These gifts are sure to please the outdoor enthusiast in your life. And best of all, each one costs $30 or less.
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 is priced at just $30 or less and is sure to be a pleaser.
Top Gifts Under $30
It’s not just car campers who sing the praises of sleeping with a pillow outdoors. These Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillows pack down small and provide the comfort you need while away from home. Pick up a packable pillow as the gift that will keep on giving every night it’s slept on. Grab one for yourself while you’re at it!Sponsored by Therma-A-Rest
Light up camp with these crowd-pleasing twinkle camp lights. The Revel Gear Trail Hound 30-foot Camping Light comes on a thin copper wire. You can choose from white, single-colored, multicolored, and even dimmable options. Set up camp, set the mood, and enjoy!
The BUFF is one of our favorite pieces of gear of all time. It’s super-versatile: Wear it as a neck gaiter, mask, beanie, balaclava, and more. This one is made from merino wool, giving it a nice upgrade over synthetics. Wool is naturally antimicrobial, so you can sweat in it and it prevents odors. Plus, it keeps you warm even when wet. Grab one for your loved one.
PHOOZY’s Apollo sleeve makes a perfect gift for anyone with a smartphone (which is just about everyone these days). The protective sleeve shields devices from overheating, UV rays, and freezing temperatures — plus, it provides military-grade drop protection. Oh, and it floats in the water. The adventurer on your list is sure to appreciate it.
OK, this might not be an actual piece of gear (at least not full-size), but the Tiny Tent is awesome. The mini-model of a camping tent has a tiny 18 x 18-inch footprint and all the features of a real tent (think zippers, poles, and a rainfly). And it’s extra awesome (and cute) if you have a small pet who shares your affinity for gear.
For the tech-savvy, environment-loving adventurer on your list, these batteries by Pale Blue Earth are USB rechargeable! The brand states that they have better voltage, stability, and current output than traditional alkaline batteries. Plus, they apparently charge ultra-quick — five times faster than a comparable NiMh rechargeable battery. We’re all for preventing more batteries from ending up in landfills.
This gift works for everyone: your significant other, your bestie, your travel buddy, etc. The Matador Pocket Blanket is an ultralight, always-be-prepared solution to the outdoors. The blanket has built-in stakes in the corners for grounding in sand or dirt, an integrated stuff sack, and water-resistant nylon construction. It looks crazy-thin, but that’s what allows it to fold up into the size of a wallet.
Know someone who’s a stickler for gear maintenance? Or who has that old puffy they just won’t give up? Grab some of these Worn Wear gear patches from Patagonia so they can patch all kinds of gear. The patches are made from super-sticky tenacious tape and come in fun shapes like bears, bison, and anvils.
Know someone whose hands are always cold? A rechargeable, ultraportable handwarmer is the gift they need — like the Celestron Elements Hand Warmer. Plus, it also works as a power bank to charge their phone.
Light, strong, and with just enough stretch for pure comfort, the Arcade Rambler Belt is built for adventure. A great gift for the jet setter in your life, no metal means they can breeze through airport security. One of our editors wears hers all the time in the office because the belt is so comfortable!
Here’s a gift for the uber-cool one on your list. This cap is hands-down one of the best our editor has owned. The KUHL UBERKUHL Cap provides great protection from the sun, doesn’t soak or stain from sweat, and comes in some really nice earth-tone colors. We love its lightweight fabric and durability too.
Know someone who loves outdoor gear and is excited to discover new products? Consider gifting Cairn, a subscription box that will deliver a surprise assortment of gear to their door each month. These boxes include items like EDC flashlights, trail snacks, hydration products, camp accessories, and more!
Whether for travel, running, or lounging, goodr’s sunglasses are sure to get the job done. The OGs are glare-reducing, block 100% of UVA and UVB rays, and are available in polarized lens options. The frames are lightweight, have silicone grips, and, best of all, come in more than eight fun styles.
Looking for a winter-themed gift that won’t break the bank? Grab these soft, touchscreen-compatible Screentap Gloves from Black Diamond. These lightweight gloves provide protection from wind and cold and can be used for skiing, trail running, hiking, or your morning walk with Fido.
