Finding a thoughtful and exciting gift is one of the hardest things in the world. We usually start stressing about what to give our friends and loved ones as soon as fall arrives and start collecting ideas. We've handpicked our favorite trail-tested gift ideas that have found a place in our packs and campsites over the past year. So no matter who is on your list you'll find gift ideas that will inspire them to get outside in the new year and fill 2020 with adventures.
Gifting socks gets a bad reputation thanks to years of cheap cotton tube socks under the tree. But these premium merino wool socks offer performance and comfort that will excite. Knit with the highest quality fine-gauge merino wool for an amazing fit, feel, and warmth. You'll know these socks are a hit when they wear them multiple days in a row thanks to the natural antibacterial powers of merino. And bonus points, that they are made in the USA and backed by a lifetime guarantee.
One of our favorite multitools has been updated with a splash of color. Featuring 19 different tools including, one hand blade, saw, firestarter, pliers, hammer, and more. This gift could literally save the day when things get sketchy in the backcountry.Shop Now
The perfect gift for backpacking bartenders, these cocktail mixes just need water and spirits to instantly create delicious drinks. After a long day on the trail, nothing tastes better than a stiff drink paired with the finest dehydrated meal Mountain House has to offer.Shop Now
Be the coolest uncle or aunt and help the new parents on your list get outside with their kids. Our fondest memories growing up were hiking, camping, and backpacking with our parents.
These enamel mugs bring a retro camp feeling to your morning coffee while at home or on the trail. Featuring beautiful artwork inspired by popular National Parks these mugs are lightweight durable, and even fire safe if you need to reheat your coffee over the fire.
Our Luci String Lights live in our Westfalia near a window so the solar panel keeps it charged and at night we use the 18ft of lights to illuminate our camp for cooking, and hanging out. As a bonus, it can also charge any USB device.
A great base layer is an essential piece of gear that they'll enjoy on every adventure from hiking to skiing. Made with high-performance merino fabric to wick sweat and naturally resist odor to keep things fresh on multiday adventures.
If you have an ultralight backpacker on your list this 9.9 0z cook system will make their year. MSR's Pocket Rocket has been a favorite with backcountry chefs for years and this update makes it even better by integrating everything they need to make a hot meal including an insulated cook and eat pot.
These ultralight dry sacks are fully waterproof and aren't just for paddling, we bring one to keep gear and clothing dry on day hikes, and backpacking trips. After backpacking through a downpour this will be their favorite gift as they pull out warm dry clothes.
A good smartphone tripod is essential for adventurers that use an iPhone as their primary camera. Ultralight and compact to easily fit in a pocket or backpack, this tripod can grip onto branches rocks and uneven ground to take a perfectly steady timelapse or catch every slow-mo moment of that friend who's always first to try a new ski jump.
These led drink koozies are perfect for keeping your beer cold in camp. Thick neoprene insulation keeps your beverage cold while you sit around the campfire and the led light makes sure you never forget where you set your drink down.
This 544 page full-color guide to America's National Parks has everything an explore needs to visit every park. Featuring maps and info on hiking trails, campsite, historical site, and must see locations this book is the perfect gift for anyone aspiring to visit every National Park.
Cosmik offers a gourmet and organic upgrade to the freeze-dried ice cream we loved as kids. Available in a variety of flavors including strawberry, mint chocolate chip, cookies and cream, double chocolate chip, and spiced eggnog.
A long-time favorite among ultralight backpackers and thru-hikers these packs are light on weight without skimping on features and comfort. With men's and women's specific versions to ensure a proper fit this will be their new go-to pack for overnight and even multiday backpacking trips.
Austin lives in the Pacific Northwest where he enjoys hiking and backpacking in the Olympic and Cascade mountains.
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