50 Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers: Ideas for Hikers, Campers, Travelers & More

Find the perfect gift for the outdoor lover in your life with our ultimate gift guide featuring gifts for hikers, van lifers, camp chefs, pets, and more

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The perfect gifts for outdoor lovers should do three things: fuel adventure, increase stoke levels, and help outdoor enthusiasts spend more time outside. The good news is that every adventurous gift on our outdoor enthusiast gift list does all that and more!

From hikers, backpackers, and campers to road trippers, van lifers, powder chasers, and even outdoor-loving pets we checked off every box to make sure there’s something for every kind of adventurer in your life.

Browse our curated gift list to pick the perfect gifts for outdoor lovers in your life and make your holiday shopping as quick, easy, and painless as possible.

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Outdoor Gifts for Women

Our favorite gifts for outdoor women who hike, camp, and can’t wait to spend time in nature.

Kristen hiking in the Arc'teryx Atom insulated hoody - one of the best gifts for outdoor lovers and hikers
BFT Founder Kristen hiking in the Arc’teryx Atom Insulated Hoodie in BC

Arc’teryx Atom Insulated Hoodie

The Arc’teryx Atom Insulated Hoodie is a best-seller and a top gift for outdoor lovers for good reason. This compact and lightweight jacket works as a mid-layer in cool weather, or as an outer layer during rest breaks or windy summits. Weighing under 11oz, it packs down super small, making it perfect for all trips from hiking to backpacking to air travel.

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>> See all our favorite synthetic insulated jackets

Cotopaxi Teca Fleece Jacket

The Cotopaxi Teca Fleece Jacket is one of the best gifts for outdoor lovers. It’s a Cotopaxi favorite of ours and we highly recommend it for anyone who spends a lot of time outside. Made from repurposed microfleece and durable water repellent polyester leftover from other companies’ production runs, it’s a great (and colorful!) eco-friendly gift.

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REI Co-op Sahara Shade Hoodie

The REI Co-op Sahara Shade Hoodie is one of the best outdoor sun shirts we’ve tried that makes the perfect holiday gift for outdoor lovers. BFT Founder Kristen wore it for a week straight in Maui without washing it and found that it didn’t stink, and the loose fit kept her surprisingly cool even in warm weather. If you prefer hiking in short sleeves, the Sahara T-Shirt is a great choice as well.

REI Co-op Sahara Shade Hoodie

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REI Co-op Flash Hybrid Tights

The REI Co-op Flash Hybrid Tights make a great gift for the hikers, backpackers, and campers in your life. The stretchy material is comfy for outdoor wear, yet the fabric is more durable than your typical yoga leggings, plus these have stretch side pockets that fit an iPhone. The water and wind-resistant panels are perfect for inclement weather and they are warm without trapping too much heat.

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Vuori Halo 2.0 Performance Hoodie

The Vuori Halo 2.0 Performance Hoodie is the perfect layer whether you’re camping, road-tripping, lounging, or going for a stroll. The performance fabric is quick-drying, moisture-wicking, and super comfy. This sweatshirt is incredibly soft (really, one of the softest we’ve ever worn!) and comes in a bunch of colors, so be sure to snag one.

Vuori Halo 2.0 Performance Hoodie

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Smartwool Classic Thermal Merino Quarter-Zip Base Layer Top

Base layers are essential for any outdoor lover from hikers and backpackers to skiers, snowboarders, and other outdoor enthusiasts. Smartwool’s Classic Thermal Merino Quarter-Zip Base Layer Top has incredibly soft fabric that wicks moisture away and dries quickly to keep you comfortable. This is one of our favorite layering pieces, and it makes the perfect versatile gift!

Smartwool Classic Thermal Merino Quarter-Zip Base Layer Top

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Oboz Sypes Mid Leather Waterproof Hiking Boots

I have worn Oboz hiking boots since 2017 and I truly believe Oboz makes the most supportive, comfortable, and durable hiking boots on the market. Plus, the people behind the brand are just as great as their shoes, and they plant a tree for every pair sold. The Oboz Sypes Mid Leather Waterproof Hiking Boots have quickly become my go-to hiking boot — you can read my full review here. They’re comfortable right out of the box, look great, and make an excellent gift for hikers.

