I have so many people in my life who love the great outdoors so putting this guide together of Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsman was not only fun, it was helpful (can you believe the holidays are only 106 days away – ahh). If you have someone in your life who loves hiking, camping, or backpacking, then we’ve got you covered with this list of 20 gift ideas for the outdoorsy person on your list.
1. The Guild Camp Guitar: Manufactured by Guild Guitar (one of Muddy Waters’ axes of choice), this camp-size model is easy to bring on your next adventure thanks to its lightweight construction (just over 4.25lbs). Despite its portability, there’s no skimping on quality or aesthetics: a solid African mahogany top, back and sides, Indian rosewood fingerboard and iconic Chesterfield headstock emblem reminiscent of the brand’s models from The Sixties. The guitar includes a hidden pickup with 2 small dials in the sound hole and a lightweight gig bag that can be carried backpack-style.
2. Rocky Mountain National Park Hat: This hat not only looks great, it also helps fund the hard work of the conservation corps. The program provides a service-learning experience for college students interested in natural resource conservation. Funds raised go to equipment and supplies for crew members.
3. Stanley Stainless Steel Shots and Flask Gift Set: A great gift for anyone who enjoys toasting with friends. The gift set includes four 2-oz. shot glasses and an 8 oz. capacity flask to fill ’em up. It’s cleaver nesting system design comes with a steel carrying case and screw top lid so it travels conveniently all in one package.
4. ‘Camp Is Home’ Sign: Wherever you may roam, let it be known: “Camp is Home”. Bolt this sign to a beam if you plan on staying awhile, or hang it from a length of paracord if the sentiment lives wherever you set your bags.
5. Wilderness Essays by John Muir: Part of John Muir’s appeal to modern readers is that he not only explored the American West and wrote about its beauties but also fought for their preservation. His successes dot the landscape and are evident in all the natural features that bear his name: forests, lakes, trails, and glaciers. Here collected are some of Muir’s finest wilderness essays, ranging in subject matter from Alaska to Yellowstone, from Oregon to the High Sierra.
6. Solight Solarpuff Portable Compact LED Solar Lantern: The SolarPuff is a little lantern with a HUGE impact invented by Alice Min Soo Chun. It is a Patented solar flatpack + origami expandable lantern. Designed with high-performance fabric material that is specifically engineered for durability, flexibility, waterproof and structured for adaptability.
7. Garmin inReach Mini 2-Way Satellite Communicator: This palm-size Garmin inReach Mini satellite communicator provides off-the-grid contact even when size and weight matter. At only 3.5 oz, it has 2-way texting, tracking, and SOS capabilities.
8. Patagonia Men’s Nano-Air Light Hoodie: Built for the highest exertion mountain athletes and objectives, but also great for a hike in the woods. Its durable water repellent fabric finish repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times.
9. The Campout Cookbook: Forget freeze-dried astronaut meals and bags of stale, store-bought gorp. Finally, here’s a cookbook that complements the magic of gathering around a campfire and sharing a meal with friends. From the IACP Award–winning authors of The Picnic, which brought taste and style to eating outdoors (in the daytime), comes its companion, for leaving civilization behind and dining under the stars. A mix of dishes to make ahead and meals to cook on-site, The Campout Cookbook includes more than 75 recipes for wood-fired skillet pizzas; backcountry stews and chilies; fire-roasted vegetables and cast-iron breads; unexpected dips, jerkies, and high-energy bars; breakfasts to satisfy that yawning hunger that comes from sleeping in the fresh air and more…
10. National Park Service Annual Membership: Give the gift of the great outdoors with an annual pass to the National Park Service. It’s a ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites. Each pass covers entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges as well as standard amenity fees (day use fees) at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees, and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas. If you wanted to pair this with another gift, the Pendleton Trail Log (number 18 below) is a great way to complete the package.
