Outdoor Gift Guide | 50 Gifts for the Outdoor Lover

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The holidays are right around the corner and I’m so excited to share my holiday outdoor gift guide with all of you! As an outdoor lover, the best gifts are ones that go on adventures with me and get me outside. And better than receiving those gifts, is giving them and helping people get outside. There’s nothing better than giving a gift that will be used time and time again by a loved one.

In this gift guide, I’ve curated a list of 50 gifts that you can feel good giving. There are gifts for all the adventurers in your life – whether they’re a hiker, backpacker, camper, road tripper, or outdoorsy homebody. This year, give the gift of helping people spend more time outside!

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  1. For Her
  2. For Him
  3. For Them
  4. For the Backpacker
  5. For the Road Tripper
  6. For the Winter Lover
  7. Gifts under $25 and Stocking Stuffers
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FOR HER

women's puffy jacket for outdoor gift guide

stio insulated jacket

This jacket is perfect for all adventures, from exploring the backcountry to spending the day in town! It packs down and is super lightweight, so if you need a shield from the elements this will be the perfect addition to your outdoor ensemble. As a bonus, it’s made from 100% recycled materials!

women's fleece for outdoor gift guide

Cotopaxi Abrazo Half-Zip Fleece

Not only does this fleece come in the coolest color combinations, but it’s one of my favorite fleeces! It can be worn on a hike, around a campfire, or as a layer while skiing. There’s a full zip version that you can find here.

women's black rustic boots for outdoor gift guide

Rustic High-Top Blundstones

These are my all-time favorite boots! I wear them practically every day during the fall and winter. They’re incredibly comfortable and will last for years. I recommend them to everyone I know!

women's snap up fleece for outdoor gift guide

Patagonia Synchilla Snap Fleece

This fleece is a great staple for anyone’s closet! It’s great worn by itself or as a layer on extra cold days.

women's hiking boots for outdoor gift guide

Danner Mountain 600 Hiking Boots

These are my all-time favorite hiking boots! I was never big on hiking boots until I had these. They were comfortable right from the get-go and they’re still comfortable 200 miles later! Added bonus – they’re waterproof, so they’re great for all-season hiking.

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FITS Hiking Socks

After trying out so many different pairs of hiking socks, these are my favorite! With a heel lock, they won’t slip down when hiking, which means no blisters. I even wear them with my Blundstones because they’re so comfortable!

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Osprey Daylite Plus Backpack

I take this pack with me on all of my day hikes. It’s big enough to fit all of my essentials and extra layers that I might need. It does all that without being too big or bulky too!

women's hat for outdoor gift guide

Stio Wyoming Wildflower Hat

A throwback to the classic “dad hat” with some Wyoming wildflowers. Great for everyday wear, hiking, and everything in between!

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FOR HIM

men's puffy coat for outdoor gift guide

Cotopaxi Fuego Down Hooded Jacket

An ethically sourced down-insulated jacket that can pack down into an interior pocket. Keeping you warm during summer camping nights and your winter wanderings!

men's fleece for outdoor gift guide

Cotopaxi Abrazo Half-Zip Fleece

Not only does this fleece come in the coolest color combinations, but it’s such a versatile fleece! It can be worn on a hike, around a campfire, or as a layer while skiing. There’s a full zip version that you can find here.

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Classic 550 Chelsea Blundstones

The male version of the boots that I love! I have male friends that wear these and they swear by them. Not only are they incredibly comfortable, but they will last for years!

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Patagonia Fjord Flannel Shirt

This shirt is perfect for everyday activities, camping, and traveling. Ethically and responsibly made, you can feel the quality when you put it on!

men's hiking boots for outdoor gift guide

Danner Mountain 600 Hiking Boots

The male version of the hiking boots I own. With the plush footbed, Vibram outsoles, and waterproof leather, these boots are perfect for any adventure!

hiking backpack for outdoor gift guide

Osprey Daylite Plus Backpack

I take this pack with me on all of my day hikes. It’s big enough to fit all of my essentials and extra layers that I might need. It does all that without being too big or bulky too!

men's hiking socks for outdoor gift guide

FITS Hiking Socks

After trying out so many different pairs of hiking socks, these are my favorite! With a heel lock, they won’t slip down when hiking, which means no blisters. I even wear them with my Blundstones because they’re so comfortable!

men's trucker hat for outdoor gift guide

Cotopaxi Trucker Hat

This cap is for rest days, big mile days, and everything in between. Made from 100% recycled materials, you can feel good gifting this hat!

