If you’re looking for gifts for outdoorsy people in your life then you’ve come to the right place! In this list we’ve put together a selection of cool camping gift ideas and outdoor-adventure gifts for men, women and couples, to help you choose the best one for them. Whether it’s for Christmas, their birthday, mother’s day or father’s day, we have you covered!
These are, in our opinion, the best adventure-worthy gifts for all budgets, whether you’re looking for something unique and personalized, cool camping gift ideas, or outdoor gadgets for climbers, hikers, van lifers or people or simply love spending time outdoors, there’s something for everyone here.
1. For the nature lovers: Binoculars for star gazing and bird / wildlife watching
For any outdoorsy people, a good quality pair of binoculars are a great thing to take camping, hiking or backpacking, as they can use them at night for stargazing, as well as during the day to check out the area’s birds and other wildlife. Binoculars are also a great gift for children and younger campers who are interested in nature and activities such as bird watching.
These Nocs’ Binoculars are waterproof, rugged, have high-quality optics and come with a lifetime warranty – while still coming in at a great budget-friendly price point. Plus, while you can get them in black, they come in a range of delightful colors, which is not only a refreshing difference from other binoculars (which usually come in black only), but makes them easier to find in a dark, packed backpack when you need them in a hurry!
Retail price: $95
Read more about these binoculars and see more images in our Nocs binoculars review.
2. For the gadget-loving camp cooks: An electricity-generating wood camp stove
This wood stove not only provides a heat source and means of cooking camping meals and making hot drinks, but it actually generates electricity, allowing you to power a light, or charge phones and other small gadgets.
This is a cool camping gift for those who love innovative gadgets and also enjoy a classic wood-burning camp stove as opposed to gas alternatives.
Retail price: $150
For other lightweight and packable camp stoves, also check out our backpacking stoves buyer’s guide for more camping gift ideas.
3. For the outdoorsman: A lightweight, water-repellent midlayer for all seasons
This insulated, lightweight quilted jacket from Carhartt weighs only 1.75oz and is water-repellent to keep you dry in light rain and snow.
It can be worn simply with a t-shirt in warmer weather, or layered up with additional base layers and a full waterproof shell over the top, for very cold and/or wet conditions.
Being from Carhartt (known for their rugged outdoor apparel and workwear), the fabric is designed to be durable and resistant to tears and scratches, making it a versatile piece that can be worn pretty much anywhere, so you know it will get a lot of wear, through all seasons, making it great value for around $100.
Available in a range of colors (see the full selection on their website).
Retail price: $99 – $109
3. For the mountain explorers: Cosy and comfortable base layers and tops for men and women
Baselayers are essential for all but the hottest and most humid adventurous trips, especially for Fall and Winter camping, camping in the mountains and desert, where it gets cold at night, or generally being active in cooler climates.
Kora baselayers, together with their other men’s and women’s outdoor apparel, which includes underwear, hats and mid-layers, are made from eco-friendly Merino and yak wool blends. You have probably heard of Merino wool being used for technical warm clothing, but what about yak wool? Yak wool is in fact proven by their independent research to be weight-for-weight, 40% warmer, 66% more breathable and 17% faster at transporting moisture away from the skin than a pure merino wool fabric. This makes sense if you consider the types of environment the yaks themselves live in!
For a high-quality set of baselayers, or other warm and breathable outdoor clothing that is perfect for gifting, Kora is a great brand to check out (check out their Neema, Yushu and Shola ranges for base layers in particular).
Baselayers from ~$75
4. For a unique personalized gift that will stand the test of time: A custom-designed multi-tool
If you’re looking for a personalized gift for outdoorsy women or men that will endure, be used plenty, and last for years to come, then a personalized multi-tool is a great option. We’re big fans of US brand Leatherman’s range of multi-tools, they’re such excellent quality and come with so many options so you can truly find the right spec tool for your (or your gift recipient’s) lifestyle.
My ‘Trail & Kale’ customized Leatherman is a Stars & Stripes / Trail & Kale special and looks, in my opinion, amazing! I have been actively seeking things around the house, yard and our new conversion van that I can fix or make just so I have an excuse to use it as often as possible – especially the main blade, which features ‘Trail & Kale’ engraving.
To customize a Leatherman Surge as a gift click here – or if you also love the look of my custom Leatherman then you can buy the exact design here.
Retail price: $130 plus customization
5. A Warm winter gift for outdoor-loving women
These women’s winter tights from active women’s apparel specialists Title Nine are perfect for winter adventures and can be worn for everything from cold weather running to lounging around at home. These are Title Nine’s warmest tight yet!
