So, the holidays are around the corner and you are stumped with gift ideas for outdoor lovers. It is a wonderful time of year but can be super stressful when left with no idea what to get the adventurer in your life. Buying the right gift can be a difficult task. But not anymore. Check out these gift ideas to get the perfect one for the outdoorsy person in your life.
27 Great Gift Ideas for Outdoor Enthusiasts
1. Climbing Rope
Rock climbing, glacier travel, canyoning, or putting up a crazy rope swing. Rope can be an extremely useful piece of equipment that many explorers need in their duffel bag. Ropes come in all different lengths and thicknesses, so check out the ideal rope for the specific activity.
A headlamp is the perfect gift for the backpacker, camper, or endurance athlete taking long treks into the dark. No more digging through your bag in the dark trying to find something. Having your hands free is useful whether it is climbing in the dark or trying to prepare a meal right before bed at camp.
3. Avalanche Beacon and Probe
A vital piece of equipment for anyone who enters the backcountry. Safety is key when heading out. A beacon and probe will save lives when out in avalanche prone areas. A beacon is used to locate victims when buried in an avalanche, whereas the probe is a long pole that extends allowing victims to be located prior to shoveling the snow out of the way.
4. Travel Towel
The perfect gift for the beach lover or the hiker that takes a break on the trail. A compact travel towel is easy to fit in a day pack and super handy.
5. Percolator or French Press
A machine used for making coffee either directly on a camp stove or from boiling the water. Wake up at a camp spot or in the van to a fresh pot of coffee.
6. Coffee Mug
Early mornings and late nights on the road to get to adventure spots call for a durable coffee mug. Even if your adventurer does not drink coffee, this mug is great for tea or keeping their favorite cold drinks chilled in the car.
7. Sleeping Pad
Change the way you sleep out on the trail, especially when camping in colder temperatures. Sleeping pads are not only great for keeping you comfortable but also provide critical insulation from the temperature of the ground. The R value provides the level of insulation in each pad.
8. Compact Snow Shovel
A compact shovel is useful for anyone who likes to camp in the winter, backcountry ski, or just in the back of the car to get themselves out of being stuck after a storm. Lightweight and travel size, this shovel can easily fit in your pack.
9. Lightweight Water Bottle (Insulated)
Avoid buying tons of plastic water bottles. A reusable water bottle will solve your hydration problems. Additionally, add in a filtration system to prevent getting any parasites from contaminated drinking water in foreign countries or out on the trail. Get a bottle that is insulated to prevent water from getting too hot in the summer and freezing when high in the mountains in the winter.
10. Crevasse Rescue Kit
A lightweight kit that provides everything needed for setting up a hauling system for crevasse rescue for any travel on glaciated terrain, whether by foot or ski. The kit (Petzl) contains a micro traxion pulley, two locking carabiners, a tibloc, a partner pulley, and a 120cm sling. Hope to never have to use this piece of equipment, but be prepared if needed for a fall into a crevasse.
11. Packing Cubes
These will change your life. Staying organized while on the road is difficult. Packing cubes can keep your clothing and gear neat, plus you will be able to know exactly where all your items are without unpacking your entire pack.
12. Ski/Snowboard Tuning Kit
For any serious skier or snowboarder who spends countless days out on the slopes every season, a tuning kit is a necessity. The kit contains everything needed to wax and do a basic tune up. Keep your skis or board performing at top level.
13. Lightweight Sleeping Bag
Lightweight and small for mountaineering, trekking, or backpacking. These sleeping bags provide warmth and comfort, while keeping weight and size down to be able to easily fit into backpacks. Just like the sleeping pads, there are different temperature ratings for the desired season.
A crampon is a traction device attached to the bottom of footwear to safely travel or climb on snow and ice. Crampons are used for ice climbing, crossing glaciers, or ascending snow slopes. Crampons come is different points depending on the desired activity. Most crampons are 10 or 12 points for more basic snow travel, with higher points designed for steep ice climbing.
15. Trekking Poles
Trekking poles are sticks with a handle used while hiking or trekking for additional support. There are many advantages of using poles including the main one of reducing strain and force of gravity on lower extremities when hiking on steep downhill sections of a trail. Save the knee of your avid hiker and let them enjoy the trail for years to come.
16. Lightweight Merino Wool Socks
Merino wool is a top pick for durability, comfort, warmth, quality, and weight. A good pair of merino wool socks may be expensive but will be worth every penny. Merino wool performs well in tough weather, especially in wet conditions. Lightweight to extra thick, there are a range of different options to cater to the need of any person who spends time in the outdoors.
17. Action Camera
A compact, small, easy to use travel camera that is durable and waterproof. Action cameras are lightweight and easy to attach to helmets, boards, or handlebars. There are many options on the market aside from the GoPro, so take some time to find the right one. However, an action camera is one of the many great gift ideas for outdoor enthusiasts to create life-long memories.
18. Camping Pillow
A camping pillow is used to improve sleep when out in difficult environments to get quality sleep. Camp pillows can be compressible, stuff-able, or inflatable. Either way these pillows are designed to be compact to make packing it a breeze.
May seem like a small gift, but these come in handy for so many reasons. Whether they are an avid climber, or just need some clips to hang belongings from their backpack, every adventurer can find a use for these things.
20. Chargers and Travel Adapters
A converter set with several plug-ins provides all one needs to charge anywhere in the world. Find a converter set with different watt settings to avoid blowing up any appliances while on the road.
21. First Aid Kit
A piece of equipment that should be in every adventurer’s bag. Be prepared for the unexpected with a first aid kit for any travel, adventure, or just in the back of your car. One of the most important gift ideas for outdoor travelers to stay safe.
22. Base Layers
The first line of defense against cold and harsh weather. Base layers come in multiple fabrics including synthetic, wool, or a hybrid between the two. Just make sure to leave the cotton at home. Synthetic is best for high-output activities, where wool provides odor fighting properties incomparable to other fabrics. A hybrid is a combination of the properties from both.
23. Climbing Harness
An item used for rock-climbing, rappelling, mountaineering, or canyoneering to attach oneself to rope. Each activity has a specific harness design with unique properties including weight, padding, or additional accessories.
Backpacks work as great gift ideas for outdoor enthusiasts because almost every hobby uses them. Backpacks come in all different sizes ranging from around 12L -20L for a day pack to 80+L for a lengthy multi-day mountaineering trip. There are many different types of packs to fit the particular needs of the specific sport. Backpacks range with additional features for hiking, rock climbing, alpine climbing, or dry packs for water sports such as whitewater kayaking.
25. Backpack Rain Cover
Compact rain covers to provide an extra layer of resistance to harsh weather. Keep your backpack dry even when out on the trail all day in the rain. Small and easily packed, there is no reason to leave without one.
26. Outdoor Knife
A knife is a fundamental item to have on any backcountry trip. A useful tool for just about anything in the outdoors. All outdoors people need a durable, folding-blade that can easily be carried on any adventure.
27. Compass, Paracord, and Emergency Blanket
A bundle of some of the most necessary gear for any adventure in the outdoors. Navigation and preparation for survival emergencies can save lives. A great bundle of some of the most important items often left behind. Help the outdoors person in your life stay safe while out in the wilderness.