’s incredibly lightweight, comfortable, and perfect for backpacking or car camping. It’s a quick setup away and then you’re propping your feet up for that post-hike nap in no time. Enjoy these chairs around the fire or anywhere on the go! They rock!
The Best Gifts For The Camp Chef
Eureka Ignite Plus 2-Burner Camp Stove
Any camp chef would be absolutely THRILLED to receive a new camp stove as a gift, and this Eureka Camp Stove is the perfect addition to any chef’s cooking arsenal. This stove is made from stainless steel, so it’ll last for years, and it even has rubber feet so that it won’t go slipping and sliding around any surfaces! This will have your camper feeling like they have the amenities of a full-size stove in the comfort of a campsite.
Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
Cast iron is any chefs one true love. Seriously these things last a lifetime if you take care of them properly and they’re perfect for camping. Whether you’re making a mean tofu scramble or attempting some camp pancakes, this bad boy will put the pizazz into your meal. Plus, they kinda rock since you don’t have to truly wash them to keep the seasoning/non-sticky-ness intact. They’re great! Anyone that camps with these fall in love at first use!
Camp Herb Cooking Kit
SPICE up the holidays with a travel spice kit for your camp chef! The meals you eat while you’re on an epic adventure shouldn’t be bland and they won’t be as long as you have this! This comes fully equipt with cracked pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, rosemary, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon! If you ever run out, you can refill them at any grocery store that carries bulk spices and even stock up with your favorite spices! It’s a great way to reduce waste from traditional spice containers!
Sea to Summit Kitchen Sink
A simple gift that will go a long way for a camp chef is a camping sink that packs down into a fraction of the size! These are great for those nights where everyone is waiting to wash dishes at the one sink available or if there is no sink at all. This is also great if you need to soak any of your utensils, plates, etc., for a few minutes before you scrub them down. This sink is highly affordable, high-quality, and a great item to toss into a stocking this year!
Yeti Roadie 20 Cooler
When it comes to cooler technology, YETI doesn’t mess around. These coolers are virtually indestructible, will keep your ice in the heat of summer for DAYS, and will prevent bears from breaking into your campsite! These coolers are 100% worth the cost if you have a little bit of extra money to spend on a gift this year and they will enhance the camping experience for any adventurer by ten-fold.
The Best Gifts For Hikers
Patagonia Base Layers
Baselayers are one of the best and coziest gifts for outdoor lovers. They are quite literally the foundation of any hiking arsenal, in my opinion, as they keep me toasty on the trails. Patagonia makes them in a variety of different colors and weights for the different seasons, so whether you’re hiking in spring, fall, winter, or summer, there is a base layer for it! You can wear these as they are or layer them underneath a vest or heavier coat for an extra boost of warmth!
Black Diamond Trekking Poles
Trekking poles, while seemingly unnecessary, will save your knees and back while hiking. I love the style and practicality of these trekking poles, in particular, because they are made from carbon and cork, both lightweight materials, but they are stable enough across all rugged terrains. I am always trying to reduce weight in my backpack, so these are great to keep packed in tight for when I need them.
Watershed Anima Drybag
What looks like a simple, perhaps mundane, waterproof backpack, is actually a military-grade dry backpack that is “like a freezer bag on steroids“. These bags are trusted by both explorers and Navy Seals to keep their most prized possessions completely dry. The bags are produced in North Caroline, so you’re supporting USA made goods with your purchase while also gifting the best dry bag on the planet. Just sayin’.
Goal Zero Venture 30 Solar Recharging Kit
If the hiker in your life is seriously stoked about getting into the backcountry, you might want to consider getting them this sweet solar-powered portable charger that will keep them connected no matter where in the world they’re camping out in. This is perfect for extended backpacking trips when those smaller portable batteries, charged via a cord, aren’t going to cut it. Also, if you’re buying a gift for a thru-hiker, then this is another great gift to give this season.
BOMBAS Hiking Socks
If you’re looking for a gift that gives back or just really, really awesome hiking socks, BOMBAS is coming through for you. For every pair of BOMBAS that you purchase, they donate a pair to homeless shelters in need. I wore these on my last two trips to Utah and Iceland and they held up perfectly across two drastically different terrains and climates. Also, if you’re going to pick these up as a gift this year, make sure you go through this link to get 25% off your purchase!
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The Best Gifts For Backpackers
Jetboil Mini Mo Backpacking Stove
Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, the love of my life. Okay, maybe that’s a bit over the top, but I really do love this stove! It heats up all my meals in actual seconds and makes the wait for coffee in the mornings a fraction of what they are at home. This is a great gift for those that love to get into the backcountry and go on off-grid adventures. It’s one of my favorite pieces of camping equipment!
SteriPen Adventurer Opti
If you’re leaving for a few days to the backcountry and need clean water on the fly, the SteriPen is this awesome invention that destroys 99% of bacteria in seconds! Whether you’re gathering water from streams, lakes, or rivers, you pop this pen in there, let the light do its magic, and BOOM. You have clean drinking water. This helps reduce weight in your pack and guarantees that you’ll have clean drinking water!
