Are you looking for gifts for people who love the outdoors? Maybe you're looking for the perfect gift for a gardener. Or maybe your friends or family members love to challenge their self-reliance skills with backcountry camping.
And don't forget hunting season -- hunters and outdoorsy folks love new gear and big game cooking tips any time of the year. These eight gifts for people who love the outdoors give you a wide variety of gear, styles, and prices to suit budgets of all sizes.
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#1. Any Books by Steve Rinella
Steve Rinella, the host of the popular show Meateater, shares his vast wild game knowledge in this two-volume set, The Complete Guide to Hunting, Fishing and Cooking Wild Game.
Published in 2015, Volume 1 focuses on big game. And Volume 2 covers small game and fowl. Bought together or separately, these books are great gifts for hunters.
#2. Instapark Mercury Portable Solar Panel
No matter if you’re out for a day-trip, or on a week-long hunt, electronics these days are always with you. Whether its trail cameras, GPS, cellphones, IPads or any USB compatible device, this portable solar panel can charge them.
The Instapark Mercury Portable Solar Panels are much lighter than most competitors (weighs under 1 lb per panel), and folds into a size not much larger than an iPad. This handy charger can be a lifesaver and would be a welcome addition to any outdoorsman or hunters pack.
#3. Spot Global Phone (Satellite Phone)
When you’re out in the wilderness, chances are there is limited to zero traditional cellphone coverage. This can be an obvious danger, especially if you’re off the beaten path and in need of emergency assistance. A satellite phone gives you the ability to reach family, friends, or emergency services regardless of your location. The Spot Global Satellite Phone has one of the cheapest price tags on the market, and has month-to-month plans as well as prepaid, making it ideal to activate for only a few months during hunting season.
#4. Kelly Kettle
It’s hard to find a good, fresh cup of coffee when you’re trekking through the wilderness. And unfortunately, those brisk hunting mornings are when a hot coffee and bowl of oatmeal is appreciated the most. That's why a Kelly Kettle is a great gift for people who love the outdoors.
Kelly Kettles are portable "kettles" for boiling water outdoors - as in over a campfire. Using natural fuel like twigs or small branches, you can heat water fast - in as little as three to five minutes, depending on the size of your kettle.
#5. Benchmade Hidden Canyon Hunter Knife
When it comes to finding a knife for a hunter, prices can range from as low as $50, all the way up to well over $500. Most hunters carry a few knives, each with its own set purpose. This Benchmade Hidden Canyon Hunter Knife is reasonably priced, good quality, and it is a great multi-purpose knife. It’s an American made, fixed-blade knife with a beautiful oak handle. For the price, this will always be an ideal gift.
#6. SaganLife JourneyWater Purification Bottle
One of the most practical gifts for people who love the outdoors is this nifty little SaganLife Journey Water Purification Bottle. It's lightweight, easy-to-use, and comes in blue and pinky-peach (okay, they call it orchid).
It also happens to be a perfect piece of gear for hunters, hikers and outdoorsy men and women. Or even for adventurers and travelers in parts of the world without access to clean, filtered water.
According to their website, the filter in the SaganLife Water Purification Bottle removes bacteria, giardia, cryptosporidium, and virus bacteria.
#7. Yeti Coolers
In the past decade, Yeti Coolers have taken the hunting world by storm. They are, without a doubt, the best cooler you can find. The price tag is high, but the coolers are loved and highly reviewed by basically everyone who’s tried one. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes perfect for daytrippers, campers, hikers, and outdoorsy people of all ages.
#8. Patagonia's Micro Puff Jackets and Hoodies
When you're looking for gifts for people who love the outdoors, one thing to think about is that hardcore outdoorsy folks go out in all weather. So any kind of apparel that will stand up to rain, sleet, sun or snow is going to be a hit. One of the best investments for outdoorsy people who head out in inclement weather is Patagonia's line of Micro Puff jackets and hoodies.
No matter which style you choose, the Micro Puff jacket is lightweight, packable, and insulated.
Other Gifts for People Who Love the Outdoors
Try one of these other options when you're trying to find gifts for people who love the outdoors:
- a subscription box full of outdoor gear and activities for outdoor families. Check out Think Outside Boxes - we've been getting them for a year and love them. You can read about how we use them in this post.
- experience gifts - gift certificates for ziplining, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, caving, etc.
- magazine subscriptions to Outdoor Life, Mother Earth News, Hunting and Fishing, etc.
- what about an online course? Try an Organic Gardening course, or a Botany and Wildcrafting course.
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