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Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks

Socks are a great gift for outdoor adventurers because good socks make such a difference on the trail. Without high-performing socks, you risk getting blisters or wearing through the soles after just a few uses. That’s why we love the Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion socks. They’re made from moisture-wicking materials and have some cushioning underfoot to guarantee comfort on the trail. Plus, all Darn Tough socks are guaranteed for life!

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>> See More Of Our Favorite Gifts For Outdoor Women


Outdoor Gifts for Men

The man who loves outdoor adventure might not buy himself nice (and useful) things but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it for him. Here are some of our favorite outdoor gift ideas for men.

Kristen and Ryan in front of a mountain background. Ryan is wearing the REI Wallace Lake Flannel shirt, one of the best gifts for outdoor lovers, hikers, and men
Ryan wearing the REI Co-op Wallace Lake Flannel Shirt

REI Co-op Men’s Wallace Lake Flannel Shirt

This REI Co-op Wallace Lake Flannel Shirt is the perfect gift for your outdoor-loving man. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, is made from organic cotton, and has buttons down the front so it can be easily layered depending on outside temps. Wear it as a hiking outer layer on crisp fall days or to cozy up by the campfire at night.

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REI Co-op Merino 185 Long-Sleeve Base Layer Top

We love REI’s women’s base layers, so it’s only natural that we think the men’s REI Co-op Merino 185 Base Layer Top is one of the best gifts for outdoor lovers as well. Base layers keep you warm until you warm up, then they wick sweat to keep you comfortable when you’re on the move. Check out the men’s REI Co-op Merino 185 Base Layer Bottoms for a matching set.

REI Co-op Merino 185 Long Sleeve Base Layer

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NRS Varial Hoodie Sun Shirt

A protective sun shirt is a great gift for people who don’t love the feel of sunscreen or want to ensure they’re fully protected. NRS Varial Hoodie is our top pick because it’s made of recycled polyester and the lightweight fabric breathes freely, wicks moisture away, and delivers UPF 50+ sun protection. This is another favorite from my boyfriend Ryan!

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REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0

A nice down jacket is the perfect gift for the outdoorsy man in your life, and the REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0 is a great lightweight option that won’t break the bank. Made of recycled nylon, the outer shell has been treated with a durable water-repellent finish so it can withstand light rain or snow. This jacket compresses into its own pocket making it perfect for hiking, travel, or everyday use.

REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0

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REI Co-op Rainier Rain Jacket

The REI Rainier Men’s Rain Jacket offers fantastic value at a budget price. It’s lightweight and does a great job blocking out wind and light rain. It has all the features we look for in a rain jacket, like pit zips, an adjustable hood, and pockets in all the right places, plus it also comes at a great price point. BFT’s Director, Linda, owns the women’s version & snagged the men’s jacket as a Christmas present for her husband.

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REI Co-op Merino Boxer Briefs

REI Co-op Merino Boxer Briefs make the perfect holiday gift for every man in your life. These anti-roll, naturally odor and moisture-wicking boxer briefs are perfect for hitting the trail, the ski slopes, or just watching TV at home. Snag a pair for a great stocking stuffer!

REI Co-op Merino Boxer Briefs

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Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion Crew

The Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion Sock is our favorite women’s hiking sock out there, so we’re pretty sure your outdoorsy guy will like them as well. Made from moisture-wicking and temperature-controlling materials, they are cool, comfortable, and soft and Darn Tough’s lifetime guarantee makes them a gift for many years to come. Plus a good pair of socks is always a good idea and one of the best gifts for outdoor lovers in general.

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Gifts for Hikers & Backpackers

Perfect for day hikes or multi-day treks, check out the best outdoor gifts for the hikers and backpackers in your life.

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REI Co-op Trail 25 Pack

Elevate your hiking game with the REI Co-op Trail 25 Pack. This daypack has tons of organizational pockets, including a hydration reservoir sleeve and a raincover that stows into its own pocket. Made with recycled material, this pack comes in several fun colors and is perfect for hiking or travel.

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>> See all our favorite hiking daypacks

Multi-functional Buff

Buffs have so many useful purposes on the trail from shielding your neck from a biting wind to protecting your face from the sun to using as a headband. That’s why the original Buff is a great gift for outdoor lovers and will surely be useful on their next hiking and backpacking trips. I wear mine on every hike.

