THE ULTIMATE REI OUTDOOR GIFT GUIDE FOR 2017
*This post is sponsored by REI.
This holiday season, wouldn’t it be great if you could get all of your shopping down in one fell swoop? We’ve scoured REI and our own gear closets and put together this ultimate outdoorsy gift guide featuring the best gifts for hikers, campers, van lifers, photographers, dog-owners, outdoor parents, and more. Broken down by category, there is a unique outdoor gift for every kind of adventurer in your life, and every single gift idea on here is available at REI. That means less time running around shopping and more time to #OptOutside. And don’t forget, if you’re an REI member you’ll be earning dividend points with all of your holiday purchases. That means when April rolls around, you’ll be getting 10% back as cash or credit towards new summer camping gear.
Outdoor Apparel Gifts for Women
Our favorite outdoor gifts for the special lady in your life – and that means moms, sisters, daughters friends, and lovers.
Patagonia Hooded Down Sweater
This Patagonia down hoody is a classic. Warm, compressible, and windproof, it’s a go-to for cold winter weather.
North Face Hybrid Hiker Tights
These North Face Hybrid hiker tights are one-of-a-kind leggings. Not only are they warm and flattering, they are super durable and even repel water, making them a great option for cold weather hiking.
North Face Shellista II Mid Winter Boots
These North Face Shellista Mid Winter Boots are perfect for snowy strolls or for slipping into something comfy after skiing.
Force of Nature Tee
“Buster of Moves” whether on a trail, on the water, or on the slopes. This Force of Nature tee is a great shirt for your badass gal pal or girlfriend.
Sorel Out ‘N About Slide Slippers
I wear these slippers on chilly mornings when I’m letting our dog Charlie outside. I love the look, the diversity, and durability of the indoor/outdoor sole.
Pistil Osa Hat
This is one of the warmest winter hats I have, and I love that it covers and keeps my ears nice and toasty.
Outdoor Apparel Gifts for Men
Outdoor gifts for him – that special hunk, dad, son, or bro.
Marmot Ridgefield Shirt Jacket
Perfect for sitting by the campfire or winter walks, especially with the two hand pockets that make this flannel so unique.
Patagonia Hooded Down Sweater
I love my Patagonia down hoody so much I had to include the men’s version. Warm, compressible, and windproof, it’s a go-to for cold winter weather.
Sorrel Falcon Ridge Slippers
A super comfy slipper for lounging around the house, playing fetch in the yard, or rummaging around in the garage.
Sherpa Adventure Gear Renzing Hat
These wool hats are fair-trade certified and hand-knitted in Nepal by a women’s co-op.
Arcade Eldorado Belt
This mountain belt is built for the outdoors, yet nice enough to wear out for dinner and drinks.
Gifts for Outdoor Photographers
Outdoor gadget gifts for the person who likes to capture their adventures on camera.
GoPro Hero 6
You all know that the GoPro is my go-to action cam. I use it for all of my solo travels and my YouTube videos, and the GoPro 6 just took it up a notch with its super slow motion capabilities.
You don’t need a flat, level surface with this tripod. The arms wrap around anything from tree branches to hiking poles, allowing you to frame and be in your shots.
Peak Design Slide Camera Strap
GoPro Karma Grip Video Stabilizer
The only way to get smooth GoPro footage is with a Gimbal. The Karma Grip is one of the only GoPro gimbals that you can both hand hold or mount using any of the standard GoPro mounts. For anyone who is serious about making videos, I’d highly recommended investing in a gimbal, as it will take your videos to a whole new level. Here’s a video I posted on Instagram that was shot with the GoPro Karma. See how stable it is compared to hand holding the camera?
Moab Lander iPhone Case
Does anyone else have issues with their iPhone when they are out in cold temps? This iPhone 6/6s/7/8 case uses thermal technologies to extend your battery life in extreme conditions. You can also snag one for iPhone 6+/6s+/7+/8+ or the iPhone X.
