November 12, 2023
Welcome to the ultimate holiday guide for every outdoor enthusiast in your life! Whether they’re seasoned trailblazers or weekend wanderers, this comprehensive guide is your one-stop shop for the perfect gifts. I’ve personally tested and selected a variety of 100+ items tailored to different needs and interests, ensuring that not only each recommendation brings joy and utility to your loved ones’ outdoor adventures, but will allow them to get out and create memories to last for years.
Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find my guide:
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
1. Gifts for Backpackers: For those who carry their home on their back and find solace in remote wildernesses, this selection includes lightweight, durable, and functional gear that won’t weigh them down.
2. Gifts for Hikers: Discover the perfect picks for the day hiker, from ergonomic trekking poles to breathable apparel, ensuring comfort and safety on every trail.
3. Gifts for Summit Chasers: For those driven by the thrill of reaching new heights, in this section I’ve chosen gear that stands up to the challenges of rugged peaks and unpredictable weather.
4. Gifts for Winter Hikers: Embrace the cold with gifts designed for winter trekking, including insulated boots, thermal layers, and accessories to keep the chill at bay.
5. Gifts for Campers: From high-tech tents to cozy camp accessories, find the ideal gifts for those who love sleeping under the stars.
6. Gifts for the Hiker that has Everything: Uncover unique and innovative items that even the most gear-savvy hiker wouldn’t have thought of.
7. Gifts for the Outdoorsy Pet Parent: Gifts that ensure safety and fun for the one whose pet and favorite hiking buddy is part of the family.
8. Gifts for Women: Tailored for comfort, functionality, and style, these gifts are perfect for women who love to explore the great outdoors.
9. Gifts for Men: Robust and reliable gear for men who seek adventure and aren’t afraid to tackle the elements, or cozy items to lounge in after.
10. Gifts Under $25: These budget-friendly finds don’t compromise on quality or usefulness; perfect for stocking stuffers or secret Santa surprises!
11. Stocking Stuffer Gifts: Little treasures that make a big impact, from handy essentials to eco-friendly trail snacks.
Each section is filled with handpicked items accompanied by detailed descriptions, practical tips, and personal insights to help you choose the perfect gift. So, lace up your boots, grab a cup of hot cocoa, and dive into this guide to make this holiday season unforgettable for every outdoor lover in your life!
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Gifts for Backpackers: Trail-Tested & Adventurer Approved
I’ve curated a collection of lightweight, durable, and essential gear items for those who love to explore beyond the beaten path. From compact shelters and sleeping solutions to versatile cooking systems and smart backcountry tools, these items are designed to enhance every journey into the wild. Perfect for the minimalist adventurer or the long-distance trekker, each product promises reliability, comfort, and efficiency on the trail.
SEA TO SUMMIT AEROS PREMIUM CAMP PILLOW
If your loved one doesn’t already have a camp pillow, this item will change their life. It’s extremely compact when deflated, ensuring it will barely take up any space in their pack, and more importantly – a great night’s sleep on the trail.
PETZL ACTIK CORE HEADLAMP
Every backpacker needs a handy headlamp for their trip. A headlamp is an absolute safety essential and this one specifically has proven to be the best of all the ones I’ve tested over the years. Not to mention – it has a rechargeable battery!
SEA TO SUMMIT ALPHA LIGHT TITANIUM LONG SPORK
This handy-dandy utensil accompanies every one of my backpacking trips, and a lot of my hikes. It’s perfect for keeping your hands clean and getting to the bottom of that delicious dehydrated dinner 😉
NEMO TENSOR ULTRALIGHT INSULATED SLEEPING PAD
It’s no secret that weight matters when you’re carrying everything you need on your back. Weighing in at 15 oz with 3 inches of pad thickness, this sleeping pad is guaranteed to deliver a luxurious night’s sleep, without the extra weight so your loved one can wake up ready for another day of adventure.
BLACK DIAMOND CARBON CORK TREKKING POLES
Trekking poles can bring someone from miserable to in a rhythm on the trail – I’ve seen it happen first hand countless times while guiding. They help take the pressure off your knees and make hiking or backpacking a full-body exercise, rather than extremely leg dominant. This also makes them a great gift for anyone in your life that has knee problems but still loves getting outside!
SEA TO SUMMIT CAMP KITCHEN GEAR
The Sea to Summit X-Set 31 Camp Cook and Dinnerware set has everything you need to cook a solid backcountry meal for two. It comes with a 2.8L pot, two collapsible mugs, and two wide collapsible bowls that can be used as plates as well.
HOKA ANACAPA 2 GTX HIKING SHOES
Help a backpacker you love make the switch from a bulky leather hiking boot to a cross between a hiking boot and shoe — they will be forever grateful for you. These HOKA GTX “boots” are everything people love in a boot (ankle support, great traction, waterproof), and left behind everything we hate about boots (heavy, bulky, not breathable). These are truly some of the most innovative hiking shoes on the market right now and are a great addition for any backpacker’s gear closet.
MSR POCKET ROCKET BACKPACKING STOVE
This durable, lightweight backpacking stove will to amaze anyone it’s gifted to. It is extremely small taking up essentially any space in a backpack, boils water in about 3 minutes, and simmers great compared to most small stoves. This is a perfect compact stove to cook for 1-2 people.
