From the obscure to the obvious, these gift cards will give your outdoors-lover, biker, athlete, or camper exactly what they want for Christmas, a birthday, or any holiday.
To help you zero in on the perfect gift card, we grouped these according to activity.
Best Gift Cards for Camping, Hiking, and General Outdoors
REI: This one’s a no-brainer for the lover of silent sports like skiing, snowshoeing, camping, and hiking. If they are into the outdoors, they will find something they need (or at least really want) at REI.
Backcountry.com: Hikers, bikers, skiers, campers — really most anyone who spends much time outdoors — will find some great deals at Backcountry.com. Gift certificates are available from $25 to $500.
CampSaver: Anyone who likes getting outdoors and scoring a good deal will appreciate a gift card from CampSaver. It has great prices on tents, boots, clothes, and more. E-gift cards (great for last-minute shopping and long-distance gifting) are available from $10 to $50.
BladeHQ: From everyday carry pocket knives to fixed-blade beauties, you can never have too many knives. And BladeHQ has something for everyone. Forgo the guessing game and let them pick the perfect knife themselves. Knife gift cards range from $10 to $250.
Gift Cards for Apparel & Footwear
Duluth Trading Company: For those who wear flannel, work gloves, and like knives and tools, Duluth Trading Company has some great choices for men and women who enjoy the outdoors. Gift cards range from $10 to $200.
Columbia: This big brand has hundreds of products for both men and women, so most anyone should be able to find something they like from Columbia. And its range of prices suit any gift-givers.
Eddie Bauer: As apparel brands go, Eddie Bauer has as wide a variety as any, from the high-tech First Ascent series to fleece-lined pants. Gift certificates from $10 to $500 are available.
KEEN: Footwear is universally important for outdoor pursuits, and KEEN covers the gamut from sandals to winter boots.
L.L. Bean: Another big apparel retailer, Maine-based L.L. Bean is famous for its boots. The brand can outfit your loved one with footwear and apparel for any activity from hunting to XC skiing, trail running, fishing, climbing, and more. L.L. Bean has a lot of lifestyle, daily wear apparel, but it also has technical garments for outdoor use, including a new line of waterproof-breathable shells designed in collaboration with Olympic athlete Seth Wescott.
Gift Cards for Skiers
The House: This Minnesota-based ski retailer has great ski and snowboard gear at significant discounts. If you’re searching for the skier or rider in your life, they can pick up everything from gloves and goggles to a new stick, likely for a good deal, at The House.
Ski resorts: Give the gift of adventure! Head over to Liftopia to grab gift cards that skiers can apply to the ski resort of their choice. Available gift cards start at $50 and go up from there.
Gift Cards for Endurance Athletes
Competitive Cyclist: Cyclists never have enough bikes, shoes, apparel, lights — the list is long and expensive. Help your beloved biker fund their carbon addiction with a gift card from $25 to $3,000 at Competitive Cyclist.
Road Runner Sports: Runners never have enough shoes. If they do, they’ll just wear them out anyway. But don’t even try to buy running shoes for someone else; it’s just too personal. Instead, give them a gift card that will get them in the perfect shoe.
Gift Cards for Hunters & Anglers
Brownells: Do you hear words like “trajectory,” “foot-pounds,” and “muzzle velocity” around the dinner table? Then get your loved one a gift certificate to Brownells, a huge online retailer of reloading supplies, gunsmith tools, and parts for shooters who look at ammo and firearms through a scientific lens.
Cabela’s: Unless your income is way north of six figures, hunters and anglers will find more inside the walls of a Cabela’s than you can afford. From firearms and bows to apparel and sunglasses, Cabela’s is a great gift option for the hook-and-bullet set, available from $5 to $2,000.
Bass Pro Shops: Much like Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops offers gift cards and has a wide selection for the hunter and angler. Bass Pro carries slightly lower-priced products than Cabela’s, although both are comparable in many respects.
Field & Stream: Campers, hunters, and anglers will find a wide range of products, from tents to fly rods to knives, at Field & Stream shops. Gift cards are available from $5 to $500.
A Great Gift Card for Everyone Who Loves Parks
National Park Service: A different kind of gift certificate gives your loved one access to more than 2,000 recreation areas managed by five federal agencies, with up to 100 percent of the proceeds being used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services. The America The Beautiful pass costs $80 and is good for an entire year.