The 15 Best Gifts for Your Outdoorsy Friend
You probably have at least one friend who’s obsessed with the great outdoors — someone who is always camping, hiking, or just plain outside for some reason or another. The good thing about shopping for this person is that there are so many gadgets and cool products dedicated to helping them re-create their favorite creature comforts — coffee, cocktails, a warm meal, and more — in the wild or on the go.
Here’s to helping them take it outside in style. Any of these gifts will do that in spades.
1. Topographic Coasters, $30 for four at Etsy
With this magical and portable espresso maker, nothing will stand between the outdoorsman (or woman) in your life and a shot of caffeine. The resulting pull can seriously rival the stuff from fancy coffee shops.
3. ORCA 20-Quart Cooler, $190
For a day on the dock, the big game, or even a weekend under the stars, this splurge-worthy hard-shell cooler will keep drinks cold and food fresh for up to 10 days. Yes, 10 days! Be sure to point out the handy cargo net, which attaches to its rear side and can be used for condiments, utensils, and more.
4. Dakine Party Pack in Noosa Palm, $70
This backpack features a roomy compartment for dry gear up top and a built-in insulated cooler below for all the beer. Well, up to 15 cans of it anyway. The shoulder strap even has an integrated bottle opener.
5. Hydrapak Stow in Malibu Blue, $17
Skiing, kayaking, whatever — this collapsible, reusable BPA-free bottle makes on-the-go hydration easy. It can be clipped onto a bag or belt and then rolled up and put in a pocket once empty.
6. Stanley Adventure Canister Set, $27
Give this sturdy set of three nesting canisters with see-through lids to your friend who’s a serious snacker.
7. Joseph Joseph GoEat Cutlery Set, $12
A stainless steel cutlery set is the perfect stocking stuffer for your green-minded brother who can’t stand using throwaway plastic on the trail.
Camp cooking is no longer a hassle with the Bear Bowl, a Shark Tank-featured food-grade fiberglass pot that has an aluminum base plate. (It’s compatible with all controlled-flame camp stoves including iso-propane, alcohol, and solid fuel cubes.) Once cool, it gets wiped clean and folded up for easy packing.
For shaken cocktails around the campsite, this stainless steel set features a shaker, a citrus reamer, a jigger cap, and two nesting double-wall steel rocks glasses.
10. Artisan S’mores Kit, $20 at Terrain
Warm summer nights or a holiday on the slopes, it’s always s’mores season. So give an outdoorsy friend a leg up on the preparation with this artisan s’mores kit. This little pouch holds all the fixings — gourmet chocolate, vanilla bean marshmallows, and hand-crafted graham crackers — for a fun roast.
11. Snow Peak Single Action Low Table, $150
Elevate your loved one’s next picnic, literally, with this low-slung table. It’s lightweight and foldable, so she can pack it for a camping trip, too.
12. Mountain and Adventure Shirt, $30 at Etsy
For your friend who prefers to eat her dinner under the starts — on a 50-mile hiking trail — this super-soft tee will serve her well on the path or in the grocery store.
13. Wander + Wash Pocket Soap, $9 at Etsy
These single-use soap slices are made with essential oils, coconut oil, olive oil, botanicals, and organic herbs. Get them for the camp chef, so she can wash her hands before making dinner.
14. Eco-Friendly Instant Grill, $13 at UncommonGoods
This single-use grill is lightweight and oh-so-simple to set up. And it’s made of only bamboo, cardboard, and lava stones, which means the whole thing is completely biodegradable.
15. BioLite Stick Snapper, $10
Your friend will be able to build a fire a lot faster (and without cramping up or soreness in the hands) with this stick snapper. Bonus: It also doubles as a bottle opener.