Outdoor Gift Ideas from $50 to $100

Looking for the perfect outdoor gift for a hiker, backpacker, runner or camper? Our 2017 outdoor gift guide features hand-picked hiking, backpacking and camping gifts from $50 - $100.

Atlanta Trails Outdoor Gift Guide: Gift ideas for the runner, hiker, camper, or backpacker on your gift list

We test tons of gear over the hundreds of hiking and backpacking miles we log each year, and we’ve wrapped our hand-selected favorite hiking & backpacking gear into our 2017 Outdoor Gift Guide to make shopping easy for the outdoor lover on your gift list.

We’ve sorted our favorite hiking, backpacking and camping gear and apparel by price and activity. Find the perfect gift – or find some new gear for your own outdoor adventures.

 
Kuhl Ryzer Pullover - outdoor gift ideas

PULLOVER PERFECTION

KUHL Ryzer Pullover

Why we love it

This is definitely one of those pieces that you won’t want to take off. The super soft sweater knit fabric is comfortable, warm, and surprisingly breathable when active on the trail. The KUHL Ryzer is the perfect midlayer when paired with a puffy or waterproof rain shell, or a great top layer on mild spring mornings. Thumb locks keep the sleeves in place, and the quarter zip makes adjusting ventilation quick and easy. The Ryzer’s stylish fit and detailing make it one of our go-to grabs for a day on the trail, or around town.

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Ruffwear Powder Hound Insulated Jacket - outdoor gift ideas

HOT DOG!

Ruffwear Powder Hound Insulated Jacket

Why we love it

For serious cold-weather adventure, our adventure pup Jake loves the Powder Hound. The jacket is constructed with a weather-resistant upper panel filled with synthetic insulation for ultimate warmth and comfort. The lower panel, around the chest and front legs, features breathable, stretchy knit, allowing excellent range of motion on the trail. The Powder Hound keeps Jake on the trail through snow, wind, and chilly temps – and the fit and finish are durable and soft.

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Speaqua Barnacle+ - outdoor gift ideas

MUSIC ON THE GO

Speaqua Barnacle+

Why we love it

A waterproof, sand-proof, floatable, Bluetooth speaker. What’s not to love? The Barnacle+ holds 4GB of music on a built in flash-drive, or connects through Bluetooth to a smartphone. Designed to help make the most out of any adventure, the Barnacle+ features accessory mounts for bikes and boards (surf or paddle) so you’ll always have your favorite tunes ready to roll.

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VSSL Supplies - outdoor gift ideas

COMPACT AND MULTI-FUNCTIONAL

VSSL Supplies

Why we love it

Super sleek and modern, the VSSL Supplies features a powerful LED flashlight, compass, and a weather resistant canister filled with first aid and survivals essentials. The compact, practical design of the VSSL makes preparing for the unexpected easy and is perfect for on or off the trail. Weighing 18 oz and measuring 9”, long this survival kit stashes easily in a camp bag, glove box, or at home with the emergency supplies.

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ENO Eclipse Lantern - outdoor gift ideas

RETRO MOOD LIGHTING

ENO Eclipse Lantern

Why we love it

ENO’s Eclipse Lantern gives a funky, 70’s era vibe to campsite mood lighting. The lantern features six light settings, from a functional bright white to a fun, multi-colored, lava-lamp-like party mode. (Disco party at the campsite, anyone?!)

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Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker - outdoor gift ideas

LIGHTWEIGHT WINDBREAKER

Cotopaxi Teca Windbreaker

Why we love it

The Teca windbreaker from Cotopaxi is ideal for those breezy sunrise hikes to our favorite mountain summits. The Teca is super light weight, and the whole jacket packs down into its interior pocket for easy stashing in a backpack. The durable ripstop nylon, elastic hem and cuffs puts a stop to the wind, and helps retain plenty of heat to keep the chill away. It’s great for chilly hikes and early morning trail runs, too.

