When gifting to an outdoorsy person it’s best to focus on things that will bring convenience, comfort, and practicality. It’s about helping them stay in their happy place for longer, and for them, that’s the great outdoors.
This guide features the 53 best gifts for outdoor lovers. It’s broken down into gifting ideas for the following types of adventurers: women, men, hikers and backpackers, road trip lovers, cabin goers, and travelers. Then I have included some stocking stuffer gift ideas and some splurge gifting options.
Whether you’re looking for a holiday or birthday gift, this outdoor lovers gift guide will help you find the best outdoorsy gifts for that special someone!
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Best Gifts For Outdoor Lovers 2020
This guide contains 53 gift ideas for outdoor lovers this holiday season! If that isn’t enough inspiration, then consider giving a Backcountry gift card or an e-gift certificate so your special someone can choose their own outdoor gear.
Outdoor Gifts For Women
These are my favorite gifts for adventurous women! I’ve included items that I have personally tried and tested over years of outdoor adventures. They would all make for practical yet exciting gifts!
Patagonia Los Gatos Fleece
The Patagonia Los Gatos Fleece is one of the coziest and most versatile sweaters! I own it in 3 colors and wear it on outdoor and casual adventures. Pretty much all my girlfriends also own and love this fleece, so I don’t think you could go wrong gifting it!
Smartwool Hike Medium Crew Socks
The Smartwool Hike Medium Crew Socks are some of my favorites for hiking and backpacking in the cooler months. They also come in a more lightweight and summer-friendly option; the Smartwool Hike Light Crew Sock.
Patagonia Radalie Bomber Jacket
I love the Patagonia Radalie Lightweight Bomber Jacket! Not only is it super cute but it can be worn on both casual and more intense outdoor adventures. Comes in 5 different colors!
Sorel Explorer Joan Boots
The Sorel Explorer Joan Boots are perfect for shoulder season and winter adventures. I love that they are waterproof, fluffy and cozy on the inside, but don’t get too hot. These are great for short hikes, easy adventures, and casual wear.
Backcountry Sundial Tight
I have owned the Backcountry Sundial Tight for about 3 years now and love wearing them on cool-weather adventures. These fleece-lined tights are comfortable, warm, stretchy, and durable.
Patagonia Fjord Flannel Shirt
Don’t judge me… but I own 3 of these Patagonia Fjord Flannel Shirts haha. They are just so versatile! I love wearing them unbuttoned over t-shirts during the summer months and shoulder seasons. Then in winter, I wear them buttoned up or layered underneath jackets. There are numerous cute patterns to choose from!
Osprey Tempest 30L Backpack
The Osprey Tempest 30L Backpack is my go-to for hiking adventures. It’s lightweight, has a good amount of storage, is compatible with hydration bladders, and is made to fit a female body (the chest straps actually sit right, unlike so many unisex backpacks!) It also comes in a 20L version.
Pendleton Cable Hat
The Pendleton Cable Hat is my favorite beanie and has been for years. I own it in 3 colors and practically live in it during the cooler months. I know a lot of women who also love this beanie and overall can highly recommend it as an affordable gift.
Outdoor Gifts For Men
These are the best gifts for outdoorsy men! Everything featured has been tried and tested by my adventure-loving husband and friends.
Patagonia Insulated Fjord Flannel Jacket
The Patagonia Insulated Fjord Flannel Jacket is similar to the women’s version I mentioned above, but it also has added insulated. This means it can be worn as an actual jacket and not just a shirt. It also has cozy handwarmer pockets for chilly fingers!
Fjallraven Byron Thin Hat
The Fjallraven Byron Thin Hat is the perfect beanie for any adventurous man. My husband loves his and wears it when hiking, backpacking, and on road trips. The folded brow allows for an adjustable fit, making it a gift they won’t need to return!
Arc’teryx Atom LT Jacket
The Arc’teryx Atom LT Hooded Insulated Jacket is such a classic jacket and one my husband has sworn by for years (I also love the women’s version!) The Atom LT is lightweight and breathable, yet surprisingly warm at the same time. It comes in a range of colors and would make a practical gift for any outdoor-loving man in your life.
