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    Updated on Feb 1, 2019. Posted on Dec 13, 2017

    35 Gifts For Outdoors Lovers

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    1. A Speed Cinch anchor that'll make anchoring lines for all kinds of outdoor activities so much easier, like tarps, trail cameras, clotheslines, and more.

    Founder Jim Bainbridge is a U.S. veteran and first created this knot-free solution to keep hunting blinds up.

    Get it from The Grommet for $7.95 (also available as a ground stake).

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

    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: "Bought for a gift for my hubby and he loves it. He can grill our whole family's dinner when we camp and yet it's so compact, that it stores very easily. Just fold it up!" —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $146.33+ (available in eight colors).

    3. 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 275 ft. field of view at 1000 yards. It's dust-proof, shockproof, rubber coated, and suitable for both outdoor and indoor use.

    Promising review: "These binoculars were excellent. They easily fit in my carry-on with my laptop and other electronics. I used them throughout my Arizona vacation. The views they provided were exactly what I was looking for." —M. Musselman

    Get them from Amazon for $39.99.

    4. A phone lamp for corralling their phone's flashlight in times of need...even while camping!

    Promising review: "I got this for my husband because we camp a lot and I thought it would be funny to turn our phone lights into a lantern. Honestly, it's a really handy little thing. I use it a lot!" —ImaturtleLT

    Get it from Amazon for $16.36.

    5. And a pack of glow-in-the-dark playing cards in case they don't want to use up their phone battery to pass the nighttime with Go Fish.

    Promising review: "These cards are so cool! Waterproof so that they can't get ruined and the glow-in-the-dark feature makes them perfect for evening card games on the porch." —Amanda Travis

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

    6. 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.

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

    Get a monthly subscription from Cairn for $29.95.

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

    Get it from Amazon for $10.39.

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

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

    Get it from Amazon for $48.95+.

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

    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 $22.94+ (available in four colors).

    10. A 5-in-1 photo lens kit to help capture the great sights they go off the beaten path to witness with their own eyes.

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

    Promising review: "I bought this for my friend who has grandkids and needed something that would take great pictures when they went on their vacation. She just told me how happy she was with this product, how easy it was to use, and the way she was able to take great pictures with it. I love coming up with unique gifts for people and this one was one of my best ideals yet!" —AMZ

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

    11. 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."


    Get it from Amazon for $17.47.

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

    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 20 pairs from Amazon for $14.99.

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

    Includes 1 backpack with insulated cooler compartment, 1 XL 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: "This was even bigger and roomier than I anticipated! The side wine bottle holder is clipped in and can be removed, and is also secured to the side of the bag by a strip of Velcro. It also fits a good sized water bottle and is insulated. The blanket is the perfect size with a water-proof bottom. The only negative I have about the bag is that the insulated part for the food is narrow and tall, so it can be harder to fit in Tupperware of salads, etc without having to place them in sideways and having your food slide about. It fits a lot though, and would be perfect for a hike!" —ilovebooks2201

    Get them from Amazon for $46.99.

    14. A pair of snowboarding socks designed by Olympic Gold Medal snowboarder Hannah Teter for the person who does NOT mess around with wintry sports gear.

    Made from high-grade merino wool. The company Bombas — which people are obsessed with right now — operates on a one pair purchased, one pair donated to the homeless type deal. Win-win!

    Get a two-pack from Bombas for $24 (available in six color combos).

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

    Includes folding stainless-steel spork, spoon, fork, knife, mini stove with piezo ignition, anodized aluminum nonstick pot, nonstick frying pan, pan cover, two BPA free bowls, BPA-free soup spoon, rice ladle, loofah sponge, carabiner, nylon bag, and fire starter.

    Promising review: "This was a gift for a life long backpacker. He said it is perfect and very functional. He will be using it this summer on his trip to Loch Leven Lakes in Nor*Cal." —Amazon Customer

    Get them from Amazon for $24.99.

    And check out our best campfire cooking tips.

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

    This vented campfire cover can keep embers warm for up to 8 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. Military-grade glass fabric coated with a silicone polymer lets this cover handle temperatures up to 2500 degrees — more than typical campfires or backyard blaze.

    Get it from The Grommet for $199.

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

    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.

    18. A subscription to The Homestead Box. It'll help them get a few steps closer to going off the grid, or at least let them *feel* like it.

    The products are sourced from local craftsmen and experts with unique skills. Each box is filled with practical, usable, and quality products that will help them be self-sufficient. Possibilities include items to complete gardening, building, DIY projects, and much more!

