Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsy
There are so many gifts on the market that target people who love the outdoors that it can get pretty overwhelming as to where to start. My family and I all love to get outside as often as we can, enjoy the fresh air and explore our environment. Each of us though have our particular favourite activities.
When it comes to special occasions I always found it easier to write out a list of those activities or outdoor passions and then search for gift ideas to match the activity. I could then pick the best ones from a few groups of gift ideas. This gave me the idea to do the same thing here and provide you with an easy to search list from categories of gifts for outdoorsmen.
My partner loves to read, she’s the trip planner and is brilliant at it. Her organisational skills are way better than mine. So let’s kick this list off with our pick of the research and planning tools for any adventure – great books!
Outdoorsy Gifts – Books
Journeys of a Lifetime – National Geographic
When it comes to travel, it doesn’t get much better than National Geographic. This best selling book is a fully updated, 10th anniversary edition and a compilation of 500 favourite journeys made by Geographics’ famous travel writers.
As you might expect, the photography is world class. At first you may think that this book is more of a token of aspiration, but this is actually a practical guide with information on how to get to these places and making the most out of the trip. Highlights include mountain biking in Transylvania to hiking up Mt. Kilimanjaro.
50 States 5000 Ideas
Another classic from the team at National Geo. Although this book predominantly targets the United States, there is also information on the Canadian territories. if you’re staying homeland, this may be full of relevant ideas for you to have a fun-filled staycation.
This book not only covers the well documented areas but also more unusual, off-the-wall ideas such as tours of swampland in Louisiana to Dinosaur trails in Colorado.
The Bucket List – 1000 Adventures Big & Small
A terrific gift for the avid traveller. Full of inspirational and fun ideas for both young and old, covering every continent on the planet. This guide offers a wealth of insight into activities, destinations and must-dos that span the unique and the popular.
With helpful advice on achieving your goals, this book is hard to put down and gets you motivated into taking action.
Great Hiking Trails of the World
If you have a friend or partner who has a passion for hiking, they’ll love you for this book. Considered to contain the “bucket list” of trails for hiking lovers, it not only covers the familiar trails of America but also the more exotic of such places as Scandinavia and the Himalayas.
Bush Craft 101
A very handy book from a survival expert that’s gone on to be a New York Times best seller. The first of a series of books by Dave Canterbury, Bush Craft 101 arms you with all the info you’ll need to feed and protect yourself when out in the wilds for any length of time. If you like your outdoor adventures to get right back to the basics and rely on your wits and skills, this is a great asset. Even if you’re not a survivalist there are some great nuggets of information here that can pre-arm you and give confidence when faced with challenging situations outdoors.
Edible Wild Plants
As an outdoor enthusiast you’ll love receiving this gift. Most outdoorsy types like to be well informed on their environment with all the do’s and don’ts. Making use of natural resources, especially when it comes to meal times is close to the hearts of most campers, hikers, survivalist and the like. We’ve all wondered at some point, which of our local wild plants are edible and which ones we must avoid.
Gifts for Outdoorsy – Cool Gadgets
PRICARE Mini First Aid Kit
Ok so a first aid kit is not a cool gadget! We feel that it should be top of this list for essential buys though 🙂 The hard shell is made from durable EVA material and is a very handy size at 6.2″ x 4.4″ x 2.1″. Packed full of essential hospital grade first aid supplies such as bandages, burns gel, iodine pads and more. Pricare have ensured that this kit has all the correct international certifications to comply with global standards wherever you may wander. At just 0.53lbs there is no excuse for leaving this behind.
EVERLIT 250 Pieces Survival First Aid Kit
Slightly larger at 8’’ x 6.5’’ x 5’’ and 1.9 lbs, this first aid kit is a bit bulkier than the Pricare. It is however a best seller and contains over 240 pieces of first aid/emergency/survival items. It has all the necessary first aid items you’d expect plus extra tools such as knife, torch, paracord, flint and more.
Atomic Bear Paracord Bracelet – 2 Pack
This funky 5-in-1 tactical bracelet is perfect for those who love their outdoor gadgets to be practical and multi-purpose. This compact little gem consists of an accurate compass, an emergency blade, powerful whistle and fire starter (blade and flint).
The Paracord bracelet itself is military grade and a very handy 12 feet long.
Gerber Gear Truss Multi-tool
Full serrated blade, flat head screw driver, saw, pliers, wire stripper, and many more. This useful tool set packs so many items into one item it’s off the scale with it’s versatility. Click on the link below to get the full list of tools. Grey and stainless steel, this has over 1600 reviews!
