It can be hard to shop for someone who spends their time outdoors – you want to give them something they’ll actually use! If you have a woman in your life who loves spending time outdoors, whether she’s a hiker, a van lifer, or just someone who enjoys being outside, this guide will help you choose the perfect gift. Keep reading for a list of the best gifts for outdoorsy women!
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The Best Hiking & Camping Gifts for Outdoorsy Women
If the woman you’re shopping for is a hiker, camper, or a backpacker, here are a few great gift ideas!
A Kula cloth is a big game changer for anyone who squats to pee! It’s an antimicrobial, reusable cloth that you use to wipe. No more carrying around toilet paper or air drying!
America the Beautiful Pass
The best gifts are experiences – and a pass to the national parks is one of the best gifts for outdoorsy women!
An America the Beautiful pass is good for an entire year, and gives them entrance to any national park in the country. Perfect for anyone who likes hiking.
This is a creative, unique gift for the outdoorsy woman in your life! For anyone who goes camping or backpacking a lot, having to pack out toilet paper is a real pain in the butt (pun intended). A portable bidet eliminates the need for toilet paper, and as someone who recently switched to one, I can tell you it’s a great thing to have!
I’m all about giving (and getting) gifts that are experiences rather than things – because these don’t take up any room in my backpack! One of the best gifts for outdoorsy women is a subscription to The Dyrt – an app that allows you to find campsites, plan road trips, and more!
Hammocks are great for anyone who likes to be outdoors – they give you a place to relax at camp, and are super comfortable and fun to have. Eno Hammocks pack up so small, making them a great gift for outdoorsy women to bring on hikes and camping trips!
Rechargeable Hand Warmer
Camping gets chilly sometimes! A rechargeable hand warmer is better for the environment than the disposable ones, and it’s especially great if you have a woman in your life who gets cold easily. The Zippo Heatbank is small and compact, and this one lasts up to 12 hours!
Most people use their phones for maps and to take photos, so even when camping, having a way to recharge things is pretty important! A power bank is a great, practical gift for outdoorsy women. An Anker 10000 mAh powerbank is plenty for most people, as it can recharge a phone several times. Another good option is to get a power bank with solar panels, which is great for longer trips.
Whether it’s hiking, trail running, paddle boarding, or snowboarding, it’s really fun to be able to track your outdoor adventure! One of the best gifts for outdoorsy women is a Garmin watch. These track things like heart rate and sleep, and provide really useful metrics for activities. The Forerunner watches are the most basic, but even they come with lots of cool features and are plenty for most people. For more serious athletes (or people who like stats), the Fenix line of watches offers more advanced metrics!
Peak Designs Camera Clip
If the outdoorsy woman you’re shopping for is a photographer, a Peak Designs camera clip is a small, but kinda life changing, gift! It allows you to clip a camera to your backpack strap, making it way easier to carry and way easier to take photos of adventures.
The Best Clothing Gifts for Outdoorsy Women
Ultralight Down Jacket
One of the best gifts for outdoorsy women is a warm jacket – and if your loved one backpacks, weight and packability become really important! Garage Grown Gear is a great place to find small brands that specialize in ultralight gear, and the Tarn Down Jacket is a great option for cold weather adventures.
Darn Tough Socks
Socks may not seem like an exciting gift, but trust me, every hiker loves a good pair of hiking socks! Socks designed for hiking are usually padded, which helps keep feet comfortable and blister-free on long treks. They’re also made of wool, which stays warm even when it gets wet. I used to be someone who thought spending money on socks was silly, but these changed my life – even if your loved one doesn’t know they want them yet, some hiking socks, like these bear socks or these mountain ones are some of the best gifts for outdoorsy women!
Darn Tough Socks also have a lifetime guarantee!
I’m of the opinion that you can never have too many warm sweatshirts, and a Patagonia fleece is the perfect cozy, warm layer to wear for outdoor adventures. They come in so many colors and styles, so there’s definitely something for every outdoorsy woman!
If the outdoorsy woman in your life needs a new pair of boots, Danner Boots make an incredible gift. They’re comfortable, sturdy, and will last a long time, and they’re really cute, too! This has been my go to pair of hiking boots for several years, and I definitely recommend them!
Sun protection is important! A sun shirt is more effective than sunscreen, and usually thinner and lighter than a regular long sleeve shirt. The Mountain Hardware Crater Lake Hoodie is really light and perfect for warm weather adventures, while the REI Sahara Shade Hoodie is warmer, but more affordable.
Chaco sandals are really comfortable, and they’re the perfect outdoorsy shoe – whether you use them as a camp shoe, or even go hiking in them. They’re the perfect gift for outdoorsy women, as they’re really versatile, durable, comfortable, and cute! I truly wear mine every day.
The Best Books for Outdoorsy Women
Whether they need something to do at camp, want to learn more about the nature around them, or they want to read about the outdoors during times where they’re stuck inside, books make a great gift for outdoorsy women who like to read. Here are a few of my favorite books about the outdoors, and you can check out more of my book picks here!
This isn’t a book, but it’s something to read books on! I got my Kindle as a gift, and it’s honestly one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten. It’s often lighter than bringing a book, more portable, and takes up less space, so it’s really great for hikes, camping, and other outdoor activities.
Wild – Cheryl Strayed
Wild is a classic book that outdoorsy women should read! It’s about Cheryl’s journey hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, back before ultralight gear and cell phones. It’s a really great story, and women who love hiking will especially enjoy it.
Grandma Gatewood’s Walk – Ben Montgomery
This is another amazing book about a female thru-hiker. Emma Gatewood was a grandmother who left an abusive relationship with just about nothing, and went on to become the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk is a great book that tells her story.
The Comfort Crisis – Michael Easter
The Comfort Crisis is one of those books that makes you want to pick up and move to the wilderness, which is probably a dream that many outdoorsy women already have. It’s a really interesting exploration of how we live and the way that the comforts and and conveniences of modern life aren’t always good for us, and it encourages getting out of your comfort zone and getting into nature.
One caveat I have about this book is that there is some talk of diets and a good bit of anti-fat nonsense (if you’re curious about anti fat bias, I recommend this book by Aubrey Gordon), and unfortunately with books like this you do have to go in with the knowledge that they’re written from a place of incredible privilege. Still, it’s an interesting book.
The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs – Tristan Gooley
This is a great gift for outdoorsy women who want to learn more about the outdoors! The Lost Art of Nature’s Signs teaches you how to read nature, and how to connect a little deeper with the world around you. I learned a lot of interesting things – like how to tell which way is south by looking at the trees!
The Best Gifts for Outdoorsy Women
Do you have any ideas for gifts for outdoorsy women that I didn’t mention, or any questions? Leave them in a comment below!
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