We all have that special someone who is seemingly always outside or planning their next camping trip—which is likely why you're here, searching for the best gifts for campers. Whether they're leaf peeping at fall foliage or camping out in their cars, these friends love the great outdoors and everything that comes with it.
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.
Camping gifts for women
Available sizes: XS/S-5XL/6XL
As the weather gets nippy, all outdoor activities require a warm, snuggly jacket. Enter, Alder Apparel’s Go Far Fleece 2.0, which is about as cozy as it gets. This fun fleece is made from recycled polyester that traps body heat in while keeping the cold air out. With a whopping five pockets for storage, stretchy ribbed cuffs, and cute color-blocking, you’ll want to live in it all season long.
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.
Available sizes: XXS-3XL
Outdoor Voices’ beloved zip-off pants now come in an even more beloved zip-off overall that your giftee can wear on or off the trails. They’re adorable and have everything you’d want in a technical outfit, including water-resistant fabric, adjustable suspenders, and of course, those zip-off legs that quickly adapt to the elements. Bonus: A mini backpack for storing things like lip balm and dog treats.
Available sizes: Women’s 5-14
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.
Available sizes: XS-XL
For the outdoorsy gal who won’t sacrifice fashion for function. Hikerkind’s minimalist hiking dress goes from trail to tapas without even trying. For summer strolls, pair it with boots and a backpack. For brunch/happy hour/other events, pair it with… literally anything else. It’s so versatile, which is the gift that keeps on giving.
Available sizes: 5-11, in half sizes.
Fun fact: More than 8 million happy campers hike in Keen Targhee boots because they’re freakin’ good. We recommend the waterproof mids, which will keep feet happy and safe (no rolled ankles or tripping over tree roots) for miles and miles.
Available sizes: 14-24 in two different fits.
Behold: A perfect pair of pants that actually fit, made to move with you on the trail without any rubbing, chafing, gaping, or poking. Alpine Parrot’s flagship pants are designed for women sizes 14-24 (with extended sizing up to 30 available for presale) and are made in two different fits, so you can find your *TikTok voice* perfect, perfect, perfect match. Feel good whether you’re summiting a mountain or waiting in line for your morning latte, they’re designed to go everywhere and leave you feeling great every step of the way.
Available sizes: S-XL
When the radar calls for rain, you’ll be thrilled to have a Dryrobe handy. These wind-proof, waterproof ponchos are designed to keep you warm and dry in all sorts of weather. Lined with a plush synthetic lambswool, its snug and feels like you’re wearing giant hug (who wouldn’t want that?) Pack it on camping trips, beach trips (it doubles as a changing robe), day hikes, races—wherever there’s a chance of foul whether, the Dryrobe is key.
Camping gifts for men
Available sizes: S-XXL
If you have an outdoorsy guy on your shopping list, I cannot recommend these pants enough. My boyfriend got these a few months ago and he will legitimately not take them off. He wears them hiking, fishing, running errands, to the bar—they don’t come off. They’re that versatile and comfortable, and make for an excellent gift. (He will be getting another pair this year, trust me.)
Outerknown’s Blanket Shirts have racked up a devoted following for their out-of-this-world comfort that rivals, well, a blanket. Not only are they soft, but they’re ultra-sustainable, made with organic cotton and nut-based buttons from Fair Trade suppliers. Excellence all around.
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.
Few things in life are more uncomfortable than cold, frozen toes. That’s why these socks landed on this list—they’re tough (as the brand suggests), keeping feet cozy and warm, but never sweaty, in all sorts of conditions. Even better, they’re made from deadstock, keeping fabric scraps out of landfills.
Available sizes: S-XL
Can anyone ever have enough hoodies? Doubtful. They’re a staple for lounging and adventuring alike, which is why you should wrap Outdoor Research’s durable one as a gift this year. It’s rugged enough to withstand hiking and backpacking, but also cozy enough to wear lounging by the campfire or enjoying après. Yes, please.
Gifts for sleeping outdoors
For the glamper who’d rather be sleeping in their own bed than under the stars, Nemo’s Roamer sleeping pad is basically a portable double mattress. Unroll it and watch it self-inflate to 4-inches of plushness akin to a memory foam mattress. Deflated, however, it’s totally lightweight and packable, easy enough to carry in and out without weighing you down. Turns out, you don’t have to “rough it” after all.
Rumpl blankets are a must for campers, thanks to their durability and warmness. Instead of down, their filled with recycled poly sourced from plastic water bottles, so their eco-friendlier right off the bat. They’re also water-resistant, machine-washable, and ridiculously packable, making them a must-have accessory for any adventure. TBH, they’re also really great for snuggling under on the couch if there’s an Indoor Cat on your shopping list, too.
