Top Ten Gifts to Get Your Outdoorsy Friend

With the holidays fast approaching, thinking about what gifts to get your outdoorsy friend can be stressful. There are so many products out there that it can be overwhelming and difficult to figure out what is actually good and what someone would be stoked to receive. Don’t worry; we’ve narrowed the search to the top ten gifts to get your outdoorsy friend or family member. These may just be what we have on our lists. Santa, are you listening?

BearVault Bear Can 

bear cans are a great gift for your outdoorsy friend
Our guides love the Bear Vault so much they can’t let go!

With four different sizes, there’s a BearVault canister for every backpacker on your list. From a quick overnight to a months-long thru-hike, these bear canisters are guaranteed to keep your food safe from bears and curious critters alike. While shopping on their site, you can witness how bear-proof they are with a short video of a bear trying to get the goods. Entertainment while online shopping, we’ll take it!

Adventure Trip

An adventure trip is the dream gift for your outdoorsy friend!
Summiting Half Dome for sunset is an experience you will never forget.

There’s no better gift to give your outdoorsy friend than a great adventure! Imagine ticking Half Dome in a Day off both of your bucket lists. Or maybe a backpacking trip through the largest temperate rainforest in the U.S. to a stunning blue glacier is more your style. If you’re unsure of what adventure your friend might want to choose, there’s always the option of a gift certificate to give them the freedom to pick their own trip. This is the type of gift that will create lasting memories for years to come.

Campfire Stories Volume II

Campfire Stories, Volume II

Gifting this collection of poetry, folklore, and more will entertain your outdoorsy friend for hours, whether they’re actually sitting around a campfire or just hanging out in their house daydreaming of the outdoors. The stories are inspired by America’s National Parks, including some of our favorites, Olympic and Joshua Tree. If you haven’t checked out the first volume yet, you could start with that one or, better yet, buy both!

Parks Project Merchandise

Parks Project logo

Literally, anything from The Parks Project will make a great gift to your outdoorsy friend. Not only is this company a certified B Corp (which means they really care about the planet), but they have also donated millions of dollars to our parks since its inception, and their products are actually cool. They offer everything from camp chairs and retro clothing to parks-inspired candles. This year, they’ve made shopping even easier by creating ‘bundles’ of cool products that come with a discount. We’re eyeing the Cozy Morning Bundle.


Darn Tough socks
Darn Tough Mountain print socks

While this gift would make most people fake a grin and say “thanks” through gritted teeth, any outdoorsy person will LOVE getting some good socks! Made from Merino Wool and equipped with a lifetime warranty, our guides love Darn Tough socks. Merino Wool is not like all other wool, and we can testify that this Vermont-based company makes socks that truly do last and feel good while you’re wearing them. From running to hiking to every day, they have socks for everyone.

Goodr Sunglasses 

Woman wearing Goodr sunglasses with a butterfly on her hand.
Goodr sunglasses are so stylish; even butterflies love them!

These polarized sunglasses are truly no slip and are great for any outdoor activity you can think of. With prices ranging from $25-35 and styles to please every picky friend on your list (they even have a National Parks collection!), you should probably pick up more than two.

Nomadix National Parks Towel

a great towel is the perfect gift for your outdoorsy friend!

Nomadix makes some seriously irresistible towels from recycled materials. They pack super small, resist odors, dry quickly, and are sand-resistant. This makes them the perfect towel for the beach, yoga, camping, or any type of travel. They also make puffy blankets and have recently collaborated with the National Parks on a collection highlighting some of our favorite parks. With each purchase, 1% is given back to the planet, so shop guilt-free before they sell out!

America the Beautiful National Parks Pass 

This pass grants admission to all national parks nationwide (over 2000!), including public lands managed by the Forest Service, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. It’s valid for one year from the month of purchase and will cover a whole car of 4 people. If you visit about four national parks/sites in a calendar year, this will be a deal you can’t pass up!

Trekking Poles

Backpackers hiking up to the summit of Clouds Rest in Yosemite National Park.
Leki trekking poles help with the ascent of Clouds Rest.

We all want to adventure for years to come, and by using trekking poles, that can hopefully happen. Trekking poles not only improve posture, balance, and stability, but they also reduce stress on the joints. We’ve been outfitting all our trips with Leki poles for years and love how much they have helped hikers navigate steep and rocky terrain. Reinhold Messner even chose Leki poles to take to the summit of Everest in 1978. If they’re good enough for Messner, they’re good enough for our guides!

Taos Bakes

Woman eats a Taos Bakes bar in front of a lake in Yosemite National Park.
Enjoying a pecan praline with maple syrup Taos Bakes bar makes camping even better.

With flavors like peanut butter chocolate + butterscotch bars, wild blueberry cinnamon almond granola, and sweet chili cashews, your hiking friend will surely find something they will love from Taos Bakes. You can pick up a variety of their products online or at some grocery stores like Whole Foods and Kroger. If you want to give the outdoorsy gift that keeps giving, you can sign up for a Flavor Fix subscription box and choose how frequently these tasty snacks will show up at the front door. All of their products are also gluten-free and non-GMO certified, so you never have to worry about what you’re putting in your body. Snack away!

Bonus Outdoorsy Gift – A Backpack

A Gregory backpack sits on a rock in front of a lake.
Gregory makes some of the best backpacks in the biz!

With all these awesome gifts you’ve given, your friends will surely need a backpack to put it all in. Our guides love the Gregory Nano 20 day pack for days at the crag or even going up Half Dome. This pack has it all with a breathable back panel, a hydration sleeve, and expanding front stuff pockets so you can carry more than you thought possible. This bag will be the ultimate adventure backpack for years to come.

No matter which gift you choose to get your outdoorsy friend, we’re confident that the stoke will be high when they unwrap any one of these gems. In fact, why not get them everything on this list for the ultimate adventure package?!

*Although we work with some of the above brands, we do not receive any commission if you buy their products. We only support products that we actually believe in and use.

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