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    33 Gifts For Outdoors Lovers

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    1. A portable grill to turn nearly whenever, wherever into mealtime, from parking lot tailgates to remote campsites to roadside rest stops.

    three people using the small portable grill to make kabobs and hot dogs beside of a camping tent

    Delivers 20,000 BTUs of heat across 285 square inches of grilling surface. Instastart button ignites grill without the need for a match or lighter. Easily folds to a transportable, compact size.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this little grill. Just moved to a townhome with a small patio. Grill is very sturdy, three burners cook great, easy set-up and use. I wheel it in and out of garage for use. Took others' advice and purchased adapter hose to hook up a larger propane tank. Grill is big for traveling on vacation. But great for weekend camping but excellent for tailgating. Grate clean-up takes time and elbow grease. I always forget to add the water to the grill and pull out the plastic trays until after I start the grill. That's my only issue and more user error than Colemans problem. I'll get it down. Also, what's the front chain for? Nothing is in the manual about it." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $249.99+ (available in five colors).

    2. A good pair of waterproof binoculars so they can better spot wildlife (like whales emerging from icy depths, mountain goats balancing on ledges, and buffalo traveling in packs).


    When my family went to The Badlands this summer, we used our binoculars for getting better looks at all kinds of wildlife, like agile mountain goats and adorable prairie dogs. It was also super handy in eyeing buffalo in Custer State Park. (Both are MUSTS for outdoor lovers!)

    This pair has 12X magnification, and a 273 ft. field of view at 1000 yards. It's dust-proof, shockproof, rubber coated, and suitable for both outdoor and indoor use.

    Promising review: "My father owns an $800 pair of Leica binoculars. These are 90% as good. The clarity at 12x is astonishing, I can count blades of grass at 200 yards. I am completely blown away by the fact that you can get a sturdy, near-perfect pair of binoculars for under $50 these days. Simply amazing. There is no chance that these will disappoint." —W. Hoover

    Get them from Amazon for $35.99.

    3. A pack of waterproof playing cards in case they're always game for a rematch of Go Fish.

    the plastic waterproof cards on a boat

    Promising review: "I wasn't sure what to expect with these. They will be perfect for the pool and perfect for camping. It’s very windy at our favorite camping place. The cards are heavy. And these will be easy to clean. So glad I got them. If lost, will get again." —Lacy

    Get them from Amazon for $5.97.

    4. An outdoorsy subscription box — it'll be perfect for people who're always posting beautiful Instas like this, but also *really* enjoy spending time outdoors and know good gear when they meet it.

    a couple laying in a mesh tent in what looks like a park

    They'll get a box of three to six outdoors-y products based on their personal profile.

    Get a subscription from Cairn starting at $34.99/month.

    5. A picturesque calendar from the ~official~ charity of America's National Parks to grace their walls when they're forced to be indoors.

    mountain range on the cover of the calendar

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

    6. A copy of the Ken Burns national doc. It just may spur them to book up another outdoorsy vacay.

    The cover of the film that reads "The National Parks"

    My mom bought this for my dad for Christmas one year and it is *fantastic*.

    Get it from Amazon for $17.94+.

    7. A backpacking hammock built for two — complete with everything they'll need for setup., Amazon

    Includes one double camping hammock 118”x78”, two ropes (each 137”), two tree-friendly straps (each 52”x1”), and two solid steel carabiners. Supports up to 500 lbs.

    Promising review: "Very happy with this purchase! Not kidding or exaggerating, it took me 45 seconds to set up by myself. Very durable yet lightweight. Withstands a very rough 4-year-old monkey (my little sister). 100% sure I will be purchasing another one to camp in; instead of a tent. My little sister loved covering herself up and pretending she was cocooned. I bring that up because I saw some questions asking if you can close it up to avoid bugs and if in Florida, as I am, I wouldn't suggest doing that. If the sun is out, it gets quite hot. Not necessarily because it's a thick material, because it's not, it's mostly because there is no ventilation. My little sister didn't seem to mind but the rest of us sure did. Also, the tree straps included are great! Really appreciate that they were included because some national parks only allow hammocks hung if you have tree straps. I hung it up between two Florida long leaf pines (the bark falls off these trees very easily), and they held up amazingly." —Brenda Stewart

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in seven colors).

