When gifting to an outdoorsy person during the holidays it’s best to focus on items that will enhance what they love doing the most. You want to keep them in their outdoor happy place for longer by providing comfort, practicality, convenience, and joy!
It can be tricky to find holiday gifts for the outdoor lovers in your life. I always recommend sharing experiences together, but sometimes you want that perfect gift that lets them know you care and love them.
This guide features gifts that are broken down into categories for the following type of adventurers; women, men, hikers, mountain bikers, skier/snowboarder, traveler, and wellness lovers.
I hope this helps you along the way of finding that perfect something for your special someone!
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OUTDOOR GIFTS FOR WOMEN
All of these gifts are tried and true products that I have loved over the years!
FP MOVEMENT HIT THE SLOPES SALOPETTE
I am absolutely in love with this one piece and wear it more than I’d like to admit! It’s so comfortable and keeps me nice and toasty during these colder months.
RAGLAN ALLIED DOWN PARKA
This Raglan Parka is a super warm and stylish jacket. Goes great with anything and can be worn for so many different occasions.
BLUNDSTONE 550 CHELSEA BOOT
I have nothing but incredible things to say about Blundstone boots. I wear them consistently year round and they are just such an amazing go-to boot. They match everything, are super comfortable, and can be dressed up or down. Highly recommend these!!
FAIR ISLE STRIPE MITTENS
These are perfect for walks around the neighborhood, dog walks, in the car, etc. I really love the comfort and warmth of them and not to mention they’re so cute!
AUTUMN STRIPE BEANIE
One can never have too many beanies!! This one its super warm and not to mention so cute! They come in a bunch of different colors.
KARI TRAA ROSE HALF ZIP BASELAYER TOP
I wear this base layer top every time I go skiing or snowboarding. It keeps me nice and warm and is really comfortable(not itchy). I love the half zip so that if it’s a really sunny day I can zip it down a little bit to get some breeze. It’s the perfect midweight layer and is merino wool so it’s sweat wicking, odor resistant, and dries quickly.
KARI TRAA ROSE HIGH WAIST PANT BASELAYER
The matching bottom to the above top. The perfect combo and I really love the high waist on these.
MARMOT PRECIP ECO JACKET
The most perfect packable rain jacket for hiking, backpacking, camping, and everyday wear. It packs down really small so is easy for travel and it also comes in so many fun colors. It’s waterproof and breathable with underarm zips for more breathability when needed. It also layers easily over another fleece or midlayer if you’re needing more warmth. If you’re looking for a solid rain/wind jacket – this is it for you!!
BIRKENSTOCK BOSTON LEATHER CLOG
The most versatile perfect clog for Spring, Summer, and Fall! I can’t say enough great things about these clogs and I wear them nonstop for camping, everyday wear, to and from places, and more! They’re amazing and so comfortable.
THE NORTH FACE 1996 RETRO NUPTSE JACKET
If retro is more your vibe, this is for you! I love mine and always get so many compliments when I wear it out. It does fit a little bit on the smaller side, so if you’re looking for more room, I would size up. There are also so many fun colors and some bright colors in there as well.
FP MOVEMENT ZIGGY DENIM OVERALL
My ALL TIME favorite overalls! They fit like a glove and are long enough, comfortable, and so cute on!
BACKCOUNTRY CARDIAC GORE-TEX PRO JACKET
This jacket is amazing! It’s a shell, so it’s perfect for touring in the backcountry and then when you want to wear it in the resort you can just layer underneath it. The fit is great and the GORE-TEX makes it so that it stays waterproof while still offering breathability.
BACKCOUNTRY CARDIAC GORE-TEX BIB PANT
The matching bibs to go with the above jacket. Same thing with the GORE-TEX (it’s amazing!!) and I absolutely love these bibs!
THE NORTH FACE THERMOBALL LACE UP BOOTIE
I absolutely love these winter booties for pre and post skiing! They’re easy to slip on and off and keep my toes warm until I’m ready to slip into ski boots. They’re waterproof and have a rubber sole as well so you won’t be slip and sliding in the snow. They’re the perfect gift!!
SMARTWOOL HIKE FULL CUSHION ALPINE SOCK
If you’re like me and get cold feet even just around the house, these are an amazing sock for you! They are breathable but yet keep your toes warm and cozy. They can also be used for hiking and other adventures.
