10 Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers for Any Budget (2022)

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What do you get for the person who’s always on the go exploring a new hike or camping in the mountains? While it can be tough finding gifts for outdoor lovers, you’ll want to think of items they may not have yet that can enhance their experience and make it easier outside.

I’ve been grateful to explore the outdoors more and more every year, which means I’m getting more into helpful outdoor gear. From hiking to camping, I’ve slowly started to add to my collection of essentials when it comes to outdoor gear.

Based on my experience, I’ve created this list of the best gifts for outdoor lovers. Whether you’re looking for adventure-themed gifts, gifts for hiking lovers, or general outdoor adventure gifts, this list will help you!

1. Lightweight Chair

lightweight chair best gifts for outdoor lovers

Having a lightweight chair has been amazing on all my outdoor adventures, so I highly recommend it for ideas when you need gifts for adventure lovers. I used to think I could just sit on the ground when I took breaks from hiking, but now that I’m into much longer hikes I see the value of this chair. You’ll get much-needed back support when you’re taking a rest so your muscles can fully relax.

This chair is also perfect for backpacking because you don’t want to bring any extra weight when you have to hike to your campsite. At only two pounds, you can easily strap this to the side of your backpack until you’re ready to use it.

Whether you’re hiking or camping, it’s one of the most practical gifts for outdoor enthusiasts, as they’ll use it over and over again (and one of my best tips for camping for beginners). There are three different colors to choose from.

2. AllTrails Subscription

AllTrails Pro Review map

When you have someone who loves to hike, you’ll want to make sure they have an AllTrails Pro subscription. This is one of the top things they can do to keep themselves safe out in the wilderness.

Here are a few benefits I love about it:

  • You can download offline maps to use when you don’t have service, which is on a majority of hikes I do. You’ll be able to see where you are on the trail when you’re hiking, and most importantly, the app will vibrate to let you know when you’ve gotten off the path.
  • There are map overlays for important alerts like weather, air quality, and even light pollution in the area that you’re hiking in.

I have a whole review on why AllTrails Pro is worth it, but this is perfect for the parent who wants to make sure their kid stays safe while hiking or the friend who doesn’t know what to get someone who has all the hiking gear (but no AllTrails subscription).

3. Waterproof Playing Cards

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These waterproof playing cards are such a genius idea that I wish I thought of them first! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been camping or adventuring near water or dusty conditions and wished I had something I could play without it getting dirty.

This cards can easily be cleaned, and it doesn’t matter how wet your hands are (or the ground around you). They’re simple but one of the most unique gifts for outdoor lovers.

4. Cork Travel Pushpin Globe

pushpin globe

Part of the fun of exploring the outdoors is telling people all your stories later. This cork pushpin map lets you mark all your outdoor adventures so you don’t forget where you’ve been. I like that this is both a decoration and an outdoor experience gift so you can remember all the experiences you had every time you look at the map.

This can lead to even more great stories, as you can talk about the world travels you had when you were younger to your kids and inspire them to travel the world in the future.

5. Homesick Candles

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While the most hardcore people will be outdoors no matter how rainy or windy it is, many will choose to take a break indoors. These Homesick candles are perfect for when you want to feel like you’re in the outdoors but can’t temporarily due to the weather.

These candles can remind you of certain places you wish you were:

They also have location-based candles if you wish you could smell what the city was like when you last visited.

While they may not smell exactly as you remember the experience or city smelling like, it’s a fun idea when you’re feeling homesick for that place. They’re also made from soy wax and burn up to 60 to 80 hours.

6. Cabin Getaway

Sky Haus
Photo credit: Airbnb

If you’re struggling to find some of the best gifts for outdoor lovers this holiday season, what about a weekend in a cabin? There are plenty of cabin getaways, and I even put together a list of Airbnb cabins in Washington State to check out.

Sometimes the people in your life don’t like receiving gifts, so experience gifts for outdoor lovers like this are better. You can pick a cabin by a hike they’ve been wanting to do, near the ocean, or deep in the forest if you just want a quiet weekend of bonding.

Once you book your getaway, make sure to have everything you need to enjoy your weekend:

  • Merino wool top – Stay warm whether you’re exploring inside or outside.
  • Puffy blanket – This is not only one of the warmest but the most compact blankets, as it rolls up very small.
  • Comfy snow boots – These are the perfect boots to throw on after you get out of bed and have coffee in your cabin.

