Are you on the lookout for a special gift for the outdoor lover in your life? Something that will ignite adventure, inspire stories and create memories of a lifetime? From stocking stuffers to big surprises, here are 25 gifts for outdoors lovers they are sure to love.
GIFTS UNDER $50
DIVING MASK STRAP WRAPPER
A strap wrapper goes around an existing rubber mask strap to make sure it won’t pull and tangle your hair. Great for scuba divers and snorkelers.
JOBY GORILLAPOD ORIGINAL TRIPOD
The Joby GorillaPod is the lightest and most versatile tripod available today. It wraps around nearly anything and grips onto nearly any surface. Ideal for on-the-go photographers.
THERM-A-REST COMPRESSIBLE PILLOW
This compressible pillow has a foam filling that packs small and expands big. Great for backpackers, car campers and travelers.
CAMELBAK HYDRATION PACK
The Camelback Hydration Pack is a minimalist bag that holds a 1.5 water reservoir (which is included). It’s super lightweight with one small front pocket and reflective strip for early morning and evening safety.
GIFTS BETWEEN $50-$100
BLACK DIAMOND REVOLT HEADLAMP
The Black Diamond Revolt is a powerful and versatile headlamp for climbing, hiking, camping or any other time you may find yourself out after dark. It’s the first USB rechargeable headlamp to also run on AAA batteries.
ENO SINGLENEST HAMMOCK
GOAL ZERO NOMAD 7 SOLAR PANEL
The Goal Zero solar panel is perfect for bicycle tourers, backpackers and anyone who goes off the grid for a while. This foldable panel can charge most cell phones within 1 to 2 hours and can be used with USB of 12V devices.
THE NORTH FACE RECON BACKPACK
The North Face Recon day pack is great for hitting the trail as well as for use around town. This pack is has a suspension system for all day comfort as well as versatile features such as hydration bladder compartment that functions also as a 15″ laptop sleeve.
LIFEPROOF NÜÜD FOR CELL PHONE CASE
The Lifeproof NÜÜD cell phone case is waterproof and drop proof. It allows you to bring your phone along on all of your adventures without all the worry that you might damage it. There are models for iPhones as well as select Samsung and Motorola models.
STERIPEN ULTRA WATER PURIFIER
The SteriPEN Ultra Water Purifier uses UV light rays to sterilize water by destroying 99.99% of protozoa (including Giardia and Cryptosporidia), bacteria and even viruses. The Ultra has an internal battery that’s recharged from any USB power source. It’s small, quick and easy to use.
JETBOIL FLASH COOKING SYSTEM
The Jetboil Flash Cooking System gives you hot drinks or a quick meal in just over two minutes. It’s small, compact and super easy to use. This system is very fuel efficient which means you can carry less fuel canisters than with a traditional gas camp stove.
BLACK DIAMOND Z TREKKING POLES
The Black Diamond Distance Z trekking poles feature a light and versatile folding design that fits easily into packs and suitcases, making them ideal for backpacking and travel to far-off trailheads.
GIFTS OVER $100
ORTLIEB BACKROLLER CLASSIC PANNIERS PAIR
These Ortlieb Classic Backroller Panniers are a perfect gift for someone who has always dreamed of going on a bike trip. Durable polyester fabric make this pannier a long lasting touring companion. The waterproof roll closure ensures safe and waterproof storage of food and equipment.
ARC’TERYX AR 395A CLIMBING HARNESS
OLYMPUS TOUGH TG-4
The Olympus Tough TG-4 is a waterproof, crushproof, shockproof camera designed to take whatever you can dish out. Perfect for adventurous photographers.
MARES PUCK PRO DIVE COMPUTER
The Mares Puck Pro dive computer has a large bright display and its one button design makes it easy to use. Perfect for divers who want some advanced features without the unnecessary frills. Check out our guide to the best dive computers to read about different models.
GARMIN ETREX 30X GPS
The Garmin eTrex 30 is a handheld GPS that’s equipped equipped with a 3-axis electronic compass, barometric altimeter, wireless features, WAAS and HotFix. It’s the perfect choice for hikers, backpackers, mountaineers, climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts. If you are after a GPS, don’t forget to check out our guide to the best models for hiking.
GOPRO HERO4 SILVER EDITION
The GoPro HERO4 Silver captures high quality video with lifelike clarity. Waterproof to 131-feet (40-meters), this action camera combines versatility and pro-quality capture with the convenience of a touch display.
CRESSI TRAVELIGHT BCD
The Cressi Travelight BCD is one of the best options for dive travelers who are looking for a lightweight BCD without sacrificing features. The overall-weight of the Travelight has been reduced by careful selection of strong but light materials to allow the BCD to be packed down into a very small carry bag that’s ideal for traveling.
TOWER ADVENTURER 2 INFLATABLE SUP
The Tower Adventurer 2 Inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard performs like a hard board but packs down to the size of a sleeping bag. Crazy, huh?
ORU FOLDABLE BAY KAYAK
The Oru Kayak is unlike any other kayak. Its origami inspired design allows it to fold out creating a rigid, single seam kayak. It transforms from a box to a boat in about 5 minutes. Pack it in a trunk, check it on a plane, or hike it in to paddle remote waters.
TRIPS & COURSES
HIKE THE INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU
One of the most exciting hikes in South America, the Inca Trail takes you all the way to the ruins of Machu Picchu. The combination of impressive archaeology and stunning views makes it easy to see why this trek is one of the most famous hikes in the world.
STAY IN AN ECOLODGE IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST
La Selva Ecolodge is located in the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest on the outskirts of the Yasuni Biosphere reserve. A trip here is a nature lovers dream. Go on hikes through the jungle, explore the lagoon by canoe and spot incredible wildlife.
DIVING LIVEABOARD TRIP TO MALPELO ISLAND
Malpelo is paradise for shark lovers. Schools of hammerheads as well as Silky and Galapagos sharks are daily sightings. Give the gift of a liveaboard trip to Malpelo to your favorite dive buddy.
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