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ENO Sub7 Hammock - outdoor gift ideas

BACKCOUNTRY RELAXATION

ENO Sub7 Hammock

Why we love it

It’s no secret: we’re huge fans of our ENO Hammocks. There’s just nothing better than hanging a hammock and enjoying a fantastic summit view, or sneaking in a nap at the campsite. The lightweight Sub7 has become our go-to hammock for backcountry backpacking and hiking. Weighing in at only 6.5 oz and folding into a 4” square stuff sack, the hammock stuffs easily into a side pocket or backpack, and is ultra-light weight.

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Kuhl Men’s Renegade Shorts - outdoor gift ideas

ALL AROUND FAVORITE

KUHL Men’s Renegade Shorts

Why we love it

We’re big fans of KUHL’s Renegade line of pants and shorts for both on- and off-trail adventures. The Renegade Short offers a stylish, comfortable fit, and the durable Tufflex fabric dries quickly, and provides enough stretch for full-range motion on the trail. These are easily our favorite pair of shorts for just about anything from hiking to kayaking, to grabbing a post-adventure lunch and a beer.

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Special Edition DoubleNest Hammock - outdoor gift ideas

GIVE BACK WITH ENO

ENO Special Edition DoubleNest Hammock

Why we love it

We love giving back to our favorite organizations, and we love to help support companies that do the same. $10 from the sale of each of these special-edition hammocks is donated to one of our favorite trail organizations. Help support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Pacific Crest Trail Association, National Parks Foundation, or Leave No Trace.

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Kuhl Interceptr 1/4 Zip Men’s Fleece Pullover - outdoor gift ideas

STAYING KUHL

KUHL Interceptr 1/4 Zip Men’s Fleece Pullover

Why we love it

There’s nothing better than pulling on a super soft, comfy fleece on a cold winter morning. The KUHL Interceptr ¼ Zip Fleece is made of super lux Alfpaca Gold fleece for ultimate softness and comfort, while maintaining a surprising level of breathability when we’re out and active.

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Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System - hiking gift ideas

ICE ICE BABY

Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System

Why we love it

A must-have for wintertime adventures! The Kahtoola MICROspikes make trekking on icy or snowy trails a breeze with 12 stainless steel spikes per foot. The pair fit into an included travel tote for easy and convenient packing in a bag, pocket or backpack.

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GSI Outdoors Halulite MicroDualist Cookset - hiking gift ideas

DINNER FOR TWO

GSI Outdoors Halulite MicroDualist Cookset

Why we love it

The Halulite MicroDualist is our favorite lightweight backpacking cookset for two. The set weighs only one pound, and includes a cooking pot, a strainer lid, two bowls, two insulated mugs, two lids, two telescoping sporks, a stove bag, and a sink/stuff sack.

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Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Sleeping Bag Liner  - backpacking gift ideas

Sweet Dreams

Sea to Summit Thermolite Reactor Sleeping Bag Liner

Why we love it

For warm-weather camping we love to pack this sleeping bag liner: it provides just enough warmth and breathability to make summertime sleeping comfortable. And it’s great in cold weather, to add a little extra warmth to our winter bags – and it’s machine washable, too.

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Kuhl Mens Renegade Pant

Ultimate wear

KUHL Mens Renegade Pant

Why we love it

It’s easily one of the most comfortable pants we’ve worn – on trail or off. The KUHL Renegade effortlessly spans trail to town, with a relaxed wear that moves easily on the trail, and detailed styling that wears well on a post-hike run for fuel and a brew. And the Renegade’s moderate weight is perfect for Georgia’s moderate winters.

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BioLite NanoGrid Charging & Lighting System - camping gift ideas

Compact illumination + power

BioLite NanoGrid

Why we love it

Simply beautiful lighting for the campsite. The NanoGrid’s foundation is the PowerLight, a pocketable 4400 mAh rechargeable battery with a built-in lantern that throws an evenly-distributed light 360 degrees, or a concentrated light stream in torch mode. The kit also includes several SiteLights, a daisy-chained system corded lights that stretch up to 40 feet.

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Columbia Men's Trail Dash Half Zip

Warm & Wicking

Columbia Men’s Trail Dash Half Zip

Why we love it

Columbia’s Trail Dash Half Zip provides comfort, breathability and moisture wicking for on-trail performance. Its super soft, stretchy material is a perfect base layer to pair with a jacket during cold weather – or it’s great on its own for a cool-weather trail run. The zippered pocket is perfect to stash a car key, cash or a credit card.