    8. A 9-in-1 photo lens kit to help capture the great sights they go off the beaten path to witness with their own eyes.

    carrying case with various phone lenses

    Includes a carrying case and nine lenses that will fit a wide variety of phones, as they easily clamp onto the surface of the phone.

    Promising review: "I just took this camping and I got so many awesome shots! Super easy to use and I love how many lenses it comes with. I recommend to anyone who wants to try taking new kinds of pictures." —J. Olivas

    Get them from Amazon for $21.99.

    9. A water filtration straw that'll lighten their water load on remote trips.,

    Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water without iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals. Does not require batteries and has no moving parts. Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria, 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites, and filters to 0.2 microns; surpasses EPA filter standards.

    Promising review: "I frequently hike and camp in the backcountry all over the United States. Carrying the amount of water that I need to survive during these trips is just not feasible due to the weight. I recently took a LifeStraw out for a test on a backcountry hike in the Rocky Mountains. Every stream, lake, or other water source that I came across, I stopped for a drink. I was drinking fresh snow melt and also from lakes that are home to beavers and other wildlife. There was no added taste to the water and I didn't get sick during or after the trip. The one drawback to the LifeStraw is that it does take a bit of suction to start and keep the water flowing. When you're at high altitudes in the mountains this leads to longer 'drink breaks' because you can get winded pretty easy while trying to suck up water through the LifeStraw. However, its size and weight advantages when hiking mountainous terrain vastly outweigh this minor drawback." —Charlie

    Get it from Amazon for $17.47 (available in two colors).

    10. A bundle of hand warmers to make the elements *that* much more bearable!, Amazon

    Promising review: "Great value for the money!! I like the 10-hour hand warmers over the 7 or 8 hour ones. They seem to perform better and cost the same (or less in this case). I use them while skiing in the frigid temps of Minnesota. I have mittens with an outer shell and an inner liner. I put these warmers just over the top side of my fingers in between the inner liner and outer shell of my mittens. Sometimes that's the only way I can ski without my fingers getting numb from cold. These things have helped me stay out longer. You can use them to warm your face every now and then, too. Note that you need to allow these things to 'breathe' — the components inside need oxygen to react. So you can't tuck them away in too tight of a spot for too long — outer pockets work great. Also I typically open the package about a half hour before I really need them, shake them up real good to get things mixed up and reacting and then let them breathe openly as they heat up." —J R

    Get 10 pairs from Amazon for $6+.

    11. A picnic backpack that'll help lengthen their hikes and outdoor rendezvous so they don't have to retreat indoors in search of food.

    the open backpack with compartments for a variety of dining and eating items needed in a picnic

    Includes 1 backpack with insulated cooler compartment, 1 45"x53" picnic blanket, 2×stainless steel knives, 2 forks, 2 spoons, 2 BPA-free dinner plates, 2 plastic wine glasses, 2 washable cotton napkins, salt and pepper shakers, 1 serrated butter/cheese knife, 1 plastic chopping board, 1 corkscrew with bottle opener.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this bag. When I was searching for picnic bags I wasn't sure if I should go traditional and get a basket one, but I do live an active lifestyle and carrying a basket everywhere wouldn't work for me. So far it has not failed me. It has enough room, it's not cheaply made, it's sturdy. I have nothing but good things to say about this bag." —Jenifffer Castro

    Get them from Amazon for $50.98+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

    12. A lightweight mess kit so they can whip up some delish meals in the great outdoors without lugging around a whole kitchen.

    the various things in the mess kit

    Includes 2 non-stick pots, 1 min stove, 1 stainless steel cup (16 oz), 1 silicone insulated cup protector, 1 knife, 1 fork, 1 spoon, 1 wooden spatula, 1 loofah sponge, 1 carabiner, 2 mesh bags. One larger Pot is 4.1 inch x 4.8 inch, One small Pot is 2.3 inch x 4.5 inch.

    Promising review: "Awesome product. Very light and compact with everything you need included. We lighten the load a bit by leaving the coffee cup (don't drink coffee) and the wooden spoon but the folding utensils are a must. Lights easy and cooks fast — even on our last two cold weather backpacking trips. Doesn't work well in the wind so had to find a little shelter under tree roots and rocks. Both kids do a ton of camping and backpacking with scouts and this product worked out great!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in two varieties).

