It’s that time of year again! We try to get a head start on our holiday shopping early so we don’t have to stress about it later on. I actually shop throughout the year and hold them for holidays and birthdays. When we shop for gifts, we tend to lean towards useful items that help fuel our adventures. If you have any outdoor lovers in your life, here’s the list for you. It includes a wide range of prices from stocking stuffers to gifts that will make them feel completely spoiled. We own and use most of these, but there are a couple still on our wish list. ;)
25 GIFTS FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURERS
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1. Osprey Backpack (Hers + His) $$$$$
A good backpack can make your load feel lighter. We used our previous Osprey bags for over 8 years but finally decided to upgrade this year for our Winter Patagonia Trip. You should visit your nearest REI store and try them on with weight in them. I literally tried on every women’s and youth backpacks in the store.
2. TomTom Adventure Watch $$$$$
If you have a friend who loves keeping track of their hikes, or prone to getting lost, this is a great watch to do both! We love the breadcrumbs feature, and you can check out our full review here.
3. REI Co-op Igneo 17 Sleeping Bag $$$$$
A good sleeping bag is a gift that keeps on giving. Since every ounce counts when you’re backpacking, we always look for ones that weigh as little as possible, packs down as small as possible, and still manages to keep you warm. It’s always a challenge to compromise between warmth and weight / size. We have the older versions of these and love them! They’ve kept us warm on all our camping and backpacking trips and are super lightweight.
4. Yeti Roadie Cooler $$$$$
Yes, it’s such a pricy cooler, but it’s the ultimate cooler. It can be used outdoors and in the city to keep drinks and food cold longer. All other coolers can bow down.
5. Rumpl Down Puffy Blanket $$$$$
This one is for your outdoor-loving friends who also love to go for the gram. It’s super popular on IG. The blanket can work as an extra layer on cold nights, but can also be a replacement for your sleeping bag on warmer nights.
6. Danner Mountain 600 (Hers + His) $$$$
These have been our go-to hiking shoes lately. We love that they have a different style than typical hiking shoes but still perform well and feel comfortable on the trail.
7. REI Co-op Passage 2 Tent $$$$ (currently on sale)
If you’re friend or loved-one goes camping a lot, surprise them with a beautiful new tent. This one is great for car camping and backpacking.
8. REI Co-op Flash Carbon Trekking Poles $$$$ (currently on sale)
Any serious outdoorsman or woman needs a great pair of trekking poles. We recently added these to our arsenal since they are easy to travel with great on the trail.
9. JetBoil MiniMo $$$$
This is the perfect gift for someone who backpacks, loves coffee, or just looking for the easiest way to have meals on the trail. We’ve had a JetBoil for over 10 years and it’s still our go to.
10. SynMat HL Sleeping Pad $$$$
A good sleeping pad is just as important as a sleeping bag. This ultra-light one packs up really small, we love how easy it is to fill.
11. Leatherman Multi-Tool $$$
This is one item we haven’t added to our arsenal that we totally need. We’ve been in multiple scenarios that we’ve needed one and fortunately have been with people who are prepared.
12. American the Beautiful Pass $$$
Give the gift of exploring our beautiful National Parks all year long! We always get a new pass every year, and it’s totally worth it if you visit even a few throughout the year.
13. REI Co-op Flexlite Chair $$$
These super light camping chairs are always in our trunk. We use them camping and pull them out when we’re hanging out with friends. When not in use, they pack up really small.
14. Kammock Wallaby Hammock $$$
Hammocks are awesome for the outdoors! They’re great for photos too.
15. Motorola T260 2-Way Radios $$$
When you’re outdoors and off the grid, you still need to stay connected to your group. We’ve used walkies on climbing trips, hikes, and even road trips to stay connected while driving.
16. Sawyer Squeeze Plus $$
We’ve tried a lot of water filters and this is our favorite so far. It’s really light and easy to use. You just have to fill it up and squeeze.
Most people who spend time outside will have a water bladder, but they get old and need to be replaced. We love this one because it’s easy to fill and clean with the huge opening.
18. REI Flash 18 Pack $$
Daypacks are awesome for anyone who’s active. It’s perfect for day hikes and short trips. When we travel, we pack one in our suitcase to use for the day too, since it’s lightweight and can pack down pretty small.
19. Hydro Flask Bottle $$
Keep drinks cold or hot for longer with a Hydro Flask bottle. We also love the colors for photos.
20. Petzl Tikka $$
I tend to lose my headlamp more than anything else. Because of that, I have a couple spares. It’s also useful to lend out to other people who don’t bring one with them on camping trips.
We use our portable chargers outdoors and in the city. This one is great because the USB charger is built in and you don’t have to bring an extra cable.
I have a few dry bags and love using them for the obvious reason of keeping my gear dry, but also for keeping my gear and clothes organized when I travel. You never know when you’ll get rained on.
23. Buff $
I recently started bringing a Buff with me anytime I travel. It’s a great way to stay protected from the sun but also adds an extra layer of warmth that is versatile like a scarf.
24. MultiTowel $
We each have a few towels, larger towels when we are out and about and not worried about space, and small light ones when we’re worried about space. We also bring a small one with us dedicated to our camera gear.
25. Sea to Summit Spork Long $
Ever since getting this spork, it’s been our go-to for any outdoor excursions. We usually bring Mountain House with us to make mealtimes easy and the long spork helps with the deep bags.
BONUS: Gift Card
If you have one of those friends or loved ones who seem to have everything, you can always get them a gift card so they can buy what they need when the time comes. I know gift cards sound lame or don’t seem like the most thoughtful gift, but they are practical. I know we’d appreciate it. ;)
Which of these would you want most? What are you buying your favorite adventurer this year?