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BioLite HeadLamp 325

A headlamp is one of the most valuable backpacking and camping tools, so we’re pretty picky about which ones we choose to take with us on the trail. We’ve found that the new BioLite Headlamp 325 not only delivers on brightness, but it’s also super reliable, lightweight, comfortable, and can be recharged via USB so you can leave those disposable batteries at home. Every outdoor lover needs a good headlamp, which is why this is one of the best gifts out there.

BioLite headlamp 325

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Garmin inReach Mini 2

This nifty little handheld device keeps you safe on backcountry expeditions by tracking your location, providing 2-way texting, and sending out SOS signals should things go wrong. For us, a Garmin Mini 2 Satellite Communicator is a must to keep you safe and your loved ones at ease when you’re backpacking off grid. If you want some peace of mind, this is one of the best gifts for the outdoor lover and adventurer in your life.

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REI Co-op Trailbreak Print Trekking Poles

Get your hiking or backpacking enthusiast a pair of trekking poles – it’s an absolute game-changer! Trekking poles help distribute the weight off your knees and ankles and help you have better posture while hiking. These REI Co-op Trailbreak Print Trekking Poles are lightweight, telescope for easy transport, and they are adjustable so you don’t have to worry about fit – plus they come in 2 fun prints!

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Jetboil Flash Cooking System

The Jetboil Flash is one of the best camping cooking systems we’ve tried. It’s super quick and efficient (it can boil water in just over a minute and a half!) and everything packs down small and light, which is a big consideration for multi-day backpacking trips. It also comes with a push igniter, so no more worrying about keeping matches dry.

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Sea to Summit Ember Ultralight 25F Down Quilt

Give the gift of ultralight backpacking gear this season with the Sea to Summit Ember Ultralight 25F Down Quilt. This is BFT Team Member Courtney’s top choice in the backcountry because it’s extremely warm, highly compressible (packs down to the size of a Nalgene), and the adjustable straps make it easy to secure to your sleeping pad. Quilts allow for better freedom of movement than a mummy bag, which is great for people who toss and turn at night.

Sea to Summit Ember Ultralight 25F Down Quilt

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Deuter AirContact Core Backpacking Pack

The Deuter AirContact Core is our backpacking pack of choice. It makes a great gift for anyone looking to get into backpacking or wanting to upgrade their gear. The 45L pack size is perfect for a long weekend backpacking trip and it comes in a larger 60L size if you want something for extended trips and thru-hikes. It’s very comfortable, includes lots of thoughtful touches that come in handy on the trail like external pouches, and has easy-to-use zippers and sinches. The men’s Deuter AirContact Core Backpacking pack is also a great choice.

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REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL 2 Tent

Backpackers would be thrilled to get high-quality gear for the holidays! The REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL 2 Tent is a lightweight, freestanding tent that offers plenty of room for 2 backpackers with 2 large doors and trapezoidal vestibules. Quick to set up and tear down, this tent is geared for years and years of adventure!

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>> See all the best backpacking tents here

Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter

Give the gift of easy clean water this year – something that’s sure to make the backpacker in your life happy! The Platypus GravityWorks filter can filter 4L of water in just 2.5 minutes just by letting gravity do the work – no manual pumping required. This is perfect for backpacking with a partner or even a group – just leave the bag hanging at camp for easy use.

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>> See all our favorite backpacking water filters

Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit

A high-quality, well-stocked first aid kit should be on every outdoor adventurer’s wish list, like the Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit. Weighing less than 8 ounces but jam-packed with all the supplies you’ll need for a 2-person, 2-day adventure, this gift will give everyone better peace of mind.

Adventure Medical Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit

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Gifts for Car Campers

Whether you’re car camping in a National Park or dispersed camping on public lands, these car camping items make the perfect gift for outdoor lovers wanting a little comfort and ambiance around the campfire.

YETI Trailhead Camp Chair

The YETI Trailhead Camp Chair is a top pick for its durability, comfort, and quality. This chair makes it easy to maintain a comfortable position with good back posture and is very easy to set up and pack away. It’s super sturdy with solid construction and has a weight capacity of 500 pounds so it’ll last you years. It’s an all-around awesome chair for car camping and even for at home in your yard. If you’re looking for a great car camping gift, this should be a top contender.

