We put together our family’s favorite gear for enjoying our time outdoors together into this mega list of outdoor gifts ideas for all ages!
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I am so excited to share this outdoor gift guide with you! Each of the items on this list are items that our family loves and uses on a weekly, if not daily basis. Meaning, they’re all HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Check out the outdoor gift ideas for PLAY, GEAR, FISH, EAT & DRINK, RELAX, and WEAR. Don’t forget to save this list for future reference, and to share with it your outdoor-loving friends!
(We also made a fun video with all these items from this list on our family outdoor channel on YouTube! Go watch it and see all these items in action!)
Outdoor Gifts for All Ages
These cold steel training weapons are indestructible, fun, and safe for kids. They are not sharp and won’t break if left out in the rain or used in a too rigorous sword fight!
We have bought the smaller size (the bowie knives) for younger kids and the larger swords for our older kids. You can also find tomahawks and other styles too.
We love the Sibley’s foldable nature guides. They’re laminated, full color, and a lot of fun for the kids to use. I love how easily they pack into a backpack, or even tuck into a purse. We have ones for birds, flowers, shells, and so on. Be sure to get guides relative to your local flora and fauna!
DK pocket guides are also small and really helpful to get kids interested in learning about the outdoors. We have several of these as well, including ones on rocks and bugs. Again, super easy to grab and take along on a hike or picnic.
So many uses, and so much fun. A roll of paracord would make a great gift or stocking stuffer!
Our kids looooove packing their gear up in their backpacks and going outside to play in the woods or go on hikes. A good backpack is a great gift idea for anyone who enjoys time outdoors.
(Pretty sure these will be under the tree for our big boys this year! They will be so excited!)
Bags aren’t just for the kids, of course. The adults need to keep up with their gear too. Kavu bags come in all kinds of colors and styles. I have a few different bags and love each of them. The sling backpack is a personal favorite for hiking with my kids.
This axe is made in North Carolina and is packed with great features.
This is a great starter knife for kids. Check out our Knife Safety for Kids video on YouTube for more first knives recommendations and tips.
Headlamps are great for both kids and adults. Our kids actually use their to read in bed at night too.
Gift one of these handy tools to anyone in need of starting a quick fire.
This is a super versatile and reliable fishing rod for all ages!
This reel is a great balance between value and dependability.
This fillet knife is easily sharpened and has excellent flex.
We have a house rule that we don’t go fishing without a good pair of pliers!
EAT & DRINK
Fishing may be husband’s favorite part of this list, but eating and drinking is arguably always one of my favorite parts! I love how well each of these coolers/thermoses/mugs keep our food and drinks the perfect temp for whatever weather it is outside.
My husband also suggested adding a pair of stainless steel tongs to the list because they always come in handy whenever we are grilling or cooking over a fire!
EcoVessel Stainless Steel Water Bottle (link is for the 32oz, I cannot find my 45oz available)
I LOVE this cooler bag for picnics, hikes, and outings. Check out my other favorite reusable items in this post.
I bought one of these water bottles to carry in my purse because they do not sweat at all. They also keep drinks cold/hot for a long time. I have left ice water in my bottle for days and the ice didn’t melt for two days!
These bottles come in so many different colors and patterns and would be an easy gift idea for anyone on your list.
We love how comfortable this rocking chair is, not to mention easily portable!
A hammock is always a good idea in the outdoors! Get a double hammock for extra room and cuddling.
My husband has the Edgewater boots, and our boys have the multi-season kids’ boots (they come in lots of colors and prints). These boots are not cheap, but they are awesome. Our boots are worn almost daily in the fall and winter. They are really durable and great for keeping feet warm and dry!
My husband and older boys have these wool fedora hats and wear them all the time in the fall and winter. They are constantly getting compliments on them! (My 7yo and 9yo wear the small size).
Time outdoors is always better when your feet are warm and dry. Smartwool socks make a great gift idea!
These sunglasses are a little pricy, but for people who spend a lot of time outdoors, they can be a great investment. You can find them on Amazon (linked above), but we have also been able to find good deals on Sierra Trading Post (though you’re limited to whatever they have in stock).
Get the polarized lenses with chroma pop to change up the way see the outdoors!
We love how well vests keep us warm without the bulk of a heavy jacket. We get them for ourselves and for our kids. This Carhartt vest is lined and comes in different colors. I also love my L.L.Bean and Old Navy vests too.
This hat is a great gift idea because it’s super stylish and practical (and again, comes in different colors).
T-Shirts & Hats for Her
Shop Melissa from Grins & Grace’s amazing selection of outdoorsy t-shirts, and then check out Jen’s beautiful headbands and hats in Jordan’s Gems for the ladies on your list. I personally have several items from both mama-owned shops!
(Save 10% using the code PILGRIMLIFE10 on items from Jordan’s Gems!)
Did I leave any great outdoor gift ideas off this list? Share your ideas in the comments!
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