MSR WINDPRO II BACKPACKING STOVE
A bit bigger than the Pocket Rocket, the MSR WindPro II stove is a perfect solution for backpacking with families or larger groups of 4-6+ people. It does fantastic in windy environments, mainly due to its included stand to invert canisters. This also prevents you from having any half-empty fuel canisters laying around.
PACT OUTDOORS TROWEL & BATHROOM TABLETS
This one is for your eco-conscious backpackers. One of the most eco-friendly and innovative brands in the outdoor industry, PACT Outdoors based out of Colorado developed a lightweight trowel kit. They found a specific fungi that naturally breaks down our human waste faster, protecting our wildlife, waterways, and our health. They shoved all of this into a small tablet that you add to the ground – backpackers will get it, no need to explain further. Their PACT Wipes® unfold into a thick 9-inch towel with just a squirt of water, and will decompose in about 3 weeks if placed in the ground with their PACT Tabs. Otherwise, Pack It In, Pack It Out!
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SEA TO SUMMIT ALTITUDE 25 SLEEPING BAG
It’s no secret that weight matters when you’re carrying everything you need on your back. Weighing in at 15 oz with 3 inches of pad thickness, this sleeping pad is guaranteed to deliver a luxurious night’s sleep, without the extra weight so your loved one can wake up ready for another day of adventure. Even better, it comes with a compression sack AND stuff sack, and packs down very small.
REI CO-OP TRAILMADE 2 TENT WITH FOOTPRINT
This is the tent I use for my backpacking clients and it truly is such an affordable 2-person backpacking tent, with a lot of great features for the price. For being a 2-person tent, it’s pretty spacious, has interior pockets, double doors, and a fantastic view of the night sky when the rain fly is off. When first opening the tent, it may feel a little heavy for a backpacking tent, but replace the stakes with lightweight stakes such as the MSR Groundhogs, or a similar stake from Amazon and you’ll be ready to go!
CONDIMENTS PACKETS (yes, you read that right)
This one is sure to get a giggle out of your beloved backpacker, and is such a practical gift for them! The small condiment packets you find at fast-food restaurants and delis are a staple in a backpacker’s cook kit. They’re the perfect way to add flavor to a dish easily and without packing in extra containers, etc. Collect their favorite condiments as you are out and about and make their day as they prep for another year of delicious meals in the great outdoors!
SPLURGE: SEA TO SUMMIT TELOS TR2 TENT
This tent is extremely versatile, durable, and light enough for one person to carry alone. This is my go-to backpacking tent whether I’m solo backpacking or going with my partner, Sean. It has incredible ventilation, the ability to use it as just a sun-shade rather than a full-frame tent, and even has more head and shoulder room compared to the average backpacking tent. Even better, the pole bag turns into a lightbar for great indoor lighting! Plus it’s super simple and quick to pitch.
Gifts for Hikers: Elevate Their Every Step
This section is jam-packed with essentials and comforts for those who find joy in exploring trails and nature walks. Find a range of practical, high-quality gear – such as reliable external batteries, breathable apparel, and trail-ready footwear – all designed to enhance the hiking experience the entire journey, from the first step to their destination. Ideal for both casual day hikers and serious trail enthusiasts, these gifts are sure to bring a smile to any hiker’s face.
GREGORY NANO DAYPACK (20L OR 30 L)
The Gregory Nano Daypacks are extremely well thought out and designed, with plenty of storage and pockets for organization, hydration bladder compartment, and attachment loops for bringing items such as trekking poles or an ice axe.
NEMO FOAM SEAT PAD
Extremely lightweight and handy for hikes where you know you’ll want to take a seat. Especially if there’s snow! Grab your adventure friend one of these to insulate their bum when they get to their destination. These weigh practically nothing and are extremely sustainable by reprocessing foam sleeping pad scraps, making it super comfortable, too.
NALGENE WATER BOTTLE
Somehow over the years I’ve acquired 4 Nalgene water bottles, and I think I *finally* have enough. I use these every day, and often bring two with me to hike to make sure I have plenty of water. These bottles are dishwasher safe, and can handle having hot water in them, which makes them great to bring camping on colder trips too – I like to fill the bottle 3/4 of the way with hot water and wrap it in a sock or clothing to keep in my sleeping bag at night!
ADVENTURE MEDICAL KITS FIRST AID KIT
Coming in at under 10.5oz, the Adventure Medical Kit First Aid Kit will fill about 1-4 people’s first aid needs for a 4 day trip. This First Aid Kit is extremely lightweight.
BASE LAYERS FOR HIKING
Base layers are worn directly on your skin. They should be moisture wicking for the purpose of keeping you cool and dry. Look for materials such as merino wool or synthetic fabrics, and avoid cotton at all costs since it retains moisture, takes a long time to dry, and holds no insulative value. There are different weights of merino wool base layers, complimenting different temperatures outdoors.
Merino base layer bottoms are a fantastic addition when hiking in colder temperatures, camping, or just wanting some extra comfort. All of the options above are fantastic, but if you can’t decide, I really love the Kari Traa bottoms.
OUTDOOR RESEARCH SUNHAT
Shield your face and neck from the sun’s harsh rays with the Outdoor Research Sunbriolet Sun Hat, with UPF 50+ fabric for those extra bright days. This is a stylish and functional hat that’s a must-have for any outdoor enthusiast.
LA SPORTIVA NUCLEO II GTX AWARD-WINNING BOOTS
These durable boots do incredible in technical terrain, and depending on conditions can be worn year round. They keep up on loose scree, slippery surfaces, and everything in between. There is a men’s and women’s version available in these boots.
