Seven Great Gifts for Outdoor-Lovers for Less Than $50


Gifting etiquette has always baffled us. With the thousands, maybe millions of possibilities, how does one know exactly the right thing to buy? Then factor in the long list of friends and family that deserve quality presents, and the possibilities expand exponentially. To help you navigate this overwhelming world, we present seven items that are ideal for those in love with travel and the outdoors, but don’t expect you to buy ‘em a carbon fiber bike (though, yes, that would be nice…).

MSR Pocket Rocket
Camping doesn’t have to be difficult—sometimes it’s as easy as a quickly pitched shelter and a hot bowl of soup. For novices to seasoned north wall men, this award-winning stove is essential.

Stanley Classic Flask
Some people equate the holiday season with the smell of chestnuts roasting on an open fire. For others, it’s that first-snow sleigh ride, surrounded by good friends, cozy blankets, and a warm, invigorating nip from your private reserve.  This instant classic will abide.

Patagonia Overhead Sports Bra
This is the one gift every active woman needs, but rarely buys. The fit, the colors (deep plum and Nile blue are our favs), and the fab fashion statement make this a one that’ll likely need to be replaced due simply to over-use.

McNett Samish Outdoor and Dive Knife
How do you make a man happy? It’s quite simple. Give him a knife for Christmas. Forget the Jerry Garcia or Donald Trump signature tie—this serrated sports knife comes in handy for whittling kindling, cutting fishing line, and opening packages. We haven’t tried scoring champagne bottles yet, but report back if the gift recipient gives it a try.

Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Lantern
Here’s a bet. If you buy a Mini-Hozuki lantern as a gift, you’ll end up keeping it for yourself. As sophisticated as it is handy, this featherweight illuminator goes from tent to camp kitchen to your backyard patio with the speed of light. So save yourself the hassle and buy two.

Flojos Andre Slides
These sandals will provide joy (and comfort) 364 days out of the year. Whether walking the white sand beaches of Tasmania or looking for something to slip on to fetch the mail, these slides are more versatile than flip flops (and, according to our testers, much more manly!). Consider them house slippers, camp shoes and water wear—all in one versatile lightweight package.

Salomon Sense Hydro S-Lab Hydration Set
This inexpensive conversation starter falls into the “why didn’t we think of that?” category—hands—easy hands-free, trail-friendly hydration for the fleet-footed on your list.

Published: 29 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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