Being in the great outdoors is infinitely healing, which is why plenty of people make nature their home away from home. We’re sure you have someone on your list this holiday season who loves the charming beauty of the backcountry, however, we know how pricey quality gear can be. Luckily, there are still amazing outdoor gift options to grab without draining your funds.
We scanned the most reliable brands in outdoor gear to find the best deals possible to make sure you can get the adventurer on your list an item that will earn a genuine smile. All 15 exceptional options on this list are less than $50 and although they’re affordable, they’re still quality pieces of gear worthy to accompany any adventure-hungry backpacker or camper. If you’re looking for an amazing outdoor gift that won’t make you bleed dollars, we’re confident you’ll find it here.
Carhartt Cold Weather Boot Socks
There’s nothing worse than damp socks that drag you down when you’re trekking through the backcountry. Fortunately, Carhartt’s got your back with their sweat-wicking Cold Weather Boot Socks. The USA-made fully-cushioned hiking socks are built with abrasion-resistant Cordura yarn and ‘FastDry’ technology to keep your feet fresh while you take on the winter weather.
Field Notes Coastal: East Notebooks
This limited edition notebook has a beautiful east coast topography holographic foil design on the cover and 48 “ocean” reticle pattern pages. It also contains Finch Opaque smooth 60#T paper with soy-based ink prints. Jot down all your notes and observations outdoors in this American-made notebook.
MSR Alpine Utensils
MSR Gear’s Alpine Utensils are multi-tasking camp kitchen tools built for adventure. The portable cookware set comes with a spatula with a serrated edge for cutting soft food, a spoon calibrated for standard measurements, and a grater/strainer. All of the utensils are easily foldable so they won’t take up too much room in your camping backpack.
Sea To Summit X-Seal & Go Bowl
A portable bowl always comes in handy outdoors and Sea To Summit’s X-Seal & Go Bowl is ready for any adventure. The BPA-free bowl has a leak-free lid and it’s collapsible so it won’t take up too much room in your backpack. It’s also easy to clean once you’re all done grubbing too.
Exotac Waterproof Firesleeve Lighter Case
Upgrade your Bic lighter for the outdoors with the Exotac Waterproof Firesleeve Lighter Case. It’s waterproof up to three feet for 30 minutes and has a gas-lock so you can keep the flame lit without having to hold the button. It’s also buoyant so you don’t have to worry if you drop it in the water.
Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System
Sawyer’s MINI Water Filtration System is a compact life saver capable of filtering out 99.99999% of bacteria and protozoa, such as cholera, E. Coli, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium. It can attach easily to its included drinking pouch, as well as standard soda and water bottles. You can even drink directly from a water source with the included straw that attaches to the filtration system. The award-winning MINI is built to filter up to 100,000 gallons of water.
BioLite SunLight Portable Solar Light
This personal 100-lumen light by BioLite features a kickstand so you can have the right amount of light for your camping tent to spill your thoughts in a journal or get some reading done. It can be charged via solar power in seven hours or through a micro USB in two hours. When it’s fully charged, this ice-cream sandwich-size light has up to 50 hours of run time.
REI Co-op Fleece Jacket
Stay warm this winter with the REI Co-op Fleece Jacket. It has a seam-free shoulder design for extra comfort and zippered hand pockets to keep your essential gear close. Made from polyester fabric with an anti-pill finish, you’ll be sure to stay cozy in this jacket on any camping or backpacking trip.
ZipStitch Laceration Kit
When you take a nasty spill in the outdoors, ZipStitch is the best way to treat minor lacerations. It’s a non-invasive, strong adhesive bandage which can be tightened securely via four adjustable closures. You can use ZipStitch on lacerations up to 1.5 inches long and an eighth of an inch wide. There are no needles required so you can clean and close your wound in seconds. This would be the perfect addition to any outdoor lover’s first aid kit.
The North Face Salty Dog Etip Gloves
Keep your hands warm with the Salty Dog Etip Gloves while still being able to work your smartphone. These touchscreen-capable gloves are made of leather and suede for durability and comfort, allowing your hands to stay fully functional in the cold winter backcountry. The gloves also come with a lifetime guarantee.
Yeti Rambler 30oz Tumbler
The always reliable Yeti makes one tough tumbler constructed from kitchen-grade 18/8 stainless steel. It has double-wall vacuum insulation, a ‘MagSlider’ magnetized lid, and a shatter-resistant construction. The Rambler will keep your water cold and your morning coffee hot out on your camping trip. It’s available in stainless steel or several ‘DuraCoat’ colorways.
Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
Don’t struggle to find your way when the sun goes down outdoors. Strap Black Diamond’s 350-lumen Storm Headlamp on your dome and light the way. This headlamp can hold its own in the backcountry, as it’s both dust-proof and waterproof. It also has eight different lighting modes so you can choose the perfect beam for every scenario.
Estwing Camper’s Axe
Fully-forged in one piece, Estwing’s rugged Camper’s Axe is made right here in the USA. Split wood, chop logs, or hack away at small trees with ease using this trusty axe. The axe has a patented shock reduction grip that reduces vibration by 70%, a tent stake puller notch for camping breakdown, and it comes with a ballistic nylon sheath for easy storage.
Opinel No. 12 Explore Survival Knife
Opinel has been producing quality knives since 1890 and their No. 12 Survival Knife is a perfect blade for outdoor adventures. It features a 12C27 Sandvik steel blade, fiberglass-reinforced polyamide handle, and a 110-decibel peals survival whistle. The knife is shock, humidity, and extreme temperature-resistant, making it capable for any backpacking or camping trip.
Olight S1 Baton Flashlight
Olight’s compact S1 Baton Flashlight boasts a 110-meter beam distance with an output of 0.5 to 500 lumens to light up any situation at hand. The stainless steel torch has a maximum runtime of 600 hours and IPX8 water-resistance. It’s also a tough piece of camping gear, as it has a 1.5-meter impact resistance.
12 Best Hunting Knives For The Outdoors
If you picked up a few items but are still looking for more to gift the outdoorsmen in your crew, take a look at the tool all backcountry adventurers need: the knife. Check out our list of the 12 best hunting knives for the outdoors and give the gift of protection and survival.