OUTDOOR GIFTS FOR MEN
These are the best gifts that will be put to use for the outdoorsy men in your life. There’s a mix of everything in here, so hopefully you can find that perfect gift!
FILSON WAFFLE KNIT HENLEY
The perfect casual top that can be worn for so many different occasions! Dress it up, dress it down, this is the perfect long sleeve top.
PATAGONIA BETTER SWEATER 1/4 ZIP FLEECE JACKET
This ultra cozy fleece is a great piece to use for layering or on it’s own. It’s lightweight, breathable, and there are so many different colors to choose from.
THE JAMES BRAND ELKO KNIFE
My partner’s favorite everyday knife. It’s compact and sleek so it doesn’t add any bulge to your pocket. The pry bar doubles as a key ring, bottle opener, screwdriver, and pry tool.
BACKCOUNTRY HYBRID GRID FLEECE PULLOVER
This is a techy midlayer that’s perfect for time spent in the backcountry. This techy midlayer uses two fleece types: a cozy polar fleece that traps heat at the core in chilly conditions and a grid fleece that wicks moisture and allows airflow on your most intense hikes. Perfect layer for skiing/snowboarding as well.
BLUNDSTONE 550 CLASSIC CHELSEA BOOT
The perfect everyday boot and such a staple item to have in your closet. They are incredibly versatile, durable, and waterproof which makes them nice for casual and more intense adventures. These are definitely a must-have.
BACKCOUNTRY CARDIAC GORE-TEX JACKET
For the male skier/snowboarder in your life, this jacket ticks all the boxes. The GORE-TEX shell makes it waterproof while still keeping it breathable and not to mention comfortable. There are also multiple colors of this kit that you can choose from.
BACKCOUNTRY CARDIAC GORE-TEX BIBS
The matching bibs to the Cardiac jacket! These are the top tier bibs that fit like a glove and are perfect for in resort skiing and backcountry days. They’ve got zippers on the side for breathability and comfort and adjustable straps to fit you perfectly.
DARN TOUGH NEO GEO CREW LIGHTWEIGHT SOCK
The perfect everyday lightweight sock. The merino wool wicks sweat while regulating temperature to keep your feet warm and feeling comfortable all day long.
THE NORTH FACE THERMOBALL MULE V BOOTIE
This is the perfect bootie for quick trips outside or hanging out around camp. They are durable, water resistant, and the prima loft insulation keeps your feet warm.
BACKCOUNTRY TEO ALLIED DOWN JACKET
This jacket is a great layer to have for any and all adventures because it packs down small into your pack, but yet brings a lot of warmth. It’s made with water resistant and windproof fabric to help protect from the elements. I also love the brighter colors for when you’re in the mountains.
VANS LAMPIN SHOE
A classic!! These vans are so versatile and comfortable! More for mellow walks and around town errands.
TOPO DESIGN RIVER LIGHTWEIGHT SHORT
Light and ready to take on the water! These shorts are great for summertime on the water, camping, and hiking. The perfect length, fast drying and lightweight make them such a versatile short.
OUTDOOR RESEARCH FERROSI HOODED JACKET
The most versatile lightweight shell that’s durable, stretchy, and breathable. It’s wind and water resistant so it makes it perfect for all the alpine adventures you want to take on.
AUTUMN MTN GOAT BEANIE
A fun retro style beanie that’s going to keep you nice and warm for all those mountain adventures. Fun print and styles to switch up the beanie game.
ROARK AXEMAN JACKET
From the trail to the bar, this jacket has got you covered! It’s so stylish while keeping you warm. This is a must in the closet and is going to become a staple for that man in your life.
CARHARTT RUGGED FLEX RELAXED FIT DUCK DOUBLE FRONT PANT
An iconic staple that is a must in the closet as well. My partner has worn these to the bone and once again they are so versatile for mountain adventures to grabbing a drink. They are heavyweight while still offering mobility for the outdoors. I cannot recommend these pants enough.
BACKCOUNTRY SPRUCES MERINO BASELAYER 1/4-ZIP TOP
You definitely want to make sure that you’re getting merino wool when you’re getting base layers because it regulates your temperature while you’re out on the mountain. This base layer top also provides moisture wicking and odor resistant comfort – what’s not to love about this top! It’s perfect for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, and more!
