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Gift Guide | Gifts for the Adventurer
Choosing holiday gifts can be challenging. But if you’re seeking the best gifts for the adventurer in your life, you’ve come to the right place. Whatever your budget may be, our adventure gift guide will help you find a gift that any outdoor thrill-seeker is sure to appreciate…
Mulifunctional camping tools are great for helping you do more with less. And the compact and versatile Tactica M.020 Camping Tool Card handles a range of camp needs while remaining easily portable. With features such as a firestarter ferro rod, rope tensioner, scraper, saw, sundial, and bottle opener, you’ll be ready when it’s time to work and relax alike.
A trusty hat is a valuable addition to outdoor adventures. And Patagonia’s Maclure Hat helps keep your eyes protected from the sun while providing adaptable outdoor/urban style for both wilderness and city adventures. It’s Fair Trade Certified™ sewn, made with organic cotton, and offers a slider-lock closure for an adjustable fit.
The outdoors can be harsh on your smaller valuables and tech. But Pelican’s R40 Personal Utility Ruck Case is a personal defense bunker against the elements, bumps, scrapes, and drops. Waterproof and crushproof, it offers IP68 protection to defend against snow, water, dirt, and dust. A rubberized bumper provides impact protection, while flexible interior organization keeps your items secure and tidy during your adventures.
A knife is a highly useful tool for outdoor adventures. And the ability to make fire is equally useful. Expertly crafted in Sweden, the Morakniv Kansbol with Survival Kit offers both. As well as an integrated firestarter, the bundle also comes with a diamond sharpener to keep the stainless steel blade in optimum condition.
While it’s important to be careful outdoors, in the event of an emergency you still want to be prepared. Leatherman’s Raptor Response are emergency shears designed for both professional and everyday use. Not only will they cut through a variety of materials, but they also include a ring cutter, ruler, oxygen tank wrench, and pocket clip. The foldable design enhances their portability too, making it easy to include these in your just-in-case gear list.
A first aid kit is an important addition to any adventure. And the My Medic Stormproof Universal First Aid Kit provides a well-rounded selection of essentials to deal with a variety of first-aid scenarios. The modular organization makes it easy to access gear, which ranges from bandages to a tourniquet, water purification and much more. Plus with its durable, water-resistant and MOLLE-compatible design, this kit will handle a variety of environments and carry setups too.
Adventures don’t always involve being on the go. It’s just as important to sit back, relax and enjoy your surroundings once in a while. And why not do it with a cocktail in hand? The High Camp HighBall Shaker lets you enjoy a bar wherever you are. Durable stainless steel construction stands up to outdoor use, while the all-in-one design lets you shake, strain, and sip your cocktail of choice in style.
Colder weather shouldn’t restrict your adventures. And that’s where the Holden Down Gloves come in. Made with responsibly sourced 600 fill down, a Polartec® Power-Stretch® Pro Fleece lining, durable leather palm, and water-resistant finish, these gloves are stylish and cozy blankets for your hands. So you can stay out there and explore a little longer while keeping your hands toasty too.
You can’t always get close to points of interest in your adventures. But with these Nocs Standard Issue 8×25 Waterproof Binoculars you can feel like you’re right up by the action. They feature Bak4 Prisms and Fully Multi-Coated lenses for excellent optic quality, while the grippy exterior not only helps to provide a firm grasp but also provides impact protection too through dissipating the force. Fully fog-proof and waterproof as well, the binoculars have an IPX7 waterproof rating, meaning they can withstand submersion for 30 minutes in up to 3 feet of water, just in case your adventures take a wetter turn.
Adventures are often hungry, thirsty work. And if you can afford to carry a little more on your excursions, the Pelican Elite 14QT Personal Cooler is a ruggedly functional way to keep drinks and perishable items cool until you’re ready to tuck in. The cooler includes an interior tray to keep non-perishable items cool and dry, as well as a handy integrated bottle opener.
If you’re looking for hard-wearing headwear with indisputable style, turn to one of the most iconic names in the industry. Stetson know more than a thing or two about crafting adventure-ready hats and their Bozeman Outdoor Hat is a fine choice for adventures near and far. The fully crushable wool hat is tough, moisture-wicking, and breathable. Stuff it in a pack and it’ll bounce right back, ready to protect you in rugged style.
If you’re looking for the ultimate balance of multifunctionality, portability, and adventure-ready durability, Leatherman’s Wave Plus delivers. The multi-tool offers a choice of 17 tools to handle a variety of outdoor, adventure, and day-to-day needs including a saw, scissors, wire cutters, and pliers just to name a few. Designed with one-handed use in mind, this is a practical and valuable piece of gear to have on any adventure.
Searching for gifts for the adventurer who supports sustainable, ethical business practices? Consider Cotopaxi’s Moda 20L Backpack – Cada Día. The pack is made with recycled materials using fair labor practices and offers fun pops of color to add a little personality to carry setups. It’s designed with versatile functionality in mind, incorporating an easy-access cinch top opening, a suspended laptop sleeve, and daisy chains for additional external carry. So if you’re after a pack that goes from work to adventure and back again, this is a solid choice.