The Crash 2.0 tights are made using power-stretch Polartec fleece material that is tightly woven to keep cold air out, while also retaining their shape – so no more of those baggy knees that you get with other leggings and sweatpants!
We also like the other added features such as the reflective detail at the ankles, and the zippered pocket on the thigh for carrying essentials – useful for winter dog walks and trail runs. These tights also work well as a mid-layer and can be worn under ski pants, so they really are wear-anywhere winter go-tos.
Retail price: $99
6. A Christmas gift for the one who always has cold feet: Warm camp booties
For a more budget-friendly gift for outdoorsmen and women, how about some warm camp booties? The beauty of a pair of down (or synthetic alternative) camping booties is that they’re just as useful at home in the colder months as they are at a campsite or in a camper van or RV.
Helen loves these booties from The North Face, which come in men’s and women’s sizes, are puffy like an insulated jacket, made from synthetic fillers and also have traction on the soles so they can also be worn around camp as well as in the van or a tent when camping. We reckon they make particularly great camping Christmas gifts!
Retail price: $65
1 new from $148.75
For other warm puffy slipper and bootie options, check out our camp booties buyer’s guide.
7. A versatile outdoor-lover’s gift: Ultralight, ultra compact daypack
For the loved one who enjoys camping, traveling or generally being active, this ultra-packable day pack from Sea to Summit is another great budget-friendly gift for outdoorsy people.
What makes this daypack particularly great for short hikes and even just using every day to get shopping or head to the gym, is that when it’s not in use it packs down to the size of a tennis ball, and it only weighs 3.8oz when empty!
Oh, and did we mention – it’s also waterproof – which is a pretty rare feature when it comes to backpacks. This is a great backpack to stuff into a duffel and take off on an adventure and they won’t even notice it’s there until it’s needed, as it’s so small and lightweight.
Retail price: $60
To learn more about choosing a daypack, our hiking daypacks buyer’s guide explains all, and also includes a range of cool backpacks from other outdoor brands to consider.
8. For the outdoorsy man, woman or couple who need to relax: An ultralight and portable hammock
Staying on the theme of cool camping gifts that are also ultra-light, Hummingbird’s single hammock is the lightest weight, smallest packing hammock on the market. It’s made from nylon parachute material, weighs less than a lemon and packs smaller than a coffee cup, holds up to 300 pounds, and is designed by an FAA Certified Parachute Rigger.
Plus, if you’re looking for camping gifts for couples, then how about treating them to the double version of this hammock?
Retail price: $70 [if you are considering buying one of these hammocks, make sure you use our exclusive code TRAILKALE5 for 5% off when you order on their website via the button below]
Read more about camping hammocks in our dedicated buyer’s guide.
9. For the caffeine-loving camping enthusiast: A new camping coffee maker
If your gift recipient (or recipients, if you’re shopping for a couples gift) could do with a better way to make their morning coffee on camping trips, then why not spoil them with an espresso or drip-coffee maker designed for taking camping?
The Aeropress coffee press is specifically designed to take on adventures such as camping, for when you want to make an espresso-based coffee such as a latte, flat white or cappuccino, using freshly ground beans.
Retail price: $32
For more traditional drip coffee brews, we also love the design and function of this option from Sea to Summit.
This collapsible coffee dripper comes with a reusable mesh filter, and when collapsed, packs down small and flat, so it’s easy to stash in a backpack with minimal bulk.
Retail price: $20
10. A Portable Power Station For The Gadget-Lover or Emergency-Preparedness
Portable power and solar generation experts Jackery offer a range of versatile portable power stations which can run or charge your USB or AC (mains) gear while out camping, on road trips, or at home during a power cut. With one of these Jackery Explorers you can keep all your gear charged, from smartphones, laptops, to CPAP and appliances like mini coolers, electric grill and coffee makers.
Jackery power stations are chargeable using an outlet at home, or solar via their folding solar panels, and also quiet and non-polluting to run, unlike a gas-powered generator.
Retail price: $299 for Jackery E300, smaller models start at $139
11. A versatile gift that’s not just for camping: A lightweight backpack cooler
For shorter camping trips, as well as day trips to the park, beach and on hikes, a packable, lightweight cooler such as the IceMule Classic is a great camping gift for men or women who like to keep their sodas, beer and wine on the cool side.
