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30 Great Gifts Under $30

These gifts are sure to please the outdoor enthusiast in your life. And best of all, they each cost less than $30.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great gift, and we’re here to prove it. Here are 30 awesome gifts for that special outdoorsy someone. Each one clocks in at just $30 or less and is sure to be a pleaser.

Black Diamond Spot Lite 160 Headlamp: $27

Black Diamond Headlamp - Camping Gifts Under 30

Everyone needs a headlamp. With 160 lumens, this one offers plenty of brightness in a lightweight, waterproof package.

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Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow: $25-30

Therm-a-Rest Camping Pillow

Make camping that much more fun with a packable pillow. Made from leftover bits of Therm-a-Rest sleeping pads, this pillow gets double points for comfort and recycling.

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YETI Rambler 14oz Mug: $25

YETI Mug - Outdoor Gifts Under 30

This do-all mug will quickly become a favorite. The double-wall vacuum-sealed construction keeps things steamy for hours, and the snug-fitting lid prevents spills. Use if for your coffee in the morning, soup in the afternoon, and pour in the cocktail at night. From sunup to sundown, this hardworking mug can do it all.

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Morakniv Eldris Knife: $23

Morakniv Eldris Knife - Camping Gifts Under 30

This handy (and award-winning) knife is small enough for everyday carry and big enough to get the job done. Open boxes, prep camp dinner, or whittle away — this sharp blade is up for the task.

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Jackery Portable Charger: $30

Jackery Bolt Portable Charger - Gifts Under 30

Never again worry about lost charging cables or depleted cellphone batteries. This charger fits in a pocket and includes both lightning and micro-USB cables.

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Bee’s Wrap Lunch Pack: $21

Bees Wrap - Best Camping Gifts Under 30

Say goodbye to single-use plastic wrap and hello to Earth-friendly Bee’s Wrap. Handcrafted in Vermont from organic cotton and sustainable beeswax, this set will take lunch to a whole new level.

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Mountain House Freeze-Dried Food: $7 and up

Mountain House Lasagna - Camping Gifts

Nothing says “happy holidays” like a hot, tasty meal. And this is doubly true in the backcountry. Make sure that special someone is well-fed on the next adventure with a packable freeze-dried meal.

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GearAid Kotu Tanto Survival Knife: $30

Gear Aid Knife - Best Camping Gifts

Give the gift of preparedness with the Kotu Tanto Survival Knife. With both straight and serrated edges, this knife is ready for any situation. The lightweight design means it won’t weigh you down for everyday carry, and the quick-release sheath easily attaches to belts, packs, and MOLLE systems.

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Velocio Reflective Signature Wool Sock: $28

Velocio Reflective Sock - Outdoor Gifts Under 30

No ordinary pair of socks, these wool beauties are woven with reflective yarn for maximum visibility. Night runners and bikers rejoice.

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Wrap Tie Tie Down Straps - Outdoor Gifts

As the ultimate all-purpose strap, the ways to use a WRAPTIE are endless. Whether you need to haul firewood, organize camp, or attach gear to your roof rack, these versatile straps are ready for the task and easy to use. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about scratched gear or damaged paint jobs, because the brand made these workhorse straps without buckles, clips, or hooks. Available in three sizes: 130, 180, and 240 cm.

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United By Blue Copper Tumbler: $24

UBB copper camp cup - best outdoor gifts under 30

Constructed of 100 percent copper, this classy cup is equally welcome gathered round the campfire or cozied up at home.

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Celestron Elements Hand Warmer: $30

Handwarmer Gift - Camping Gifts Under 30

Know someone whose hands are always cold? A rechargeable, ultraportable handwarmer is just what they need. Plus, it also works as a power bank.

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ENO Fuse Tandem Hammock System: $30

ENO Fuse Hammock Spreader Bar Side By Side

The only thing better than one hammock is being able to hang two hammocks. As our tester noted, “It’s nice to hang near your friends, and the Fuse ensures it. Gone are the days of scouring the park or forest for the perfect triangle of trees.”

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Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Hip Pack: $29

Patagonia Waist Pack - Outdoor Gifts Under 30

We love fanny packs (or waist packs if you must), and this lightweight hauler is abundantly useful. Constructed of nylon ripstop, it’s sturdy and weather-resistant.