Need gloves that can go anywhere and get a firm grasp on any adventure regardless of the season? These Give’r 4 Season Gloves are more than up to the task. Tough, warm, and adaptable, they’re constructed with waxed leather, a waterproof membrane lining, and cozy Thinsulate™ insulation. So they’ll handle whatever adventure extremes are thrown their way.
Having a flat surface in a camp kitchen makes a big difference, whether you’re chopping items or looking for somewhere stable to set down items while still keeping them within easy reach. But tables are not exactly carry-friendly items…unless you opt for gear like the Nemo Equipment Moonlander Foldable Camp Table. This sleek table is compact enough to fit in the laptop sleeve of a backpack. But unfold it and you get a stable tray surface with an extra trick up its sleeve. Dual height settings allow you to keep the table low, making it great for picnic-style outings in its tray setup, or alternatively easily set up the legs to create a convenient side table.
Packable bags often leave a lot to be desired when it comes to functional features, durability, and comfort. But Matador’s Beast28 Ultralight Technical Backpack is different. This cleverly-designed pack features a flexible frame suspension system that moves with you and supports the load. And the removable hip belt and sternum strap also enhance carry comfort on the go. The pack has a durable but lightweight 210D Robic® nylon construction with a UTS waterproof coating. Hydration bladder compatible and with a choice of gear loops and pockets, the pack allows you to organize and carry a range of gear to suit different adventures. And when it’s not in use? It packs down small in the included compression sack to fit easily within luggage or for compact storage at home.
Adventure gear needs to be adaptable. And adaptability is the key feature of Mystery Ranch’s 3-Way Briefcase. Three carry options including briefcase, shoulder bag, and backpack mode let you easily adapt on the fly wherever adventure leads. The beefy build is ready for demanding use and an assortment of pockets keep your gear within easy reach, including a padded 15″ laptop sleeve and quick access to frequently used items. Additionally, as a Backbone Scholarship Series bag, 10% of the proceeds from the bag will go towards a scholarship fund for seasonal Forestry Technicians who want to pursue education to further their careers within or without fire environments.
Keeping your feet safe and comfortable is vital during adventures. So Arc’teryx have stepped up with the Acrux TR GTX Boots to tackle multi-day treks with heavy loads in tough terrain. Designed to be lightweight and abrasion-resistant, the boots have a Vibram® Megagrip outsole and aggressive lugs for dependable traction in wet and dry settings alike. A Gore-Tex insert provides waterproof yet breathable protection from the elements, while an injected EVA midsole and OrthoLite™ 3D molded insert help keep your feet comfortably cushioned during long treks. Available in men’s and women’s options, these boots will help you step out in confidence and embrace a range of adventure settings.
When cooler weather beckons, Mountain Hardwear’s Ghost Whisperer/2™ Jacket is a savvy wardrobe staple that will keep you warm while allowing freedom of movement for active use. Available in men’s and women’s options, it uses recycled face and trim fabrics and responsibly sourced 800-fill Allied RDS-certified down insulation. Exceptionally lightweight and packable, this jacket stuffs down small for easy portability in a bag until needed.
An undeniable icon in outdoor footwear, Danner have been crafting hard-wearing footwear since 1932. And the Mountain Pass carries on this tradition in durable style. The bi-fit board construction combines the shank, midsole, and lasting board into a single piece, helping to reduce weight while offering flexible support. The tough full-grain leather upper, 100% waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex lining, and grippy yet lightweight Vibram® Kletterlift Thin outsole come together to create a comfortable and lightweight hiking boot that can transition to city streets too.
What makes adventures even better? Some sweet tunes keeping your spirits pumped as you tackle the unknown or kick back at camp. And the DemerBox DB2 waterproof Bluetooth speaker brings the party wherever you are thanks to its crushproof Pelican case and 40+ hours of battery life. Add in its USB port for charging devices and its internal dry storage and you get a speaker that goes above and beyond when it’s adventure time.
Adventure-ready warmth, chic urban style, and vegan-friendly construction all in one piece? Turn to Icelandic brand 66°North and their Torfajökull Jacket, which blends all of this in a chic quilted design made with Thermore EcoDown. This down alternative uses 100% recycled fibers from PET plastic bottles. The jacket exterior is water-repellent 100% recycled nylon and the understated style makes this a flexible piece for everyday wear or downtime adventures.
Getting a good night’s sleep is key for staying fresh during adventures. Rab has you covered (quite literally) with their Neutrino 400 Down Sleeping Bag. It features a Pertex Quantum fabric exterior with a DWR finish and 800 fill-power RDS certified European goose down to keep you cozy. Rated for temperature limits as low as 21°F (-7°C) but comfy down to 30°F (around -1°C), this sleeping bag offers lightweight packability without sacrificing warmth.
If you can afford to pack a little luxury for your adventures, your taste buds will thank you for adding this portable charcoal grill and smoker to your gear list. It integrates a range of useful features including magnetic air vents and directional heat sinks for temperature control, an inbuilt thermometer, and a durable cast aluminum construction that will stand up to adventures near and far and take your camp cooking to the next level.