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FOR THEM

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Cotopaxi Kapai 1.5L Hip Pack

This hip pack is great for carrying all of the daily essentials! It’s small enough to not get in the way but roomy enough for the people who need to keep their things close.

flannel blanket for outdoor gift guide

REI Co-op Flannel Fleece Blanket

The perfect blanket for camping, picnics, or for cozying up at home!

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Stio Hunter Beanie

Whether you’re heading into town for a quick coffee or up to the mountain, this beanie is routine wear for every day. This beanie is a lifesaver for my winter hikes!

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Stamped 5-Panel Hat

I’m a sucker for a 5-panel hat, especially one with colors that stand out! Wear it out on the trail or while you’re walking around town. If you’re not into “loud” colors, a monochrome version can be found here.

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Outdoorsy Graphic T-Shirt

Let’s be real, we all need some cozy t-shirts in our closet for days at the cabin or for car rides through the mountains. This shirt is made from organic cotton and will spark their sense of adventure!

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Cotopaxi 50L Duffel Bag

A duffel is essential for anyone that loves to travel, whether it’s a weekend getaway or a car camping trip. This duffel can also be worn as a backpack to make walking through the airport a little easier.

water bottle for outdoor gift guide

Hydroflask 32oz Trail Edition

I cannot rave about this water bottle enough! It keeps your drinks cold (or hot) without the extra weight that insulated bottles typically carry. It’s perfect for hitting the trails or for a long travel day.

teva sandals for outdoor gift guide

Teva x Cotopaxi Sandals

Tevas are great lightweight sandals for wearing around the campsite or just on a day out. Their comfortable yet durable, especially for any activities in the water!

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FOR THE BACKPACKER

jetboil system for outdoor gift guide

Jetboil Flash Cooking System

This is the easiest stove I’ve ever used! It boils water in 100 seconds and has an igniter button to make life in the backcountry easier. They have smaller systems if you want a more lightweight option, but this is worth every ounce in my opinion.

REI Magma 15 sleeping bag for outdoor gift guide

REI Magma 15 Down Sleeping Bag

My husband and I both have this sleeping bag for backpacking! It packs down really easily and weighs in at just under 2 lbs. This bag is great for 3-season camping, which means you’ll get the most bang for your buck by being able to use it most of the year!

sea to summit ultralight pillow for outdoor gift guide

Sea-to-Summit Ultralight Pillow

It’s definitely worth the money to get a backpacking pillow and this ultralight version will save your backpacking friend some weight in their pack!

REI flash carbon trekking poles for outdoor gift guide

REI Flash Carbon Trekking Poles

I never go backpacking without trekking poles! These help evenly distribute the weight of your pack while hiking, which makes life so much easier. These also help out with river crossings and hiking in the winter!

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MSR MiniWorks EX Filtration System

I’ve used this filter while in the backcountry multiple times! It can filter 1L per minute and it’s engineered for frequent and heavy use, so it won’t wear down when you need it most.

Another great option is the Platypus QuickDraw Water Filter. This system can filter 3L in one minute and it only weighs 3.4 ounces! I have a few friends who use this system and they swear by it! You can find the link to it here.

REI Flexlite backpacking chair for outdoor gift guide

REI Flexlite Backpacking Chair

This is the perfect chair for relaxing at camp after a long day of hiking! Lightweight and compact, this is a luxury backpacking item I’ll never go without.

black diamond storm 450 headlamp for outdoor gift guide

Black Diamond Storm 450 Headlamp

A headlamp is a must when backpacking! This one has multiple brightness settings while being affordable. It’s a gift that will be used on adventures for years to come!

osprey reservoir for outdoor gift guide

Osprey Reservoir

I have the 3L and 1.5L reservoirs from Osprey. If you know someone who’s constantly filling up water bottles for hikes, this might be the perfect upgrade for them!

portable solar charger for outdoor gift guide

Portable Solar Charger

I take this charger with me everywhere! You can charge it by USB or by solar panels. There are definitely some fancier options, but this one gets the job done for me!

