Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoorsy Kids

By Jeff Bogle

Dec 01, 2022

This holiday gift guide for outdoorsy kids has gifts for kids who love the outdoors and those who need encouragement to spend time in nature.

Whether your kiddo already adores the great outdoors or you're in search of extremely fun ways to encourage them to spend more time in nature, this holiday gift guide for outdoorsy kids will help you shop for and buy gifts for all the children on your nice list! From fishing gifts for kids to amazing products that can help them have memorable backyard adventures, there’s a cool gift here for any type of kid!


1. Walkie Talkies

Not only are walkie talkies fun to play with outside, but they also make some of the best fishing gifts for kids too because if their buddy is seeing a lot of fish on one side of the neighborhood pond, they can radio over to come join them and catch some fish together!


2. Kids Fishing Set

When it comes to fishing gifts for kids, there’s no beating a brand-new fishing set. The gift of a colorful fishing rod, reel, tackle box, travel bag, and more is a surefire way to get your kid excited about fishing, about spending lazy mornings and fun evenings after school with you, with a line in the water, and talking about their day, dreams, and more.


3. Slackline Kit

With a beginner tight rope walking kit, your kid will not only be outdoors they will be truly engaged with the outdoor world as they learn balance, patience, and focus between the trees!


4. A Parent / Child Fishing Trip

It’s said that what a child wants most is quality time with the people they love and who love them the most. This is one thing Santa and his elves can’t make in their North Pole workshop, but when it comes to gift ideas for fishing, you can plan a parent/child fishing trip, print out all the details with fun pictures of fish, kayaks, cabins, and more, and then wrap that up in a box for our outdoorsy kid this year.


5. Head Lamp

Incredibly useful when outside and incredibly fun indoors too, a head lamp is going make your kid(s) very happy this holiday season, because when the darkness creeps in earlier and earlier they can stay outside longer and longer!


6. Mini Camera

Not saying they will grow up to be a 21st-century Ansel Adams but putting a camera in your kid’s hands and encouraging them to wander, explore, hike, and spend time outdoors in nature could yield gorgeous photographic results. Also, this fun and lightweight camera is good for capturing the fish they catch too, making it one of the cleverer fishing gift ideas!


7. Leaf/Flower press

Transforming natural elements into beautiful arts and crafts is one of the standout presents on our holiday gift guide for outdoorsy kids. A leaf/flower press is one of the great fishing gifts for kids, because in between reeling in their catches, collecting leaves and flowers to press will keep your kid(s) busy, active, and interacting with nature.


8. Bike or Scooter

For generations, bikes (and more recently, scooters) have promoted not only a love of outdoor exploration, but also a fun and easy way for kids to get the exercise they need. Whether your child wants to turn their new ride into a fishing bike or not won’t take away from the fact that with wheels of their own, they can explore, move, and make memories outside.


9. Outdoors Books

You can find plenty of good options on books that cover every kid’s favorite natural world subject. For instance, the various big, bold, and beautiful NatGeo kids’ books are the gold standard in “edu-tainment." From a food atlas to joke books, and from a book of true stories about monster fish to weird but true trivia, there's a NatGeo book for every kind of outdoorsy kid.


10. Flying Toys

If you want your kid to put down their phone and have a blast playing outside, this flying hover orb is a nice gift. These orbs float and glide like magic and while doing so, display a rainbow of colors. The outdoors at night has never been so much fun for kids, during a fishing trip, camping adventure, or just in their own backyard.


You want to get your kid excited about going fishing, so why not give them holiday gifts that help them have more fun outside! Check out these 11 things you must have to take a child fishing.

Jeff Bogle
Jeff Bogle
Jeff is a dad of teen daughters, avid traveler, photographer, and freelance writer. He’s penned stories on family travel, outdoor recreation, the environment, parenting, and more for Fodor’s, Reader’s Digest, Parents Magazine, Good Housekeeping, PBS, and Esquire, among other publications. Find him on his blog, and on Instagram @OWTK. Jeff is also the publisher of the quarterly literary zine, Stanchion