I don’t encourage people to buy more things, especially things they don’t need. But if you’re looking for a gift for friends or family (or even yourself), you’re better off buying things that are meant to get them out there experiencing the world with things that you’ll enjoy for years to come and memories you’ll cherish even longer.
I myself have spent a LOT of money on outdoor gear, but I always make sure to buy the best thing I can afford and, most importantly, I make sure to use it. None of it is going to do you much good sitting in the garage… Get out there and do things.
To help you out (and me, if you decide to shop through my affiliate links), I’ve put together a few ideas for some gifts that any outdoor lover or adventure travel would enjoy finding under the tree.
Gifts range from super cheap to moderately expensive, there’s something for all budgets.
2017 Gift Guide
I absolutely love my ENO Hammock. It is great for backpacking, road tripping, or even just general travel. So long as you’ve got a few nearby trees, you can strap this thing up and have an amazing place to relax for the evening. Can’t recommend this enough.
You don’t want to get sick from your water source, whether camping or backpacking. This little UV light will disinfect your water in no time flat and comes in handy from remote streams to a restaurant in Mexico.
This thin and light solar panel will keep your USB electronics charged and ready to go while you are on the trail or off camping. I love the slim and light design. Check out the video I put together here.
Brought to you by yours truly, this fun t-shirt is meant to inspire more adventures. “Go Outside: Life is too short to watch it pass by from a desk…”
I absolutely love these headphones. They are cheap and awesome, and will never slip out of your ear. I bought them primarily for running, but the slim profile also means you can sleep with these things, and put on some white noise if you are in a loud environment.
This little piece of tubular fabric has so many different uses. I use it as a sweatband, a hat, a neckwarmer, and even an eye mask for sleeping. Very useful!
Such a simple little thing to have a mini flashlight on your keychain, but I use this so much! Not just for camping or truck camping, but for day to day life. It’s surprising how handy it is. The batteries last forever, and the slim profile is almost unnoticeable in your pocket.
Perhaps one of my most treasured items. It’s an incredible feeling to have a virtually any book available at your fingertips, no matter where you are in the world. You can store literally hundreds of books on the device, and can purchase new books over 3G cell networks. Love this thing. Plus the soft backlight makes it easy to read at night.
Nobody likes to be stinky, but it can be tough to do laundry as often as we should while either camping or hiking. The Icebreaker Merino wool t-shirts are super odor resistant and can be worn for many days longer than their synthetic counterparts. Check out my more detailed overview of the pros and cons.
If you know somebody who loves great coffee, this will be the best gift you can give. Incredible coffee from anywhere in the world, high mountain tops, hotel rooms, wherever. Combine it with a hand held grinder and you’ve got freshly ground beans to go with it. Read my more detailed overview.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my amazing book, Big Travel, Small Budget: How to Travel More, Spend Less, and See the World. It’s out in paperback and will sure to inspire and inform any future adventurer.
Stay worry free while your loved-one is deep in the woods or in some remote part of the world. This device sends check-in messages from anywhere to a set of email addresses, to let them know you are safe and sound, and share your exact location so they can follow along.
This is one on my wish list, but perfect for car camping or road trippers like me. It’s burly design allows it to retain cold much longer than a traditional cooler, allowing you to keep ice on hand for a week or more. That means less runs to the store, and less sloshing around all that melted ice.
A Few More Suggestions
For the road tripper, check out these five awesome products that made my life easier while living out of my truck for the better part of a year. From an awesome food thermos, to multi-functional chargers, to a super comfortable portable bed–it’s nice to have a few creature comforts on the road. Or pick them up one of these must read road trip books.
For the book lover in your life, or for that person just itching for a big change in the New Year, check out my list of life-changing books which set me down my current path of perpetual travel in the pursuit of adventure and location independence.
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What’s on your wish list? Sound off in the comments below and maybe Santa will be good to you this year! 🙂
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