Shopping for the nature lover in your life? You've come to the right spot. The holidays are the perfect time to get the campers you know something special for their big camping trip (or paddle, or weekend trek). From cozy apparel and trail-ready footwear, to camping gear and quality cookware, there's a nature-inspired gift for everybody on this list.
Keep reading to shop the best gifts for campers, paddlers, snow bunnies, and everyone else in your life who just loves spending time outside.
Best gift ideas for campers
We all have that friend who forgets their snacks. Or their sunscreen. Or [insert forgotten item here]. That friends needs this pack from Caraa, designed to hold all of the things right at their waist. It has just about as many pockets as you can think of, so there’s no excuses for forgetting whatever it is they could possibly leave behind.
Every outdoor-lover needs a good, down puffer, and this jacket is just that. It’s filled with sustainably sourced 800-fill down, so it’s lightweight and packable, but still warm and cozy. All in all, it’s a solid 4-season jacket that’s a no-brainer for bringing on camping trips.
Perfect for padding around the fire when the sun goes down, the Teva ReEmber Moc is the quintessential camp shoe. It features a 100-percent recycled polyester ripstop upper and a slip-resistant outsole that makes them just as durable as they are comfortable. Melted marshmallows, spilt cocoa, and ash are no match for these campfire cozies.
Try to find a softer blanket than the ChappyWrap, I dare you. This plush blanket is the definition of snug, guaranteed to keep you cozy long after the campfire goes out. It’s large enough for cocooning in (but there are bigger versions, too)—plus it’s machine-washable, so if it gets a little dirty out at camp, chuck it in the wash until the next time.
Camping gifts for men
Yeti’s new and improved Camino makes for the perfect “man-tote,” if you will (no matter how you identify, you can wear whatever you want, just FYI!). It’s made from extra-tough, waterproof materials that gear that’s packed on the inside. It’s loaded with space and pockets, plus it features two sets of handles, so when you have a ton to lug around, you can use the crossbars for extra support.
Remember what I said about puffers—everyone should have a good one. This new model from Tentree fits the bill, not to mention, it’s about as eco-friendly as you can get. Between the fill (recycled polyester) the outer (made from recycled water bottles) and the 10 trees that get planter with every purchase, it’s an ideal gift for a nature lover in need of a warm jacket.
Similar to the puffer, you can’t go wrong with a cozy fleece. This versatile jacket from Howler Brothers is equal parts casual but adventurous, ready to “heed the call,” as the brand’s tagline suggests. Hiking, camping, fishing, flipping through a Nat Geo magazine—this looks (and feels) good doing it all.
These camp-ready shoes look great on or off the trail. The Larimer Mid WP is a boot-sneaker hybrid, crafted with all the ruggedness and water-resistance of a boot, but with the cloud-like weight of a sneaker. Available in black, tan, or a denim blue.
Gifts for hardcore adventurers
For backcountry trekkers and extreme adventurers, you can’t go wrong with a GoPro. The new Hero20 is the most powerful GoPro yet, able to shoot 5.3k video with double the frame rate. As always, it’s waterproof and ridiculously durable. Plus, the new model comes with a stabilization feature, so video stays smooth and steady regardless of where it’s shot.
On the trail (or up a mountain, or offshore) the right backpack makes all the difference. Give your favorite adventure seeker a pack that’s sure to hold up, like the Mammut Lithium Pro. Besides being spacious and lightweight, it’s feature-friendly, designed with the outdoors in mind, including back ventilation, trekking pole holders, and hydration system compatibility.
Give the gift that keeps on giving: happy, healthy feet. This pack of compression socks is designed to reduce swelling and soreness during long days up and down the trail. They’re moisture-wicking, high-rise, and super cute to boot.
For sustainable performance apparel, Houdini has got you covered. The brand is a leader in eco-friendly innovation, and its high-quality products prove it. The Mono Air hoodie is designed from 80 percent plastic waste, making it shed waaay less than traditional fleece while improving insulation. Seriously—this jacket is legit.
