The first snow has fallen in many places across Canada and the United States, reminding us that winter is knocking. Christmas is just around the corner and many of us are starting to sort through our plans for gift giving this year. If you’re stuck for gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiast in your life, I’ve got you covered!
**Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links that earn me a small commission at no additional cost to you. I will only ever recommend products/services that I love, and feel are valuable to my community. Thank you! For more information, please visit my Disclaimer page.**
From television commercials and magazines to Facebook ads and Internet pop-ups, Christmas is coming, and everyone is quick to remind us! While there is no arguing that Christmas can get expensive, you may be surprised to learn that the average Canadian is actually cutting back on their Christmas spending. In fact, a survey from Equifax Canada revealed that more than 50% of Canadians plan on spending less money on gifts this year compared to years past.
This scaling back may impact how many people you are purchasing for, limiting your gift-giving to just your closest friends and family members. However, many shoppers are simply being more mindful of what they are buying. Gone are the years that we bought everything and anything, many of our gifts set aside after they are received never to be looked at again. Instead, we’re taking the time to find that one special gift we know our loved one is going to treasure.
Are you shopping for someone who spends their free time outdoors, taking part in activities like camping, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and more? If so, you may find yourself stuck on what direction to take with your gift-giving this year. Especially if you don’t share the same interests.
Table of Contents
Check Out These Gift Ideas for the Outdoors Enthusiast! There’s Sure to be Something for Everyone!
* Please note, prices listed are the price at the time this gift guide was created. As pricing does fluctuate, this is subject to change. *
Gifts Under $20
LED Camping Lantern with Ceiling Fan ($16.99) – If you’ve ever spent a night out in a tent, you know that one of the big things that a camper must consider is how they are going to light their space enough to make their way around the tent safely. This is especially true if you’re travelling with kids or pets! Not only does this LED lantern offer a significant amount of light, easily hooking to hang from the top of the tent, it also includes a fan to promote air circulation.
Telescoping Marshmallow Roasting Sticks ($8.97) – No campfire is complete without roasting marshmallows and creating smores, right? These roasting sticks extend to 34 inches, allowing kids to stay a safe distance from the fire. When you’re done, they fold up incredibly small and fit into the provided carry bag, making them easy to transport.
2-Pack Microfiber Fast Drying Towels ($9.87) – Not only do these towels pack up easily in their own carry bag, making them easy to transport, but they also dry 10 times faster than the average towel! These are not only great for campers; they are handy for any travel lover.
Inflatable Camping Pillow ($13.25) – If you’re spending the night in an RV or car camping, you’re likely going to bring your big fluffy pillow along. However, if the person that you’re buying for enjoys backcountry camping, they need to conserve on space. This incredibly comfortable pillow deflates to make it lightweight and incredibly compact.
Portable Waterproof Solar Charger ($18.86) – While some outdoors enthusiasts like to unplug completely, others prefer to carry their phones or tablets with them to capture photos, chat with friends or even just for an emergency option. This portable power bank not only provides an effective option for charging your devices, but it also includes a compass and 2 LED light flashlight.
USB Rechargeable Headlamp ($14.97) – I am a firm believer that every camper and hiker should have a high-quality headlamp among their gear. It’s the perfect way to ensure that you have enough light to navigate at night while keeping your hands free to tackle whatever task is before you. This particular headlamp is rechargeable, offering up to 30 hours of light off a single charge.
Gifts Under $50
Ultra Lightweight Water-Resistant Hiking Daypack ($29.99) – When we head out camping, one of our favourite daytime activities is to hit the trails. Depending on how long their planned hiking excursion is, your loved one may need a daypack to carry supplies. This particular pack is not only lightweight, but any gear will stay dry if your friend or family member finds themselves caught in the rain.
Oversized Folding Camp Chair ($44.97) – Everyone knows that a camp chair is important when camping, giving you somewhere to sit and take a load off that’s a little more comfortable than a rock, log or picnic table bench. However, this oversized chair takes comfort to a whole new level!
