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15 Stocking Stuffers for Your Favorite Explorer

Outdoorsy gifts for your wool-stocking'd people.

By: Sara Sheehy + Save to a List

Stockings are so much fun to open on Christmas morning...and so hard to fill on Christmas Eve. If you're stumped on what to direct Santa to place in your favorite explorer's stocking, look no further.

Here are 15 outdoorsy gifts that fit will fit perfectly in a stocking this holiday season.

Skin Care

1. Badger Balm Sport Sunscreen Stick: This zinc oxide sunscreen stick fits neatly in a backpack pocket, and is water and sweat resistant for 80 minutes. And with no fragrance, it's great for sensitive skin.

2. Beyond Coastal Citrus Grove Lip Balm: Beyond Coastal's SPF 15 lip balm offers broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection and is not tested on animals.

3. Body Glide's Foot Glide: Foot Glide is the secret to keeping feet happy during long hikes and extended walks. It protects feet and toes from rubbing, which is the leading cause of blisters, hot spots, and chafing.

4. Burt's Bees Baby Chlorine-Free Wipes: There are few items so versatile as baby wipes for outdoorsy-types. Use them to freshen up after activity, get some grime off the hands before eating, or clean dirty dog paws.

5. Dr. Bronner's Organic Location: Dry skin is the bane of many athlete's existences. Help keep your favorite skin healthy with some organic lotion from Dr. Bronner's. 


6. Anker PowerCore 20100: The Anker PowerCore 20100 is a workhorse of a portable battery pack, and will help keep small electronics juiced up on the go.

7. Goal Zero Lighthouse Mini: This tiny lantern is super-bright for its size, very packable, and has flexible dimming options. Great for camping!

8. Backcountry Access Slope Meter: Have a backcountry skier in your life? This little inclinometer measures slope and aspect and has a built-in compass, too.

9. Garmin inReach Mini: When safety is your primary concern, this lightweight satellite communicator with GPS is what you'll want to slip into the stocking this year. It's pricey, but can you really put a price on knowing where your loved one is in case of an emergency?

10. Zippo HeatBank 9s: Zippo's Heatbank 9s is a rechargeable hand warmer that produces heat for up to nine hours...perfect for skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and watching the kid's play hockey.


11. Patagonia Black Hole Cube: This small cube is a perfect gear kit or small organizer for travel. It fits great in a backpack or suitcase.

12. Eagle Creek Packable Daypack: You never know when a small, comfortable bag will come in handy. Eagle Creek's Packable Daypack packs down to the size of a book when not in use.

13. Lush Shampoo Bar: Forget packing shampoo in a tiny little tube or having to hunt it down in every new location. Tuck a Lush Shampoo Bar in your favorite traveler's stocking for clean hair and no fuss.

14. Hydro Flask Water Bottle: Nothing dehydrates like flying. Hydro Flask's water bottles are durable, insulating, and come in plenty of sizes and colors.

15. Bamboo Utensil Set: Traveling can be rough on the environment for many reasons — one of those being the quantity of single-use food containers and cutlery thrown in the garbage. This bamboo utensil set cuts back the waste and ensures your traveler always has a way to eat that salad.

Cover photo by Rachel Davidson

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!

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