Sometimes, the most adventurous people in our lives can be the trickiest to shop for come holiday season. Maybe they spend all weekend in the mountains and all week dreaming about them, can start a roaring campfire in any weather or even build an Adirondack chair out of skis. So what do you get for the person in your life who only wants adventure? Fear not! We’re here to help.
We are gear editors and mothers and adventurous dads and travel writers and explorers. We own and use most of these outdoor gifts in our holiday gift guide, but there are couple still on our wish list.
Whether gifting to yourself or others, here’s to equipping your adventures with functional favorites, specifically catered to those who crave the wild. Note: this article contains affiliate links; your purchases support our daily content at no extra cost to you!
Best Outdoor Gifts of 2019
The Best Outdoor Photography for Your Walls
Kerem Hanci Photography
The first gift on our outdoor gifts list is for everyone; the wild child, the nature lover, the outdoor admirer! We absolutely LOVE these signed, limited edition, fine art nature prints from Kerem Hanci Photography. So, bring the beauty of the outdoors inside to brighten up any space!
The Best Outdoorsy Necklace
Silver Mountain Peak Pendant Women’s Necklace
This Mountain Peak Pendant necklace, is the perfect gift for the outdoorsy woman in your life. Its delicate and minimalist snow-packed peaks whisper to any nature lover, “the mountains are calling.”
- Handmade item
- Solid sterling silver
- Length: 18 inches
- Closure: Lobster claw
- Style: Minimalist
- Chain style: Cable
- Delivered in a beautiful organza gift bag
The Best Fort-Building Tool
Stick-lets Fort Kit
Your Adventurous kid can build a mega fort with this set of 18 Stick-let connectors. Made to turn one of kids’ most time-honored, favorite, renewable toys—the stick—into a building toy.
- Set of 18 connectors for kids constructing with sticks made of flexible silicone
- Comprehensive building kit
- Build forts, toys, animal habitats, geometric shapes, and more
- Connector colors include: 3 Birch Bark White, 3 Grasshopper Green, 3 Huckleberry Blue, 3 Starfish Red, 3 Pardon My Purple, and 3 Monarch Orange
- Great for 1–2 builders, includes tote bag and pamphlet
The Best Stargazing Camping Chair
Camp Solutions Reclining Camping Chair
Relax while camping, hanging out with friends and family on picnics or any outdoor activities with Camp Solution’s reclining camp chair. The camping chair also features a breathable mesh back, which keeps you cool and refreshed at all times. Perfect for relaxing outside on a warm summer’s day.
- Spacious reclining camp chair with built in headrest and footrest. The seating area is made with 600D oxford fabric and features a breathable mesh back for cooling. Chair measures 23’’ x 23’’ x 35.1’’ when setup.
- Convenient and durable mesh cup holders are built into the chair for you to conveniently place your drinks.
- Armrests are also engineered to be the perfect height to ensure that your arm is relaxed at all times.
- No tools required to setup the chair. Simply follow the included instructions to unfold the chair and you are good to go.
- Extremely durable and built with high quality steel. Metal contact points make the chair extremely sturdy and durable. Weight capacity up to 300lbs.
- This reclining camp chair only weighs 10.9lbs. A carry bag is included for easy transportation to and from your outdoor adventures.
The Best Portable Camp Kitchen
Coleman Deluxe Portable Camp Kitchen
Outdoor cooking is a ton of fun, but it’s not always easy to prep your meal on coolers, picnic tables, and car tailgates. Enter the Coleman deluxe Camp Kitchen, a complete outdoor food preparation center that fits inside a compact carrying case. The Camp Kitchen includes a removable dish tub for post-meal cleanup.
The Camp Kitchen is outfitted with a rust-resistant aluminum frame made using heavy-duty channel-extruded aluminum for added strength. More important than the construction, however, is the functionality. The kitchen’s main body includes a moisture-resistant MDF tabletop food prep area with plenty of space for chopping onions and shaping hamburger patties. To the side is a wire-grid extender shelf that easily holds most Coleman and other brands of camping stoves at countertop level. No more cooking on the ground or an unstable stump.
