The call of the wild is something that all of us feel to one degree or another, but most of us prefer our days spent at home, where there’s plenty of Netflix and 24-hour delivery so we can get our Thai fix at 2 in the morning. That isn’t true for everyone. There’s a few stalwart souls who still seek out nature for their entertainment. They are true outdoorsmen, and they’re never content to stay at home, come rain, snow, or hurricane. Their weekends are spent under the stars, far from city lights, and so to celebrate them, we’ve found a collection of gifts that will help the most hard core nomad sate his wanderlust.
Our 20 holiday gifts for the outdoorsman is geared toward survival in the wilderness, but also adding comfort and joy to their excursions; reducing the brutality of Mother Nature and making every outing a successful one.
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
3 days is all it takes to die without clean water. Since the outdoorsman’s life is precious, keep it going by making sure that he always has a way to get a drink and make it home no matter what the world throws at him.
Snow Peak Silicone Cup
Don’t allow your outdoorsman to drink their camping scotch out of a tin cup like an animal, give them a classy highball glass or wine tumbler that is elegant yet made of silicone so it won’t break when taken into the wild.
Estwing E24A Sportsman’s Hatchet
The Sportsman’s Hatchet will eliminate the need for replaceable parts since it’s a solid body from pommel to tip, so the handle on this can’t break or shatter from extended use. All steel and able to hold an edge for ages.
Black Diamond Equipment Apollo Lantern
Implementing a simple 3 LED system inside of a frosted exterior, the Apollo gives off soft, even light using just a few AA batteries or its own power supply. 80 lumens worth of output complete with dimmer switch creates a flawless homey tent glow.
Snow Peak GigaPower Stove
Able to fold down to the size of a fist, the Giga is as portable a stove as you could ask for. It can boil water or slide down to a simmer for true cooking out on the trail. Easy to light and able to function in dire weather and high elevation, it’s a real life-saver.
Eagles Nest Outfitters SingleNest Hammock
Coming in a range of colors from the high visibility to the perfectly camouflaged, lone wolf survivalists will appreciate the simplicity and ease of the SingleNest at keeping them warm and dry in any conditions without adding the heft of a full tent.
Timex Expedition Field Watch
From the first name in affordable quality, the Expedition is a field watch that won’t disappoint nor cut into your savings. Water resistant and made with mineral glass that’s tough to scrape and hard to break, it’s an unbeatable ticker for the price.
Black Diamond ReVolt Headlamp
3 LED lights – including red ones so you won’t lose your night vision – makes the ReVolt a simple camp headlamp that works for sitting around or cave diving in the dead of night. It’s the ideal fit for whatever your outdoorsman digs.
Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Panel
Hang it from a tree or a backpack, the Nomad 7 is portable energy that can keep even power-hungry devices well charged with just a little time in the sun. Completely light and efficient for when every ounce counts.
Nemo Helio Pressure Shower
Nature might be glorious, but it’s also filthy. Since cleanliness is next to godliness, you’re practically giving the gift of divinity by helping your outdoorsman stay smelling like a rose even in the grimy woods.
Therm-a-Rest Treo Chair
The Therm-a-Rest people know what it takes to fight cold, which is why their camp chair is one of the best. Effortless to get into and out of, it’s stashable and durable for easy use and easy carry without worrying about damage.
Leatherman Wave Multi-tool
They start with stainless steel and then tack on a black oxide finish that not only protects the tool but gives it a smooth matte appearance. A handsome set of drivers along with a diamond file, scissors, wire cutters, and pliers make this the rugged Leatherman of choice for time out of doors.
Best Made Co. Takedown Skillet
Iron cookware is preferred by most campers because of its durability and reliable heat, but packing it is a pain. That’s why Best Made created the Takedown. It’s iron, but with the ability to be broken into parts for easy transport that goes great with adventure.
Rumpl High Performance Blanket
Ripstop nylon made of 20 Denier materials and using a synthetic insulation that resists water, mold, bacteria, and can be washed at home, the Rumpl is light enough to go anywhere yet comfortable enough for use right at home.
ESEE 6P-B Survival Knife
A folding blade is fine for EDC, but when a knife is all that stands between you and the wild world, you can’t scrimp. Full tang, nearly a foot in length, and built with 1095 steel, this boldly says “I shall endure.”
Osprey Atmos 65 AG Backpack
A tight, low-profile fit makes the Atmos an unbeatable companion for long treks up steep grades. 5 exterior pockets put your proteins bars, camera, and phone within easy reach as the bag fits like a second skin to eliminate hot spots and fatigue.
Therm-a-Rest Neo-Air Xtherm Sleeping Pad
Cold weather can easily clip the wings of your favorite outdoor adventurer. Don’t let them go into hibernation mode, bingewatching television. Help them rest easy out where they prefer to roam with a ground pad that will keep them toasty through the winter months.
Danner Mountain Pass Boots
Created right in Portland, Oregon, the Mountain Pass has a classic style that makes it seem like any other hiking boot, but constructed of lightweight materials that reduce discomfort, fatigue, and weight, and it’s something your grandpappy never dreamed of.
Suunto Core Brushed Steel
A sapphire crystal that is practically shatter proof and an easy-to-read digital display that shows up on a moonless night, the Core hides a lot of utility in a body that can easily be worn everyday with any outfit. But it truly comes alive when pushed to the limit far from civilization.
Filson Down Cruiser
Warmth is paramount when heading out of the house. Made in the USA of the finest in European goose down and utilizing a water-resistant exterior, the Cruiser is easy to adjust and operates as a flawless, packable top layer.