Have those friends and family members who love going off the grid? This satellite messenger was made for them. From Garmin, this satellite communicator fits in the palm of your hand, but can save lives. Using satellite technology, users can call for help with a click of a button from anywhere in the world, not to mention allow them to stay in touch with loved ones and share their location where service doesn’t reach.
Gifts for campers who love the water
SealLine makes premium dry storage you can count on with every use. This 30L bag is spacious enough to store all the things, while the waterproof exterior and roll-down top keep water out. Whether it’s being taken to a lakeside retreat or embarking on a whitewater rafting journey, it’s sure to stay dry inside.
If you have friends who frequent the water, get them this coozie. There’s a suction cup on the bottom that sticks (and stays) on whatever surface it’s stuck too. Boat dashboards, paddle boards, cooler lids—it sticks to everything and doesn’t move, so drinks won’t spill.
Nocs prove binoculars don’t have to be boring. These waterproof binoculars come in a variety of fun colors that look good on and off the water. Since they’re submersible and fogproof, they’re perfect for fishermen, kayakers, paddlers—really anyone who needs a good pair of ‘nocs.
While dry-bags are great, the only complaint is that most don’t let you see what’s inside them. For waterproof storage that doesn’t compromise visibility, treat your gift-ees to Stasher bags ($22 each). Made from dishwasher-safe silicone, they’re technically for food storage, but they hold anything you can imagine while staying airtight. And these ones in particular stand up straight if you want them to.
For the campers who travel by boat, get them a pair of Xtratuf deck boots. The brand is a legacy in the water world, thanks to its premium non-slip deck boots that don’t skimp on quality. They come in an array of styles and colors, so there’s bound to be something giftable for every water-bug on your list.
For campers who don't mind the snow
Know a winter hiker who won’t stop at anything to get on the trail? Give them a pair of Cat Tracks. They slip onto the sole of shoes to add traction while protecting the sole from wear and tear. They also fold to fit neatly in pockets and under snow cuffs, perfect for packing on a hiking trip when things might get icy.
Every winter camper needs a good, insulated sleeping mat, and Sea To Summit has just the one. The Ether Light XT is super thick and warm, inflating to 4-inches of comfort. Despite its warmth, it’s featherlight, designed for compact travel out in the backcountry when it’s rolled up.
Few things in life are more uncomfortable than cold, frozen toes. That’s why these socks landed on this list—they’re cold-toe-proof, keeping feet warm and cozy when the snow starts to fall. Slip them on under your snow gear for all-day comfort in the backcountry.
Another winter camping must. The Hyperion 20-degree sleeping bag is packed with 900-fill hydrophobic down that packs light and compact without compromising warmth. Recipients can hunker down and rest easy knowing that the sleeping bag will keep heat in and cold drafts out.
Gifts for the camp chef
All the quality of a premium chef’s knife, just in a foldable, travel-safe form. The blade is made from German alloy stainless steel that’ll cut seamlessly through meat, fish, cheese, and more. It locks when you fold it down, made for safe transport from camp to camp.
Best camping gifts for dad
These slipper boots make for seriously happy feet. They’re crafted from a soft, wool blend that’s thermoregulating, so feet stay warm without getting sweaty. On the bottom is a grippy rubber outsole that’s a game-changer for total traction, at camp or at home.
Dad will stay snuggly using this blanket outdoors or in. Unlike Rumpl’s traditional blanket which are made from weatherproof materials and down, this new model is made from sustainably-sourced, itch-free wool. Ideal for bundled nights by the fire or on the couch.
Why let Dad lug around a clunky, heavy cooler when he could pack it in this lightweight backpack tote? There’s plenty of room to store food and beverages inside for up to 24 hours, while the zipped pockets and water bottle slots make access from the outside easy, too.
Unique camping gifts
Smell like the great outdoors with these adventure-ready soaps from Ursa Major. Made in collaboration with Parks Project, they take inspiration from America’s legendary national parks: Acadia, Zion, and Redwood. Oh, and Ursa Major will donate 5 percent of every purchase to the National Parks Conservation Alliance with every purchase.
This limited edition mug from CamelBak features natural illustrations inspired by the trail. Plus, 25 percent of every purchase goes towards The Conservation Alliance which protects the wild places we know and love.
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