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Peak Design Slide Camera Strap - outdoor photographer gift ideas

The ultimate hiking camera strap

Peak Design Slide Camera Strap

Why we love it

The Peak Design Slide is the ultimate camera strap. It’s easily adjustable, well-padded, and streamlined, and it features a quick-connect system that makes swapping camera bodies or straps a cinch. It’s durable, strong, and stays comfortable, even on all-day photo shoots and double-digit mileage days on the trail. Bottom line: we’ve hiked thousands of miles in these straps, and we love them.

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Flowfold Zip Porter Zipper Tote Bag - Camping Gift Ideas

Ultra Light, Ultra Strong + Made in the USA

Flowfold Zip Porter Zipper Tote Bag

Why we love it

This awesome tote bag is perfect for grabbing a few items at the farmers market, toting to the campsite or packing for a day at the beach. The Zip Porter is made from ultra-tough nylon that’s weather resistant, keeping everything secure and dry inside the water-resistant zippered pockets. And, all Flowfold products are made in the USA and boast a lifetime guarantee!

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ENO SingleNest & DoubleNest Hammock - hiking gift ideas

The perfect mid-hike chill

ENO SingleNest & DoubleNest Hammocks

Why we love it

There’s just something magical about an ENO hammock. These lightweight, easy-rig hammocks are like a portable paradise that redefines relaxation on the trail or at a campsite. They’re so comfy we don’t ever want to get out – and we bet you won’t either. (And, did you know? ENO is based in Asheville, NC!)

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ENO ProFly Hammock Rain Tarp

ENO Accessories

ENO ProFly Hammock Rain Tarp

Why we love it

Once we get into our ENO hammock we don’t want to get out – except if that means getting soaked in a sudden rainstorm. ENO’s ProFly Hammock Rain Tarp keeps us nestled in our relaxing cocoon while keeping us sheltered from ugly weather. It’s our favorite ENO hammock upgrade, turning our favorite open-air hammock into a rain-proof tent alternative. (And, did you know? ENO is based in Asheville, NC!)

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Columbia Mens Silver Ridge Convertible Pants

Double Time

Columbia Mens Silver Ridge Convertible Pants

Why we love it

These Columbia pants feature zip-off legs that serve double duty as both shorts and pants. Why do we love them? As temperatures range throughout the day, they’re a great chilly-morning hiking pant – and then, after a few zipper pulls, a perfect pair of comfy shorts for mid-day sunny warmth.

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Columbia Womens Saturday Trail Convertible Pants

Double Time

Columbia Womens Saturday Trail Convertible Pants

Why we love it

These Columbia pants feature zip-off legs that serve double duty as both shorts and pants. Why do we love them? As temperatures range throughout the day, they’re a great chilly-morning hiking pant – and then, after a few zipper pulls, a perfect pair of comfy shorts for mid-day sunny warmth.

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Cotopaxi Inca 16L Backpack - hiking gift ideas

Full-Featured Technical Pack

Cotopaxi Inca 16L Backpack

Why we love it

Simply put, we love Cotopaxi gear. Cotopaxi products are thoughtfully designed and ruggedly constructed, and the Inca backpacks are no exception. The Inca 16L is a full-featured technical day pack that features streamlined design and great on-trail comfort. (Looking for a larger pack? Check out the Cotopaxi Inca 26L for roomier storage and even more features.)

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GSI Pinnacle Backpacker Cookset

Compact Kitchen

GSI Pinnacle Backpacker Cookset

Why we love it

This cookset comes equipped with a non-stick frying pan, pot strainer lid and serving bowls for cooking up just about anything tasty at camp. We had one of these sets, and loved it, but it fell victim to a trio of black bears a few years ago. For a mind-blowing dose of YUM, flip buttermilk pancakes on the fry pan on a chilly morning atop a beautiful mountain. Cover with warm maple syrup. It’s magical.

