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20 Outdoorsy Gifts for Under $50

Hook up your favorite adventurer with some fresh gear without breaking the bank.

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If you have someone in your life that loves the outdoors and traveling, you probably already know how long and expensive their gear wishlist is. They may have a gear problem, but we all kind of do, right? The good news is you don't have to spend a lot of money (or fill up their gear rack) to give them a gift that they'll love and use for years to come. These 20 gifts are under $50 and we're sure your outdoorsy friend or family member will be stoked to receive them this holiday season!

MPOWERD Luci Lux Pro Inflatable Solar Lantern


We like Mpowered's Luci lanterns because they're compact and packable and because they charge easily via solar power, but we love this particular model because of its warm mood lighting. 


Hero Clip Medium Hanger

You know the full gear rack we mentioned? It's also probably a bit of a mess half the time. The Heroclip hangers are super convenient for keeping gear organized wether it's in the garage or on the road (talking to you, vanlifers!).  


Goal Zero Flip 30 Recharger

With three charges for your smartphone, this little guy should be a no-brainer for any longer adventure when you need your phone for GPS, route info, or...let's face it, Instagram. 


CGear Multimats Sand-Free Mat

There's nothing worse than bringing a little bit of the campground back into your sleeping bag with you. This 3x3 ft. mat has a dual-layer weave that allows dirt and sand to fall through, keeping your tent nice and tidy. 


Hydro Flask 40oz Wide Mouth Water Bottle

Built like a (super lightweight) tank, vacuum insulated, and beautiful colors. What more could you ask for in an everyday water bottle. 


Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight and Watertight .9 Kit

Take up a little space in your pack with this get-the-job-done medical kit and gain a lot of peace of mind. 


Marmot Kompressor 18L Backpack

Everyone needs a go-to day pack and the Kompressor is a fantastic choice. It's lightweight and packable and finds the perfect balance between function and minimal design. 


Stanley Classic 20oz One Hand Vacuum Mug

Drinking coffee out of this timeless thermos just feels right. Nobody ever complains about more coffee, so the 20oz capacity is a win. 


Cotopaxi Bataan 3L Hip Pack

Fanny packs, so hot right now. Cotopaxi is known for their bright and playful colors like those found on this super simple hip pack. It's perfect for throwing in some cash, keys, and sunscreen before any quick adventure. 


Brunton TruArc 5 Compass

For even more peace of mind and less lost space in your pack, bring a compass. We may throw this phrase around for a lot of products, but we know with certainty that you'll never regret bringing this along.  


MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Stove

Wether you're buying a gift for a newbie camper or for someone planning a thru-hike on the Appalachian Trail, this stove is equally well-suited. The PocketRocket 2 is reliable, powerful, and compact. 


Sunski Headlands

Nice shades don't need to cost a lot of money (or be terrible quality/look terrible). Sunskis are super stylish, high-quality, and affordable and the Headlands are our go-to.  


Exped Air Pillow 

Exped makes some of the most comfortable camp sleeping products on the market. We've spent full weeks sleeping on their pads and didn't skip a beat in our REM cycle. For a more affordable gift with just as much comfort for your friend's noggin', Exped's Air Pillow is your best bet. 


Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bag - 3 Liters

Going rafting? Paddleboarding? Or are you historically clumsy while making river crossings? Throw your valuables in here and rest easy.  


SOG Salute Knife

Just as useful for chores around the yard as it is for fashioning a shelter in the woods, a good folding knife is a must-have. With quality materials and a long-lasting finish, the Salute will stand at attention throughout years of use. 


Dakine Plate Lunch Party Break 7L Cooler

You'd be surprised at how nice it is to have a fresh, cool lunch when you reach that lakeside picnic spot. Once you try it, you'll never want to go back. With this little cooler pack from Dakine, getting cold snacks and drinks into the outdoors is easy. Plus, it looks awesome! 


Lander Moab Case for iPhone X

Ever had your phone shut down on to you because of high or low temperatures? The Lander Moab Case regulates temps, keeping your phone alive and looking good. 


Sea to Summit Travelling Light Hanging Toiletry Bag

Ditch that filthy ziplock bag you've been using and replace it with this sleek and convenient toiletry bag from Sea to Summit. It's just as ideal for camping as it is for traveling. 


BioLite Headlamp

This is the first headlamp we've tried that doesn't bounce around on your forehead when you pick up the pace. BioLite has covered all the most important features for us with full brightness control, spot/flood, strobe, and red night vision. And at 330 lumens, that's more than enough to get you through any adventure in the dark. 


Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cube Set

Do you also use big ziplocks to organize your clothes when you travel? Step up your game again with Eagle Creek's Pack It Cubes. 

Cover Photo: Holly Mandarich

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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