It’s not difficult to pick out the perfect gift for outdoor lovers. All you need to look for is something that encourages your loved one to stay outside longer and love the adventure longer. There’s an amazing adventure gift for every single person out there.
After years of exploring the great outdoors and picking out exactly with outdoor gifts we would want we’ve narrowed down our favorite gifts for nature lovers. Here they are in no particular order!
The Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers
1.) Wacaco Nanospresso Maker ($65)
If your loved one is anything like us they’ll cherish their coffee. One of the best gifts for outdoor lovers that we can think of is a Nanopresso maker.
Even if you’re outside, there’s nothing any amount of open-air and beautiful scenery can do to stop your crazy sleepiness. Solution: a portable espresso maker. This thing is genius, pocket-sized, and even though it’s pricey, coffee fiends will not care at all. It’s especially helpful for when camping, imagine packing up a tent in a fraction of the time after using this outdoor product.
2.) Snow Peak Folding Coffee Pour Over ($30)
But if you would rather gift a more traditional method of making coffee, forget the electronic gadgets and go for the Coffee Drip by Snow Peak. Part of the new Field Barista line by stylish Japanese outdoors brand Snow Peak (also including the Kettle and Coffee Grinder), the Coffee Drip disassembles into six pieces and comes with a handy bag to carry it around in. A cool way to get a caffeine fix for coffee aficionados.
3.) GSI Camp Stove Toaster ($10)
One thing that can be pretty difficult to obtain while camping is the humble slice of toast. Toast is a piece of bread – easy, you think. No, it’s not. Before you know it, you have a square of literal charcoal on the end of a skewer. Make life easy and get the GSI Camp Toaster for a gift. It’s got neat holsters for your bread and sits on top of your butane stove, making sure the bread is not actually touching the flame. It folds away, too, making it easy to carry around.
4.) Reusable Utensils ($13)
5.) MR300 Mosquito Repeller ($25)
Mosquitoes. You can’t do much about them other than holing up in a mesh net when outside and covering every inch of your body in clothing and/or DEET spray.
One awesome way to not be bitten to death by these awful critters is to invest in a mosquito repeller, namely the MR300. Using heat, this cool camping gadget disperses repellent into the air and creates a 15-foot no-mosquito-zone around you. It’s one of the coolest gifts for outdoor lovers.
6.) MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe Stove ($70)
This is the latest backpacking stove from MSR who has been designing these burners for ages, and the Deluxe is their best one yet. It’s not the lightest burner on the market, but at only three ounces, it’s pretty close. It’s a significant update to the old RocketPocket 2 with new recessed burner holes, regulator, a piezoelectric lighter, and pot supports. The result is a burner that is easier to light, burns consistently, and handles wind very well that feels nothing like its predecessor. This is a great gift for those that love camping.
7.) Portable Solar Panel ($100)
This is great for adventurers, outdoors lovers, or even beach bums as it is a portable solar panel that can charge your phone, tablet, or small devices.
It’s rugged and built for backpacking adventures so it’s made to stand up to being thrown into a dirty pack. What better eco gift than a solar panel to reduce energy consumption. It’s also a great lifeline for adventurers who like to get off the beaten path.
8.) Bee’s Wrap ($19)
Give the gift of being eco-friendly! Ditch the silly single-use plastic cling wrap for something that is both natural and reusable. They’re made from organic cotton, beeswax, oil, and tree resin for a fully natural product.
They work a lot like traditional cling wrap except you’ll need to warm them up in your hands to shape and stick, plus and most important they’re washable. It’s a tremendous sustainable gift and we love these ones with the bear print!
9.) Pico Projector ($329)
A gift for the outdoor lovers that still crave their movie time. Tiny and easy to tuck away in a bag, this is a cute bit of camping gear that’s perfect for chilling with a movie. Store whatever you want to watch on a USB drive or SD card, then plug it into the Pico AAXA P5 Projector and away you go. Good for projecting on the outer or inner side of tents. Genius idea. Rechargeable and good for 135 minutes.