- Fully featured portable camp kitchen offers ample cooking space and a removable sink
- 39.4 x 19.7-inch food prep area ideal for chopping ingredients
- 26.4 x 15-inch side table accommodates most Coleman stoves and coolers
- Handy utensil hooks, paper towel holder, and mesh shelves provide additional storage space
- Folding design fits into a compact case for easy carrying and storage
The Best Action Camera
Garmin VIRB Ultra 30 Action Camera
Can your action camera prove how far, how fast, and how high you went? Garmin’s VIRB Ultra 30, the waterproof HD action camera, can. It captures 4K/30fps video with GPS data overlays. It also has voice control so you can tell the camera to start, stop and “remember that.” For adventures in the wet or snow, you’ll love its LCD display and microphone that work even in the waterproof case. Plus, you can live-stream your video adventures with friends online.
- Crystal clear 4K/30fps footage, 1080p/120fps, or slow motion capability at 720p/240fps
- Built-in GPS and external sensors with connectivity to Garmin devices to capture performance data like speed, elevation, heart rate and G-force
- 1.75-inch lcd color touchscreen display is easy to operate; fully functional in and out of waterproof case
- Shoot hands-free by using voice commands to start/stop recording, take a photo or tag footage
- 3-axis image stabilization captures smooth and steady video up to 1080p/60fps, no matter the terrain.
The Best Beginner Telescope
Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope
This simple Newtonian reflector telescope on a rotating tabletop stand makes it easy to view the night sky. FirstScope is a perfect option for any entry-level astronomer.
- 76mm aperture reflector optical tube
- Quality Dobsonian-style telescope features a 76 millimeter optical tube with enough light gathering ability to view all the best celestial objects like the rings of Saturn and the Orion Nebula
- Moveable tube for ease of navigation for viewing
- Lightweight, portable
- Two eyepieces included
The Best Bluetooth Camping Speaker
Anker SoundCore Portable Bluetooth Speaker
Soundcore delivers remarkable sound and incredible build quality at an unbelievable price. Boasting an impressive 24-hour battery life to play your soundtrack all day long, SoundCore takes you on an unforgettable journey. Music is no longer lost in the background, it becomes the core of your adventure.
- Experience your music in full-bodied stereo realized through dual high-performance drivers
- 24-hour/500-song playtime powered by a built-in high capacity li-ion battery and Anker’s industry
- Compatible with all Bluetooth-enabled devices
- Anker sound core Bluetooth speaker, micro usb charging cable
The Best Rooftop Cargo Box
Thule Force Cargo Box
The Thule Force Roof Box features a winning combination of value and space, while still offering key conveniences important to every user. The roof box has a large interior capacity, and utilizes utilizes AeroSkin technology that results in a durable and the aerodynamic shape. Additional features include: tool-free Quick-Grip mounting, oversized SecureLock lid technology, a dual-side lid opening, and four size choices to fit the vehicle and hauling needs of different users.
- Diamond-Textured Aero Skin Lid is durable and the aerodynamic shape helps cut through the air
- Tool-Free Quick-Grip mounting system attaches box to rack in less than 5 minutes
- Oversized Secure Lock ensures the box is closed securely
- Dual-Side Opening for loading/unloading from either side of the vehicle
- Fits Thule rack systems, round bars and most factory racks
- Internal dimensions 78 x 32.5 x 15 inches
The Best Camping Shoe
RockDove Memory Foam Down Camper Shoe
RockDove was created for five birdwatchers of the Los Angeles Audubon Society in 2002, customizing and resoling hiking boots. For fifteen years they helped local birders and hikers protect their feet while they trekked punishing terrains across southern California’s deserts, forests, and mountains.
As a “boot clinic,” when customers had footwear needs, they took note. And they noticed something that was badly missing in their lives—quality indoor footwear to console their trail-weary and travel-weary feet. So for Christmas that year, they handmade five pairs of slippers for their Audubon customers using a low-cut boot last. Using mattress top memory foam, with arch support copied from boots, the idea was to create slippers for extremely tired feet and the rest is history.
