Gifts that take people further
Science has proven what most of us already knew: being outdoors is good for your body, and your mind. So what better gift this holiday season than gear that will inspire the people you love to get out there more than ever before?
Whether your outdoorsy partner, friend or family member is into gentle hikes or extreme speed hiking, short morning walks with the dog or loooong weekend forest expeditions, we’ve got the shoes, apparel and accessories they need.
Outdoor gift ideas made for exploring
Big, bold and beautiful statement gifts? We’ve got them. Smaller stocking-fillers made for every budget? You’ll find them here. Gifts for cold weather and presents for warmer conditions? Yup, and yup. Waterproof shoes and windproof apparel? This guide covers it all, and (lots) more.
To help you choose, we’ve also dropped in reviews from some very satisfied outdoor fans around the world.
Casual, easy gifts for lovers of the outdoors
Loving the outdoors doesn’t have to mean hardcore mountaineering or ice-climbing. The great gifts for nature lovers in this first section are for more casual outdoor folk. From socks to T-shirts to shoes, these ideas might just inspire that special someone in your life to get outside even more often.
"These are the absolute best and most versatile shoes that I own, and I cannot recommend them enough."
(activity: traveling & exploring; typical distance: 0-20km; location: Toronto, Canada)
"I really don't feel them when I run which is very nice and they stay in place no matter the movements I make. I also find them very breathable."
(activity: running; typical distance: 0-20km; location: Paris, France)
"Very soft fabric that glides on... I put them on, run and don’t think about them."
(activity: running; typical distance: over 40km; location: Ireland).
Gifts for nature lovers who are always outdoors
Do you know an outdoor enthusiast who likes to push themselves, try new things and go the extra mile? Then these gifts are just what you need. They’re designed for those who love to get outside on a regular basis, even in less-than-perfect conditions.
"My race took me over mixed terrain but these shoes remained secure and not one blister over the 15 hours that we were out."
(activity: traveling & exploring; typical distance: over 40km; location: Cheshire, UK)
"Fits perfectly and nice touch! Love my beanie and have ordered them in 2 colorways."
(activity: traveling & exploring; typical distance: 0-20km; location: Switzerland)
"Top quality! Lightweight and ultra comfortable to wear."
(activity: traveling & exploring; typical distance: Over 40 km; location: France)
Tough, ready-for-anything gifts for lovers of the outdoors
Some people live, breathe, sweat, scramble and (sometimes) scream for the outdoors. Every day, every week, every season, they set out to break records for vertical miles, hunt out new backcountry trails, or get lost on week-long expeditions. These are gifts for serious outdoor people; those who don’t know what it means to give up.
"I recently took my Cloudrocks rim-to-rim in the Grand Canyon. They performed very well in everything from ice and snow to rough and unstable rock. Super comfortable, as well!"
(activity: traveling & exploring; typical distance: 20-40km; location: Chicago, IL)
"I use it for running but can run comfortably because of the great ventilation. I often get compliments for its looks when I wear it too!"
(activity: traveling & exploring; typical distance: 0-20km; location: Tokyo, Japan)