Bear Vault BV450 Bear Resistant Canister
If there is one thing that I don’t mess with, it’s bear country. If you don’t properly lock up your food and meals in a bear-proof container or bag, you’re going to have a bit of a rude awakening in the morning after the bear or bears rummage through your supply. Bears don’t stand a chance against this container, so it leaves you worry-free during the night and keeps your food safe! Imagine waking up to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee only to find out the bear got to it first… Tragic, right? Pick one of these up to keep you, your coffee, and your breakfast bearproof!
Patagonia NanoPuff Jacket
Lightweight backpacking gear is all the rage and this NanoPuff jacket from Patagonia is the cat’s pajamas. It has a waterproof coating that will keep you dry and this whole jacket packs down into one of the pockets! How sweet is that?! This will keep you warm whether you’re skiing or hiking and it’s actually one of the top items on this gift list not just for backpackers, but hikers, nature lovers, and everyone who enjoys being outside!
Garmin InReach Mini Satellite Communicator
If you tend to worry about the backpacker in your life and want to ensure they can get help if they ever need it, get them a Garmin. This off-grid communicator allows texts even while you’re out of signal using its Iridium satellite network and you can even signal and send an SOS to their 24/7 search and rescue team instantly. If that wasn’t enough, it also lets you share your location with friends and family so they always know where you are. Click the link below to read about all the other features of this incredible device!
The Best Gifts For Travelers
Grayl GEOPRESS Water Purifier
Globetrotting and escaping to other worlds is my favorite thing to do in the ENTIRE world, but one major setback I’ve had is accessing clean drinking water. The GRAYL is quite possibly the holy GRAIL of travel items. What starts as contaminated, undrinkable water turns into pristine drinking water no matter where you are in the world. It’s probably one of the handiest items since it combines both a water bottle and a water purification system!
BOSE QuietComfort 35 II Noise Cancelling Headphones
Noise-canceling headphones is that one item that you really don’t think you need until you have them. My quiet time is one of the most important parts of my life and these help me find that silence on planes, cafes, at home, or in bustling cities. It’s seriously crazy how you can go from sensory overload to complete silence just by putting these on!
Wandrd Travel Planner + Journal
I struggle with keeping all of my travel documents organized and the WANDRD travel planner/journal combination puts all my travel information and thoughts all in one place! It includes space for journaling, day-to-day itineraries, packing checklists, and even sections for different lengths of your trips! The minimal look of this journal is one of my favorite parts about it and it has kept all of my reservations and plans all in one easy to access spot.
Eagle Creek Packing Cubes
Travelers and packing cubes are like peanut butter and jelly. A match made in heaven. These are the ultimate tool for keeping all your clothing organized on the road and I have never met a traveler that didn’t travel with these! The packing cubes by Eagle Creek are my cubes of choice because they’re durable and come in this handy-dandy 3-pack for the ultimate organization! You cannot go wrong with this gift!
JBL Clip Speaker
Small but mighty, this clip-on speaker by JBL is the best gift to put the music back into your outdoor lover’s life. The speaker is waterproof and comes packed with 10 hours of playtime! The sound quality of JBL speakers is astounding and you’ll be able to hear this thing from far, FAR away. It’s easily clipped onto a bag or placed on any surface to blast all your jams!
The Best Gifts For Travel Photographers
Canon AE-1 35mm SLR Film Camera
Digital cameras have been all the rage ever since they were released long ago, but film cameras have been making a sweet comeback these past couples of years. What makes film cameras so special is that you don’t have the instant gratification of a digital camera and you’re able to experience your memories time and time again looking back on these once they’re developed. This Canon AE-1 is one of the HUNDREDS of options of film cameras you can choose from, but click the link below to see other brands, styles, and prices for film!
DJI Mavic Air
I gifted myself a drone this year for my trip to Iceland and it has drastically changed the way that I travel and view the world, literally. Being able to fly this thing into the air and get panoramic views of insane landscapes is slowly becoming one of my favorite ways to capture photos. I like this DJI Mavic Air since it’s reasonably priced, compared to other drones on the market, and you can still get high-quality shots and videos with it!
Canon 100mm Macro Lens
Nicknamed “the most beautiful lens” by almost any photographer you talk to brings this Canon 100mm lens to the top of the best gifts to give this season. I’ve always been fascinated by macro/telephoto style lenses and this will elevate any photographer’s camera gear. The price for this lens is actually incredibly cheap for the quality that you receive, so if you want to get a special new lens for the photographer in your life but don’t have thousands to spend, this is a great choice.
SanDisk 64GB SD Card
Photographers can never have enough SD cards, and cards made by Sandisk are like the cream of the crop when it comes to writing speeds and reliability. I always trust these to keep my memories safe and to keep me shooting on the road. A lot of cheaper/low-quality sd cards will cause you to stall taking photos when you need to get the perfect shot, or worse, lose all your photos, so trust in Sandisk to keep you shooting!
LaCie 2TB Rugged Mini External Hard Drive
SD Cards and external hard drives go hand in hand for photographers. These LaCie rugged hard drives are one of the most reliable hard drives on the market. You can actually run this thing over and it still won’t break! On top of that, it’s protected against shock, dust, water, crushing, and dropping, something that my other hard drives could never do. Give the gift of safe and secure memories this season.
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