- Keeps your feet toasty warm whether indoor or outdoor; terry lined interior provides both comfort and heat insulation without making your feet sweat
- Versatile as indoor shoes for home as well as suitable for stepping outside the house to fetch the paper, check the mailbox, or water the lawn
- High back lip keeps your slipper snug on your foot, so you can walk safely up or down staircases; easy to slip on without a shoehorn
- Cushions and molds to the contours of your foot, so you can relax after a long day of walking or hiking; supported by an extra layer of shock absorbing EVA foam
- Smooth upper material repels hair or dust so they won’t need nearly as much cleaning as wool or fur slippers; and when they do get dirty, simply throw them in the wash; keep temperature settings on cold to prevent damage to the memory foam
The Best RV Generator
A-iPower Inverter Portable Generator
This A-iPower Inverter Generator, provides 1,600-Watt of extremely quiet, lightweight and fuel-efficient power. The SUA2000i comes with an easy to pull recoil start that helps provides an effortless start. It can operate a wide variety of appliances, making it perfect for portable use at home or while camping. Built in parallel kit. Plug and play. Simply connect the two generators with the parallel cables provided for nearly double the power. Exceptionally efficient, it can run 4 to 7 hours on a single tankful of gasoline, depending on load.
- 2,000-Watt Peak; 1,600-Watt running
- Low oil shut down automatically
- 7 hours running time at 50% load
- Built-in easy to read fuel gauge
- Built-in parallel kit and parallel cables included
- 1.1 Gal. fuel tank
- Cast iron sleeves for engine provide durability
- 2 year warranty
The Best Portable Treehouse
TreePod Original Hanging Backyard Tree House
There’s no need for a hammer and nails in order to have a great backyard treehouse! The award-winning TreePod brings the magic of a treehouse fort to your adventurous kid and families everywhere.
- Attaches to any hanging point using durable webbing and a steel quicklink; The fabric is treated with a durable water repellent and a UV-coating for additional sun protection
- Features a zip-up door and mesh windows offering a ready-to-use hideaway adventurous kid will adore while effectively keeping bugs, debris, and foul weather out
- Designed so it can be taken down quickly and tag along anywhere; Ideal for camping, neighborhood parks, play dates, or BBQs
- Fully set up, the TreePod is 7.5ft (2.28m) tall by 5ft (1.52m) wide; Maximum weight capacity is 500lbs (226kg); Kit includes the Pod, sewn guy-lines, frame poles, steel quicklink, and ground stakes
The Best Bug Repellent
Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent
Mosquito protection at the push of a button. The easy-to-use Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent is rechargeable, scent-free, compact, powerful, and operates with a single refill component. Powered by a Lithium-Ion battery (rather than fuel), Radius creates a 110 square foot mosquito protection zone. Radius is also air travel friendly, consistently operates at any elevation, and was voted Best Camping Gear of 2018 by Outside Magazine!
- Push-button simplicity. Turn it on…Mosquitoes Gone!
- This product is temporarily unavailable in California
- No messy sprays or lotions. Scent-free and DEET-Free.
- Air travel friendly and consistent operation at any elevation
- Rechargeable – 6+ hours of operation per charge, and can operate while charging
- Includes automatic off timer mode
- Lasts up to 40 hours of operation on a single refill (40 hr refill sold separately)
- Compact and powerful. Protects a 110 square foot area
- Package contains: 1 rechargeable Radius Repeller, 1 12-hour refill, and 1 USB battery charger
The Best Adult Boots
MyMayu Storm Boots
Crafted with custom-made materials, MyMayu boots will help you discover just how much you love to Just. Be. Outside. Storm boots also have a gusset that will expand to fit everyone – men and women included! MyMayu’s unique sole design was made to fit real feet to that you can wear these from the street to the trail. Lightweight, packable and comfortable. The minimalist movement is here to stay with MyMayu.
- 3-Layer ECO DWR 500 Denier Waterproof, breathable polyester with Tricot lining
- All materials are durable and conform to highest REACH standards
- Fast drying and easy care
- Ample gusset at front expands to accommodate almost any shape and size of calf
- Generally hits most people at mid calf
- Soft flexible synthetic recyclable rubber
- Free of chemicals like lead, BPA or Phthalates
- Large toe box allowing free movement of toes
- Zero drop and no raised heel with minimal toe lift
The Best Outdoorsy Collector’s Set
Travel Stamps Collectibles
Plan, explore, and commemorate your family’s national park and United States adventures with Travel Stamps! Track your progress across the country using handy maps and checklists, read various fun facts about each state and national park, and collect colorfully illustrated Travel Stamp stickers at each new destination you visit. As your family explores, these books will turn into cherished keepsakes you can revisit time and time again.
- 60 National Park Stamps
- 50 United States, 5 U.S. Territories, and Washington DC Stamps
- Sturdy enough to take on the road, attractive enough to display at home