10.) The Pint ($32)
Camping cups don’t get much cooler than The Pint canteen. Made by the good people at Stable Goods, this thing is a water bottle by day but converts easily into a cool looking chalice by night. Fill with beer (or whatever takes your fancy) and refresh yourself in your throne as evening falls. If you hadn’t guessed, it fits a pint of your favorite liquid.
11.) JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth Speaker ($80)
Weighing just over one pound it’s pretty lightweight and the JBL Flip 4 is good quality in just about everything. It’s durable, waterproof, and suitable for 12 hours of music. Toss it in your bag, then connect your phone via Bluetooth to have whatever awesome music as a soundtrack to your camping trip.
12.) Barebones Cast Iron + Trivet Set ($120)
If you want to give an adventure gift that is all about cooking when camping, this super simple frypan and pot set (complete with a trivet to rest it on) is a great option. It’s a no-frills set of stuff that ain’t exactly lightweight – like, we wouldn’t suggest putting this in a backpack – but it’ll be perfect for a road trip or lakeside retreat.
13.) Yeti’s Lowlands Blanket ($200)
Another fantastic gift for outdoor lovers is the Yeti Lowlands blanket. It’s a great multi-use we’ve taken to using in the mountains. Of course, with the Yeti names comes premium products with a high price tag. However, what you get is a blanket that’s use extends far beyond the beach we regularly use ours in the mountains on the cold ground, a wet riverbank fishing, or when we’re out at a friends lakehouse.
14.) BioLite Headlamp 330 ($50)
Traditional outdoor headlamps have used disposable batteries such as AAs or AAAs. Batteries require a lot of minerals and resources. A great sustainable gift would is a headlamp that is rechargeable via USB, such as the BioLite 330. If you combine this with the solar panel above a backpacker could be off the grid for ages without need for extra batteries and everyone likes a lighter pack!
15.) Panini Press ($20)
When it comes to portable pie ovens, Rome is where it’s at. Their panini press is one of the coolest camping gear products we’ve ever seen. Paninis are good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can fill ‘em with whatever, and this press makes rustling up one of these awesome sandwiches a breeze.
16.) Camp Shelter ($200)
You’ve got your tents set up, which is great for shelter – obviously. But if you want some shelter outside the tent, the is a great option. This will keep out the sun and the rain and is covered on one side so it’ll keep out wind, too. Makes for a perfect indoors-outdoors situation, which is what camping is all about, we say!
17.) Primus Campfire Prep Set ($80)
By campfire giants Primus, this is a neat little set with an oak fork, spatula and spoon, a stainless steel grater, and the all-important 12cm campfire knife. It’s all rolled up in a polycotton wrap, so it’s easy to wedge it in your bag without it barely making a dent in your packing. With this set, you get to unleash your inner chef without having to use cheap plastic utensils that bend when you try to cut stuff or melt in the pan.
18.) Camerons Tailgating Table ($45)
This is an all-in-one snacks ‘n’ drinks bonanza, one of the coolest camping gear products we’ve seen. It may not be a utility knife or some other nifty gadget, but sometimes simple is awesome. There are drinks-holders, a central holster for all your snacks, and the lowest part is for keeping stuff as cold as can be. Perfect for sitting around a fire or rocking up at a music festival.
19.) MPOWERD Luci 2.0 Solar Lantern ($20)
A small outdoor gift is a solar lantern. These sweet little solar lights are sure to be loved by anyone. MPOWERD makes small solar rechargeable lights that are great for camping, emergencies, outdoor adventures, or the backyard. However, what really makes them great is the initiative behind them that uses a portion of the profits to bring solar power to those in need around the world.
20.) Yeti Tundra 65 ($349)
Yeti is renowned for its durable coolers that keep ice for days one end. The Tundra is their flagship cooler and the 65L is the most popular size for good reason. Being Yeti, this is one of the more expensive gifts for outdoor lovers, but it is sure to put a smile on someones face. Pack this holy grail of coolers with ice packs, food, and refreshments, and your camping trip will turn into a veritable banquet.
