The great outdoors. Nothing says freedom like a several day camping trip or hike through the wilderness. It’s a way to both get in touch with the world outside our concrete jungles and a way to reset our gears before getting back to work. And be it a sporting event, hunting, or just getting away for the sake of getting away, there’s no better time to reintroduce ourselves to the natural world than right now. All you need is the right gear to get you through.
And if your beloved friends and family feel this way as well, gifting them some items that complement their outdoor excursions is never a bad idea. Fortunately, there’s plenty to choose from that marry the high-valued principles of affordability and dependability. From fire starters to folding knives to cookware for the campsite. Every little piece helps out there. So we’re confident you’ll find something that suits your holiday gift needs among this list of 15 outdoor gifts under $50.
For the outdoorsman in training, some literature based on how to make the most of your outdoor excursions is never a bad idea. This introductory tome, featuring all there is to know about wilderness survival, will be their closest companion on the trail or at the campsite.
Humangear GoBites Trio
Get rid of that plastic cutlery. And keep the silverware at home. Thanks to the GoBite Trio everything you need is right there. A fork, knife (also featuring a toothpick and metal bottle opener) and spoon all come housed within a durable and low profile storage case.
Opinel No. 8 Trekking Knife
A quality pocket knife doesn’t have to cost an arm or a leg. Take this Opinel for example. It features a 12C27 Sandvik stainless steel blade, leather lace that can easily attach to a backpack, and a Virobloc safety ring for added security when not in use.
Stanley Adventure Flask
A little booze on the adventure trail never hurt anybody. This stainless steel flask from Stanley won’t rust over time, is naturally BPA-free, leak-proof and comes with an integrated lanyard and a lifetime warranty to boot. Keep sipping.
Soto Pocket Torch
Disposable lighters become extraordinary with the Soto Pocket Torch. Simply insert a lighter into the base of the Soto and you’ll instantly have a wind resistant torch that burns up to 2,300 degrees. It also increases the life of the lighter by up to 60 percent as well.
As an award-winning product since 2005, the LifeStraw works to remove 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria in a design that surpasses EPA standards for water filters. Each straw can filter up to 1000 liters of water in its lifetime and comes with a storage bag to keep it clean while in transit.
Foundation Adventure Belt
Featuring a metal-free design and a slim polymer buckle, this one size fits all belt is weatherproof thanks to its light heather texture and is machine wash safe. Leave the leather belt at home, opt for this adventure-ready piece instead.
Made from a hickory wood and hand forged in Sweden, it’s unlikely this hatchet will steer you wrong come chopping time. It also hosts a curved handle for an ergonomic fit and comes equipped with a leather sheath to keep its forged steel blade protected when not in use.
Bull & Stash Travel Stash
If heading outdoors is a source of inspiration for your outdoorsman, this Travel Stash is a great option. It houses 50 pages of refillable 60lb bleed-resistant paper in a tanned and natural oiled leather cover. A sleek design and highly useful.
Exotac Waterproof Match Case
House those stormproof matches the right way. This Exotac match case is made from anodized aluminum, is waterproof, and can house 20 kitchen, 16 NATO, or 12 stormproof matches. The match case also hosts a lanyard loop allowing you to tie the case to your pack if needed.
Matador Pocket Blanket
Fitting into your pocket when folded up yet hosting the ability to seat up to 4 adults when unfolded, there really is nothing that can match the convenience of this pocket blanket. It’s only 90 microns thick but still water repellant and puncture resistant. A tough combination to match let us tell you.
Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Water Bottle
Boasting a double wall vacuum insulation and made from premium-grade 18/8 stainless steel, this nifty 21-once water bottle will keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 6. It also comes finished in a high-quality powder-coated matte finish in a handful of color options. Hydro Flask also offers a lifetime warranty on these items as well.
Black Diamond Spot Headlamp
Every outdoorsman needs a headlamp. And this offering from Black Diamond is the perfect option. It can emit up to 200 lumens of light, hosts several brightness settings and light display modes and is waterproof up to 3.3 feet of water immersion.
Snow Peak Giga Power Stove
Boil water and cook a warm meal with the Snow Peak Giga Power. It’s collapsible, meaning highly packable, and offers both a high flame and simmer setting so you can heat and reheat those meals on the go. Because cold oatmeal and granola bars are only appetizing for so long.
Nordic Pocket Saw
In case carrying an actual chainsaw is out of the question, this pocket saw is a great backup plan for cutting and gathering firewood. The chain is made from heat-treated high carbon steel measuring 25.6 inches and the handles from heavy-duty nylon so it won’t slip when wet.