The Best Outdoor Gifts for Less Than $50

A little goes a long way.

Updated November 4, 2021

18 reviews with an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars
A hiker cruises through Colorado public lands with the LuminAID PackLite Max Phone Charger Lantern.

While some people are gift-giving machines, effortlessly selecting the perfect products months before the holiday season begins, some of us need a little help. Fear not. Our favorite gifts under $50 are sure to impress everyone on your list.

Leatherman Squirt PS4 Multi-Tool

Leatherman Squirt PS4 Multi-tool

For the handy adventurer in your life, here’s a tiny-but-mighty multi-tool you can take virtually anywhere. The Leatherman Squirt PS4 has 10 tools, including pliers, scissors, screwdrivers, a file and a blade. They can use it to make quick repairs—or for fun, curing boredom by taking up whittling. At less than 2 ounces, they can clip the Squirt PS4 to their keys or slip it in their pocket. $39.95

 

Outside Inside Basecamp Chess/Checkers

Outside Inside Basecamp Chess & Checkers

This Outside Inside chess and checkers set made for indoor and outdoor adventures keeps boredom at bay during camp downtime. With its small carry bag and magnetic board and pieces, they won’t have to worry about transporting this set or restarting play if the board gets knocked. But make sure you’re confident in your chess and checkers skills because this gift might mean that a challenge is coming your way! $20.95

 

Black Diamond Spot 350 Headlamp

Black Diamond Spot 350 headlamp

Help them kick their fear of the dark with this headlamp, an REI Editors’ Choice Award winner for its sleek design and a variety of brightness modes. Not only does it offer an extraordinarily long battery life, the waterproof Black Diamond Spot 350 can also be used to illuminate their adventures in the rain. And for your fashionable friends, match this product to one of their favorite outfits by picking from six different colors. $39.95

 

REI Co-op Roadtripper Duffel

REI Co-op Roadtripper Duffel

With 40 liters of space for clothes, gear or take-home souvenirs, the REI Co-op Roadtripper Duffel is the perfect getaway bag for a weekend trip or a weeklong escape. Made of recycled polyester, this carry-on is abrasion and water resistant, so it can hold its own on a rugged adventure. And when you give it to your loved one, you can wrap the duffel up in its included packing cube or use the bag as gift wrap for other items on this list. $44.95

 

AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press

AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press

 

The only thing better than waking up at camp is having a hot mug of coffee ready before you hit the trail. Luckily, the AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press makes hot coffee in minutes, so your gift recipient will enjoy both quick coffee and caffeine control. This REI Editors’ Choice Award winner also comes with a mug that neatly doubles as the system’s packing container. $31.95

 

TRX Weighted Jump Rope

TRX Weighted Jump Rope

Give the gift of cardio and strength to your favorite fitness buddy. This TRX Weighted Jump Rope could be the perfect piece of gear to break up their boring workout routine. The vinyl-coated cable can be adjusted for various lengths and each handle weighs 9 ounces to target their arms while they jump. The best part? They can take it with them, so they can exercise in the world’s biggest gym—the outdoors. $34.95.

 

NEMO Switchback Sleeping Pad

Nemo Switchback Sleeping Pad

Whoever says comfort can’t come from closed-cell design hasn’t tried this sleeping pad from NEMO. Thanks to its hexagonal nesting pattern, this pad also packs down smaller than other closed-cell foam pads. And with an abrasion-resistant foam and thermal reflective film, the Switchback Sleeping Pad will stick it out through hardy trips and cold nights. Pro tip: They can fold it smaller for a cushy sitting pad or bed for their pup. $39.95 (short) / $49.95 (regular)

 

REI Co-op Flash 18

REI Co-op Flash 18

With several detachable components that can save weight, including a back panel that doubles as a sitting pad, this pack from the REI Co-op is perfect for day hikes when lightweight storage is key. Top rated by customer reviewers, one purchaser says, “My teenage son, who is very hard to please, was beyond thrilled with this gift … His dad even went back and got himself one.” $39.95

 

Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear

Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear

Is it a headband? A helmet liner? Face and neck protection? Yes—all of the above! Made of recycled materials and offering UPF 50 sun protection, the Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear has a large following of fans who love the product because, as one customer review put it, “it’s fashionable, functional, comfortable, easy to wash and dry.”  Pick one up for a friend or relative who loves to spend time outside. $20–$24

 

Smartwool Performance Hike Light Cushion Crew Socks (Women’s & Men’s)

Smartwool Performance Hike Light Cushion Crew Socks

Every hiker needs a pair of Smartwool socks. That’s it. This pair has “no noticeable hot spots, good breathability and moisture wicking," raved one customer reviewer, adding' that that the cushioning "helps protect your feet when walking long miles.” This sock is all about durability, breathability and sustainability. Smartwool uses recycled materials and is ZQ-certified. Maybe you should gift yourself a pair of these, too. $23

 

Alpine Provision Castile Body Wash Set

Alpine Provision Castile Body Wash Set

This gentle trio of body washes from Alpine Provisions combines olive and coconut oils—great for anyone looking to get clean on the trail. The set contains three soaps that are gentle on your skin, hair—and Earth, thanks to natural ingredients and plastic-free packaging. $24.

