Need some outdoorsy gift ideas? You’ve come to the right spot. We’ve rounded up a ton of our favorite outdoor gear and gifts that are sure to please the adventurer in your life.
We love gear. From camping and hiking to paddling and hunting, our team of gear testers loves spending time outside. And to help you find the perfect gift for the outdoorspeople in your life, we’ve put together this all-encompassing gift guide.
Top Outdoor Holiday Gifts in 2020
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Made for the outdoors — or your couch on a cozy winter night! — the Wool Utility Blanket from Faribault Woolen Mill is a quality gift for anyone on your list. Made from 75% recycled wool, this is a premium, all-purpose blanket. Its poly-nylon adds durability to the soft and warming spread.
Bonus: This blanket is made in the USA; we toured the mill recently and saw the full process, from raw wool to durable finished blanket across a decades-old manufacturing floor!
Ledlenser’s signature flashlight shows off many of its premium technologies. The P7R Signature Edition Flashlight boasts up to 2,000 lumens and has four modes that let you tailor the light to your needs. Plus, the brand’s patented tech combines a focused beam for long-distance lighting with reflected light for seeing up close. Give (or receive) some light this holiday season.Sponsored by Ledlenser
Need a hardworking midlayer? Take a look at the Kyanite Hoody from Arc’teryx. With an abrasion-resistant outer and four-way-stretch fabric construction, this hoodie is built to move with you. The low-profile ScubaHood provides extra warmth while fitting under a helmet, and the gusseted underarms prevent overheating. It’s great on its own or layered under a shell.
This isn’t just a watch — it’s a wrist-bound solar receiver that stores power to charge other electronics, like your phone. It’s more portable than a battery cell and, oh yeah, it tells time, too. According to the brand, “The purpose of this technology is to provide robust energy harvesting and internet of things (IoT) connectivity in a wearable form.” It could make a great gift for the trendsetter in your life, or get one for yourself. You can order the Carbon 1.5 Solar Powered Watch now.Sponsored by Energy Bionics
Stay warm and dry with the Patagonia Capilene Air Hoody. The 3D knit structure keeps you comfortable through a wide range of temperatures, and the seamless construction means no annoying chafing. A blend of merino wool and recycled polyester, this hoodie stays odor-free and dries in a flash. A workhorse of a layer, this top will keep you cozy from mountaintop to coffee shop.
The new year is just around the corner, and with it comes resolutions to exercise more. Whether you or someone you know, is looking to stay fit, get trim, or just move more often, a good shoe will go a long way. The Solstice XT from Altra is a solid cross-trainer that works well for lifting, running, and more. Like all Altras, it has the FootShape toebox that allows your feet to splay out during activity, which is both comfy and more natural-feeling.
This jacket pairs waterproof-breathable technology (dubbed “BD.dry”) with a lightweight design (just 8 ounces for a men’s size medium). As our tester noted, “It works best for three-season rock climbing, backpacking, and aerobic sports. It’s not the lightest rain shell on the market, but the excellent mobility and price make it a top choice for that one jacket that never leaves the pack.”
Train for big-mountain days and work out smarter with the NordicTrack RW900 Rower. With 26 digital resistance levels, you can make it as challenging or mellow as needed. And the 22-inch touchscreen is like a personal coach in your home. Stream sessions with world-class trainers and get ready to sweat. And when it’s not in use, take advantage of the folding design and easily move the Rower.
Long-distance hikers love this camp quilt. It’s customizable, made in the USA, rated at 20 degrees F, and weighs in at just 1 pound 4 ounces. Our thru-hiking expert noted, “These quilts are superlight, warm, and versatile sleeping options for those aiming for fast-and-light.”
There’s no better way to end a day on the trail than with a piping hot meal. And the WindBurner Duo offers up windproof performance and fast boiling times. As our tester reported, “I’ve found the MSR WindBurner Duo balances fuel efficiency and pot size in a nearly perfect package.”
Having a double-walled insulated mug with a lid will eliminate the rush to drink your coffee or tea in the morning before it cools. This YETI mug would be great for camping or taking your drink on the go, or for that morning mug while you sit down and get to work. It’s dishwasher-safe and made with stainless steel, so there should be no worries about rust. Plus, it comes in 11 rad colors to match your style.
The Mountain Light Cascade is one of Danner’s most recognizable boots on the trail. Designed with a one-piece leather upper, the boots provide protection from the elements while maintaining their style. The Vibram Kletterlift outsole is made for defense against wet conditions, and the Dri-Lex liner allows your feet to breathe in warm weather. Red laces and the Danner recrafting program ensure these boots are ready for whatever adventure lies ahead.
