Essential Gifts for the Outdoors Adventurer

Written by Mandy Ferreira on October 30, 2017

outdoorsy gift guide

You don’t have to be an active, hardcore mountaineer to know how to show a little love to the outdoorswoman or outdoorsman in your life. From carving trails and trekking new routes to tackling rapids, they’re got their bucket list of activities down. But you can make their trip exponentially better with the right gear.

Whether your recipient has a garage that looks like a mini REI or they’re just beginning to explore, there’s bound to be some gear that makes their heart beat a little faster. Check out this gift guide for the lover of the outdoors you know.

A place to rest: REI Co-op Half Dome 2 tent

No camping or backpacking trip is complete without a good night’s rest. This lightweight tent is built to withstand rain and wind, and it has plenty of room inside for two. A mesh roof frames views of the stars, or top it off with rainfly fabric to cut the wind and stay dry. Whether your adventurer loves to bring the whole house or pack ultra-light, you can’t go wrong with this easy-to-set-up tent.

Cost: $199 on rei.com

Made for walking: Moab 2 Mid waterproof boots

A good pair of hiking boots are life-changing. These are no exception. The Moab Mid 2 waterproof boot — available for both men and women — is ideal for day hikes and short to mid-length backpacking trips. Deep lugs on the outsole keep you sure-footed, while the waterproof upper keeps your toes dry in even the worst weather. The breathable mesh lining and the contoured EVA footbed help keep you cool and comfortable.

Cost: $130 for men’s or women’s sizes on merrell.com

Fast fire-hot food: MicroMo cooking system

Hanger in the outdoors is a real, frightening phenomenon. This MicroMo cooking system from Jetboil is one of the best stoves on the market, and weighs only 12 ounces. It makes food wickedly fast, boiling water in just over two minutes. It also has a simmer control for perfectly cooked oats and ramen. When the meal is ready, the top disconnects from the stove and becomes a handy cup or bowl. Be a real hero and snag a compatible coffee press for unforgettable sunrise drinks.

Cost: $129.95 on jetboil.com

Ready-made feast: Patagonia Provisions deluxe gift box

Even the most basic meal tastes worthy for a king after an adventure outdoors. But if you want to give a truly elite experience, here’s an option. Packed with smoked wild sockeye salmon, hearty vegetable soups, organic fruit, and grass-fed jerky, Patagonia’s deluxe gift box delivers a feast so wild it’s basically fresh.

Cost: $160 on patagoniaprovisions.com

Healthy hydration: CamelBak hydration vest

 

No matter what activity your outdoor lover can’t get enough of, the CamelBak Octane Dart hydration vest will be happily welcomed. From trail running and stand-up paddle boarding to mountain biking and chasing after the kids, the streamlined hydration vest holds steady. Four pockets — including a couple on the straps — keep quick bites and technology within easy reach. An adjustable chest strap prevents bouncing. It’s never been so easy to stay hydrated.

Cost: $70 on camelbak.com

Warm feet: Swiftwick socks

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Made of natural merino wool, Swiftwick socks are the ideal socks for every trekker. They boast a blister-free experience and won’t bunch around the feet during a hike. And unless you’re jumping into water with socks, these breathable wears will keep your feet and toes dry. When it comes to practical gifts for the outdoorsy type, these year-round, versatile socks fit the bill.

Cost: $15.99 to 34.99 on swiftwick.com

Power up: Nomad 7 solar panel

GoPro, flashlights, GPS: the portable Nomad 7 solar panel will keep tech toys and safety gear fully juiced and ready to go. Your giftee will never have to choose between taking one last photo or finding the way back home. The weather-resistant panel weighs just over a pound and folds small enough to fit into a little daypack. Toss it over a sunny rock, strap it to the kayak, catch some rays on the road, or avoid packed outlets while traveling. They’ll never want to leave home without it.

Cost: $79.95 on goalzero.com

Pack it in: Shadow 40+10 backpack

Serious summiters and weekend warriors alike will love this minimalist pack. Designed for multiday excursions, the Shadow 40+10 can be stripped down on the trail to lighten the load for summit bids or to make it easier to explore a side trail off base camp. The integrated compression and roll top help squeeze in that last shirt and prevent jostling on the go. A removable hip belt and an adjustable chest strap make it easy to fine-tune fit and get the weight to sit just right while on the move. Don’t be surprised if this pack starts to come with them anytime they go outside.

Cost: $179 on thenorthface.com

Portable tunes: Braven BRV-X stereo

Waterproof, shock absorbent, and designed to stand the tests of sandy dunes to backyard barbecues, the Braven BRV-X allows for any outdoor enthusiast to customize the atmosphere. Turn up the bass as you scale a 15-foot wall. Play soothing folk while fishing along a calm stream. But for the ultimate experience, you might want to get two speakers. When paired together, two Braven BRV-Xs can create an immersive left and right stereo experience.

Cost: $199 on braven.com

If you’re looking to give something a little more handmade, why not try creating DIY natural mosquito repellants? With 10 oils to choose from, this scented gift is like a personal protection spell to help ward off pesky bug bites.

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