BACKCOUNTRY SPRUCES MERINO BASELAYER BOTTOM
You’re matching counterpart to the above. An amazing set for that adventurous guy in your life!
BIRKENSTOCK ARIZONA SOFT FOOTBED LEATHER SANDAL
These are an absolute staple in any and all closet! I swear my partner and I wear these every single day unless it’s snowing. They are such a great sandal for around town and camping.
GIFTS FOR THE CAR CAMPER
I’m pretty sure this list could go on forever because I have so many camping items that I use and absolutely love but I’m going to be sharing my top with you! These are items that I couldn’t live without while camping.
JETBOIL MICROMO COOKING SYSTEM
I use this for coffee every single morning because it’s quick, easy, and simple. It makes it nice so that I don’t have to pull our the whole entire stove to heat water up. I also use this when I’m backpacking and need to heat water up for freeze dried meals. This system is really versatile and packs down fairly small to fit in your pack or in your car.
KELTY LOW LOVESEAT CHAIR
This is the most comfortable chair to have around the campfire. It’s perfect for you and your partner, friend, or dog! It’s honestly so nice, I will never go back.
GARMIN INREACH MINI
This one is a bit more on the expensive side, but it’s definitely worth it for the peace of mind, especially if you’re spending a lot of time in the mountains out of service. It’s a compact satellite communicator so you can send and receive messages. Tracking location shares with folks back home and it also has SOS alerts that triggers messages to GEOS in emergencies.
CAMELBAK STAINLESS STEEL CAMP MUG
I use this every morning for my coffee and it can double for tea or cocktails at night! This always lives in our drawers in our camper and we’re using it consistently.
PRIMUS CAMPFIRE PREP SET
This is the perfect utensil set for cooking at camp. It’s got everything you need to cook a meal and rolls up to be pretty compact.
PRIMUS PROFILE DUO CAMP STOVE
Cooking real meals after a long day out adventuring is honestly the best thing ever!! Fueling for your big adventures and making sure you have the ability to cook healthy and delicious meals is key. Cooking brings people together, and this is the perfect stove to do just that in the outdoors.
STANLEY ADVENTURE WATER JUG
This 2-gallon water jug is perfect for camping trips. It’s insulated so will keep your water cold, and it’s nice to have a spout in my opinion.
ALPS MOUNTAINEERING PARK TABLE
This table is so quick and easy to setup and take down while still offering quite a bit of space to cook, prep, whatever you need to do. We use this so so much!
BLACK DIAMOND STORM 400 HEADLAMP
A great option for a powerful headlamp while camping. It has three night modes that you can choose from so you’re not blinding people. I use this headlamp ALL the time!
BACKCOUNTRY ALL AROUND 40L DUFFEL
I use this duffel for so many things, but one of them being I pack my clothes in it for weekend camping trips. It’s the perfect size to fit everything that I need. I love the big pouch on the side of it so that I can separate my dirty clothes from my clean clothes.
GIFTS FOR THE MOUNTAIN BIKER
Having the right gear while mountain biking is essential so that you’re riding comfortable and confident. These are products that I use, that my boyfriend uses, and that my friends use. Let’s just say they are definitely tried and true!!
CAMELBAK PODIUM FLOW 4 HYDRATION PACK
This is my favorite hip pack to wear while riding. I love that the bottle sits in the center so you feel level on both sides and the pockets are big enough to fit snacks, tools, and even a layer if needs be. Even though it can fit so much, the side pockets are the perfect size and not overly big.
POC KORTAL RACE MIPS HELMET
I would say I’m pretty particular on helmets and how they fit, and this one is perfect! So comfortable and it fits like a glove.
LEZYNE SV PRO 10 MULTI TOOL
This is a great tool to always carry with you while biking. It’s compact so that it fits in your pack but it really packs the punch with providing you with essential tools that you may need on your ride.
CAMELBAK DIRT SERIES PODIUM CHILL 21OZ BOTTLE
This water bottle is my favorite for multiple reasons! I love that it has a cap so that my water bottle doesn’t get all dusty and dirty where I’m drinking from. I also love the size of it and that it’s insulated so that my water stays cool.