21.) Scrubba Wash Bag ($50)
No more excuses for having dirty clothes when you’re in the wilderness. The Scrubba Wash Bag is basically a dry bag, but on the inside, it’s coated with rubber nodules; mix in some water and soap, throw in your clothes, seal the bag up, and knead the bag like dough for regular wash cycle in just a few minutes. Simple but awesome.
22.) Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit ($300)
It definitely isn’t cheap, but the Solo Stove Bonfire Fire Pit is a great gift. The design maximizes the efficiency of burning woods so you get a hot smoke free fire, the perfect campfire. It’s built with stainless steel and should last for years to come.
23.) GSI Pinnacle Camper Cookset ($140)
For probably the most comprehensive cooking set out there, go for the GSI Pinnacle Camper. It’s almost $140, but at that price, you get four plates, four bowls, four insulated mugs (complete with sip-it tops), and a two-liter pot with strainer lid, which nest into a generous three-liter pot and frypan with a strainer lid. It’s all about efficient space-saving with this modular, Teflon-coated extravaganza of a camper cooking set.
24.) UCO Stormproof Matches ($12)
Lighting a fire in damp conditions is not fun. One of the worst things about it is matches not even lighting in the first place. Getting yourself some UCO stormproof matches, ones that light even in the wind and rain – and will even light after being submerged in water – is a no-brainer. As long as there’s phosphorus (the orange bit), these things are virtually invincible!
25.) United By Blue Steel Creek Reusable Straw Case ($15)
We love products that take aim at reducing or solving a problem. A reusable straw is a great place to start as the vast majority of plastic straws never see a recycling plant.
Straws may be a bit of selective empathy, but we’re firm believers that every bit counts! Instead of just gifting some silicone or reusable straws check out this straw and case from United By Blue.
26.) Hydro Flask Water Bottle ($40)
Water bottles are one of the simplest things to cut back on waste. We never buy single-use plastic water bottles. We have a wide selection of water bottles, but our favorites are from Hydroflask. The insulated aluminum water bottles keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot for hours.
It doesn’t just do a good job at this, it does an excellent job and we’ve often enjoyed piping hot tea on cold morning hours after making it. As a big plus, aluminum is one of the best materials to recycle after the bottle has lived its very long life.
27.) GoToob Travel Bottles ($19 – $28)
No traveler wants to lug around a full-sized body wash container. So give the gift of GoToobs the perfect travel accessory. GoToob bottles are made with durable silicon that are food safe and airplane carry-on. Of course, they are 100% BPA free and also a great eco-friendly gift idea.
The GoToob is made by HumanGearwho make a wide range of reusable products. We love their eco-friendly product line for things like their FlexiBowl, GoBites, and GoTubbs. It’s all gear made to be reusable thus eliminating one-use plastic products.
28.) Ursa Major Natural Deodorant ($18)
There are all sorts of nasty stuff in your average deodorants such as aluminum, parabens, propylene glycol, and triclosan. That’s why we long ago decided to make the switch to natural deodorants both for our health and the environment. Giving the gift of natural deodorant isn’t particularly exciting, but given its higher price tag, it’s sure to be appreciated as a stocking stuffer.
29.) Pela Case ($39)
Almost everyone these days has a case on their phone to protect it drops and falls. A phone case may be far from single-use, but it definitely has a shelf life. These cases made from Pela are 100% compostable and made from plants!
30.) Raw Elements Eco Sunscreen ($19)
Modern sunblock has a slew of damaging chemicals in them that have proven toxic to coral and marine life. It’s been estimated that a whopping 14,000 tons of sunscreen makes it way into coral reefs each year.
In that sunscreen are chemicals such as oxybenzone and octinoxate that are known to be toxic to coral. Raw Elements is a Hawaiian based sunscreen manufacturer whose aim is to produce coral safe sunscreen. Help save our reefs and give the gift one of our favorite eco-friendly products, reef-safe sunscreen.
