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The Best Adventure Gifts for Outdoor Lovers

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Updated for 2020!

Last spring, our son and I took our first ever mamma-son camping trip. Just the two of us. It was still a little too chilly for camping, but we both received lots of outdoor gear as gifts over the holidays, and couldn’t wait another minute to try them out.

Other than this event:

The wind was a little more than we bargained for

… we had a fantastic trip. (We’ve learned how windy it is in Colorado!). Over the rest of the weekend, he made kindling with his new hatchet and made sure our tent was well lit with his new lantern. I roasted marshmallows with my new (collapsible!) roasting sticks and tested out my new Therm-a-Rest compressible pillow.

The Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers

There’s nothing that spurs excitement for getting outdoors quite like new outdoor gear. New hiking boots, a new family tent for next season’s camping trips, or even tickets for an unforgettable family adventure, the holidays are a great time to spark that adventure in your family!

So why not create that excitement in your family this holiday season with the best outdoor gifts? We also included outdoor-inspired gifts for the indoors too, to keep that inspiration going all day, every day.

Happy Holidays outdoor friends!

Gear For People Who Love the Outdoors

outdoor gifts for him and outdoor gifts for her

Outdoor Gifts for Her and for Him

1. Gentleman’s Hardware Adventure Enamel Camping Coffee Mug

2. GCI Outdoor Freestyle Rocker Chair

3. GSI Outdoors Java Press – 30 fl. oz, fresh pressed coffee, insulated to keep coffee warm on chilly mornings

4. Osprey Daylite Daypack

5. Leatherman Signal Topo Multi-Tool

6. YETI Rambler Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Colster, keep cans and bottle cold with a Yeti koozie

7. Hydro Flask Coffee Mug – 12 fl. oz

8. Corkcicle 12 oz Triple-Insulated Stemless Glass

9. Helinox Sunset Chair is a lightweight (3 lbs) but comfy camp chair

10. YETI Roadie 20 Cooler for the family who wants only the best outdoor gear

gifts for teens who love the outdoors

Great Gear Gifts for Outdoorsy Teens

1. REI Co-op Nalgene Wide-Mouth Water Bottle 32 fl. oz.

2. TravelLamp Lantern Style Phone Diffuser turn a phone into a camping lantern (no longer available)

3. ENO DoubleNest Hammock (ENO Atlas Hammock Suspension System is sold separately)

4. HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer to print out those landscape shots right there on the spot

5. JBL Clip2 Portable Speaker rechargeable and clips right to a backpack

6. Cotopaxi Kusa Blanket

7. Goal Zero Venture 70 Recharger

8. HotHands Hand Warmers (and Toe Warmers) because nothing makes a teen happier than warm fingers and toes

9. Kershaw Cryo Folding Pocket Knife

10. Therm-a-Rest Compressible Pillow

gifts for outdoorsy kids

Outdoor Gear that is Sized for the Little Ones

1. Smartwool Wintersport Yeti Socks or Smartwool Wintersport Polar Bear Socks

2. MPOWERD Luci Outdoor 2.0 Inflatable Solar Lantern lightweight and won’t break if dropped

3. Nalgene W/M 16oz Bottle, Set of 2

4. Pocket Guide to Animal Tracks

5. Reuseable Sandwich and Snack Bags, Set of 3 let the kids be in charge of the hiking snacks

6. Hiking Journal for Kids

7. Fitness Tracker for Kids kids can track their own steps on the trail

8. Moon Lence Outdoor Ultralight Portable Folding Chairs while this camp chair isn’t specifically made for kids, it’s a perfect fit for them

9. 120 Waterproof Headlamp with 4 Modes (White & Red LEDs)

10. ARCTIC Paw Cable Knit Beanie with Faux Fur Pompom Ears

gifts for outdoor families

Outdoor Family Gifts

1. TinTec 3 Pack Walkie Talkies, 22 Channels 2 Way Radio keep in contact with the kids as they roam and explore through the campground

2. WEKAPO Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa packs small and makes a comfy spot to lounge in the forest

3. Rolla Roaster Marshmallow and Hot Dog Roasting Forks

4. Himal Collapsible Portable Corn Hole Boards with 8 Cornhole Bean Bags

5. Outdoor Gear Subscription Box from Cairn (the subscription box that continues to give)

6. Slackers 50-Feet Slackline Classic Set with Bonus Teaching Line

7. Annual National Parks Pass (or State Parks Pass, many are sold online, such as Colorado, CaliforniaMaine, and Florida)

