Absolute Best Gifts for Outdoors Lovers & Adventurers (for any budget!)
Wondering what gifts to buy the outdoor lovers and travelers in your life this year? I get it. It can be so hard to choose the right gift or gear.
But, that’s where I come in. I know these are the best gifts for outdoor lovers and travelers because I use and love all of them! Plus, all but one doesn’t require you to choose a size, making gift giving even easier.
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1 | Comfortable Socks
Here’s the thing, socks are a low risk guaranteed win as a gift for outdoor lovers and travelers. Whether they are exploring a new city on a walking tour or hiking long distance, comfortable socks are a must-have. Comfortable, stink-free, blister-free, breathable socks are hard to find.
There are only two brands I buy and I swear by them.
For warm weather, Wildly Good offers the most comfortable, lightweight Merino wool socks for hiking, exploring or any other adventure you have in mind. Also, get free shipping on orders in the US over $40. They also offer a 12 month warranty so wear them with confidence!
For cold weather, Smartwool has the warmest, coziest, and most comfortable Merino wool socks. I love the cushion in the Smartwool women’s hiking crew socks and the Merino wool wicks away moisture keeping my feet nice and dry.
Are they the cheapest socks? No. But, they are worth the investment. I would hands down rather have one pair of Wildly Good or Smartwool socks that I re-wear than several pairs of lower quality socks.
2 | Water Bottle or Travel Mug
What outdoor lover or adventure traveler doesn’t need a water bottle or travel mug? Show them you love them with Hydroflask, which comes with a lifetime warranty! Seriously, there’s no need for another water bottle or travel mug.
Why Hydroflask? It keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. There’s nothing like ice cold water at the summit of a long hike or a sip of hot coffee when you’re hours from home. Plus they come in loads of fun colors, leak-proof lid designs and sizes.
If you have an outdoor lover or traveler in your life that loves wine or cocktails, get them a wine or rocks tumbler. Both are perfect for warm summer nights on a patio or around a campfire!
Hydroflask’s Parks for All program donates to nonprofits that focus on building and maintaining parks as well as increasing access to green public spaces.
3 | Travel Blanket
Rumpl’s Nanoloft travel blanket is the gift that the outdoor lover and traveler in your life doesn’t even know they need. My cousin gave me a Rumpl blanket as a gift and it’s now my favorite piece of gear. I use it in place of a sleeping bag, to cozy up around a campfire, for late night star gazing, for picnics and more.
Rumpl products are made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic and are moisture resistant. Plus, they are super packable! I have the Nanoloft Everywhere blanket, which compresses down to smaller than a sleeping bag. They also offer a travel blanket which, get this, compresses down to the size of a Nalgene bottle! It literally fits in the water bottle pocket on a backpack, making it the perfect travel blanket for plane rides or road trips.
4 | Lightweight Water Purifier
Any outdoor lover or adventure traveler can use a lightweight water purification system. Does it sound sexy? No. Is it useful and life saving? Yes.
Water purification is one of the day hiking essentials, so it’s a basic piece of gear that any hiker can use. But, this isn’t just for hikers! Both of these water purification systems can be used when traveling anywhere that the water may not be entirely safe to drink.
My go to water purifier for both hiking and adventure travel is the Lifestraw (Amazon or REI). It’s compact, affordable, and easy to use. For avid hikers and adventurers, the Sawyer Mini (Amazon or REI) is an awesome product.
5 | Portable Wifi Device
Adventure travelers and outdoor lovers often find themselves off the grid and without a cell phone signal. In some ways, that can be liberating, but in others that can be a bit challenging. A portable wifi device allows someone to connect to wifi via a cell phone signal available in the area.
My favorite portable wifi device is Skyroam. I love that you can rent or purchase their devices. For my trips to Alaska and Finland, I rented a Skyroam device and paid $9 per day for unlimited global wifi on up to ten devices. This allowed me to easily navigate to trailheads and between remote cities using the local cell phone networks without costing a fortune.
6 | Adventure-inspired Subscription Box
Give the gift that keeps on giving with a subscription box! These make such great gifts for outdoor lovers and travelers because they offer a selection of products they may not have purchased otherwise. It’s fun and offers an element of surprise!
Some of my favorites include the Journee Box filled with sustainable and fair trade women’s travel products, the Battlbox filled with survival and outdoor gear, and the International Snack box filled with flavors from around the world.
7 | Comfy Pillow
As someone who has chronic neck pain, finding a comfortable travel pillow was nearly impossible until I tried the Trtl neck pillow. It’s soft fabric wraps around your neck like a scarf and inside is a frame that supports your head and neck comfortably. The fabric cover is machine washable.
The Sierra Design DriDown pillow is lightweight, packable and also has a machine washable and removable cover.
8 | Scratch Map
Make their adventures artwork with a scratch off map! Options include states, countries or even national parks visited. This is a fun way to decorate a space and keep their love for travel center stage in their home.
I have the world scratch off map linked above and love getting to scratch off a new country after each trip!
An alternative to scratch off maps is a park passport. The US National Parks have one where you can collect stamps and stickers at each park. Many state parks also have a similar program. Here’s more about the Minnesota State Park Passport Club!
9 | Succulents
Bring the outside in by gifting the nature lovers and travelers in your life plants to brighten their space. Succulents are a great option as they tend to be low maintenance and easy to care for.
This set of 5 succulents comes in a gift box for an added touch!
Pro Tip: Many succulent gift boxes come in standard two inch terracotta colored plastic pots. Personalize the gift by adding succulent pots to match their style!
10 | Amazon Prime Subscription
Still nervous about what gifts to give to the outdoor lovers and travelers in your life? Give them the gift that keeps on giving with an Amazon Prime subscription.
Honestly, I was skeptical about Amazon Prime before I joined it. I didn’t understand what all the hype was about, but I’m so glad I gave it a try.
Here are some of my favorite things about Amazon Prime:
- Free 1 and 2-day delivery on millions of items
- Amazon Prime Video with Amazon Original series (like the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and thousands of movies and tv shows
- Prime Member Deals at Whole Foods
- Amazon First Reads gets you a free book download every month from a selection of titles
Before I travel or go camping I download Amazon Prime Video and First Reads to my phone or laptop and I’m set for the entire trip!
11 | Healthy Food Delivery
One of the ultimate gifts for outdoor lovers and travelers is a food delivery service! They live busy lives and want healthy delicious food that doesn’t take forever to prepare. Two of my favorites are Freshly and Daily Harvest.
Freshly offers a variety of flavorful pre-made meals that are microwave ready. Easily sort meal options by dairy free, soy free, gluten free and more.
Daily Harvest offers mostly vegan and vegetarian smoothies, flatbreads, smoothie bowls, harvest bowls and even dairy free ice cream! All of their products are stored in the freezer so can be easily kept fresh for weeks. The chocolate blueberry smoothie is so delicious.
The best part is that for both Freshly and Daily Harvest they can skip a delivery easily any time.
Pro Tip: Most of the Freshly meals do well in the freezer if you want to make them last.
Other Gifts for Hikers & Adventurers
Looking for the best gifts for hikers in your life? Try an All Trails Pro subscription so they can navigate the trails with confidence. The Pro subscription allows them to download offline versions of trail maps that they can use without cell phone service.
Every hike should have these day hiking essentials! Any of them would make a great gift for a hiker or outdoor lover.
Lastly, solo adventurers know the struggle of trying to capture photos of themselves while exploring. A lightweight phone tripod is great gift idea for hikers or solo travelers!
Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers & Adventure Travelers
The hardest part about this list is trying not to buy all of these for yourself. Happy gift giving, adventurer!