Gift Guide

11 Best Gift Ideas Your Favorite Outdoorsy Person Actually Wants

The best gift you can give to any adventure lover, outdoorsy person, or travel addict is anything that gets them excited for their next trip and inspires them to continue to fall in love with outdoor adventures!

Inspired by my own list of my favorite adventure gear owned and outdoor gifts I’ve received or given, I’ve curated the ultimate adventure gift guide! From functional, fashionable hiking clothes to the best must-have outdoor and travel gear, this gift guide will help you find that perfect gift within your budget any camping lover, road tripper, hiker, and outdoorsy person will be excited to get!

Best Outdoor Gifts for HIking, Camping, and Adventure Lovers

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America the Beautiful National Parks Pass

Know anybody planning an epic road trip or has a lifetime goal of visiting every national park in the U.S.? This is the perfect gift to inspire the adventure of a lifetime!

The America the Beautiful National Parks Pass covers the entrance fees at national parks, national forests, and national wildlife refuges for an entire year. This means your favorite outdoorsy person can roll up to any national park, flash this pass, and enter for free like the VIP they are!

You can only purchase this pass online or in person at your local REI.

Image of what the America the Beautiful national park pass looks like.
Get the America the Beautiful National Park Pass here.

National Geographic Road Atlas Adventure Edition

Roadtrippers, national park lovers, or weekend adventurers would LOVE this gift. Not only is this adventure atlas pure gold as a U.S. trip-planning resource, but it’s also got a ton of bucket list inspiration for any outdoorsy person!  

The National Geographic Road Atlas Adventure Edition is filled with:

  • High-quality road maps for the U.S. Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico
  • Detailed profiles of national parks you can see along your road trip
  • A list of the best things to do in each area of travel

This U.S. adventure atlas not only helps with planning epic road trips, but it guarantees adventurers get the most out of their travels by listing out must-see things…something that Google Maps or any navigation system can’t offer. 

Give this must-have gift to any hiker, camper, road tripper, and traveler to inspire them to keep adventuring big!

Two hikers looking out at canyons on the cover of the National Geographic Atlas Adventure Edition.
You can purchase one here.

Jetboil Cooking System

The Jetboil is hands-down one of the best (and most functional) gifts I have ever gotten (thanks baby bro!) and goes with me on every camping, backpacking, and road trip! From Alaska to Canada to Utah, my Jetboil and I have traveled everywhere together.

This compact yet incredibly efficient cooking system can boil water in 100 seconds! This means you can enjoy an early morning campsite coffee before hitting the trails. Or even a freeze-dried meal during your adventure, even if you're in the backcountry. The best part is how lightweight and compact this cooking system is, which makes it easy to travel and backpack with.

The Jetboil cooking system takes any outdoor adventure to the next level and is a gift any outdoorsy person or nature lover would be excited to get.

A gray mug
Check out more colors and styles here.

Cozy Camp Slippers

TRUST ME - there is no better feeling in the world than swapping your hiking boots for a pair of cozy, comfy camp slippers after a long day of outdoor adventures!

My best friend bought me a pair of these camp slippers by The North Face for my birthday and they’ve been on every camping adventure and road trip since then. 

The collapsible heels make these slippers easy to slip on and off, and the sturdy outsoles make them durable outdoors.

Treat your favorite outdoorsy person or camping lover (and their feet) with a pair of camp slippers!

Check out more colors and styles here.

Rumpl Blanket

Personally, a Rumpl blanket is one of those things I didn’t realize I needed until I gifted one (more like 2) to myself!

Not only are Rumpl blankets packable, warm, and super stylish, but they are perfect for sitting by the campfire or watching the sunrise. You can choose from a ton of synthetic and down blankets. And because Rumpl blankets are also weather and stain-resistant, they are perfect for any outdoor adventure!

A camping blanket with a picture of a sun by the mountains. There is a river flowing.
Browse all Rumpl blankets here.

Garmin InReach Mini

Most outdoor lovers would say that their favorite part about hiking, camping, or backpacking in the backcountry is not having a phone signal and being able to disconnect.

