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Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Outdoor Gifts Under $20

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.

HeroClip: $20

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 to organize the gear closet once home.

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UCO 4-Piece Mess Kit: $15

UCO Mess Kit

Every camper needs a basic mess kit. UCO’s four-piece mess kit is a smartly designed, basic set of utensils and durable dinnerware that packs up easily. Our editors have used it and trust it as a go-to for camp meals.

Therm-a-Rest Z-Seat Pad: $15

Thermarest Z-Seat Pad - Outdoor Gifts Under $20

The Z-Seat is a backpacking favorite for good reason. It’s lightweight, folds up small, and can be used in all manner of ways: an end-of-day seat, a tent welcome mat, a dehydrated food insulator, or a targeted extra sleeping pad layer. The possibilities are endless.

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Goal Zero Crush Light: $20

Goal Zero Crush Light


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.

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Hiplock Z-Lok: $12-20

Hiplock Z-Lok

For quick bike security on the go, our editors really like the Hiplock Z-Lok. Weighing just 20 g, the Z-Lok uses a cinching lock mechanism, so it’s super quick to secure your bicycle for quick errands. We wouldn’t recommend using it alone to lock a bike outside in the city overnight, but it provides simple peace of mind when you hit the grocery store or coffee shop.

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United By Blue Reusable Straw Kit: $15

UBB straw kit


Give the gift of guilt-free sipping. This packable kit contains two stainless steel straws and a cleaning brush tucked into a perfectly organized pouch. Buy one for everyone on your list — the sea turtles will thank you.

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Topo Designs Bi-Fold Wallet: $18

Topo Designs bi-fold wallet

A simple design with a clean aesthetic, the Topo Designs Bi-Fold wallet offers just enough organization without bulking up your pocket. Four internal card slots and a paracord loop help keep your valuables secure while tough polyester resists abrasion.

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Skida Nordic Headband — Women’s & Men’s: $18

SKIDA nordic headband


This versatile piece of fabric is one of our favorite winter accessories. It keeps ears toasty without overheating, which is perfect for winter hiking, running, snowshoeing, or any manner of snow-filled adventure.

YETI Rambler 10oz. Lowball: $20

YETI Rambler 10 oz mug

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.

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LifeStraw: $20

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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4ocean Bracelet: From $20

4ocean bracelet


Looking for a gift with a big impact? For every bracelet sold, 4ocean pulls one pound of plastic trash out of the seas. To date, these simple recycled plastic adornments have helped 4ocean pull nearly 7 million pounds of trash from the oceans. Check out the full collection and learn more.

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Kari Traa Nora Glove — Women’s: $20

Kari Traa women's gloves

Kari Traa makes bomber winter gear. Founded by the three-time Olympic medalist skier of the same name, Kari Traa currently touts itself as fastest-growing sports brand in Europe. The Nora gloves are a stretchy, touchscreen-compatible glove that should help take the edge off of chilly days (without taking a bite out of your wallet).

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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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Stanley 16oz Travel Mug: $21

Stanley 16 oz travel mug

Keep that coffee (or maté) hot from the time you brew it until that midday slump. Stanley has been the big name in insulated vessels since your granddad brought that hammered green bottle to the worksite. For $21 — which is close enough to $20 — these stylish, trigger-action mugs are a great value and a great way to take your java with out without spilling a drop.

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Gerber Multitool Keychain: $16

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

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‘Bears Don’t Care About Your Problems’ by Brendan Leonard: $10-19

Bears Don't Care About Your Problems book Brendan Leonard

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 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.

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Ruffwear Gnawt-a-Rock: $20

Ruffwear Gnawt a Rock Dog Toy

Watching your furry friend play is the best gift of all. This clever toy is a favorite among dogs large and small. It dispenses treats, massages gums, and entertains for hours.

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GSI Outdoors Infinity Backpacker Mug: $10


At just $10, it’s hard to argue with this mug as the go-to for backpacking. It’s light at just 3.5 ounces and holds 17 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.

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Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock: $15

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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REI Gift Card: $20

REI Gift Card

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.)

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