SUPERFEET HIKE SUPPORT INSOLES
If your loved one is all set on boots, consider gifting them a new pair of insoles to let their feet take them further this next year. These Superfeet insoles are made just for hikers to help stabilize and protect their feet, no matter the terrain.
SPLURGE: GARMIN FEXNIX 7S SOLAR MULTISPORT WATCH
I have the previous version of this watch a few years ago, after my last watch was destroyed from climbing. It’s still going strong, and this model is just new and improved. It has everything you need for tracking adventures, and more. The sapphire screen is a plus, making sure it will never get destroyed in while in the great outdoors again. The battery life is incredible, and it can even charge from the sun while you’re using it.
Gifts for Summit Chasers: Gear for Peak Performance
This section is your loved one’s who are driven by the thrill of conquering peaks and tackling challenging terrain. Maybe it’s something you might not understand, but something you support. Discover a range of specialized, high-altitude gear – from advanced layering systems to rugged, all-terrain footwear – each meticulously chosen to withstand the most demanding conditions and elevate their mountain adventures. These gifts are perfect for the summiteers and peak baggers who relentlessly pursue the top of the world.
SOL EMERGENCY BIVVY WITH RESCUE WHISTLE & TINDER CORD
This is a great gift for someone you love that loves to adventure. This is one of the 10 essentials (shelter). I keep this in my pack at all times, but it is especially important in the colder months. Why? Because if something happens and your loved one is unable to get back to the trailhead, they need to be able to stay warm to prevent risk of hypothermia. This 3.5oz emergency bivvy can save their life. It also includes a whistle and paracord for a fire starter!
BLACK DIAMOND HALF DOME CLIMBING HELMET
Elevate your loved one’s safety gear with the Black Diamond Half Dome Helmet, a trusted companion for climbers and mountaineers. Renowned for its durable construction and comfortable fit, this helmet is an essential piece of equipment for anyone challenging the vertical world, or trying to stand on top of it.
ULTIMATE DIRECTION FASTPACKHER 20L BACKPACK/VEST
Experience the perfect blend of comfort and functionality with the Ultimate Direction FastPackHer 20L Pack, designed specifically for trail runners, but a great addition for any summit chaser. This lightweight yet spacious pack is tailored to fit the female form, ensuring stability and ease during the most vigorous or technical adventures, while providing ample space for all the necesary essentials on the trail.
SALOMON SPEEDCROSS 6 TRAIL RUNNING SHOES
For summit chasers seeking unmatched traction and comfort, the Salomon Speedcross 6 trail running shoes are the perfect choice. These shoes are designed to handle the most rugged terrains with ease, providing stability and support on every uphill and downhill adventure!
SPLURGE: GARMIN INREACH MINI 2 SATELLITE COMMUNICATION DEVICE
This tiny and versatile device cannot be recommended enough. It has a battery life of up to TWO WEEKS, and has the ability to communicate with the outside world in case of emergencies, or to just check in. If your loved one spends a lot of time out of service, investing in this device is a MUST to stay safe, and prevent tragedies in the great outdoors.
Gifts for Winter Hikers: Embrace the Chill with Confidence
In this section, you’ll find carefully selected gear designed to make cold-weather adventures not just bearable, but enjoyable. From insulated apparel and footwear to ensure warmth and protection against the elements, to specialized equipment like ice traction devices, these gifts are perfect for those who love to explore the winter wonderland on foot. Equip your loved ones with these essentials to keep them cozy and safe on their snowy treks.
KAHTOOLA MICROSPIKES TRACTION DEVICE
Perfect for the aspiring year-round adventurer, microspikes help give you traction on slippery surfaces such as ice or packed snow. In Colorado, my microspikes live in my backpack for about seven months of the year, and make me feel invincible on winter trails! Buy these once and they should last you years to come.
REI CO-OP GUIDE INSULATED GLOVES
Brace against the winter chill with the REI Guide Insulated Gloves, crafted for warmth and durability. These leather gloves are a must-have for winter hikers, offering both protection from the cold and a sturdy grip, making them ideal for varied winter landscapes. I love bringing these camping with me in colder temperatures, too.
PATAGONIA DOWN SWEATER HOODIE
My go-to jacket for mountain hikes, backpacking, walking the dogs, or just going out in town. It has two external pockets and an internal zipped pocket. I love that it is slightly oversized, so it fits over my baselayer and a thin midlayer perfectly. If you want it a little more fitted, I would go down a size. This jacket is also available in men’s.
IGNIK HAND WARMERS
Help keep their hands toasty on the coldest days with Ignik Hand Warmers, a portable and convenient solution for those braving chilly conditions. These easy-to-use warmers provide quick, reliable heat, ensuring comfort and warmth during any winter outdoor activity. They’ll be ready to adventure all day with 10 hours of warmth.
SMARTWOOL ISTO RETRO BEANIE
Stay warm and in style with this Smartwool Retro Beanie. Made with soft merino wool woven into a cozy cable knit hat, this will be sure to turn some heads.
SMARTWOOL BASE LAYERS
Layer up with Smartwool’s base layers for unmatched warmth and comfort in cold conditions. These merino wool layers are designed to regulate body temperature and wick away moisture, making them ideal for winter hikes, ski trips, or any outdoor activity in chilly weather.
