While I normally advocate for spending your Christmas gift budget on experiences instead of stuff, sometimes you need a little sumpin sumpin under the tree for that special someone.
These 10 holiday gift ideas for adventurers will help you shop for the outdoor lover in your life.
Earlier this year, I interviewed one of the co-founders of Cotopaxi. They are a new gear company who for every purchase donates some of their profits to worthy causes around the globe. That means with your holiday purchases, you can help provide clean drinking water, education, and housing to people in need. The Cusco 26 liter pack is a stylish, midsized pack that is perfect for both your daily commute or for a long weekend getaway. With every sale of the Cusco Pack, Cotopaxi provides a week of on-site tutoring to a Peruvian child living in poverty.
Shop: Cotoapaxi Cusco 26L Pack ($89)
Stanley isn’t just for men anymore. Their Adventure flask, Vacuum Mug, and Vacuum Pint are the perfect campfire companions for any beverage-loving adventurer in your life. Beer fanatics will adore Stanley’s insulated Vacuum pint that has a built in bottle opener and keeps that microbrew cold for hours. Your special someone prefer coffee or cocktails? Go with the leak proof vacuum mug. Or whiskey straight up? Grab the Adventure Flask and fill it up with a nice bourbon.
Shopping for a National Park enthusiast? Give them the gift of experience with an annual pass that grants free access to all of our national parks and federal recreation areas, including popular destinations like Zion and Yosemite. Need more info? Check out my blog post on the America the Beautiful Pass.
Shop: America the Beautiful Pass ($80)
Another awesome company that is giving back. The Parks Project, who I also interviewed earlier this year, is on a mission to protect our nation’s special places through advocacy and volunteer restoration efforts. They also design some really sweet clothing. Their latest product, the See America Tee, is a modern spin on vintage park posters that was created in collaboration with the National Park Conservation Association (NPCA), a non-profit who plays an essential role in the long-term protection of our awe-inspiring parks. Your purchase of the See America tee helps highlight the critical work that the NPCA is doing.
There’s nothing more frustrating than fumbling around your bag for your camera and missing the opportunity to capture that perfect shot. The Peak Designs Capture Camera clip helps prevent those scenarios. With this clip system, your camera quickly snaps in and out of a holster that you attach to your belt or backpack strap, putting your camera at your fingertips at all times.
Shop: Peak Designs Capture Camera Clip ($60)
This rugged wireless speaker delivers 360 degree sound and was made to withstand the elements. Sand, snow, rain, even mud. There is no adventure that the FUGOO Sport isn’t ready for. And what’s even better is the speaker has a 40 hour battery life, so there’s no need to worry that it might die halfway through that surf, bike, ski, or camping trip.
Shop: FUGOO Sport Portable Bluetooth Speaker ($199)
Heavy, yes. But cast-iron is nearly indestructible and extremely versatile. At home, you can use it to get a nice sear on a piece of meat before throwing the whole skillet right in the oven. Or when camping, you can sauté those veggies right on the campfire. Afterwards, cleanup is a cinch. With a properly cared-for skillet, all you need is a little warm soapy water and a dish rag and food residue should come right off.
Shop: Lodge Pre-seasoned 12″ Cast Iron Skillet ($34)
This pocket sized lantern, which also converts to a normal flashlight, is small enough to take backpacking yet powerful enough for car camping adventures. It provides just the right amount of light when you are cooking dinner, playing cards, or just chilling out in your tent.
Shop: Black Diamond Voyager Lantern (sale price $25 / regular price $40)
My how times have changed. These days when you go adventuring, you are more than likely carrying a device that requires charging. A phone, a camera, or a bluetooth speaker. With the Goal Zero Switch 8, you no longer have to stress about your phone dying or carrying a bunch of spare batteries for your camera. Just lay this baby out in the sun or strap it to your pack, plug in the battery, and a few hours later you’ll have stored enough juice to keep your devices running.
Shop: Goal Zero Switch 8 Solar Recharging Kit ($100)
A great gift for the gourmet car camper or someone who is looking to get a little more creative in the camp kitchen. This excellent book contains more than 100 simple recipes that will please both meat eaters and vegetarians, alike. It also provides meal plans for multi-day camping trips and has a section on cooking equipment and how to best prepare before leaving home.
Shop: Campfire Cuisine Cookbook ($11)
What’s on your holiday wish list this year?
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