31.) REI Co-op Life Outdoors Small Tote ($5)
Ditch the plastic bags for a super cute canvas tote! There are a plethora of fun designs and prints you can find anywhere, but we love this one from REI. If you want to make is a full set consider giving mesh reusable produce bags as a sustainable gift.
32.) ENO Travel Hammock ($70)
This is a unisex outdoor gift, but any one who loves nature is going to love a travel hammock if they don’t already own one. It’s the perfect gift for backpackers or those who spend a lot of time outdoors.
The hammocks are super lightweight, strong, and easy to use. I suggest to pick up the ENO SlapStraps too, as it makes it easy to throw the hammock up anywhere. If you’re looking for a travel and outdoor gifts for couples make sure to get the larger one!
33.) Hiking Backpack with Raincover ($300)
The most important thing on a backpacking checklist. A proper hiking backpack supports the weight of your load and should hold everything you need for a trip in the great outdoors. A good hiking backpack should be comfortable, have a nice design, proper material, and be the correct volume and weight for your trip. We break down all the best hiking backpacks here.
Our new favorite hiking backpack is made by Gregory. The Gregory Baltoro Gregory backpack is a workhorse designed to be used and abused. The Baltoro/Deva is designed to carry a heavy load without breaking your back on the trail. It has a superior suspension system with plush padding and a great organization.
34.) DayPack ($100)
Any nature lover needs a good daypack. An adventure a daypack should be more than enough to hold your belongings. My daypack usually consists of a shell jacket, down jacket, hiking poles, bear spray, snacks, water, gloves, chapstick, a buff, first aid kit, navigation, and an emergency blanket.
I love Camelbak daypacks. They are sturdy and fit well on my back with a proper suspension system. This is the Women’s Sequoia 22. Which has a stretch overflow pocket, trekking pole attachments. and air support back panel, dual wing belt, and is built for smaller torsos (I am short.) Their packs are lightweight and sit on the back so well. Cameron has the Fourteener, which is equally amazing. This is one of those 10 essentials for hiking you need.
35.) MSR Hubba Hubba Tent ($450)
Does the person you’re getting a gift for love the backcountry? When backpacking something ultralight is needed. Our go to is our MSR Hubba Hubba 2 backpacking person ten.
The Hubba Hubba is a top seller for MSR. It’s ultralight and has a super fast setup system. This tent is waterproof and ultra durable for any mountain adventure. It’s a great size for two people and there is even extra space to move around.
36.) NeoAir Uber Lite ($100-$150)
Light sleeping pads are essential for nature and camping lovers. Not only are sleeping pads more comfortable, but it provides insolation that you’ll need to stay warm. The ground gets very cold in the wilderness, even if it’s summer. Without a sleeping pad under you, your body will take in all that cold.
We travel with the new NeoAir Uber Lite. It’s good for backpacking since it only weighs 8oz and you can blow it up in under two minutes.
37.) Compressible Pillow ($30)
38.) Therm-A-Rest Sleeping Bag ($300)
Don’t let your loved one go into the backcountry without a sleeping bag. Even in the summer, it gets cold at night when camping and a proper sleeping bag is needed to provide warmth. We personally have the new Vesper 20F/-6C Quilt. This is an awesome comfortable sleeping bag featuring 900-fill Nikwax Hydrophobic Down. It’s ultra light and good for overnight backpacking trips.
39.) Hiking Poles ($140)
My favorite outdoor and hiking gift on this list are hiking poles.
Know someone that has plans to take part in long multi-day hikes? Then a pair of hiking poles are a great way to save the knees and prevent injuries. If you’re on a full day of hiking in the mountains you’ll gain and descend a lot of elevation. So, it’s easy for your legs to get tired and a pair of hiking poles will pay off. Although I don’t always need hiking poles, they are always in my pack. I almost ALWAYS end up using at least one while I’m descending a mountain.
