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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- Absolute Best Gifts for Outdoors Lovers & Adventurers (for any budget!)
- 1 | Capital Cities Book (& Other Coffee Table Books)
- 2 | Travel Blanket
- 3 | Handmade Wool Beanie
- 4 | Outdoors or Travel-inspired Jewelry
- 5 | Lightweight Water Filter
- 6 | Portable Wifi Device
- 7 | Comfy Camp Slippers
- 8 | Lightweight Travel Tripod
- 9 | Sustainable Travel Towel
- 10 | Adventure-inspired Subscription Box
- 11 | Comfy Pillow
- 12 | Scratch Map
- 13 | Succulents
- 14 | AllTrails Pro Subscription
- 15 | National Parks Pass
- Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers & Adventure Travelers
1 | Capital Cities Book (& Other Coffee Table Books)
We all need inspiration for our next adventure, right? Get the adventurer in your life a coffee table book filled with inspiring images and stories!
I’m ecstatic to share that I am one of the authors published in this coffee table book about 118 capital cities around the world! Why capital cities? Well, because they are rich with history and culture but also often overlooked as more than just a brief stop on our journeys! The book contains over 450 color photos and short stories by myself and 60 other travel bloggers and photographers.
2 | Travel Blanket
A Rumpl blanket is the gift that the outdoor lover and traveler in your life doesn’t even know they need. My cousin gave me one 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.
Their blankets 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.
Get 25% off sitewide PLUS free shipping through 12/4!
3 | Handmade Wool Beanie
A cute and warm wool beanie hat is a must for cold weather adventures. Bonus if it’s handmade by a woman-owned small business in Minnesota! I have the light gray Peruvian wool hat with warm gray pom pom and love it. It’s super soft and warm!
Use code THISBIGWILDWORLD10 for 10% off through 12/31.
4 | Outdoors or Travel-inspired Jewelry
5 | Lightweight Water Filter
Any outdoor lover or adventure traveler can use a lightweight water filtration system. Does it sound sexy? No. Is it useful and life saving? Yes.
Water filtration and purification are among the day hiking essentials, so it’s a basic piece of gear that any outdoor lover can use. But, this isn’t just for outdoorsy people! Both of these water filtration systems can be used when traveling anywhere that the water may not be entirely safe to drink.
My go-to water filter 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. It’s what I use when backpacking the Superior Hiking Trail.
6 | 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 Solis (previously Skyroam). I love that they have global unlimited daily, monthly, and per gigabyte plans to choose from – and they now have 5G devices! For my trips to Alaska, Finland, and Argentina, I used a Solis 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.
Solis tends to have amazing Black Friday deals and sales that run throughout the year. The daypasses can be purchased anytime and activated later!
7 | Comfy Camp Slippers
Voited has a selection of blankets and camp slippers that are nothing short of cozy. I have a pair of the Soul Slippers and am obsessed with them. Not only are they soft and cozy on the inside, but they have rugged sole that is ideal for camping, cabins and other outdoor adventures.
The CloudTouch indoor-outdoor blanket also makes a great gift. It’s made from recycled plastic, is insulated and water-resistant. Plus it snaps closed into a sleeping bag, making it a versatile item to take on any road trip or adventure.
8 | Lightweight Travel Tripod
Photo or it didn’t happen, right? Travelers and adventurers want to capture the moment and a lightweight portable tripod can be a gamechanger! To take it to the next level, try a collapsible phone tripod with bluetooth remote (this is the one I use and love). This is an essential piece of gear I bring on every adventure.
9 | Sustainable Travel Towel
Whether for travel or the outdoors, every adventurer needs a lightweight, quick drying towel. Why not gift them a towel that’s also good for the planet and supports a small woman-owned company?
Lava Linens offers sustainably made alternatives to micro-fiber towels. Their towels are made of fiber from the flax plant grown with zero pesticides and no irrigation or GMO’s. Lava towels absorb up to 50% more water than comparable micro-fiber towels and are naturally antimicrobial and antibacterial!
Lava Linens offers free shipping in the US and lifetime repairs.
Get 15% off the entire site with code EARLY23 through 11/21!
10 | 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 a fun surprise to see what arrives each month!
11 | Comfy Pillow
Every outdoor lover and adventure traveler needs a comfortable pillow. For outdoor adventurers, try this synthetic down alternative pillow. For adventure travelers, my favorite is this pillow with awesome neck support.
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 down alternative pillow is lightweight, packable and also has a machine washable and removable cover.
12 | 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!
13 | 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!
14 | AllTrails Pro Subscription
Keep the adventurer in your life safe on the trail with an AllTrails Pro subscription. AllTrails Pros can download offline hiking trail maps to navigate without cell phone service plus keep friends and loved ones informed with the Lifeline feature.
I always carry a paper map for added confidence but knowing I have the offline AllTrails map eases my mind when I’m hiking solo. I can track my exact location on the map, which takes all of the guesswork away.
A 1-year subscription is just $35.99, which is well worth it for anyone who loves hiking or the outdoors!
15 | National Parks Pass
Did you know that REI sells the American the Beautiful Pass? So REI members earn points when they purchase one plus they donate 10% of pass proceeds to organizations committed to the outdoors! This pass gets you access to tons of federal recreation sites, including all of the US national parks for an entire year.
Another option is to gift someone a state parks pass (or whatever is comparable where you live) so they can access parks closer to their home throughout the year!
Pro Tip: Want something to store your National Park pamphlets in? Here you go!
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! Still looking for more gifts ideas for the adventurer in your life? Try these posts for inspiration!
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