We all have that one friend who is always trying to get everyone to go camping, hiking, or hanging outside for as long as possible. And the Great Outdoors are definitely great… if you’re properly prepared. Like all mothers, Nature is unpredictable, and it’s much harder to enjoy being in it if you’re cold, dehydrated, or your feet hurt because your main criteria for trail shoes were that they “looked cute.”
For your favorite outdoors lover — whether they’re an urban explorer, a rock climber, or someone who just likes to make s’mores — here are an abundance gift ideas to help them get even more excited about their next adventure.
Outdoor Gifts for Women
Wrap yourself in a down jacket that’s warm without being so bulky it makes you look like a marshmallow. Bonus: It’s filled with responsibly sourced water-repellent down.
These joggers are a good mix of function and fashion. They have a water-repellent stretchy fabric with UPF 50+ and have six pockets without giving off the awkward cargo pants vibe.
A good pair of base layer pants will keep your legs comfy through any activity. The Elevation pants are made from a soft wool and yarn blend and are moisture-wicking.
Protect your hands from the elements but also text your friends at the same time. The North Face eTip gloves have a grippy palm and touchscreen-compatible finger tips so you never have to be without your phone.
Waterproof but not clunky, these Sorel boots are great for trekking through cold temps or stomping in puddles.
Trail running shoes have come a long way. The Altra Superior 4 shoes are lightweight but grippy and customized to the shape of women’s feet.
Outdoor Gifts for Men
The Osprey Fairpoint is a lightweight backpack that’s large enough for a weekend trip. It has a roomy internal storage area, outer compression straps, a stowable harness and hipbelt, and a padded shoulder strap to provide multiple carrying options.
When you want to bring an extra layer but have limited space, look no further than the Nano Puff Jacket. This water-repellent, insulated jacket packs plenty of warmth into a tiny package — it stuffs into its own internal zippered pocket.
A little bit retro, a little bit modern, the Vasque Clarion hiking boot is modeled off the original version in the ‘80s. They’re waterproof, comfortable from the moment you step into them, and stylish on and off the trails.
A good and good-fitting beanie is an essential accessory. This stretchable acrylic hat will ensure heads look cool and feel warm.
Smartwool socks are warm, breathable, and have a light cushion to allow any explorer to stay on their feet all day long.
Outdoor Gifts for Everyone
Get your caffeine fix no matter where you are with this portable, battery-less espresso maker. Simply add boiling water and ground coffee, and a fresh cup of joe is just a few pumps away.
Enjoy your favorite trail snacks without lugging around a bulky cooler. The YETI Hopper is an insulated and waterproof backpack that’s easy to carry and can hold ample food and beverages.
Hydration is key when you’re on the move. A sturdy Hydro Flask is easy to grip, comes in various colors, and will keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours (and hot for up to 12).
Record all your outdoor adventures, whether they’re in a city or on a mountain, on foot or on wheels. The GoPro HERO8 has video stabilization modes, a time warp feature, and 4K video to capture all your best action shots.
These wireless bluetooth earbuds are made for outdoor use. They’re sweat and water-resistant and have a dial you can clip onto helmets, backpacks, or jackets for easy control access.
Stay cozy when temperatures drop outside with a packable but warm blanket that’s made with 100 percent post-consumer recycled insulation. There’s a one-person as well as a two-person version if you want to share.
This stainless steel camping mug will keep your beverages at the ideal temperature on your next adventure. It has the extra convenience of a closed lid to prevent clumsy hands from causing unwanted spills or leaks.
A lightweight, adjustable headlamp will make exploring outside safe even when the sun goes down. The BioLite headlamp has a battery of 40 hours and four different lightning settings and is rechargeable via micro USB.
This handy multitool is truly your outdoors wingman — it has 14 different tools including a knife, scissors, bottle and can openers, screwdrivers, and more to make sure you’re prepared for almost anything.
These little hand warmers are like having mini heaters with you and are especially helpful for anyone who’s always cold. They can be tucked into pockets or gloves to provide up to 10 hours of warmth.
Ditch your single use plastic bags and store essential snacks in self-sealing silicone bags instead. Stasher bags are non-toxic, BPA-free, airtight, and freezer and dishwasher safe.
This little notebook is as tough as you are — it has a weatherproof cover and paper that can withstand mud, water, grease, and sweat.
Track your heart rate, activity, sleep, and more with a sleek smartwatch. You can also get text notifications directly on your wrist or ask Alexa to tell you the weather before heading out the door.
If you are wary of drinking water from unfamiliar sources, a LifeStraw is for you. This personal water filter is easy to pack and removes 99.9999 percent of waterborne bacteria and 99.9 percent of waterborne protozoan parasites.
If you’re not wearing sunscreen every day, what are you even doing? Sun Bum is oil-free, water-resistant, and reef-friendly, and best of all, it smells like you’re on vacation.
While enjoying the outdoors, you’re bound to get a little (or a lot) of dirt on your hands. Say goodbye to pesky germs with wipes that kill 99.99 percent of bacteria.
To find more product ideas to accompany whatever your next adventure may be, check our our various gift guides here.