Instant coffee is always convenient but not always tasty. Kuju makes its Single-Serve Pour-Over Coffee to be both, offering a variety of different flavors and blends. A great gift, this 10-pack comes with the ground coffee, pour-over, and filter all wrapped up into one single-serving pack. Plus, the brand sources its coffee from a farm that employs former victims of sex trafficking, so you’re also supporting a good cause. We love to stash these in our daypacks and office drawers for when we need that afternoon pick-me-up.
Necessary? No. Fun and awesome? You know it. These BioLite SiteLight Lanterns throw out 150 lumens of light and pack down small. They come in a two-pack with 10 feet of cord. Whether they’re hanging at camp, at home in the backyard, or both, the ambiance will be on point.
First sold in 1978, these 1-inch Heavy Duty NRS Straps make the perfect stocking stuffers for boaters, paddlers, and outdoorsmen alike. Tie down kayaks, cinch down gear, strap stuff to a roof rack, and more — the possibilities are endless. The straps also come in 1-foot to 20-foot lengths to accommodate gear big and small.
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.
The wraps protect food from dust, the rest of your sack lunch, and any other gear in your pack. Plus, they’re reusable and much nicer than plastic wrap.
We love fanny packs (or hip packs, waist packs, if you like), and this lightweight hauler would be an abundantly useful gift for the explorer on your list. Constructed of nylon ripstop, this Patagonia Lightweight Mini Hip Pack looks sturdy and weather-resistant. It also doesn’t take up too much room, adjusts well, and comes in great colors!
Give the gift of freshly brewed coffee while camping. They’ll be able to make drip coffee wherever they go with this clever coffee brewer from Snow Peak. This pour-over folds flat for storage, packing, and travel, and it’s made of stainless steel to keep it lightweight (under 5 ounces). Pair with their favorite bean.
Sometimes you want to sip and savor, and sometimes you’re on the go. The Hydro Flask 12-ounce 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 begin your multitasking early. This coffee mug will ensure you start strong.
It weighs just 10 ounces and packs down to about the size of a softball. The Ultralight Hammock from Grand Trunk is made of breathable polyester material, so it’s great for camping and relaxing in the park.
Put this one in the stocking of the hiker on your list. They’ll be able to drink straight from a stream with the LifeStraw. This personal water purification device will filter 185 gallons of water — one year’s worth, according to the brand. Check out our thoughts on both the personal filter and the filter-and-bottle combo.
Hydrating just got a lot more packable and fun. Made of food-grade silicone, the Hydaway Collapsible bottle holds 17 ounces and folds down flat (like, really flat) when not in use. Gift this one to the hiker, runner, or biker in your life.
The Anker Soundcore has over 16,000 reviews 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, it’s an amazing value. It’s IPX7 waterproof, meaning it can handle rain and splashes. And the brand states it will play 500 songs between charges!
Not ready to drop over $200 on a massage gun? Then consider gifting Trigger Point Performances’ lower-price option — this massage bar. It can roll, knead, and deliver pressure to any muscle that needs some TLC. The bar has eight independently spinning wheels that are designed to deliver a deep yet comfortable roll directly onto skin or over clothing. Ergonomic handles provide ease of use, and the compact size makes it great to pack away in a bag for trips.
YETI has an ingenious solution for drinking multiple beverages on the go. For your friend who’s always out and about, give this Cup Cap, which screws onto over a dozen YETI models. It can be used to share a beverage with a friend (or kid), and it takes up almost no extra space.
Everyone can use a durable running shirt. Amazon reviewers say this tee is uber-comfortable, wicks away sweat, and holds up to hundreds of uses (and washes). The Brooks Distance Tee also gets a few new print upgrades each year, so there are plenty of colors and graphics to choose from. Find it for men and women.
This is a must-have accessory for those mornings you want to start with a cup of java in hand. The Stanley Classic Trigger-Action Travel Mug holds 16 ounces and will keep your coffee hot for hours on end. The stainless steel is naturally BPA-free and rust-resistant. And the push-button lid prevents spills and makes it easy to sip on the go.
We were impressed right off the bat when Honey Stinger released its Plus Performance Chews. Similar to other jelly energy chews, they provide a boost of fuel in the form of caffeine and electrolytes (sodium and potassium). The chews come in three flavors, and you can gift your bestie a pack of 12 for under $30.