Your Holiday Gift Guide for Hikers, Campers and Explorers

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for the Outdoorsy Person

Choosing a gift for someone can be a daunting task. It may be hard to pick the perfect gift, but we’re trying to make it a little easier on you.

If you’re not someone who spends their time outdoors, it may be hard to buy gifts for someone who does. We’ve put together a list of must-haves for any hiker, camper or explorer in your life. No matter what you choose, it’ll be perfect for their next adventure. These are all products we've had direct experience with or have friends who rave about them! 

Here are our 2019 top picks for Stocking stuffers (<$25) and bigger gifts ($25+)!

10 Stocking stuffers (for $25 or less)

pocket cocktails for backcountryPocket Cocktails

Why Our Pick

Because sometimes, after a long day of hiking, a refreshing cocktail is a must-have. These dehydrated cocktail mixes are made with 100% natural flavors and no added preservatives. They don’t compromise on taste or fun. Elevate your spirits and your adventure with pocket cocktails!


snack for outdoor tripsJustin's Almond Butter Packets

Why Our Pick

This calorie-dense snack is lightweight, easy to use, and delicious. Plus, they made their own secret technique. When you don’t have time to stop and enjoy a meal, enjoy quick fuel from these almond butter packets! 




dirty girl gaitors

Dirty Girl Gaiters

Why Our Pick

First of all, they are dirt cheap! Second, they’re comfortable, stylish and give you the ability to put a little fun into your hiking outfit. Did we mention, they also keep your shoes from getting dirt inside of them? A must have!




bushka's kitchen giftsBushka’s Kitchen Freeze Dried Food 

Why Our Pick

Picture this, you’re out on the trails all day and the last thing you want to do is go back to your campsite and whip up a meal. Lucky for you, we make it easy. Bushka’s Kitchen is a warm, delicious, home-made tasting meal that you enjoy with just boiling water. Can it get any easier than that?



emergency whistle lightweight and durableVargo Emergency Whistle

Why Our Pick

A lightweight must have in your emergency kit. It doesn’t break or fail, giving you peace of mind, just in case anything were to ever happen. It’s better to be safe than sorry.




sugarsky buffSugarsky Buff

Why Our Pick

Comfortable and made in the USA, they sell headbands, bandanas, tubes, towels, fannie packs, pouches, swimsuits and scrunchies. No matter who you’re shopping for, you’ll find something. Dare to be different!




stanley thermos bowlStanley Thermos Bowl

Why Our Pick

Hot or cold, whatever your flavor. This insulated bowl is a must-have when you’re out in the backcountry. Nobody likes a cold dinner. Lucky for you, this bowl helps keep your food hot for hours. Plus it’s affordable!



flatiron pepper coFlatiron Pepper Co

Why Our Pick

We use these at home and pack some on backcountry trips where I want a little more spice. These are delicious! Just prepare yourself, you’ll never go back to basic red pepper flakes again. Did we mention, they’re also based in Colorado?




darn tough socksDarn Tough Merino Wool Socks

Why Our Pick

Do you suffer from cold feet? Or, do you struggle to find comfortable hiking socks that stay dry? Oh, and they also have socks that keep your feet cold, if you’re the type of person that has hot feet.


waterproof matchesUCO Waterproof Survival Matches

Why Our Pick

Just in case…. you’re ever in need of cooking, generating warmth or signaling for help. Whether you’re in the middle of wind or rain, these matches will always light and always keep you safe. 



10 Bigger Gifts ($25+)

Ursack Bearproof Bag

Why Our Pick

Bear and water resistant, these light-weight sacks will keep you safe without weighing you down. Interested to see how it works? Check out their website and watch the bears in action.



national parks annual pass as a giftNational Parks Annual Pass 

Why Our Pick

With access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, you’ll never run out of places to explore. It’s called America The Beautiful pass for a reason… get out there and check it out for yourself.


bedrock hiking sandalsBedrock Hiking Sandals

Why Our Pick

Free your feet! Give your feet a break from your confining hiking boots and slide into these comfortable, durable hiking sandals. They’re stylish, made with the best materials… and made in the USA.



lightweight backpacking chair from reiREI Flexlite Chair

Why Our Pick

This chair has saved my butt many times from a cold hard or wet surface when out on the trails! Sometimes, little luxuries are worth the extra weight!




trangia denatured alcohol stoveTrangia Denatured Alcohol Stove

Why Our Pick

I’ve used this stove all over the world.. traveling with it and finding fuel, even in remote places has always been a breeze. Ditch your propane stove and opt for the more light-weight option. 


backcountry fuel boxSubscription to Backcountry Fuel Box

Why Our Pick

Ever feel like you’re in a food rut? That’s where the guys at backcountry fuel come in! Each month they curate a box of unique, tasty treats and meals to fill your belly. AND, they’re based in Bozeman MT.




nols wilderness first aid courseNOLS Wilderness First Aid Course

Why Our Pick

Knowledge is power, and knowledge is key to coming out of bad situations safely. You never know if and when something could happen. So, be prepared for anything with this course.




spot gpsSPOT Satellite/GPS Emergency

Why Our Pick 

Stay connected with SPOT. Whether you’re going out for the day or heading out for an extreme adventure, this is a must-have. They’ve assisted in over 6,887 rescues and aren’t stopping anytime soon.




solar charger for backpacking and backcountry tripsBig Blue Solar Charger

Why Our Pick 

Because one solar panel isn’t enough… get 4! It’s easy, compact and gives you power anywhere. And it’s waterproof, just in case you fall into a creek or it starts to rain.





silk sleeping bag liner lightweightSilk Sleeping Bag Liner

Why Our Pick

You can never be too warm… and if you are, just take out your liner. For all those cold nights in the backcountry, silk sleeping bag liners make sure you stay warm and get a good night’s rest so that you can get up and hiking again in the morning.


Happy Holidays!

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