 

MSR Pocket Rocket 2

MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove

Know someone who needs a camping stove that will boil water in a flash? Look no further than the MSR Pocket Rocket. Beginner backpackers and outdoor experts alike rave about its fuss-free design and low weight (just 2.6 ounces). Using this stove is easy: Attach a fuel canister (not included), light the burner and wait 3 1/2 minutes for your water to boil. $44.95

 

Nite Ize Ahhh Bottle Opener

Nite Ize Ahhh Bottle Opener

A bottle opener that doubles as a carabiner? Talk about putting the fun in functionality. This stainless steel bottle opener from Nite Ize is so sturdy, it has lasted some customers more than 5 years, as said in reviews. Your recipient can clip it to their keys, pack or belt loop for easy use (but not to their climbing harness because it's not that kind of carabiner). Throw in their favorite beverage and they'll have a perfect combo! $6

 

Hydro Flask Standard-Mouth Water Bottle with Flex Cap – 24 fl. oz.

Hydro Flask Standard-Mouth Water Bottle with Flex Cap

By now we hope everyone on your list shirks single-use plastic, so this Hydro Flask bottle should be a hit for all. It up-levels standard reusable vessels with double-wall vacuum insulation that will keep bevvies hot or cold for hours, plus it has a supersized mouth for easy fill. We also appreciate the slim build that fits in most cup holders and, of course, the plethora of flavorful colors. $34.95

 

REI Co-op Farlands Scarf

REI Co-op Farlands Scarf

This scarf from REI Co-op may be the closest you can get to actually hugging your giftee this year. The wool blend is cozy and warm without any scratchiness, which adds up to a most snuggly hug in scarf form. And at 6 feet long, there’s plenty of squeeze to go around. $39.95

 

Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion Hiking Socks (Women’s & Men’s)

Darn Tough Micro Crew Cushion Hiking Socks

You know you’ve hit adulthood when socks actually make the top of your wish list. And with these, you won’t have to add them year after year. Darn Tough socks live up to their name with an unconditional lifetime guarantee and a reputation for accompanying thru-hikers from Mexico to Canada. These ones use a merino, nylon and elastane blend for Goldilocks-like comfort, moisture management and durability. $23

 

YETI Rambler Tumbler with MagSlider Lid – 20 fl. oz.

YETI Rambler Tumbler MagSlider Lid

Some might say you’d be unoriginal for choosing a gift based on its number of five-star ratings. We know of at least 23,000 people who’d disagree. One of the highest-rated products on REI.com, this 20 oz. YETI tumbler features double-wall vacuum insulation that keeps hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold to the last sip. A large mouth lets you dump in ice cubes aplenty on scorching summer days (or fill straight from the source), and its BPA-free stainless steel doesn’t retain flavors from last week’s rum and Coke. Will your giftee be the next five-star reviewer? $29.98

 

Alpine Provisions Hand Sanitizer Bundle

Alpine Provisions Hand Sanitizer Bundle

Putting the kibosh on cooties is a good idea in 2020 and beyond. This hand sani from Alpine Provisions blends soothing cedar and sandalwood essential oils and organic aloe vera for high-desert vibes with a natural alcohol for its antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Need another reason to feel good? Alpine Provisions donates 5 percent of sales to support the Colorado Outward Bound School Scholarship. $22

 

Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack

Patagonia Ultralight Black Hole Mini Hip Pack

“I never thought I’d fall in love with a fanny pack, but it happened,” writes REI customer Hollybee. Give the gift of love this season. When the Patagonia Black Hole Mini Hip Pack isn’t in use, it packs into its own pocket. When it is, the hip pack fits oodles into its lightweight, yet durable pouch (one person on our staff uses it like a purse, while another stuffs it with pick-up bags and treats for her dog’s morning constitutional). There’s no wrong way to use a hip pack—love is love. $29

 

Nomadix National Parks All-Purpose Towel

Nomadix National Parks All-Purpose Towel

Part hot-yoga sweat catcher, part sarong-ready beach towel, part national-park study guide—what can’t this Nomadix do? Its recycled fabric is quick-drying, slip-resistant and absorbent, making it ready for anything. So, if your master plan is to help your loved ones do more with less, you can’t go wrong with this gift. $39.95

 

Paddywax Parks Candle

Paddywax Parks Candle

Sadly, we can’t always be seaside, listening to the soothing splash of waves against the shore. We can, however, light a Paddywax candle, close our eyes and let that memory wash over us. The crackling wooden wick instantly transports any enjoyer to a beachside bonfire, sand between their toes. Even better? A portion of all sales benefit the National Parks Foundation, to protect the places we hold near and dear. $35

 

Turtle Fur Shay Headband

Turtle Fur Shay Headband

We didn’t know that turtles had fur, but now that we do, we can’t get enough. This headband from Turtle Fur is made with a stylish chunky knit and lined with snuggle-worthy fleece. Set your chill-prone friend up with cozy headgear that’ll turn heads. $18

 

Lodge Mini Cast Iron Skillet – 3.5 in.

