Gift Ideas for Campers, Hikers, & Outdoor Enthusiasts – Part II

We all have that one friend or family member that spends more time outdoors than indoors. And that person already owns every piece of outdoor gear known to man. So, what are you supposed to get them for the holidays when they already own every piece of equipment from REI? We’ve got you covered. Here are seven unique and extremely useful gifts to get your outdoorsy friend this year.

1. Silicone Snack Bags

Snacks are a necessity on camping trips, whether the trip is one night or one week long. And whenever you trek into the wilderness, it’s important to leave your campsite cleaner than when you arrived. Silicone food bags are the perfect way to ensure your campsite will stay clean, and you’ll have one less piece of trash to worry about on your way out. Silicone snack bags are reusable, eco-friendly food storage bags and are the perfect, affordable gift for your outdoorsy bestie, and they also come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors.

Pro tip: Next time you or your friends go on a camping trip, pledge to pick up five pieces of trash each before leaving your campsite. Mother Earth will thank you!

2. Portable Water Filter

What’s one thing you absolutely need to survive on a backpacking trip? Water. A portable water filter is the perfect present for your friend who spends all day, every day outdoors. It’s practical, affordable, and easy to use. What else could you ask for?

Check out some options for portable water filters here.

3. Feminine Urination Device

This might not be the most romantic gift, but the serious female hiker in your life will definitely appreciate it. A feminine urination device, like Go Girl or Shewee, is a practical gift that will make your wife, sister, daughter, or best friend’s life so much easier!

4. Custom Cutting Board

Only true outdoorsy people have a cutting board they use specifically for camping trips. Take their camp kitchen set up to the next level by getting them a customized cutting board for camping trips. Feel free to get creative with your engraving! You can customize the board with their favorite mountain, initials, or John Krakauer quote. The options are endless! You can get customized cutting boards online, or even better, reach out to your local woodworker!

5. Glow-in-the-Dark Playing Cards

There’s nothing like turning your lanterns off and looking up at the starry sky on camping trips. At some point, you have to close your eyes and get some sleep to prepare for the next day’s adventure. But not everyone can immediately fall asleep on camping trips, whether you’re too excited for the next day’s activities or generally have a hard time sleeping. If this sounds like one of your friends or family members, glow-in-the-dark cards are the perfect gift!

6. Solar Powered Lanterns

Lanterns are a necessity on camping trips. How else are you supposed to find your way to the outhouse in the middle of the night? Get your outdoorsy friend or family member an eco-friendly, solar powered lantern to use on their next trip! Check out some of the options REI has to offer. 

7. Sustainable Mosquito Bite Relief

Mosquito bites are inevitable on outdoor trips. Your outdoorsy friend might be the kind of person who just deals with bug bites, but they shouldn’t have to! The good news is that we have a sustainable solution that provides rapid relief!

Bite Away provides chemical-free, hassle-free treatment for insect bites and stings. It’s lightweight and compact, perfect for backpacking or a day hike. The adventurer in your life will no longer have to deal with the pain, itching, and swelling that comes with their outdoor lifestyle!