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The Best Outdoor Gear Gifts to Give in 2021

Waterproof canisters, armless sunglasses, a fireproof blanket and more.

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The outdoors are more of a refuge for us now than they've ever been before. Chances are your gifting list includes nature newcomers in addition to the rank of veterans. The ideas here — which include coffee primed for camping, a fully loaded trail running vest and so much more — will be well-received by either.

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Matador Waterproof Travel Canister
Matador matadorup.com

Stash those small, must-stay-dry items inside a lightweight, waterproof container instead of a plastic baggy next time you head out for an adventure.

Opinel No.08
Opinel amazon.com

Opinel has been making its simple yet super-giftable folding knife in France since the late 19th century. This version comes with a premium hardwood handle.

CamelBak Horizon 12 oz Camp Mug
CamelBak amazon.com

Gift it for an upcoming camping trip, then watch them use it on a daily basis when the woods and mountains are far, far away. 

Darn Tough Nomad Boot Midweight Sock
Darn Tough
Darn Tough amazon.com

A sock so durable it has a lifetime guarantee can be soft and cozy too, as proven by Darn Tough's new midweight hiker.

Gerber Compleat
Gerber amazon.com

With a spoon, fork, spatula, tongs, can opener and more, the Compleat is a multi-tool for your mouth.

Buff Filter Tube
Buff USA
Buff USA buffusa.com

People love wearing neck gaiters as face masks, so Buff made one with an extra layer of safety (literally).

Kuju Coffee Single Origin Coffee
Kuju Coffee
KUJU COFFEE amazon.com

Single-origin pour-over doesn't have to be a cafe-only experience.

NRS Ratchet Tie-Down Straps
NRS amazon.com

Secure your gear with raft guide-approved straps that have a tensile strength of 1,500 pounds.

Untapped Salted Raspberry Maple Syrup
Unapped thefeed.com

Don't be fooled into thinking you can't guzzle this raspberry-infused Vermont maple syrup straight from the pouch — that's what it was made for.

Ginew Medel Bandana
Ginew huckberry.com

A bandana is a wilderness outfit staple. This one is made by a Native American-owned brand and features a hand-carved block print design.

Rigwa Stainless Steel Insulated Bowl
Rigwa Life huckberry.com

This camping bowl will keep your hard-earned wilderness meal hot and works great for storing leftovers.

BioLite HeadLamp 200
BioLite bioliteenergy.com

Thanks to its integrated fabric construction, the HeadLamp 200 is more comfortable than any other.

Hydro Flask Trail Series 32oz Bottle
Hydro Flask backcountry.com

One of the best outdoor products of 2020, Hydro Flask's Trail Series bottle keeps your water cold without the typical bulk of other insulated bottles.

The Best Hiking Boots of 2021
Chase Pellerin

The definitive guide to the best hiking boots available now, with reviews for each boot, plus tips and trivia to know before you buy.


Goal Zero Lighthouse 600
Goal Zero amazon.com

This little lantern can light up a room (or tent), and it can recharge your phone while it's at it!

Chrome Urban Ex Handlebar Bag 2.0
Chrome chromeindustries.com

This waterproof bag straps to handlebars for essential cargo and doubles as a shoulder bag for anywhere-carry.

Camp Eyewear Ridge Sunglasses
Camp Eyewear rei.com

Not only are these polarized shades affordable, they're also made of plant-based plastic with real wood detailing.

Houdini Wadi Shorts
Houdini houdinisportswear.com

Ultralight backpack? How about ultralight shorts — they pack small, dry fast and are insanely comfortable.

Nocs Standard Issue Binoculars
Nocs Provisions
Nocs Provisions huckberry.com

Who says binoculars can't be cool?

Give'r 4 Season Glove
Give'r huckberry.com

Wear them in the garden, on the ski lift and everywhere between.

Snow Peak Home & Camp Burner Stove
Snow Peak backcountry.com

It isn't ultralight, but Snow Peak's pack-away camp stove packs enough punch for a three-course meal, whether you're in the backcountry or backyard.

Evolv Rave Climbing Shoe
Evolv backcountry.com

Make getting into rock climbing as easy as getting into a slipper with this multi-purpose, lace-free shoe.

The James Brand The Carter
The James Brand huckberry.com

The Carter might look like a city slicker, but its high-grade materials stand up to the beating it'll take in the woods.

Ombraz Classic Armless Sunglasses

These surprisingly awesome arm-free sunglasses won't fly off your head (and they're near-indestructible if they do).

VSSL Java Coffee Grinder
VSSL vsslgear.com

A fresh cup is only a few cranks away with this campsite-friendly coffee grinder. It's highly portable and extra-durable (thanks to aircraft-grade aluminum).

Patagonia Slope Runner Endurance Vest
Patagonia backcountry.com

Self-supported adventures are only so thanks to things like this vest, which has plenty of space for snacks and extra layers.

Rumpl NanoLoft Puffy Blanket
Rumpl rumpl.com

This puffy blanket brings the outdoors warmth of a sleeping bag and the apartment-worthy looks of a throw.

Black Diamond Stonehauler 60l Duffel
Black Diamond blackdiamondequipment.com

If you were to haul stones in this duffel, you could put them in the integrated "DirtBag" pouch inside so that they wouldn't get dirt on your clothes.

Foehn Robson Down Shacket
Foehn wearfoehn.com

Responsibly sourced 800-fill down insulation never looked this good.

The 12 Best Down Jackets of 2021
Chandler Bondurant

These top picks for lightweight, innovative down jackets will keep you warm from when the leaves fly until the snow melts next spring.


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