Choosing a gift for an outdoor lover can be tricky! You know they have all the essentials, so what else do you buy them?
Hopefully our list of unique gifts for outdoors lovers will give you a few ideas:
1. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
Clean drinking water wherever you go!
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is a clever little device that can be stuffed in a backpack and pulled out when you need clean drinking water on the go.
It removes bacterias like E. coli and salmonella as well as waterborne parasites and even the smallest micro plastics.
It’s all done through a microbiological filter which can provide 1000 gallons of water.
The LifeStraw is essential for survival, so an explorer can stay hydrated when they have no access to clean drinking water.
Probably the best thing about buying this personal water filter though is that every time one is sold, a school child receives safe drinking water for the whole school year. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.
2. Kosin 18 in 1 Emergency Survival Kit
A smart kit of essential tools for the great outdoors
Give your loved one every tool they could possibly need for their next adventure in the great outdoors.
In this 18 piece kit you’ll find so much including a tactical cutting knife, wire saw, carabiner and bottle buckle.
There’s also everything you’d need in an emergency including a blanket, fire starter, compass, and tactical pen.
With so much inside you might think it must be huge to carry around. However the dimensions are just 6.3 x 4.3 x 1.9 inches and it weighs less than 2 pounds.
Purchasers of this kit felt it was a real must-have and described numerous situations where they’d used the wide range of items.
3. Sealskinz Waterproof All Weather Mid Length Socks
Cosy socks whatever the weather
Ok we know what you’re thinking, socks as a gift is kinda basic. But these are no ordinary socks.
Sealskinz socks are made for all weathers.
With a three layer construction, they’re waterproof and built for both warmth and durability, whatever adventures your loved one might be embarking on.
Made from merino wool they keep the feet cool, with zonal elastication and four way stretch giving the socks great shape and providing the feet with extra comfort.
Handmade in the UK they’re available in a range of different colors so you can choose a style that suits.
Many shopping for the socks felt they were a little pricey at first, but after they started wearing them realised they were worth every dollar!
4. GoPro HERO9 Black
Record and relive every adventure
Any outdoorsman will be blown away if they unwrap the GoPro HERO9.
If you’re not familiar with GoPro cameras they’re rugged and waterproof, able to withstand the elements and still capture amazing photos and videos.
GoPro cameras are perfect for any adventure, with the HERO9 model capturing video footage in glorious 5K quality.
You can also livestream, with HyperSmooth 3.0 technology ensuring that the shot is smooth and stable.
This HERO9 includes both a front and rear screen (that’s larger than previous models), allowing your loved one to frame their view perfectly.
Video creators loved the high quality footage they could achieve with the device, and how it could be used for simple home videos as well as action shots.
5. Cliq Camping Chair
A bottle sized camping chair!
Cliq had a vision to create the most portable camping chair on the market. After receiving over one million dollars through crowd funding, they achieved it.
A Cliq Camping Chair folds down to the size of a drink bottle.
Your outdoor lover can throw this in their bag and have a comfortable spot to sit wherever they go.
However this isn’t a gimmicky product, it’s still a really comfortable chair.
Made from aircraft grade aluminum and twice-stitched nylon it’s super strong, able to support any person weighing up to 300lbs. It’s also easy to set up and take down with a simple push-button.
Outdoor lovers described how stable the chair is, even on unsteady ground. Though they did find it a little heavier than they expected, they appreciated the high quality construction.
6. Goal Zero Crush Light Solar Powered Lantern
A portable lantern you can literally stuff in your bag
Give the gift of light by wrapping up the Goal Zero Crush Lantern.
This solar powered lantern offers three different light settings, a flickering candle mode and six color options.
Leave it out in sunlight to charge or use the handy USB cable, and when fully charged you’ll have up to 35 hours of runtime.
Once you’re finished with it, simply crush it down and stuff it in your back pack.
It’s so small, weighing just 3.2oz, but gives off plenty of light whether you’re snuggling up in your tent for the night or enjoying drinks in the garden.