OBERMEYER SOFT SHELL SNOW PANTS
I love these pants for windy and cold days in the mountains. They are a “soft shell” snow pant, meaning they aren’t fully waterproof, but they are extremely water resistant and fleece lined for extra warmth. I will admit the sizing for this brand is strange, you may need to size up, especially if you’re planning on wearing an extra layer underneath such as a thermal or merino wool base layer.
OBOZ BRIDGER INSULATED WATERPROOF BOOTS
Engineered for harsh winter conditions, the Oboz Bridger 7″ Insulated Waterproof Hiking Boots offer robust insulation, superior waterproofing, and exceptional support, making them an ideal choice for winter hikers seeking both comfort and durability on snowy trails.
SPLURGE: MSR LIGHTNING EXPLORE SNOWSHOES
These are my FAVORITE snowshoes for winter adventures. I got these at the beginning of winter 2021, and have enjoyed plenty of winter hikes in them since, including over 19 miles one day! They are fantastic in so many different types of terrain, including even rockier areas. My favorite feature is the heel raisers in the back to really assist with hiking up steep inclines. These are also available in a men’s version.
Gifts for Campers: Elegance Under the Stars
This section brings the comforts of home to the heart of nature. The following curated collection features everything from advanced gear, easy-to-set-up tents and cozy sleeping bags to portable cookware and innovative lighting solutions. These items are perfect for those who love to unwind and reconnect with nature, whether it’s a weekend getaway or an extended outdoor adventure.
ENO DOUBLENEST HAMMOCK
Elevate your relaxation with the ENO Doublenest Hammock, a spacious and durable hammock, perfect for one person and plenty of space for two – so you can join them! This hammock is great for camping, hiking, or just lounging in the backyard, this hammock offers a comfortable escape for those moments of rest and relaxation in the great outdoors.
TEVA ReEMBER SLIP ON CAMP SHOE
Comfort meets versatility with the Teva ReEmber Slip-On Shoes, the perfect blend of casual style and practical functionality. Ideal for campers, these shoes are lightweight, versatile, and provide excellent cushioning, making them great for lounging around the campsite or quick outdoor excursions.
AEROPRESS GO TRAVEL COFFEE PRESS
Meet the camper’s choice for the perfect cup of coffee: the AeroPress Go. Their camp mornings won’t be the same once they have this compact and lightweight coffee maker designed for the great outdoors. This travel-friendly device is perfect for campers and adventurers who don’t want to compromise on their coffee quality, even while surrounded by nature. As a coffee connoisseur myself, I can’t say I blame them.
EUREKA IGNITE 2-BURNER CAMP STOVE
It’s hard to have a hot cup of coffee without a trusty camp stove, and how cute is this one?! Aside from it’s good looks, this Eureka camp stove is great with wind, small and compact, and a boils water quickly, which is great after a long day at camp. It’s nice that you don’t even need a lighter with the push start ignite button. It is really easy to control the heat and overall is very well made – this stove will last many years to come.
SEA TO SUMMIT DELTALIGHT 4.4 CAMP SET
This camp dinnerware set couldn’t get better. It has 4 cups with warm koozies, and 4 wide bowls, making it a perfect comprehensive dining kit for outdoor enthusiasts. It is compact and lightweight enough to bring backpacking, and is made of rugged tableware designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor use while providing a touch of comfort and style to your campsite meals.
THE CAMPOUT COOKBOOK
Ignite your campsite culinary skills with “The Campout Cookbook,” a must-have guide for any outdoor enthusiast. Packed with creative and mouthwatering recipes, this book elevates campfire cooking from basic to gourmet, making every outdoor meal an unforgettable experience.
FENIX RECHARGABLE FLASHLIGHT
Light up the night with the Fenix PD25R Rechargeable Flashlight, a powerful and compact tool essential for any camping trip. Its high-intensity beam and durable design make it an ideal choice for navigating dark trails, setting up camp after sunset, or any situation where reliable lighting is key. It’s beam can travel upto 250 ft making it easy to spot wildlife near camp.
NORTH FACE DOLOMITE ONE DUO SLEEPING BAG
Snuggle up in The North Face Dolomite One Duo Sleeping Bag, a versatile and spacious sleeping solution designed for couples or campers seeking extra room – it also works great with kids or furry friends. This innovative sleeping bag adapts to varying temperatures from 15 degrees F to 50 degrees F, ensuring comfort in a wide range of camping conditions, making it an ideal choice for those who enjoy shared outdoor adventures. The nice thing about this bag is your loved ones will be set up for almost any camping conditions with just one bag.
SPLURGE: SEA TO SUMMIT IKOS TR2 TENT
This is the perfect home away from home for two. Embrace the wilderness with the Sea to Summit Ikos TR2 Tent, a compact yet spacious shelter designed for the avid camper. Combining ease of setup with durability and weather resistance, this tent provides a comfortable and reliable home base for all of your outdoor explorations.
Gifts for the Hiker that has Everything: Unique Finds for the Trail Connoisseur
In this section I offer unique and innovative items that even the most equipped hikers will cherish. This collection is filled with unexpected treasures, from high-tech gadgets to personalized gear, designed to surprise and delight those who thought they had it all. Perfect for adding a touch of novelty and luxury to their hiking adventures, these gifts are sure to impress the most seasoned trail enthusiasts.