7. LifeStraw Bottle

lifestraw bottle

I bought a LifeStraw bottle years ago to bring with me on all my travels to make sure I got enough water. While I still use it on trips, I’ve begun using it when I explore the outdoors around Washington too. You can fill up your water bottle from your closest water source, such as a nearby river, and the water is filtrated as you drink it through the straw.

The bottle removes 99.999% of all bacteria and you can drink up to 1,000 gallons before you need to replace the straw (but can keep the bottle). With a carabiner on the top, it’s easy to attach to your hiking backpack. I think this is one of the best gifts for outdoor lovers because you never have to worry about running out of drinkable water with this two-step filtration system.

You can also check out a whole post reviewing the best backpacking water filters.

8. Hiking Backpack

osprey backpack

Having a good backpack is key when you do any type of outdoor adventure. Over the years, I’ve purchased several by Osprey because I like the style and fit of them, and they come in fun colors. This Osprey Tempest 20 Pack is one of the most practical gifts for outdoorsy women, as they’ll be able to store everything they need here for a day hike.

If you’re backpacking or camping, you’ll want a larger pack to store all the items you need to bring with you. I would recommend the Osprey Kyte 46 Pack which is more than double the size and can fit plenty. This is what I brought with me on my last backpacking trip and I was able to put everything inside while strapping my tent to the outside of it.

Helpful tip – whichever backpack you get, you can usually go on YouTube and find videos showing some of the features the packs have that may not be obvious! I did that to research this post and didn’t realize what may look like a random strap or loop can have a very useful purpose.

9. Merino Wool

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As much as I hike each year, I only just discovered the benefits of merino wool during outdoor activities. Not only does it keep you warm during cold weather, but it dries quickly. Best of all, it doesn’t smell in case you decide to get a beer or food after your hike.

Merino wool is also the best thing to wear on multiple days of backpacking so you can minimize the clothing you need to bring. This makes it one of the best gifts for nature lovers.

There are a variety of high-quality brands to choose from, such as Woolx and Smartwool. While they’re starting to make more items with merino wool, these are my top recommendations to get when looking for the best gifts for outdoor lovers.

Having a top, bottom, and socks made out of merino wool will ensure your core stays warm, which is crucial when you’re outdoors.

10. Jetboil


This Jetboil is another new purchase I added to my hiking gear this year, and now I can’t imagine going without it. On my first backpacking trip, I was able to bring just this and cook breakfast, lunch, and coffee for the whole trip without the need for a stove. Within minutes you’ll have boiling hot water and be ready to make your meal, which is why it’s one of the best gifts for outdoor lovers.

You can even use this on a day hike, as I brought it with me this year on a summer hike in Washington where I wanted a warm meal at the top. You could also do this during Washington winter hikes where you might want hot chocolate during your break.

The Jetboil is compact so it won’t take up too much room in your backpack. You just need to bring a lighter and some matches and you’re good to go. The fuel canister is the only thing that will need to be replaced eventually, but they’re very affordable.

Stocking Stuffers

These outdoor gifts are perfect for stocking stuffers or if you’re on a budget when looking for gifts for hiking lovers, camping lovers, or cabin lovers.

Bizzy CBD

bizzy cbd

I’ve been using this Seattle CBD company all year when I need to chill out. With varying flavors and strengths, Bizzy CBD gummies are perfect to use when you want to relax after a long day of hiking. The women who run this company are so sweet and always happy to answer any questions you have about the product.

To make the deal even sweeter, use my code BIZZYMARISSAP to get 25% off your first order!

Mini flask


A mini flask is always one of the easiest gifts for outdoorsy people, as who doesn’t appreciate an eight-ounce flask that you can fit in your pocket? This makes celebrating a successful day outside easier or warms you up as you sit around the fire.

Mini hot sauce

hot sauce travel size

Backpacking food has a reputation for being bland, but these mini hot sauces completely change that. You can put varying levels of hot sauce on your chili, hot dog, and even eggs so you’ll always be able to mix up the taste of your meals. They take up virtually no space, so there’s no excuse not to bring these smart outdoor gift ideas.

Beverage insulator

rambler colster

Keep your drink extra cold (and stylish) with this adorable YETI rambler colster. This has double-wall vacuum insulation so you’ll keep your hands warm and dry when drinking your beverage. This was just too cute to not include on this list and is the perfect stocking stuffer when you need gift ideas for outdoor lovers.

Hopefully, this list of the best gifts for outdoor lovers gave you some helpful ideas! If there’s anything you would add to this list, let me know by sending me an email.

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