Check out more of our favorite gifts for photographers.
Gifts for Car Campers
These outdoor gifts are for campers, newbies and experts alike.
REI Co-op Camp Bundle
This all-in-one bundle of a sleeping bag + sleeping pad + 2 person tent is perfect for people getting their feet wet in camping. It’s quality gear, and you can’t beat the price.
REI Co-op Flexlite Chair
This lightweight camping chair made by REI comes in a lot of cool colors and has a similar design to the more expensive Helinox chair (but at a fraction of the price).
Barebones Forest Lantern
This Barebones Forest Lantern combines a vintage look with modern capabilities. It comes with a USB port that you can use to charge your phone, and the lantern itself runs off of rechargeable batteries.
JBL Charge 3 Portable Speaker
Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler
If you’ve been on a multi-day rafting trip, you know that Yeti is the cooler of choice for keeping food fresh, beers cold, and cocktail ice frozen for days on end.
Spikeball is volleyball meets 4-square. It’s a lightweight, packable game perfect for car camping, rafting trips, or a day at the beach.
Check out more great camping games to enjoy with family & friends.
Gifts for the Camp Chef
The camp chef needs the right tools to cook you that delicious dinner. Here are our favorite outdoor cooking gifts.
Camp Chef Everest 2-Burner Camp Stove
This Camp Chef stove is efficient, easy to set up, and gets a pot of water boiling in no time. It also has an ignition switch so you don’t have to track down a lighter to cook your meals.
Hydro Flask 10 oz Wine Tumbler
Whether you want to keep your white wine cold or your hot chocolate hot, this Hydro Flask tumbler keeps your drinks at the right temp and is durable enough to take a beating around camp. If you’re looking for a new favorite cocktail to enjoy around the campfire, here are our favorites.
Lodge Camp Dutch Oven
A dutch oven is one of the most diverse cooking tools. Chili over the fire, cinnamon rolls, and even dutch oven tempura, which is Kim’s (BFT’s Content Director) specialty. Here are six great one pot camping recipes to try.
Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Kitchen Sink
With this camping kitchen sink, clean-up is quick and easy.
WACACO Minipresso GR Portable Espresso Machine
Be a trailside barista for all your friends with this portable espresso machine. Don’t forget to pack your favorite ground-up beans from home.
Gifts for Outdoor Parents
Just because you have a kid doesn’t mean you can’t go outside. Here are our top 3 gifts for outdoor parents at REI.
REI Kids’ Co-op Nodder 25 Sleeping Bag
As your kiddo grows, this 3-season children’s sleeping bag can lengthen allowing you to stretch it out over multiple seasons.
Deuter Kid Comfort Air Child Carrier
With this great hiking child carrier, you can throw your little one on your back and still have room to spare for your day hiking essentials.
YayLabs! SoftShell Ice Cream Ball
This ice cream making ball will keep kids entertained while camping. It’s the perfect post-hike treat for your family to enjoy together.
Gifts for Adventurous Dog Owners
Take your best friend with you on the trail. Here’s our favorite gifts for dog owners.
High Roller Ball
This ball will last throw after throw, bounce after bounce. If your dog has lots of energy, they will love chasing it around the yard or camp.
Ruffwear Front Range Dog Harness
If your dog is the kind that pulls on you, this Ruffwear Front Range harness helps you stay in control and prevents the leash from getting tangled around your dog’s legs.
This carabiner light easily attaches to a dog’s collar and is great for evening hikes.
GoPro Fetch Camera Mount Dog Harness
See the world from your dog’s perspective. This GoPro Fetch mount allows you to attach a GoPro to your dog’s back and capture some fun POV footage.
Ruffwear Dog Bowl
These Ruffwear dog bowls are lightweight and foldable, so you can throw them in your backpack (or your dog’s). They also have a sturdy wide base, making it difficult for your pup to knock them over.
