I come from one of those families where we send out Christmas gift lists before Thanksgiving. While I love getting gifts as much as the next person, the whole things makes me feel cheap and commercialistic.
Gifts should be something that you picked out for the person (not some arbitrary item on a list). It should show that you care and thought about them.
Even more, I think that the best gifts are experiences. Like how my dad used to take us kids camping every year, and how I now take my daughter. I remember those trips more than any Christmas gift I’ve ever gotten.
That is why all of these gift ideas for outdoorsy people are conducive to experiences. They can be used on adventures like travel, camping, backpacking, or even picnicking.
Want an even better way to show your love through a gift? Then buy two of the items – one for you and one for the recipient. That way you can go on the adventure together! 🙂
Cheap Gift Ideas (Up to $20)
Etekcity Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern
This is great for camping, late-night barbequing, or to have just in case the power goes out. It lights up to 12 hours, folds away very compact, and is really durable.
A two-pack costs $12.99. Buy Here.
Outdoor Utensil Set
I got one of these as a gift a while back and use it all the time, from backpacking to day trips. There are a lot of different brands which make these but the KA-BAR one is good because it is lightweight and the stainless steel actually stays stainless.
Costs $17.98 Buy Here.
Compared to normal towels, these are very lightweight and fast-drying, exactly what you need to take with you traveling or backpacking.
This one comes in various sizes. The 28”x56” size is $14.90. Buy Here.
Mid Priced ($20 to $99)
Ontario RAT-3 Outdoors Knife
Cheap knives will break easily and can’t be used for rugged outdoors tasks. Bear in mind that a good outdoors knife can cost well over $100. However, there are some good mid-range priced knives available. I like the Ontario RAT-3 knife. You can also see this list of Top Outdoors Knives for Under $70.
Costs $66. Buy Here
Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
This sleeping pad by Archer is a lot more comfortable than your standard foam mat. It is designed to be lightweight – perfect for backpacking and camping.
Costs $37.99. Buy Here
Camping Cook Set
This camping cook set has good reviews for being lightweight and its nonstick coating holds up. It is good for backpacking, camping, fishing, or picnicking.
Costs $25.78. Buy Here
Aerobie AeroPress Portable Coffee Maker
It’s really lightweight, compact, and makes an awesome brew wherever you are. This is especially a great gift for outdoorsy people who love their morning joe.
Costs $27.95. Buy Here
This hammock comes in single (16 ounces) or double size (26 ounces). It is lightweight, spacious, and has everything you need to set it up (carabiners, rope set, and carrying bag). Oh, and it is really affordable for the quality!
Costs $27.99-$37.99. Buy Here
Higher End ($100 and Up)
Powermonkey Portable Solar Charger
This solar charger is really popular because it is lightweight, works with 5V and 12V devices, and has a USB and 12V DC port output. It is also really affordable compared to other options.
Costs $99.99. Buy Here
RTIC Softpack Cooler
This cooler holds up to 30 cans plus ice, and boasts that it can keep ice up to 5 days. It is also easier to carry and store because it is soft due to its foam insulation.
Costs $124.99. Buy Here
Snow Lizard Smartphone Case
How do outdoor adventurers keep their cell phones safe from rain, wind, snow, and drops? The Snow Lizard is a hardcore cell phone case which is waterproof up to 2 meters and has a rubber exterior for protection. It also has a built-in emergency solar charger.
My roommate gifted me an old backpack a while back and it ended up being the best gift I’d ever gotten in my life. There are lots of things to consider when buying a backpack. Read this backpack buying guide.