POC DEVOUR SUNGLASSES
These are by far my favorite glasses for riding. The arms are adjustable so that you can lengthen or shorten the glasses to fit your head perfectly. They also have great venting but don’t allow dust in. These go really well with the Kortal helmet above.
BACKCOUNTRY SLICKROCK PANT – WOMEN’S
These are my favorite pants to ride in. They’re great for colder days or if you’re just looking for a little bit more coverage. They have an adjustable waist, zip at the hem, and have enough room to wear knee pads underneath.
FOX RACING DEFEND PANT – MEN’S
The best long pant option for men’s biking! My partner has these and loves them – they fit so great, are really durable, and stretchy.
CAMELBAK M.U.L.E. PRO PACK
This is great for those longer days on the bike! It comes with a 3L reservoir and you still have space for snacks, tools, layers, and more. It’s also very comfortable to ride with.
GIFTS FOR THE SKIER/SNOWBOARDER
These gifts are very practical gear gifts that the skier/snowboarder in your life is going to love and use a ton!!
MAMMUT BARRYVOX S BEACON
This one is a splurge but necessary if you’re spending time in the backcountry. A beacon is CRUCIAL and you can’t go into the backcountry without it.
BACKCOUNTRY ACCESS TRACKER S RESCUE PACKAGE
If you’re looking at gifting the full package of a beacon, shovel, and probe then this is it for you! All essentials in the backcountry and a great gift that will get used a lot!
BUFF MERINO WOOL BUFF
Great for skiing and snowboarding in or out of bounds. It’s so nice having a buff to go around your neck and keep you warm. Merino wool is warm and soft against your skin. This can also be used for hiking, winter camping, etc. So many uses with this one!
GIRO ENVI MIPS HELMET
This is my go-to helmet when riding and skiing! It’s so comfortable and not clausterphobic like some can be. It’s super breathable and just all around a great helmet!
BACKCOUNTRY SKI & SNOWBOARD BOOT BAG
This is a boot bag that you can fly with but also I just like putting all of my gear and boots in here when I’m heading up to the resort. It folds out flat into a changing mat for parking lot convenience. It helps me stay organized and I know that all of my gear is in one place. They’ve got multiple different colors and it such a convenient great product.
YAKIMA EXO SNOWBANK SKI/SNOWBOARD RACK
An easy way to transport your skis and snowboards to the mountain without getting the inside of your car all dirty! I love my Yakima rack and it’s definitely been put to big time use.
HESTRA FALL LINE MITTEN
My all time FAVORITE mitten to keep my fingers warm while skiing and snowboarding. The soft leather makes them windproof while the cozy fleece on the inside keeps me toasty. I also like that there’s 5 finger construction on the inside of the mitten. I’ve got multiple pairs of these and love them.
GIRO CONTOUR GOGGLES
I absolutely love the fit of these goggles and they’re so comfortable to wear on the mountain all day. They have lots of different lenses to choose from depending on what your need is.
SWEET PROTECTION LOOPER MIPS HELMET
Another great helmet option if you’re wanting a different look. Still has MIPS which is very important to keep your noggin safe.
GIFTS FOR THE TRAVELER
The gift that keeps on giving! These travel gifts will still be used years and years to come, so you honestly can’t go wrong with gifting these items.
CAMELBAK EDDY + 20oz FILTERED BY LIFESTRAW
This is a great option if the person you’re gifting this to is traveling abroad to somewhere where the water needs filtering. It’s so easy because all you do is fill up the water bottle and the filteration just happens as you suck through the straw. Easy to use and very practical.
DB HUGGER 90L ROLLER BAG
My FAVORITE bag I’ve ever owned!!! I honestly can’t say enough amazing things about this bag. It’s more for long trips like a two week trip because it fits a LOT! It’s lightweight which is incredible because I feel like bigger bags always weigh so much, but this one doesn’t. It’s got interior mesh pockets and really sturdy handles on the exterior. I will own this bag for the rest of my life, I love it THAT much!
TOPO DESIGN DOPP KIT
My partner has this dopp kit and it’s the perfect size to fit all his toiletries and essentials for our trip.
BELLROY NOTE SLEEVE RFID WALLET
I’ve had this wallet for years and still am just as obsessed with it as when I first got it. I would definitely say it’s unisex, especially with all the different colors it comes in, so this would be a great gift for anyone on your list!
