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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.

Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew: $21

Running in Darn Tough Socks Gift Guide

You can’t go wrong with a pair of Darn Tough wool socks. And that’s especially true of the newly released Light Hiker Micro Crew. The mesh panels on the top of the foot increase breathability. And the smooth ribbing upper stays put no matter the adventure. Light, breathable, made in the USA, and with just enough cushion in all the right places. These are a must-have.

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UCO Original Candle Lantern Kit: $26

UCO candle Lantern

Whether for ambiance, warmth, or emergency preparation, this candle lantern is a winner. It has a stated burn time of 9 hours and weighs just 7.2 ounces. The neoprene case keeps it protected in your pack and the clip-on reflector helps direct the light.

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Hydro Flask 12oz Coffee Mug: $30

Hydro Flask Coffee Mug Gift Guide

Sometimes you want to sip and savor, and sometimes you’re on-the-go. The Hydro Flask 12 oz Coffee Mug provides the tactile experience of your favorite morning cup with the insulation and dependability of your favorite Hydro Flask. So feel free to slow down and take in the day, or start your multi-tasking early; our Coffee Mug will ensure you start strong.

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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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Buff Lightweight Merino Wool Buff: $30


The Buff is one of our favorite pieces of gear of all time. It’s super versatile. Wear it as a neck gaiter, hat, balaclava, or more. And this one is made from merino wool, giving it a nice upgrade over synthetics. Wool is naturally anti-microbial, so it won’t develop odors easily. And it’ keeps you warm even when wet. Grab one for your loved one.

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Nathan SpeedShot Plus: $25

Nathan Speedshot

Keep the runner on your list from bonking with the lightweight SpeedShot. The bottle holds 12 ounces and there’s a handy pocket for stashing snacks. And the adjustable hand strap allows for grip-free running.

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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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Morakniv Eldris Knife: $30

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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Smartwool Trekking Heavy Crew Socks: $22


There is hardly a better gift than a pair of excellent socks, and these trekking socks from Smartwool fit the bill. With 70% merino wool/29% nylon/1% spandex construction, they are super cozy and long-lasting. This is a gift that everyone will appreciate and use day after day.

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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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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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Paddywax Maplewood + Moss Candle: $29

Paddywax Candle

Bring a little outdoor magic into the home with this high-quality candle. Each Paddywax candle is handpoured in the USA and features a crackling wood wick. And you can feel good knowing a portion of sales goes to the National Parks Foundation.

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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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Hydaway Collapsible Water Bottle: $26

Hydaway Collapsible Water Bottle

Hydrating just got a lot more packable and fun. Made of food-grade silicone, this bottle holds 17 ounces and folds down flat when not in use.

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Stanley Flask: $17

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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Maine Guide Waxed-Canvas Fly Wallet: $25


Traditional and elegant, this waxed canvas fly wallet will give your favorite angler an easy way to pocket enough flies for an afternoon on the water. And with rugged, time-tested materials, it’s sure to last for years. Just check out the excellent reviews on L.L. Bean.

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Flowfold Vanguard Wallet: $30

Flowfold Vanguard Wallet

This made in the USA wallet is built to last. Made from X-pac, it’s water-resistant and impressively durable. The slim design minimizes bulk, while easily carrying the essentials.

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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. Fenix makes exceptional flashlights, and this one will work every time you need it.

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BioLite SiteLight XL LED Lantern: $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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CRKT Drifter: $30

crkt drifter g10

Our knife expert coined the CRKT Drifter as King of the Budget Blades. And for good reason. For under $30, you get G10 Handles, a good 2.875-inch 8Cr14Mov blade, and an easy-open thumb stud design. It’s a super useful blade shape and design that will do a good job for everyday carry. And at this price, you can’t go wrong.

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Nite Ize SpotLit Clip-On LED Light: $13


Yes, this is a very inexpensive product. But if your loved one loves a pup, it’s a great gift. Simply clip it onto the collar to give your doggo a light. In the long hours of darkness this time of year, it’s an easy way to keep an eye on your pup while getting out after sunset.

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Orca Stainless Hydra 34oz: $30


Brand new for 2019, the Orca Hydra uses premium 18/8 stainless steel and seamless inner walls so it will never rust.

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Arcade x Sherpa Rambler Belt: $29

Sherpa Rambler Belt

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. Plus for every belt sold, Arcade will donate $5 to the Sherpa Adventure Gear fund to support education for the children of Nepal.

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Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker: $28


More than 16,000 people can’t be wrong. That’s how many reviews the Anker Soundcore has on Amazon, where this little powerhouse carries a 4.5-star rating. It’s a great speaker for kicking up the tunes outside, and at just under $30, an amazing value. It’s IPX 7 waterproof, meaning it can handle rain and splashes. And it should play 500 songs between charges!

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Knot It! Book: $25

Knot It Book

Knowing the how to tie the right knot can save a life. And at the very least it’s a fun party trick. This book is filled with easy to follow illustrations and even comes with a cord for practicing. It’s practical and fun.

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Leatherman Style PS Multi-tool: $30


Small enough to use as a keychain but packed with utility, the Leatherman Style PS has a mini pliers, scissors, tweezers, bottle opener and mini-screwdriver. And it weighs just 1.58 ounces. Get one for your friend who always needs to fix a piece of gear in the field.

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Cotopaxi Dopp Del Dia: $20

Cotopaxi Dopp Kit

This Dopp Kit can hold all the essentials and then some. Perfect for travel, backpacking, hitting up the gym, or simply staying organized at home. Toothbrushes love it and so do we.

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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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