These cinchable pillows make a thoughtful White Elephant or stocking stuffer gift that’ll give them a dreamy night’s sleep under the stars. It’s filled with compressible foam that can be puffed up or down using the cinch to find your perfect firmness. The fun, nature-themed prints don’t hurt either, like the mushrooms, pine sprigs, and rolling mountains.
Camping gear, backpacks, and tools
For backcountry trekkers and extreme adventurers, you can’t go wrong with a GoPro. The new Hero11 is the most powerful GoPro yet, able to shoot 5.3k video with double the frame rate on a new, larger image sensor. As always, it’s waterproof and ridiculously durable. Plus, it comes with a stabilization feature, so video stays smooth and steady regardless of where it’s shot.
Big enough to hold all your provisions but not too big to weigh you down, meet the Goldilocks of backpacks. With a 24L capacity, it sports a large main compartment for clothes, snacks, toiletries, and more. There are two mesh side pockets, perfect for storing water bottles or sunscreen, while the external zipped pocket keeps things like cameras and wallets safe on the move. And it looks great, too, a rainbow compared to the black and gray packs on the market.
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.
Sea to Summit makes premium dry storage you can count on with every use. Each bag in this set 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.
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 birders, kayakers, paddlers—really anyone who needs a good pair of ‘nocs.
Gifts for the eating outdoors
Rather than lugging in their hefty hard cooler, your camping pal can throw their provisions on their back and hike hands-free. Yeti’s sturdy soft cooler is spacious and cool enough to store food, beverages, ice, and more, for hours on end—the magnetic roll-top seals cold air in and stays in place, even when you’re on the move. Since it’s soft-sided, too, it makes packing a breeze and can be shoved into car trunks and tents with ease.
For the friends who won’t stop talking about their upcoming camping trip. Everything in this feast is sustainably sourced, organic, and nutritious enough to sustain them when they’re out in the woods. Think: Scrumptious red bean chili, creamy banana breakfast grains, and protein-rich sockeye salmon.
Passionate camp chefs can turn their campfire into a full-fledged kitchen with BioLite’s convenient cooking set. It allows you to cook with wood (or pinecones and leaves) like you would with gas, so you can grill, fry, and simmer like you would back at home. Each kit includes the BioLite itself, as well as a camp stove for cooking on, and a coffee press, kettle, and flexible light for grillin’ in the dark.
Campers can make barista-worthy coffee far from home with this nifty coffee grinder that’ll grind their favorite beans in seconds. It clips on via carabiner to your pack, taking up virtually no space while you’re on the trail. Then, when you’re craving a cup of joe, you can pop the lid off, pour in the beans, and crank the handle to get around 20 grams of rich grounds.
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. 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.
Outdoor lifestyle gifts
Originally $36, now $25
Your friends and fam will love bringing the outside in with a National Parks-scented candle (that also gives back to National Parks, at that.) Whether they climbed Angel’s Landing at Zion, wandered the desert at Joshua Tree, or swooned at the redwoods in Yosemite, take the back with the spark of a match.
Better yet, get them a gift that’ll help them tick off every park on their bucket list. Wondery’s best-selling water bottle doubles as a memento that keeps track of the National Parks they’ve visited over time. It comes with stickers for every park in the country that, as they visit, they can peel off and add it to their bottle. It’s pretty much the most fun way to stay hydrated.
After a day on the slopes or in the woods, this kit from Ursa Major will leave their skin rejuvenated (until the next adventure!) It includes the brand’s dreamy lip balm, two soothing face wipes, and a mini jar of hydrating face cream that’ll quench dry, wind-burned skin. Bonus: 5 percent of profits got to Protect Our Winters (POW) and battling climate change.
Cue the “There ain’t no bugs on me” song you used to sing at summer camp. Even if the warm weather is a ways away, Kinfield’s fan-favorite bug spray is a must for hiking and camping, and makes a no-brainer gift. This cute set comes with a mini bottle of DEET-free bug spray, mosquito repellent wipes, and a stick of relief balm if they do get ya. All of that comes in a cute branded pouch so you don’t even need to worry about wrapping paper—just choose from beige, pink, green, or blue.
Satiate their wanderlust throughout the year with this fun National Parks-themed wall calendar. This 14-month calendar features original artwork from The Landmark Project, which promotes outdoor stewardship and environmentalism through art. Or, gift them this 2023 Smokey Bear calendar, which is illustrated with equally beautiful prints and donates proceeds back to Wildfire Prevention Education.
