Here’s a list of the best gifts for adventurers in your life.
Part of why we started Local Adventurer is to push ourselves and to encourage others to become everyday adventurers.
One of our favorite quotes by Marcel Proust is “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
P.S. We own all of these, but if you want to get us something, we could always use no 6 since they need to be renewed every year or 19 since we’re always running out.
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Last Updated: January 5, 2021
25 Gifts for Adventurers
You probably already know that we love exploring the National Parks. We recently added this Newverest scratch off poster to our wall that has beautiful hand-painted images of each of the National Parks.
It also comes with National Park cards with facts about each park, a scratch tool, carry bag, and a microfiber cloth.
I know that National Parks are meant to be savored, but I can’t help that I’m a bucket list person. I’m obsessed with getting my cancellation stamps in my National Park Passport.
The best part is that all proceeds support America’s National Parks and their educational programs.
This is one of the best gifts for adventurers who are passionate about exploring the US. One of our goals is to visit all 50 states, and this Scratch Map has been a fun way to keep track of which ones we’ve already visited. We got the blue topo one that is sold out now but the gray one is still available.
We’ve had other US scratch off maps in the past, but I never liked scratching off the foil because I preferred it to what was under. For this one, the topography map underneath is so pretty that I can’t wait to scratch them all off.
We love trying new beers and this is a great way to keep a small memento from the beers we’ve tried. You can get a US version like ours or get your own state and drink local.
Don’t forget to pick up some of these coaster/bottle openers too that make sure you don’t dent your caps while you’re opening your new beers!
We’ve also noticed that some of the breweries here in Oregon have caps you can pick up in the tasting room.
This has become our favorite travel blanket. We like to keep this in our car for road trips and car camping trips and take them out for chilly mornings and evenings. The bottom of the blanket has buttons where you can fold it over and keep your feet snug and warm.
We slowly started switching over our underwear to Exoficcios, since they are great for travel or if you’re active. They are comfortable, easy to wash, and dry in a few hours in case you end up somewhere longer than you planned.
We fell in love with the Hydroflask after chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland. There were many cold, winter nights, and our friends were better prepared with their Hydroflasks that kept their hot tea hot all night long.
Hydroflasks have a double-wall vacuum technology to keep your cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot stays steaming hot for 6 hours. We currently have the standard 24 oz and the growler.
This is one of the toughest and portable coolers out there. We love that it’s handy for all our weekend trips and we don’t have to worry about animals getting into it. Don’t forget to pick up ice packs for it too. They work so well!
The newer version are taller rather than wide and also have a different latch system.
The VSSL gives you a survival kit in a beautiful 9″ by 2″ aluminum tube that is built to last. It contains:
- dual-mode LED ‘flood’ beam lantern flashlight with batteries (over 20 hrs static or over 40 hours SOS mode)
- oil-filled compass
- 4-hour pure Canadian beeswax candle
- razor blade
- 6 water purification tablets (purifies up to 3 gallons)
- wire saw
- aluminum beadless emergency whistle
- waterproof matches
- fire starters
- fishing gear
- signaling mirror
- marine-grade rope (250lb breaking strength)
- reflective trail markers
- P38 military GI Type can opener
- first aid supplies.
Here’s another way to rep our love for National Parks and show them some support. They’re the perfect size to travel with, and you can pick from different National Park series.
If you go on rugged adventures, check out these tear-proof and waterproof ones. If you pair this with a space pen, you can even write underwater (or in space)! We received ours as a gift, and Jacob has been obsessing over them.
We’ve been rocking the REI Flash 18 Pack for a really long time but we don’t love that the top only cinch closes, so we decided to upgrade to the Flash 22 Pack this year that has the flap. Plus, I couldn’t help that it came in a color I love. I’m always waiting seasonally to see what new colors they have.
We’re happy so far!
If I’m in any cold weather, you’ll most likely see me wearing this. The Omni-heat technology keeps me incredibly warm, and I love it so much that I ended up buying a few for family and friends already. My mom will only wear these now during winter too.
Headlamps are great gifts for adventurers and make the best companion on any hiking adventure. They don’t take up much space, it’s useful if you end up staying out later than sunset. The one we use is waterproof and has red night vision mode and multiple brightness settings.
We also just discovered this headlamp which is a gamechanger. It has a social mode so that it dims when you look up at people but stays bright when you’re looking down. Plus you can change the color of the light.
Can you think of any other perfect gifts for adventurers? What are you getting your favorite adventurer this year?
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Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.