Outdoor Gifts Under $25

Looking for the perfect hiking, camping, or running gift? Our 2017 outdoor gift guide features our favorite, hand-picked outdoor gifts under $25.

Looking for the perfect hiking, camping, or running gift? Our 2017 outdoor gift guide features our favorite, hand-picked outdoor gifts.

We test tons of gear on our many outdoor adventures throughout the South, and we’ve wrapped our hand-selected, trail-tested favorites into our 2017 Outdoor Gift Guide. We’ve sorted our favorite hiking, backpacking and camping gear and apparel by price and activity, to help you find the perfect outdoor gift – or find some new gear for your own outdoor adventures.

 
“Pelican

MINI LIGHT, MAJOR BRIGHT

Pelican 1810 Keychain Light

Why we love it

It’s great for finding lost gear in the bottom of a bag, night strolls around the campsite – and every day use. The 1810 Keychain Light packs 16 lumens of bright light into a tiny, lightweight flashlight. It’s made from heavy duty aluminum and features a simple twist top to turn the light on and off. We love the flashlight’s easy open clip, which lets us quickly attach or detach the flashlight from a keychain or backpack.

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“Patagonia

FOOD WITH A MISSION

Patagonia Provisions

Why we love it

The Provisions line of delicious packaged meals and snacks are perfect for any adventure, on the trail or at home. Patagonia packs its Provisions with organic grains, fruits, and vegetables, and each meal is full of bold flavors and nutrient-filled ingredients. Delicious menu options include creamy banana hot cereal, black bean soup, savory grains, buffalo jerky, and an outstanding wild-caught salmon. And Patagonia’s pledge to conservation means each ingredient and product is sourced responsibly from farmers and fishermen committed to sustainable environmental practices.  

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“UCO

DEPENDABLE FIRE STARTER

UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit

Why we love it

The UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit provides peace of mind when stormy weather catches up to us on the trail. The kit includes 12 windproof and waterproof matches that each burning for up to 25 seconds. The kit also includes 3 replaceable strike pads and a waterproof case that floats. With the Titan Stormproof Match Kit, we’re able to able to light a fire at the campsite, in pretty much whatever weather Mother Nature chooses to toss our way.  

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“Pelican

MEGA DRINKS ON THE GO

Pelican 32 oz. Traveler Tumbler

This large-sized tumbler keeps 32 ounces of our favorite drinks hot or cold while we’re on the go. The stainless steel tumbler features double wall insulation and a copper plated inner wall for great heat and cold retention. And the durable, plastic slide lid helps prevent spills and splashes. It’s great at the campsite, and on long road trips, too.

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BioLite SiteLight Mini - outdoor gift ideas

STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT

BioLite SiteLight Mini

Why we love it

We’ve been big fans of the BioLite SiteLights, and love the homey feel they bring to the campsite. The newest addition to the line, SiteLight Mini, provides even more options for illuminating tents, cooking areas, and other spots where task lighting is needed. The SiteLight Mini features four lights on a 10 foot cord and can be daisy-chained with other members of the SiteLight family. Powering up is easy with the ability to use the BioLite PowerLight, BaseLantern XL, or any USB port using the included adapter.

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BioLite CoffeePress - outdoor gift ideas

COFFEE FOR THE GROUP

BioLite CoffeePress

Why we love it

There’s nothing better than french press coffee at the campsite on a chilly morning. With the BioLite CoffeePress, there’s plenty to go around. The press works with the BioLite KettlePot to make up to six cups of our favorite coffee at once. And the removable handle makes clean up and packing a breeze.

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Banjees Armband - outdoor gift ideas

COMFORTABLE FIT

Banjees Armband

Why we love it

The Banjees Armband is functional and easy to use. No fussy straps or covers: just a comfortable stretchy band that stays in place and holds any sized phone. One velcro strap keeps the phone securely in the sleeve while running, hiking, rowing, or biking. We couldn’t ask for anything better!

