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We all know someone who can’t get enough of the great outdoors. If you’re currently looking for a gift for this person, you’re in luck: finding the best gifts for outdoor lovers isn’t too hard. Between camping gear, gadgets, tools and guided adventures, there’s a great gift for every outdoorsy loved one.
To help make the shopping process a bit easier, we’ve rounded up some of the best gifts for outdoor lovers below. We’ve included some of the best gear from top outdoor brands, as well as some incredible guided experiences like surfing in San Diego and backcountry skiing in Jackson Hole. No matter your loved one’s interests – be it camping, hiking, skiing or rock climbing – you can treat them to something they’ll appreciate and actually use.
What Are the Best Outdoor Gifts?
Have the itch to travel but want to play it safe? Consider one of these outdoor excursions and experiences, which are just a quick drive away from a major city. You’ll get the beauty of the outdoors mixed with an adrenaline-fueled activity (or a relaxing RV getaway) for a unique travel gift.
1. 57Hours Outdoor Adventures
57 Hours lets beginners and pros alike experience activities like outdoor rock climbing, surfing, mountain biking, and more. Search by location to see some of the best out-of-bounds territories in your own area, or pack up and head off to a must-see destination. You (or your gift recipient) will get guidance from a local, certified instructor, so don’t worry if you’re new to the sport. There’s three different levels of excursions, from half- and full-day lessons, to multi-day, bucket list-type retreats, ensuring the most fun (and most safe) adventure possible for everyone, regardless of skill level.
2. Outdoorsy RV Rental
Outdoorsy is basically Airbnb for camper vans, trailers and RVs. They make it easy to get out and see any area, be it campgrounds outside your city or landscapes in faraway destinations. They have a great selection of vehicles, ranging from decked-out off-road vans to luxurious family RVs. When renting an adventure-mobile, you can have the camper set up at a destination, or choose to drive it yourself. If you choose the latter, you’re killing two birds with one stone with a place to stay and some wheels for seeing the sights.
Another great site we like is RVShare, which offers everything from pop-up car tents to luxury motorcoaches to help you get off the grid in comfort and style. RV Share will deliver a vehicle to your house, or arrange for pickup in hundreds of locations, from popular spots like the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, to off-the-beaten-path locations too.
Search for vehicles based on your family size, types of features and whether you need something pet-friendly or not. Renting an RV is a great way to hit the road with all the comforts of home while keeping everyone Covid-safe. And it’s economical too. RVShare says on average, RVShare renters save 57% on vacation costs compared to other forms of travel.
Already own an RV? List your motorhome on RVShare.com and earn some extra money while renting out your vehicle to guests.
The Best Outdoor Gear
Whether you’re going on a hike or overnight camping, these accessories make great — and essential — gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life. They’re easy to gift and easy to use too.
1. Outdoor Products Deluxe 17L Hydration Backpack
Hikers, backpackers and travelers can all do with a great backpack, making this pack from Outdoor Products a good gift for any outdoor lover. Featuring a removable two-liter hydration bladder, the pack is ready for long hikes, runs or cycling. But, unlike some hydration packs, this one provides ample space for outdoor, travel or commuting essentials thanks to a front organizer pocket, a quick-access mesh side pocket and a helmet harness. Plus, the backpack’s low-key style makes it just as usable in the city as it is in the wild.
We also love this backpack for its brand. Outdoor Products is one of our favorite sources for wilderness gear, delivering rugged, straightforward packs for all adventures. Design work and Manufacturing all happens in Los Angeles, where the brand started in 1973. Oh, and by the way; Outdoor Products is so confident in their quality that all products come with a lifetime guarantee — if it breaks, they’ll replace it.
2. HEX Adventure Armenia 30L Backpack
Another good backpack is this one from HEX. The Adventure Armenia pack boasts a suspension pocket that fits a laptop up to 15 inches, meaning you can stay connected even at a campsite or during a road trip. Padded shoulder straps ensure comfort while multiple outer pockets offer easy access. At 30 liters, this durable, water resistant pack is a good size for extra long hikes and overnight wilderness trips.
