This year’s holiday shopping doesn’t have to be stressful as some people make it out to be. Just take a look down your list and ask, “Are any family members or my friends the hardcore outdoor adventurous type? Or at least, are any on your list at least wanting to try out the outdoors or occasionally go camping?
If you have family members and friends who enjoy exploring the outdoors, then you won’t find it hard to find a tool or gadget to make their camping adventure easier, and remind them now and then just who gave them that gift. But kidding aside, we present to you a list of 12 gift items for the holidays to make your search a little bit easier.
1. Survival/Outdoor Sports Watch with altimeter, thermometer, compass, and more
Not a regular wearer of timepieces myself until I started high-altitude hiking and realised how come I don’t have this thing that tells me the temperature, altitude and other atmospheric conditions.
Best in the wild is the UNWEAR GPS Running Watch which has built-in GPS, 10-15 days of battery life, 100% waterproof, more than 10 sports modes, and powerful function app software with Bluetooth. It’s great for any sports mode including outdoor sports and camping and data gathered can sync with your smartphone app. It also has a compass, weather app, thermometer, barometer, and the like, and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and 12-month warranty. Get it
2. HandPresso Wild Hybrid Portable Espresso Maker
Whether you’re out in the wilderness camping or stuck in the office doing overtime work, this portable hand espresso maker ensures you have your coffee with just hot water and loose espresso grounds or pre-loaded coffee pods. And it just weighs 1.6 pounds, perfect for cross-country backpacking. Get it
3. Inflatable Paddle Boards
The Goplus Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board also comes with a fin adjustable paddle pump kit and carry backpack. The 11’ x 30” x 6” board can support a rider up to 265 lbs. It can inflate and deflate in less than 5 minutes. When deflated and carried inside its own carry backpack, it weighs only 26 lbs, perfect for your fun-loving friend’s escapades. First time I see it was when I was in El Nido, Philippines where a couple happily enjoyed paddling their way to the famed lagoons of Palawan, and it’s really cool. Get it
4. Victorinox Swiss Army Pocket Knife
Yes there are other gadgets and tools out there that have tried to imitate, but nothing beats the veritable and time-proven Swiss Army pocket knife. It is made of stainless steel and features 33 major functions that makes it a veritable toolbox for all your outdoor camping adventures. Get it
5. Speedo Men’s Aqua Shoes
Great shoes for outdoor hiking or for the beach, the Surfwalker Pro 3.0 features stretchy pull-on upper with mesh insets. This means a secure fit and quick-dry breathability. It even provides cushioned insole impact protection and its outsole enhances better traction and slip resistance. For that friend who loves the underwater world, this is a decent gift. Get it
6. Lightweight Travel Scope
The Celestron 21035 70mm travel scope is perfect for the outdoorsy type who also loves to go stargazing. It has and erect image diagonal so all views are always correctly oriented. Though the scope comes with a full size photographic tripod, it is very much lightweight and comes with its own custom backpack for easy storage and traveling. It even comes with software with its own database, skymaps, and enhanced images. Get it
7. Ultra-light Camping Tent
The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL tent is strong and durable. It can easily fit in 2-3 persons while having extra storage space. It’s easy to set up in a few minutes, is fully waterproof, and can withstand almost all weather conditions. If you think your buddy’s tent needs some upgrade, this Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL tent is a great gift. Get it
8. Durable Water Bottle
The Nalgene Triton Wide Mouth 32oz water bottle is actually one of the best selling water bottle designs for the past 20 years. It is BPA free and dishwasher safe, can hold both hot and cold drinks, and its wide mouth ensures easy cleaning and filling. It is packaged and sold as a set of two. Get it
9. Hanging Tent/Hammock
Now, want something really cool? The Tentsile Trillium Tensioned Triple Hammock can stay hung either as a tent or open hammock and can carry up to 3 persons. You can even stack up to 3 levels to create a hanging multi-floor outdoor tent. The Trillium can also be used as extra space for extra gear, wet stuff, or dogs. It’s easy to set up and needs only 8 minutes and weighs only 14lbs when carried in a backpack. Perfect for someone with unique obsession of hammocks. Get it
10. Portable/Detachable Solar Power Bank
This power bank is also flexible because the slim battery charger body and its solar panels can be easily separated. It’s small enough to carry in any bag for any travel experience or just for daily use at work. The dual-USB fast charging 10000mAh capacity Li-polymer battery can charge up to devices simultaneously. The power bank itself needs at least 20 hours by sunlight to fully charge. It even has a bright LED flashlight for emergency situations. Get it
11. Open Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
The AfterShokz Trekz Titanium headphones use new technology through bone conduction that sends mini vibrations and sounds through the cheekbones and directly to the inner ears. It operates using wireless Bluetooth, has premium pitch dynamic sound and powerful bass, and a durable titanium frame. Do you have that friend that enjoys morning run or trail running? This is one fine gift that will surely delight your friend. Get it
12. Roundtrip Airline Ticket to a Favorite Destination
Of course, after all is said and done, and you’re still confused about what outdoor gadget or tool to buy a family member or friend, why not just take advantage of the holiday ticket packages or promotions from airlines to any vacation destination. Find a way to ask said family member/friend, where he or she would want to go for a holiday vacation, search for it on any airline promotion, and see the look on their face when you hand them their holiday gift/roundtrip ticket.