The Perfect Gifts For Your Favorite Outdoor Lover
We’ve all probably heard that there are two types of people out there: the city mouse and the country mouse. But what about that person in your life who’s a little bit of both?
We’ve partnered with Moosejaw to bring you 15 gift ideas for the person in your life who is thirsting for adventure—whether that be spending the night in a snow fort or exploring the urban jungle that is Seoul. The person who is ready for whatever life throws on them…if only they had gear that could keep up.
While everything on this list has been inspired by the great outdoors—and will hold strong against all Mother Nature throws at it—we’ve made sure everything will also thrive in the city. With these essentials in their pack, your friend or loved one will be ready to take on whatever adventure they dream up next.
So, let's dive right in!
It takes a confident person to rock Cotopaxi Bataan’s neon colorways—and an even bolder person to rock those colorways on a waist pack. But if your loved one is up to the challenge, this modernized fanny pack is a convenient, hands-free way to carry the essentials and then some. Perfect for quick hikes, flights, and day trips alike.See Details & Buying Options
Outdoor adventurers are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Help them protect their gear from torrential downpours or falls during river crossings with this quality shelter from the respected outdoor brand, Arc'teryx. This rain shell has a PU coating and DWR finish with taped seams to ensure excellent weatherproofness. Plus, it packs small and weighs almost nothing, so your loved one can easily toss it in their bag when the sun comes out.See Details & Buying Options
This is for anyone who’s had to lug around an entire backpack simply to carry a water bottle and a granola bar. Sure, it looks a little dorky, but this water bottle sling is super convenient. The Small will hold up to 24oz water bottles and has a zippered pocket to carry small essentials like a house key.See Details & Buying Options
Washing clothes on the road is (relatively) easy. All you need is a sink, a stream, or a serious rainstorm (a dry bag helps too). But drying them is another story altogether. This clothesline will work on Airbnb patios as well as backcountry campgrounds—no clothespins required. It’s perfect for drying freshly-laundered clothes as well those that just need a bit of airing out. Plus, it packs small, so your favorite traveler can throw it in their backpack and forget about it until the moment they need it.See Details & Buying Options
Outdoor adventurers need not look like one all the time. Keep your outdoorsy friend on trend with a casual, minimalistic shirt that’s ideal for chilly-ish weather (think spring) without being stifling.See Details & Buying Options
Every outdoor adventurer needs a dry bag. Not only do dry bags keep important gear dry—including tech, warm clothes, or food (no one likes a soggy PB & J)—but they can work as compression cubes, washing machines, and emergency crossbody bags (strap sold separately). This one from Osprey is durable, lightweight, and easy-to-pack. Plus, you can pick it up in a fun color.See Details & Buying Options
This pack is comfortable and lightweight enough for hiking, minimalist and sleek enough for city-strolling, and durable enough it’ll probably last decades. Perfect for the weekend warrior who’s going to hit the trails on Friday and get lost in the city on Saturday…every single weekend for the next ten years.See Full Review & Buying Options
Whether your loved one is traveling around the world or hiking in their own backyard—they’ll certainly have situations arise where the water available to them isn’t trustworthy (let’s be real, the days of drinking straight from a beautiful, mountainous stream you just happened upon are over). This water bottle filters and purifies water and removes pathogens so your loved one will always have safe drinking water, no matter the source.See Details & Buying Options
Technology is almost as universal as water these days. Not as universal? Power outlets—especially on buses, mountain passes, and crowded airport terminals. Ensure your favorite traveler doesn’t run out of juice with this portable power bank that’s as sleek as it is handy. Oh, and it’s also submersible.See Details & Buying Options
While boxers may not seem like the sleekest gift to give, the ExOfficio Give-N-Go boxers, built with travel in mind, will be a hit with your favorite adventurer. They’re lightweight, stretchy, and best of all, antimicrobial—meaning they can be worn multiple times between washes. So really you’re giving the gift of having to do laundry less often. And who doesn’t want that?See Full Review & Buying Options
Lightweight and durable, with surprisingly comfortable shoulder straps, this packable backpack is ideal for anyone who wants to see the world while living out of one backpack. It’ll take up almost no room or weight in a pack, but will be ready for hikes, dry trips, or whatever other adventure your loved one has in mind.See Details & Buying Options
You might think all socks are more or less the same, but you’d be wrong. These Darn Tough socks are as tough as the name suggests, plus they’re breathable, fast-drying, anti-bunching, moisture-wicking, and anti-stink. We’ve suggested the “Hiker Boot” cut, which rises past the ankle, so your favorite outdoorsman or outdoorswoman can wear hiking boots without getting blisters. But if you’re shopping for someone who isn’t a fan of this cut, Darn Tough has approximately one-million other styles available (give or take). Plus, they're guaranteed for life.See Details & Buying Options
Every adventurer needs a place to keep their cards, cash, and coins safe and organized when on the go. This small wallet by Fjallraven has just enough room to fit the essentials. Plus, it's made with recycled and organic materials—which any Earth explorer can appreciate.See Details & Buying Options
If you're wondering what a wine tumbler is doing on the adventure essentials list, hear us out. There's no better way to celebrate a full day of bagging peaks or sampling local delicacies than with a relaxing nightcap. And this YETI tumbler is tough enough to keep up with most any adventure. Makes sense, right?See Details & Buying Options
You can’t expect to bag an epic peak or ascend a cliff in jeans—which is why your favorite adventurer will love a pair of pants that are stretchy, water and abrasion-resistant, quick-drying, and trendy enough that they don’t look like a pair of travel pants. Plus, the roll-up leg snaps and adjustable waistband make these pants as versatile as life’s many adventures.See Details & Buying Options
Wrapping It Up
And there you have it, folks. 15 gift ideas to help your favorite adventurers get out into the world. Thanks to Moosejaw for sponsoring this guide and inspiring us with gear that’ll withstand blizzards and look at home in Parisian cafes. Need more ideas? Make sure to check out our other gift guides and subscribe to our Youtube channel where we review awesome gear all year long.