    Get a monthly subscription from Cratejoy for $24.99+.

    19. 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 12 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 available and can takes up to 3 photos per detection.

    Promising review: "This trail camera is perfect for nature lovers like us! We have been watching the deer and other wildlife in our backyard and love it!! Clear picture, as well as a discretely hidden camera make for hours of fun!" —Newmom2330

    Get it from Amazon for $59.87.

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

    Blanket is made of waterproof material suitable for warm days on the beach, as well as rain. Easy to clean. Pockets in the corners for additional weight, loop holes for stakes, built-in storage bag attached to the blanket.

    Promising review: "This is a very thin but durable material. You can feel the quality that was put into making it. I was looking for a lightweight, easy to pack blanket that folded up really small so I can take it anywhere. I have used it twice since I got it, once at Vans Warped Tour and once on a camping trip. It was so nice to be able to unfold it and throw it down anywhere I wanted and be able to completely lay down on it with my girlfriend and listen to music and stay off of the grass. After walking around all day and listening to different bands it was nice to relax for an hour. While camping I sat on it around the campfire because we ran out of chairs, it worked perfectly! I will always have this blanket with me when I go places from now on, I will be taking it with me to the beach when I go later in the summer!" —jusdavidtin

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two colors, three sizes).

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

    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 $44.50+ (available in three colors, sizes).

    22. 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.

    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 bag. 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, fabric felt good, and appears quite durable/stitched well. We intend to buy more for gifts." —Jamie

    Get it from Amazon for $48.99.

    23. A kid's camping set to keep them busy in the great indoors, too.

    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 $18.39 (also available in a fishing set).

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

    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.

    25. A 10-pack of telescoping roasting sticks so everyone can get their marshmallows just how they like them without getting too close to the campfire.

    Includes 10 telescoping and spinning forks, canvas travel bag pouch, 10 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 $21.99.

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

    It's waterproof, shakeproof, 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 $9.99.

    27. 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.

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

    Promising review: "We have been keeping bees for five years now and this is still where we turn first for a reference. I bought other books for my wife and I to use, but this is her favorite." —BRH

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+.

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

    Get it from Jet for $12.12.

    29. And a window-mount bird feeder to help everyone *safely* get up close and personal with the neighborhood songbirds.,

    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 $21.90.

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

    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 $88.99+ (available in five styles).

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

    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 $15.99+ (available in 11 colors).

    32. A floatable cooler for their annual tubing trip.

    Includes a removable ice chest, three air chambers, six built-in cup holders, four durable handles, and repair patch. Removable ice chest holds up to 72 cans and ice. Base can also be used as a floating base for a cooler up to 48 quarts.

    Promising review: "We go to Cape Hatteras and spend at least one day each year chill-laxing at a spot on the Pamlico Sound known as Canadian Hole. 200 feet from shore the water is thigh-to-waist deep. This year we filled a 48 qt. cooler with our favorite adult tasty beverages and floated it out in our Mega Chill II. No more having somebody make the trip back to the beach for refills! Although it is rated for a 48 qt. cooler, it will easily carry a larger size. In a pinch you can simply fill it with ice and drinks as it comes with a handy inflatable lid, but we didn't feel comfortable with the potential for sharp corners of a cube puncturing the float. You need one of these now, even if you're chilling in a pool." —Bubba Warbucks

    Get one from Amazon for $28.99.

    Check out more of the best coolers on Amazon.

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

    Promising review: "For the price you pay, this little stove is beyond perfect. I have used it in the back country at Big Bend, as well as other local state parks in my area. It is super lightweight and super small. Screw it onto a fuel canister and place your pot on top and your water is boiling within two to three minutes. I have no need for anything else. Why spend more on other items when this does just fine? I highly recommend it." —marcus carrillo

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

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

    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 $19.99+ (available in two lengths, and with or without battery).

    35. And a solar charger so they can still keep in touch when they wanna.

    Solar cells convert up to 21.5-23.5% of solar power into free energy so you can charge up to two USB devices simultaneously.

    Promising review: "I’ve used this about 25 times by now. VERY hot and sunny days in Utah deserts and also freezing cloudy days in New England ski mountains. Charged an iPhone 7 Plus from 31% to about 70% in 30 minutes on the sunny days while only taking about 45 minutes to do so on less sunny days. It’s gotten slightly wet from snow, but proper drying works for mine. Definitely one of the most useful piece of solar tech I can think of. It charges my portable batteries I take for rainy day hikes within 4 hours of direct sun." —NIckyB

    Get it from Amazon for $57.99.

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

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