Eight of the best gift ideas for outdoor lovers

As all the most passionate explorers, adventurers, and outdoor lovers will tell you, you can never have too much kit!

So when birthdays, anniversaries, or special events come around, outdoor gear will never be a bad gift choice. However, there is an awful lot of choice out there, and finding the right gifts for the explorer in your life can be tough! A few helpful suggestions can go a long way.

So whether your special outdoor lover is a fan of paddling down whitewater rapids in Colorado, hiking in the Pacific NorthWest, or just enjoying the freedom of the ocean waves by cruising from California, here are a few of the best gift ideas for those who love the great outdoors. 

1) A packable, microfiber towel

Rain and wet weather can really put a (literal) dampener on any adventure. That’s why always having a microfiber towel stowed away in your pack is a superb idea, so even if the heavens open, you can always dry off quickly afterwards.

And a towel isn’t just for emergencies! When you come across a beautiful creek that just cries out for a spot of wild swimming, a microfiber towel will help you carry on with your journey after, dry as a bone. 

2) A multi-tool

Time was that no self-respecting explorer would leave home without their Leatherman. This awesome multi-tool is still a great gift idea, but these days there are even more options to pick from. Devices like the VSSL Camp Supplies Mini combine things like fire starter kits, rope, razors, sewing kits, first aid kits, and even flashlights, in one small, portable package. 

3) A subscription box

There are loads of brilliant outdoorsy subscription boxes that the explorer in your life will love. Boxes like the Hiker Crate, the Wild Woman Box, and the Happy Glamper offer a regular supply of natural products, snacks, and useful items that will make every adventure easier and more delicious!

4) A new backpack

If you really want to splash out on a gift for that special, outdoor-loving someone, then get them a new, top-of-the-range technical backpack and watch them glow with excitement! You can always get a slightly better backpack than the one you have, but buying one for yourself can seem over the top, which is why they make the perfect gift. 

5) A lightweight rain jacket

Improvements in materials and technology have meant that true waterproofing can now be combined with ultra-lightweight materials, making it really easy to find a rainproof jacket that you can pack down to a staggeringly small size and stash with ease. This is a superb addition to any explorer’s kit, and will keep them dry and happy even on the wettest of days. 

6) A portable grill

Eating on a long hike or a multi-day adventure can be a slightly joyless affair, usually more about nutrition, energy, and sustenance than flavor. However, with an ultra-light portable grill you can change all that, and help them cook up a feast after a long day of exploring the great outdoors!

7) Binoculars

Binoculars are one of those things that can really add something to a hike, but that are often overlooked when packing your bag (unless you are a serious birder, that is). Grab a decent pair of binoculars for the outdoor lover in your life and add a whole new dimension to their adventures. 

8) Quality wool socks

You know what one of the worst things about exploring the great outdoors is? Wet, cold feet. Make them a thing of the past with a pair of gorgeously cozy, tick, warm merino wool socks. It is amazing how much of a difference such a small, simple piece of kit can make!

Bonus gift idea: Thoughtful accessories

When seeking the perfect gift for outdoor lovers, a personalized tumbler stands out as a thoughtful and practical choice. With its durability, insulation, and versatility, the tumbler becomes an essential companion for their outdoor adventures.