Blundstone Classic 550 Boots
The Blundstone Classic 550 Boots are true to their name… a classic boot that can be worn in nearly any outdoor or casual situation. They are waterproof, extremely durable, comfortable, and have an impressive tread. Both my husband and I love our Blundstone’s and would highly recommend them for anyone who enjoys outdoor adventures.
Opinel No 8 Stainless Steel Knife
The Opinel No 8 Stainless Steel Knife is lightweight (1.5 oz), aesthetic, and the perfect gift for any outdoorsy man. With its price point under $25, it would also make for a unique stocking stuffer.
Patagonia Better Sweater Fleece
The Patagonia Better Sweater 1/4-Zip Fleece is a real classic and owned by many outdoor-loving men in my life. It’s warm, super soft on the inside, versatile for different adventures, and comes in 19 color options! I own the women’s version in a few different colors and also recommend it for my fellow adventurous ladies!
Saxx Quest Boxer Briefs
The Saxx Quest Boxer Briefs are a favorite of my husband and have a strong reputation for being outdoor adventure friendly. They are stretchy, quick-drying, and reportedly very comfy.
Darn Tough Hiker Socks
You can’t go wrong gifting a pair of Darn Tough Hiker Boot Cushion Socks. They are perfect for outdoor adventures like hiking and backpacking and don’t get as stinky due to their merino wool-based material. Both my husband and I have owned Darn Tough socks for years now and not a single one has got a hole… they are very durable!
Gifts For Hikers and Backpackers
The following outdoor gift ideas are specifically for people who enjoy hiking and backpacking. I have put these gear items through the wringer over the years and can highly recommend them for their function and durability.
Petzl Actik Core Headlamp
The Petzl Actik Core Headlamp is a rechargeable, compact, and user-friendly head-lamp. I love how easy it is to adjust the settings and that it comes with a USB cable for charging (no more buying batteries!) I’ve owned this headlamp for about 4 years now and highly recommend it.
Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System
The Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System is a versatile, lightweight, and easy-to-use camping stove option for cooking in the backcountry (or anywhere really!) I love that the MiniMo has simmer control and a push-button igniter.
Icebreaker Apex Chute Neck Gaiter
The Icebreaker Apex Chute Neck Gaiter is an affordable gift option for outdoor lovers. This merino cool neck gaiter can be used for warmth and wind protection, and can also double up as a face covering, headband, or beanie.
The Kahtoola MICROspikes have been my go-to for icy adventures for about 6 years now. You put them on over your hiking boots and can walk on slippery services/trails without sliding around. They are the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys winter adventures!
Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles
The Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork Trekking Poles are some of the best on the market. They are lightweight, durable (I’ve had mine for 5 years), and comfortable to hold. I can recommend these for year-round hiking adventures.
Goal Zero Crush Light
The Goal Zero Crush Light is a must-have for any outdoor lover. It’s super lightweight (3.2 oz), collapses down for easy packing, and can be charged by USB or solar. Plus it’s under $20, making it the perfect stocking stuffer!
Gifts For Road Trip Lovers
Have that one person in your life that always seems to be on a road trip? Below you will find the best gift ideas for road trip lovers!
Backcountry All Around 40L Duffel
I love the Backcountry All Around 40L Duffel for road trips and weekend getaways. It fits more than you would expect and can be carried as a duffel or used as a backpack. Choose from 9 different colors and it also comes in 60L and 105L versions.
Stanley Adventure Water Jug
This Stanley Adventure Water Jug is perfect for road trips and pre/post-adventure hydration. The jug fits 2 gallons and I like how the spigot has fast/slow options and an ice catch feature to prevent clogging. My husband and I use this water jug all the time!
Prana Polar Escape Jacket
The Prana Polar Escape Jacket feels like a blanket and I love wearing it on road trips. It’s warm, super cozy, and the oversized hood is perfect for naps. The image below displays more of a pink color, but this fleece is definitely white/cream in real life (see photo above).