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    13. A campfire safety cover that'll keep them *and* their fire stoked.

    Fireside Outdoor

    This vented campfire cover can keep embers warm for up to eight hours and protect fires from the elements. It also can act as a shield for the surrounding area by blocking blowing ash and smoke, or as an added safety measure on top of extinguished fires. Woven glass silica lets this cover handle temperatures up to 2,500 degrees — more than typical campfires or backyard blazes.

    Get the Campfire Defender from Fireside Outdoor for $179.95.

    14. A portable campfire sure to have even the most seasoned of campers scratching their head, oohing, and ahhing.

    log-like starter with a carrying loop at the top
    The Grommet

    This portable quick-light log is made of kiln-dried pine wood and provides a self-contained flame that lasts up to two hours!

    Get it from The Grommet for $23.95.

    15. A night-vision trail camera to get a glimpse at all kinds of wildlife on their property.


    My parents have one of these and are forever catching glimpses of deer and other critters that sneak by at night.

    This waterproof camera captures 20 MP crystal clear images and video with super clear sound recording each time motion is detected of wild game during the day (black and white at night). Multi-shot modes are available and can take up to three photos per detection.

    Promising review: "This camera is virtually invisible, blending in well with the forest, and doesn't emit any visible light. It takes excellent shots, day or night and even does a nice job in the rain. Very easy to install and configure, it has a well designed body and mounting system." —Lily

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99.

    16. A pocket-size travel blanket for when they see a view worth sitting down for a spell to admire.,

    The blanket is waterproof, sand-resistant, and puncture-proof.

    Promising review: "I recently took this handy blanket to a camping music festival and it proved to be incredibly useful and versatile. Lightweight and easily folds or stuffs into its carrying pouch. Great for folding out on the ground for a place to sit (comfortably big enough for 2–3 people) and is made from a waterproof material that seems fairly dirt-proof as well – which means you don't necessarily need to worry about finding a perfectly dry spot and don't need to worry about it picking up dirt and moisture when you pick it back up to stuff it back in its pouch. This blanket also did a great job of keeping me warm when the temperature dropped at night! Can be wrapped around the shoulders or waist and does a good job of keeping in your body heat (big enough for two people to share standing side-by-side). Also useful to throw in the bottom of an uninsulated hammock to keep your backside warm. It's also really useful when holding over your head to shield you from either rain (waterproof) or sun (if you forgot your sunscreen). Definitely a five-star camping/festival companion. I gave it a solid five days of heavy use and it still looks brand new." —RJStags

    Get it from Amazon for $20.49 (available in six colors).

    17. Or a sand-free mat they'll rely on for beach trips and camping setups.

    people sitting on the mat in front of a camping tent

    That's right, sand, dirt, and dust all *go through* this mat like magic with its double-layer weave. Has D-Rings around the edges to affix firmly to the ground, and is easily cleaned and dries instantly should drinks be spilt.

    Promising review: "You won't believe it until you see it. We use this as an entrance to our tent when we camp at the beach, this way we keep the inside of the tent sand free. the product works as advertised." —Alejandro Carvallo

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in two colors and four sizes).

    18. A double sleeping bag for the couple who's *always* camping. Always! And if they get in a fight, it converts to TWO sleeping bags.

    the sleeping bag with a carrying bag

    Weather-resistant up to 23°F ( -5°C). Made of water-resistant 210T polyester, lined with TC fabric, and filled cotton. Detaches to make two separate sleeping bags. Includes two pillows and a carrying bag.

    Promising review: "We opened the box to find a product appearing the size of rolled sheets and thought OH NO. Then we tried it camping that weekend and OH YES! We were kept plenty warm (45* overnight), was roomy, the fabric felt good, and appears quite durable/stitched well. We intend to buy more for gifts." —Jamie

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in three colors).

    19. A kids' camping set to keep them busy in the great indoors, too.

    two kids playing with plastic campfire, smores, and lantern

    Includes two logs with flame, glow-in-the-dark lantern, fork, hot dog, marshmallow, chocolate bar, two graham crackers, and duffle bag. Ideal for ages 2+.

