Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, Christmas, or a just-because moment, the best gifts to give the outdoor enthusiast in your life is something that is both functional and that ups the ante of FUN on their next outdoor adventure.


Price tag: under $20

The favourite, FUN item that is a top pick for all outdoor enthusiasts are glow sticks. Whether or not your outdoor adventure includes children or a group of adults, glow sticks add an element of fun, but are also practical and useful. For children, in addition to the fun of breaking them open and then manipulating the sticks to create a plethora of shapes, they also add an element of safety and security when sleeping in the exciting but strange environment of their tent or camper. But don’t think the fun is just for the kids; adults are just as willing to play with the neon shapes and sizes. Even better, glow sticks don’t use batteries, they generate negligible heat, they’re waterproof, and they’re reasonably disposable. They’re inexpensive and come in a whole range of shapes and sizes. The Ultimate Survival Technologies Find-Me Light Stick pack contains twelve individually wrapped 6″ light sticks with lanyard hole and integrated hook (4 green, 4 white and 4 red) for weatherproof, and battery-free emergency lighting.


Price tag: under $40

When shopping for an outdoor lover with a panache for great coffee, the essential item under their tree this year is the AeroPress coffee/espresso maker. Purchase one that comes with a zippered nylon tote bag for ease while packing and unpacking your camping gear. According to the product description on Amazon, the AeroPress is an entirely new way to make coffee—American style or Espresso style—for use in lattes, cappucinos and other espresso based drinks. AeroPress brews simply delicious coffee, 1-4 cups per pressing. Ideal water temperature and faster brewing yields rich flavor with lower acidity and without bitterness. Other brewing processes use near boiling water and long exposure to coffee grounds. Quickly brew a variety of coffee drinks including an Americano or an espresso-style shot for use in lattes or cappuccinos. Its total-immersion system permits extraction at a moderate temperature and a short brew time. Water and grounds are mixed together for 10 seconds, then gentle air pressure pushes the mix through a micro-filter in just 20 seconds, which will avoid the bitterness of long processes such as drip brewing. The air pressure also gently squeezes the last goodness from the grounds, further enriching the flavor. The total brewing time of only 30 seconds results in an exceptionally smooth brew. Amazon customers give this item 4.8 out of 5 stars.


Price tag: $42

The perfect gift for an outdoor enthusiast is a set of Fireside Forks. As Sheldon H. says, “I always thought every hotdog stick was pretty equal until I met your fireside fork.” And he’s right! The Fireside Forks are the #1 roasting sticks for aficionados of campfires. Imagine Camping’s campfire roasting sticks, attachments and accessories are made of the finest materials. They’re portable, washable, and have built-in safety features, perfect for any outdoor adventure from camping and hiking to fishing and mountaineering, which makes this item the #1 roasting stick in safety and convenience. The zip-up carrying case comes with two complete Fireside Forks plus two Marshmallow Forks, and it’s available in black, blue, green, and camouflage.  A great add-on for your outdoor enthusiast is to have your roasting stick handle custom engraved with their name, a unique way to personalize your outdoor enthusiast’s Fireside Fork!


Price tag: under $50

An essential, and highly functional gift, is a headlamp, which provides light and keeps your hands free for all those little night time tasks. The chargeable headlamp for outdoor usesold on Amazon, is described as having an outer shell that is high in strength, it comes with a rechargeable and environmentally safe lithium battery that is long-lasting, lightweight and high-capacity, it has superb LED features for long lighting time, high brightness and wide illuminating range, and it is relatively bump-resistant and shockproof.


Price tag: under $100

Once darkness falls in the pristine, remote location of your choosing, the sky captivates you with a view unlike anything you can find in your urban environment. While camping, you get opportunity after opportunity to feast your eyes on the countless stars and fascinating elements of our night sky. The fun stops, though, when your neck starts to get sore. Thus, the next top choice item for your best camping experience gift is an anti-gravity chair, which allows you to stargaze comfortably for as long as you like. And, because some of the best star gazing can be found in the winter sky including the magnificent aurora borealis, bundle up under warm blankets and use your antigravity chair in your back yard no matter the season. The Caravan Sports Infinity Zero Gravity Chair offers the ultimate portable comfort. The new and improved locking system allows you to lock the chair in any position and an adjustable headrest is provided for additional comfort or use as lumbar support. Perfect for backyard, beach or sporting event. Supports up to 300 lbs. Amazon customers give this 4.6 out of 5 stars.


Price tag: under $300

I have a couple of friends who absolutely swear by this super light Patagonia down sweater that packs into a tiny pouch and keeps you warm at high altitudes. This gift will make your outdoor enthusiast the envy of their peers, especially those who love day hikes in the mountains and, when everyone else is shivering while they’re admiring the view from the mountain peak, your friend or loved one is warm and snug. According to the product description on Amazon, anywhere brisk, the sweater delivers featherweight, superbly compressible warmth. The polyester ripstop shell on this down jacket does more than look sharp; it’s tear-resistant, windproof and made from 100% polyester. Details include top-quality 800-fill-power goose down, a quilted-through construction, two exterior zippered pockets and a stretch-mesh interior chest pocket that doubles as a zippered stuff sack with a carabiner clip-in loop. Nylon-bound elastic cuffs and drawcord hem seal in warmth, and the Deluge® DWR (durable water repellent) finish sheds moisture. This item isn’t cheap, but it gives your loved one a virtual hug of warmth and comfort every time they slip into it. Definitely worth the price!

Regardless of your final choice, no doubt your friend or loved one will appreciate the effort you spent in finding him or her that perfect gift.

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