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Columbia Flashback Windbreaker Pullover

Packable Pullover

Columbia Flashback Windbreaker

Why we love it

This super lightweight half zip pullover is perfect for those misty mornings on the trail. With a poly shell, drawcord hem and elastic cuffs and hood, wind and rain stay out, and we stay warm and dry. They come in several stylish colors, sport a classic, slim fit and feature a mesh pocket pouch in front, perfect for stashing our phone and keys. And the jacket stuffs into the front pocket for easy travel and packing.

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REI Flex Lite Chair

Light Lounger

REI Flex Lite Chair

Why we love it

This lightweight backpacking and camping chair combines stability and comfort with light weight and durability. REI designed the Flex Lite to compete with the weight and comfort of name-brand lightweight backpacking chairs at a fraction of the cost. It’s our go-to chair for backpacking, camping, or in-town events.

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Jetboil Flash Cooking System

Convenient Cooking

Jetboil Flash Cooking System

Why we love it

The Jetboil system is genius in design: an insulated mug attaches to a super high effiency stove for fast, convenient cooking and water boiling on the hiking trail. The system attaches directly to a fuel canister for quick and easy setup. And features like a built-in handle and a temperature indicator make this our favorite backpacking cooking system.

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Columbia Men's Freeze Degree II Short Sleeve

Super Cool

Columbia Men’s Freeze Degree II Short Sleeve

Why we love it

Columbia’s Freeze Degree II short sleeve shirt cools the more you sweat. This high tech, lightweight material reacts with moisture as you sweat, lowering the shirts temperature. It’s a great shirt for outdoor fun in the steamy summers here in the South – and equally great on a hike, trail run, or at the gym.

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Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Dog Cooling Jacket - dog gift ideas

Game Changer

Ruffwear Swamp Cooler

Why we love it

Jake, our Labrador Retriever pup, loves nothing more the trail! But he struggles with the heat and humidity of our Georgia summers. We used the Ruffwear Swamp Cooler this summer, and were blown away by the results. The Swamp Cooler is a jacket that acts like a giant sponge; when wet, it keeps him cool, thanks to water evaporation. The light color of the vest also reflects the sun’s heat, which is especially great for a dog with black fur.

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Ruffwear Singletrak Dog Pack

Running with the Pack

Ruffwear Singletrak Pack

Why we love it

Forget the bulky packs that make tight trails a difficult pass: Ruffwear’s Singletrak dog hydration pack is low-profile, allowing Jake to squeeze through tight spaces without trouble. And tough, durable canvas construction has held up flawlessly to Jake’s rambunctious romps on trail.

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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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Friends of Georgia State Parks Pass

Year-round outdoor adventure

Friends of Georgia State Parks Membership

Why we love it

Georgia’s State Parks celebrate our state’s incredible beauty and terrain diversity. From coastal Georgia barrier islands to colorful carved canyons, and from lofty mountain peaks to the depths of waterfall-filled gorges, Georgia’s State Parks are an incredible outdoor playground. Give an annual park pass for unlimited year-round adventure.

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Make a Donation to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

HELP MAINTAIN AND PROTECT THE AT

Make a Donation to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Why we love it

Help maintain and protect the trail that we all love! Make a donation to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and help support the organization tasked with the awesome responsibility of managing, maintaining and protecting the entire AT as well as stewardship of the lands and watersheds along its length.

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Make a Donation to the Georgia Conservancy

HELP CONSERVE GEORGIA’S NATURAL RESOURCES

Georgia Conservancy Gift Membership

Why we love it

Preserve the beauty and resources of our state! Give a gift membership to the Georgia Conservancy, and help protect and conserve Georgia’s natural resources. ‘Our work for land conservation, environmental advocacy, coastal protection, sustainable growth and outdoor stewardship recognizes the connection between the environment, the economy and our quality of life.’

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Atlanta BeltLine Gift Membership

SUPPORT THE ATLANTA BELTLINE

Atlanta BeltLine Gift Membership

Why we love it

Support one the largest urban revitalization projects in the country! Help the Atlanta BeltLine continue construction, uniting 45 of Atlanta’s neighborhoods with 22 miles of urban trail, parks and transportation. And, through December 15, new members will be entered for a chance to win one of three awesome prizes, too.

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