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The Best Gifts for Outdoorsy People


November 29, 2022

Wondering what to buy for the outdoor adventurer in your life? We’ve got you covered with some great gift ideas for outdoorsy people. (We’d also like to remind you that it’s absolutely OK to treat yo’self if you’re the outdoor kind, too!) 

The Ultimate Gifts for Outdoorsy People

Outdoorsy people always appreciate gadgets and gear that help them enjoy nature safely and comfortably.  Let’s look at some of the best gifts for nature lovers. 

Outdoorsy Gifts for Her


Women’s Mighty Lite™ Hooded Jacket | Columbia Sportswear

Long, slightly puffy, light, warm … what’s not to love about Columbia Sportswear’s Mighty Lite™ Hooded Jacket? Omni-Heat™ thermal reflective technology will keep her warm in a jacket that’s lightweight, stylish, water resistant, and perfect for outdoor adventures.

Best for: Anyone who wants to stay cozy while spending time outdoors.

Pendleton National Park Collection Blanket  | Backcountry

Pendleton is famous for its Glacier National Park blanket. (People use these blankets to keep warm when touring the park in iconic, open-top red buses.) But Pendleton also has patterns for other national parks, all made from high-quality, 100-percent virgin wool. 

Best for: Anyone who wants to represent their outdoor adventures in their indoor spaces.


Women’s PFG Tamiami™ II Long Sleeve Shirt | Columbia Sportswear

Women fish, too! And Columbia’s performance fishing gear line doesn’t leave women out. These shirts are designed with breathable UV protection because fishing means time in the sun. They also dry quickly. Bonus: Columbia offers plus sizes! 

Best for: Your fishing friend … or the woman in your life who’s a great catch!

Outdoorsy Gifts for Him

Whitespace Merino Thermal Base Layer (bottoms and tops) | Backcountry

Olympic icon Shaun White has developed a line of cold-weather sports products exclusively for Backcountry. His thermal base layer is made with warm merino wool, blended with nylon and spandex for extra flexibility. That allows you to move easily when snowboarding, skiing, hiking or fishing. In fact, if you are looking for a gift for a man who works outside, this could be perfect for him too. (They also sell women’s versions.) 

Best for: Guys who are active outdoors even when the cold sets in. 

thermal base layer

Storm Impasse Trail Jacket | Under Armour

Layers are the key to enjoying the outdoors. If you start hiking in the early morning dew, you need a layer you can take off when climbing the summit in the noonday sun. This trail jacket is water resistant but still breathable. It packs up small and even comes with mittens! 

Best for:  Anyone who doesn’t let rain dampen their enthusiasm for the outdoors. 

Barbour Winter Liddesdale Quilt Jacket | Backcountry

Outdoorsy people don’t always wear sportswear. Taking a walk in a city park, picking pumpkins at a U-pick farm, going bird watching – these are all fun activities for nature lovers that don’t require specialized sportswear. Barbour is a go-to brand for a classic outdoorsy look! Check out the timeless Liddesdale quilt jacket as one example. 

Best for: An outdoorsy man with a classic style.


Gifts for Hikers and Trail Riders


Hopper Flip 8 Soft Cooler | YETI

Yetis are the gold standard of the super-insulated cooler. When portability is required, YETI’s Hopper series of soft coolers have you covered! The Flip 8 is the smallest and most portable of the line.

Best for: Anyone who needs a portable solution for keeping their food cool while spending time outside.

Quest 2L Hydration Pack | Dick’s Sporting Goods

Hikers have to stay hydrated, but water is heavy to tote. That’s why hydration packs, which allow you to carry two liters on your back easily, are a must. The Hydration Pack  comes in great colors, too!

Best for:  People who enjoy long day hikes or hikes in dry, hot conditions.

hydration pack

Volta | GoPro

Picts or it didn’t happen, right? Lots of nature lovers use a GoPro camera to capture images of their favorite outdoor hikes and mountain bike rides. You can help your outdoorsy friend take their video and photos up a notch with the Volta accessory. It’s both a battery pack and a tripod that really helps with time-lapse videos.

Best for: The person on your gift list who fills your social feed with amazing GoPro shots. 

Gifts for Car Campers

Coleman OneSource LED Lantern | Bass Pro Shops

A lantern bathes a tent or table in a pleasing bubble of light that allows for shared meals, games, and conversation. This Coleman LED lantern can also charge your phone!

Best for:  People who enjoy reading or playing games at their campsite. 


Coleman RoadTrip X-Cursion Propane Grill | Dick’s Sporting Goods

Cooking during a camp trip is at least half the fun, and this portable grill hits the sweet spot. It is big enough to feel extravagant at the campground, but still easy to fit into your vehicle. 

Best for: People who like to take a mini-kitchen with them. 

Black Diamond Cosmo 300 Headlamp | Bass Pro Shops

When you’re putting up a tent in the dark, you need a hands-free light that’s always pointing in the direction you’re looking. This one also has a strobe mode in case you need to attract attention in an emergency.

Best for: Anyone who spends time outdoors in the dark. 


Gifts for Outdoorsy Couples

sleeping bag

Magellan Outdoors RedRock Double Sleeping Bag | Academy Sports + Outdoors

When it’s cold outside the tent, sharing a sleeping bag is a sure way to warm up. The sleeping bag is designed to fit two adults comfortably. It’s also rated for temperatures as low as 10 degrees. 

Best for: Couples who enjoy camping (and snuggling) together.

Alps Mountaineering Spirit Table| Backcountry

A table adds a bit of elegance and romance to a campsite. This collapsible table gives couples a nice way to set up a lantern, snacks, and even a card game. No more holding your food on your lap.

Best for: Couples who enjoy car camping and quiet evenings around a campfire. 


Gifts for Outdoorsy Parents


Hopper M20 soft Backpack Cooler | YETI

Every parent needs more hands! So this soft, backpack cooler is perfect for the family that needs the famous insulation power of a YETI but without the bulk. Whether they’re using it for an all-day beach excursion, or a more robust hike, they will appreciate being able to pack all the food the family needs and carry it with ease.

Best for: Anyone who enjoys eating with their family outdoors. (But to be honest, it could also work to carry beer to a bonfire. Just saying.) 

Quest 3 Legged Stool | Dick’s Sporting Goods

A lot of families cherish evenings spent around their campsite fire, telling ghost stories and making s’mores. But packing for those trips is notoriously hard on the parents. It takes a lot of room to pack all the gear for multiple people (and perhaps a dog as well). These three-legged stools are perfect because they provide seating, but pack down to almost nothing. 

Best for:  Parents with older kids who can comfortably manage the unusual chair. 

cast iron dutch oven

Outdoor Gourmet™ 14-inch Dutch Oven | Academy Sports + Outdoors

Families who cook outdoors have different needs – they want something durable and large enough to prepare meals for a group. A cast iron dutch oven is a great way to make a stew on the campfire for the whole family. 

Best for: Families who like to cook outdoors.

Adventure Medical Kits Family First Aid | Academy Sports + Outdoors

For adventurous families, a first aid kit is essential. This kit contains everything you need to manage common injuries and ailments that can happen when you’re spending time together in the great outdoors. 

Best for: a family that isn’t afraid to get into a few scrapes! 

medical kits

Discover More!

Selecting the right gift for an outdoorsy person is simple. Whether they enjoy a jog in a city park, a camping trip with the family, or a truly solo backcountry adventure, you can find gadgets that will help keep them safe and happy and save money at the same time with these great offers for members.