AOTU Portable Camping Stove with Piezo Ignition
If you’re like me, you like to travel light and compact. The AOTU epitomizes this philosophy with a camping stove that fits into the palm of your hand. Aluminium, lightweight and very strong. AOTU are committed to customer service with their 100% money back guarantee.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
These wondrous straws could literally save your life! As it safely removes 99.9999 % of bacteria from water without the use of chemicals. This includes nasties such as e-coli and salmonella. These can be used indefinitely as they have no limit on their shelf life, even after their initial use.
The ideal personal water filtration kit for use outdoors, small and lightweight.
Solar Shower Bag
The PGYFIS solar shower bag will hold 5 gallon / 20L of water and has an adjustable shower head for increasing or decreasing the flow of water. This same mechanism also switches the flow off and on. The bag (being a dark colour) is naturally warmed by the sun and in turn warms the contained water. I’ve used one of these hung up at the back of a catamaran boat whilst sailing around Spanish islands and it was simple yet effective. This shower bag has a temperature gauge, but I’d still test the water first before getting under the shower.
Permethrin Insect Repellent for Clothing, Gear & Tents
Permethrin is great for applying to clothes and gear to repel mites, chiggers, ticks and will actually kill mosquitos. Your skin breaks down Permethrin within 15 mins of contact which renders it ineffective as a personal insect repellent. It’s perfect for tents and clothing etc as it lasts for 6 weeks or 6 washes of the item, whichever comes first. If you’re like me (a mosquito magnet) any help is welcome!
20% Picaridin Insect Repellent
This product used on your skin in conjunction with the Permethrin above for your clothing and gear is a great barrier to nasties. Be aware that the lotion version of this product will last a little longer than the spray at 14 hours. Click the link below to learn more.
Outdoor Trail Maps The Colorado Wilderness
If, like me you like to hike “old school” you’ll love these topographic maps of the Colorado Wilderness. There’s something very satisfying about orienteering with a paper map, it gives me a sense of authenticity. There is however, some footage of me on youtube somewhere with one of these wrapped around my mush after a 60mph gust snatched it from my hands. We’ll ignore that though:)
Garmin inReach Explorer+, Handheld Satellite Communicator with Topo Maps and GPS Navigation
If you’re going off the beaten track, this little wizard will give your loved ones some piece of mind. The Garmin inReach Explorer+ provides 100% global satellite coverage and works where there’s no cellular. An SOS button sends and instant distress signal to search and rescue.
MalloMe Camping Cookware
This image doesn’t do this number 1 best seller justice! Click on the link to see the kit inside this little box of tricks. Made from very durable, non-toxic anodised aluminium, this little mess kit is very neatly designed. Inside you’ll find a non-stick pan + 2 x bowls, spork, wooden spatula, natural sponge for cleaning and a travel bag. Packs down very tidily.
Kootek Camping Hammock
Can be used as a double or single, this parachute hammock is just screaming at me to get lazy and just swing the afternoon away. Packs down very small into its own little travel bag, yet can hold upto 226kg. The nylon fabric has extremely high anti-fraying/tearing qualities with straps that are ‘tree-friendly’.
18-in-1 Snowflake Multi-Tool
If you’re looking for a gift for Christmas this is a cool and cute little tool set that looks like a snowflake. Various tool heads such as screwdriver allen key and even a bottle opener. Hard wearing stainless steel plus a carabina which will hold 50kg and travel pouch.
Electric Arc Lighter
Very handy little gadget for lighting candles, camping stoves etc if you’re out in the wilderness. Very small portable device. I like my gadgets as much as the next person but if I’m travelling around a lot they need to be compact and lightweight. This fits the bill perfectly. A rain and splash-proof method of igniting. USB rechargeable.
Emergency Solar + Hand Crank Portable Radio
Rugged, rain-resistant NOAA weather radio powered by solar / hand crank or AAA back-up batteries ensure power to your iphone or tablet in emergency situations and also powers the LED reading light and a 1W flashlight. Great device if you’re ever stranded as this has an emergency SOS signal.
Roxant High Definition Wide View Monocular/Scope
High quality optics and molded comfort grip make this the go-to scope for every outdoorsman. Its FMC Superior BAK4 Green Film Prism ensure excellent clarity and its 6 x 30 viewing gives a decent wide field of view.
LED Camping Lantern
Weather-proof, collapsible and adjustable brightness, this lantern is brilliant for camping and general outdoors and is quite rightly a number 1 best seller. Fully collapsed, this light is about the size of your phone! Made from aircraft grade materials it is said that you can drop this from a height of 10ft without damage. The light increases or decreases as you expand or contract the outer case. Offering 360 degrees of light it can easily light a room or tent.