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LifeStraw Personal Water Filter - outdoor gift ideas

LIGHTWEIGHT FILTRATION

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Why we love it

Keep hydrated out there: the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter ensures safe drinking water when out in the wilderness. The easy-to-use straw filter removes 99.9% of protozoa and bacteria from questionable water sources. LifeStraw filters up to 1,000 liters of water and weighs only two ounces, making it an easy stash in a backpack or emergency kit.

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Nikwax Footwear DuoPack - outdoor gift ideas

CLEAN AND WATERPROOF

Nikwax Footwear DuoPack

Why we love it

Maintaining our biggest investments is important, so we keep our favorite hiking boots clean and waterfproof with the Nikwax Footwear DuoPack. The pack includes Nikwax Footwear Cleaning Gel, which safely cleans waterproof leather, and Nikwax Fabric & Leather Proof, which adds waterproofing and refreshes breathability to our leather footwear.

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GSI Outdoors Nesting Champagne Flutes - outdoor gift ideas

SO FANCY

GSI Outdoors Nesting Champagne Flutes

Why we love it

Keepin’ it classy…even out on the trail. The Nesting Champagne Flutes from GSI Outdoors are perfect for car camping adventures or romantic picnics at the park. The durable plastic base snaps into the rim of the flute for easy storage, and each glass weighs only 1.5 oz.

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Nikwax Down Wash Direct - outdoor gift ideas

PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

Nikwax Down Wash Direct

Why we love it

The perfect way to keep our favorite down-filled gear clean, water repellant, and full of fluff. Down Wash Direct is easy and safe to use on down and other hydrophobic clothing and gear, helping to maintain weatherproofing and insulation loft.

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LuminAID PackLite Max & Nova - outdoor gift ideas

SOLAR POWERED ILLUMINATION

LuminAID PackLite Max & Nova

Why we love it

Lightweight, portable, and solar powered: the inflatable LuminAid PackLite Max and PackLite Nova provide hours of illumination for lighting up the campsite, pool party or backyard BBQ. The larger PackLite Max comes with a USB connection for faster recharging, and both the Max and the Nova feature a strap for hanging from tent hooks and trees. When not in use, both models deflate and pack down for easy storage and travel.

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Buff Multifunctional Headwear - outdoor gift ideas

SIMPLE YET VERSATILE

BUFF Original Multifunctional Headwear

Why we love it

Sometimes the simplest things can be the best. BUFF Original Multifunctional Headwear can be used in 13 different configurations to keep the head, neck and face protected from wicked winter weather or scorching summer sun. And it comes in over one hundred different colors and patterns to fit any style.

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Green Goo Outdoor Travel Pack - outdoor gift ideas

GREEN GOODNESS

Green Goo Outdoor Travel Pack

Why we love it

We’ve been longtime fans of the Green Goo First Aid salve. All of Green Goo’s products are made without artificial ingredients – only all-natural botanicals, herbs, and essential oils. One of our favorite products is the Outdoor Travel Pack which features lip balm, first aid salve, pain relief salve, and insect repellant. It’s the perfect Green Goo starter kit and has become a staple in our camping and hiking bags.

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Sven Can See Anti-Fog Gel - outdoor gift ideas

CLEAR VISION

Sven Can See Anti-Fog Gel

Why we love it

Is there anything more frustrating than goggles and glasses constantly fogging on the trail? The anti-fog gel from Sven Can See helps keep sunglasses, goggles, and visors clear and fog free. The super-convenient pen like applicator makes it easy to stash in a pocket or backpack within easy reach.

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Atlanta Trails T-shirts - hiking gift ideas

WEAR YOUR ATL LOVE

Atlanta Trails T-shirts

Why we love it

Help support Atlanta Trails – and show off your love of Georgia’s outdoors. The front features the Atlanta skyline, set in Georgia’s mountains, coastline and waterways, and the back features an Atlanta Trails logo. Available in 100% cotton, women’s and dry-fit styles.

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GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Microlite 500 - outdoor gift ideas under $25

WARM AND WIRED

GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Microlite 500

Why we love it

Hot coffee for 8 hours! We’re sold. There’s nothing like an early morning drive to the mountains with a mug of coffee that stays hot for the whole trip. The new GSI Outdoors Microlite 500 provides unbelievable insulation while weighing ⅓ less and being 60% thinner than traditional vacuum bottles.

