Outdoor Gift Ideas Under $25

Looking for the perfect outdoor gift for a hiker, backpacker, runner or camper? Our gift guide features hand-picked hiking, backpacking and camping gifts under $25.

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 2016 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.

 
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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Wander North Georgia Enamel Mug - outdoor gift ideas

SHOP LOCAL

Wander North Georgia Enamel Mug

Why we love it

We love the classic, retro style of these authentic enamel mugs! These handmade, durable mugs are perfect for around the house, the patio or next to the campfire.

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Smartwool Cuffed Beanie - outdoor gift ideas under $25

WARM IN WOOL

Smartwool Cuffed Beanie

Why we love it

Perfect for cold weather adventures! This ultra-comfortable, 100% Merino wool cuffed beanie is lightweight and warm – and ultra-soft, without the itch of traditional wool.

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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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