Earth Pak Waterproof Dry Bag
Okay, sticking with number 1 best sellers for a moment, let’s turn to this beauty from Earth Pak. If you don’t own a dry bag it’s safe to say that you’re not an outdoorsman! Ok maybe that’s a bit strong but anyone who loves the outdoors knows the importance of keeping certain essentials dry. Available from 10 to 55L and a multitude of colours. I bagsied mine a long time ago 😉
28pc BBQ Gift Set with Thermometer
Is this technically a gift for an outdoorsman? Well I guess it’s eating outdoors and it’s a pretty snazzy gift so let’s just enjoy the quality of the set with it’s 95% stainless steel tools and utensils. Includes that important thermometer for those large cuts!
The ultimate multi-functional shovel! Concealed inside the handle is a knife, fire starter, bottle opener and emergency whistle. The angle of the shovel head is adjustable and also has a saw tooth edge. Compact and light weight it quickly and neatly comes apart and fits into its own attractive carry satchel.
12 Piece Camping Tool Set
Handy tool set for the authentic outdoorsman or survivalist. Consisting of: 10in machete, hatchet, knife, sharpening stone/firestarter, torch and more.
RAK Hammer Multi Tool
Multi tools never used to include hammers, this new breed of slightly larger tools are starting to incorporate this, combining the head as part of the pliers tool. This 12 in 1 multi tool includes a hammer, pliers, nail claw, wire cutter, flat and phillips head screwdrivers, straight and serrated blades and more. This is a great addition to your outdoor tool kit.
Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless Hardbody Cooler
High performance insulation to the interior, is leek proof, easily cleaned and keeps your food and drinks cool. The exterior material is durable, being abrasion and puncture resistant. This cooler comes in 16 / 30 / and 48 can sizes.
YETI Hopper Backflip 24 – Cooler / Backpack
The Hopper is a combination of backpack and colloer, it has a dry hide shell that’s resistant to water, UV rays and mildew. It also boasts the toughest, leak-proof zipper in the world! Available in a number of funky colours too.
Isosteel Duo VA-9562DQ Vacuum-Insulated Thermos Flask
At last, someone has thought to include a second cup with a thermos flask! You no longer have to risk cooties with a single drinking vessel, the bright sparks at Isosteel have saved us. Not only is the flask efficient and practical but we think it looks pretty cool too. Make mine a long black, oh you want tea? Dang!
TETON Sports Oasis 1100 Hydration Pack
With over 1000 verified, 5 star reviews, this Amazon best seller assures you of satisfaction. A comfortable, lightweight pack that’ll keep your thirst quenched with a 2L hydration bladder. Available in a variety of colours.
Osprey Atmos AG 65 Men’s Backpack
if you’re going to travel any distance with a decent sized backpack, it needs to fit very comfortably and designed to distribute the load appropriately. The AG 65 certainly does this and incorporates an “anti-gravity suspension” that is said to make you feel like you’re carrying less weight. There are plenty of zippered pockets for easy accessibility, sleeping bag compartment and an internal sleeve which can accomodate a 3L hydration reservoir.
Osprey Aura AG 65 Women’s Backpack
The women’s AG 65 incorporates the same “anti-gravity suspension” system as the men’s version providing the wearer with a feeling of carrying less weight. With fully adjustable strapping and fit-on-the-fly hip straps this backpack is designed for maximum comfort carrying a heavy load. There are more than adequate pockets which are well thought out in their placement and design. The essential sleeping bag compartment is included and a 3L hydration reservoir sleeve. The hydration pack is sold separately. A first class backpack by all accounts.
Sleepingo Camping Sleeping Pad
A number 1 best seller and for good reason, this inflatable sleeping pad comes with a LIFETIME GUARANTEE! If, like me, you do a fair bit of travelling and backpacking, you’ll know that space and weight in you pack is at the top of your list. Weighing in at just 14.5oz and packing down to the size of a thin water bottle, this pad is a beauty. The Sleepingo is 2.2in thick and 75 x 23in when fully inflated. Made from heavy duty, 20 denier, waterproof and tear resistant nylon, this pad is built to last.
3 in 1 Cooler, Backpack & Chair
Strong tubular steel frame, perfect to take your weight as a stool of foot rest. Ideal for camping or fishing etc, the foil lining will keep food cool or warm for many hours. Shoulder straps allow it to be carried like a backpack when folded flat. Also available in camo. Weighing just 3.3 pounds the seat can support upto 330 pounds!
Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle
Shatterproof silicon body, this bottle is not only tough, it’s also nice to drink from with its comfortable mouthpiece. It’s made from 100% food grade materials and of course BPA free. When space in your luggage is at a premium this is a great space saver.
Portable Elastic Travel Clothesline
Stainless steel for rust resistance, this clever piece of kit is a godsend for getting clothes and gear dry, as any traveler will testify there is nothing worse that having to put on damp clothing. Clips adjacent to the clothes grips prevent the grips from sliding to the centre when hung.
World’s Toughest Ultralight Survival Tent
Billed as the ‘Toughest Emergency Mylar Emergency Tent On Earth’. Even though this tent will provide shelter for 2 adults it packs down into the smallest of carry bags. Mylar (a NASA invention) reflects upto 90% of heat and is the perfect reflective surface for a survival tent. Made by “Don’t Die In The Woods”, they back their product with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Yes we know this looks like a Wolverine fancy dress item but trust us, this is a must-have meat cutting utensil! Ever wondered how to quickly make pulled pork? Step up outdoorsy scissorhands! Yes you too can look like some crazed Sweeney Todd type character, hacking at his/her prized meaty thing! Dishwasher safe and actually work extremely well. Check out the video in the link below.
Gifts for Outdoorsy – Water Sports
Roc Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
Everything you need to get started with paddle boarding is available in the best selling package, including adjustable paddle, pump, backpack and more. A very durable iSup and one of the lightest on the market.
Gifts for Outdoorsy – Clothing
Mens Performance Base Layer
Available from small to 3XL, this long sleeve under layer has a 100% polyester outer layer and 70/30 polyester/Merino wool inside, providing durable, moisture wicking performance. Machine washable.
Womens Performance Base Layer
Machine washable, athletic fit performance base layer, available from small to 2XL. 85/15% microfibre polyester and spandex with moisture wicking performance. Tagless, flat-seam design for extra comfort.
Columbia Women’s Newton Ridge Plus Hiking Boot
This durable, lightweight, waterproof boot from Columbia is a winner with excellent support and grip for hiking on rough terrain. Available in a good range of sizes including wide fit, and a broad selection of colours to choose from.
Columbia Men’s Newton Ridge Plus II Hiking Boot
The excellent cushioning and high energy return from the durable midsole provides the wearer of the Ridge Plus II with comfort over all types of terrain. It’s hi-grip rubber sole also offers assurance on slippery surfaces.
Outdoorsy Gifts – For Winter
Traction Cleats by Unigear
18 spikes providing excellent grip, perfect for walking, jogging, running on snow or ice. Heavy duty cleats and spikes made from anti-corrosive, heat treated, stainless steel. easy to put on and remove.
Giro Range MIPS Snow Helmet
Small to large sizing with multi-directional impact protection. 2-piece shell fits comfortably to wearer’s head with the turn of a dial. A low-profile button on the outside of the helmet allows you to fine tune ventilation and the flow of air for maximum comfort. There is also a vent at the front of the helmet which helps to keep your goggles free from fogging.
Ski & Snowboard Tuning Kit by Demon
Comes with wax, iron and edge tuner with diamond files. Adjustable edging tool accepts both steel and diamond files. The iron measures 6 x 3 inches and heats upto 356F. The 133g of wax is a proprietary blend of modified hydro-carbon.
Bertoni Glacier Polarized Sunglasses
Anyone who’s spent a long time hiking through snow in sunshine knows that this type of eye protection is a godsend. Glare can be a real problem in these conditions and can issues. Available in a variety of lens colours – move over Ray Ban!
Storage Rack for skis, snowboards & more
Perfect storage solution for the outdoor family that loves snow sports. Made from sustainably sourced Birch for the eco conscious among us. Super easy set up with no tools required for assembly.
Ski and Pole Carry Strap, Plus Bonus Boot Carry Strap
Give yourself a break from looking like the village idiot when your skis come apart when you’re carrying them, and you start to look like a windmill! This simple carry strap makes the task so effortless. The same goes for your boots when carried with this bonus carry strap.
Unigear 50L Ski Bag for Boots, Helmet, Goggles & more
Backpack style ski/snowboard boot bag, perfect for travel and transporting your snow gear. With a 50L capacity this bag can carry a lot of your snowsport essentials. Soft back panel and straps for comfortable carrying but waterproof and tear resistant outer material for a durable exterior that should last.
Ski / Snowboard Goggle Case
A lot of snow goggles are purchased with a soft case which offers your new purchase very little protection when being transported. Unique curve design from Zionor offers protection via its curved shape and strong EVA material.