YETI Trailhead Camp Chair

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NEMO Roamer Double Sleeping Pad

We added the NEMO Roamer Double Sleeping Pad to our car camping setup this year and have never slept better outdoors (you can read our full review here)! With a 4-inch thick pad (including a memory foam topper), you’ll feel like you’re sleeping on a real mattress. Plus, you won’t wake up in the middle of the night to a half-deflated mess like a traditional air mattress. Shopping for a solo setup? There’s a 1P Roamer available too.

NEMO Roamer Double Sleeping Pad

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MSR Habitude 4 Tent

Give the gift of the MSR Habitude 4 Tent to the camper in your life this season (even if that’s you, wink wink). With a peak height of just over six feet, this tent is tall enough for most people to fully stand up in. It has a ton of organizational pockets on the inside, a large vestibule for gear, and color-coded poles that make it easy to set up. If you’re looking for a larger tent, there is a 6P version.

MSR Habitude 4 Tent

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Geyser Systems Portable Shower w/ Heater

Uplevel your camp showers with the Geyser Portable Shower with Heater. Using less than 1 gallon of water per use, you can rinse off yourself, your gear, and have an easy way to clean camp dishes. Hot water and showers are a luxury while camping so this makes the perfect holiday gift for the outdoor lover in your life. You can read our full review of the Geyser Systems Shower here.

Geyser Portable Shower

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MPOWERD Luci Lux Inflatable Solar Lantern

Having a way to light up your campsite or tent is a great way to brighten up camp and create some ambiance while car camping. The MPOWERD Luci Lux Inflatable Solar Lantern collapses down to just 1 in. thick, leaving plenty of room for other gear in the car, and it charges by the sun so you don’t have to worry about batteries. Hang it from a nearby tree, illuminate the inside of your tent, or play games by its soft glow at night.

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Kammok Roo Double Recycled Hammock

What’s better than lounging in a hammock after a nice long hike or after setting up camp? The Kammok Roo Double Recycled Hammock is the perfect gift for car campers because it has ample room for two but packs down super small. With tons of fun colors, you’re sure to find the perfect hammock for someone on your list. Kammok also makes a single recycled hammock and a hammock stand if you want to take your hammock adventures anywhere.

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Rumpl Blanket

Rumpl Blankets are our favorite camp blankets because they’re snuggly and soft yet still extremely durable. I’ve used mine for 4 years and I can’t believe how well it’s held up! The blankets come in several different materials including recycled synthetic, a warmer NanoLoft synthetic, and down. You can also choose from a wide variety of colors and styles. Since they’re water and dirt-resistant and can be thrown into the wash, they’re one of our favorite gifts for outdoor lovers in general.

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Selk’Bag Original Recycled Wearable Sleeping Bag

Heads will turn when you rock up to the campfire in a Selk’Bag Wearable Sleeping Bag (with jealousy, of course). Selk’bags are extremely cozy and allow for full freedom of movement – perfect for those cold-weather camping trips. These have become a cold-weather camping staple for the BFT team and make a really great holiday gift, too. These also come in an adorable small size for kids in fun prints.

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Gifts for the Camp Chef

Making the camp cook happy for the holidays pretty much guarantees that you’ll be happy (and full) too. Take the camp kitchen to the next level with these gift ideas.

Eureka Ignite Camp Stove

A camp stove might just be the most important piece of equipment in your camp kitchen. We love the Eureka Ignite Plus Camp Stove which fits two 12″ pans. It has two powerful burners, great simmering capability, and solid construction that will help you cook up delicious camp meals for years. If you’re looking for a smaller camp stove, the standard Ignite Stove fits two 10″ pans and comes in a nice color as well.

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YETI Rambler Mug

Everyone needs a high-quality camp mug and our top choice is the YETI Rambler. With double-walled vacuum insulation, this mug will keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold for hours and has a MagSlider lid to prevent big spills. This mug comes in a ton of fun colors so take your pick this holiday season!

YETI Rambler Mug with MagSlider Lid

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GSI Outdoors Glacier Vacuum Java Press

Kick off your camp mornings with a hot cup of coffee thanks to GSI Outdoors Glacier Vacuum Java Press. This vacuum-insulated, double-walled French press keeps coffee hot for hours and its durable construction will ensure it’s a camp kitchen staple for years. Be sure to snag this for your next dawn patrol!

