12 Outdoorsy Gift Ideas to Inspire the Next Adventure
It’s safe to say we could all benefit from getting back to nature, even for a few hours.
This year saw a resurgence in the Japanese practice of forest bathing after researchers proved that a leisurely (phone-free) walk in the woods can lower stress levels, boost the immune system, and make you feel generally better. We all have loved ones who didn't need science to back this up, though — those who we fear may pack up and go full-on "Walden" at a moment's notice.
As the holiday season approaches, they may insist you don't buy them anything, and we get it. Hiking and camping gifts can be tough to choose, as all true outdoorsmen and women are usually quite calculated when it comes to stocking their gear shelves. But we've found some choice lightweight (this is key!) gear that will quickly become a staple in their packs.
And these gifts aren't just suited to the solo thru-hikers, we've curated a list with a range of adventure-inclined folk in mind; yes, glampers included. Whatever type of nature immersion they seek, this year’s best outdoor gifts will get them trail-ready, rain or shine.
This year, Travel + Leisure is offering its most comprehensive gift guide ever. The goal? To make sure you can find the perfect present for everyone on your list, from the aviation-lover to the Instagrammer. Below, you’ll find our present picks for outdoor enthusiasts.
Shinola Detroit Bicylce
Shinola’s single-speed Detroit Arrow bike is the perfect gift for the city cyclist. Thoughtful touches include gender-specific saddle design and proportional geometry.
To buy: shinola.com, $1,000
Hestra Wakayama Gloves
These timeless wool-lined cowhide gloves comes in a variety of color-blocked styles.
To buy: hestragloves.com, $140
Smythson Travels and Experiences Panama Notebook
Remember every detail from your thrilling escape with this elegant travel notebook.
To buy: matchesfashion.com, $48
Pendleton 5th Avenue Glacier Park Throw
This merino wool throw is just as suited for camping adventures as it is for sprucing up your interiors back home. Bonus: proceeds go toward The National Park Foundation.
To buy: pendleton-usa.com, $179
Tory Burch Sherpa Hooded Jacket in Tory Navy
This oversized fleece jacket has lightly-insulated sleeves and a removable hood — two features that make it ideal for between-season dressing.
To buy: toryburch.com, $258
Brandblack Aura Sneakers
Meet your favorite new travel sneakers, which are fashionable enough to be worn in the city or at the airport and durable enough to carry you through your favorite outdoor activities.
To buy: 180thestore.com, $200
This soothing beauty oil harnesses the power of natural botanicals like apricot kernel oil and yarrow flower essence to heal and comfort.
To buy: goop.com, $64
Bleu de Chauffe Woody Backpack
Inspired by the design of vintage climbing backpacks, this carry-all can be worn as a traditional backpack or as a hand luggage, thanks to sturdy leather handles.
To buy: mrporter.com, $350
Janessa Leone Neil Hat
Put your explorer hat on (literally) with this western-style fedora from California-based designer Janessa Leone.
To buy: janessaleone.com, $257
The Elder Statesman Yosemite Sock
Yes, they’re pricey, but these cashmere socks are easily one of our top travel indulgences.
To buy: elder-statesman.com, $165
2 Moncler 1952 “Mergule" Jacket
Hit the slopes in style with this feather-down jacket — a must-pack for getaways to ritzy mountain towns like Aspen and Gstaad.
To buy: ssense.com, $2,450