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 2018 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.

  • GU Energy Snacks & Drinks - outdoor gift ideas

    POWER UP, POWER THROUGH, RECOVER

    GU Energy Snacks & Drinks

    We’ve been longtime fans of GU and their line of energy, hydration, and recovery products. From pre-workout energy chews to post-workout hydration, GU keeps us moving and feeling great. Each product satisfies specific energy and nutrients needs for sustained activity and performance. And the products not only work great, but they taste great, too! Among our favorites are the Carmel Stroopwafels, Watermelon Energy Chews, and Lemon Lime Hydration Drink Tabs.
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  • Patagonia Provisions - hiking gift ideas under $25

    FOOD WITH A MISSION

    Patagonia Provisions

    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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  • Kuju Coffee- Trailful Outdoor Gift Guide

    GOURMET POUR-OVER

    Kuju Coffee

    Morning coffee is a must-have around our campsite, and we’ve tried just about every gadget and press trying to get the best tasting cup. Kuju eliminates the need for fancy equipment. Simply open the individually wrapped packet, hang the filter over the cup, secure with the cardboard tabs, and pour hot water over the grounds. Simple, quick, delicious, and devine.
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  • UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit - backpacking gift ideas

    DEPENDABLE FIRE STARTER

    UCO Titan Stormproof Match Kit

    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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  • BioLite SiteLight Mini - outdoor gift ideas

    STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT

    BioLite SiteLight Mini

    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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  • BUFF Multifunctional Headwear - outdoor gift ideas

    SIMPLE YET VERSATILE

    BUFF Original Multifunctional Headwear

    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, scorching summer sun, or pesky insects. The BUFF Original line keeps us warm and comfortable on cold weather adventures with it’s wicking and windproof fabric, while the BUFF UV and BUFF UV Insect Sheild lines keep us protected from the harsh Southern sun and ever-present pesky insects.
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  • LuminAID PackLite Spectra & Nova - outdoor gift ideas

    SOLAR POWERED ILLUMINATION

    LuminAID PackLite Spectra & Nova

    Lightweight, portable, and solar powered: the inflatable LuminAid PackLite Spectra and PackLite Nova provide hours of illumination for lighting up the campsite, pool party or backyard BBQ. The larger PackLite Spectra comes with a USB connection for faster recharging, and both the Spectra 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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  • Green Goo Outdoor Travel Pack - top gift ideas for hikers

    GREEN GOODNESS

    Green Goo Outdoor Travel Pack

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

    WARM AND WIRED

    GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Microlite 500

    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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  • Wide Mouth Nalgene Bottles - outdoor gift ideas under $25

    BASIC BUT INDESTRUCTIBLE

    Wide Mouth Nalgene Bottles

    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 - top outdoor gift ideas under $25

    MADE IN THE USA + GUARANTEED FOR LIFE

    Darn Tough Socks

    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 - backpacking gift ideas

    LIGHT IT UP

    Adventure Medical Fire Lite Kit

    Sometimes 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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  • Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack - backpacking gift ideas under $25

    Keep It DRY

    Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack

    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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  • Good To-Go Meals - top gifts for hikers under $25

    Yum on the run

    Good To-Go Meals

    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 - top gifts for hikers under $25

    Ultralight Water Filtration

    Sawyer Mini Filter

    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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  • Flowfold Trailmate Dog Leash - outdoor gift ideas for dogs

    Trusty trailmate

    Flowfold Trailmate Dog Leash

    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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  • REI Gift Card - Trailful Outdoor Gift Guide

    Let them choose!

    REI Gift Card

    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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