Gifts for skiers + snowboarders
Available sizes: XS-XL
Kari Traa’s pretty base layers are so charming, they’re almost hard to hide underneath jackets and snow pants. This merino/cashmere half-zip isn’t just easy on the eyes, but roasty toasty, too, bound to keep you warm for hours on the slopes. Gift it with the matching Voss Cashmere Mix Pants ($140) and make the skier in your life the chicest snow bunny out there.
Available sizes: XS-2XL
Whether they shred off-piste or live for après, this colorful jacket will have them looking and feeling good. It’s light, quilted design is easy for throwing on over other layers or wearing as is. Bonus: it packs into itself, doubling as a travel pillow when you’re coming home from a long day at the mountain.
Available sizes: S-XL
Bombas’ socks are a dream. Between the arch support, cushioned footbed, and overall comfort in each pair, they’re worth every penny. These merino wool calf socks are the definition of cozy and are designed to hug your feet while you ride the slopes, minimizing any sock-slippage along the way. The Fair Isle pattern doesn’t hurt either, nor does the convenient gift bag that can go right under the tree, no wrapping required.
If you’re a skier or snowboarder, chances are you’ve crossed paths with James Niehues’ work. The landscape artist has painted over 430 trail maps around the globe, earning him the nickname the, “Rembrandt of ski maps.” The Man Behind the Maps is a stunning compilation of more than 200 of Niehues’ maps from around the world and makes for a thoughtful coffee table book passionate powder hounds can cherish forever.
Splurging on your ski buddy this year? Do it with Spy’s serious snow goggles, which are bound to protect their peepers while giving them crystal-clear optics on the slopes. Each goggle comes with two lenses that can be interchanged depending on the visibility conditions. They snap on and off with ease, so there’s no fighting with getting them to fit, and come boosted with the brand’s Happy™ lens tech, which boosts your mood and alertness while they’re on. And they look great. What more could you want?
Maybe the person you’re shopping for doesn’t ski, but loves the snow nonetheless. If so, Funboy’s got your back. The chic inflatables brand has a line of giggle-inducing toboggans, sleighs, snowmobiles, tubes, and other snow toys that will have them feeling like a kid on a snow day again. Snow angels not included.
Gifts for getting on the water
Fun fact: Being on or around the water affects eye health. Whether they’re a beach bum, avid angler, or passionate paddler, a pair of polarized sunglasses will protect their eyes while giving them better vision in sunny situations. Costa sunglasses are synonymous with the life aquatic, as it only sells polarized sunglasses that absorb 100 percent of UV light. These extra large frames go the extra mile to protect eyes, while the brand’s lens technology goes the extra mile to keep lenses safe from scratches, grease, and salt. Plus, the frames are made from bio-resin, an eco-friendlier alternative to traditional plastic. An all-around great gift.
Available sizes: XS-XL
UPF clothing that doesn’t scream “UPF clothing”? Yes, please. Free Fly’s sun protective clothing makes a delightful gift for everyone on your list, whether they’re on the water or not. That’s because it’s all made from bamboo, making it buttery soft and irresistibly comfortable. Bonus points for being UV-resistant and quick-drying.
Available sizes: 5-12
Similarly, Sperry’s new water shoes are the chicest water shoes you’ll find. Instead of the clunky, rubbery sandals we begrudgingly wore as kids, these lightweight shoes are actually enjoyable to wear. Crafted from a cushy, EVA-foam, they slip on with ease and offer traction on slippery surfaces, like paddle boards and boat decks. They’re also dive proof, so when you cannonball in or slip off your board (it happens!), they’ll stay on your feet.
Give the passionate angler or your list a change of pace this season. Inspired by the Japanese practice of tenkara fly fishing that nixes a reel altogether, Tenkara Rod Co.’s minimalist rod packages are travel-friendly and designed to fish anywhere. There’s just a rod, a line, and a fly (aka, the “lure” or bait)—all they’ll need is water. It’s a more simplistic, accessible approach to an otherwise gear-intensive sport, and something any fishy guy or gal will appreciate finding under their tree.
If you really want to surprise your water-loving special someone, do it with a Bote board. These inflatable boards are like the Bentleys of SUPs, thoughtfully designed to make paddling experience nothing but topnotch.
For starters, they’re easy to inflate even easier to deflate, making them extremely packable. But they’re also customizable with Bote’s line of matching SUP accessories. For example, if they like to alternate between SUP-ing and kayaking, they can add an Inflatable Kayak Seat ($115.) If they’re going to be fishing from their board, they can tack on a rod rack. Coolers, buckets, paddle racks, even cup holders—there’s a plethora of accessories that connect to the board to make it their ultimate floating paradise.
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