50 Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers 2021: Ideas for Hikers, Campers, Travelers & More

The ultimate guide to gifts for outdoor lovers with ideas for hikers, backpackers, campers, travelers, skiers, outdoor pets, & more.

The perfect gifts for outdoor lovers in 2021 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 2021 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 2021 holiday 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.

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Arc’teryx Atom SL Insulated Hoodie

The Arc’teryx Atom SL 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 9oz, it packs down super small, making it perfect for all trips from hiking to backpacking to air travel.

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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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Vuori Performance Jogger Pants

The Vuori Performance Jogger Pants are the perfect bottom layer whether you’re camping, road-tripping, lounging, or going for a stroll. The performance fabric is quick-drying and moisture-wicking, so no need to worry about getting chilled after a sweaty hike. These joggers are incredibly soft and comfy and come in a bunch of colors/patterns, so be sure to snag a pair!

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REI Co-op Midweight Base Layer Crew Top

Base layers are essential for any outdoor lover from hikers and backpackers to skiers, snowboarders, and other snow sport lovers. The REI Co-op Midweight Base Layer Crew Top is quite a steal and is comfortable and fits well to boot. The soft fabric 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! Check out the REI Co-op Midweight Base Layer Tights for a matching set.

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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. 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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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.

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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 Lightweight Base Layer Long-Sleeve Crew Top

We love REI’s women’s base layers, so it’s only natural that we think the men’s REI Co-op Lightweight 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 Lightweight Base Layer Bottoms for a matching set.

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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 favorite 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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KUHL Renegade Convertible Pants 

A good pair of hiking pants are the perfect gift for the outdoorsy man in your life, and the KUHL Renegade Convertible Pants are our top pick (these are the pants my boyfriend Ryan wears hiking). The stealth zip-off system eliminates the usual fabric flap while keeping the zipper running smoothly, quickly turning these into 10-inch shorts. Bonus: they are water-resistant, quick-dry, and offer 50+ UPF sun protection!

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Saxx Ultra Boxer Briefs

Saxx Ultra Boxer Briefs make the perfect holiday gift for every man in your life. These anti-roll, 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!

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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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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.

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BioLite HeadLamp 200

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 BioLite Headlamp 200 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.

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Garmin inReach Mini

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-Way Satellite Communicator is a must to keep you safe and your loved ones at ease. 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 Traverse 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 Traverse Trekking Poles are lightweight, telescope for easy transport, and they are adjustable so you don’t have to worry about fit.

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Jetboil Flash Cooking System

The Jetboil Flash is one of the best camping cooking systems we’ve tried out. 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 the matches dry.

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NEMO Tensor Insulated Sleeping Pad

A good backpacking sleeping pad is a key piece of any backcountry camping kit. A high-quality, lightweight, packable, and comfortable sleeping pad like the NEMO Tensor Insulated Sleeping Pad is an investment but we can tell you from experience that it’s so worth it. This is an awesome gift for backpackers and car campers alike!

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Deuter AirContact Lite Backpacking Pack

The Deuter AirContact Lite 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, has lots of thoughtful touches that come in handy on the trail like external pouches, and easy to use zippers and sinches. The men’s Deuter AirContact Lite Backpacking pack is also a great choice.

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NEMO Dragonfly 2 Tent

Backpackers would be thrilled to get high-quality, ultralight gear for the holidays! The NEMO Dragonfly 2 tent is an ultralight, 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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TheTentLab The Deuce #2 UL Backcountry Trowel

While this may seem like a funny gift, it’s really USEFUL! Weighing just .6 ounces, this ultralight trowel makes doing your business in the backcountry a cinch. TheTentLab The Deuce #2 comes with me on every hike and backpacking trip – ’nuff said.

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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.

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Helinox Sunset Chair

The Helinox Sunset Chair is our go-to camping chair for its comfort, packability, and ease of setting up. Weighing in at only 3lbs 4oz, it’s light yet durable and the high, supportive back makes relaxation a breeze. If you’re looking for a great car camping gift, this should be a top contender. It comes in a print version as well.

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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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Solo Stove Fire Pit

If you know someone who loves the warmth and glow of a campfire but can’t stand the smoke, this gift is for them. The Solo Stove is a wood-burning fire pit that burns efficiently and slowly and its 360° Airflow Design™ delivers a hotter fire with less smoke. This fire pit is a great gift for car campers and van lifers who are dispersed camping and want to have a safe, contained campfire while following Leave No Trace guidelines as well.

