Whether you’re looking to splurge on a GPS watch or get a stocking stuffer like a camp light, there’s plenty of gear worth gifting to your outdoors-savvy friends and family. These 31 picks are great for beginners and lifelong exploration junkies, and many are multipurpose.
National Parks lovers can jot down beta and record memories of their adventures with this three-pack of books from Field Notes. Each memo has 48 pages of graph paper and a stunning illustration of wild places across the country.
They look classy and feel great, but these leather gloves from Give’r are functional, too. Wax waterproofing and a dash of polyester insulation make them good for chores like shoveling or more gnarly, high-output sports—think ski touring.
Tech-obsessed adrenaline junkies can capture every minute of their epic journeys with the new Hero9, which has improved battery life and better image stabilization compared to its predecessor. That will result in smoother footage of their runs, rides, and backcountry drives. The purchase includes a one-year GoPro subscription that provides unlimited cloud storage and discounts on other gear.
We can’t decide how we like using Stanley’s new Multi-Cup best, but we can tell you it’s hardly left our side since we first got it. The insulated vessel holds 10 ounces of any hot or cold beverage and doubles as a beer koozie. The titanium design is sleek, featherlight, and ultra-durable.
No matter the activity, a mask has become an essential piece of apparel in 2020. Buff redesigned its popular multipurpose gaiter to have a slightly pointed opening on one end for a more secure fit over the nose and a built-in mesh pocket that fits one of the five included replaceable filters.
This simple hammock packs down small, weighs less than two pounds, and includes everything needed for an afternoon of relaxing. The nearly 9-foot straps allow for hanging out between trees with thick trunks or those that are spaced farther apart.
If the new cyclist in your life was lucky enough to snag a bike this year, help them outfit their ride with this simple computer. The easy-to-read screen on the wireless Padrone displays trip distance, speed, elapsed time, and more. For road riders, consider the GPS-enabled Garmin Edge 530, which offers turn-by-turn navigation.
Trekking poles help hikers navigate technical terrain and can reduce impact on knee joints during descents. The sweat-wicking ergonomic cork grip on the Traverse offers comfort, and the snapping levers lock the telescoping pole at the appropriate height.
These sub-11-ounce binos are as easy to tote around as they are to use. The anti-reflective, anti-fog, and waterproof design offers a clear image for birders, wildlife watchers, hunters, or anyone who wants to see the landscape in eight times magnification.
In his decades as an outdoorsman, author and MeatEater host Steven Rinella has sometimes learned the hard way what not to do in the wild. His new book covers the basic survival skills, like how to find shelter and administer first aid in the backcountry, along with plenty of colorful anecdotes.
We like the large and very portable Pop-Up for big blazes in the backyard or at the campground. The fire pit packs down to about the size of a folded camp chair yet can hold up to 125 pounds of wood. The open design makes it easy to tend to and add logs.
Bucket list trips like trekking through Patagonia and scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef might be on hold, but outdoorsmen and women still need a bag for close-to-home weekend trips. The 55-liter Black Hole is made with ultra-burly and water-resistant recycled polyester to protect the clothes and gear inside.
Cozy up by the campfire or in the backyard with this one-person blanket. Made with recycled materials and synthetic insulation, it’s water-repellent, machine-washable, and stuffs downs for easy portability.
We were surprised at just how much illumination these charming string lights provide. They’re great for hanging over a table in the backyard or campground, and the hard plastic carrying case keeps the 18-foot string protected and tangle-free.
Available in 6.5- and 7-foot lengths, the Virtual is no ordinary medium-power fishing rod. It’s Bluetooth-enabled, and once paired with a phone, it records location, weather, and water conditions with the touch of a button after your favorite angler has landed a catch. Best of all, that data is private by default, so their secret fishing holes will stay hidden.
REI brings a playful outdoor-inspired design to the venerable 32-ounce Nalgene. The lightweight, impact-resistant design and leakproof lid are capable in rugged settings, and the affordable price tag makes it a perfect stocking stuffer.
This is one of our favorite pocket knives for a reason: The Mini Bugout’s diminutive size is in direct contrast to its explosive cutting power. What’s more, the textured Grivory handle feels secure in our grip, and the Axis locking mechanism allows for one-handed closure.
Swiftwick’s new National Parks Collection adds a scenic touch to its unisex Vision sock. The lightweight, seamless design is comfortable for all-day wear, while the modest padding from toe to heel adds a bit of squish on hikes, trail runs, or gravel rides. Choose from designs based on five parks: the Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Zion.
This trail-ready GPS watch boasts a long-lasting battery (between 40 and 100 hours, depending on settings) and easy-to-follow multi-color mapping on the 1.2-inch display. What sets it apart from competitors is the Hill Splitter feature, which provided detailed stats as we climbed or came bombing downhill.
It’s always a good idea to carry a few matches for emergencies, and the Titan Stormproof Match Kit clocks in at less than 3 ounces, so it won’t weigh explorers down. The buoyant, waterproof case holds 12 long-lasting, wind-resistant matches and three replacement striking surfaces.
Late-season hunters need top-notch protection for frigid mornings in the field. These gloves are stuffed with synthetic PrimaLoft Gold Eco insulation, except in the trigger fingers for uninhibited dexterity. The nylon and leather exteriors resist abrasion and provide good grip.
The new IKO Core offers a lot of light in a 3-ounce package that feels like it’s barely there. It can pump up to 500 lumens into the darkness, runs on a rechargeable or three AAA batteries, and has a carrying case that doubles as a light-diffusing lantern cover.
For proof that sustainable can be rugged, look no further than the Wāke, a thin case made from 85% recycled ocean plastic. It’s protected our phone during more than one accidental drop in the field. Available for select Google Pixels, Samsung Galaxies, and Apple iPhones, the case is even recyclable through LifeProof’s LifeCycle program.
Lightweight and portable, the Flip 24 lets weekend warriors juice their phone, headlamp, or other small tech in the field. It’s also got a battery indicator so they’ll know when the USB-rechargeable device needs a power up.
Anglers can never have enough tackle and will be counting down the days until they can get on the water and use this kit. The Mystery Tackle Box includes a handful of lures and other supplies for bass fishing along with expert advice on how to use it all.
The low-profile Bozeman is a casual sneaker with enough performance chops to not be out of place on the trail. The dual-density EVA lends cushioning and springy energy return, while the gender-specific last and textured ultra-precise lacing ensures a secure fit. For hikers who enjoy exploring more technical terrain, the mid-height boot offers the same feel underfoot with more ankle protection.
The men’s Kipuka Hulu offers all the comfort of a shearling-lined slipper with the capability of a casual shoe, thanks to the rubber outsole, supportive footbed, and Olukai’s patented drop-in heel. It’s ideal aprés footwear after a day on powder or in the woods. For women, choose the Pa‘ani slipper.
A bike trainer lets a dedicated cyclist get in their miles no matter how cold, wet, or snowy the weather. The Kickr Snap is simple to set up, compatible with grade and wind-speed simulators, and integrates with Zwift, The Sufferfest, and other third-party apps.
Brett McLeod’s expansive axe collection sparked inspiration for the author’s latest book all about the history, design, and various uses of the humble axe. Part ode, part how-to guide, American Axe is a fascinating look at the essential tool.