3. HydroFlask 20L Day Escape™ Soft Cooler Pack
Our final outdoor backpack recommendation is HydroFlask’s 20L Day Escape, a portable insulated cooler you can take with you on long hikes.
Designed specifically with beverages in mind, the Day Escape’s insulation can keep drinks cold for up to 36 hours. It’s lightweight, and has the most solidly built zipper we’ve seen on any backpack, duffel bag, or luggage. Because it’s designed for drinks, the Day Escape doesn’t have a lot of separate compartments, or specific slots for gadgets like a laptop.
This is the ideal pack to take if you’re hiking with multiple people. Use it to store your drinks and snacks, so you and your fellow adventurers can refuel before continuing your trip.
4. BioLite Alpenglow Lantern
A well-lit campsite is essential for setting up tents, cooking and unpacking. This 500-lumen lantern from BioLite gets the job done with ease. The bright lantern runs on a rechargable battery, and has a built-in USB port, so you can charge your devices. BioLite’s Alpenglow Lantern has an IPX4 durability rating, which means it can handle rain without taking damage. This is a critical factor to consider when you take tech into the outdoors. All of this performance comes from a lantern that’s just under seven inches tall.
5. Raptic Titan Portable Power Station
The main reason to get into the outdoors is to avoid using electronics, but the big exception to that rule is Raptic’s Titan.
This portable battery generator holds enough juice to recharge a smartphone up to 20 times, an action camera up to 35 times, and an LED light for up to 30 hours. It’s outfitted with one USB-C port, three USB-A ports, a 12 volt DC port, and a 120V AC port. The reason why you should keep this gadget around is simple: If you have an emergency out in the woods, you’ll have a powerful, long-lasting power source.
We’ve tested this gadget for ourselves, and it’s become one of our top preparedness essentials. We make sure it’s at hand each time a storm is coming, and keep it in the car on long road trips in case of an unexpected incident. Our favorite feature is the Titan’s LED screen, which display’s the Titan’s current battery level, and which of its power ports are currently in use.
6. Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Hammock
When it comes to portable hammocks, Eagle Nest is your best bet. The durable, two-person nylon hammock can be hung almost anywhere with a couple trees. It works as a sleeping solution in temperate camping areas, although the hammock really shines for relaxing in the wilderness during a hike. The whole thing can be stuffed in an attached sack, and, at just over a pound, it’s easy to carry with the rest of your stuff.
7. YETI Rambler 12 oz Bottle With Hotshot Cap
This insulated mug from YETI makes it easier to enjoy a hot cup of joe in the morning or a campsite cocktail. The cup’s double-wall vacuum insulation keeps beverages at their intended temperature while a lid protects the contents against spills. The whole thing is also made of kitchen-grade steel to prevent dings, rust or punctures. It’s a great gift for any campers and hikers, but can also be used for (sneaky) walk-tails around the neighborhood or at the beach.
8. Leatherman Free K4 Multi-Tool
Knives or multitools are an essential part of any outdoor lover’s kit. This Leatherman Free K4 is one of the best, sporting a capable 3.3-inch blade, scissors and three screwdriver heads. The multitool is conveniently designed to be used with one hand and features a smooth magnetic opening and closing mechanism. As with all Leatherman tools, the build quality is top-notch for reliability while hiking, backpacking or just going about your day.
9. Wesn Allman Knife
There are dozens of reasons to keep a pocket knife on your during your time outdoors, from cutting fishing line to easily opening packaging on your food.
We recommend Wesn’s Allman, a high quality pocket-friendly knife that we’ve had the opportunity to test for several months. Its blade is ultra-sharp, able to cut through any material we pitted it against with ease. Its locking mechanism prevents the blade from deploying in your pocket.
It may look simple, but Wesn’s Allman is one of the coolest outdoor gifts you can give.
10. Solo Stove Bonfire
Solo Stove’s fire pits have become incredibly popular on Instagram, and after trying it for ourselves we can absolutely recommend it as a holiday gift for someone who loves the outdoors.
The circular pit is made completely out of metal, and sits on a base plate that allows air to flow inside. This keeps oxygen flowing through the fire pit’s double wall, and allows ash to fall down into the ash pan, which can be removed once the fire is out.
