Outdoor Holiday Gift Guide from The Fatman
It seems like just a week ago I was hiking up some mountains and enjoying the long summer days. Now all of a sudden the holiday season is upon us! There are so many products out there for outdoor lovers that it can get a little hard to know what is needed and what is best. I have been lucky enough to try a lot of products this year and have put together this first volume of my Outdoor Holiday Gift Guide ’23 to give you a quick idea of what might be some great gifts for any outdoor enthusiasts!
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Outdoor Holiday Gift Guide Gifts under $50
I wanted to start out with some gifts that come in under $50 but have a lot of value for their price. From keeping you hydrated and safe to items to keep you organized. Here are my picks for my Outdoor Holiday Gift Guide ’23 Gifts under $50.
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filtration System
There is very little more important than hydration on a hike. The only problem is water gets very heavy! The Sawyer Squeeze Water Filtration is awesome. It is light weight, so it is perfect for any hike. Also, the Sawyer Squeeze filters 99.99999% of bacteria, salmonella, cholera, and E. coli and 99.9999% of protozoa. It is the perfect size for a solo adventure or even a small group. The Sawyer Squeeze is great for being a single water supply or for emergencies when you run out of water. This is a must have item for any hiker or outdoor enthusiast and the perfect gift! Side Note: Sawyer does amazing work working to provide fresh water to communities around the world so you can help that cause when you purchase!
Osprey Ultralight Packing Cubes
Who doesn’t love to be organized? Whether its a three day backpacking trip or a two week vacation, the Osprey Ultra Light Cubes are a great addition to any trip. The cubes are sold separately or together in a 3 pack of small, medium, and large. The small are roughly 6.6 x 4.3 x 3.9 inches. Medium measures 8.6 x 6 x 5 and the large is 12 x 7.8 x 6.6 inches. I love these cubes and use them every time I travel. The cubes just keep everything in place and make it so easy to get through my luggage or packs. These are a great option for the traveler or backpacker in your life!
Frontiersman Bear Attack Deterrent
Bears are amazing creatures but that doesn’t mean I want to get close to them at all. Safety is so important in the back country and if you know anyone who hikes in bear country, the Frontiersman Bear Attack Deterrent is a must have item. The Frontiersman has a range of 35 feet with 2.0% Capsaicin. If you know anyone who camps, likes to fish, hunt, hike or bike in the woods, this Bear Attack Deterrent is a great gift to keep them safe on their adventures.
Osprey Ultralight Stuff Pack
For the backpacking fans out there, is there anything better than taking off your pack when you find camp? But what then? You still want to explore and carry some of your pack with you but not the whole thing. The Stuff Backpack from Osprey is the solution. A full 18L pack that folds down to a 5 x 5 inch square. The single pouch pack comes with a chest strap and two stretchable open side pockets perfect for water bottles on your journey. Now you can grab a windbreaker, snacks, water, a first aid kit and more on your side quests! This is a great and convenient little pack that can be thrown into a suitcase or backpack so you are ready to explore when you get to your first location! A perfect gift for all hiking enthusiasts.
Nomadix Ultralight Towel
The Nomadix Ultralight Towel is made of MicroSuede and is a super absorbent and fast drying. The towel measures 54 inches long by 30 inches wide but still only weighs 8 ounces. This is a perfect towel to keep in your backpacking or daytrip bag. You never know when you need to jump into one of those mountain lakes and will need a towel to dry off! The Nomadix Ultralight Towel is also made with 88% recycled materials! A great gift for the hiker, backpacker or angler in your world.
Outdoor Holiday Gift Guide ’23 gifts $50-$250
If you are looking to spend a bit more on the holiday gifts this year I have put together a five more items with prices between $50 and $250 list prices. This group includes a camp stove that boils water super fast, a gorgeous and functional trail knife, and some comfy post adventure footwear. Here are my picks for the Outdoor Holiday Gift Guide ’23 Gifts from $50-$250.
Klean Kanteen Rise Food Box
I really enjoy the original Food Boxes from Klean Kanteen and now they are out with the second generation with the Rise Food Box. The Rise Family kit comes with a 10 ounce snack size, 23 ounce lunch size, and 55 ounce meal size containers. Each container is leak proof, dishwasher and freezer safe. They can even go in the microwave (up to 1000w) and oven for reheating without the lids. Rise Food Boxes are also made from 90% post consumer stainless steel. This new generation also comes with dividers in the larger containers allowing for more variety in meal packing for the office, the trail or the campsite. Perfect for those leftovers in the office now that we are heading back to the office more and more!
One of the ten essentials to the outdoors is a knife or cutting instrument. There is no rule that says that knife has to be boring or generic. Helle Knives make some of the nicest knives I have seen. The blades are strong and sturdy and there are many options for size and style. My favorite is the Eggen which is pictured here. The hand crafted handle work is a work of art but it doesn’t take away from the functionality of the knife. Helle includes a custom sheath with the purchase of the Eggen for a really nice set, perfect for outdoors adventures.
MSR WindBurner Duo Stove
I always wonder if I have an outdoor habit or an eating habit. There is nothing better than a good meal or snack in the outdoors. Heck, even a fresh cup of coffee tastes better in a tent! The MSR WindBurner Duo Stove has a fully enclosed burner that is windproof. Perfect for high country camping! A 1.7L hard-anodized aluminum pot with an integrated heat exchange helps to boil water lightning fast. The Windburner Stove is perfect for minimal meals for a solo camper or for about 2-3 people. This is a great gift option for all of the camp lovers out there!
Wondery Parks of the USA Bucket List Water Bottle
Nothing beats the original and Wondery is the Original National Park Bucket List Water Bottle. You may remember earlier this year when this bottle was all over social media. The double wall, dishwasher safe bottle keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. But the real fun part are the stickers that match the printing on the bottle. Visit a park, apply a sticker. This is a great way to keep the fun of the outdoors with you all of the time. A great gift for all of the parks lovers in your group!
Chaco Bodhi Sandals
Before I tried on a pair of Chaco Bodhi sandals I thought I would hate the toe ring. After trying them on I became obsessed with the toe ring! These are some of the most comfortable sandals that I have worn. I have an odd shaped foot which makes sandals a struggle but the toe ring keeps my foot in place and secure! I have really started to love these sandals. They are great when you take your boots off post hike for the drive home. Or to even do a hike in, especially if there is some water to cross! Plus, if you are like me, you will just wear them everywhere!
More from the Fatman
I will be working on more gift guides for the outdoor lovers in your family over the next few weeks. Until then, make sure to check out my Product Review Page to see all of the latest products that I have tested and reviewed. Make sure to check back often to see all of the new products that make the list. If you have a product you want included in a future gift guide or for me to review, you can email me the requests at Fatmanlittletrails@gmail.com. Or follow along at any of the below social media for my latest updates and content. Happy Hiking!