The Best Gift Ideas for Adventure Travelers

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We’ve got you covered on the best gifts to get the adventurous spirits in your life.

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It’s the most wonderful time of year again, which means it’s also time to start hunting down the absolute best gifts for the people you love—including the adventure seekers in your life.

You know the type. The ones that love to be outside no matter the weather. The ones who are always booking tickets to go hike some mountain in a far-flung place you’ve never heard of, to surf waves off an island on the opposite side of the globe, the ones who like to go trekking with gorillas. For fun. Regularly.

These are the types of people who have a true lust for living each day like it’s their last, setting inspiring goals and ticking them off an ever-growing bucket list of once-in-a-life-time adventures. So, for the holidays, you’ve got to get them something that will only enhance those epic, unforgettable journeys. 

Related: Adventures Where You Can See Wildlife Up Close

Below, find our editor-curated picks for the thrill-seekers, daredevils, and wanderers in your life that will leave them even hungrier for their next adventure (or maybe even provide it).

Inlet Oru Kayak


Courtesy Oru Kayak

Say hello to the easiest-to-assemble boat on the planet: the aptly nicknamed “origami kayak” by Oru. The lightweight Inlet kayak is the brand's lightest boat, crafted for flat water use and the kayaker who is always on-the-go. Its playful and compact design makes for one of the coolest boats money can buy.

To buy: $899, orukayak.com

Line Blade Skis


Courtesy Line

Full-on fun is the primary result when you lock boots into Line’s new Blade skis, an all-mountain ski made for both men and women. Gas Pedal Metal ensures hot-heel turns and deep-cut trenches that will leave skiers smiling from ear to ear after a playful day on the mountain with this agile pair.

To buy: $750, lineskis.com (men); $700, lineskis.com (women)

Helly Hansen Winter Boots


Courtesy Helly Hansen

Every woman needs a fail-proof pair of slip-on, kick-off outdoor boots. And while Helly Hansen may have made its name for the top-tier ski and sailing gear the brand designs, these winter boots are the unsung hero of H/H’s cold-weather offerings. A waterproof leather exterior combined with a faux-fur interior yields an unbeatable mix of comfort, durability, and style.

To buy: $150, hellyhansen.com

TDS×SP W/P eVent Waders


Courtesy Snowpeak

If there is someone on your gift list who loves to fish, these innovative waders from Snow Peak will probably become their favorite item of clothing, full stop. Crafted in Japan by the New Balance Tokyo Design Studio, with elements reflective of Mount Tanigawa, the story behind this capsule collection is as cool as the wader’s technical features.

To buy: $1,050, snowpeak.com

Mountain Hardwear Ghee Hoody


Courtesy Mountain Hardwear

The perfect layer for: the runner, the skier, the snowboarder, the hiker, the fisher, the climber—need we say more? Mountain Hardwear knows how to craft a base layer that will become the go-to for the outdoor lover on your list. When the going gets tough, this sweatshirt can protect the face from harsh elements, while keeping body temperature regulated thanks to sweat-wicking fabric.

To buy: $80, mountainhardwear.com (men); $75, mountainhardwear.com (women)

Rolex Yacht Master II


Courtesy Rolex

If you really want to wow a special someone on your gift list, there is simply nothing that can beat a Rolex. The Yacht Master II is, of course, the iconic brand’s essential watch for any sailor—and it's the only chronograph in the world with a mechanical memory.

To buy: From $18,750, rolex.com

Ponant Expedition Beyond the Antarctic Circle


Courtesy PONANT

When Ponant launches Le Commandant Charcot—the first electric luxury polar ship—in the summer of 2021, the adventure lover in your life could be one of the very first passengers. While there will be multiple itineraries, the Charcot and Peter I Islands expedition, which travels beyond the Antarctic circle and explores the Bellingshausen Sea, may take the cake. Fewer people have visited Peter I Island than have set foot on the moon. How’s that for a bucket-list trip?

To buy: From $16,280, us.ponant.com 

Nalgene x #WeHikeToHeal


Courtesy #WeHikeToHeal

It should come as no surprise that we snuck a Nalgene onto this list—it is, after all, one of the most iconic water bottles known to the outdoor community and beyond. This special edition was made in collaboration with the #WeHikeToHeal campaign, which encourages women to embrace the healing powers of the outdoors and themselves. Designed by Dea Goldsmith, this bottle celebrates the diversity of women that make up our communities.

