Those who love the Great Outdoors are not always easy to shop for. Not only do they value experience over objects, they’re also likely very knowledgeable about the gear they do need.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help! Our list below is filled with gift ideas that any outdoors person will love. And, with gear constantly being built stronger, lighter, and more durable, there’s always some piece of equipment in their kit that can use an upgrade.
With our advice, you’re sure to turn Christmas 2020 into a holiday miracle. Read on to discover our top 10 gift ideas for the camper in your life! Who knows—you may even find something for your own wilderness adventure kit that you simply can’t resist.
Helinox, Chair One:
Helinox’s award-winning Chair One is the perfect travel chair. Its surprisingly lightweight aluminium alloy frame holds up to 320lbs of weight. The seat is a 600-weave polyester that’s both UV and weather-resistant.
Because of it’s simple, streamlined design, the Chair One is exceptionally easy to set-up and a cinch to store in the trunk of your car. As always with Helinox, the quality of their product is second to none; each chair is backed by their generous five-year warranty.
NEMO Equipment, Fillo Elite Ultralight Backpacking Pillow:
Question: what could make an award-winning backpacking pillow even better? Simple—make that same great pillow into an ultralight masterpiece. At NEMO Equipment, that’s exactly what they did.
The NEMO Fillo Elite Ultralight Backpacking Pillow features a layer of Primaloft insulation for warmth, while the exterior is made of jersey cotton that’s soft to the touch.
Because of its excellent support and highly compact design, it proves versatile across a wide-range of situations: use it as a camping pillow, a travel pillow on a plane, lumbar support for your office chair, or even as an emergency piece of kit you simply never leave home without.
Black Diamond, Spot 350 Headlamp:
Black Diamond’s Spot 350 Headlamp compresses a powerful 350 lumens of light into an elegantly small case. Not only is the housing compact, it’s ergonomic, waterproof, and durable. With its six settings and three LEDs, you can choose the intensity of your shine every time. This way, you can conserve the battery life, while using exactly the lumens you need for your adventure.
The Spot runs on three AAA batteries which come included. Moreover, this tough little headlamp can be used for up to an hour when submerged in 1.1 meters of water. Best practice is to make sure to always dry it out when wet.
Stanley, Adventure Steel Shots + Flask Gift Set:
An absolute classic when it comes to kicking back with loved ones around the campfire. The Stanley Adventure Steel Shots + Flash Gift Set is perfect for the nature buff in your life who loves to share those experiences with good company.
The flask is a respectable 8oz, while the four 2oz shot glasses come with their own sealable carrying case. The stainless steel build is naturally BPA-free, durable, and easy to clean. It’s also dishwasher safe. Props to Stanley’s attention to detail; the integrated lanyard ensures you never lose the lid of your flask. All in all, this compact little set allows you to party in nature and leave the rest to Stanley.
MSR, Pocket Rocket 2 Stove:
MSR is an innovator in portable stove technology. Their massively successful Pocket Rocket got an overhaul with their Pocket Rocket 2 Stove, which offers the same high-performance and reliability, but with a lighter and more compact design. Really, it’s the best of both worlds.
So what are the specs? In just 3.5 minutes, you can boil 1L of water—that’s impressive. In terms of weight, you’re looking at a mere 4.2 oz when packed, or 2.6 oz if you carry just the stove. It also fits nicely into most folding pots and includes a durable, lightweight carrying case.
Coleman, Triton 2-Burner Propane Stove:
Perfect for the glamper in your life, the Coleman Triton 2-Burner Propane Stove has 22,000 BTUs of cooking power and weighs just over 11lbs. Its super-compact design fits easily into the trunk of your car and can be used for camping, hunting, tailgating, and more.
This propane stove features a push-button ignition and two burners, which can be adjusted independently. The spacious cooktop allows for simultaneous use of a 10” and 12” pan. To prevent wind from blowing out your flame, the Triton is equipped with WindBlock panels. A 16.4 oz propane cylinder can provide up to an hour of continuous use on high.
GSI Outdoors, Glacier Stainless Steel 28 Cup Coffee Percolator:
While the Great Outdoors isn’t for everyone, coffee certainly is. So for the camping-fiend in your life, why not give them the best of both worlds? The beautifully crafted, corrosion-resistant GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Steel Percolator makes an excellent campsite companion. With a 28 cup capacity, this percolator is especially handy when caffeinating a large group the morning after a bonfire rager.
For those coffee snobs out there (myself included), the Glass Perc-View knob allows you to set a precise cook-time, while the hinged lid ensures nothing gets left behind in the woods. With a weight of just 2 lbs, the Glacier is easy to bring along on any adventure. For a full coffee experience, be sure to check out GSI’s MiniEspresso Set.
YETI, Tundra 35 Cooler:
As YETI’s most portable cooler yet, the Tundra 35 is well-suited to glamping and road-trips. The nature-lover on your Christmas list will be able to pack 20 cans that are sure to stay ice cold, thanks to the 3” UV-resistant, insulated walls. Another grizzly feature of the Tundra 35 is that, though small, it’s built to be bear-proof (get it?).
Non-slip feet keep the cooler where you need it, while the military-grade polyester rope-handles are comfortable and sturdy. This 20lb cooler is pretty much bomb-proof and is sure to last for lifetimes to come.
SealLite, BigFork Dry Daypack 30L:
Does your loved one have a passion for water-sports? Then the SealLite BigFork Dry Daypack 30L might make an excellent gift under the tree. For both single-day and overnight adventures, the BigFork is a highly versatile pack designed with paddlers in mind. This roll-top bag offers up to 30L of storage. The outside bungee system with lash points allows for flexible packing.
Its minimalist, streamlined design makes for easy access to gear. The entire pack is waterproof and features fully welded seams. The attention to details is exquisite: the light-colored interior was designed to make finding what you’re looking for a cinch, while the webbing waist belt and padded shoulder straps are removable.
Rumpl, Down Puffy Blanket:
The Down Puffy Blanket by Rumpl is perfect for your outdoor-lover. As the company’s signature model, you're guaranteed a compact, odor, stain, and dirt-resistant, travel-ready blanket. Best of all, Rumpl uses sustainably sourced, traceable down.
Insulated with a warm 600 fill power down insulation, the Down Puffy Blanket works well across a range of three-season climates. The durable 20D ripstop nylon face fabric is treated with a water-repellent DWR-coating, so you can use it in damp conditions, as well. This is particularly handy if you choose to wear it around the fire using the Cape Clip. Stuff sack included.
GSI, Pinnacle Soloist:
The GSI Pinnacle Soloist is a case-in-point against the idea that going ultralight means sacrifice. In fact, GSI’s nFORM Ultralight System is the ultimate lightweight solution for backpackers who want a full cook set without feeling ‘extra’.
At just 10.9 oz, the Soloist includes a 1L pot, strainer/mug lid, 14 oz. mug/bowl, insulated sleeve, folding spork, and welded sink. The Teflon Radiance coating ensures a non-stick cooking experience and a ridiculous easy clean-up every time.
The Pinnacle is also eco-friendly, constructed from Infinity, a recycled, BPA-free alternative to traditional plastics. Not only that, Infinity is stain-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and will not leach chemicals into its contents. It’s also 25% lighter than normal polycarbonate.
For two-person adventures, check out the GSI Pinnacle Dualist!
From stoves and coolers to flasks and cooksets; headlamps and daypacks to blankets and pillows—there really is something for every camper in your life. So, if you haven’t already broken the bank, head over to our Gift Guides page for even more inspo! And make this Christmas one for the books.