Shoppers described how it charges so quickly and creates a great mood, particularly on the flickering candle setting.
7. JBL Clip 3 Portable Speaker
A speaker you can hang up anywhere
If the person you’re shopping for is a big music fan, they’re sure to thank you for this JBL portable speaker.
With a built-in carabiner clip it can be hooked on a backpack, in a tent or just about anywhere in the great outdoors.
Delivering up to 10 hours of playtime when fully charged, they’ll never have to worry about running out of battery.
It’s resilient, with a waterproof design that works even when immersed in water and a hardy fabric cover that can handle a little action.
You can even purchase two JBL Clip speakers and link them together to create a more amplified sound.
8. Earth Pak - Waterproof Dry Bag
Keep their belongings dry and safe
Give your loved one the gift of waterproof protection!
A dry sack might not seem like the most exciting gift, but it’s a super practical gift for campers, hikers or anyone who loves watersports.
Both lightweight and compact it can fit inside luggage or a backpack to be pulled out exactly when it’s needed.
Simply throw everything inside, roll it down and the Earth Pak will keep the contents dry and safe from the elements.
Available in a range of sizes and colors, it ships with a clear phone case that protects your smartphone while still allowing you to take pictures.
Outdoor lovers seemed to find a million different uses for their Earth Pak, including using it as a pillow when camping.
9. Mambe Extreme Weather 100% Waterproof/Windproof Hooded Blanket with Premium Stuff Sack
Snuggle up then stuff it away
Keep your loved one cosy on their adventures by purchasing the Mambe Extreme Weather Hooded Blanket.
It’s 100% waterproof and windproof and so soft and fleecy that you might fancy buying one for yourself too!
This gorgeous Mambe blanket also ships with a really sturdy stuff sack so you can carry it with you easily. It’s available in four different sizes, rather than the typical ‘one size fits all’ option.
Though it’s a little bit pricier than its competitors, purchasers really felt it was worth the money due to the quality of the fabric.
Add a personal touch by choosing to have the gift personalized with a name or nickname.
10. The Coldest Water Bottle
Keep water ice cold all day long
Give your loved one’s water bottle an upgrade by treating them to The Coldest Water Bottle.
Thanks to the double walled, vacuum insulated, stainless steel construction, it can keep water cool for up to 36 hours.
The flip top lid is insulated, and amazingly when dropped in water the bottle floats, so perfect for a drink in the pool.
Despite being called The Coldest Water Bottle it’s also good for hot drinks, holding the heat for up to 13 hours.
11. The North Face Gift Card
Let them choose a gift for their next adventure
The North Face is the ultimate brand if you’re shopping for an outdoorsman or woman!
Renowned for creating durable and long-lasting clothing and accessories, their online shop has everything your loved one could possible need to stay safe and warm in the great outdoors.
With a gift card they might choose a sturdy backpack (with a lifetime warranty) or browse their wide range of outerwear for every eventuality.
You can choose an amount between $25 to $100 and send it digitally – perfect if you’re looking for a last minute gift.
12. A Pair of Smartwool Socks
Socks tailored to your outdoor pursuits
Now you have a big decision to make, do you go for the Sealskinz socks or choose a pair from Smartwool?
Smartwool socks are the perfect gift for that special someone who takes socks seriously.
Their online sock finder will match you with the ideal pair for your needs.
Every pair has been created with a different activity in mind and not only do they have all the outdoorsy features you’d want, but they look good too.
Pick the sock height, level of thickness and decide whether to go for a funky design, pure practicality or both.
Smartwool socks include Indestructawool™ technology so they last, meaning you might end up with a Smartwool socks convert on your hands!
13. Clif Bar: Peanut Toffee Buzz Energy Bar
An energy bar with wholesome ingredients
Swap the box of chocolates this year for a sweet treat that your outdoor lover will really thank you for.
Having a Clif Bar in their bag will give them the energy they need to battle on through any challenge.
Bars contain protein as well as fibre and carbohydrates to deliver that extra burst of energy. Plus with nuts, organic rolled oats and actual chocolate they make a tasty treat too.