CAMELBAK ARETE SLING PACK
Such a great little travel bag to fit all of your essentials in it. I’m that girl that doesn’t like putting her backpack underneath her seat because I like the leg room, so this is the perfect size to fit by me and it can still hold everything I need; headphones, water bottle, wallet, passport, book, etc. It’s also great to wear out and about while you’re traveling around cities.
CAMELBAK H.A.W.G COMMUTE DAYPACK
The most comfortable backpack you’ll ever travel with. The straps are thick and comfy and it’s the perfect size. It’s got a laptop sleeve on the inside and I love the outer pocket. So happy I found this backpack because it’s changed the game for me.
BIOLITE CHARGE 80 PD POWERBANK
This is a must when you’re traveling because who knows when you’ll have access to a plug. It’s so nice to be able to charge your phone, camera, gear, whatever you may need on the spot.
DAKINE PACKING CUBE SET
I really like having packing cubes while I’m traveling so that I can keep everything organized – especially when I’m on longer trips! I really like having different sizes so that I can fit different items of clothing in each and can differentiate them.
RUMPL NANOLOFT PUFFY FADE TRAVEL BLANKET
This blanket is so nice because it packs up really small for traveling. It’s always really nice having a blanket on you for the plane, airbnbs, hotels, you never know! It comes in handy so often.
GIFTS FOR THE WELLNESS LOVERS
These are all such fun gifts that I use or my partner uses for working out and wellness in general. I can’t recommend them enough because we use them daily.
FP MOVEMENT WAY HOME SHORTS
I absolutely love these shorts and wear them often! They’re cute if they’re layered as well with a biker short underneath or leggings. They also come in so many cute colors.
MANDUKA AGILITY SHORT – MEN’S
These shorts are great because of their versatility – from the trails to your mat you’ll be comfortable in these. They’ve got a thick waistband and a drawstring for comfort and the four way stretch makes room for lots of mobility.
ALO YOGA WARRIOR MAT
This mat is incredible for any and all activities! It’s grip is unheard of which makes it really nice if you’re doing hot yoga or anything of the sort. I personally don’t like working out or doing yoga with a towel on top of my mat, and this mat makes it so that you don’t need any sort of grip towel.
HUGGER MUGGER ZAFU SOLID CUSHION
I promise you this will make your meditation practice 10X better. It helps with comfort, your posture, and everything in between. I absolutely love mine.
CAMELBAK CHUTE MAG 32OZ BOTTLE
I have this bottle in multiple different colors because it’s the perfect size and seals up tight so if it accidentally gets knocked over, your water isn’t going everywhere. It’s also insulated, so your water will be staying nice and cold.
TRIGGER POINT GRID VIBE PLUS FOAM ROLLER
I cannot say enough good things about foam rolling. I try to do it everyday and it makes such a difference on my body. This one is really rad because it vibrates and has trigger points for fastest recovery. I love mine so so much!!
THERABODY THERAGUN MINI
I cannot tell you how many times this has saved me! It helps so much release tension on sore muscles and helps me feel better so much faster after intense days in the mountains or in the gym. I also like this one because it’s compact so you can travel with it if you’d like.
GARMIN VIVOACTIVE 4 WATCH
I am in love with my Garmin watch! It does everything I need it to do and then some. It has all day fitness and heart rate monitoring to help with your fitness goals, wireless music, analytic breakdown of sleep and fitness patterns, smart notifications and more. I love the design of it and how sleek it is on my wrist.
ON RUNNING CLOUD X3 RUNNING SHOE – MEN’S
I love love love ON Running shoes so much! I own multiple pairs and my partner owns a pair as well. They’re so comfortable to run AND train in! The perfect gift for that wellness lover of yours. I feel so much support from them compared to other training shoes I’ve worn and used.
ON RUNNING CLOUD X3 RUNNING SHOE – WOMEN’S
Same shoe but for women! Amazing, incredible, love them!
SKRATCH LABS SPORT ENERGY CHEWS
These chews are incredible and I notice the biggest difference when I take them. I always have one in my pack when we go mountain biking, hiking, trail running, really anything! They taste like candy to me and really pack a punch with providing energy.
Hopefully this helped give you some ideas of what to gift the adventurers and outdoor lovers in your life!! Happy adventuring and Happy Holidays!!
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