We all know a person who’s always in the know about the latest trends in outdoor tech and style. They’re fashion forward, technology literate, social media obsessed, and because of all that, very hard to shop for.
Outdoor trendsetters tend to be picky about what brands they’re wearing and how current their gear is. If they’re wearing it or using it, the gear must be well made and fit their aesthetic.
Luckily, we make it easy. Here are our top outdoor gift ideas for the trendy outdoor lovers in your life, sure to earn you some serious kudos and give them some excellent holiday social media fodder.
Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket
We get it: You don’t want to be the person who gave your nephew a Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket at the gift exchange.
But this is not just a blanket. Where others might see a simple wool throw, the trendsetter in your life will see a fashion statement and collectors’ item: a warm, rugged, and stylish blanket with all the quality and heritage one can expect from Pendleton.
It’s a blanket begging to be taken anywhere and everywhere with timeless versatility; they’ll use it as décor in a dorm room, throw it in the back of the truck, or cuddle up with it by the campfire. Don’t be surprised when you see this on their Instagram time and time again. Make sure they tag you!
evrgrn Crash Sack
An accepted duty of any trendsetter is boldly going where many have not dared, and from those choices, inspiring fashion fads.
For the hip camper in your life, the evrgrn Crash Sack may be the perfect tinder for their creative fire.
Simply, it’s a wearable sleeping bag. (Yes, you read that right.) Imagine a legit sleeping bag crossed with a perfectly warm and comfy puffy jacket, and you have the Crash Sack.
The wearable bag features armholes, a full hood, and interior pockets for a phone and other essentials that make lounging around camp extremely convenient. Other than whoever brings the s’mores ingredients, the person wearing one of these is sure to be the most popular cat at camp.
Available in three sizes and a variety of colors. Getting out of the tent for coffee just got a little easier!
Outdoor Tech Buckshot Portable Speaker
Staying in the know on the latest and greatest includes being hip to the best tunes. Help add a soundtrack to their next great adventure with this extremely handy and durable portable speaker. At only 3.5" long, this speaker takes up almost no space in a pack or purse and can fit comfortably in a pocket.
Shockproof? Definitely. Water-resistant? Absolutely. Bluetooth? You better believe it. The Outdoor Tech Buckshot Portable Speaker is begging to be taken somewhere new every day.
Included is a convenient handlebar mount and is available in black or electric blue.
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Illuminate a bulb in their head with a bulb on their head! The gift of a headlamp will inspire an outdoors lover in your life to dream up inspired adventures.
With the power of 200 lumens, the Spot will illuminate any late night hike or adventure . The red night-vision mode is easier on the eyes.
Is there a photography lover in your life? In your card, suggest they take the lamp out for some nighttime light painting. They’ll jump at the chance to try out this cool technique and share it with their friends on social media.
And it gets better. This Black Diamond Spot Headlamp comes in multiple colors! Pick their favorite.
Patagonia Better Sweater
Patagonia happens to be one of the coolest brands you might not know about. The hip allure of Patagonia sweaters dates back to the original Synchilla fleeces popularized in the early 80’s. Enter the Better Sweater.
It’s not only fun to say, it’s fun to wear. Made from a resilient knit face that resembles wool, this versatile polyestersweater boasts a plush fleece interior that feels cozy and warm. The raglan sleeves make the Better Sweater easy to work and play in, perfect from trail to diner or slope to cabin.
Fitbit Charge HR
An item that will be on everyone’s wish list this year is the Fitbit, a chic way to glam up your loved one’s fitness game.
It doesn’t take much to understand why this svelte wristband is flying onto wrists faster than they can stay on shelves. Just look: It’s a beautiful piece of hardware that doubles as a fashionable bracelet or watch, easy to fit into any style. And yes, it comes in multiple colors.
But as you can imagine, the Charge HR is much more than a wristband. In addition to monitoring heart rate activity, the Fitbit also tracks daily step counts, stairs climbed and calories burned, and even monitors sleep quality. They’ll be thanking you all the way until next December, at least!
GoPro Hero4 Session Camera
Outdoor trendsetters are supreme storytellers, documenting every worthy minute of their lives and often posting straight to social media to share with the world. Help the one in your life take their stories to new latitudes with the latest and greatest camera from GoPro.
The Hero4 Session camera is the smallest in GoPro’s line, 50% smaller than the most recent version, so it won’t take up much space in a pocket or purse. Still, no functionality has been sacrificed; in fact, it’s only been improved.
The Hero4 Session delivers stunning 1440p30, 1080p60, and 720p100 video, and 8-megapixel photos with a 10 fps burst mode, capturing every moment in gorgeous HD goodness. The QuikCapture feature enables one-touch power, allowing quicker capture of spontaneous wildlife or must-have life moments.
Make their memories last with a camera as adventurous as they are. And don’t forget the accessories!
REI Gift Card
Let’s face it: It’s rarely easy to pin down exactly what to get for someone with particular tastes, especially trendsetting ones.
Instead of pulling your hair out trying to figure what they do or don’t have, give them the power to shop their own style or their next big adventure with an REI Gift Card. Let them do the hard part, which for them will most likely be the fun part, because nothing gets a chic outdoors lover more giddy than new gear.
Need a little more inspiration? See REI's full list of gift ideas.