Sometimes, the most adventurous people in our lives can be the trickiest to shop for come holiday season. Maybe they spend all weekend in the mountains and all week dreaming about them, can start a roaring campfire in any weather or even build an Adirondack chair out of skis. So what do you get for the person in your life who only wants adventure? Fear not! We’re here to help.
From a camera that can record every exciting minute of their weekend to backcountry-inspired home accents, we’ve compiled a list of top picks for the outdoor enthusiast on your list. Skip the gift card this year and give them something that captures their adventurous spirit (or can accompany them on their next expedition). Read on to discover the best outdoor gifts of 2018.
Gear capacity: 18 liters
From a quick day hike to an overnight flight, the REI Co-op Flash 18 Pack is the perfect size for holding your giftee's adventure must-haves. Hydration compatible for lengthy treks yet lightweight enough for no-fuss travel, it’s a versatile addition to anyone’s gear closet. Eighteen liters of space easily stores the Ten Essentials, an extra set of layers, a book and some snacks.
With the Good & Well Supply Co. National Park Candle, the scents of the backcountry don’t feel so far away. Give your favorite outdoor explorer the gift of forest air or a fresh sea breeze anytime, anywhere with the strike of a match. These all-natural soy candles feature scents inspired by our beautiful public lands to invoke memories of their last trip—or inspire their next one.
The Shwood Eyewear Canby Sunglasses feature a wooden construction that adds a forest-inspired twist to everyday shades. Beyond wilderness-ready looks, they offer 100 percent UVA/UVB protection and crystal-clear, scratch-resistant lenses for durable protection on and off the trail.
Staying hydrated is a must from the city to the backcountry. Help your outdoorsy pal keep the H2O flowing with this fox-adorned Nalgene. Its loop-top design ensures they’ll never lose the lid, and its durable, lightweight construction is a welcome addition to any workday backpack or hiking pack.
New feature: Intuitive controls and built-in stabilization
Help them relive their greatest adventures with one of the newest additions to the GoPro lineup, the HERO7 White Camera. Its tiny, fully waterproof design requires no housing and is easy to throw in any pack while its intuitive, smartphone-inspired user experience is easy to learn—and master. Plus, its automatic video stabilization serves up smoother videos than the prior models.
The big difference: Infinite customization possibilities along with a coordinated app
This waterproof, USB-rechargeable/solar-powered lantern takes camp lighting up a notch, thanks to Bluetooth connectivity and endless ways to customize your light. With the help of the Luci Connect app, it offers both preset moods and timers as well as DIY options, from a northern lights-inspired glow to upbeat, pulsating hues. Help someone on your list brighten up their backyard or illuminate their campsite with the collapsible and durable Luci Connect lantern. (Phone is shown for size and is not included.)
Help them enjoy a glass of wine in the wild with a set of the 10 fl. oz. YETI Rambler wine tumblers—vacuum-insulated cups that keep every sip as chilled as the last, from the city to the campsite. These durable tumblers are made to withstand even the most unpredictable adventures, and they make it easy to toast the holidays together. Plus, they come in a package of two!
Best for: Keeping your personal space bug-free
Backyard campouts, hammock naps and summer evening hangouts are a lot better sans bug bites. With the help of a scentless, smoke-free and mess-free repellent, the Thermacell Patio Shield creates a 15-foot mosquito protection zone. If someone on your list loves to entertain outside, the Patio Shield will help keep them (and their guests) itch-free, so they can enjoy time outdoors even more.
Gift some soft comfort to the outdoorsperson in your life with this rugged yet wonderfully warm blanket. Designed to be tough enough for the campsite but cozy enough for the couch, the Yakima Camp blanket adds log-cabin flair that looks right at home draped over a bed or spread over sleeping bags. Its wool and cotton blend is soft and warm—and its durable construction is ready for adventure.
Fits: 2 people, or 1 with plenty of elbow room
A lightweight, 3-season tent for two, the Passage 2 makes a great gift for any backpacking enthusiast or car camper. Two doors provide hassle-free entry and exit while multiple storage pockets keep gear organized and easy to access. Want to go all-out with your gift? Pair this tent with an invite for a weekend camping getaway to make their holiday even more special.
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