Holiday Gift Guide For The Outdoor Adventurer In Your Family

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Holiday Gift Guide For The Outdoor Adventurer In Your Family

It might not seem like it, but outdoor enthusiasts sure know a thing or two about how to spend a dollar. With gear that changes and improves as quickly as time, it’s no wonder why the hiker in your family has a long gift list this year. So give them what they want! This gift guide will show you the way.

Fjällräven Greenland Jacket

Fjällräven is a company that never ceases to impress with their dedication to truly outstanding outdoor gear. The Greenland Jacket was originally crafted in 1968 in collaboration with the members of the 1966 Greenland expedition and the company states, “The original was made of tent material that was too heavy for lightweight tents. The result was an extremely durable jacket that was much appreciated by climbers. It did not take long for it to gain popularity for general use in forests and fields where it demonstrated rare durability. Today, many of the earlier versions have been passed to younger generations.”

BioLite CampStove Bundle

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The BioLite CampStove Bundle is the ultimate gift for backpackers of any age. Not only does the CampStove boil 1 liter of water in 4.5 minutes, it also produces 2W of power. So yes, it will charge you cell phone while you’re out in the wild. But the best part? The BioLite CampStove is wood-burning, so you can fuel your feast with the twigs and pinecones at your feet.

Marmot Kompressor Plus 20 Pack

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This unisex day pack is the perfect grab-and-go bag for every adventure under the sun. Whether you take it hiking, skiing, or fishing, you know that Marmot’s genius designs (removable waist belt and water bottle pockets) will keep your stuff in check.

Merrell Bare Access 4

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The secret’s out on minimalist running shoes, but have you ever applied that logic to the trails? Merrell’s Bare Access line is a no-brainer for almost any outside activity from simple trail runs to epic hikes through the mountains. I’ve hiked in mine (in 2 feet of snow, pouring down rain, the desert, etc.) for almost three years and they’re still kickin’!

Klean Kanteen 32oz Stainless Steel Insulated Growler

The only words to live by while camping: keep it cool, keep it carbonated. The Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Insulated Growler will perform both of those jobs with 100% accuracy.

NEMO Galaxi Two Person Backpacking Tent And Footprint

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Weighing in at only 4 lbs, the Galaxi Two Person Backpacking Tent is making waves this year. Not only is it lightweight and durable, NEMO is well on their way to trademarking new pole technology that will transform the industry standard.

Cafflano Klassic Portable Coffee Maker

For true coffee conneseuers, the Cafflano Klassic Portable Coffee Maker is a must. Grind it, brew it, drink it, all within one cup. That sure beats instant coffee out on the mountain!

Matador Pocket Blankets

These compact (think deck of cards), waterproof blankets will change your life forever. Keep one in your glovebox, pack, purse, or pocket and you’ll never have wet pants again.

Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite

An oldy but goody, the Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite is consistently ranked one of the best sleeping pads on the market. Easy to pack, light to carry, and comfortable as heck, you’ll wonder what you ever did without one.


Mandy Burkholder is a travel, adventure, and outdoor writer who honed her craft in the foothills of the La Plata Mountains of Southwest Colorado. After a stint in the Swiss Alps, she now resides in Tennessee. Follow her on twitter — @mandyburkhold3r

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