2018’s Best Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers

10 must-haves for their next outdoor mission

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.

REI Co-op Flash 18 Pack


REI Co-op Flash 18 Packs

MSRP: $39.95

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.

Good & Well Supply Co. National Park Candle


Good & Well Supply Co. National Park Candle

MSRP $36

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.

Shwood Eyewear Canby Sunglasses

Shwood Eyewear Canby Sunglasses

MSRP: $149

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.

REI Co-op Nalgene Fox Wide-Mouth Water Bottle


 REI Co-op Nalgene Fox Wide-Mouth Water Bottle - 32 fl. oz.

MSRP: 10.95

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.

GoPro HERO7 White Camera


GoPro HERO7 White Camera


MSRP: $200

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. 

MPOWERD Luci Connect Lantern

MPOWERD Luci Connect Lantern

MSRP: $49.95

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.)

YETI Rambler Wine Tumblers


YETI Rambler Wine Tumbler - 10 fl. oz. - Package of 2

MSRP: $50

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!

Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller

Thermacell Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller

MSRP: $24.95

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.

Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket


Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket

MSRP: $139

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.

REI Co-op Passage 2 Tent


REI Co-op Passage 2 Tent

MSRP: $159

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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