TRIGGER POINT PERFORMANCE FOAM ROLLER
For the hiker who seemingly has everything, the Trigger Point Performance tool is a must-have for post-hike recovery. Especially for those who are frequently on the trails, this tool offers deep muscle relief and helps in maintaining flexibility and reducing soreness, ensuring they are always ready for their next hiking adventure.
THE HIKING LOGBOOK
For the hiker who treasures each journey, the Hiking Logbook is an ideal companion. This thoughtful gift offers a personalized way to record their hiking experiences, track their adventures, and reflect on the beauty of the trails they’ve explored, so they can look back on their memories forever.
PARKS PROJECT NATIONAL PARKS CANDLE
Bring the smell of the great outdoors, indoors with the Parks Project National Parks candles. These candles have been designed to capture the essence of America’s beloved national parks to accompany you in your home. These candles bring the distinctive aromas of the great outdoors into any space, creating a serene and reminiscent atmosphere for those who long for the tranquility of nature even when indoors.
PERSONALIZED OUTDOORSY GIFTS
Elevate your gift-giving with personalized custom gifts like an Engraved Mountain Compass and Custom National Park or Forest Wood Ornaments. Tailor these items to your beloved hiker’s favorite landscapes and memories, offering a unique and sentimental touch, connecting their love for the outdoors with a lasting keepsake. Whether used on the trail or cherished at home, these custom gifts are sure to be treasured.
For quick and durable repairs in the field, Tenacious Tape is an indispensable tool for any hiker or camper. It truly is the essential fix-it for gear on the go and is always in my pack. This strong, versatile tape is perfect for mending rips and tears in everything from tents to down jackets, providing a reliable solution that keeps your equipment intact and functional throughout your adventures.
NIKWAX GEAR CLEANING TREATMENT
Extend the life and performance of outdoor apparel with Nikwax Tech Wash and Tx Direct. These specially formulated products clean and rejuvenate waterproof garments, ensuring that your gear remains in top condition, ready to face the next adventure with optimal functionality and protection.
GOTOOB+ TRAVEL SQUEEZE BOTTLES
Get convenience in a squeeze using the GoToob Travel Squeeze Bottles, designed for the traveler who values ease and efficiency. These soft, easy-to-squeeze bottles are ideal for dispensing liquids like toiletries and sauces alike, ensuring no-fuss access to your essentials while on the move.
Dive into the world of exhilarating escapades with this selection of adventure novels. Each book offers a captivating journey, perfect for the outdoor enthusiast who loves to unwind with a good story. With several novel options to explore, these tales of adventure are sure to ignite the imagination and inspire your loved one’s next expedition.
HIKING SNACKS & TRAIL FUEL
Every hiker needs fuel to keep their energy up on the trail, and this assortment of hiking snacks is just the solution. From nutrient-rich trail mixes to energy-boosting bars, these tasty and portable snacks are perfect for maintaining stamina during those long treks and climbs so your loved one stays smart and safe during adventures.
SPLURGE: A GUIDED TRIP WITH GROUND UP ADVENTURES!
Experience the trails like never before with Guided Hikes and Backpacking Trips offered by Ground Up Adventures. These expert-led excursions are perfect for those seeking to deepen their hiking experience, learn new skills, and explore breathtaking landscapes with the guidance and knowledge of a seasoned professional. There couldn’t be a better gift than the gift of experience and knowledge.
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Gifts for Outdoorsy Pet Parents: Four-Legged Adventures Await
Celebrate the bond between nature lovers and their furry companions with this array of practical and fun items tailored for pets on the go, from durable leashes to colorful backpacks to safety gear and cozy outdoor pet beds. These thoughtful gifts are designed to ensure that your four-legged friends can safely and comfortably join in on all your outdoor adventures.
RUFFWEAR CRAIG WAIST LEASH
Every hiker needs fuel to keep their energy up on the trail, and this assortment of hiking snacks is just the solution. From nutrient-rich trail mixes to energy-boosting bars, these tasty and portable snacks are perfect for maintaining stamina during those long treks and climbs so your loved one stays smart and safe during adventures.
RUFFWEAR GRIP TREX DOG BOOTS
Ensure your furry friend’s paws are well-protected on rugged or hot terrain with the Ruffwear Grip Trex Boots. These durable, high-performance boots are designed to provide traction and comfort, keeping your pet’s paws safe from rough surfaces and extreme temperatures. I always like keeping at least one of these in Gatsby’s backpack just in case something happens to his paw while we’re out.
ADVENTURE MEDICAL KITS ADS TRAIL DOG FIRST AID KIT
Be prepared for any four-legged mishap on the trail with the Adventure Medical Kits Trail Dog First Aid Kit. This comprehensive kit is tailored for your furry adventurer, containing essential supplies to address injuries and emergencies, ensuring peace of mind for both you and your pet during outdoor excursions.
RUFFWEAR PACK OUT BAG
Make managing your pet’s waste on the trail easy and hygenic with the Ruffwear Pack Out Bag. This durable, odor-containing solution is perfect for environmentally conscious pet parents, ensuring a clean and responsible outdoor experience for everyone.
GIVEPET DOG & CAT PET TREATS
You can’t go wrong with pet treats as a gift! This company uses really high quality ingredients in their treats, and even better, for every bag sold, GivePet donates enough treats for at least 10 shelter animals. Gatsby loves the Banana, peanut butter, and chia seed flavor!