8. Ultra Compact Portable Instant Canopy Tent with Back Wall to extend living space outdoors at the beach or campground

9. GoPro HERO7 Waterproof Digital Action Camera with Touch Screen

The Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers That Inspire Adventure

gifts for people who love adventure

Outdoor Themed Gifts for Adults

1. Moon California Camping: The Complete Guide to More Than 1,400 Tent and TV Campgrounds

2. Wild Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Live Her Best Life

3. New Peak T-Shirt from Cotopaxi (women’s)

4. Taylors of Harrogate Lapsang Souchong, 50 Tea Bags (this tea has a great smoky, campfire scent to it)

5. Ken Burns: The National Parks – Americas Best Idea

6. Mountains are Calling Coffee Mug

7. HippyTree Necessity Men’s T-Shirt

8. “And so the adventure begins” journal

9. The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small

10. The National Parks Coloring Book

The Best Gifts for Outdoorsy Teens to Inspire Adventure

1. Wild Vinyl Decal (find more fun decals here) for their laptops and water bottles

2. Adventure-Inspired Journal

3. Let’s Sleep Under the Stars Box Sign (no longer available)

4. Pura Vida Bracelets with the Sierra Charm

5. Blue Forest Mountains iPhone case

6. Escape Mountain Fog x Navy Blue Protective Phone Case (Samsung)

7. Hydro Flask Wide-Mouth Vacuum Water Bottle – 32 fl. oz.  keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot

8. Premium Washi Tape, Mountains (32.8 ft)

9. Mountain Hill Silhouette Decorative Mural Decals Stickers

inspire kids who love the outdoors

Get the Kids Excited for Adventure

1. Camping Coloring Book

2. Branch & Twig Assorted Colored Pencils, 10 Pack

3. LEGO City People Pack – Outdoor Adventures Set (also available on Amazon)

4. Spooner Board Freestyle Balance Board get ready for snowboarding season with the kid-sized version of the FitBoard

5. Kids’ Outdoor Adventure Book: 448 Great Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up

6. Oh, Beautiful Camping Site Book for Kids (we also love Trekking on a Trail, a Hiking Adventures Book for Kids)

7. Wild Kratts: Wild Winter-Creatures! (or try Nature Cat: Onward + Pondward for younger ones)

8. Learning Resources Sprouts Camp Out!

9. Kids Camping Tent Set (Indoor/Outdoor) for an indoor version of a camp out

10. MasterPieces Forest Friends 100 Piece Puzzle

home decor gifts for people who love the outdoors

For the Home

1. 2021 National Parks Foundation Wall Calendar drool-worthy images that will have you planning your next National Park adventure

2. Take a Hike Non-Slip Doormat

3. Nordic Adventure Awaits Linen Pillow Cover (complete this gift with pillow inserts)

4. Glacial I Stretched Canvas Print 

5. Start Hiking Box Sign to inspire a day on the trails

6. Acacia Wood Slab Serving Board, Set of 3

7. Coffee or Campfires Dish Towel

8. Choose Your Own Adventure Framed Print (no longer available, find similar print here)

9. Michel Design Works Winter Woods Soy Wax Candle (no longer available)

Outdoor Family Gifts that Inspire Adventure

1. Ravensburger Yosemite Valley 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

2. Spot It! Gone Camping Card Game

3. National Parks Edition of Monopoly

4. USAOPOLY National Parks Trivial Pursuit Game (no longer available)

5. Camp Board Game by Education Outdoors


What are your go-to ideas for great gifts for outdoor lovers? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!


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Have lots of outdoorsy friends and family on your holiday gift list this year? Find more outdoor family holiday gift guides from some of our favorite outdoor families:

The Best Gifts for Skiers from The Brave Ski Mom

The Best Outdoor Gifts of 2018 | Editor’s Choice from Outdoor Families Magazine

A Holiday Gift Guide for Active Kids (with giveaways) from Rockies Family Adventure

Outdoor Family Gift Guide – 2018 from Tales of a Mountain Mama

The Best Gifts for Travelers from Traveling Mel

Meaningful Gifts You Actually Want to Give Your Children from Wike Baby

Holiday Gift Guide for Lovers of the Outdoors from Play Outside Guide

Gift Guide for Ski Families from MountainMomandTots.com

Ethical Gifts for the Outdoor Family (+ Giveaway) from Born to Be Adventurous

Gift Guide for Adventure Travelers and Outdoor Lovers from Nomads with a Purpose

The Gift Guide For Everyone On Your List 2018 from Bring-the-kids.com

2018 Ultimate DIY, Handmade Guide for Your Wild Child! from Wilder Child

Your Guide to Cool Camping Gifts and Gadgets for Families from Little Family Adventure

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    1. So glad to hear you enjoyed the gift guide. We found so many great options for outdoor lovers, and many gifts to inspire indoorsy friends and family to get outside!

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