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Flowfold Minimalist Cardholder Wallet - outdoor gift ideas for guys under $25

Slim & sleek

Flowfold Minimalist Cardholder Wallet

Why we love it

We’re not big on bulky wallets that bulk up our pockets. But we absolutely love this minimalist, ultra-light card holder. With just one sleeve, the Minimalist wallet is sleek and slim – but made from a tough-as-nails, ultra-thin, stitched wrap.

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Gerber Folding Knife - backpacking gift ideas under $25

BASIC BUT USEFUL

Gerber Folding Knife

Why we love it

A quality folding knife should be a staple in any backpack. Its uses are endless, from whittling kindling and cutting rope to emergencies.

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Wide Mouth Nalgene Bottles - outdoor gift ideas under $25

BASIC BUT INDESTRUCTIBLE

Wide Mouth Nalgene Bottles

Why we love it

Sometimes the simple things are the best. We’ve hiked thousands of miles with our trusty Nalgene bottles and they’ve never disappointed.

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Darn Tough Socks - outdoor gift ideas

MADE IN THE USA + GUARANTEED FOR LIFE

Darn Tough Socks

Why we love it

Darn Tough socks are nearly indestructible and darn comfortable – and they’re unconditionally guaranteed, for life! Fast drying and wicking merino wool keeps our feet comfy and dry, even on the longest adventures. Sizes, thicknesses and heights are available for just about any type of outdoor activity.

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Adventure Medical Fire Lite kit - outdoor gift ideas

LIGHT IT UP

Adventure Medical Fire Lite kit

Why we love it

Sometime nature just doesn’t cooperate and building a fire can be nearly impossible. With the Adventure Medical Fire Lite Kit starting a fire is easy in any weather. The kit includes a firestarter and 20 pieces of Tinder Quick waterproof tinder.

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Asheville Trails T-shirts - hiking gift ideas

WEAR YOUR AVL LOVE

Asheville Trails T-shirts

Why we love it

Help support Asheville Trails, our newest site – and show off your love of western North Carolina’s beauty. The front features an Asheville mountainscape graphic, and the back features an Asheville Trails logo. Available in 100% cotton, women’s and dry-fit styles.

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National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps - hiking gift ideas

X MARKS THE SPOT

National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps

Why we love it

Hiking with a physical map and compass is important in the event we lose cell service or GPS power. And the National Geographic Trails Illustrated are our favorite: they’re water and tear resistant, trustworthy and easy to read.

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Suunto A-10 Compass - hiking gift ideas

WHERE’S NORTH?

Suunto A-10 Compass

Why we love it

We love our fancy GPS unit but in case we lose power or something goes wrong we always keep a compass on hand. The Suunto A-10 Compass is quick, reliable and easy to use in the field.

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Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack - backpacking gift ideas

Keep It DRY

Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack

Why we love it

Our adventures take us through a range of terrain and weather, so we never leave home without a dry bag or two. The Seat to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack comes in a range of sizes to keep our electronics and gear safe and dry, whether we’re fording rivers, caught in an unexpected downpour or soaking up some sun on our paddleboards.

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Sea to Summit Ultra-Mesh Stuff Sack - hiking gift ideas

Keep It Organized

Sea to Summit Ultra-Mesh Stuff Sack

Why we love it

The Sea to Summit Ultra-Mesh Stuff Sacks are a staple in our hiking and camping bags. They’re a great way to keep small gear organized, contained and all in one place – and the see-through mesh makes it easy to find small gear at the bottom.

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Good To-Go Meals - gifts for hikers

Yum on the run

Good To-Go Meals

Why we love it

Mealtime on the trail just got one heck of an upgrade! Good To-Go’s gourmet backpacking meals have changed the way we think about trail food. They’re made by a former Iron Chef (for real!), and they’re super delicious and easy to prepare. Just add boiling water, wait 20 minutes, and you’ll be set for a meal more suited for a sit-down restaurant than a mountain summit. After a full day of backpacking, the Thai Curry is simply incredible.

