Great outdoor gifts don’t have to cost a fortune. Grab one of these and keep the adventures going without breaking the bank.
From the ultimate bike lock to an uber-packable hammock, we’ve rounded up our favorite gear clocking in at $20 or less.
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 ($15-20) allows you to hang gear from just about anywhere. I always take one backpacking, find it indispensable while camping, and use it to organize the gear closet once home. (This also makes a great stocking stuffer.)
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.
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 outdoors-people.
The Semi-Rad author’s rudimentary 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.
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 — a solid little mug that will last for years.
Standard utensils aren’t super exciting, but these ones are! The To-Go Ware Bamboo Utensils ($15) 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 we’ve used — we’ve tossed them into work bags and backpacks, washed them hundreds of times, and they haven’t cracked or stained.
This cozy, ultralight koozie from Rumpl keeps your canned drink insulated and cold (but your hands warm). The Rumpl Beer Blanket ($8) has a synthetic insulated construction made with a 30-denier ripstop recycled polyester and a DWR finish. It comes in 5 colors, and cleverly also comes in a 6-pack. And, it packs down into an oh-so-cute beer blanket stuff sack.
Opinel No. 8 Folding Knife: $17
This knife would make a great gift or stocking stuffer. For $17, the Opinel No. 8 Folding Knife gets you a 3.28-inch (everyday carry friendly) carbon steel blade and varnished beech wood handle, for an easy-folding, affordable price tag.
At just $11, it’s hard to argue with this mug as the go-to for backpacking. It’s light at just 3.5 ounces and holds over 12 fluid ounces of liquid (a good-size cup of coffee!). It has a top that seals well, and it insulates well enough to keep drinks warm while you prep for your day on the trail.
It’s our editor-in-chief’s favorite, and we bet your hiking partner will love it too.
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 for the perfect balance of comfort and stretch.
Tiny Tents: $20
This tent first sold out when it came to market. Thankfully, it’s back. And this make not be an actual piece of gear (at least not full size), but the Tiny Tent ($20) is awesome. The mini-model of a camping tent has a tiny 18 by 18-inch footprint, and all the features of a real tent (think zippers, poles, and a rain fly).
And it’s extra awesome (and cute) if you have a small pet who shares your affinity for gear.
Liquid chalk not only does the trick for absorbing sweat so you can climb hard, but it’s also much less messy, 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 the Black Diamond Black Gold Liquid Chalk ($20). Black Gold contains Black Diamond’s super porous formula of magnesium carbonate and Upsalite to give you added grip.
Every camper needs a basic mess kit. UCO’s five-piece mess kit ($16) is a smartly designed, basic set of utensils and durable dinnerware that packs up easily. It includes a bowl, lid/plate, 4-in-1 utensil, and a rubber leash/tether for the whole kit. Our editors have used it and trust it as a go-to for camp meals.
Get a useful and sleek little multitool at a great price. The Gerber Curve ($14) has six functions (including screwdrivers and a blade) and weighs just one ounce. Plus, it fits on your keychain!
Built in collaboration with free solo climber Alex Honnold, this spatula should handle any climber’s cookout. Make a crepe at camp, flip pancakes on a portaledge, or use it to grill burgers at the Gunks. Whatever you cook, the Honnold Signature Spatula is sure to get you brownie points with your crew.
MountainFLOW Eco Wax: $16-19
MountainFLOW makes its wax as sustainable as possible — with plant-based materials and no fluorocarbons. The quick wax is easy to apply, just rub on and off you go. Or, opt for MountainFLOW’s Hot Wax version.
Our staff loves, loves, loves these running socks. The Swiftwick Maxus Zero Tab Running Socks ($15) have padding in all the right places, a tab on the back of the ankle to prevent rubbing, and perform well across exercise in lots of temperatures. They’re compression fit and wicking capabilities aren’t too shabby either.
If you know someone who loves to run and is always running out of socks, add these to your cart.
REI Gift Card: $20 and up
This is never, ever a bad gift. An REI gift card means you don’t have to know 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.)