Need some outdoorsy gift ideas? You’ve come to the right spot. We’ve rounded up more than 40 of our favorite outdoor 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 outdoors. And to help you find the perfect gift for the outdoorsmen and women in your life, we’ve put together this all-encompassing gift guide.
Ice Mule Boss Cooler: $300
Go hands-free without giving up icy cold drinks. With a 30L capacity, you’ll be able to pack up to 24 cans. The waterproof design prevents any soggy spills, and the thick insulation means ice lasts for days. It’s perfect for camping, paddling, fishing, and all manner of outdoor adventures.
Wherever your travels take you, Yampa duffle 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. Available in 35 liter, 70 liter, and 105 liter sizes to suit everything from solo weekend adventures to extended expeditions.
A backcountry skier must have the essential gear. But just as important is the knowledge to avoid avalanches and react to a burial. An AIARE Avalanche One course will give them the knowledge to explore the backcountry more safely. There are few gifts that will mean so much to a skier. It will enhance their enjoyment of the backcountry while helping them make good, informed decisions that could save a life.
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 hoody stays odor-free and dries in a flash. A workhorse of a layer, this top will keep you cozy from mountaintop to coffee shop.
This 3.3-inch tactical blade is ready to stand up to whatever task you throw at it. It’s tactical, practical, and can hold an edge impressively well. Plus, it comes in at less than $60. As our knife expert noted, “This is an excellent knife at an attractive price.”
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.
NordicTrack RW900 Rower: $1,599
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.
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, 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.”
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 hoody 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.
Start your day off right no matter how deep into the wilderness you are. Simply open the packet, anchor it on your mug, and pour hot water. This ultraportable, single-origin coffee is perfect for camping and traveling.
Keep your feet dry and happy with the windproof and waterproof Crosspoint Waterproof Mountain Sock. Made with a wear-resistant knit exterior, a seamless waterproof-breathable Artex membrane, and a moisture-wicking merino wool-blend lining, this three-layer construction keeps feet warm and dry no matter the conditions. It’s a must-have for anyone adventuring in wet conditions.
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.
Cairn Subscription: $30
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.”
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 this winter or as an all-around go-to harness.
Kogalla RA Adventure Lights: Starting at $160
When defeating darkness is the goal, Kogalla RA Adventure Lights are ready to provide unmatched brightness. Putting out 800 lumens of warm, natural light, these light strips could change the way you work out. Attach a light to each backpack strap and never again fumble for your headlamp when darkness falls on the trail. And with numerous battery pack and light options, you can customize how much light and power you need.
New for 2018, this jacket pairs breathable-waterproof technology (dubbed “BD.dry”) with a lightweight design (just 8 ounces for a 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 ($129) make it a top choice for that one jacket that never leaves the pack.”
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.
Protect your noggin and have fun shredding. It’s delightfully lightweight at just 12 ounces, and you’ll always be the right temperature with nine customizable vents.
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.
Trew Capow Bib & Jacket: $449 Each
If you’re looking for ski apparel, Trew is a great, lesser-known choice. The direct-to-consumer brand uses high-end ingredients like Dermizax laminates (used in the bib and jacket shown).
MSR Windburner Duo: $180
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.”
Designed and manufactured in Finland, this camp-sized companion offers a whole lot of bang for not a lot of buck. As the name would suggest, this axe measures approximately 14 inches from top to the base of its pommel. And due in large part to its hollow handle, it weighs in at just 1.5 pounds.
Twist into cracks and smear with precision. The supple Eco leather and active rand design make these a pleasure to wear pitch after pitch. Or as our tester put it, “I’ve found the Maestro Mid Eco to be a high-performing climbing shoe. The leather feels great twisting into cracks, and the shoe’s rubber and randing feel decidedly more precise on the rock than those of other trad shoes.”
We love these snowshoes so much we awarded them Best in Show and Gear of the Year honors. They’re lightweight, comfortable, and easy to use. And the curved rocker design makes them feel more like an athletic shoe and less like a bulky snowshoe. When they’ve reached the end of their life, you can recycle them at participating locations.
Fully cushioned, lightweight, and agile, this could be the best trail running shoe you’ve ever worn. We tested it on Colorado trails and found that “overall, this is a great shoe for the trail. While you can use it for runs from your front door to the workplace, it’s a little too aggressive for pavement. On the dirt, however, it shines.”
Duluth Pack Scout Pack: $145
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.
When the forecast calls for extreme-duty, reach for the Nano Flex bib tight. With an extra layer over the thighs, knees, and bum, Castelli significantly increases the rain protection while also blocking more wind. The lower inner leg is completely waterproof because this was usually the first area to soak through with the prior generation of Nano Flex tights. Topped off with the Progetto X2 Air chamois, the Nano Flex Pro Bib Tights are ready for long rides with a high probability of rain.
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 super light, warm, and versatile sleeping options for those aiming for fast and light.”
Whether hitting the gym after work or heading out of town for the weekend, this bag can do it all. The separate shoe compartment keeps dirty sneakers or sweaty workout clothes contained while the padded shoulder straps give maximum comfort.
Kari Traa Lokke Base Layer Pants: $55-110
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 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 percent 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!
These individually wrapped bamboo face wipes clean, exfoliate, soothe, and hydrate. They work great to clean up after a long day on the trail, freshen up after a hard workout, or during epic travel days.
Made from extra-fine organic merino wool, the Coburn is warm, soft, and breathable. Merino wool naturally regulates body temperature in both warm and cold environments, resists odor, manages moisture, and stretches with your body.
The RoS jacket redefines what a cycling jacket can do. It performs impeccably well in dry weather and offers complete water protection, making your ride enjoyable rain or shine. The jacket uses a combination of a Gore Windstopper light rain-resistant membrane, DWR treatment, and selective seam sealing with careful seam placement and construction. Castelli has made the RoS jacket virtually waterproof while not compromising the characteristics that made it such a great dry-weather jacket.
This handy (and award-winning) knife is small enough for everyday carry and big enough to get the job done. Open boxes, prep camp dinner, or whittle away — this sharp blade is up for the task.
Give the gift of portable relaxation with this colorful and comfortable hammock. It easily stuffs into the attached pocket for transport and dries quickly thanks to the 100 percent ripstop polyester construction. It’s a winner for everything from backyard lounging to campsite relaxing.