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Sawyer Mini Filter

Lightweight Filtration

Sawyer Mini Filter

Why we love it

The Sawyer Mini is the easiest-to-use, lightest and most effective water filter we’ve tested. It lasts longer and outperforms most other backpacking water filters available, and has replaced the heavier pump-style filters in our gear closet.

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Feetures Elite Merino+ Socks

Superior fit

Feetures Elite Merino+ Socks

Why we love it

Feetures socks offer an incredible fit and an incredibly soft wear. Made from a merino wool blend, they’re ultra-breathable in hot weather, don’t slide in our boots or shoes like other socks we’ve worn, and provide great arch support via a soft, ribbed panel. And the merino wool blend wicks moisture to keep our feet dry, and helps keep the socks odor-free. They come in a range of heights and cushioning for multiple sports – and they’re great for everyday wear, too.

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Beyond Coastal Suncare

Feel-Good SPF

Beyond Coastal Sun Care

Why we love it

We’re wowed by this line of sun care that’s designed specifically for our active outdoor lifestyle: they’re waterproof, apply clear, and moisturize our skin with a lightweight, forget-it’s-on feel. Our favorite? The SPF 30 Active Face Stick applies easily without the mess.

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Nikwax Hard-Shell Outerware Care Kit

Maximum Performance

Nikwax Hard-Shell Outerware Care Kit

Why we love it

Nikwax not only cleans performance gear, it revitalizes it. Its innovative, technical formula extends the life of waterproof, breathable outerwear so that you can enjoy your favorite outdoor apparel even longer. Your outerwear will thank you.

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Feetures Elite Mini-Crew Socks

Work to Workout

Feetures Elite Mini-Crew Socks

Why we love it

The mini-crew is new in the Feetures lineup: it sits lower on the calf than a regular crew and offers light cushioning. It’s a fantastic sock for trail running, hiking and cycling – and seamlessly transitions from town to trail for an after-work workout.

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Flowfold Trailmate Dog Leash - outdoor gift ideas for dogs

Trusty trailmate

Flowfold Trailmate Dog Leash

Why we love it

We’re huge fans of reclaimed and recycled materials – and when we found out the Trailmate Dog Leash was made from reclaimed scraps of safety rope, we were full-on sold. This sturdy 5’ leash keeps Jake, our adventure pup, securely under control while we’re out chasing adventures.

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Kurgo Gourd Water Bottle and Bowl - dog gift ideas for hikers

HYDRATION ON THE GO

Kurgo Gourd Water Bottle and Bowl

Why we love it

The all-in-one Kurgo Gourd Water Bottle and Bowl make staying hydrated on the trail easy. The bowl detaches from the bottom of bottle quickly and easily for a mid-hike water break – and the hard-shell design helps prevent spills.

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Kurgo Tossing Disc - dog gift ideas for the outdoors

FRISBEE FUN

Kurgo Tossing Disc

Why we love it

Jake is four, but still has endless puppy energy – and LOVES a good game of frisbee. The Tossing Discs from Kurgo are made of tough material that holds up well to Jake’s abuse, and the bright colors make them easy to find in the yard.

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Kurgo Skipping Stones - outdoor dog gift ideas

WHO’S READY FOR A SWIM?

Kurgo Skipping Stones

Why we love it

A fun take on fetch in the water! Jake is quite the water dog – and will swim for hours. These durable, rubber, stone-shaped toys are a fun alternative to a tennis ball – and provide hours of skipping fun at the lake.

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Kurgo Springback Lite Dog Leash - dog gift ideas for runners

RUN WITH THE PACK

Kurgo Springback Lite Dog Leash

Why we love it

Jake loves a morning run as much as we do! The Kurgo Springback Lite running leash is a great way for us both to enjoy our morning routine. The leash is ultra light, and has just the right amount of stretch to avoid jerking (SQUIRREL!!!) during our run.

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REI Gift Card

Let them choose!

REI Gift Card

Why we love it

What’s not to love about an REI gift card?! With a huge selection of top outdoor brands, envy-worthy gear and a staff of outdoor-loving experts, it’s like an outdoor gear paradise. Not sure what to gift this year? Let them decide!

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