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JBL Flip 5 Eco Portable Waterproof Speaker

Having a portable speaker is one of our essentials for car camping trips – it’s nice to listen to good tunes while cooking dinner or hanging around the campfire. The JBL Flip 5 Eco Portable Waterproof Speaker is compact, durable, and completely waterproof so you can take it out on all your adventures.

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ENO DoubleNest Printed Hammock

What’s better than lounging in a hammock after a nice long hike or after setting up camp? The ENO DoubleNest Printed Hammock is the perfect gift for car campers because it has ample room for two but packs down super small. With tons of fun prints and patterns, you’re sure to find the perfect hammock for someone on your list. ENO also makes solid print DoubleNest hammocks.

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Kammok Swiftlet Hammock Stand

The Kammok Swiftlet Hammock Stand is perfect for pairing with a hammock! A hammock stand offers comfort and freedom to hang your hammock anywhere without having to find the perfect trees. It’s surprisingly lightweight and comes with a padded travel bag so carrying the stand is a breeze.

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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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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.

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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 Camp Stove. It has two powerful burners, great simmering capability, and its solid construction that will help you cook up delicious camp meals for years.

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AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press

The AeroPress coffee maker has been my go-to method for making that perfect cup of joe for nearly 10 years. The AeroPress Go travel coffee press is super compact, takes less than a minute to make a cup of coffee, and the process results in a rich, smooth flavor that I haven’t been able to achieve with drip coffee or a french press. Cleanup is also a cinch, which is essential, especially if you’re car camping. You can read my full review of the Aeropress Go here.

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Stanley Even-Heat Camp Pro Cookset

For a functional and compact kitchen cookset set look no further than the 11-piece Stanley Even-Heat Camp Pro Cookset. It includes everything you need for camp cooking including a stainless steel pot, frying pan, and collapsible cutting board. Best of all – everything nests together to take up less room.

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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 5-quart dutch oven.

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Sea To Summit Kitchen Sink

A dish bucket or sink makes cleaning up at camp much easier and more efficient. This Sea To Summit Camp Sink stands up on its own when filled with water and collapses down for easy storage when not in use. It also has two handles for easy carrying and comes in two sizes: 10L and 20L. Just be sure to use biodegradable dish soap and follow Leave No Trace guidelines when disposing of dishwater.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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 Goggle

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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MSR Evo Snowshoes

Looking to try something new? These MSR Evo Snowshoes are dependable and work well in a variety of conditions, making them a great gift whether you’re looking to try snowshoeing for the first time or you’re a seasoned snowshoer.

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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 Bag

Ruffwear’s Highland Dog Sleeping Bag is a lightweight and packable synthetic down sleeping bag for dogs that help keep them comfortable and warm on the trail, in the backcountry, or at camp. If your dog is prone to getting cold, this is a perfect gift!

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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.

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Ruffwear Insulated Jacket

Your pup feels those cold winter temps too! Keep them warm and cozy on chilly outings with this Ruffwear Insulated Jacket. It’s warm, durable, water repellent, easy to put on, and comes in a variety of sizes.

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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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Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Outdoor Lovers

Little goodies that are useful and fun make the best stocking stuffers – here’s what we’d want in ours.

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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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Burts Bees Lip Balm

This cute Burts Bees gift set makes the perfect stocking stuffer. It comes with a pomegranate moisturizing lip balm that smells delightful, a peony lip shimmer for a little sparkle, and a hibiscus tinted lip balm for a little natural color. We love Burts Bees lip products because they moisturize without any nasty ingredients like parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, or sodium lauryl sulfate.

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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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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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Safety Whistle

A safety whistle is always good to have along for any outdoor activity whether it’s hiking, camping, backpacking, or anything else. This whistle weighs practically nothing and creates two different loud, high-pitched sounds to ensure you’ll be heard in case of an emergency.

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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 in 2021 helps simplify your shopping so you can get off your computer, out of the stores, and spend more time outside this holiday season.

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Written by Kristen Bor

Hey there! My name is Kristen, and this is my outdoor blog. I discovered the power of the outdoors in my 20s, at the time I needed it most. Now 15 years later, prioritizing that critical connection with nature continues to improve my life. My goal at Bearfoot Theory is to empower you with the tools and advice you need to responsibly get outside.

11 comments on “50 Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers 2021: Ideas for Hikers, Campers, Travelers & More

  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!
    It is very interesting and amazing article for all readers especially for those who want to feel special to their lovers. Thanks for sharing this article.

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