This sling-style backpack cooler can keep contents cold for up to 24 hours and packs down small for stowing in a duffel when not in use, plus, it’s great for taking on boats, to the beach and for watersports such as kayaking and paddle boarding, because it’s waterproof and it floats!
For more images of it in use and for more information, click here to read our IceMule cooler review.
Retail price: $60 (S), $70 (M) or $80 (L)
2 new from $69.99
1 used from $52.99
12. Outdoor adventure gift ideas for backcountry adventurers: Satellite tracker and GPS communicators
If your outdoor-loving friend or family member tends to spend time on trails and out in the backcountry, consider spoiling them with a satellite GPS device to help them plan routes, track their location, and stay in touch with you even when there’s no phone signal in their location.
As an example, read our review of the Somewear GPS messenger and locator beacon (available directly from Somewear), or visit a store such as REI which stocks a range of other GPS communicators and trackers to choose from, such as the popular Garmin InReach Explorer+.
Either of these will be a big gift for those that love big adventures!
The Somewear global hotspot device costs $280 at the time of writing – hit the button below to check for any recent changes. By using our exclusive discount code TRAILKALE10 you can get 10% OFF your Somewear Satellite Communicator order.
13. A versatile gift for camping, beach and festival lovers: Lightweight folding camp chairs
Ultralight, ultra-compact folding chairs are not only great for camping, but also events such as parties and festivals! Check out options such as the CLIQ or Helinox Chair Zero, which are both super lightweight and easy to set up.
We’re particularly impressed with the CLIQ chair’s assembly time – it takes 5 seconds to put up and can hold 300lb while still only weighing 3.5lb and being the size of a bottle when folded… although if you want to choose the lightest of the light, then check out the Helinox chair, which weighs only 1.2lb (whaaat?!).
Retail prices: CLIQ $99, Helinox Chair Zero $120
14. A very cool gift for outdoorsy men and women (that’s also budget-friendly): A new trucker cap
Another budget-friendly option for birthday, Christmas or other occasion gifts for outdoor-loving friends and family members is a new trucker cap! You can’t really go wrong with a cool trucker cap if your recipient wears hats regularly, as you know it’ll get some good use (and they’ll look great while wearing it).
Consider supporting us with one of our custom-designed Trail & Kale classic trucker caps while ensuring your lucky gift recipient (whether a man or woman) will look so dang cool when they wear it! If you want to see one ‘in the wild’ then also have a look at our Instagram account where you can see our founders wearing theirs frequently.
Retail price: $27
15. Gifts for outdoorsy people who are difficult to buy for: REI gift card
An REI Gift Card is possibly one of the best gifts for outdoorsy people because you won’t have to guess what they would like to receive the most, so it’s a great gift for people who are difficult to buy for, or as a last-minute gift if you’ve run out of time to find something great online or in a store. They can use it to get themselves a great outdoor gadget, or some new camping, running biking or climbing gear, for example – and have you to thank for their awesome new gear!
If you’re not familiar with REI, it is somewhat of a mecca for outdoor-loving people who are into their gear. They stock a huge selection of high-quality outdoor gear for men and women, including camping, hiking, trail running, climbing, SUP, bikes and skiing gear – both online and in their stores across the US.
You can either order a Gift Card to be delivered as a physical card, which takes up to 7 days to arrive, OR you can choose to send a digital E-Gift Card, which can be sent directly to the recipient within hours. You can also choose how much to load the card up with, the minimum is $10.
16. A useful gift that active people can use every day: a self-cleaning UV water bottle
Having a water bottle, like the LARQ bottle, that uses UV light technology to automatically purify the water you put in it and also cleans itself while backpacking, is pretty awesome.
The battery life of the UV Light cap will last around a month, which also means it’s not only great for traveling and adventures when they need to ensure a supply of purified water, but it’s also ideal for everyday use, as you can purify regular tap water (which also removes that ‘tap water’ taste).
Retail prices from $78 depending on model
17. A Protective Yet Slimline Phone Case
Protective case specialist Urban Armor offers a range of rugged, outdoor adventure-worthy phone cases for phone brands including Google, Apple and Samsung. Their Civilian Series offers slimline protection for your phone in a range of colors including silver, green and black.
These Urban Armor phone cases use a patent-pending technology designed to dampen and disperse the energy created when a phone collides with another surface – essentially, lessening the blow, to protect your phone, with a 20ft / 6 meter drop protection.
These cases also come with a 1 year warranty and are wireless-charging compatible.