11. Portable Camping Shower: The Simple Shower is a specially designed portable shower that attaches to just about anyone or two-liter bottle to convert them into a shower. No longer will you have to lift a solar shower filled with 20 or 40 pounds of water above your head to take a shower while camping – simply fill a plastic 1 or 2 liter bottle with warm water, or leave the bottle in the sun to heat up, and attach the Simple Shower for a quick and easy shower. It also fits Platypus collapsible bottles and bladders. At only 2 ounces, it’s ideal for backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, hunting, camping, emergencies, cleaning pets, washing utensils, at the beach, and anywhere else a steady stream flow shower can be used.
12. 50 Things to Do with a Penknife: 50 Things to Do with a Penknife is the perfect combination of cool craftsmanship with savvy survival-skill projects. Detailed step-by-step illustrations make this book ideal for the creative adventurer with-a-knife in your life!
13. 14-in-1 Hammer Tool: This Sheffield Camping Series 12913 The Hammer 14-in-1 Multi-Tool offers high-quality construction, versatility and follows our long stemming tradition of value. Perfect for use in around the house, campsite or emergency situations, the Hammer Multi-Tool includes: Hammer Head, Nail Claw, Linesman Pliers, Regular Pliers, 1/4 In. Slotted Screwdriver, 1/8 In. Slotted Screwdriver, 2 Phillips Screwdriver, 2-1/2 In. Drop Point Blade, 2 In. Serrated Blade, Bottle/Can Opener, Wire Cutters, Wire Stripper, Soft File and Key Ring.
14. Portable Waterproof Solar Charger: A lightweight portable device that will be no nuisance during the most adventurous treks. The ideal choice for camping, hiking, cycling, and any other outdoor activity where fun matters and running out of power cannot be a concern. Plus, it has a finely refined waterproof fabric to outlast whatever the weather throws at it. Even water.
15. California National Parks Bandana: Show your support for California National Parks with this California National Parks Bandana. Bandanas have hundreds of uses out on the trail, and this is a perfect gift for any Californian (or person traveling to CA) who loves to do some good hiking.
16. Personal Survival First Aid Kit: This small size survival first aid kit contains the most commonly used first aid items including: waterproof matches, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, and latex-free bandages. Perfect for the home, travel, purse, sports bag, car, boat or any occasion that might call for minor personal emergency first aid.
17. LifeStraw: The ultimate survival tool for hiking, camping, ultralight backpacking, hunting, travel, scouting, and emergency preparedness, its straw design is ideal for purifying water from streams, lakes, ponds, and other contaminated sources. A Time Magazine Invention of the Year winner, the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter contains no chemicals, no batteries, and no moving parts to wear out. For each LifeStraw purchased, one child in a developing community receives safe drinking water for an entire school year.
18. Pendleton Trail Log: Honoring the centennial of America’s National Park Service, this handsome notebook celebrates the rich heritage of America’s natural treasures. A trail log, an index of national parks, hiking references, and a notes section for recording adventures in the great outdoors are punctuated with Pendleton’s beloved striped blanket patterns and vintage imagery from their archive.
19. Pendleton Blanket: Pure virgin wool throw is softly napped and the perfect size to curl up with on the sofa or toss in the car. Each one is still woven in Pendleton’s America mills and comes with a convenient leather carrier. Called steamer rugs during the early 20th century, these blankets were a warm, welcome companion for those who traveled by horse-drawn carriage, train or boat. Monogramming optional.
20. Audubon Field Guide Series: No electronic device can beat the usefulness and practicality of a good old field guide. Information is essential to navigating the outdoors, and the more you have, the more you will be prepared, and the more it will all mean. Arm yourself with this expansive bank of ultimate knowledge: from birds to wildflowers, trees to mammals, insects to fish, the night sky to weather, it’s all at your fingertips. Bound by a durable and water-resistant vinyl, each field guide is designed for outdoor use and portability, featuring brilliant full-color photographs for identification purposes, arranged for quick access, with definitive texts.