Christmas shopping is easy if you’re seeking a gift for a girl under five-years-old (hint: you can never go wrong with a baby doll). Otherwise, it’s hard. Does anyone feel me on this? I mean how do you pick something that won’t break the bank and that the receiver will actually enjoy? Do you take the easy way out and opt for a gift card, or do you try to make your gift a little more personal? Either way, getting someone a gift that they’ll actually like can be tricky. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of some the best gifts for outdoor enthusiasts — for all the tree-hugging, outdoor peeing, bushwhacking folk on your Christmas list. And since we know that you like some people on your Christmas list more than others, we’ve categorized the gifts for outdoor enthusiasts by price!
Best Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts Under $15
Things can get wild when you’re out on the trail, and an extra flashlight is always a good thing. With this small, three-ounce solar powered emergency flashlight, you can have light even in the darkest woods.
Crank the flashlight for six minutes for up to an hour of light. When the battery runs dry, allow it to replenish via solar power. The emergency flashlight has a built-in carabiner so that you can easily attach it to your backpack.
Sure you can use a match or a lighter, but starting a fire by hand feels more primitive and is just straight-up bad***.
For those outdoor enthusiasts in your life, hook them up with this compact fire starter. It includes a ferrocerium rod and metal striker. A lanyard with an emergency whistle integrated into the cord also comes with the fire starter. Unscrew the top for a small waterproof compartment, perfect for storing tinder.
It’s just a walk in the woods…until it’s not. Be prepared in the event of an emergency with this set of two survival bracelets.
Each bracelet is made from military-grade 550 parachute cord (that means it has been tried and tested to a minimum breaking point of 550 pounds). In case of an emergency, use the 12-foot paracord to make a trap or shelter. You can also use one of the finer seven inner strands as fishing line, tinder, or sewing string.
The bracelet is held together by a buckle with a built-in compass, fire starter, emergency blade, and whistle.
A best-selling water bottle for more than 20 years, you have to know it’s doing something right. The side of the bottle has both milliliter and ounce markings for easy measurement. It is durable and lightweight (seven ounces) and is suitable for both warm and cold beverages.
This bottle is made in the USA and is BPA-free. You can safely use it in the dishwasher — top rack only. There are too many design and color options to list, but we’re sure you’ll find something you like. Just keep in mind that the price varies as the designs vary.
Best Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts Under $30
This 544-page reference is the ultimate travel planner for all things national parks. With its full-color photos, detailed maps, practical information, and historical background, you’re bound to help your outdoor enthusiast find their next great adventure with this collection by National Geographic.
The book also includes monuments, battlefields, historic sites, scenic trails, recreation areas, and seashores.
Give your loved ones the gift of clean drinking water this holiday season. With the Lifestraw, users can drink water from practically any source without fear of contamination. Lifestraw removes 99.9% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns.
Weighing only two ounces, this makes a great stocking stuffer and can easily be tossed into your outdoor enthusiast’s bookbag while camping, hiking, or exploring.
Whether you spelunk, camp, hike, or run in the dark, this waterproof headlamp is a good bet. The headband features three lights and each can be controlled separately. The two side lamps can tilt up to 90 degrees, allowing you to illuminate what you need to see.
The batteries are rechargeable — connect the charger straight into the headlamp. If you use all three lamps, the headlamp can last up to three hours. When only two lamps are in use, you can expect up to five hours of use. It does take up to eight hours for a full charge, so plug in the night before use.
Lightweight and available in 26 colors, this parachute nylon hammock comes with everything you need for chilling in the woods (or your backyard or living room). It has a durable yet comfortable design and includes carabiners to attach at each end, two eight-foot ropes, and a stuff sack for storing your hammock.
The single-person hammock is nine feet long and four-and-a-half feet wide and weighs only 16 ounces. You can also get a double person hammock that measures ten feet by six-and-a-half feet and weighs 26 ounces.
Best Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts Under $50
The small and lightweight do-all bag feels at home on the summit of a mountain or a farmer’s market. The comfortable back panel with die-cut foam provides comfort and ventilation. An external hydration reservoir holds a hydration pack, which you can purchase separately. You can also stash a water bottle in each of the side mesh pockets.
The Osprey day pack has a large zippered compartment and a smaller zippered compartment with a mesh organizer. You can also attach it to other larger Osprey pack for longer trips.
Sleep comfortably with this four-person tent by Coleman. The tent measures 9 x 7 feet with a 4-foot 11-inch center height and can fit one queen-sized inflatable mattress.
Set up this baby in as little as ten minutes. Two large windows allow for improved air circulation and a comfortable night’s sleep. The tent includes a hooded rain fly so that you can keep the windows open, even during a downpour.
For added convenience, the tent has mesh storage compartments on the walls and a ring at the center of the tent for hanging lanterns. Choose from green or navy.
Best Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts Under $100
Ultra lightweight, each trekking pole weighs only 7.6 ounces. Collapsed, the poles are 24-inches long and can extend all the way to 54-inches. You can completely take apart the trekking pole and each piece is only 21 inches.
A small black stuff sack is included for storing your trekking poles. Hiker Hunger offers a one-year manufacturer warranty.
Cook your food out on the trail with this personal cooking system. It captures and focuses heat, allowing you to boil two cups of water in only two minutes.
Compact and lightweight, you can disassemble the Flash cooking system and store it in the the FluxRing cooking cup. The Flash gets its power from 100-gram canisters of Jetpower fuel, which are sold separately.
The Flash is available in a variety of designs and skins.