Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Outdoors Gifts Under $20

Great outdoorsy gifts don’t have to cost a fortune. Grab one of these and keep the adventures going, without breaking the bank.

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From the ultimate spork to an uber-packable hammock, we’ve rounded up our favorite gear. All clocking in at $20 or less.

prAna Chalk Bag with Belt – $20

prAna Chalk Bag with Belt

This is a must for the climbing- and boulder-obsessed on your list. The fleece-lined interior holds plenty of chalk, and the belt clips on and off easily without adding extra bulk.

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Opinel No8 Beechwood Handle Knife – $14.95

Opinel Folding Knife

Impressively lightweight and optimally sharp, you can’t go wrong with this classic knife from Opinel. It also makes a fantastic choice for a child’s first pocket knife.

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LifeStraw – $19.95

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. Put it in the stocking of the hiker on your list.

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Buff Original – $20

This versatile piece of headwear is one of our all-time favorite accessories. The Original Buff is a seamless tube of polyester fabric that comes in various colors.

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Gerber Multi-Tool Keychain – $10

 

Ten stainless steel tools comprise this do-all keychain from Gerber. The Dime is a multi-tool that fits in the palm of your hand and hangs on your keychain for use at a moment’s notice.

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HeroClip – $19.95

HeroClip - A versatile clip that hangs anything

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. I always take one backpacking, find it indispensable while camping, and use it organize the gear closet once home.

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Angelina Organic Skincare Skin Doctor – $9.95

Angelina's Skin Doctor Salve

Made in Bend, Ore., this is an all-purpose wonder salve. Whether you have cold-induced dry hands or a blister from going hard on the rock wall, Skin Doctor will heal what ails you.

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Adventure Medical Kits Day Tripper Light – $15

Adventure Medical Kit Hiking First Aid Kit

Keep the hiker in your life safe on the trail with this light and 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.

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Lodge 8″ Cast Iron Skillet – $15.95

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Looking for a gift that does double duty? Look no further than this cast iron skillet. Equally useful camping or in the home kitchen, this is a must-have staple that will last for generations to come.

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Outside Inside Backpacker Bocce Set – $15

Camping Bocce Ball Game

There’s no better way to end the day than with a rowdy game of Bocce Ball. You can easily play off of nearby objects and tents without causing damage thanks to the set’s light weight, and the carrying case keeps everything conveniently organized. Game on.

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Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow – $19.95

Therm-a-Rest Camping Pillow

This pillow is perfect for car camping, road tripping, and travel of all kinds. Constructed of leftover bits from sleep pads, you can rest assured knowing they’re eco-friendly and oh-so comfortable.

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Stanley Flask – $20

This rugged and durable flask from Stanley will hold 8 ounces of your favorite beverage. We like the classic look of the signature green casing. It’s also leakproof, so it’s perfect to throw in a backpack or pants pocket. Not a drinker? These work great for liquids like maple syrup too.

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Snow Peak Titanium Spork – $9.95

 

Snow Peak Titanium Spork

This may be the ultimate adventure tool. There’s no end to the utility of a lightweight, unbreakable spork.

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Icebreaker Crew Wool Sock – $20

For warm feet in the winter, wool is king. These women’s crew socks from Icebreaker are made of a merino wool and nylon blend to keep feet warm and comfortable all season long.

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Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock – $19.99

It weighs 10 ounces and packs down to about the size of a softball. The Ultra Light hammock from Grand Trunk is made of a breathable polyester material, so it’s perfect for summer camping and trips to the park.

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Topeak Mini 9 Multi-Tool – $16.95

Topeak Bike Tool
Every biker needs to carry a tool. Weighing in at just 94 grams, there’s no excuse not to bring this palm-sized powerhouse along for the ride.

Klean Kanteen Imperial Pint Cup – $11.95

Leave your plastic cups at home. These stainless steel pint glasses from Klean Kanteen are versatile and last for years. I use mine at home and out on the trail.

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Fisher Space Pen – $16

It looks just like a regular pen, but this tool can write almost anywhere, on almost anything. The Fisher Space Pen has a replaceable pressurized ink cartridge, which continuously feeds ink out onto paper or any other surface you want to write on. It writes at any angle (even upside down) and underwater.

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Ruffwear Lunker Floating Throw Toy – $19.95

Ruffwear Water Dog Toy

Really, no one deserves a gift more than your loyal, furry friend. This toy from Ruffwear is a retriever’s dream come true. And you’ll equally enjoy whipping it through the air and going for a record-setting distance.

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Delorme Gazetteer – $19.95

Gazetteer Maps make a great gift

Sure, you could go digital, but there’s something magical about a tactile, paper gazetteer. These maps provide detailed information on each state and offer a treasure trove of information to find awesome camp spots and off-the-beaten-path adventures.

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Mallory Paige is a Storyteller and Adventurer. As the creator of the Operation Moto Dog adventure, she spent a year traveling and camping her way across North America on a motorcycle-sidecar with Baylor the Dog, proving you don’t need to be fearless or perfect to live your dreams.

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