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Sea to Summit X-Pot

If you’re looking to save serious space in your kitchen setup, you’ll love the Sea to Summit X-Pot. While the hard-anodized aluminum bottom allows for a fast boil, the walls are made of food-grade flexible silicone so the pot collapses for compact storage when not in use. Weighing less than 12 ounces, this pot is perfect for cooking 2-person meals, and smaller sizes are available.

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Stanley Master Unbreakable Thermal Vacuum Bottle

How nice is it to have a hot beverage on a cold day? This Stanley Thermal Vacuum Bottle makes bringing hot drinks along a breeze, whether you want something to sip at the viewpoint on your hike or you’re brewing a batch of coffee at camp. This thermos keeps drinks hot or cold for 27 hours or iced for up to 4 days. Its fully leakproof design and stainless steel exterior make this the perfect gift for any outdoor lover.

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>>For more gift ideas check out our favorite Stanley gifts for camping and van life

GSI Outdoors Santoku Knife Set

A solid knife set is a great gift for the camp cook – from slicing bagels to cutting veggies for kabobs, a portable knife set is essential for whipping up delicious camp meals. The GSI Outdoors Santoku Knife Set includes a 4-inch paring knife, 6-inch chef’s knife, 6-inch serrated knife, and a folding cutting board plus a soap bottle and a dishcloth. It comes in a handy compact carry case so you can keep everything organized too.

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Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven

Up your camp kitchen game with the Lodge Deep Camp Dutch Oven, an awesome gift for outdoor lovers! Cooking over a fire is a special way to make meals while car camping – from stews to casseroles to cobblers, the opportunities are endless with this 4-quart dutch oven.

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OXO Camp Cook Utensil Set

If you don’t have a dedicated camp kitchen utensil set, the OXO Camp Cook Utensil Set is a great choice that comes with a spatula, serving spoon, a pair of thongs, and a silicone rest complete with a compact carrying case for easy transport. These utensils are durable and will last you seasons – plus the silicone ends make these non-stick, easy to clean, and they won’t scratch your non-stick pans. Win-win!

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Gifts for Travelers

Going somewhere? Use our list to get the perfect gift for that loved one who’s always yearning to hit the road or put a new stamp on their passport.

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Cotopaxi Allpa Travel Pack

The Cotopaxi Allpa Travel Pack is the perfect piece of carry-on luggage and a great gift for any adventure traveler. It meets most airlines’ carry-on requirements and the shoulder straps and removable hip belt make it easy to carry. It has a variety of pockets to help keep you organized, including a padded laptop/tablet sleeve and a small compartment for essentials like a passport and keys, and it even comes with a rain cover in case the weather turns.

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Nomadix Quick-Dry Towel

Nomadix Quick-Dry Towels are very useful and versatile for travelers. Not only can they be used to dry off after a shower, but they can also be used as beach blankets, sarongs, car seat covers, yoga mats, and much more. If you have a traveler in your life who loves to explore the outdoors, this is the perfect gift!

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Sea to Summit Toiletry Bag

A toiletry bag is a must for any traveler. We love the Sea to Summit Hanging Toiletry Bag because it has several pockets to keep things organized and the hook makes it very efficient to use, especially in small spaces. It’s also super lightweight and even includes a mirror, so it’s the perfect piece to bring along on road trips, camping trips, international travel, and more. It also comes in a large size for additional storage.

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REI Co-op Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are traveling essentials that allow for ultimate organization, more room in your bag, and peace of mind. REI’s packing cube set has three different sizes to keep everything in the right place. These make a great gift for van lifers too!

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GoPro Hero 10

Who wouldn’t be stoked to get a new GoPro for the holidays! The GoPro Hero 10 is what I currently use on my adventures and I’ve been super happy with the video and photo quality. I love that it has a front and rear LCD screen and how easy it is to access and edit all my footage. This versatile piece of camera/video gear makes a great gift for outdoor lovers from hikers to scuba divers.