Gifts for the Jet Setter
Practical gifts for the international traveler who never seems to settle down.
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack
Fanny packs are back in style. Whether you are headed to a music festival or traveling and don’t want to carry a purse, you’ll barely notice this lightweight, super stylish Patagonia hip pack.
SteriPEN Ultra Water Purifier
We used a SteriPen the entire time we were trekking to Everest Basecamp last year. With it, we avoided wasting a ton of disposable plastic water bottles, and we also saved money.
Sherpani Lima Shoulder Bag
This stylish travel shoulder bag comes with security in mind; it has zippered locks and a system for locking your purse to a chair or your bus/train seat.
REI Co-op Grande Shower Kit
REI’s grande shower kit comes with a hook for hanging, has multiple compartments to keep you organized and can even hold full-size bottles. I love that it also comes with a built-in mirror and includes a clear TSA-friendly removeable case for small liquids.
REI Big Haul Duffel
REI’s new duffel line can be worn carried three ways – by the handles, over the shoulder, or as a backpack. The material is extremely durable, water-resistant, and can carry a big load of gear.
Check out our full review of the best REI travel bags & accessories.
Gifts for the Van Lifer
Friends with a van-lifer? These outdoor gifts will help they stay clean and comfortable on the road.
REI Co-op Multi Towel Lite X-Large
Whether you are showering or drying dishes, a stack of quick dry towels is a top van life essential.
NEMO Helio LX Pressure Shower
This portable NEMO shower has great water pressure (via a foot pump), and if you leave it out in the sun, the water gets surprisingly warm. I took this to Burning Man last year, and it was a huge hit.
Cabiniste Down Booties
These down booties are warm and cozy, and the sole is thick enough to run outside with if you need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. The fit is perfect since they aren’t unisex and come sized specifically for men or women.
Rumpl Puffy Blanket
This lightweight, extra warm blanket is awesome for cold nights in the van or curling up outside to catch the evening stars.
Check out my top 15 kitchen essentials for camper van cooking.
Gifts for the National Park Lover
Love our public lands? So do we. These outdoor gifts help the National Park lover show their enthusiasm for the lands that make America great.
Ranger Doug’s Enterprises National Park Poster
Frame one of these cool vintage style national park posters for your favorite public lands advocate.
America the Beautiful Annual Pass
At $80 a year, the America the Beautiful Pass (an annual National Parks Pass) is a great deal and helps support and maintain our National Parks.
The Landmark Project National Parks T-Shirts
We talk a lot here on the blog about raising awareness of issues that affect our public lands. Spread the message further of your support for our National Parks with these great t-shirts.
Chacos Sandals National Park Foundation Collection
These Chaco sandals are designed after Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic Spring, one of the most beautiful and colorful spots in the National Park. Check out our Yellowstone National Park road trip itinerary if you haven’t already.
National Geographic National Parks Map Collection
10 waterproof maps for endless exploring in our National Parks.
Gifts for the Backcountry Hiker
Lightweight is key in the backcountry. Here are some of our favorite outdoor gifts for backpackers and long-distance hikers.
The Garmin InReach is a backcountry communication device that allows you to send messages to friends, family, or in the worst case, emergency responders when you are off the grid. It’s a great tool for giving your loved ones peace of mind.
MSR Hubba Hubba Tent
The MSR Hubba Hubba Tent has been around for over 10 years, and this new model is a great compromise between durability and weight.
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
The Jetboil is the simplest and fastest way to boil water in the backcountry. It’s lightweight and consists of a stove and a pot for cooking.
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
This Black Diamond headlamp has a bunch of different settings and is water resistant, making it a great option when the weather is iffy.
Platypus Soft Bottle
ENO Sub 6 Hammock
This Sub6 Hammock is the newest, lightest hammock by ENO. I recently tested it out on a backpacking trip, and when paired with the Helios suspension system, it’s strong and sets up very easily.