    Promising review: "Such a cute little playset! My daughter loves it. (Surprisingly) really good quality for the price. No sharp edges or anything. Everything fits into the little green duffel for easy clean-up. Seems sturdy and like it will last for years." —Megan H

    Get it from Amazon for $14.49.

    20. A butterfly puddler that'll still look adorable during wintry weather and attract all kinds of winged beauts to their garden during warmer temps.

    triangle shape stone with leaf prints on it and a water puddle in the middle
    Uncommon Goods

    This sand-and-water puddler is designed to hold on to natural minerals after water evaporates that then attract all sorts of butterflies!

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $40.

    21. A set of telescoping roasting sticks so everyone can get their marshmallows just how they like them without getting too close to the campfire.

    extendable sticks with marshmallows on the end

    Includes five, eight, or 12 telescoping and spinning forks, canvas travel bag pouch, bamboo skewers, and a recipes e-book.

    Promising review: "I love these roasting sticks. They are each a different color and the kids enjoy picking out 'their' stick. The prongs hold the marshmallows securely so they don't fall into the fire, and fully extended, they are long enough to roast without fear of burns. I think these would make a great gift for anyone who has a fire pit or goes camping, or even roasts marshmallows in their fireplace." —A. Castleberry

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99+.

    22. A military-grade compass to easily fit on their belt loop or in their glove compartment.

    the compass with a lanyard on it

    It's waterproof, shake-proof, glows in the dark, and has a lens on the rear sight that magnifies the card dial for accurate readings.

    Promising review: "All compasses I've ever bought have been a lie. Sure, they all point north and that's a compass's basic function. But this is no ordinary compass. This compass is the pig among guinea pigs. Yes, it points north. Huzzah! But in addition to that, it can take a beating. Water, dirt, mud, xenomorph acid blood, you name it. This compass can take it. The laser sighting is nice when you're trying to get a bearing of altitude, landmarks, etc." —Frequency Jones

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    23. A beekeeping guide because they've been talking about starting it as a hobby awhile and maybe this'll be a push in the right direction.

    the book cover

    You can also give the suggestion of signing up for a local beekeeping class, which is what my aunt did!

    Promising review: "This book is organized so you can reference what you are specifically interested in by a particular chapter, or read it from cover to cover. This has been a pleasant read and very educational on bee keeping. I would recommend this book to others." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15+.

    24. A horse-head squirrel feeder as a hilarious outdoor distraction they can enjoy inside.,

    Promising review: "This thing is so dang entertaining. We needed something to lift the spirits of my son after he broke his arm, and this did the trick. Peanut butter + sunflower seeds= endless amount of fun." —BWest

    Get it from Amazon for $18.20.

    25. A window-mount bird feeder to help everyone *safely* get up close and personal with the neighborhood songbirds., Amazon

    FYI, this would be an ~amazing~ gift for someone who loves the outdoors but has limited mobility!

    Promising review: "Such an adorable little bird feeder!! It only took the birds two to three days to find the new feeder and trust it. My cats LOVE it and sit and watch the birds for literally hours! They jump up right at the birds, attempt to pounce, and even tap the window with their paws and the birds legit don't care anymore and continue right on eating. I also have a TON of chipmunks and squirrels in my backyard and none of them have even noticed, cared, or touched it because they can't reach it. I would recommend this product 100% for anyone that loves nature/bird watching or has cats or kids for sure! Like I stated, fun for the whole family!" —Nikki

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    26. A celestial fire pit perfect for nights spent stargazing in the backyard.

    fire pit with cutouts of stars and moons on the side

    Made of sturdy steel with a black finish. Includes a cooking grate and spark screen with poker. Has a safety ring for easy transport.

    Promising review: "Love it! Did not disappoint! Bought it as a gift for my husband and he loves it. Very easy to assemble and love how the moon and stars glow when lit." —Kathy Carman

    Get it from Amazon for $239.99.

    27. A lightweight water-resistant backpack they can use as a backup in case of ~outdoorsy~ emergencies., Amazon

    Made of water- and tear-resistant nylon material, and reinforced in more than 31 places.