SPLURGE: RUFFWEAR PALISADES DOG BACKPACK
Lighten your load and have your four-legged friend carry some of the weight with the Ruffwear Palisades Pack. This robust and comfortable pack is designed for dogs to carry their own supplies, offering ample space and stability for food, water, and other essentials on your shared adventures.
NEMO SWITCHBACK SLEEPING PAD (SHORT)
If you’re taking your furry friend for overnight adventures, it could be helpful to have some gear to keep them warm and cozy. An insulated sleeping pad to keep them off the cold ground at night is an easy item to attach to the top of their pack, making this NEMO Switchback (Short) a great option. I bring this for Gatsby on our overnight trips and sometimes even fold it in half for him if I’m low on space in the tent.
RUFFWEAR HIGHLANDS DOG SLEEPING BAG
Ensure your dog stays warm and comfortable during outdoor overnight adventures with the Ruffwear Highlands Dog Sleeping Bag. This lightweight, insulated sleeping bag is designed for canine comfort, providing a snug and secure spot for your pet to rest after a day of exploring. This item would be a bit heavy to bring backpacking, but is perfect for car camping trips or just hanging outside for the day.
RUMPL NANOLOFT BLANET
If you’re looking for a solution for backpacking with a pup to keep them warm, I’m a big fan of just bringing a lightweight, packable camp blanket like a Rumpl. This wouldn’t work for very cold nights, but is great for summer evenings in the tent.
Gifts for Women: Tailored for Trailblazing Women
This section is dedicated to the adventurous woman who loves to explore the outdoors. Here, you’ll find a thoughtfully curated collection of gear and accessories that blend functionality with feminine design, from ergonomic hiking apparel to stylish yet practical equipment. These gifts are perfect for empowering her next journey, whether it’s a serene hike through the woods, a challenging mountain trek, or the planning in between.
REI CO-OP TRAILSMITH FLEECE JACKET
Wrap up in the comfort and style of the REI Women’s Trailmade Fleece Jacket, a perfect blend of warmth and functionality for any outdoor escapade. This fleece jacket is designed to provide cozy insulation and a flattering fit, making it an ideal companion for hiking, camping, or everyday wear in cooler weather. They remake this jacket each year and it just keeps getting better and better.
VUORI PERFORMANCE JOGGER PANTS
She’ll be forever grateful to be gifted these Vuori Performance Joggers, where comfort and style seamlessly blend. These are the most comfortable sweatpants I’ve ever worn, and they last for years, easily making them worth the investment in my opinion. These joggers are crafted with a high-quality, stretchable fabric, that you’ll forget is even on.
REI CO-OP TRAILSMITH OVERALLS
Designed for the woman who takes every adventure head on and with confidence, overalls are a staple in any hard-working woman’s closet. Embrace durability and style with these REI Trailsmith Overalls, which combine classic design with functional features and can be dressed up or down, making them a versatile and fashionable choice for any outdoor activity or casual wear.
BIRKENSTOCK SOFT FOOTBED LEATHER SANDALS
Experience timeless style and unparalleled comfort with the Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Leather Sandals. These iconic sandals feature a cushioned footbed and premium leather, perfect for women who seek comfort and durability in their outdoor and casual footwear. These sandals should last quite literally forever if taken care of.
OUTDOOR RESEARCH TRAIL MIX GLOVES
I LOVE these gloves as a thin, close-to-skin liner pair! They are made with a microgrid fleece material to wick moisture and stay breathable. These gloves are a great companion for normal wear while moving to keep your hands warm and dry. I find these stay dry longer than other liner gloves I’ve tried. These gloves do tend to run a little large, so you may want to size down to get the best fit.
PATAGONIA TORRENTSHELL 3L RAIN JACKET
Keep her dry and comfortable in any weather with the Patagonia Torrentshell 3L Rain Jacket, a high-performance and eco-friendly choice for women braving the elements. This jacket offers robust, three-layer protection against rain and wind, making it an essential item for hiking, camping, or everyday wear in unpredictable weather.
KULA CLOTH REUSABLE ANTIMICROBIAL PEE CLOTH
Got a mountain mama in your life who loves the great outdoors? Get her a Kula Cloth! These are an eco-friendly, antimicrobial reusable cloth that offers a sustainable alternative to toilet paper in the outdoors. This cloth is Leave No Trace friendly and a woman-owned small business!
REI CO-OP ACTIVATOR 3.0 PANTS
Gear up for any weather with the REI Co-op Activator 3.0 Pants, designed to offer women comfort and versatility on the trail. These pants are made for active use in varying conditions, providing breathability, water resistance, and a range of motion that’s ideal for hiking, climbing, or outdoor activities in diverse climates.
SPLURGE: BLUNDTSTONE CLASSIC BOOTS
Step into the outdoors with confidence in the Blundstone Classic Chelsea Boots, combining enduring style with the toughness needed for getting out in nature. These boots are a favorite among women for their comfortable fit, easy slip-on design, and durable construction, suitable for both hiking trails and urban explorations. For the colder months or for women with colder feet, there is also a thermal version available.
Gifts for Men: Essentials for the Modern Outdoorsmen
This section caters to the rugged adventurer and the casual nature lover alike. Here, you’ll discover a robust selection of outdoor gear and accessories, from high-performance apparel to state-of-the-art gadgets, all designed to enhance his outdoor experiences. Whether he’s scaling mountains, fishing by a serene lake, or setting up camp under the stars, these gifts are sure to add to his enjoyment and preparedness for any adventure.
