Top 6 Gifts For Outdoor Beginners

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You love the outdoors, but there might be some folks on your holiday shopping list that don’t. Or at least, they think they don’t. That’s where you come in.

Loving the outdoors means sharing the outdoors. So, we’ve compiled a list of the best gifts you can give the outdoor-challenged person in your life. Eliminate some of their favorite excuses and objections and hopefully in return, you’ll earn yourself a new adventure buddy.

For the person who is scared of the dark:


You know better than anyone that some of the best riding is done after the sun sets. But as with any nighttime outdoor activity, safety is a chief consideration. Enter the ReCharger Bike Light by Bison Designs, a USB chargeable solution to give any moonlit bike ride a new glow. With both strobe and steady beam settings, you can count on up to 8 hours from a single charge, depending on which function you choose. The simple and intuitive design is attachable to handlebars or seat posts, illuminating the rider’s presence all night long.

For those who don’t believe it ‘til they see it:


Fitbit Charge HR

There’s a reason everyone and their mother has a Fitbit Charge HR on their wrists.

First, it just looks great. With the appearance of a high-fashion bracelet, the svelte style of the Charge HR wristband will glam up any morning workout, office day, or night out. But what’s more is the sheer scope of capabilities this little wristband possesses. Think GoPro, and how they manage to put so much function in such little hardware.

With the Fitbit Charge HR, tracking activities such as calories burned, distance traveled, and floors climbed is a cinch. In addition to telling time, the Fitbit will display incoming calls, monitor sleep length/quality, and boasts the PurePulse heart rate monitor. Yeah, the Fitbit has it like that.

And does it come it come in different colors? You better believe it.

For the person who loves to party… indoors:


Stanley Stainless-Steel Shot Glass Set

What’s said at the campfire stays at the campfire. Show your loved one that unwinding after a long workweek doesn’t need to be done indoors! The Stanley Stainless-Steel Shot Glass Set is handy and rugged shot glass set that will keep the good times pouring wherever the crew congregates: in the mountains, among the pines–or at the backyard firepit. Each of the four single-wall, stainless-steel cups holds 2 ounces and is rustproof and BPA free. Just add your favorite spirit (and some fresh air!). They store inside the included screw-top steel case.

For the eternally chilly:


The North Face ThermboBall Jacket

Outfit your loved ones for a no-excuses adventure. The North Face ThermoBall puffyhas what it takes. Gifting clothes isn’t always easy. Luckily, this jacket is designed with a timeless look that will easily fit into any wardrobe.

Boasting some serious versatility, the ThermoBall Jacket is ideal for layering and will keep your loved ones perfectly warm. The North Face makes their ThermoBall Jacket with a fully synthetic insulation that offers warmth equal to 600-fill-power goose down.

And since it’s not down, it insulates even when wet. Boom.

For the person who confuses right from left:


DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Messenger

We all know a person who could get lost in their own apartment. Of course, that person might be leery about going outside and potentially ending up somewhere unintentional, like off the map!

Consider the DeLorme inReach Explorer Satellite Messenger, a true workhorse of a handheld communicator. Equip a directionally challenged loved one with one of these and they’ll be hard pressed to lose their way. The built-in navigation is supported by 100% global Iridium satellite coverage.

What does that mean? Simply, it makes getting completely lost very difficult. Tracking routes, dropping waypoints, and sharing locations are all possible and simple with this intuitive communicator, making exploring the outdoors safer and more accessible. It can even send and receive text messages! It would be easier to list what this doesn’t do.

For the friend who carries too much stuff:


FlipBelt Running Belt

We get it. Holding and storing belongings during outdoor activities can be cumbersome. And for someone who’s not used to the solitude of nature, being without a phone can be a tall order! Cut with 4 individual pockets and a key hook, the FlipBelt Running Belt comfortably secures phones, cards and other essentials (snacks???), keeping hands free and tunes pumping on walks, rides, or runs.

For the person who is just starting out:

REI Gift Card

Part of loving the outdoors is sharing the outdoor love. Let us help make the introduction. Giving an REI Gift Card ensures that your loved one will get advice from the friendly REI experts in how to outfit themselves for a new outdoor lifestyle.

In your greeting card, write some ideas from this list, or even better, make a date out of it by including a suggestion: “Let’s go on an adventure together!”

Need a little more inspiration? See REI's full list of gift ideas

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