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Looking for the perfect gift for an outdoor enthusiast (including yourself)? Check out our guide for amazing gifts in every price range and for every kind of trail lover.
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Have you ever been on the trail going through wet conditions, or kayaking on the river, and wanted to write something down? With this all-weather notebook water is no impediment to jotting down your thoughts whenever and wherever you have them. (Price: starting at $5.99 depending on color and style)
This unisex knit beanie not only keeps your head warm but lights your way as well. There is a fully rechargeable bright LED flashlight attached to the front of the beanie. A unique and fun headlamp, this is sure to be a popular gift on Christmas day. (Price: $9.89)
This bamboo reusable travel utensils set contains a bamboo fork spoon knife set, chopsticks, straw and cleaner, all in a stylish red canvas pouch. The bamboo utensil set made of 100% bamboo with no glue or chemicals makes for great wooden silverware, and is a great eco-friendly gift. (Price: $9.99)
These socks will be sure to get attention on the trail with their amazingly rendered outdoor themes. Brightly colored and detailed, these aren't your average socks. (Price: $9.99)
This lightweight tool works for many purposes, as a fork, spoon, sharp knife, and even an emergency whistle. You can't get more versatility out of a lightweight tool at this price range. Any trail lover would love to have this in their pack. (Price: $7.88)
These amazing outdoor themed stickers can be used on bikes, kayaks, laptops, or any other surface you can think to throw a sticker on. (Price: $5.49)
You can use these versatile suds as bath soap, shampoo, clothes detergent, and more. This soap is perfect for the trail. (Price: $5.95)
Hot sauce might not seem like an obvious gift for a trail lover, but for many campfire meals hot sauce is an important element. These small bottles are perfect to carry in your pack, and make a unique and thoughtful gift for an outdoor adventurer. (Price: $16.90)
This collapsible lantern is space saving and solar rechargeable. It also comes with a lifetime warranty that will guarantee your gift recipient can use it for years, or even decades, to come. (Price: $14.95)
This is a classic gift for outdoor lovers of all ages. The 16-inch diameter plastic Guide to the Stars chart is an instrument to help you identify the constellations. You simply dial-in your observing time and date to find the set of constellations visible in your sky. (Price: $19.95)
We can't always hit the trail, but this National Parks themed board game is a great way to celebrate nature while having fun at home. Yahtzee is also the perfect game to bring on a family camping trip to a National Park! (Price: $18.99)
This pen-sized fishing set is lightweight and portable making it easy to carry outside anywhere. This miniature fishing set comes with a delicate box, and is a perfect present for families and friends. (Price: $17.99)
A compass is an important safety tool and this compass outshines the rest. It's lightweight, accurate, and glows in the dark so you will always be able to see where you're going. (Price: $16.99)
These food wraps are made of organic cotton, sustainably harvested bees wax, organic jojoba oil, and tree resin. This three pack will let you bring multiple snacks for your next adventure. They also makes a unique eco-friendly gift idea. (Price: $18.99)
When writer and navigator Tristan Gooley journeys outside, he sees a natural world filled with clues. The roots of a tree indicate the sun’s direction; the Big Dipper tells the time; a passing butterfly hints at the weather; a sand dune reveals prevailing wind; the scent of cinnamon suggests altitude; a budding flower points south. To help you understand nature as he does, Gooley shares more than 850 tips. (Price: $14.49 for paperback)
This lighter can only be described as really cool. Both waterproof and windproof, you will have fire whenever and wherever you need with this lighter. It comes with a thick lanyard for better carrying and is fully rechargeable through a USB, meaning this lighter can last a lifetime. (Price: $15.99)
You don't have to give up wearing high performance socks to celebrate the holidays, because these socks have it all. These have a fun decorative holiday theme in a high performance package. (Price: $19.99)
Whether you're cycling, hiking, kayaking, or out riding your horse or ATV you might want to listen to music while you do it. These headphones are waterproof so you can take part in any outdoor activity without worrying about it interrupting your music. They come with a sleek charging case and connect with your phone or other devices through Bluetooth. (Price: $39.99)
This chair is so ultralight and compact that it weighs only 2 pounds and can be picked up with a finger. The chair folds up to fit into a small carrying case, so it's a chair that can truly go anywhere. (Price: $31.99)
The ultimate gift for bird watchers, these binoculars connect with your smart phone to take incredible photos like never before. These binoculars also feature large eyepieces and are both waterproof and light resistant, so can be used in any atmosphere. (Price: $49.77 on limited time sale)
This high-performance headlamp offers four brightness settings, is lightweight and comfortable, and reaches a maximum runtime of 330 hours at lower setting with its high capacity built-in rechargeable battery. (Price: $39.95)
TrailBuddy Trekking Poles' tough aluminum can withstand pressure and impact better than carbon fiber - crucial if hiking on rocky terrain or supporting heavier weight. Available in beautiful black, blue, red, green, yellow, pink, purple, and aqua colors, these poles also come with a carrying bag, 2 pairs rubber tips, 1 pair connectors, mud baskets, and snow baskets. (Price: $24.99 limited time sale)
This knife is truly unlike anything else out there. With a beautiful stainless steel design, this knife could make an incredible addition to anyone's pack. (Price: $79.90)
A step up from the notebook by itself, this kit includes a waterproof carrying pouch as well as a weatherproof pen. This is the perfect thoughtful gift for a writer who loves to spend time in the outdoors. (Price: $27.66)
This is one of those hammocks you can actually sleep in outside. The mosquito net and hammock combined protect you from all those creepy crawlers which means a safer and comfortable trip. The compact and lightweight portable parachute hammock comes in an elegant pouch with all its installation tools. (Price: $34 - $60 depending on size)
Published November 24, 2020
This first hand account from American Trails contributor Lora Goerlich is a great reminder about why you need to be prepared for yellowjackets on the trail.
October is here, which means it's time to enter the 2nd annual American Trails Costume Contest!
Excess rain negatively impacted trail conditions and access to parks across the country. Flooded, muddy, impassable trails lingered for nearly four months, creating an impatient, ridged mindset in our perceived need to get on the trails. MUD… multiple, long stretches of quaggy, slippery mud with or without standing water were present longer than normal. We expect mud in the spring, but not for four months.