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.
Make camping that much more fun with a packable pillow. Made from leftover bits of Therm-a-Rest sleeping pads, the Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow gets double points for comfort and recycling. This pillow is also small enough to be easily stashable and packable for road trips and air travel.
Wherever your travels take you, Yampa duffel bags are ready for the action. The padded exoskeleton cushions gear, and the waterproof design keeps valuables dry. Tie-down clips make securing it to the boat, motorcycle, or car a breeze. And the padded backpack straps provide maximum carrying comfort. The Yampa is available in 35L, 70L, and 105L sizes to suit everything from solo weekend adventures to extended expeditions.
Just because you’re camping doesn’t mean you have to miss out on snuggling. This double sleeping pad weighs in at 2 pounds 6 ounces, is rated to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, and integrates with the Big Agnes Sentinel 30 Double Sleeping Bag. As our tester reported, “Altogether, the setup feels like home: warm, spacious, and comfortable.”
Help the outdoorsy people in your life discover the latest gear with a Cairn subscription. Each month, Cairn will send you a box full of useful and ever-changing gear. From camp lights to trail snacks, you never know what you’ll get. And that’s half the fun. As our tester noted, “They don’t contain old, dated products. GearJunkie has based several reviews on products first discovered through Cairn boxes, and the brand touts that its recent shipments contained first-to-market exclusives.”
We’ve been using these trail runners for 8 months and have come to appreciate the comfort, traction, and waterproofing of these shoes. The new GORE-TEX Invisible Fit offers a bomber waterproof membrane so they’re great for winter slush and rainy runs alike.
This adaptable messenger bag is perfect for the photographer, commuter, or traveler in your life. The partitioned interior holds a complete DSLR setup, and the weatherproof, padded exterior keeps everything dry and protected. The side pockets allow for easy access, and the adjustable strap makes carrying heavy loads a cinch. Our favorite part, though, is the magnetic clasp and ladder closure system.
Do you or a friend suffer from a case of the George Costanza wallet? The Ridge minimalist wallet is here to help.
Available in a variety of finishes, from carbon fiber to titanium to gold, there’s a style for everyone. The RFID-blocking wallet has room for up to 12 cards and IDs and is available with either the super-sleek cash strap or more traditional money clip to carry your spare cash. Go ahead and throw away that REI receipt from 2016 and upgrade to The Ridge Wallet.
A scaled-down version of the traditional voyageur pack, the Scout adds a North Woods aesthetic to workaday tasks like commuting to work or biking to school. Made in the USA (in its namesake Duluth, Minn.), this basic canvas backpack includes buckles, leather, and riveted reinforcements to make it “a multi-generational heirloom,” as Duluth Pack puts it.
The Wildfire is described by Salewa as a technical approach shoe. The Wildfires are equipped with a versatile POMOCA sole for grip, traction, and sure-footed climbing precision on technical mountain approaches, scrambles, traverses, and easy climbs. A breathable mesh lining provides relief on warm days, and a breathable OrthoLite footbed provides cushioning and wicks away moisture. We hiked to the Lower Saddle and climbed a portion of the Grand Teton in these shoes and loved every minute!
Fanny packs are an awesome gift for an outdoor enthusiast. Their small size makes them great for carrying everyday essentials on day hikes, bike rides, and daily dog walks. The Osprey Daylite Waist Pack comes in a variety of colors and has nylon double diamond ripstop for ultimate durability. It features a zippered main compartment with an interior mesh organizer for a phone, a small front compartment for chapstick, and a clip to secure keys.
Made of superfine merino wool, these pants will keep you warm and dry no matter the activity. The wool stays naturally stink-free and breathable for all-day comfort.
Made for fast-and-light missions, the Maverick Mid GTX combines a pronounced sole rocker for efficient walking with a lightweight upper package. This creates a comfortable and forgiving shape with a modern, athletic design. This nimble trail shoe will be your partner from everything from day hikes to lightweight overnight adventures. These hiking boots weigh 15.7 ounces (size 42).
Keep the hiker in your life safe on the trail with this light, packable first-aid kit. It’s organized for maximum functionality and provides the essentials to manage a basic first-aid issue during a day hike.
Protect your noggin and have fun shredding. It’s delightfully lightweight at just 12 ounces, and you’ll always be at the right temperature with nine customizable vents.
Slender, lightweight, and super-inexpensive, Black Diamond’s Solution harness offers a whole lot of bang for not a lot of buck. We tested this harness and were impressed with its comfort, construction, and value. It’s a great choice for logging hours at the gym or as an all-around go-to harness.