2-Person Hammock ($25.99) – There are few things as comfortable as kicking back and relaxing in a hammock when you’re outdoors. I can’t imagine going camping without one, and that special person in your life doesn’t have to either! The suspension system for this hammock has a maximum capacity of 1000lbs, meaning that it’s perfect for a couple interested in relaxing together.
Extra Thick Inflatable Sleeping Pad with Built-In Pump ($36.95) – Campers have a wide variety of options available to them when considering air mattresses, cots and sleeping pads. However, if your loved one is looking for something rugged and compact, this sleeping pad is a great option! With a built-in foot pump, inflating it to the perfect level of firmness is easy. When not in use, deflated and folded up, it will comfortably fit in their backpack or luggage.
Rechargeable Camping Lantern with Detachable Flashlights ($28.99) – I am a huge fan of anything rechargeable for camping. After all, if you’re heading out to enjoy the great outdoors, you should also be doing what you can to protect it. Stuck out in the middle of nowhere with no option to charge? There is also an option to use battery power. Not only will this offer a great lantern to sit on the picnic table around the campsite, but your loved one has the option to remove the detachable flashlights on 2 sides for additional lighting options.
Coleman Xtreme Heavy-Duty Wheeled 50-Quart Cooler ($41.35) – While this cooler is may be a little overkill for a backyard BBQ, a heavy-duty cooler can make a BIG difference if your loved one enjoys camping for longer periods of time. In fact, this specific cooler can keep ice for up to 5 days, cutting back on how often they have to purchase ice to keep their food and drinks cold.
Gifts Under $100
Coleman All-Terrain Double High Air Bed ($99.99) – If you follow me on Instagram, you have already seen this air bed as I shared shortly after purchasing my own. Not only is this bed incredibly comfortable, but with the ‘puncture guard’ technology, it is more puncture-resistant and capable of holding a heavier weight limit than the average air bed. This makes it perfect for us and the dogs! The airbed is a standard queen-size.
Coleman QuikPot Propane Coffee Maker ($84.56) – I’m a coffee addict and I know I’m not alone! This incredible coffee maker runs off a single propane cylinder, allowing your friend or family member to make a fresh pot of coffee at the campsite, even if they don’t have access to electricity. After all, coffee is one of the essentials!
Heated Camp Chair with 5-Pockets and Cup Holder ($99.99) – Okay, confession, this one is a little bit extra, but if you’re getting someone a gift and have the budget, why not go a little extra? This easy to fold and transport chair features ‘hot seat’ technology, allowing your friend or family member to enjoy a little warmth while camping, or even while watching a child’s soccer game, tailgating, etc. It is important to note that this listing does NOT include the USB battery, that will have to be purchased separately.
Mr. Heater Propane Radiant Heater ($69.97) – While most people will reserve camping for the warmer weather, there are a few of us that like to push the boundaries a little. If your friend or family member enjoys camping in a tent in the late fall or even into the winter, they will love this heater! This unit kicks out a lot of heat. Furthermore, it is equipped with an important safety feature: the unit will auto shut-off if it is tipped over, if the pilot light goes out or if it detects low oxygen levels.
Dry Bag Backpack with USB Solar Bluetooth Speaker ($54.99) – If your loved one is into canoeing, kayaking or boating, they are likely already familiar with the importance of dry bags. This specific dry bag, however, is like the swiss army knife of dry bags. Not only is it designed to keep gear dry, but it also has backpack straps to make it easy to transport and a built-in solar-powered Bluetooth speaker so that they can have their tunes on the go.
Coleman Sundome 4-person Tent ($63.99) – I can’t put together a list of gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiast and not include a tent! You may have already noticed based on a couple of other items on this list, I am a huge fan of the Coleman brand as their products are reliable and long-lasting. This tent is incredibly easy to set up and the WeatherTec system is designed to keep your loved one dry.
Are there any items on this list that you would love to receive this Christmas? What other outdoor gear has caught your attention?