To buy: $20, wehiketoheal.org

Bowlus Road Chief Endless Trailer


Courtesy Bowlus Road Chief 

Main. Cabin. Skylights. Need we say more? No—but we will, because this state-of-the-art trailer is as luxe and road trip-ready as they come. The artisan-designed Road Chief features neutral, chic interiors that mirror the outdoors, and it sleeps and dines up to four people—incredibly comfortably, might we add. Bon voyage!

To buy: from $225,000; bowlusroadchief.com

Ilse Jacobsen Boots


Courtesy Ilse Jacobsen

A rain boot disguised as an elegant Chelsea boot, Ilse Jacobsen’s short rubber “high heel” boots are ideal for the woman on-the-run, skipping through city streets and airports just as often as she sloshes through puddles and jets off on the next big adventure. Designed in Denmark and crafted from renewable resources, these boots are a must for any adventurer who frequents rainy destinations.

To buy: $220; nordstrom.com  

Loro Piana Laax Active Hiking Boots


Courtesy Mr. Porter

These luxe outdoor boots feature an elegant leather trim, a warm wool-blend body, and Storm System technology that yields a long-lasting waterproof and wind-resistant finish.

To buy: $1,895; mrporter.com

Alpha Industries L-2B Sherpa Bomber Jacket


Courtesy Alpha Industries

This lightweight Sherpa shell gives a nod to classic military style, as seen in the utilitarian pockets and knit cuffs, collar, and waistband.

To buy: $180; alphaindustries.com

Rigwa Outdoor Travel Bowls


Courtesy RIGWA

This innovative, eco-tech food container is ideal for camping, outdoor meals, and really any type of adventure travel. Made from minimalist, durable 18/8 food-grade stainless steel, these bowls can keep food hot for up to four hours or cold for up to eight hours.

To buy: $40; rigwalife.com

Sea to Summit Down Sleeping Bag and Comfort Plus Insulated Air Sleeping Mat


Courtesy Sea To Summit

The design team at Sea to Summit knows how to craft a sleeping setup for cold temperatures. As we head into winter, give the adventurer in your life a super-cozy sleeping system that will keep them warm even in the coldest of temps—even when it’s below freezing. This goose-down bag features a triple-zipper Free-Flow Zip system to ensure both warmth and breathability, and the mat has two separate layers of interlocking air chambers to prevent unwanted punctures.

To buy: $450; seatosummitusa.com (bag), $200; seatosummitusa.com (mat), $379 seatosummitusa.com (women's bag)

Triple Fat Goose Ellaria Parka


Courtesy Triple Fat Goose

Utility meets sophistication in Triple Fat Goose’s Ellaria parka. The advanced, three-layer shell is waterproof to both rain and snow, and an arctic-weight down of 700 fill power ensures total comfort, even in the coldest temperatures.

To buy: $800, triplefatgoose.com

Kari Traa Perle Set


 Courtesy Kari Traa

Perfect for the avid skier on your list, Kari Traa’s Perle base layer set is ideal for long days on the slopes. Crafted from a mixed-blend fabric, the set features a slim fit and soft feel, while wicking moisture to keep the wearer dry over the course of the day. 

To buy: $70; karitraa.com (top), $70; karitraa.com (bottoms)

Barbour Re-Engineered for Today


Courtesy Barbour

Every outdoorsman or outdoorswoman needs a durable jacket for transitioning seasons (although we recommend donning your Barbour year-round). The iconic brand, known globally for enduring oilskin jackets, has released a new line of waxed coats with re-engineered fabric and styles just for women, like the Birches waxed cotton jacket which features a plush teddy fleece interior and extra coverage for cooler seasons.

To buy: $650; barbour.com 

AdventureWomen Trip


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From downhill skiing in Montana to exploring the Galapagos, AdventureWomen crafts once-in-a-lifetime trips—made for women, by women. Choose from more than 42 departures, and whether you’re purchasing a gift for a thrillseeker, an animal-lover, or an athlete, AdventureWomen has something incredibly special that the loved one on your list will remember for the rest of her life.

To buy: From $3,190; adventurewomen.com 

Canada Goose Renfrew Fleece Pullover


Courtesy Canada Goose

It’s no surprise that Canada Goose made our list—anyone braving the outdoors at cold temperature would be wise to browse their collection, but this fleece pullover is particularly versatile. Wool meets high-pile fleece, resulting in a soft feel and ease when layering.