GREGORY CITRO 30 HYDRATION BACKPACK
Make sure he’s hydrated with the Gregory Citro 30 H2O Hydration Pack, an ideal companion for the active outdoorsman. This pack combines ample storage with an integrated hydration system, ensuring that water is always accessible during long hikes, bike rides, or any outdoor adventure. I have one of these packs for my clients to use on our day trips and it’s always raved about.
OLUKAI NOHEA MOKU SHOES
Step into comfort and style with the Olukai Nohea Moku Shoes, designed for the man who values both function and form. These shoes, inspired by the nautical lifestyle, offer breathability, water resistance, and comfort, making them perfect for a variety of outdoor activities or casual wear.
OLUKAI KIPUKA HULU SLIPPERS
If he’s good on shoes, who doesn’t love a new pair of slippers? The Olukai Kipuka Hulu Slippers are a luxurious choice for indoor comfort or casual outings. These slippers blend plush comfort with a stylish design, making them an excellent gift for relaxation and leisure.
VUORI SUNDAY PERFORMANCE JOGGERS
There’s a reason Vuori’s joggers keep coming up: they are so dang comfortable. Vuori’s Men’s Sunday Performance Joggers are a testament to their unbeatable comfort and style. These joggers, known for their perfect blend of performance and leisure, offer versatility for workouts, outdoor adventures, or simply relaxing, making them a top choice for any active man.
ARCADE BELTS BELT
Discover the perfect accessory for any outdoor enthusiast – Arcade Belts, known for their unique combination of durability, flexibility, and style. These belts are designed to withstand the rigors of active lifestyles while providing a comfortable, secure fit for any adventure.
PATAGONIA BETTER SWEATER FLEECE JACKET
Wrap him up in the Men’s Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece Jacket, an eco-conscious and stylish choice that offers warmth and comfort in cooler conditions. This versatile jacket, made from recycled materials, is perfect for outdoor adventures or casual wear, combining sustainability with classic Patagonia durability and design, and will be sure to last countless years of memories.
SPLURGE: BENCHMADE BUGOUT FINE-EDGE KNIFE
The Benchmade Bugout Drop Point Fine Edge Knife is a top choice for outdoorsmen who value precision and reliability, and for good reason. This lightweight yet sturdy knife is ideal for a variety of tasks, from camping and hiking to everyday carry, making it a fundamental tool for any adventure. My partner has one and he uses it almost every day.
Gifts for Under $25: Thoughtful Presents Without Breakin’ the Bank
You don’t have to spend a fortune to find meaningful and practical gifts for outdoor enthusiasts. From handy gadgets and tools to cozy accessories and eco-friendly gear, this collection is brimming with affordable options that are perfect for stocking stuffers, secret Santa exchanges, or just a little something to show you care. Each item is carefully selected for its quality, usefulness, and appeal to anyone who loves the great outdoors.
NITE IZE GEAR LINE ORGANIZATION SYSTEM
Keep your camping and hiking gear neatly organized and easily accessible with the Nite Ize Gear Line Organization System. This versatile and durable solution is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who want to streamline their setup, making packing and finding essentials a breeze.
BLACK DIAMOND MOJI LANTERN
Brighten up their campsite with the Black Diamond Moji Lantern, a compact and efficient source of light that’s perfect for any outdoor setting. This small but mighty lantern offers a steady, ambient glow, making it an ideal choice for camping, backpacking, or emergency kits.
REI PACK TOWEL LITE
For the outdoor enthusiast who values practicality, the REI Co-op Multi Towel Lite is a game-changer. This lightweight, highly absorbent, and quick-drying towel is ideal for camping, hiking, or travel, providing an efficient way to dry off or clean up while on the go. I bring mine backpacking, too – it’s always nice to take a quick dip while you’re out adventuring!
Every hiker or outdoorsy human needs socks! And since we’re on our feet a lot, we seem to go through them pretty often. However these are two extremely high-quality sock brands that both offer socks that last, and lifetime warranties for when they’ve been through the miles. DarnToughs are a bit thinner sock overall, so I find these wear more quickly than my Wigwams. Wigwams are my all time FAVORITE hiking socks, especially for winter use. They are a thicker weave sock which is great for winter hikes or camping, so your feet still breathe but are kept warm, even if they get damp.
FRIENDLY FOOT POWDER SHOE DEODARIZER
If gifting socks isn’t your thing, how about some deodorant…for their feet? Friendly Foot Powder is a natural foot and shoe deodorizer designed to tackle the challenges of smelly and sweaty feet. Infused with the soothing scents of lavender and mint, this shoe freshener is an essential for any active individual, providing an effective and pleasant solution to keep your footwear odor-free. This is great this time of year to refresh their boots before next season!
ADVENTURE STICKERS FROM GROUND UP ADVENTURES
Add a bit of personality to their outdoor equipment with some Adventure Stickers. These durable, weather-resistant stickers are perfect for customizing water bottles, laptops, or gear, showcasing their love for adventure and the outdoors in a fun and unique way. And all stickers were designed by me, so you’d be supporting a small business as well! Thank you 🙂
LEUKOTAPE MULTI-USE TAPE
Experience the unmatched strength and versatility of Leukotape Multi-Use Tape, a must-have for any outdoor enthusiast, known for its long-lasting adhesive even when wet. Just one roll of this ultra-sticky tape can last for years, making it perfect for protecting blisters or performing quick gear repairs in the field.