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FOR THE ROAD TRIPPER

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Lifetime Cooler

Same benefits as a Yeti cooler, but half the price! I’ve brought this on so many trips and it keeps my food cold for days. If you’re looking for a wallet-friendly option, this is the one!

cotopaxi packing cubes for outdoor gift guide

Cotopaxi Packing Cubes

These packing cubes are a lifesaver – and they hold way more than you would think! Whether I’m going car camping or taking a flight, I use these for all of my belongings.

cotopaxi allpa travel pack for outdoor gift guide

Cotopaxi Allpa 35L Travel Pack

I cannot rave about this backpack enough! It opens up like a suitcase and is perfect for any adventure that requires travel. I use this instead of packing a duffel bag and it doesn’t take up as much space in the car.

car mount phone holder for outdoor gift guide

Universal Car Mount Phone Holder

This is a great gift for anyone who loves road trips and doesn’t already have GPS in their car! I don’t have Airplay in my car, so having my phone up helps a ton with navigating. Plus, it allows you to place or remove your phone with one hand.

Cotopaxi nido accessory bag for outdoor gift guide

Cotopaxi Nido Accesory Bag

I use this small bag for packing my toiletries! I have lots of small items – like my contacts, glasses, and small hair ties – and this bag keeps everything super organized!

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FOR THE WINTER LOVER

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Kahtoola Microspikes

If you know someone who loves hiking, these are a must for the winter season! I tried hiking without spikes during the winter one time and I slid the whole way down the mountain – never again hahaha.

cotopaxi wharf beanie for outdoor gift guide

Wharf Beanie

Beanies are my go-to for winter hiking or just spending time outside when it’s cold! This is a great option for someone who likes something simple.

zippo hand warmer for outdoor gift guide

Zippo 12-Hour Hand Warmer

This hand warmer runs on fuel and will produce heat for up to 12 hours! Because it’s reusable, it’s a great environmental-friendly gift.

outdoor research gaiters for outdoor gift guide

Outdoor Research Low Gaiters

Gaiters keep snow out of your boot, allowing your feet to stay dry. I use these low gaiters for my winter hikes in fresh snow, but there is a higher option that you can find here.

fleece gloves for outdoor gift guide

Cotopaxi Teca Fleece Gloves

Hands are the first to get cold, so gift this essential gift that will help your friends or family get outside this winter!

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GIFTS UNDER $25 & STOCKING STUFFERS

sunglasses for outdoor gift guide

Goodr Sunglasses

Personally, I’m not one for spending a ton on sunglasses. Goodr produces great quality without breaking the bank. They have some fun colors as well if you’re looking to stand out!

tote bag for outdoor gift guide

Urban Native Tote Bag

Gift a reusable tote bag! I bring my tote bag everywhere. You can use it as a shopping bag or you can pack what you need for a day of hammocking.

nalgene waterbottle for outdoor gift guide

Nalgene Water Bottle

I have like a million Nalgenes – I’m just a collector at this point. A fun stocking stuffer idea I’ve done is to get one of these and fill it with candy. Practical and fun!

camp mug for outdoor gift guide

REI Graphic Camp Mug

The perfect camp mug for keeping your drinks hot or cold while you’re lounging around the campsite!

waffle beanie for outdoor gift guide

REI Waffle Beanie

A casual beanie that’s great for everyday wear. A gift that can be worn on many outdoor adventures!

Cotopaxi toiletries kit for outdoor gift guide

Cotopaxi Del Dia Dopp Kit

A small bag for simple toiletries. If you know someone who is constantly jetting off on adventures, this will be a perfect gift to keep their small things organized!

emergency first aid book for outdoor gift guide

Pocket Guide to Emergency First Aid

A great pocket guide for the adventurer in your life. You can pair this with a first-aid kit too if you’d like!

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  1. Amazing list, very well curated might I say!!! Love my Del Dia Dop kit for just about everything, and Blundstones are on my list this year 🤞

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