To buy: $425; canadagoose.com

Hoka TenNine Hiking Boot


Courtesy Hoka

Make no mistake: the significant heel on the back of this savvy hiking boot from the creatives at Hoka One One may not launch you up the mountain—but it comes pretty close. Dubbed “part hovercraft and part hiking boot” by the brand, Hubble heel geometry propels hikers forward on trail, and a unique Gore-Tex footwear fabric ensures durability of epic proportions.

To buy: $250, hokaoneone.com

Fujifilm XT4


Courtesy Amazon

It’s no secret that enjoying the adventure of a lifetime also means living in the moment. However, taking a few minutes to snap photos and ensure that those incredible moments last is a must. The Fujifilm XT4 is a hybrid model features technology allowing users to catch both stills and motion images. There are no limits with this incredibly capable, compact camera.

To buy: $1,699, amazon.com

Patagonia Trio: R2 TechFace, Nano Puff, Soaring Jacket


Courtesy Patagonia

You simply cannot go wrong with a few pieces from Patagonia, one of the most iconic brands of the outdoor gear industry. This trio provides the wearer with a cozy fleece, a super-warm Nano puff jacket for cold conditions, and a stylish, bomber-style jacket—perfect for a drink after the big adventure.

To buy: Women's: $189, patagonia.com (R2 TechFace); $199, patagonia.com (Nano Puff); $169, patagonia.com (Soaring Jacket). Men's: $169, patagonia.com (R2 TechFace); $199, patagonia.com (Nano Puff); $199, patagonia.com (Bomber)

Camelbak Zephyr Vest


Courtesy Camelbak

Hydration, hydration, hydration. If you have a runner in your life who tends to rack up the miles quickly, this lightweight hydration vest from the genius team at Camelbak is the perfect gift. Crafted with well-engineered body mapping for optimal ventilation, runners can pack up to a full liter of water, thanks to two hydration flasks.

To buy: $150, amazon.com

Icemule Pro Backpack Cooler


Courtesy Icemule

There’s no doubt that every adventure seekers needs a good cooler—but this one is perhaps the coolest cooler out there. The Icemule Pro line allows users to take their cold items right on the go in this nifty backpack nifty cooler that features a 33-liter capacity (aka 24 cans with room for ice, too), a super-compact build, and the ability to float. 

To buy: $104, icemulecoolers.com

Biolite HeadLamp 750


Courtesy BioLite

Biolite has been a leading brand in the headlamp department for years—this team knows what it's doing. The new 750 enables the wearer to use eight different lighting modes created from incredibly powerful lights (there’s a max output of 750 lumens) with incredible endurance: 150 hours on low, seven hours on high, and eight hours of reserve.

To buy: $100, backcountrygear.com

Big Agnes Tiger Wall 3 Platinum


Courtesy Big Agnes

This is one of Big Ag’s best-selling three season tents. Clocking in at a packed weight of two pounds and 11 ounces, the Tiger Wall 3 Platinum features two doors, eight square feet of vestibule area, and is incredibly easy to set up at night, alone, and/or in bad weather.

To buy: $600, bigagnes.com

Thousand Heritage Bike Helmet


Courtest Thousand

For the biker who zips through city streets at any speed, a well-made helmet is a must. These carbon-conscious helmets from Thousand are lightweight with seven vents, magnetic fasteners, and an integrated dial fit system. Safety first—but style, too.

To buy: $89, explorethousand.com

Outerknown Station Jumpsuit


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Whether she’s heading off on safari or sailing in the Caribbean, the adventurer who has an eye for style and utility will adore this practical, vintage-inspired jumpsuit from Outerknown. Not only is it useful for a full day outdoors—take note of all those pockets—it’s incredibly comfortable (hello, cotton-linen blend).

To buy: $178, outerknown.com

Custom FREE P4 Leatherman Multi-Tool


Courtesy Leatherman

Every outdoorsman/woman needs a good multi-tool—and there’s no better than the class Leatherman. Take things up a notch by gifting this FREE P4, which features a whopping 21 tools, and is totally customizable. Made to last a lifetime, this is one of the most robust multi-tools on the market.

