The Best Gift Ideas for Adventure Travelers

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We’ve got you covered on the best gifts to get the adventurous travelers 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. However, some people are harder to shop for than others. That list of tough to shop for people certainly includes the adventure lovers 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 you’ve never heard of, surf in the oceans off an island far, far away, and the ones who like to go trekking with gorillas. For fun.

These are the types of people who have a true lust for living each day like their last. So, for the holidays, you’ve got to get them something that will only enhance their epic journeys. Here are nine perfect gifts for the adventurers in your life that will leave them in awe. 

YETI LoadOut 30 GoBox


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Road trip fanatics will be over the moon about this super-durable, nearly indestructible storage unit from the adventure pros at YETI. A waterproof and dustproof design keeps gear protected and in tip-top shape, and there are plenty of compartments for easy organization.

To buy: rei.com $250

SmartWool Merino Baselayer


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Made with some of the best merino wool on the market, this cozy quarter-zip base layer is ideal for staying warm when skiing, snowboarding, climbing, or doing anything in the great outdoors during the cold season. The fabric sits close to the skin, but remains breathable, allowing for extra movement and comfort.

To buy: smartwool.com, $115

Fuji XT3 Camera 


Courtesy Amazon

Fuji is well-known in the travel community as being the best in class when it comes to travel photography and videography. That’s because, not only does the camera take excellent pictures and 4k videos, but it’s also wildly lightweight thanks to its mirrorless technology. And those ounces and pounds count when you’re trying to keep weight down in a backpack for longer travels. This package from Fuji comes with its XT3 mirrorless body, as well as an 18-55mm lens, which is ideal for landscape photographers, or anyone looking to take anyone’s photography to the next level.

Buy it: $1,299, amazon.com

Dragon Inflatable Standup Paddle Board


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If the adventurer in your life also likes to hang 10, gift them one of Dragon’s Inflatable Standup Paddle Boards. The board will allow your loved one to take it anywhere with them as it packs up tightly and can be blown up and ready to go in minutes. But, here’s the best part about the board: it’s meant to be shared with friends. The massive 22-foot board can hold four riders at once. And with that many people onboard everyone will cruise through the waves with ease (and certainly a few laughs too). If you get good enough as a crew you could even take part in the yearly Dragon World Series.

Buy it: $2,099, amazon.com

Theta 360-Degree Camera 


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The Theta camera is the next step up for anyone looking to capture their treks around the world from every angle. The pocket-sized camera allows users to capture high definition 360-degree photos and videos and easily edit and upload them with its official app. The camera comes with an optional underwater housing so it can be used on a snorkel or scuba adventure too. And, with its new 360-degree four-channel microphone, the camera now comes with stellar audio so you never miss a beat. 

Buy it: $336, amazon.com 

Thule Carry-On Bag


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All travelers need a good carry-on, but adventure travelers need to also look for one that can stand the test of time and the elements. That’s where Thule’s Subterra carry-on comes in. 

The 22-inch Subterra bag fits almost every airline’s carry-on size requirements but is still roomy enough inside to fit everything you’d ever need. The bag, made from lightweight 800D nylon, comes with a zip closure, and front pocket for easy access to your travel accessories. The bag is also designed to withstand the elements thanks to its durable and water-resistant exoskeleton and molded polycarbonate back panel. Users can also zip through the airport thanks to its wheels or carry it backpack style while on the go.

Buy it: $239, amazon.com

Espro Travel Espresso Maker


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Just because someone is on the top of a mountain, sailing through the Pacific, or on safari through Zambia doesn’t mean they can’t have a great cup of coffee every morning too. By giving the gift of the Espro ultralight insulated stainless steel espresso maker your adventurous friend can enjoy a delicious cup almost anywhere in the world. The anywhere press allows users to make up to 12 ounces of coffee, while the body of the press can be used as a 16-ounce travel mug. The brushed stainless steel press is also BPA, BPS, and phthalate-free. 

Buy it: $45, amazon.com 

Tom Ford Alligator Duffle 


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If you’re on the hunt for the perfect gift for the person in your life who can pack up and go in a few minutes flat look no further than the Tom Ford Alligator Duffle Bag. The duffle is big enough to fit a few days worth of clothes for a weekend adventure, and thanks to its durable alligator hide it will surely last through every rough and tumble journey around the globe. 