Black Diamond is a company dedicated to mountain sports and has worked hard to craft wonderful products. I personally use the Black Diamond FLZ Hiking Poles, but there are some other great poles out there produced by companies like REI and MSR. “Z” poles are fantastic as they’re lightweight and can be stashed inside a backpack should you not need them.
Clothing Gifts for Outdoor Lovers!
40.) REI Co-op 650 Down Jacket 2.0 ($100)
Everyone loves a comfy jacket and we think packable down jackets make a tremendous gift. For several years, we have loved REI’s affordable 650 down Jacket, but now they’ve taken it a step further. Their latest iteration of the jacket employs a shell of recycled nylon taffeta and ethically sourced down. The end result is a more environmentally conscious gift with great performance and value.
41.) Patagonia Fjord Flannel Shirt ($89)
The difference between organic cotton and commercially grown cotton is massive. It’s easy to view “organic” as a marketing term these days, but in reality, organic cotton consumes far more water and is widely considered the dirtiest crop worldwide.
Conventional cotton accounts for 25% of all pesticides in use around the world. A great sustainable gift or eco-friendly gift is an organic flannel like the Fjord Flannel from Patagonia. It’s perfect for cooler weather and fits a wide range of activities.
42.) Toad&Co Cue Wrap Dress ($85)
This is one of those outdoor gifts for her that is sure to be appreciated. A versatile dress like this one from Toad&Co is a tremendous eco-friendly gift. Tasha uses this one for everyday life. A flattering fit makes it appropriate for a wide variety of uses.
It’s made from a blend of organic cotton and Tencel, a sustainable fabric made from eucalyptus trees. The fabric is super comfortable as it’s roomy, airy, and super soft to the touch.
43.) prAna Vaha Pant ($79)
These are my favorite pair of pants to ever bee worn. They’re also eco-friendly so when our package from prAna arrived with no in a paper envelope with no plastic packaging we were impressed.
Hemp and recycled polyester give the breathability to the pants with quick-dry, and odor-fighting qualities along with being a heck of an eco-friendly product. We’re pretty big fans of prAna so we highly recommend checking out some of their products. The women’s pant is the Summit pant and the men’s is the Vaha pant.
44.) tasc Performance Shirt ($38)
This is probably the most comfortable performance shirt in the world. Made from a blend of organic cotton, bamboo viscose, and spandex the fabric is both eco-friendly and super soft to the touch. The durability of shirts is impressive as they do not pill or fade even after multiple washes.
Over the years they’ve developed a loyal following, and the shirts deserve the praise. You’re going to want to order at least two of these shirts because you’ll want one for yourself too.
45.) Kuhl Flight Vest ($150)
My all time favorite vest is made by Kuhl. It’s good to go in any outdoor adventure. Whether that’s on the slops are hiking around the wilderness it looks and feels amazing. Seriously, out of all the outdoor vests I own this is by far the most stylish. It’s a great adventure gift idea for women!
If You’re Still at a Loss for a Good Gift for Nature Lovers
46.) REI Gift Card
You really can’t go wrong with a gift card. REI is our favorite outdoor retailer. REI has been one of the best places to grab outdoor gear sine 1938. They are well known for treating their employees well, giving back, and running a sustainable company! So go ahead and feel good about that gift card!
47.) Donation to National Forest Foundation
Make the gift of a future for your loved ones or friend with a donation to the National Forest Foundation. They take action to help protect millions of acres of forest and replanting millions of trees more.
48.) Glamping Hub Gift Card
Give the gift of unique accommodation and some travel inspiration with a gift card to Glamping Hub. The travel website operates as a portal for unique accommodation all around the world. You can book stays in a yurt (as we did in Hawaii), treehouse, eco-cabin, or even a converted airstream. Glamping hub specializes in “glamping” the art of luxurious camping. So expected to find properties in some gorgeous and secluded parts of the world. We love unique stays and would take a treehouse over a corporate chain hotel any day of the week.
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