*You pride yourself on your ability to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Your mom is the cook in the family, so she gets the coolest new cooking gadget. Your cousin collects frogs, and you grabbed the perfect vintage frog figurine at a yard sale in August. Everyone is taken care of except your outdoorsy niece, because what do you know about nature?
You like to tell people that you’re allergic to dirt. The last time someone asked you to go for a hike you laughed in their face because you thought they were joking. Nature lover or not, you won’t have to resort to a gift certificate this year. Outdoors retailers like Cabela’s make giving easy with their online gift guide. Or you can check out our comprehensive gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for every outdoorsperson.
There is no better reward after a long day backpacking than a night spent stargazing under clear skies. Your loved one will be thrilled with the Sky-Watcher MAK-90 MultiMount Backpacker Telescope, which will allow them to not just gaze at the stars, but view Saturn’s rings and the craters on the Moon. At only three pounds and ten inches long, it will fit seamlessly into a backpacker’s pack.
For the fashionable outdoorswoman, check out Etsy for wearable greenery, beautifully crafted jewelry featuring living plants like moss or tiny succulents.
The Kammok Roo Hammock is a guaranteed hit. After all, who doesn’t love kicking back in a hammock? This one is super lightweight, durable and easy to set up. The hammock folds up the size of a grapefruit, making it easy to pop it in a backpack or purse. Because you never know when the opportunity to swing in a hammock will arise.
Tinder on a Rope
Like the Boy Scouts, the motto of anyone who likes to spend time in nature should be “Always Be Prepared.” There is nothing scarier than getting lost in the woods without the ability to start a fire. Tinder On A Rope will solve that problem for your outdoorsperson. This stick is made of pine with a high resin content, which will make a hot flame that lights even when wet. And at only $8, this thoughtful gift will please the recipient and your pocketbook.
Socks may seem like a boring gift, but no matter what type of outdoor activity your loved one is into, they know that you have to take care of your feet first. Darn Tough Socks can take even the hardest workouts and are comfortable to boot. These fast drying socks come in a variety of thicknesses and lengths and are guaranteed for life, which makes them a very exciting gift indeed.
A Coffee Table Book
A book might not be the first thing that comes to mind when looking for an outdoorsy gift, but Foster Huntington’s gorgeous coffee table book, “Home Is Where You Park It,” is not just any book. Huntington spent two years travelling, photographing people living on the road in some of the most scenic spots in the country. This book is sure to inspire anyone who has ever daydreamed about leaving it all behind and hitting the open road.
Make a Donation
Don’t want to buy gear because you’re not sure what things your giftee already owns? Find out their favorite outdoor spot and make a donation in their honor. Most local, state and national parks rely on donations for management, protection and maintenance, so your money will be meaningful not just to your loved one, but will be appreciated by many.