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by Austin Campbell November 20, 2015

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Can't Decide What To Get That Outdoorsy Someone?

The holiday season is fast approaching and we've been searching high and low for the perfect gifts for our outdoor enthusiast friends and family. We know it's the thought that counts, but it's a great bonus when a gift can inspire the receiver to get outside. 


Gifts for Hikers

Gift idea for hikers: CloudLine hiking socks

Socks? We know, socks are traditionally a lame gift, but these aren't the crappy socks your grandma gave you every year as a kid, CloudLine socks are awesome! Made from ultra-soft merino wool, CloudLine hiking socks prevent blisters, naturally resist odor, come in 8 colors, and are so comfy you're going to want to keep them for yourself and regift that novelty mug you got from the secret Santa at work instead. 

Bonus: CloudLine's hiking socks are backed by a 100% guarantee, making your gift that much better!



The Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 might be the perfect daypack for the Pacific Northwest Hiker. It's guaranteed waterproof construction will keep your gear dry in even the wettest conditions, and every pack is tested for 12+ hours in a rain room to ensure performance. The Scrambler has all the standard features you need: water reservoir sleeve, compression straps, gear loops, suspension system, comfortable straps and more. 


LifeStraw Go Water Bottle

The LifeStraw Go is the perfect gift for the hiker who's idea of an adventure involves going further than planned and the possibility of needing a water refill. Give them a LifeStraw Go and you won't need to worry about them getting dehydrated in the backcountry. Utilizing the same award-winning filter as the original lifeStraw, the Go integrates a BPA free water bottle so you can fill and rehydrate as you hike. 

Bonus: Every LifeStraw filter sold brings clean drinking water to a school child in a developing country for one year.


Gifts for Backpackers

Jetboil MiniMo Personal Cooking System

We've been fans of Jetboil for years and have enjoyed many delicious dehydrated meals with water boiled almost instantly. The Minimo brings a redesigned pot and burner that offer more versatility for doing real cooking on the trail. The new pot is shorter and wider, more like a traditional pot and the burner has impressive simmer control. We've used our Minimo to make trail chili, soup, popcorn, and even cobbler. 

Bonus: The Minimo drink through lid also has an integrated strainer.


Petzl Myo RXP Headlamp

The Petzl Myo packs an impressive 280 lumens (370 lumens in boost mode!). What does that mean you ask? It means that the Myo is our go-to headlamp for night hikes, pre-dawn trail runs, and when a breaker pops and we have to go down into our haunted basement all alone. 

Bonus: The Myo providespre-programmed settings for when you need to save battery life.  


Kammok Roo Hammock

Backpacking hammocks are experiencing a surge in popularity. Kammock hammocks set themselves apart from the crowd of brands with stronger fabric, bright colors, and optional accessories, like mosquito netting, and a custom rain fly for the perfect hammock sleep system. 


Gifts for Car Campers

Miir Insulated Growler

The Miir Growler features double walled vacuum sealed construction to keep your favorite brew cold for 24+ hours or hot liquids hot for 12+ hours, making it the perfect car camping growler. 

Bonus: For every growler soldMiir provides access to clean water for one person in need. Each growler includes a coded bracelet that shows GPS coordinates and pictures of the well project your purchase helped fund.


Primus FireHole 100 Stove

The Primus FireHole 100 is the modern take on a car camping classic. Designed to be durable and reliable through years of use, so you can count on it for morning bacon every time. The FireHole can boil water in just 3 minutes, and runs on the small green propane canisters found everywhere. 


Big Agnes Big House 6 Person Tent

We love the Big Agnes Big House 6 for its roomy interior and smart features like an integrated doormat for muddy boots. With the Big House 6 there is no need to worry about the weather if you get rained in there is plenty of room for a day of card games in the tent. 

Bonus: Add the optional vestibule for even more space. 


Gifts for iPhone Photographers


The LifeProof Fre Power is the perfect gift for the iPhone photographer that enjoys multiday backpacking trips. It doubles the iPhones battery life, for twice the photos and protects from drops, water, and dirt. 


Optrix by Body Glove Pro Kit

The Optrix Body Glove Pro Kit might be the toughest case we've ever seen, it's waterproof to 33 feet and can survive a 30 foot fall. That alone would make the Optrix case a worthy adventure companion. What makes it one of our favorite cases for the adventure photographer are the 4 premium lenses. Included are a Normal 0 Lens, 165 Degree Wide Angle, Macro, and Telephoto 2x Zoom. The lenses screw on securely so you can don't need to worry about them falling off on the trail and Optrix offers a selection of mounts so you can attach the case to almost anything.


The Perfect Last Minute Gift


Give the gift of a Cairn subscription box full of outdoor gear

A Cairn subscription box is a perfect gift for when you went hiking instead of gift shopping and now you need a gift asap. Just head over to and select a single month or multi-month gift subscription and your loved one will think you put tons of thought into their gift. 

Now that you have your holiday shopping out of the way, you deserve a break! Plan a winter adventure with our 11 Tips for Winter Camping and Backpacking.

Austin Campbell
Austin Campbell

Austin lives in the Pacific Northwest where he enjoys hiking and backpacking in the Olympic and Cascade mountains.

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John Egan
John Egan

November 21, 2015

Very good gear go camping and walking

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