Whether on the trail or in the surf, the adventure-seeker you know is always looking for the best tools to explore uncharted territory. Give them what they want this year with our guide to holiday gifts for the outdoor enthusiast.

By John Scarpinato
Updated November 08, 2016
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The Normal Brand

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Made from water-resistant waxed canvas and durable leather, The Normal Brand's stylish pack ($199) will keep gear safe and secure whether you're on the trail or in the airport on business.

Samsung

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Capture that amazing summit view, then use the Samsung's beam feature to send photos to friends and family with a simple touch ($400).

Amazon

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When your typical beach read simply won't do, gift The Explorers ($14), the story of Richard Frances Burton and John Hanning Speke’s 1856 expedition to find the source of the Nile.

We Are Brainstorm

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Give the hiker in your family some inspiration this holiday by way of an illustrated map ($45) featuring the notable landmarks along the Appalachian Trail.

Best Made Co.

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You’ll be shocked how many life saving tools this tiny box holds. From purification tablets to an emergency blanket, your explorer will have the basics on hand if they’re ever in trouble ($170).

LL Bean

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Your kids will beg to bring this lantern ($80) on their next camp-out. Not only does its light glow for more than 80 hours, but the built-in USB will also keep their phones juiced up throughout the trip.

Amazon

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Give your backpacker clean water this holiday season in the form of a gravity filter ($120). This one from MSR delivers up to 1.72 liters per minute without a single pump.

Amazon

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Every explorer needs a sountrack, and The Rugged Rukus ($100) makes it easy to tune-in on the go by eliminating wires with Bluetooth connections and solar panels.

Carter Dow Photography

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If there’s a camera on any thrill-seeker’s list this holiday season, it’s in the GoPro family. The durable HERO4 ($500) offers new settings for after dark as well as built-in Wi-Fi allowing them to instantly share that McTwist they just landed.

Amazon

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This insulated bottle ($34) keeps water ice cold on the trail and coffee hot on the chairlift.

SMITH

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Protect that noggin on the mountain with a helmet that fits like a glove. The Vantage ($220) uses AirEvac technology to allow for easy goggle incorporation and an optional audio kit for jamming on the slopes.

Amazon

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Known as a “lightweight bomb shelter,” the North Face Bastion 4 ($849) is easy to carry and can endure Mother Nature’s most extreme conditions.

Best Made Co.

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Ditch the heavy telescope this holiday for a lightweight Stellarscope from Best Made Company ($38). It’s easy to use and will have the giftee identifying constellations in no time.

Eddie Bauer

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Keep your trailblazer warm this season with an insanely light down jacket ($249) from Eddie Bauer. They’ll thank you for the extra weight off their shoulders.

Amazon

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Water- and tear-proof paper makes these notebooks ($10) virtually indestructible. Don’t believe us? Check out the brand’s video tests.

Huckberry

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If you’re gathered around the campfire and not roasting something, you’re doing it wrong. Wrap up these roasting sticks ($26) to guarantee s’mores and hot dogs at every cookout.

Amazon

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Fire is essential out in the wilderness, and Exotac's FireSleeve lighter ($15) brings the disposable variety to a whole new level. It’s waterproof, buoyant, glow in the dark, and ready for any and every adventure.

Amazon

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Perfect for reading fireside, Alex Honnold's Alone on the Wall describes a daring new climb in each chapter ($17).

Offset

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For more travel gift ideas, head to the main Travel + Leisure Holiday Gift Guide.