Best Books for The Outdoor Adventurer
Give your favorite adventurer something to read in their downtime with these popular adventure books.
A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson’s humor will have all your adventure friends laughing while dreaming up their next big adventure.
No Shortcuts to the Top
This is a great read for that friend who has big adventure goals set for the upcoming year. This inspirational memoir recounts Ed Viesturs summit of the highest 14 peaks in the world.
The Barefoot Sisters
An awesome read for your gal pal, girlfriend or any crazy females you have in your life. It’s a story of 2 sisters who hike the AT shoeless.
Climbing from Gym to Rock
It’s a big jump, going from the gym to actual mountains. This instructional how-to book about rock climbing helps get you ready.
Big Book of Marathon & Half-Marathon Training
An inspirational guide for runners that will give them the skills and support they need for a big race.
The Backpacker’s Field Manual
A complete how-to guide on everything backpacking, including first aid and ultralight hiking.
Gifts for the Water Lover
NRS HydroSkin Gloves
Cold water or weather won’t create excuses with these great gripping gloves that cut wind and cold chill out.
NRS Thrive Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board Bundle
This inflatable stand-up-paddle board stores small, but provides the stability and durability of a solid SUP. It even has a bunch of D rings that you can use to attach gear if you want to take it on a grand adventure.
SealLine Discovery View Dry Bag
These translucent dry bags allow you to find where you packed your sunscreen, snacks and extra layers so you can enjoy more action time on the water.
The ORU Kayak is foldable and fits in a backpack. It’s perfect for the apartment or van-dwelling paddler who doesn’t have a way to store or transport a normal kayak.
Gifts for Winter Junkies
Reversible Polar Buff
The classic Buff taken to an advanced level. I love having the soft fleece lined side of this reversible Buff next to my skin for added warmth. I always wear it on cold days when I’m skiing.
Outdoor Research Verglas Gaiters
Gaiters are an important piece of equipment for anyone venturing out on the trail in winter, as they help keep snow out of your boots. These Outdoor Research Gaiters (men’s / women’s) are a great option for winter hikes or more serious expeditions.
MSR EVO Snowshoes
These snowshoes are a great value and a nice set for someone who is just getting into snowshoeing. They are fairly lightweight, maneuverable, and will last for years.
Transpack XT1 Ski/Snowboard Boot Pack
For skiers and snowboarders who like to travel. Your boots are the most important piece of equipment, and this ski/snowboard boot bag makes it easy to take them with you.
Yaktrax ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip Traction System
If icy sidewalks and trails make you nervous, these Yaktrax easily slip over your shoes and provide excellent traction even on the slickest of surfaces.
Best Stocking Stuffers for Adventurers
Some quick and easy stocking stuffers to round out our list of outdoor gifts.
Darn Tough Hiking Socks
Gear Aid Tenacious Tape
There’s no need to throw away your sleeping bag or tent just because it has a hole in it. Use this Gear Aid Tenacious Tape to quickly repair your gear on the go.
Starbucks VIA Ready Brew Instant Coffee
Some mornings you just want a little extra sleep before hitting the trail. These instant coffee packs provide you immediate coffee when mixed with hot water. No grinding beans, no waiting to press, just add hot water and mix.
SaltStick Electrolyte Salt Capsules
A friend gave these to Kim, BFT’s Content Director, on her PCT thru-hike and they’ve been a must in her hiking first aid kit since. They are great for any athlete to minimize muscle cramping, heat stress, and fatigue due to unbalanced electrolyte levels.
Still not sure?
Give an REI Class as a Gift
Learn bike maintenance, common knots for outdoor adventures, basic outdoor rock climbing skills, or more at one of REI’s classes. This is a great gift for your minimalist friends who prefer experiences over gifts. If one of your favorite outdoor adventure friends just moved, it’s also a thoughtful gift to help them meet others who enjoy the outdoors in their new locale.
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