With only wholesome non-GMO ingredients and a little caffeine to give you a kick they’re a must-have for any explorer.
It seems that they’re not just for adventurous days either as reviewers of the bars said they were ideal for a cheeky little snack in the office.
14. Survival Shack Emergency Survival Shelter Tent
A backpack tent to protect you from the elements
Don’t leave your loved one out in the cold. If they get stranded then give a gift to help them keep warm like this handy survival shelter tent.
The clever mylar thermal material is reflective helping it to conserve warmth, plus it reflects body heat to stay extra cosy.
It’s small so can be packed in to your bag and reusable so you don’t need to worry about it being wasteful for the environment.
Two adults can comfortably be protected from the elements in this mylar thermal shelter.
It comes complete with a rope so it can be set up easily when required. Though it might seem like a precaution too far, customers said they felt it was a must-have for their prep kit.
15. Passport To Your National Parks
Treasure every National Park visit
Set your outdoor lover a bucket list challenge of visiting every National Park in the United States.
They can then record every trip in their National Parks Passport!
It has been a favorite gift since the 1980s for those who want to discover everything America has to offer.
Broken down in to different regions, the passport has maps as well as interesting information about each park.
One of the best features is the space for National Park cancellation stamps which turns it from a useful guide in to a lasting keepsake of all the wonderful places you’ve been.
Many purchasers chose the book as a wedding gift – what a fun way to record the adventures of married life.
16. Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete by Steve House, Scott Johnston, Mark Twight
Taking your climb to the next level
If you’re looking for a gift for a keen hiker then Training for the New Alpinism is a good option. This book really will help them take a simple hike to the next level.
Written by world class climbers and coaches, they take what they’ve learned throughout their careers to help people reach their mountaineering goals.
You’ll find so much information in this climbing manual, including diet and fitness advice, mental attitude tips and endurance exercises.
There is space too to assess the stage you’re currently at and where you want to be.
Mountaineering fans rave about the practicality of the book, they just recommend reading it long before the hike as there is a lot of information to digest.
17. Überleben Zünden Fire Starter
A wearable fire starter made from traditional materials
Man made fire. But probably not as well as the Überleben Zünden Fire Starter can!
This tool with its traditional materials, including a handcrafted wooden handle, really captures the spirit of the great outdoors.
Your loved one can carry it around their neck while hiking as not only is it light but it looks good too.
The Überleben Zünden fire starter striker doubles up as a map scale, ruler, wrench and bottle opener, all essential things for your outdoor lover.
They’ve left the grip natural so that you can hold it in the way that works best for you.
Reviewers of the product said that the fire this wooden handled fire starter could create was more powerful than they’d expected.
18. Therm-a-Rest Z Seat Cushion Insulated Sitting Pad
A soft spot to sit down whatever the surface
Your outdoor lover will know the pain of trying to find a soft spot to sit down when they need a break. So give them exactly that.
Therm-a-Rest’s insulated seat cushion is made from a clever closed-cell foam that makes a comfortable seat wherever you’re sitting.
It comes complete with a bungee cord too so it can be packaged back up and stuffed in your backpack. It’s light and, Therm-a-Rest claim, virtually indestructible!
Many users loved how warm the seat felt on a cold day and how it protected them from uncomfortable surfaces like rocks.
Others commented on how light the seat was, making it a great gift for someone putting together their own outdoor survival kit.
19. Buff Unisex
Keep their neck, nose and ears cosy
A great stocking stuffer for your outdoor lover is this multifunctional headwear from Buff.
The Buff Unisex is a really versatile piece of fabric that can be worn up to 12 different ways.
When out on their next adventure, they can use it as a cosy scarf, hat, headband, even as a face covering.
Made from 100% recycled microfiber material it’s super soft and comes in a huge range of different colors and prints. It also offers UPF 50 sun protection.
People who wanted shielding from the wind, loved how they could pull the Buff up to keep their ears warm – the ideal gift for staying cosy in the winter!