The holidays will be here before you know it, most likely accompanied by a frenzied attempt to find the perfect gift – at the perfect price – for everyone on your list. For better or worse, it's become something of a holiday tradition. And if that someone special on your list happens to be the outdoorsy type, you probably already know how hard they are to shop for.
All of us hikers, campers, backpackers and assorted wanderers tend to have pretty strong opinions when it comes to outdoor gear – we like to act like we've seen and tried it all, which, for the record, we have not – and that makes finding the perfect gift a tall order. Use this handy guide to find just the right outdoorsy gift for anyone on your list, no matter the price range.
Every tent and every RV needs illumination, and since the Vont Bright Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern comes as a two-pack, you get one for each. These lanterns impress from the moment they're taken out of the package, with a 360-degree lighting radius, water-resistant military grade construction materials, 30 individual LED lights and 12 hours of battery life. They're also lightweight and easily portable, allowing them to provide light wherever the trail takes you. ($16.97; Amazon)
Equally at home in swimming pools and calm lakes and ponds, the Intex Explorer 200 is a perfect addition to any outdoor family vacation. This inflatable boat comfortably seats one adult and one child (210-pound capacity) and features two air chambers for safety, a grab rope on the bow, inflatable floor for comfort, and welded oar locks. Two oars, mini air pump and repair patch are included. ($16.30; Amazon)
It's tough to eat well when you're backpacking, but the Sportsun Foldable Camping Stove solves that problem. With a foldable design, and lightweight aluminum alloy/stainless steel construction and included drawstring bag, this stove slips easily into any hiking backpack, making it a simple matter to cook a meal or make a hot beverage any time, anywhere. The adjustable flame can boil 2 pints of water in 5 minutes, and the piezoelectric Ceramic Ignition allows reliable long-term use on any trail. ($12.99; Amazon)
Lightweight, compact and easy to assemble, the ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1-person tent is perfect for backpacking and solo camping trips. The weatherproof tent fly resists water, stays taut during all weather, and holds up to UV damage, making this tent perfect for long-term use in any conditions. It also packs down to 5” x 18” and weighs in at just 4 lbs. 6 oz. (including lightweight aluminum tent poles), which makes it easy to pack and carry in just about any backpack. ($79.97; Amazon)
Arguably the scariest thing about heading out into the great outdoors is that it's hard to find a decent cup of coffee. That's why the Stanley Classic Vacuum French Press is such a blessing, allowing you to make camp coffee so good you might just start using it at home too. Made from stainless steel, this French press is durable, BPA-free and won't rust. It holds 48 ounces and keeps coffee hot for four hours, so you can make coffee in the morning and easily take it with you on your camping or fishing trip. ($62.99; Amazon)
A perfect gift for any outdoorsy couple, the Sleepingo Double Sleeping Bag is warm, cozy, soft, waterproof and – best of all – roomy enough for two (it can also be taken apart and used as two separate sleeping bags). Unlike a traditional sleeping bag, the Sleepingo Double Sleeping Bag has a 210 thread count, giving it the cozy feel a blanket. It's perfect for couples and families who love spending time in the outdoors, and it's rated to 32 degrees Fahrenheit, so nobody has to shiver through chilly nights. ($57.95; Amazon)
For the camper who hates leaving their kitchen at home, the Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven takes campsite cooking to the next level. Two 7,500-BTU matchless igniter range burners and a 3,000-BTU (Up to 400° F) oven make it possible to craft homemade meals without leaving camp. The stove cooks for up to 5 hours on a single 1-pound propane tank, and is adaptable to larger bulk tanks. The Outdoor Camp Oven also includes fully adjustable heat-control dials, built-in oven heat gauge, a three-sided windscreen, convenient carry handles and durable stainless-steel construction. ($159.99; Amazon)
The Waterproof iPod Shuffle from Underwater Audio makes it possible to listen to your favorite playlist while you're canoeing, kayaking, or even swimming of snorkeling. It's completely, 100% waterproof. With 15 hours of battery life and 2GB of storage to hold hundreds of songs, it's a great companion for outdoor getaways as well as swimming workouts. It clips easily to your swimming goggles or clothing, and comes with a free set of black starter waterproof short-cord headphones. ($190; Amazon)
Wherever your outdoor adventures may take you, a trusty pair of binoculars is always good to have. The TrailSeeker 8x42 Binoculars from Calestron are made with this idea in mind, with a magnesium alloy body that makes them durable enough to last a lifetime, and lightweight enough to stow away in any backpack, kayak, tent or truck. These binoculars are also waterproof, and have the ideal combination of magnification, close focus distance and field of view for bird-watching. ($194.99; Amazon)