Lodge Mini Cast Iron Skillet

“Just the right size to bake a deep dish chocolate chip cookie for two after dinner or melt butter for popcorn,” writes REI customer Erasmus. (Take a second to wipe up the drool before we move on.) Built brutally tough for a lifetime of unparalleled, even heat retention, this miniature skillet from Lodge is just as great as its more standard-size brethren, but a bit more portable. And cuter. $7.25

 

LuminAID PackLite Max Phone Charger Lantern

LuminAID PackLite Max Phone Charger Lantern

Turn any campsite into an Instagram-worthy set with this lantern from LuminAID. It charges via solar or USB, then spits out up to 150 lumens and five brightness settings. You can also use it to juice up your other gadgets. Even if your loved one isn’t a digital influencer or device enthusiast, the PackLite Max is a no-brainer for any first-aid kit, car emergency supply pack or bug-out bag. $49.95

 

United By Blue Meal Kit

United By Blue Meal Kit

Upgrade your pal’s culinary possibilities with the closest thing to fine china we could find fit for the backcountry. This camp kit includes two stainless-steel bowls, two tumblers and two sporks. If the person you gift it to doesn’t take you along to enjoy the inaugural dinner for two, it might be time to upgrade your friend. An added bonus: United By Blue removes a pound of trash from our waterways for every product sold. $38

 

Everest Designs Lama Fur Hat

Everest Designs Lama Fur Hat

Turns out we lose 10 percent of our body heat through our heads. Help your loved one combat noggin heat loss with this cozy topper. Made with wool from New Zealand sheep, it’s the snuggliest. Nepali women hand dye and knit these hats in a Fair Trade Certified factory, part of Everest Designs’ mission: A Sherpa and an American founded the company to connect the artisans of Nepal with consumers in America. That’s a win-win. $39.95

 

BioLite HeadLamp 330

BioLite HeadLamp 330

Hello, sunshine! This beauty slips under the $50 mark with a nickel to spare. Any friend would be lucky to receive this 330-lumen BioLite lamp, but runners will especially appreciate it. Its slim housing is balanced by a small battery pack, which sits jostle-free at the back of the head, and it’s a scant 2.4 ounces. It also comes in a handful of fun colors. $59.95

 

MPOWERD Luci Solar String Lights

MPOWERD Luci Solar String Lights

Add a twinkle to your pal’s backyard or backcountry adventure with this string light from MPOWERD. Ten LED nodes decorate the 18-foot-long cord, which you can charge via USB or the sun. What’s even cooler: Your giftee can use that same port to power up their mobile devices while enjoying the dreamy glow. An easy-to-parse LED indicator shows when it’s time to plug back in, so your friend is never caught in the dark. $44.95

 

Stories Behind the Images: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography

Stories Behind the Images: Lessons from a Life in Adventure Photography

Whether you’re shopping for a shutterbug, a thrill chaser or a coffee-table book collector, rest assured your buddy will love this just-released beauty from Corey Rich, Nikon ambassador and official photographer of the historic Dawn Wall ascent. For more than two decades, Rich has captured iconic shots of adventure superstars, and now he spills the technical and personal details on 56 of his favorite photos. $29.95

 

Rinse Bath & Body Essential Oil Roll-Ons

Rinse Bath & Body Essential Oil Roll-Ons

Aromatherapy has been used for wellbeing for centuries, why stop now? This four-pack from Rinse Bath & Body includes roll-on bottles of eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint and tea tree essential oils. Tell the adventurer you gift it to to apply to their temples, forehead, neck, feet or even the tip of their nose. (This one is also popular; find it in your local REI or stick around for it to be restocked online soon.) $42.95

 

FinalStraw 2.0 Stainless Steel Straw

FinalStraw 2.0 Stainless Steel Straw

Clever name, clever design. This reusable, stainless-steel sipper from FinalStraw can take on hot and cold bevvies, is dishwasher safe and even comes with its own cleaning brush. It folds neatly into an included case about the size of a pack of floss. The 2.0 Stainless Steel Straw can withstand up to 16 years of daily use—which will help all the eco-conscious folks in your life eliminate plastic straws while still sipping pretty on iced coffee or campfire cocktails. (Pst, the color names are marvelous, too.) $19.95

 

YETI Rambler Mug

YETI Rambler Mug

YETI’s vacuum-insulated mug will keep your friend’s joe hot for up to six hours, making it as appropriate for morning commutes and alpine starts as evening camp warmers. It comes with a removable sipping lid and is dishwasher-safe, too. And most importantly, at 14 ounces, it fits enough coffee to actually make a dent in drowsiness. $24.98

 

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