Buy it: $41,310, tomford.com

Nixon Chrono Watch 


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Keeping track of time is crucial when you’re out on the road. And that goes double for those hiking, biking, kayaking, trecking, or otherwise off in the wilderness, to ensure you’re keeping pace and in the right place at the right time. Nixon’s Chrono Watch can help you do just that and more. The stylish wristwatch is built to be durable thanks to its solid stainless steel case, which comes in brushed gunmetal, gold, dark copper, or black. The watch is also a stunner to look at too thanks to its hardened mineral crystal face and three chronograph subdials. It’s also water-resistant up to 660 feet.

Buy it: $400, amazon.com

Nemo Ultralight Backpacking Tent


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Nemo’s Hornet Ultralight Tent is meant for the person who likes to journey alone in the world. It’s an ideal tent for the solitude lovers in your life as it’s made with Nemo’s top-shelf fabrics, minimal pole structure, and the company’s patent-pending Flybar volumizing clip for more interior volume. And all that weighs in at less than two pounds, making it a breeze to pack for long camping trips. The tent is also weathertight, so it will last through any long, cold, windy and rainy nights. It also comes with a lifetime warranty so you’ll likely break down before it does.  

Buy it: $319, amazon.com

Vilebrequi His and Hers Quadskis 


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Want to combine a little land and sea adventure for your loved ones? That’s a real possibility with the his and hers quadskis by Vilebrequi. According to Neiman Marcus, these bad boys are the best high-speed amphibians on earth, and can convert from land rovers to water cruisers in five seconds flat. On both land and sea the quadski comes with impressive speed and can accelerate to 45 mph thanks to its 1300cc BMW engine. Best of all, if you purchase the quadskis through Neiman Marcus the store will donate $1,500 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. 

Buy it: $50,000 each, neimanmarcus.com

Osprey Farpoint Backpack


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For those who like to pack a bit lighter, or are looking for a hiking backpack that will get them through even the longest excursions, the Osprey Farpoint bag is for them. The backpack comes with large front panel access, which allows users to fully open the bag for easy packing and unpacking. It’s made with lightweight internal framing to keep it sturdy on your back but still at featherweight. The bag also comes with plenty of compartments to keep your things organized, including a zippered lower compartment with a removable divider so you can keep your dirty hiking boots away from your clean clothes. 

Buy it: $230, amazon.com 

Wanderlust Hikers Companion Book 


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After a long day on the trails there’s nothing outdoor enthusiasts love to do more than reflect. Be it sitting by a fire roasting marshmallows or cozied up in a tent it’s the ideal time to sit and think about all the beautiful things one has experienced throughout the day. To help make that time a bit more magical, give your hiking-loving friend the Wanderlust Hiker’s Companion. Inside, readers can dive into stories about the Canyon Trail in Zion-National Park, El Caminito del Rey in Spain, the pilgrim trail on the holy Kumano Kodo in Japan, and more. Wanderlusters can also gaze at beautiful photos of the world’s most stunning outdoor spaces. As the book’s publishers describe, it’s ideal for everyone from “modern-day transcendentalists or those who simply desire a casual break from concrete scenery.” Go ahead and buy a copy for yourself too. Who knows, maybe it will inspire your own next adventure too. 

Buy it: $36, amazon.com

Hydrogen Sportivo Watch


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Inspired by athletes and using high-performance materials, this sleek watch is ideal for the jet-setting adventure traveler. With water resistant abilities up to 100 meters, this timepiece features Japanese NH38A movement, mineral crystal, and an elegant stainless steel watch case build.

To buy: hydrogenwatch.com, $495

Nikon D3500 DSLR


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Nikon's slogan for this brand new DSLR is "the difference is in the details"—and they're not kidding. For anyone who is a beginner photographer and wants to improve with an easy-to-use but also easy-to-advance DSLR, this D3500 is the perfect fit. Not only is it sturdy and durable, but it's also nicely compact, so great for those who love travel photography.

To buy: nikon.com, from $400