Buying the right holiday gift often comes down to identifying key passions of the recipient. For those who love the great outdoors, choosing a gift that honors their enthusiasm for nature and exploration will score you points. When looking for a holiday gift for someone who loves the outdoors, it’s important to remember both style and function, with bonus points given for elements of sustainability. From hiking backpacks to jackets to book sets that’ll inspire future journeys, these stylish holiday gifts will be loved by the outdoor enthusiasts on your list for their versatility, functionality, and beauty.
Alpine Air Jacket by prAna, $220
The secret to a great gift for an outdoor enthusiast is functionality. This Alpine Air Jacket by prAna makes an ideal top layer for moderate climates and stores in its own built-in pocket for compact carry when the temperature rises. Made with 100% recycled nylon and polyester, the jacket is sustainably made and features PFAs-free water repellant to keep dry. Both lightweight and insulated, this jacket is ideal for hiking, backpacking, and travel in cool but not freezing environments.
Ice Flow Jacket by prAna, $140
The Ice Flow Jacket by prAna makes a great layer beneath the Alpine Air Jacket for added warmth. Hooded for cold or damp climates, the Ice Flow Jacket is fitted to retain body warmth and features dense but movement-friendly fabric that’s made from recycled materials in a Fair Trade Certified factory. Both warm and stylish, this jacket will make a welcome addition to any active wardrobe.
Sirrus® 34 Day Hiking Pack by Osprey, $195
A solid hiking backpack is a must for anyone venturing into the backcountry. For those who enjoy day hikes, this Sirrus® 34 Day Hiking Pack by Osprey offers ample room to pack for anything the trail might bring your way. The ergonomic design is adjustable for a fit that’ll remain wearable throughout the day with comfortable padding in the straps and weight distribution throughout the torso that can be easily adjusted for changing wearers. The pack also features many smart design elements including a rain cover, loops for attaching extra gear, and accessory straps for pads or blankets. Additionally, the pack includes sustainably-made elements for bonus points. While this pack is designed to best fit a female body, Osprey has a similar pack available for men.
The Explorer’s Library: Books That Inspire Wonder (Atlas Obscura and Gastro Obscura 2-Book Set), $85
Even outdoor enthusiasts spend some time indoors—especially during the cold wet months around the holidays. The Explorer’s Library: Books That Inspire Wonder (Atlas Obscura and Gastro Obscura 2-Book Set) is perfect for adventurers in need of future inspiration. The two volume set is filled with the world’s wonders from food to travel destinations and includes obscure details travelers will find fascinating—like a dragon-shaped escalator climbing a mountainside in China and ritualistic Galician spiked punch parties in Spain to fight off evil spirits. To top it all off, the set is visually pleasing and will make a stylish conversation piece for any coffee table or bookshelf. Just don’t be surprised if you also decide to buy a set for yourself.
AlpenGlow 250 & 500 2-Pack Lumen Multicolor USB Lanterns by BioLite, $139.90
While these lanterns are available individually, you’re going to want to buy the AlpenGlow 250 & 500 2-Pack Lumen Multicolor USB Lanterns by BioLite. These rechargeable lanterns provide light with a natural feel that’s perfect for outdoor tasks (or indoor when the power is out). And, for added fun, they can also be used as ambient light with candle flicker or a rotation of colors, which is perfect for hanging out and telling stories under the stars—whether in your own backyard or out camping. In addition to creating awesome products, BioLite works to bring renewable energy solutions to families living beyond the grid around the world.
Altra Lone Peak Hiker Hiking Boots, $150
Everyone who loves the outdoors needs a new pair of hiking boots from time to time. These Altra Lone Peak Hiker Hiking Boots are lightweight for easy transition from a daytime hike to an evening in town—giving them the potential for extended comfort in any environment. At just 1lb 7oz, they’re also extra lightweight for packing, which travelers will appreciate.
Men’s Classic Retro-X® Fleece Jacket by patagonia, $229
Often the most well-loved holiday gifts are the coziest. This Men’s Classic Retro-X® Fleece Jacket by patagonia will keep your gift recipient cozy indoors or out with wind-proof construction. Made from sustainable materials, it’s also Fair Trade Certified sewn.
Garmin epix (Gen 2) Sapphire Multisport GPS Watch, $1,000
With 16 days of battery life in smartphone mode, this Garmin epix (Gen 2) Sapphire Multisport GPS Watch is ready to hit the backcountry with Multi-GNSS technology that pairs with navigation satellites and GPS to provide accurate positioning in hard-to-reach places. In addition to a multitude of fitness tracking features, the watch has full smartphone capabilities and even includes ski and golf maps for thousands of locations around the world.