Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Finding outdoor gift ideas for a family members, coworkers or a BFF who loves to camp, hike and fish can be a challenge because, after all, you can't exactly buy and wrap up nature itself. And pinecones make for rather curious stocking stuffers!

We scoured the web and talked to nature lovers in our lives to put together this exciting holiday gift guide for outdoor enthusiasts. Check out these 11 outdoor gift ideas that outdoorsy people will love to find wrapped up with a bow this year!


1. Camping Hammock

To enjoy a travel hammock, all you need are a pair of trees in close proximity to each other, and a few moments of peace to relax, exhale, and unwind. This portable hammock comes with sturdy tree straps and when rolled up and secured back into its bag, is no bigger than an eggplant, meaning this is one of the gift ideas for outdoors people that they can carry with them anywhere!


2. Nature Pass/Permit

When it comes to outdoor gift ideas, a National Park Pass or state fishing permit may be the closest you can get to actually gifting nature itself, making this one of the best outdoor gifts possible.


3. Bluetooth Speaker

Few things can improve upon the great outdoors more than an incredible soundtrack. This Bluetooth speaker has a silicone exterior and solid metal grille that helps to make it extra durable, incredibly portable, and it is super easy to use. What makes Bluetooth speakers one of the best outdoor gifts is that there are some, like this one, that are water-resistant enough for you to submerge it in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes, then promptly get back to streaming Taylor Swift’s Folklore in the forest!


4. Waterproof Bags

Few things make spending time outdoors more frustrating than clothes, phones, and expensive gear getting drenched. An affordable set of waterproof dry bags in various sizes is one of the outdoor gifts you can give that may not get many oohs and ahhs beneath the tree but will be beloved beneath a downpour!


5. Waterproof Electric Lighter

Sticking with the waterproof theme…Not only do waterproof lighters help your nature enthusiast get that campfire going in a drizzle, but should the wind be whipping, a USB rechargeable electric lighter could be the difference between eating a hot meal and staying warm while camping or shivering with nothing more than a protein bar to eat! The plasma arc flame will even stay lit under water!


6. Portable Self-Contained Toilet

Whereas water is your sworn enemy when it comes doing business on your electronics outside, our holiday gift guide for outdoor enthusiasts includes a toilet that doesn’t need any water at all! A camping toilet may not be the most fun gift idea, but it could very well be the funniest! When nature calls, your nature lover can rest assured that they and their kids can feel at home while doing their business, whether on the side of the road during a family road trip, by one of the best fishing lakes in America, or at a campsite in the middle of the night.


7. Mini Camping Stove

Whether for warmth or for cooking, a portable mini camping stove is one of the best outdoor gifts to give this year. This foldable and lightweight wood burning stove is an essential outdoor accessory. With three of the four walls of it already assembled, it’s one of the best gift ideas for outdoors people because they can have a fire built in minutes upon reaching their campsite.


8. Elevated Dog Bed

They’ve already found the best pet-friendly campsites, now gift the outdoor enthusiast in your life the ultimate dog bed for their pet! Look for camping dog beds that are mesh and elevated, functioning as a comfy cot for their four-legged best friend, and effectively keeping them safe from pests and bugs lurking on muddy, uneven ground.


9. Touchscreen Digital Frame

No, this elegant digital frame with a touchscreen doesn’t function well outdoors but what makes it one of the more thoughtful outdoor gifts you can give this year is the realization that even the most ardent outdoor lover can’t be in nature all the time. With the ability to create photo and video playlists, and send photos and videos quickly from any device to the frame, they can relive their time hiking in Glacier National Park, watching the sunrise with herds of bison in Yellowstone, or simply camping in their own backyard during a staycation with their kids all year long.


10. Notebook

Whether or not they are an aspiring poet channeling their inner Mary Oliver while surrounded by the quiet of a forest, beneath the stillness of the starry night, pocket-sized memo books make for great outdoor gifts for anyone who wants to disconnect from their device and revel in the tactile by actually writing down their thoughts on paper.


11. Nature Poetry Book

One of the best outdoor gift ideas for a nature lover is a collection of a nature poet’s finest work. We like Mary Oliver’s Upstream, which combines not only some of Oliver’s poetry but her thoughts and essays on the natural world too. It’s a stirring book that will accentuate any outdoorsy person’s love of nature.


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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