Great outdoor gifts don’t have to cost a fortune. Grab some of these to keep the adventure going without breaking the bank.
From an uber-packable camp lantern to a blanket for your beer, we’ve rounded up our favorite gear clocking in at $20 or less. Scroll on to find the highest-selling, most popular, and best-reviewed outdoor gifts under $20.
Top Gifts Under $20
This emergency EDC makes a great gift for gadget-lovers. The 3-in-1 tool combines pepper gel, a seat belt-cutter, and a stainless steel window-breaker tip. SABRE claims that the unique pepper gel offers a greater range than a spray and is less likely to blow back in your face. Best of all, the tool clips onto a keychain or small loop so it’s always within reach.Sponsored by SABRE
The Zippo 12-hour handwarmer lives up to its name. And in some cases, it will even run beyond 12 hours — we tested it. Unlike battery-powered, electric, or disposable handwarmers, the Zippo works even in the coldest conditions and is long-lasting. It does take a bit of extra time to get started, but the heat retention, burn time, and price point are unbeatable.
Sometimes you just want your cup of coffee to be affordable and effective. Luckily for you, this Alpine Start instant coffee brews with either hot or ice-cold water and tastes great — just ask Adrian Ballinger, who took it to Everest! You can get an eight-pack of these for less than the cost of two coffees at your local Starbucks.Sponsored by Alpine Start
Leave it out in the sun to power up, then turn it on at night for some extra light around the campsite. The Goal Zero Crush Light accordions down for easy storage and provides up to 60 lumens with variable brightness settings. Talk about a handy camping accessory.
This falls in the category of things you never knew you always needed. And once you get one, you can never go back. Essentially a carabiner with a rotating hook, the Heroclip allows you to hang gear from just about anywhere. We always take them backpacking, find them indispensable while camping, and use them to organize the gear closet at home. They also make a great stocking stuffer.
For its price, it’s hard to argue with this mug as the go-to for backpacking. The GSI Outdoors Backpacker Mug is lightweight at just 3.5 ounces and holds over 12 fluid ounces of liquid — that’s a good-size cup of coffee!
It has a top that seals well, and it insulates to keep drinks warm while you prep for your day on the trail. It’s our editorial director’s favorite, and we bet your hiking partner will love it too.
These gloves are versatile and lightweight. You can stash them in a pocket for when it gets chilly at camp, use them as a liner under heavier gloves, or use them day to day. They’re touchscreen-compatible in case you need to answer a call or snap a pic on the trail.
Whether it’s 11 ways to make a chairlift ride more awkward or a comprehensive gear review of a spoon, Brendan Leonard has a charming and hilarious way to speak to all outdoorspeople.
The Semi-Rad author’s drawings pair perfectly with his insights on the everyday absurdities of adventure life. Anyone who’s ever pitched a tent or bagged a peak will enjoy this collection of poignant short stories and silly observations.
These Carhartt hats are classic and comfortable. They come in over more than 15 hues and are unisex so you can get one for everyone on your list. The Watch Hat is soft, cozy, and thick to keep your head warm, and the stretchy rib knit keeps it on your head.
Everybody loves a YETI. And the 10-ounce Rambler is great, whether you’re sipping coffee at camp or enjoying a cold one in your kitchen. It sports double-wall vacuum insulation and burly stainless steel construction — it’s a solid little mug that’s bound to last for years.
Two flashlights for $16? How can they be any good? We’re not sure, but hey, 10,000 reviews can’t be all that wrong. This bestseller on Amazon has a 4.6-star rating. The GearLight LED Tactical Flashlight runs on three AAA batteries and claims to have a throw out to 1,000 feet. A practical gift, they can be tossed into a glove compartment, and they’ll always have a backup flashlight that performs.
This everyday item does double duty outdoors. They’re made for your sandwiches, snacks, and other food. But they’re also great for organizing small gear items, sunscreen, bug spray, toiletries, first-aid kits, and more. This is a great gift that will get tons of use. Plus, it reduces single-use plastic bags, which is a win for the environment.
Every camper needs a basic mess kit. This one’s 90% natural and made of bamboo. UCO’s five-piece mess kit is a basic, smartly designed set of utensils and durable dinnerware that packs up easily. It includes a bowl, a plate, a 4-in-1 utensil, a lid, and a rubber leash tether to hold it together.
Our editors have used it and trust it as a go-to for camp meals.
This cozy, ultralight koozie from Rumpl keeps your canned drink insulated and cold (but your hands warm). The Rumpl Beer Blanket’s synthetic insulated fabric is made with 30-denier ripstop recycled polyester and a water-repellent finish.
It comes in five fun patterns — and cleverly also comes in a six-pack. And it packs down into an oh-so-cute Beer Blanket stuff sack. One of our editors uses the Beer Blanket’s loop to carry it on her keychain wherever she goes.
Our staff loves, loves, loves these running socks. The Swiftwick Maxus Zero Tab Running Socks have padding in all the right places, a tab on the back of the ankle to prevent rubbing, and perform well across a range of temperatures. And their compression fit and wicking capabilities aren’t too shabby.
If you know someone who loves to run and is always running out of socks, add these to your cart.
Built-in collaboration with free solo climber Alex Honnold, this spatula should handle any climber’s cookout. Make a crepe over the fire, flip pancakes on a portaledge, or use it to grill burgers at the Gunks. Whatever you cook, the Honnold Signature Spatula is sure to earn you brownie points with your crew.
Standard utensils aren’t super exciting, but these ones are! The To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensil Set includes a fork, spoon, knife (non-serrated), and chopsticks that slide into a space-saving carrying sleeve. The sleeve even has a carabiner attached. And the set is one of the most durable our editors have used — we’ve tossed them into work bags and backpacks, washed them hundreds of times, and they still haven’t cracked or stained.
A gift card is never, ever a bad gift. An REI gift card is an even better gift. This means you don’t have to guess what that special someone needs. We’ve given and received our fair share of these, and they’re always a hit. REI gift cards are available from $10 to $1,000.
Give the gift of coziness with these ultralight, yarn-spun socks. The winter Fireside socks are made with a blend of acrylic, polyester, and spandex materials for the perfect balance of comfort and stretch.
Liquid chalk not only does the trick for absorbing sweat so you can climb hard, but it’s also much less messy than powder, and even has a high concentration of alcohol (which we all know kills germs). If your special outdoorsy someone likes to hit the crag, grab them the Black Diamond Black Gold Liquid Chalk. Black Gold contains Black Diamond’s super-porous formula of magnesium carbonate and Upsalite to give you the added grip you need.