As an outdoorsy woman myself, I figured I was well-suited for the task of creating a gift guide for other women who spend as much time as they can outdoors - hiking, camping, backpacking, or doing work on the homestead.
I’ve made sure to include a wide range of ideas and cater to all budgets so hopefully you can find something on this list that’s just right, or at the very least - sparks another idea.
These gifts are some of my personal favorites, proven to be useful in the outdoors (and some of them are just plain fun!).
Gift Ideas For Outdoorsy Women:
The ability to filter water on the go!
One of the most basic items an outdoorsy person should have in their pack.
Incredibly lightweight, doesn’t take up space, and has the potential to save your life.
A LifeStraw in your pack is a no-brainer.
If you’re a woman who likes to go backpacking, this is the backpack you have to have.
The engineering is phenomenal, with the woman-specific hip belt dispersing weight evenly, resulting in zero tug on the shoulders. You can carry days worth of camp supplies and it’ll feel like you’re carrying half that. Seriously magical.
This is an everyday backpack that I actually use as a purse.
Fjallraven is a decades old Swedish brand that I’ve been loyal to for years that is now starting to become popular in America (especially here in the Pacific Northwest).
These Kanken daypacks come in every color imaginable and are perfect for day hikes, for students, or a purse substitute for us adventurous gals who never know where the day might take us!
The most coveted insulated water bottle / thermos on the market right now, and for good reason.
They’re super insulated, keeping cold things cold and hot things hot for 24 hours, with a slip-free grip most stainless steel containers lack, and comes in a wide array of colors.
I love the yellow one!
This compact tripod is perfect for stuffing in your pack with a bendy design that allows you to easily position it on rocks, branches, you name it. Mounting options allow you to shoot horizontally and vertically with your smartphone, no bulky fancy camera equipment needed. Bonus: comes with a wireless remote for the perfect outdoor selfie.
This is another one of those no-brainer items, in my opinion. It’s lightweight, doesn’t take up any space in your pack, but has the power to save a life.
Sometimes simple day hikes are the most dangerous because people don’t go prepared. They feel that: Oh, it’s just a pleasant day hike… so enough water and food aren’t brought along and sleeping bags definitely aren’t.
A simple day hike can go astray pretty quickly if you become lost close enough to sunset without enough daylight hours left to sort your way out. What would be most important then? Water and warmth. Almost everything else can wait until the morning.
These survival blankets are military-grade and designed to retain up to 90% of your body heat while completely blocking rain, snow, and moisture of any kind.
I like this 4-pack because you can use two to setup a tent (floor piece + roof) and two to keep warm.
The classic Stormy Kromer hat, but made for women (featuring an opening for a ponytail!).
Made mostly out of wool in Michigan (United States).
I love the classic north woods black/red tartan pattern, but there are several color options to pick from.
Enjoying a hot cup of tea or coffee outdoors might be one of the greatest pleasures in the world, atleast for outdoors people. So you need a good camp mug. The classic looking enamelware mugs are all the rage right now, so this is a fail-safe bet for a gift she’ll love.
Hands down, my favorite outdoors pants.
There are two key reasons for this: they’re durable and can handle anything I’m doing, and they look good. I’m not just saying they look good on me, but they look good on pretty much everyone I’ve ever seen wear them. I think this is due to the higher waist and the positioning of pockets.
She. Will. Love. Them.
Here’s proof that I wear them all the time… (with the Fjallraven Women’s Keb Jacket - which is equally awesome).
Just as awesome as the Keb Trousers is the Fjallraven Keb Jacket for women. Performs well and looks good - two very typical features of Fjallraven apparel. I’d say the Keb suit is the archetypal Tiffany outfit - I wear it a lot, and I like it a lot.
My favorite part is the hood - check out the depth of it! You have your own personal cocoon…
Because it’s 2019 and we can sip wine from the summit if we darn well feel like it! ;)
These are shatter-proof, stainless steel, and ready to add a little warmth to the next adventure.
Keeping warm is of paramount importance when you’re outdoors and exposed to the elements.
This mummy style adult-sized sleeping bag keeps you comfortable down to 0 degrees F.
And you really can’t beat this price for a solid and reliable sleeping bag. Win win.
For simple and cozy sleeping under the stars without the hassle of carrying and setting up a tent - weighs only 16 ounces and folds into a 4” x 5” carrying sack. Equally useful on those relaxing afternoons in the backyard or your favorite park, with a hot cup of tea and a good book…
Speaking of books…
No pack is complete without a good read. And on those days stuck indoors, what better than immersing yourself in someone else’s tales of adventure? Here are my top recommendations for gift-giving; for more ideas feel free to browse My Bookshelf.
Confession: I don’t actually own these. Yet. But I’m crazy about them. The design mimics the traditional women’s hiking boot - the old clunky brown leather boots with red strings that I remember my mother wearing and the same ones famously related to the film (and book mentioned above) Wild. Except Danner has made them far better with cushioned Vibram soles! I will own these by the end of the year.
Pro tip: These boots paired with the book Wild would be some top-notch gifting!
An LED lantern that’s charged by the sun, requires no batteries, and is fully collapsible for easy packing. So you get to your campsite, sit it out in the sun while you go about enjoying yourself, then when night comes and everyone starts to turn in, you can crawl inside your tent (or hammock), turn on your little lantern, and enjoy a book. Life is seriously good.
If you spend any significant amount of time backpacking or camping, you have to have a camp stove. And this is the best one out there, because it’s so lightweight but also heavy-duty.
From food prep to cutting tinder to self-defense to carving around the fire at night… anybody who spends time outdoors needs a good bushcraft knife. Mora knives are Swedish-made since 1891, and for the price point you will absolutely not find a better knife. Comes with a fancy sheath that slides easily onto pants.
Spending lots of time outdoors allows for reflection. I know personally that some of my best thoughts and ideas come to me when I’m hiking, so I always keep a notepad in my backpack. Having something beautiful to write in makes writing all the more attractive and sacred, this leather bound journal is the perfect pack companion.
I don’t go into the outdoors alone without some form of reliable protection.
Nature is full of random, unpredictable events. Not just bears, but wild dogs, a sick and starving cougar who is acting out of dire circumstances, a hyper-vigilant mama bear with 4 cubs she’s having a hard time feeding, and even crappy humans who are out on the trail for completely different reasons than you.
Value your life enough to want to protect it.
These canisters fit snugly into the bottle holder on either side of a hiking backpack. Or you can purchase the holster with the spray and wear it on your hip.
Whether I’m hiking, going hunting with my husband, or going outside to work in pouring down rain or several feet of snow, this is the one boot that does me well in every single scenario. Like a knife, I see Muck Boots as one of those essential items that any hardy person should have.
Need I say more? This camera will go with you on the trail, up the mountain, through storms, underwater, it’ll let you beat it up, and still produce high-quality video and pictures. This is a camera everyone wants, but especially outdoorsy people. And hey, you know how it is nowadays, if you didn’t get a picture doing it, it might as well just not have happened ;)
And last but not least - a compass, so she never loses her way.
I hope this gift guide has been helpful to you and if you have any questions, let me know in the comments section below.
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