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Orca Chasertini: $16

Orca Chasertini - Outdoor Gifts

Happy hour just got a little more fun. This 8-ounce martini glass is rugged, insulated, and spillproof. Need we say more?

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Stanley Flask: $16

Stanley Flask - Camping Gifts Under 30

A quality flask is always needed. And with a wide mouth for easy filling and rustproof stainless steel construction, this classic will easily last a lifetime. Pro tip: Use extra flasks to carry olive oil or maple syrup for camping. Lable contents with a marker on duct tape.

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Velomacchi Pouch: $18

Velomacchi Tool Pouch - Outdoor Gifts Under 30

Organize tools, stash gear, or protect electronics. This rugged, watertight pouch is ready for whatever adventure throws at it.

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Lander Neve USB Lightning Cable: $30

Lander Neve Charging Cable - Outdoor Gifts Under 30

You can never have too many charging cables. Gone are the days of fumbling in the dark trying to find your cord (thanks to the reflective technology) or breaking it after a few uses (rugged nylon construction for the win).

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Fenix E12 Flashlight: $28

Fenix Flashlight - Camping Gifts Under 30

A good flashlight is an everyday carry (EDC) essential. This one easily fits in the palm of your hand while blasting 130 lumens of dark-busting brightness.

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BioLite SiteLight: $30

Biolite SightLite Camp Lantern - Outdoor Gifts Under 30

Necessary? No. Fun and awesome? You know it. This LED lantern throws out 300 lumens of light and packs down small. The campsite will never be the same.

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Trigger Point Foam Roller: $30

Trigger Point Foam Roller - gifts under 30

Recuperate from a day on the mountain with this solid-core foam roller. It’s like having your own personal, portable masseuse.

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‘The Art of Getting Lost’: $17

The Art of Getting Lost Book - Brendan Leonard Semi-Rad - Outdoor Gifts

From “quit your job” mega adventures to one-day outings, this book is chock-full of outdoor ideas and concrete details.

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Opinel #10 Corkscrew Knife: $30

Opinel Corkscrew Knife - Camping Gifts Under 30

Use this knife to prepare the perfect picnic (complete with wine), or toss it in your camp box for fireside slicing. The beechwood handle is comfortably light, and the folding blade makes it easy to pack away.

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Ruffwear Bivy Bowl: $25

Ruffwear Bivy Bowl - Dog Gifts under 30

You love your dog, and your dog loves food. Always go prepared with a durable and collapsible bowl.

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Headsweats Trucker Hat: $5-30

Headsweats Trucker Hat - Outdoor Gifts

Combine the fun look of a classic trucker hat with breathable, sweat-absorbing tech, and you get this hat. The terry headband provides maximum forehead comfort, and the Eventure fabric dries quickly.

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Arcade x Coal Belt: $29

Coal Arcade Belt - Gifts under $30

Light, strong, and with just enough stretch for pure comfort, this belt is built for adventure. And no metal means you can breeze through airport security.

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Boombotix Boombot REX Speaker: $30

Boombotix Rex - Best Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

One of our favorites, this little hexagonal speaker kicks out 95 decibels and features a handy clip to attach it to your messenger bag or backpack.

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Topeak Hexus X Multitool: $28

Topeak Bike Tool - Bicycle Gifts

Every biker needs tools. And this handy set packs the necessities into a small package. An excellent choice for both road and mountain bikers.

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Cotopaxi Libre Socks: $24

Cotopaxi Libre Socks - Outdoor Gift Ideas

Made from a llama-fiber and nylon blend, these socks wick moisture and provide maximum comfort. Available in a fun array of colors, there’s a sock for everyone on your list.

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MSR Tent Stake Hammer: $30

MSR Tent Stake Hammer - Camping Gifts

This purpose-built hammer will make camp setup a breeze, and the hook helps pull out tent stakes when it’s time to go home. Plus, it has a bottle opener built in.

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Mallory Paige

Gear Editor Mallory Paige credits a childhood exploring the Rocky Mountains for her love of the outdoors. She recently spent a memorable year motorcycle camping across North America (with her dog!) and is now enjoying introducing her baby girl to all manner of adventure.


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