Christmas may be over, but there are still plenty of opportunities to gift your loved ones something special. Whether you’re shopping for Valentine’s Day, or an upcoming anniversary or birthday, finding the perfect gift for the outdoor explorer in your life can be a challenge. With so much gear on the market, it’s easy to get distracted or become paralyzed by all of the choices.

Don’t panic if you have no idea what to get your boyfriend, girlfriend, or best friend who likes to spend their days outside. These eight gift ideas are sure to please even the pickiest hiker, camper, or traveler in your life.

Backpack with Hydration Pack

This pack from Osprey is perfect for someone who loves spending time outdoors. Whether they’re prepping for a long day hike, spending the day as a tourist in a new city, or braving the summer heat during music festival season, this will be their go-to accessory.

The great thing about this particular model is that it’s unisex, so my boyfriend and I both feel comfortable wearing it. When I saw it in person, I was surprised by how much space there is for gear. In addition to the 2.5-liter fluid reservoir, there’s room for everything your adventure-loving friend needs to have a fun-filled day out on the trail.

Waterproof Speaker

A Bluetooth speaker is a gift that’s sure to get a lot of use year-round. I use my Mini H2O speaker all the time in the shower, hanging out with friends, and on my many outdoor adventures. I especially like how small this speaker is, and that it still gets pretty loud for its size.

Subscription Box

Monthly subscription boxes have seemingly exploded over the past few years, and I for one, am here for it. So far, I’ve gotten my beauty fix via Birchbox, my snack fix from Love With Food, and now, my outdoor gadget fix is satisfied thanks to Cairn.

Each month, Cairn promises to send a box filled with 3-6 products curated for people who love the outdoors. What I love about this gift is that it keeps on giving. Each month, I get to discover new products, add to my collection of gear and feel inspired to get outside and put my gifts to good use.

Hiking Boots

A great pair of hiking boots can make your time out on the trail that much more enjoyable. This Christmas, I was fortunate enough to receive these beautiful and functional hiking boots made by Kodiak. What I love about these boots is that they’re functional AND stylish. You’d be just as likely to catch me wearing them out and about in the city as you would in the wild.

I originally wanted these boots in black. But since they were out of that color at the time, my mom ordered them in olive instead, which I ended up liking even more! Ordering boots for someone else is tough, so it’s always a good idea to ask for a gift receipt. Great hiking boots are a staple they’ll use for years to come, so you want to make sure they absolutely love them.

Portable Charger

A powerful portable charger is a great gift for someone who loves to camp. This will help them keep their phone charged in case of an emergency, and enable them to charge other electronics at their campsite such as a portable speaker. My boyfriend recently got me this portable power bank, and I’ve been using it constantly ever since.

Solar Lamp

While we’re on the topic of camping gear, I want to mention another cool gift idea that the outdoorsman or woman in your life may not have yet. A solar lamp is a convenient tool they can keep in their pack for camping, hiking, biking, and more. I especially love this one my boyfriend got me because it’s inflatable, collapsible, and super bright. I can’t wait to use it all summer long and never have to worry about bringing batteries again.


Who doesn’t love a great pair of socks? I was super excited to receive a pair of Darn Tough hiking socks in my stocking this year, and I’m sure your outdoorsy family member, friend, or significant other would appreciate a pair too.

These socks are perfect for long days on the trail. They’re specially cushioned and made of merino wool that wicks away moisture and enhances comfort and durability or outdoor activities. With socks like these, your adventurous pal will never find themselves with another painful blister again.

Outdoors Membership

If you’re shopping for a couple that loves to get outside, a membership to a local outdoors club is a special gift they can use together. My boyfriend’s mom got us both memberships to the Appalachian Mountain Club for Christmas, which gives us access to a wide range of local activities and workshops. It also means we’ll get to join a vibrant social and volunteer community of people in our area who love to get outside as often as we do. This was a thoughtful gift we’ll both get to enjoy all year long.

These are just a few of my favorite things I’ve received as gifts in recent months. What’s your favorite outdoorsy gift you’ve ever given or received? I’m always on the lookout for new gear to try or to give.