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REI Co-op Big Haul 40 Recycled Duffel

We love the versatile REI Co-op Big Haul 40 Recycled Duffel which can be carried either as a duffel or a backpack with stowaway straps. With a 40L capacity, this duffel is also a standard carry-on size on most airlines. Made with rugged recycled ripstop material, this duffel can withstand all of your adventures!

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Scrubba Wash Bag

Say goodbye to washing clothes in the sink — the Scrubba Wash Bag is a pocket-sized “washing machine” that’s perfect for travel, camping, and other adventures. The Scrubba requires less than 1 gallon of water and provides a machine-quality wash, saving you time and money while traveling.

Scrubba Wash Bag

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Gifts for Snow Lovers

Help the skiers, snowboarders, and snow bunnies in your life hit the slopes with gifts for outdoor lovers that will keep them cozy and warm on the coldest of days.

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Polar Buff

Buff’s multifunctional headwear is always a good idea and makes the perfect versatile gift for outdoor lovers. This fleece-lined Polar Buff is especially handy during the winter when it’s cold and windy out.

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SMITH Skyline ChromaPop Goggles

These SMITH Skyline ChromaPop goggles make a great gift for skiers and snowboarders. They’re designed to maximize your field of view and peripheral vision while minimizing fog and providing key UV protection. Plus they’re available in a variety of frame and lens colors so you’re sure to find the right style for the powder hound in your life.

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Burton Beanies

Good things come in threes, right? These classic Burton beanies go with everything and are perfect for any cold-weather outdoor activity from hiking and camping to skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. They come in a three-pack and with a variety of color combos, you can’t go wrong with this gift for outdoor lovers.

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Outdoor Research Flurry Sensor Gloves

These fleece-lined Outdoor Research Gloves are super cozy yet functional – they’ll keep your hands warm and snug and they’re also touch screen compatible which is nice for being able to take photos while out on winter adventures. They come in a men’s version as well.

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Oboz Bridger Waterproof Boots

Oboz makes great hiking boots, so it’s no surprise that their winter boots are high-performing and comfortable as well. The Oboz Bridger 7″ Boot is both insulated and waterproof to keep out the winter chill and it has burly treads to prevent slipping on ice. These are the perfect boots to pull on after a long day on the slopes and a great gift for outdoor lovers.

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Crescent Moon EVA Snowshoes

Looking to try something new? These unisex Crescent Moon EVA Snowshoes are lightweight and extremely easy to get on and off, making them a great gift especially if you’re looking to try snowshoeing for the first time.

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Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System

For the winter hikers in your life, these Kahtoola Microspikes make a great gift. They attach to nearly any pair of shoes and the spikes on the bottom help grab on to slick and icy terrain. Microspikes make a world of difference for winter hikes by helping keep you safe on slick terrain.

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Gifts for Outdoor Pets

We think your dog deserves a little gift during the holiday season, too. Here are a few of our top picks for your best friend.

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Front Range Dog Day Pack

Take your dog hiking or backpacking and make it easy for them to carry their own weight with this Ruffwear Front Range Dog Day Pack. It comes in a variety of sizes and is adjustable for optimal fit, is padded and comfortable, and has numerous organization pockets. Throw in some food, treats, and a collapsible water bowl, and your pup will be ready to go!

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Highlands Dog Sleeping Pad

Ruffwear’s Highlands Dog Sleeping Pad is a lightweight synthetic down pad for dogs that help keep them comfortable and warm on the trail, in the backcountry, or at camp. With an accordion design, it’s super easy to pack and the microsuede topper is quick to clean.

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Ruffwear Hydro Plane Dog Toy

This multi-functional Ruffwear Hydro Plane Dog Toy is the perfect gift for your pooch. It’s lightweight and flexible yet rugged enough for tough play. With the bright colors and a foam interior that makes this toy buoyant enough to float on water or snow, you’ll have no more lost toys.

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Ruffwear Knot-A-Hitch

Ruffwear’s clever Knot-A-Hitch dog tethering system is the perfect set-up for camping and road-tripping with your pooch. Inspired by climbing components and hardware, this system allows your dog to roam at camp while remaining tethered to a leash. The easy-to-use tensioning system makes it quick to set up and it can be secured around two trees or a single post.

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Wolfgang Man & Beast Collar

These Wolfgang Man & Beast collars are super durable (no fraying here) and come in a variety of fun designs. They’re made in the USA with outdoor adventures in mind and are fade, UV, water, and mildew-resistant. You can also buy a matching leash!