    Promising review: "I took this on a hike today and it worked out great. Fit a water bottle on each side, carried a hiking book, reading glasses, cell phone, husband's extra shirt, my wallet, and keys. It was still comfortable and not heavy, and I am a petite person. The straps are comfortable and not too far apart. I was worried about that because of my size. I appreciate that there are tabs by the zippers so that you can pull the zippers while holding the bag taut." —neanderthalgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in 10 colors).

    28. A floatable cooler (with a lid!) for their annual tubing trip.

    Promising review: "This cooler is a great value! We actually bought two more. The first one survived a 10-hour journey and a second 4-hour journey down a local river. Made of good quality plastic and can hold quite a bit. We put food, ice, and beer in one. Also will not flip over we put all the coolers in the middle of a big circle of rafts. They float about by themselves and can handle a strong current and mild rapids. Highly recommended!" —Amazon Customer

    Get one from Amazon for $29.99.

    29. A portable camping stove to whip up some tasty meals without hogging space in their pack.,

    Promising review: "It fits in your hand *and* comes with a spoon and fork, which is a bonus. It's easy to put on and take off of the fuel canister. It ignites on the first try, the fuel adjustment works perfectly and it's windproof! I highly recommend this!" —Becky Hines

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    30. A bendable LED light rope they'll find a new use for every time they venture outside.

    person stringing up the light string beside of a truck for camping

    Plug the Luminoodle into any portable USB battery pack or USB port and hang, drape or stick it nearly anywhere for a beautiful, bright light. Includes three universal ties.

    Promising review: "I used the supplied ties to attach through loops within my tent; and I also had it freely hanging off of a tree branch, which provided enough light in the campsite to put away our tent in the dark." —Andy Roerig

    Get it from Amazon for $14.86+ (available in two lengths and with or without battery).

    31. A portable AeroPress coffee and espresso maker to help wake them up during those early morning hikes, even if they're already on the go.


    It makes one to three cups of coffee per press in under one minute and includes the press, a funnel, scoop, stirrer, 350 micro-filters, and a filter holder.

    Promising review: "Stop what you're doing and make note of the date and time. Then, buy this. Your life will never be the same. This is basically the iPhone of the coffee world. It changes the game: Easy to use, easy to clean, doesn't require elaborate rituals. Makes REALLY GOOD coffee, that can be easily adjusted to suit your taste. It's FREAKING CHEAP compared to owning a whole counter full of coffee appliances. It's portable. You can take it on trips, use it in hotels. You can take it camping, hunting, or fishing. You can take it to your office. This thing can make the best coffee anywhere you have boiling water. Just buy it already. The more time you spend reading this, the longer until AeroPress changes your life." —dwizum

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    32. An all-purpose waterproof Yeti tote bag they could toss their sopping wet pool and beach gear in and it'd still be fine, so...that's saying something., Amazon

    Promising review: "This bag is wonderful. Bought to use as a beach bag, pool bag for kids, day trip bag, soccer game bag, boat bag, and just anything else that requires a nice durable bag. It will keep my car dry when throwing wet pool/beach gear in it. I can place it on the pool deck and not worry about my stuff inside getting wet. It's very easy to clean inside – you can hose it out or use a wipe. It is made of very durable materials and I know it will be a bag that we will use for years and years. I have not seen any type of bag that compares with the durability this has. 5 stars without a doubt." —Prime Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $112.49+ (available in four colors).

    33. A personalized push pin map of all the national parks in the USA, so they can keep track of the gorgeous places they've visited *plus* have some new wall decor.

    HolyCowCanvas / Etsy

    Holy Cow Canvas is an Indiana-based Etsy shop that specializes in large custom canvas art.

    The personalization process is super easy! Select which size and legend you'd like, then type your personalized text in the box above the "Buy it now" option.

    Promising review: "An AMAZING map!!! Received it today (super fast turnaround from order to receiving it) and looks BETTER than the pictures. Bought the map as a wedding gift and was able to personalize it by adding personal quote and their names. Truly a one-of-a-kind map and present. Thanks!!! This is the BEST national park map I have found to record your adventures. Added bonus: It’s also a great price for the size of the map." —Jimmy

    Get it from Holy Cow Canvas on Etsy for $99+ (available in three sizes and with six legend options).

    Now you just have to practice your scary stories to tell 'round the campfire!

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