To buy: From $140leatherman.com

Mountain Hardwear Phantom GORE-TEX 0 Sleeping Bag


Courtesy REI

This goose-down bag is for those adventure-seekers heading out into the most frigid of temperatures. Goose down with a whopping 850-fill-power, totally windproof GORE® WINDSTOPPER® shell fabric, and six inches of gear storage space makes this the ultimate cold-weather bag for the daring arctic explorer.

To buy: From $760rei.com

Vasque Breeze AT GTX


Courtesy Vasque

From Vasque’s new Breeze AT GTX line, these boots are built to last through a whole host of conditions. Crafted as an all-terrain model, these waterproof leather boots use a GORE-TEX exterior and Vibram® Contact Grip outsole for optimal performance, no matter the trail.

To buy: $190, rei.com (women's); $190, rei.com (men's)

Cotopaxi Duo: Teca Half-Zip Windbreaker and Baja Pant


Courtesy Cotopaxi

The best part about Cotopaxi is that the colors and designs are just as amazing as the functionality of each piece. This duo from the outdoor brand is a must for anyone who needs a go-to, lightweight  camp outfit. The Tecca windbreaker is a classic, available in tons of vintage-inspired colors and the weather-resistant baja pants transition seamlessly from activity to rest by the campfire. Check out the brand's cozy sleeping bags to round things out. 

To buy: $80, cotopaxi.com (windbreaker); $100, cotopaxi.com (pants)

Icebreaker Merino Waypoint Crewe Sweater


Courtesy Icebreaker

This is one of those post-adventure pieces, perfect for fall and winter (ahem, apres-ski, anyone?). It’s timeless look makes it the perfect cold-weather closet staple that can also be layered under a jacket during outdoor activities. 

To buy: $180, icebreaker.com

YETI Tundra 65 Hard Cooler


Courtesy YETI

A YETI cooler is simply a must-have for any adventure lover. Whether you’re keeping your fresh catch cold or stocking up on beers for a day at the beach, the brand’s hard coolers feature FATWALL™ design and Permafrost™ insulation that work together to provides unparalleled ice retention.

To buy: $350, yeti.com

Epic Pass


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No matter which coast they call home, the skier in your life will be delighted to receive the unlimited Epic Pass for a ski season full of truly epic powder days across the US, from Stowe to Vail to North Star resorts and many, many more (including international partner resorts in Australia, Japan, Canada, and beyond). 

To buy: $999, epicpass.com 

Coalatree Escalante Hammock

Perfect for the outdoor lover who wants to catch some z's no matter where they are, Coalatree's high-quality Escalante hammock is lightweight, packable, adn super easy to hang. Plus, it features a beautiful design that photographs very well.

To buy: $47, coalatree.com

Simba Sentinel 1 Surf Helmet


Courtesy Simba Surf

While many surfers and water sport enthusiasts opt to ride the waves without a helmet, investing in head protection can be a literal life saver (and hey, they look pretty cool, too). This particular high-end helmet is lightweight, it’s low profile, and it’s just a really good idea to ensure safety on the water.

To buy: $200, simbasurf.com

TCS World Travel National Park Private Jet Trip


Courtesy TCS World Travel

For those in need of the trip of a lifetime, TCS World Travel is offering a magnificent 10-day trip to eight national parks (like Yosemite, Moab, Zion, and the Grand Canyon)–all via a private jet and straight from their hometown. These trips are totally customizable, so thrill-seekers can go to town with outdoor truly awesome adventures.

To buy: from $45,800 per person, tcsworldtravel.com

The Road Trip Collection by Porter & Sail and THE OUT


Courtesy Porter & Sail

Fancy a jaunt out to the English countryside, via Land Rover, anyone? This is the ultimate way to get outdoors, out of the city, and relax in timeless style. With three, one-of-a-kind trip itineraries in stunning Enland available, recipients of this amazing gift get to choose their car (Range Rover, Land Rover, or Jaguar) and retreat to the countryside for a chance to unwind while soaking up the beautiful scenery.

To buy: from $1,250, hotelcredits.porterandsail.com

Mercedes G 550 SUV


Courtesy Mercedes

Timeless, state of the art, and built to get the job done, this G-Class Mercedes features cutting-edge technology and totally customizable concepts—all without sacrificing the car's classic style. Enter the wildest adventure vehicle a traveler could own, and a gift that the recipient will never, ever forget. 

To buy: From $130,900, mbusa.com