OUTDOOR KNOTS WATERPROOF CARDS
Experience the unmatched strength and versatility of Leukotape Multi-Use Tape, a must-have for any outdoor enthusiast. Just one roll of this ultra-sticky tape, known for its long-lasting adhesive even when wet, can last for years, making it perfect for protecting blisters or performing quick gear repairs in the field.
MINI OUTDOOR KEYCHAIN THERMOMETER WITH WINDCHILL CHART
Keep a close eye on the weather with this Mini Outdoor Keychain Thermometer from Sun Company, a handy and compact tool for any outdoor activity. This small thermometer, complete with a windchill chart on the back, easily attaches to your keychain, backpack, or gear, ensuring you’re always prepared and informed about the temperature conditions during your adventures. I keep mine attached to my backpack with a whistle and piece of paracord for emergencies.
Stocking Stuffers: Small Wonders for Outdoor Enthusiasts
Small gifts bring big joy to those with a passion for the outdoors. This collection features a delightful array of compact, yet highly practical items, perfect for filling stockings and bringing smiles to the faces of hikers, campers, and nature lovers. From innovative gadgets to cozy accessories and a years worth or memories, these tiny treasures are sure to be a hit for anyone who loves exploring the great outdoors. Some of the items listed above would also make great options for stocking stuffers, so I’ve listed those again for you at the end of this section.
CLASSIC SWISS ARMY KNIFE
Embrace versatility and reliability with the Classic Swiss Army Knife, an iconic and indispensable tool for any outdoor enthusiast. This compact multi-tool packs a range of functions, from a sharp blade to scissors and handy tweezers, making it perfect for a multitude of tasks in the great outdoors.
SUN PROTECTION: LIP BALM OR SUNSCREEN
Stay shielded from the sun with Kinfield sun protected. They have everything you need, including both SPF lip balm, facial sunscreen and body sunscreen. These essentials offer broad-spectrum protection, keeping your skin and lips safe and moisturized during all your outdoor activities, from sunny high-elevation hikes to beachside lounging.
HANDMADE SOAPS FROM MONARCH TRAIL SOAP CO.
Handcrafted in Colorado, Monarch Trail Soap Co. is a small, women-owned business that creates absolutely gorgeous handmade soaps and body butters. All of her products are 100% natural and made with clean, plant-based ingredients, so you can feel good inside and out.
DAY HIKE FIRST-AID KIT
Ensure safety on their adventures with the HART Day Hike First-Aid Kit, a compact and comprehensive solution for unforeseen incidents on the trail during a Day Hike. This kit is thoughtfully assembled with essential supplies, making it a must-have for day hikers and outdoor enthusiasts to handle minor injuries and emergencies with confidence.
SAWYER SQUEEZE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM
Give the gift of access to safe drinking water on their outdoor adventures with the Sawyer Squeeze Water Filtration System. This lightweight, easy-to-use system efficiently filters out harmful bacteria and protozoa, providing clean water from nearly any source, whether you’re hiking, camping, or in emergency situations. Plus this device alone can filter 100,0000 gallons of water in it’s lifetime, so it will last quite a while.
CNOC OUTDOORS VECTO 1L WATER CONTAINTER (FOR DIRTY WATER)
Stay hydrated with ease using the CNOC Outdoors 28mm Vecto Water Container, boasting a 1L or 3L capacity. This flexible and durable container is designed for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a convenient and reliable way to carry, store, and access water during hikes, camping trips, or any adventure. It pairs perfectly with the Sawyer Squeeze, allowing you to filter dirty water directly from this bag.
STASHER FOOD STORAGE BAGS
Help them keep their snacks and meals fresh while reducing waste with Stasher’s food storage silicone bags, a sustainable and reusable solution for outdoor enthusiasts. These airtight, leak-proof bags are perfect for packing food on hikes, backpacking or camping trips, or any adventure, making them an essential for eco-conscious travelers. I have used these for years on my adventures and it’s neat to think about how much waste I’ve cut back on by doing so.
ALPINE START INSTANT COFFEE
Nothing beats a delicious cup of coffee in the outdoors, and even better if it tastes great but takes minimal work. A brew above the rest, Alpine Start is truly best cup of instant coffee you’ve ever had. Just add hot water, and for those who like a bit more indulgence, a dash of powdered milk and sugar, to enjoy a rich, flavorful cup, perfect for kickstarting your day of adventure.
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PASS
Unlock a year of endless adventure with the America the Beautiful National Parks Pass, the ultimate gift for outdoor enthusiasts. This pass grants access to over 2,000 federal recreation sites across the U.S., including all national parks, making it an ideal choice for those who love to explore America’s stunning landscapes and natural treasures. It pays for itself if you visit 2-3 national parks in a 12-month period, and if you purchase it through REI, they donate 10% of the proceeds to our public lands.
As I wrap up this Outdoor Holiday Gift Guide, I hope you’ve found a gift or two you’re excited to wrap up! We’ve traversed through a variety of categories, discovering gifts that are sure to delight every kind of outdoor enthusiast. Whether they’re summiting peaks, cozying up in campgrounds, or just starting their adventure journey, these gifts are more than just items; they’re tickets to new experiences and cherished memories for years to come. Happy gifting, and may your holidays be as adventurous and fulfilling as the great outdoors! 🌲🎁🥾
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