Top gifts for the outdoorsy person in your life

Tracey Zielezinski


Shopping for friends or family members who love the great outdoors may be a challenge simply because there are so many directions you could go. One person on your recipient list might be a die-hard camper while another might just love going on picnics. Fortunately, there are a plethora of options for nature lovers, and we've laid out some of our favorite choices for you. Here are the top gifts for the outdoorsy person in your life in 2018.


Whether you're shopping for a hiker, camper, or someone who just loves to get outside, a rugged backpack can improve the journey. A reliable option like the Venture Pal Lightweight Packable Durable Hiking Backpack has multiple compartments to keep gear organized and folds up for storage when it isn't in use. This backpack is made of tear-proof, water-resistant material, and the bottom is double-lined to make packing easier. Padded mesh shoulder straps increase comfort during hiking. What's not to love?

Water bottle filter

When performing any kind of activity out in nature, hydration is essential. But outdoor enthusiasts may find themselves somewhere without access to clean water, which is why a water filter like the Lifestraw Water Filter Adapter Kit is one of our favorite gift picks. It attaches to most water bottle brands (Nalgene, Camelbak, Klean Kanteen, Hydroflask, and others) and is equipped with a two-stage replaceable filter. It has the microbiological capabilities to filter out 99.999% of waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites, and it includes an activated carbon capsule to improve water taste and eliminate chemicals.

Sleeping bag

Anyone who loves camping needs a durable sleeping bag, and if they camp through all types of weather, a sleeping bag that is rated for certain temperature ranges is especially important. For camping in colder weather, our pick is the Coleman Brazos 30-Degree Sleeping Bag. It has a polyester exterior shell to keep warmth in and is thickly insulated to withstand cold temperatures.


Nature lovers need a place to kick back during long treks through the woods. Our favorite tent, the Coleman Sundome, has enough space to move about comfortably and accommodates up to four people. Best of all, it is easy enough to assemble in 10 minutes. The WeatherTec floors and inverted seams keep the interior of the tent dry, even in wet weather.

Hiking boots

Hiking boots are a perfect gift for people who love to hit the trail. Those who take hiking seriously know that waterproof boots with anti-slip grip are best for covering all different kinds of terrain -- and lots of it. One of our favorite pair of hiking boots is the Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II. These boots have all the necessary features plus extra cushioning and a rubber sole with specialized traction so you can move freely on every kind of ground and in any weather condition.

Phone lantern attachment

Campers who prefer to travel light are often interested in products that improve the functionality of something they already use. Rather than having to lug around a lantern or flashlight, a small device like the Fred TRAVELAMP Phone Diffuser is useful and eliminates some of the necessary gear for camping trips. It slips over your smartphone's existing flashlight and spreads the light out around a tent or campsite.

Outdoor blanket

Nature enthusiasts love functionality in their gear, and a blanket that folds into a palm-sized pouch is a convenient accessory that serves multiple purposes. One of our absolute favorites, the Denali Waterproof Outdoor Blanket, folds into a compact bag and includes stakes and a carabiner so you can clip it on your pack or belt loop and go. Despite the small size, up to five people can sit on this blanket when it's unfolded. It can be used as a picnic blanket, a beach blanket, a hiking blanket, or even a rainfly for camping.


Whether you're exploring the woods or chilling at the beach all day, a quality cooler always comes in handy. YETI is a well-known maker of coolers that keep food and drinks nice and cold. The YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler is an excellent choice for campers and hikers because it has a strap for easy carrying and is water- and mildew-resistant. As an add-on to this gift, consider purchasing a YETI ICE Reusable Cooler Pack, which can be used as either an ice substitute or to boost the power of existing ice. The thick plastic exterior resists breakage if you accidentally drop it, and the custom design helps spread the cold exactly where you need it.


Tracey Zielezinski is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.

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