Using a venting system without batteries or fans means you don’t run the risk of damaging the pit with heavy use. It also enables a feature Solo Stove calls a “secondary burn,” which occurs when hot air from the double wall is pushed up and over the flames.
This air is hot enough to burn wood particles that would have otherwise turned into smoke. The person you gift the Solo Stove to will be ready to host a tailgate, or get your friend group together to roast marshmallows.
11. PKGO Grill & Smoker
The PKGO is a portable charcoal grill with an innovative design that makes it perfect for a camping trip or day at the beach.
When its lid is attached, the PKGO works like a traditional grill or smoker. Adjustable vents on top of the PKGO allow you to control how much smoke stays inside. By closing one vent, pushing charcoal to one side, and using a water dish, you can slow cook your meat and veggies while ensuring they stay moist.
The PKGO’s biggest innovation is its lid, which can be turned into a second cooking area when it’s detached from the bottom. This doubles the PKGO’s total cooking surface from 204 to 408 square inches, which is the same amount you’d get from some full-sized grills. Using this method allows you to cook different foods that require different temperatures at the same time.
All of this functionality comes from a grill that’s less than three feet wide and just over a foot tall (when the lid is attached). It’s not only one of the most innovative pieces of cooking gear we’ve seen, but the ultimate gift for anyone who loves being outside.
12. Pit Barrel Co
If the outdoorsy person you’re shopping for also loves cooking for a group, Pit Barrel Cooker Co.’s Classic Pit Barrel Cooker is a luxury gift they’ll appreciate forever.
The Pit Barrel Cooker is a charcoal grill and smoker shaped like a drum. Instead of cooking your meat on a flat surface, you hang it on hooks. By thinking vertically, the Pit Barrel Cooker Co. came up with a smart way to cook with a crowd. Assembling the Pit Barrel Cooker takes only a few minutes, and the results speak for themselves.
Your giftee can also use the included grill grate to cook burgers and hot dogs while using a poultry hanger to roast whole racks of ribs orthey get the hang of using the Pit Barrel Cooker, they may never want to use another grill again.
13. Yeti V Series Stainless Steel Cooler
We’ll come right out and say it: Yeti’s V Series Stainless Steel Cooler is the best gift for someone who loves the outdoors. Yes, it’s a luxury item, but every single aspect of this cooler has been meticulously designed.
That starts with the cooler’s ultra-durable aluminum exterior, to the hinging mechanism that keeps it locked to keep the temperature inside stable. Yeti says the V Series Cooler can hold 46 cans of beer or 55 pounds of ice. Its vacuum insulation can keep your drinks cold for days (we’ve tested Yeti’s coolers before and can confirm this is true), so your giftee won’t have to run out for ice during a weekend-long party.
Anyone who loves the outdoors or appreciates good design will immediately recognize and appreciate this cooler’s performance. Plus, it’s virtually guaranteed to last a lifetime, if not longer.
14. Knockaround Goggles
Knockaround’s Flyby’s Goggles are an excellent gift for the skier or snowboarder in your life. They offer excellent UV protection, and a multi-strap backing that’ll keep them from sliding off. These features are complemented by an anti-glare and anti-fog coating to keep your giftee’s vision from getting impaired on their way down the slopes.
We like that Knockaround’s goggles are unisex and available in six styles, so you can find one that matches your outdoorsy friend or family member’s aesthetic.
15. Garmin eTrex 32x, Rugged Handheld GPS Navigator
If you know someone planning a major hiking trip in 2022, a dedicated GPS may be the best gift you can give. It’ll have service in remote areas where a smartphone can’t get a connection.
Garmin’s 32x can connect to two major satellite systems, and can store up to 8GB of offline map data onto its onboard memory. An integrated compass can your giftee find which direction they’re going, too. We like that Garmin’s GPS shows a topographical map, which tracks changes in elevation when a hike is mapped.
Garmin says the 32x can last up to 25 hours using a pair of AA batteries. It may not be as fully-featured as a smartphone, but this uni-tasking gadget is a must-have gift for anyone ambitious about spending a lot of time outdoors.