5 Holiday Gifts Under $50 for Every Outdoor Enthusiast

By Debbie Hanson

Dec 07, 2023

List of five best holiday gifts for the nature lovers. Use this budget-friendly holiday gift guide to find practical presents for outdoors enthusiasts

This year, you can skip the hours of searching through websites or shuffling through busy stores to find the best holiday gifts for the outdoorsy people on your list. This budget-friendly holiday gift guide can make it quick and easy to find practical presents for anyone who loves spending time out in nature.

1. Packable Hat

Look for packable hats made from canvas or straw with crushable crowns and brims for effortless travel. For those who participate in active outdoor pursuits and need sun protection, opt for hats with a wide brim and leather chin strap. Packable hats can be among the best holidays gifts if you know someone who has an upcoming trip planned to a sunny destination. Most packable hats run in the $30 to $40 range, with a few from high end retailers in the $50 range.


2. Stainless Steel Camp Coffee Percolator

Whether it’s before an early morning fly fishing adventure, camping trip, or hiking excursion; who doesn’t love a cup of hot cup of coffee brewed over a campfire? One of the best holiday gift ideas for outdoor lovers is a percolator made from stainless steel and designed for use over an open fire. Some stainless camp coffee percolators come with a removable gripper on the handle so that you can use it on a stove and/or remove the silicone gripper to make coffee over an open fire (use a potholder when handling). Most 36-ounce percolators generally run in the $30 to $50 range.

3. Non-Perishable Snack Holiday Gift Baskets

Healthy, non-perishable snacks are always practical and appreciated by outdoor enthusiasts. Put together holiday food gifts for your favorite hikers, anglers, kayakers, paddleboarders, and boaters. Get creative and make holiday gift baskets that include trail mixes, beef or turkey jerky, granola, crackers, pretzels, and dried fruits. You can include a stainless-steel canteen or water bottle in the basket too. Non-perishable snack gift baskets can easily be put together for $50 or under.


4. Ultralight Adjustable Hip Pack

You can call them hip packs or fanny packs… whichever term you want to use, they are among the must-haves for hikers, bikers, joggers, and paddleboarders. They keep cell phones, keys, wallets, snacks, and other small necessities. You can find well-made ultralight hip packs from $30 to $50. Look for features like a zippered front pocket, water bottle sleeves, and water-resistant or waterproof material.

5.Waterproof Roll-Top Dry Bag

Even if the outdoor lover on your holiday gifting list already has a dry bag, it’s always beneficial to have an extra bag or two around for organizing gear. 5-to-8-liter bags are generally priced in the $20 to $40 range. They are an affordable gift option for anyone who loves kayaking, boating, camping, or hiking. Look for roll-top dry bags with quick release buckles that will keep gear or valuables protected from the elements (water, dirt, sand, snow).


Use these affordable ideas for holiday gifts to keep your shopping practical and budget-conscious this year.

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit shefishes2.com or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.