18. Great winter season gifts for couples: Two-person camping blankets
These 2-person puffy blankets from Rumpl make a great choice for an outdoorsy couple, and we can attest to the warmth they have to offer for everything from nights around the campfire and staying warm during high-altitude vanlife living, through to cold winter evenings on the sofa at home.
Rumpl blankets come in both down and synthetic fill options, and a constantly changing range of funky designs, as well as smaller travel blanket and 1-person designs.
Retail price from $99
19. A ring or wedding band for active people (or those who work with their hands)
Perhaps something many don’t think about, or just get around by choosing not to wear their engagement, wedding or other rings while working or adventuring outdoors, it can be dangerous to wear metal rings for many reasons when being active outdoors.
We are big fans of these fun, cost-effective silicone rings that are designed specifically with outdoorsy people in mind, so they can wear their ring(s) 24/7 while reducing the risk of hurting their hands – ideal for people who enjoy sports such as sailing, scuba diving, rock climbing, or work with materials such as metal, welding, wood-working and love their DIY projects.
Some of the most popular brands in this space are QALO (Example pictured) and Groove Life, and you can also read our silicone wedding band buyers guide for more brands offering rings in this space, with examples of some of the vibrant colors and funky designs they are sold in (as well as plain colors like the black one pictured) and more reasons why these are such a great gift idea for outdoors-loving men and women!
RRP: $20+ depending on style
20. Some of the most comfortable shoes for work, travel and everyday adventures
Regular visitors to our site will likely have read one of our On Running shoe reviews (we have the largest collection of comprehensive On Running shoe reviews on the web, after all!). Their flagship trainer for everyday lifestyle wear is the On Cloud. These lightweight, slip-on, ultra-comfortable trainers are perfect for everyday wear – in fact, many people who spend much of their day on their feet (whether for work or for fun) swear by them – including our founders. Oh, and as you can see in the photo, they look freakin’ awesome!
On Cloud shoes are available in a frequently changing range of unique colorways and designs, and in men’s and women’s sizes, of course.
To learn more about what makes these shoes so great, read my popular On Cloud review.
21. These warm men’s and women’s winter boots will last for many years
Why is it that the colder weather gets us thinking about our feet so much? Well, winter footwear is so important for comfort levels when you’re out in cold, wet, or sub-freezing conditions and you need that extra grip, warmth and protection that a good-quality pair of waterproof boots has to offer.
Companies such as Canadian footwear experts Kodiak boots are specialized in designing boots for seeing you through many cold winters. After all, they know a thing or two about cold weather in Canada! We love the plaid detailing on this popular women’s style – as well as the fact that they’re super-warm and waterproof!
RRP: $150 (pictured style)
22. Gift ideas for music-loving adventurers: True wireless, crush-proof, waterproof- noise-canceling earbud headphones
It’s amazing how it’s now possible for true wireless, Bluetooth earbud headphones to offer such great sound quality.
We’re big fans of the sleek KLH Fusion True Wireless earbuds, as well as the Jaybird Vista 2 headphones. The latter are IP68 waterproof rated, and also sweat-proof, crush-proof and basically designed to be ideal for anyone who is either prone to dropping or standing on their headphones, or spends time in rugged environments getting wet and sweaty, while listening to some banging tunes.
2 new from $149.99
1 used from $129.90
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23. USA-made, premium quality sunglasses designed for active people
If you want to really spoil someone this Christmas (or for a birthday or other special occasion), Randolph Engineering has been a supplier of Aviator sunglasses to the U.S. Military for the past 42 years, and for good reason, their hand-made sunglasses are high-quality, comfortable, and durable, and as a result, very reliable in the field.
We’re currently really into their gold-framed aviator style, but really the entire range is badass, everything from classic aviators to oval or round styles, metallic or matte black frames look awesome.
RRP: from $250 depending on style
24. A unique gift for active people that they never knew they needed (but will use all the time!)
One of these Chirp Wheels is exactly what your lucky gift recipient needs if you think they’d benefit from doing some relaxing back stretches after all those intensive outdoor adventures and activities!
This back roller wheel is an innovative, yet super simple back roller wheel, which even featured on Shark Tank in 2020, and which is infinitely better than using a foam roller to attempt something similar (read why in our full Chirp Wheel review). It really does work wonders for relieving back pain and tension! Whether after a long day at work, standing, sitting, driving or doing something more fun and adventurous like hiking with a heavy pack on your back, it’s immensely satisfying to have a more relaxed, less tense back after a couple of minutes of using it.
RRP from $45