Outfit your favorite explorers with the best of the basics, or treat them to a little indulgence for their next trek into the wild.
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. We’ve got picks for car-camping families, too, like an entire weekend’s worth of packable snacks from Patagonia Provisions. 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 beach lovers to health nuts. Below, you’ll find our present picks for outdoor enthusiasts, including a selection of our 2017 Top Gifts, standout editor-approved essentials we’re sure they’ll love.