Keep your favorite outdoor adventurer safe in the backcountry and give them a Garmin InReach Mini. This tiny (coming in at 3.5 oz) satellite communicator is powerful - it can track location, send 2-way texts, and even send SOS alerts even if you’re off the grid. 

This is the best gift for any hiking and camping addict…while giving you the peace of mind they are safe!

A satellite communicator for hikers
Purchase the Garmin InReach Mini 2 here.

REI Flash Day Pack

Whatever the adventure, everyone needs that go-to day pack!

One of my favorite gifts to give any hiking lovers is the REI Flash 18 or REI Flash 22 day pack. Even though these bags are extremely durable, they also are lightweight and functional. The waist and sternum straps guarantee max comfort on the trail while the dedicated hydration compartment makes sure you stay hydrated on your adventure. And most importantly, there’s plenty of space for hiking snacks!

This day pack isn’t just for hikers; it’s for anybody that loves day adventures!

Browse other colors and sizes here.


Looking for a gift that ANYBODY would love? Give the ultimate gift of relaxation and nature time with a hammock!

Whether you want to chill at the campsite under the trees or read in the backyard, a hammock is a great (and easy) way to just kick it in nature. Choose from either a single person hammock or a double person hammock.

A blue hammock. The perfect give for outdoor lovers.
Find the perfect hammock here.

Arc'teryx Atom Insulated LT

If you want your favorite outdoorsy person to adventure in style AND comfort, give them one of my all-time favorite gear for hiking, camping, and travel - the Arc’teryx Atom Insulated Hoody. 

The Arc’teryx Atom Insulated Hoody is an excellent jacket for literally any outdoor adventure. It can be used as a comfortable mid-layer during colder weather and is a great go-to jacket in warmer weather. This jacket goes with me everywhere because it is lightweight (only 10.9 oz!) and extremely packable without compromising on warmth.  

So whether you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves to hike, ski, camp, travel, rock climb, or just road trip, consider the Arc’teryx Atom Insulated Hoody.

And if you’re looking for someone to give this to, I’m always available ;)

A green insulated jacket perfect for hikers and outdoor adventurers.
Shop more colors here.

Sun-Protection Shirts

The way that sunshine hits our skin and brings us to life is one of the main reasons we outdoorsy people love being outside in nature. But the more time we spend outdoors, the more important it is to protect ourselves from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can cause sunburns and skin aging.

As a hiking lover that spends most of my time hiking in the desert, I’m always in need of sun with a UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating, which means the fabric is effective at filtering the sun’s UV rays. But my favorite thing about these sun-protection shirts is that they are breathable, lightweight, and moisture-wicking. This means that not only am I protected from the sun on the hiking trails, but I’m comfortable too.

Any hiker, backpacker, or outdoor adventurer would love to receive a sun-protection shirt as a gift because it means that they can spend more time exploring the outdoors with protection and comfort!

Shop sun shirts here.

Gift Cards

Still don’t know what to get for your outdoor lover? Let them pick what they want with a gift card! That way, your outdoorsy person can get exactly the gift they want to fuel their next adventure!

Any hiking, camping, and travel lover would be more than excited to get a gift card from any of these outdoor and adventure retailers:

A picture of a hiking backpack on a gift card, the perfect gift for outdoor lovers.
Shop REI gift cards here.


Hopefully, this outdoor gift guide has helped make it easier to find the perfect gift for your favorite outdoor lover, national park explorer, or outdoor adventurer that’s within your budget. Each one of these gifts will inspire anybody to explore outside more, travel further, and fall more in love with adventure!

But if you're looking for an outdoor lover to give a gift to, you know your girl is always available ha!

What are you hoping Santa gets you this year?

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Molly Chhiv
What's up, my dudes! I'm a weekend adventurer and blogger based in the U.S. that found my self-confidence, independence, and limitless potential through the outdoors. So much so that I quit my engineering job to do more fulfilling work in the outdoor industry!

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