YETI Roadie 24L Cooler
The YETI Roadie 24L Cooler is the perfect size for day trips and short adventures. I am always impressed by how long it will keep ice, drinks, and food cold, and I love the easy Quicklatch system. Comes in 6 different colors and various larger sizes (35L, 45L, 65L, 75L, 105L, 250L).
Helinox Chair One Camp Chair
The Helinox Chair One Camp Chair is such a great gift for someone who enjoys car camping and road trips. They are lightweight, easy to assemble, collapsible, and surprisingly comfortable. Choose from 7 different colors.
Stoic Basecamp Bivy Quilt Double
The Stoic Basecamp Bivy Quilt Double is an affordable insulated blanket that’s perfect for car camping, tailgating, drive-in movies, and more. Since one side is water-repellent, you can lay it on the ground for warm weather celebrations under open skies. This quilt could replace a sleeping bag during the warmer months of car camping.
Gifts For Cabin Goers
Gifting a cabin getaway would be extra special (check out this blog post on the best Washington cabins to rent!) If that’s too much or they already have a trip planned, consider the following cabin loving gift ideas.
Pendleton Carry Along Blanket
The Pendleton Carry Along Blanket is such a cozy yet functional item to gift! I love using this blanket for cabin visits, road trips, car camping, picnics, and around the house. It comes with a durable leather handle for easy carrying, and you can choose from 4 different patterns/colors.
Barebones Forest Lantern
The Barebones Forest Lantern is my go-to for car camping and hanging out in the hot tub. It’s cute, has a useful handle, a smaller ring for attaching to other assorted objects, and the warm light it emits is super cozy (no ugly blue glow!)
Filson Log Carrier
The Filson Log Carrier is one of those handy tools you’ll wonder why you didn’t always keep in your camp kit. This makes transporting firewood a breeze!
GSI Outdoors Percolator
The GSI Outdoors Deluxe Percolator is perfect for cabin stays, car camping, or around the home. It makes up to 8 cups of coffee and the enameled steel is tough enough for weekends in the woods.
Nomadix Northwest Towel
The Nomadix Northwest Towel is responsibly made from recycled polyester, is lightweight, quick-drying, and designed to shed sand, dirt, and pet hair. It’s perfect for hot tub soaks, hot spring adventures, or coastal cabin trips. I also love how Nomadix gives back to our national parks!
Gifts For Travelers
The following items would make perfect gifts for any travel crazed loved ones in your life. I swear by these products and know any travel lover would appreciate receiving them!
Goal Zero Sherpa 40 Recharger
The Goal Zero Sherpa 40 Recharger is a really handy portable phone charger. It’s super thin and lightweight making it easy to store in just about any pocket. Expect to get 3-4 full phone charges.
Backcountry Weekender Dopp Kit
The Backcountry Weekender Dopp Kit is my husband’s favorite toiletry bag (though it is unisex). He says the design of the pockets are perfect for storing and accessing anything he might need while traveling or on the road.
Sea To Summit Cutlery Set
The Sea To Summit Delta Cutlery Set is a portable, reusable set of cutlery to use when traveling to avoid single-use plastics. It comes with a small clip to keep everything together and can be clipped onto your backpack or purse.
Icebreaker Crewe Shirt
This might seem like a slightly random suggestion but hear me out. Doing laundry when traveling is such a pain and no one likes being stinky. The solution is traveling with merino wool basics because they are naturally odor-resistant and need to be washed way less frequently. For women I suggest the Icebreaker Tech Lite SS Low Crewe Shirt and for men the Icebreaker Sphere Short-Sleeve Crew Shirt.
Eagle Creek Compression Cube Set
The Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cube Set is perfect for packing and organizing your clothes when traveling. They help you save space and keep everything together and easy to find. I never travel without packing cubes!