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Stocking Stuffers for Outdoor Lovers

Little goodies that are useful, fun, and don’t take up a ton of room.

Sea to Summit Head Net

This tiny, packable, lightweight Sea to Summit bug net is essential for any hiker, camper, or backpacker who has had the unpleasant experience of being swarmed by mosquitos or flies. Bugs can be bad at certain times of the year, but this head net will stop them from bothering you and you’ll forget you even have it on. We brought these along on our Mineral King backpacking trip and were so glad that we did.

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REI Gift Card

Take the guesswork out of it and give an REI Gift Card to the outdoor lover in your life who is difficult to shop for. That way, they can pick out something they need and want themselves. Easy peasy.

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Nalgene Water Bottle

Ditch the single-use plastic and gift a reusable water bottle this year! We love Nalgene bottles because they’re BPA, BPS, and phthalate-free. Plus, the wide mouth makes it easy to fill with ice and their bottles come in a ton of funky prints.

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Sea to Summit Wilderness Wipes

These Sea to Summit Wilderness Wipes are a top seller for good reason. Perfect for camping and backpacking trips, these are like a shower in a wipe and will help you feel clean after a long day outside. They’re gentle on your skin, compostable, made with soothing aloe vera and vitamin E, and are one of the best gifts for outdoor lovers.

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REI Co-op Multi Towel Mini

Micro-fiber towels are a great gift for the adventurer in your life – they’re perfect for tossing in a day pack to clean dog paws, dry off after a spontaneous lake dip, wash your face on backpacking trips, or many other uses. This hand towel comes with a convenient carrying case and a carabiner to clip onto a pack.

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Dr. Bronners Hand Sanitizer

Covid or not, hand sanitizer is always handy to have around, and this Dr. Bronners hand sanitizer is our favorite. We love the easy spray bottle, the soothing natural lavender scent, and the organic ingredients. Whether in the car for road trips, in your camping or backpacking kit, or in your purse when on the go, this is one item that everyone can use and appreciate.

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Opinel Knife

Every outdoor adventurer should have a small knife, and this Opinel knife is a favorite of ours. The simple ring lock system makes it safe and easy to use, plus it’s lightweight and elegant with a beautiful wood handle and stainless steel blade that stays sharp and won’t corrode. Keep it stashed in your car, camping, or backpacking kit so you’re always ready to slice up some snacks or cut some cord.

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Stormproof Matches

A set of stormproof matches can be a lifesaver on a camping or backpacking trip if the weather turns. They’re a good thing to bring along in your hiking first aid kit in case of an emergency as well. These extra-long matches have a 25 second burn time, will light even after getting wet, and come in a durable waterproof case with a striker.

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NUUN Sport Hydration Tablets

We take these NUUN hydration tablets along on all our vigorous outdoor adventures, whether an all-day hike, a multi-day backpacking trip, or a day on the water. They’re packed with key electrolytes and minerals for complete hydration, plus they’re easy to bring along and make your water taste great. These are also a great gift for travelers who may need help to stay hydrated on long flights or while traveling in hot countries.

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We hope this list of best gifts for outdoor lovers helps simplify your shopping so you can get off your computer, out of the stores, and spend more time outside. What’s on your wish list this year?

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11 Comments

  1. Suggesting the JBL Clip 3 instead of the 2. The 2 was amazing while the clip lasted. The caribiner is attached to the body by a rubber piece which came out. The 3 has a metal ring around the whole and integrates the body and Biner. It’s yet to
    Come off but shouldn’t impact the water resistance if it does. Keep up the posts. I’ve added some to my lists of “nice to have”

  2. It never ceases to surprise me….your blog is FANTASTIC! It’s my go-to when I’m looking for camping advice. These gift ideas were perfect suggestions! Thanks for taking the time to create it and segment your suggestions.

  3. Thanks for the well thought out list of gifts for outdoor enthusiasts. After reading your review of the Moonshade, I placed the order and your coupon was much appreciated. I’ve been struggling with which way to go between a permanently mounted Fiamma vs a tarp for several years now. The Moonshade looks like a good compromise.

  4. Hi Kristen!
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