Wondering what to get the outdoor lover on your holiday gift list? The great thing about outdoorsy gifts is that you’re not just giving someone another knickknack, you’re giving them an experience and hopefully, something they can use over and over again. If you’re shopping for campers, hikers, or other outdoor enthusiasts this year, we’ve got you covered with Camperville’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Lovers.
Don’t overlook the little things. These small gifts are both practical and fun.
The Leschi Lantern from UCO is compact, water-resistant, and comes with a patented shockcord handle that makes it easy to attach wherever you need it most including guylines and tree branches. Its LED light runs on just 1 AA battery.
This classic multi-tool is a fun (and useful) gift for anyone who spends time outdoors. The army camper version from Victorinox includes: large blade, small blade, can opener, 3 mm screwdriver, bottle opener, 6 mm screwdriver, wire stripper, reamer/punch, sewing awl, corkscrew, wood saw, toothpick, tweezers, and key ring.
A portable campfire? Strange but true. This tiny tin contains recycled paper pulp and soy wax that will burn for 3-5 hours. Bring it to the campsite, the beach, or use it in the backyard. You can even roast marshmallows over it!
This handy reusable utensil is a fork at one end and a spoon at the other. Its durable construction and streamlined design makes it perfect for travelers, campers, and anyone else eating on the go.
Camp Cocktail Kit
These mini cocktail kits from The Cocktail Box Co. have (almost) everything you need for mixing up drinks for three. (Perfect for campfire happy hour or beachside bonfires.) Each kit comes with a bartender’s spoon and muddler, 3 cocktail picks, a cloth cocktail napkin, and drink-specific ingredients. Choose from gin & tonic, margarita, and Moscow mule. Alcohol not included.
For those who like their coffee in small, strong doses, this insulated doppio mug from GSI Outdoors is the perfect size. This double-walled mug holds 6.5 ounces of steaming espresso and comes with a plastic press-fit lid. Available in four colors.
Gifts for RVers and Vanlifers
Here’s what to get those who prefer life on the open road.
Give the gift of travel inspiration! 50 States, 5,000 Ideas is an impressive illustrated book from the experts at National Geographic. This state-by-state guide is packed with ideas for what to see and do across the country and is the perfect road trip companion for anyone exploring the country in their RV or camper van.Nesting Bowls
In most RVs, space is at a premium so give a gift that’s useful and won’t crowd anyone’s cargo space. This 11-piece plastic cookware set includes stackable mixing bowls and measuring cups that all conveniently fit together.
National Parks Pass
An annual pass to the national parks is a gift that will keep giving all year long. Better yet, pair it with our national parks printable so the gift recipient can keep track of their adventures.
When you’re relaxing at camp or in the RV, it’s nice to have comfy footwear. The Thermoball Traction Mules from The North Face combine the comfort of a slipper with the traction and durability of an outdoor shoe. (Find the men’s version here.)
Gifts for Hikers
Help a hiker on their next adventure with these gift ideas.
Trekking poles are worthwhile hiking accessories no matter a hiker’s experience level. These adjustable trekking poles from REI with ergonomic grips will help novice hikers find their footing and experienced hikers tackle tougher trails.
This multi-functional headwear from Buff has become a hiker favorite thanks to its versatility and wide range of styles and colors. This version is made from 100% Merino wool that’s both lightweight and moisture-wicking. It can be worn as a headband, beanie, hood, balaclava, and many more styles.Epic Hikes of the World
Inspire the hiker in your life with Lonely Planet’s Epic Hikes of the World. This beautiful book combines illustrations and photos to cover 50 incredible hikes in 30 countries.Mini Pack
Once known as “fanny packs,” mini packs worn at the waist have been making a comeback. This lumbar pack from The North Face is perfect for short hikes and is available in 8 colors.
Gifts for Campers
Camping requires a lot of gear. Here’s some your favorite camper will appreciate.
Cast Iron Skillet
There’s no better addition to a camper’s kitchen than a cast iron skillet. This classic cookware from Lodge can be used on the stove top or directly on a campfire. And the meal options are endless.Camper Cookbook
In The Field Guide: Eating Outdoors, the editors of Country Living share 100+ recipes and ideas for outdoor meals. With minimal utensils and easy clean-up, these ideas are perfect for campers, picnickers, and anyone wanting to eat al fresco.Campfire Candle
During the camping off-season, this candle can help recreate the scent and sounds of the campsite. This wood smoke scented candle from Woodwick not only smells like a campfire, it crackles like one too.Outdoor Blanket
The Rumpl blanket has been called the Cadillac of outdoor blankets and for good reason. It’s puffy and cozy yet packable, durable (it’s made from ripstop nylon), and machine washable. It’s also available in 12 colors.
Gifts for Little Adventurers
Here’s what to get the young outdoor lovers in your life.
REI is (finally) selling the tiny tents they’ve long used as miniature display models in their stores. These adorable tents look like the real thing but are the perfect size for your kiddo’s stuffed animals or dolls. (And apparently, some customers’ cats.)
Backyard Explorer’s Kit
For slightly older kids, this backyard explorer’s kit has everything they’ll need to turn your next hike or camping trip into an adventure. A protective carrying pouch includes: binoculars, compass with magnifier and ruler, flashlight, and a whistle with a built-in thermometer.
For little ones who aren’t quite ready for a real camping trip, this fun camping play set will help them get used to the idea. The set includes 45 pieces including a pop-up tent and toy gear like a flashlight, gas stove, and binoculars.Camp Chair
Get the kiddo in your life a camp chair that’s just for them. This portable quad chair from Coleman has a fun glow-in-the-dark design and can support up to 160 pounds.