Stanley Cermivac Vacuum Bottle
The Stanley Go Series Cermivac Vacuum Bottle is perfect for coffee and tea lovers on the go (or could be used as a water bottle). I’ve had other canteens spill in my backpack before but can vouch for this one being 100% leakproof! Plus, its stainless steel and ceramic finish eliminates any gross metal taste other canteens often have.
Topo Designs Camera Cube
The Topo Designs Camera Cube is my go-to camera storage system for sliding into backpacks that aren’t my camera bag. When I go backpacking I put this in my pack and I’m good to go! It’s padded to keep your camera gear safe and fits 1 camera, 2 lenses, and my little pouch with additional batteries/cleaning clothes, etc.
Best Stocking Stuffers
Looking for some outdoor-themed stocking stuffers? I’ve included some unique ideas below!
Rite in the Rain Journal Kit
The Rite in the Rain Top-Spiral Journal Kit is a neat little gift for those who enjoy journaling in the backcountry. It’s waterproof and durable, making it great for those who are worried about ruining their regular journal when camping.
Luci Lights Solar String Lights
The Luci Lights by MPowerd Solar String Lights are a unique gift for anyone who enjoys road trips, tent camping, van life, or even just chilling outside in their backyard. They are solar-powered and can also be charged via USB.
Smartwool Polka Dot Crew Socks
The Smartwool Popcorn Polka Dot Crew Socks are so cozy and look really cute with winter boots. They make for an affordable and thoughtful stocking stuffer.
Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System
The Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System is my new favorite water filter. With this bottle, I can fill up water and hit the trail again in just seconds without the worry of catching a water-born illness.
Wild Barn Coffee
The Wild Barn Coffee Sunshine Brigade Coffee Blend is the perfect stocking stuffer for the fussy coffee drinker in your life. This fair trade and organic coffee not only tastes delicious but I think its packaging also makes for a fun gift.
Splurge Gifts for Outdoor Lovers
Do you have that special someone in your life who you’re looking to spend a little extra money on? The following items are high-quality splurge gift ideas for all the best-behaved boys and girls out there!
The BioLite FirePit brings camp cooking to a whole new level. Throw in a couple of logs of firewood and you’ll be cooking up a gourmet camp meal in no time! With long battery life and easy setup, this firepit is a really fun (and tasty) addition to camping adventures!
Thule x Tepui Explorer Ayer 2
The Thule x Tepui Explorer Ayer 2 brings some extra luxury to car camping. Gone are the days where you have to sleep on the ground. Now, you can sleep on your roof away from pesky critters, AND on a comfortable mattress!
POP Paddleboards Inflatable SUP
The POP-Up Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard is a great addition to any camping gear closet. It’s inflatable, so it packs up nice and small making it easy to store. If I had a dollar for every time I sat by a beautiful body of water wishing I had a SUP with me I’d be a rich lady!
Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven
The Camp Chef Italia Artisan Pizza Oven is definitely a luxury camp item, but when that pizza craving hits you’re going to be thankful you brought it along! Maybe the best thing about it is that it runs on propane, so you can set it up just about anywhere.
Garmin InReach Mini
The Garmin InReach Mini is the perfect gift for an outdoor adventure-loving family member or friend. If the user gets into trouble, they just hit a button and the emergency GPS capabilities will ensure a search and rescue team are on their way right away.
Arc’teryx Cerium LT Down Jacket
The Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hooded Down Jacket is my favorite down jacket and has been my go-to for about 6 years now. I’m forever impressed by the warmth of this jacket for how lightweight it is. I also like its more fitted look, which I like much better than the unflattering boxy style I find from a lot of other brands. This jacket comes with me on pretty much every adventure, cannot recommend it enough! My husband also swears by the men’s version.
Danner Mountain Light Hiking Boots
The Danner Mountain Light Hiking Boots are an awesome option for adventure-loving travelers. Waterproof, great looks, and durable… these are amazing boots for travels through more demanding terrain and unpredictable weather. They come in women’s and men’s versions.
I hope this list helps you find the perfect gift for that outdoor lover in your life!