This holiday season, give the present of the outdoors by getting your outdoorsy friends the gear they need with the help of our Outdoor Gear Gift Guide.
Whether they like to hit the slopes every weekend or are waiting for sunnier days, outdoor gear is a gift that keeps giving with every use. Get inspired by some of our favorite outdoor gear gift ideas and sales events for this year’s holiday season.
Our 2023 Holiday Outdoor Gear Gift Guide
We know that it can be hard to find the right gift for outdoorsy folks, so we’ve made this list of outdoor gifts we’re excited about. Use our Holiday Outdoor Gear Gift Guide to help find the perfect gift.
For the ultralight gearheads in your life, a gift from Outdoor Vitals will surely impress. And right now, Outdoor Vitals is in the middle of its 12 Days of Christmas event.
Each day from December 1 through 12, Outdoor Vitals will put one of its bestsellers on sale at a significant discount. Check in today, and each day until the 12th to see what gear has gone on sale.
Plus, on select days OV will also be giving away free gear with purchases of the daily sale item! This is a holiday shopping event you don’t want to miss. Here are a few examples of the deals you can uncover:
- 15% OFF CS40 Ultra Backpacks
- Up to 28% OFF Fortius Tent bundles
- 20% OFF Vario Jackets
- 20% OFF Summit Down Sleeping Bags
A good base layer is key to enjoying the outdoors in the winter (or any time of year, really), which is why the KÜHL Invigoratr Merino Crew is the perfect gift for any adventurer.
The Invigoratr is made out of AeroKnit fabric, a blend of luxuriously soft Merino wool with a touch of nylon for increased strength and stability.
With its articulated design, this lightweight layer will keep you warm and help with temperature regulation while on the move. What’s more — it’s naturally odor-resistant. Bases? Covered.
It features a hydraulic braking system, making breaking easier during inclement weather days. It also has a redesigned low-step frame, making it a comfortable ride for many folks. The RadRunner 3 Plus can customized to the person you’re gifting it for.
This e-bike has a 7-speed drive train, making hills a breeze, and can cruise up to 45 miles per charge. Plus, the fat tires and suspension system make this capable on dirt trails, gravel roads, and sandy shores.
If you’re looking for a perfect gift for the snowshoers, backcountry skiers, and winter campers in your life, down booties are the way to go. We love the Feathered Friends Down Booties for when the ski boots come off.
These booties feel like insulated socks but with a weather-resistant shell and waterproof soles that allow you to wear them around for a quick walk from the hut to the outhouse without having to put on your heavy-duty snow boots. These also come with drawcords at the ankle and cuff to help keep dirt and snow out and the warmth in.
Hikers, mountaineers, and backpackers — that’s who this gift would be perfect for! The Southwest 40L Pack from HyperLite is an ultralight beast. It’s also extremely durable and is sure to delight this holiday season.
This pack is perfect for any day hike adventure that may require a little extra gear. It features an adjustable shoulder strap, a section for your water bladder, side compression straps, and ice axe loops. And it’s constructed with waterproof Dyneema® fabric to protect your gear from the elements.
For the backpackers in your life, the Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow is a great gift that brings the comfort of your bed to the tent. This pillow is inflatable, lightweight, and packable, making it so you won’t even notice when it’s stored.
The top of the pillow is a polyester outer, providing a comfortable place to rest your head while maintaining durability. It features a synthetic fill inside that wicks away moisture. The shape is created with a mummy sleeping bags in mind.
A good cup of coffee is only as good as the mug, or so we think. This holiday season, the YETI 14oz Rambler makes the perfect gift to keep your hot drinks hotter longer.
This stainless steel cup is useful whether at the office or around the fire. It features a Magslider Lid to help protect against splashes and double wall vacuum insulation to keep your drink warm even while you get ready to ski. We also love that it’s dishwasher-safe.
The Patagonia Synchilla is another item in our Outdoor Gear Gift Guide that is perfect for any outdoorsy person in your life.
This ultra-soft fleece will keep you warm and cozy by the fire and is the perfect layer to change into after taking off sweaty base layers. It features a snap chest pocket and four snaps on the chest to have it fit as you need. The spandex binding on the cuffs and hem create a sealed fit to help keep you even warmer.
Six Moon Designs knows trekking, and they’re making sure you’ll be enjoying it even when the sun is scorching. The Silver Shadow Umbrella from Six Moon is a great gift for those who love desert hiking.
This ultralight umbrella isn’t your typical one. It provides a large reflective surface on the top to bounce off sunlight with a black underside to absorb lingering rays. The umbrella leaves you feeling much cooler with its UPF rating of 50+ and can easily be lashed to the outside of your pack when not needed. It also repeals water easily so that you can ditch the rain jacket during lighter storms.
A great gift for backpackers that doesn’t break the bank is this Sea to Summit Kettle. This collapsible kettle is perfect for backpackers who want a pot for everything so they can fit other items inside their pack.
The kettle fits enough water for two freeze-dried meals, or a couple of cups of cocoa but can also be used for other food, like noodles. We see you, Ramen enjoyers. The walls are constructed with food-grade, heat-resistant silicone and features 2 glass-reinforced nylon handles for durability.
Dog lovers will agree the perfect gift for them is one for their dog! The Fido Pro Airlift Harness is a dog rescue sling and is a great gift for owners who take their dogs with them on all adventures.
This rescue sling is packable and comes with a lightweight harness with armholes and legholes to help your pup in an emergency. While we always hope we never have to use them, this gift will also give dog owners peace of mind when hitting the trail with their pups!
The REI Co-Op Flash 22 Pack is a favorite this season. This frameless pack is 22 liters and is the perfect pack for day hikers and those always on the go. It features two side pockets for water bottles, a key pocket, an ice axe loop, and an extra stash pocket on the exterior. The interior features a water bladder pocket and a lot of storage to fit your gear while enjoying the wilderness for the day.
The best part? This pack contains a removable seat pad so you can sit and enjoy the view after all your hard work.
Keep your outdoor friends cozy this winter with the Stoic Basecamp Bivy Quilt. It’s a perfect outdoor gift as an extra layer for the truck camper bed or to lay out on the ground and watch the stars. It has a water-repellent finish to defend against dirt and moisture.
This blanket is constructed with synthetic insulation, so it won’t lose heat if it gets wet. It’s lightweight and comes in a stuff sack, so you can easily throw it in the back of your car until you need it next!
Nothing says happy holidays like being able to take your coffee with you on the go, no matter where you are. The Stanley Travel French Press Mug doubles as both a French press and a travel mug.
This gift is perfect for those early ski mornings or overnight backpacking trips. This 16oz mug features double-walled vacuum insulation to keep your beverage hot for up to four hours. Or five hours cool — if you’re a cold brew person.
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