8 Gifts for Your Adventurous Foodie Friends

Because they'll bring good food, and you can eat it.

We all have friends who are obsessed with food, in a good way. Here are 8 gifts to inspire (or fuel) your foodie friends!

Skratch Labs Feed Zone Portables Cookbook


Many people know Boulder-based Skratch Labs from their powdered hydration mixes. But the company offers so much more. Their cookbooks are often referenced in nutrition and culinary courses due to their focus on real food for athletes. Their Feed Zone Portables cookbook gives you yummy snack food options that you can make ahead and carry with you on your adventures.

Picky Bars Bars, Granola, & Oatmeal

Started by super-athlete husband and wife team, Jesse Thomas and Lauren Fleshman, and their super-athlete friend, Steph Bruce, Picky Bars came about to fuel their athletic demands, while being mindful of the common dietary sensitivities that a lot of endurance athletes experience. Delicious and packed with nutrients from real food, whether you're hiking with your kid, climbing El Cap, or running a marathon, Picky Bars foods are a treat you'll be happy to indulge in. Try their intro bundle to get a taste of all their offerings!

PB&J Makings


Because who doesn't love a good, smooshed, PB&J when they get to the top of a climb. Peanut butter and tasty jelly also make great stocking stuffers. You really can't go wrong. For a full, technical review of a PB&J (and a reminder for why we love this childhood staple), click here

Kuhn Rikon Pairing Knife


While Leathermans, pocket knives, and multi-tools are always great gifts for anyone who spends time outside in the elements, this Swiss-made Kuhn Rikon Pairing Knife is the only knife you'll need for backcountry cooking. It's light to carry, and this thing is sharp...like really sharp. Cut meat, cheese, and jerky with incredibly little effort. And bonus, they come in a bunch of fun colors! At $10, they're an easy gift your friend will continue to reach for over and over again.

Run Fast Eat Slow Cookbook (+ Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow Cookbook)


Power couple business partners, super-athlete Shalane Flanagan and holistic nutritional chef Elyse Kopecky, knocked it out of the park a few years ago when they launched their first cookbook, Run Fast Eat Slow. (Their sequel, Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow came out last year, too.) Packed with information about how nutrition affects your body's performance, and food remedies for common athlete ailments like dehydration, anemia, and the flu, this cookbook is a wealth of information. I've personally cooked almost every recipe in the book and they're all good, if not great. 

Patagonia Provisions Gift Box Sets

Responsibly-sourced Patagonia Provisions food options will keep your foodie friend (and hopefully you) fueled on your next adventure(s). Try one of their gift boxes to get a taste of all of their offerings.

YETI Rambler Wine Tumbler 10oz


YETI is a hot brand these days, and for good reason. Their insulation is arguably the best in the market, and their color choices are spot on. Surprise your wine-loving adventure friend with a pair of wine tumblers. They win on "coolness" factor, and they'll keep your drink the perfect temperature for hours.

Bear Canister


They're bulky, hard to open, and a pain to have to bring, but bear canisters are necessary. This isn't the most unique or exciting of gifts, but any backcountry chef should have one. 

Cover photo courtesy of Emily Hlavac Green

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

Kristi TeplitzAdmin

Executive Producer, Content Strategist, and Gear Editor at The Outbound