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2020 Gift Guide: 15 Awesome Adventure Gifts for the Outdoor Lover

Awesome adventure gifts for the outdoor lover

Sometimes, shopping for the outdoor enthusiast in your life can be tricky. You know they already own most of what they need, so the key is finding something they want or didn’t know they needed.

The best gifts for outdoor lovers (from weekend warriors to vanlifers, casual hikers to peak baggers) should always do three things: fuel adventure, maximize the stoke, and keep them outside longer.

Whether it’s hiking, biking, camping, climbing, skiing, surfing, or simply just exploring, I’ve rounded up a collection of my favorite outdoor gear that checks off all the boxes for every kind of adventurer and helps them get outside, living their best life.

Don’t forget to check out my other gift guides on Perfect Gifts for the Backyard Farmer and the Best Stocking Stuffers for Gardeners, too.

I hope they help simplify your shopping this holiday season so you can spend more time doing what you love.

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The Best Gifts for Outdoor Lovers, Adventurers, and Road Trippers

The New Camp Cookbook for your favorite camp chef

1. The New Camp Cookbook: I’m kicking off this list with my own cookbook, which has been a bestseller for several years running.

If your idea of a good time in camp is great food and even better friends around a fire, this book is for you. It offers a variety of modern, easy-to-make (yet gourmet) recipes from breakfast and snacks to dinner and drinks to take your camp dining up a notch. It also serves as a camping guide of sorts, with tips and tricks for stocking your camp kitchen, packing your pantry and cooler efficiently, washing dishes (without using a ton of water), and cooking in bear country.

It’s currently an Amazon Editor’s Top Pick in the cookbook category, so you’ll want to get it before it sells out again! $25

Outdoorsy gift card for van, trailer, camper, and RV rentals

2. Outdoorsy Gift Card: My husband and I are in a constant debate over what might be in our family’s future: trailer or RV?

Since I discovered Outdoorsy a few years ago, we haven’t had to decide as we can try out a variety of adventure mobiles and see what fits our lifestyle best. Outdoorsy is like the Airbnb of campers; you scroll through a selection of vans, trailers, cabovers, and other recreational vehicles and rent directly from the owners.

It’s allowed us to explore the open road without committing to a major purchase, and I love being able to pick the right size and style of camper according to where we’re camping next. (By the way, using my link gives you $50 off your first rental!)

Solo Stove Bonfire portable fire pit

3. Solo Stove Bonfire: I purchased the Bonfire model a couple years ago when I was writing The Backyard Fire Cookbook, thinking it would just be used for the book.

But I’ve since taken my Solo Stove along on camping trips and tailgating parties and love how portable and efficient it is. The design minimizes smoke incredibly well, and it cools off quickly, so you don’t have to deal with a blazing hot fire pit at the end of the day.

There’s also a smaller version for RVing and an even tinier version for campfire cooking in the backcountry. $349.99

Luci LED solar string lights to light up your campsite

4. Colored Solar String Lights: I own a few of the portable inflatable solar lights by this company, but have my eye on these string lights for camping.

I love that you can cycle through six different colors and the LED lights give hours of soft illumination when you’re out on the road. There’s even a built-in USB charging port and flashlight just in case — when you’re tight on cargo space, multi-functional products like this are key. $42

Salt and pepper grinders for the camping foodie

5. Salt and Pepper Grinders: Do you know an enthusiastic camp chef who scoffs at hot dogs and freeze-dried meals?

Your favorite camp foodie will appreciate this lightweight salt and pepper grinder set that’s designed for one-handed operation. Just give a quick click or two to deliver the right amount of seasoning to a dish without needing to set your spoon down. $15

6. Compostable Sleeping Bag Warmers: You know those small squares of air-activated hand warmers you can stuff into your gloves or pocket for slow, steady warmth?

These sleeping bag warmers are just a larger version of that and give up to 24 hours of constant heat that’ll keep you toasty and comfortable at camp. When you’re done with them, simply rip them open and dump the natural minerals into a compost heap. $19.99

7. Handheld Vacuum: Before you laugh, a dust buster is actually the perfect gift for a vanlifer or RVer to keep their home-on-wheels speck- and dirt-free.

For places where a broom or dustpan won’t reach, this cordless handheld vacuum is more useful than you think for cleaning up spilled food, crumbs off a tent floor, and sand tracked in from the beach. It also has a long battery life for week-long adventures off the grid. $49

8. Waterproof Power Bank: Anyone who spends any amount of time on the road, away from everyday conveniences, could use a power bank or two.

And I especially like this rugged version because you can take it on an adventure without worrying about getting caught in the rain or forgetting it overnight on your picnic table. $64

9. Pour-Over Coffee Kit: What makes great coffee even better? Brewing it in the great outdoors with this Stanley pour-over set in classic hammertone green.

Coffee aficionados won’t have to be without their favorite grinds now when they’re RVing or heading into the backcountry. An easy-to-clean, reusable filter and insulated mug complete the kit. $35

Puffin beverage insulator (koozie)

10. Puffy Beer Koozie: This adorable koozie is made in Portland, Oregon, and the first time I bought one for myself, it was a total impulse purchase.

But you know what? I’ve found myself reaching for this koozie over and over again because it’s lightweight, insulates cans really well, and gets all kinds of compliments when I take it out. It’s a real conversation starter at camp! $16

Hydro Flask cooler cup

11. Cooler Cup: It’s a koozie… it’s a mug… nope, it’s a Hydro Flask Cooler Cup.

I have a whole collection of water bottles and coffee mugs from Hydro Flask that my family uses every day, and this is a new addition on our adventures. It’s super versatile as a hot beverage mug and can keep both bottles and cans cold for several hours. $24.95

Skog A Kust structured soft cooler for long days outside

12. Soft Cooler Tote: For a long time I wanted a Yeti soft-sided cooler, but couldn’t justify the high cost.

Then I found this company, which also makes accessories that I use for paddling (like dry bags and sand anchors), and took a chance on their version. After using it all summer and toting it with us to lakes, rivers, and dozens of trails, I can say it was a decision well made! This cooler is airtight, leakproof, lightweight, and keeps things cold for an entire weekend. $149.95

Sherpa-lined down blanket for camp

13. Sherpa Puffy Blanket: I’m a fan of the original Rumpl down blankets, and now that that this version is available, I’m thinking it would be a good upgrade for camping!

It has the same packability, water-resistance, and insulated puffy shell that Rumpl is known for, but with super soft sherpa fleece on one side to keep you extra cozy.  $135

Hot/cold neck wrap

14. Floral-Print Neck Wrap: After a long day on the trail (or the crag, or the mountain…), this sweetly printed therapy wrap is welcome relief from aches and pains.

Heat it in the microwave and drape it around your neck to help melt away tension, or stash it in the freezer to use as a cold pack. $44

Welly Excursion kit for travelers

15. First Aid Kit: Every adventurer needs a first aid kit or two, and I love this one with its stylish red storage tin that can be refilled and reused.

The kit comes with most things you’ll need to mend yourself on the go, including an assortment of fun printed fabric bandages, medical tape, non-stick pads, triple antibiotic cream, and ibuprofen. $34.99

Linda Ly About Author

I'm a plant lover, passionate road-tripper, and cookbook author whose expert advice and bestselling books have been featured in TIME, Outside, HGTV, and Food & Wine. The No-Waste Vegetable Cookbook is my latest book. Garden Betty is where I write about modern homesteading, farm-to-table cooking, and outdoor adventuring — all that encompass a life well-lived outdoors. After all, the secret to a good life is... Read more »

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