Holiday Gift Guide


By Outdoor Sports Guide Editorial Staff

Shop for everyone on your list with this categorized gift guide that helps you find just the right present. Stocking stuffers are found at the beginning with higher-priced picks at the end. See more gift ideas at

For Backcountry Explorers

Alite Cloverware Lite Utensils

Alite Cloverware Lite Utensils This featherlight spoon, fork, and knife set is perfect for the camper, picnicker, or backpacker on your list. $8

Clean Ethics Bottle Bright

Clean Ehtics Bottle Bright Give the gift of a clean-as-new water bottle this holiday season. These effervescent tablets safely clean bottles and water reservoirs without dangerous chemicals. $11 for 10-pack

PackTowl Ultralight

PackTowel Ultralight Skip heavy cotton and stuff your backpacker’s stocking with this packable, quick-dry towel. $14-$35

Flip-Box Iceless Cooler

Flip-Box Iceless Cooler Chill drinks or food without ice in this fully collapsible, stowable cooler. It keeps drinks cold for up to six hours and food warm too! $30

Snow Peak Mini Hozuki

Snow Peak Mini Hozuki Hang this bitty portable lantern on a Christmas tree or clip it to a gift to delight your favorite backpacker. Use the “Candle Mode” to create romantic ambience. $40

Kelty Lumaspot Rhythm Lantern

Kelty Lumaspot Rhythm Lantern Get the party started with a light and music-enhanced campsite. It’s all built in to this LED lantern featuring a rotating spotlight, color-changing disco lights, and an MP3 speaker. $65

Little Griddle Sizzle-Q

Little Griddle Sizzle-Q Cook gourmet food at a campsite by placing this griddle on top of a grill for making pancakes, eggs, grilled veggies, and even cookies! $70

Grand Trunk Nano-7 Super Ultralight Hammock

Grand Trunk Hammock At a mere 7.4 ounces, the pop can-sized Nano-7 is easily the lightest production hammock in the world, and the perfect gift for the ultralighter on your list. $80


MyChacos For true Chaconians, no gift beats a customized pair of Chacos. Choose the webbing, buckles, footbed, and more with their easy online design tool. $125

BioLiteTM Camp Stove

BioLite Camp Stove Charge your smarphone while enjoying a real wood fire in a camp stove. The stove converts heat from the fire into usable energy that charges electronics. Works with twigs found on your journey. $129

For Man’s Best Friend

Lickety Stik

Lickety Stik Nothing like doggy treat crumbs lining your pockets, right? Keep your gloves on with this liquid treat by PetSafe. It looks like roll-on deodorant but dispenses a flavored liquid pets will flip for. $7

Orbee-Tuff Snowball

Orbee-Tuff Snowball Toss him a Snowball that won’t disintegrate. This is world’s first doggie-durable, buoyant, bouncy, minty rubber ball that’s 100% guaranteed, non-toxic, recyclable, washable, and non-melting. $10

Hide-A-Squirrel Dog Toy

Hide-A-Squirrel Dog Toy Rover will shred the wrapping when he spies this plush “log” with three, cute squeaky squirrels that taunt him from various openings. Your dog scatters the squirrels and you stuff them back in the log, making it a toy for both of you. $18

Mountain Leash

Mountain Leash A leash that not only looks tough but can take a good beating is what you’ll want this year. The thick nylon rope with water-resistant hardware holds up whether it’s being dragged through snow or used as a chew toy. $18

Petmate Vari Kennel Ultra

Petmate Vari Kennel Ultra Those without dogs may consider a kennel akin to cruelty, but dogs think of them as home. Perfect solution for security on long ski days or when you want to keep your dog from getting dirt everywhere. $80

For Yogis

Bani Bands Headbands

Bani Bands Headbands Keep hair off your face with these no-slip adjustable headbands. A slider moves to customizes the fit for all head shapes. $15

Gaiam Yoga Mat Carrying Bag

Gaiam Yoga Mat Carrying Bag Choose this hand-embroidered, Fair Trade Certified yoga mat bag with Thai Hill Tribe designs for a unique gift. No two are alike! $36

Manduka eQua HOT Yoga Towel and Hand Towel

Manduka eQua Hot Yoga Towel and Hand Towel This super soft, double knit microfiber towel is perfect for managing sweaty, high-intensity yoga sessions. Pair it with the microfiber hand towel for wiping your face. Towel $60, Hand Towel $16

Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat

Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat A favorite among hot yoga fans, this mat is a lighter, zero-waste, non-slip mat for in the studio and on-the-go. $72

Juil Grounding Shoes

Juil Grounding Shoes Slip these on after yoga and stay connected to the earth’s natural energy field with copper conductors in the footbed and sole. Each pair comes with a free yoga mat bag! Use code OSGMAG to save 15% on your order. $155 Holland (women), $135 Yuba (men)

For Frequent Fliers

PlatypusR PlusBottleTM

PlatypusR PlusBottle Don’t waste precious carry-on space on a large water bottle. Instead, pack this collapsible one through security, then fill it up on the other side. $17

Sockwell Circulator Socks

Sockwell Circulator Socks Travelers will love these graduated compression socks that improve circulation to prevent swollen feet upon arrival. Made for all-day wear. $20

Twelve Ways Convertible Dress

Tweleve Ways Convertible Dress Give a lady the gift of easier packing with this multifunctional dress that can be worn as a dress, skirt, or top. $85

Lug Cartwheel Fitness/Overnight Bag

Lug Cartwheel Fitness/Overnight Bag Go from Zumba to Zanzibar with this gym- and travel-ready tote with a side strap for yoga mats or jackets, ring holder for your jewelry at the gym, ventilated compartment for dirty laundry or shoes, and strap to attach it to your rolling carry-on. $95

Zeal Optics Essential Sunglasses

Zeal Optics Essential Sunglasses Part of Zeal’s “Active” line that bridges the gap between lifestyle and performance sunglasses, the Essential (unisex) features exceptionally clear optics using Zeal’s Hyperion™ polarized lens with frames made from a castor bean oil-based polymer. $99

Merrell Adventure Men’s Rest Ridgeland Hoodie

Merrell Adventure Men's Rest Ridgeland Hoodie Use this Primaloft insulated men’s jacket on your travels, then transform it into a cozy neck pillow when you need to catch some z’s. $170

Dakine Luggage Set

Dakine Luggage Set Matching, high-quality luggage is always a perfect gift. The 90L Roller holds enough for week-long treks with U-shaped easy access top and interior pockets. The Travel Kit/Diva hangs on the back of hotel doors and stores personal care products in organized zippered mesh and vinyl pockets. 90L Roller $170, Travel Kit/Diva $35

Kelty China Clipper

Kelty China Clipper Old school is in, and this vintage bag is a hit with men on the move. Zips open like a traditional suitcase with an externally accesible laptop sleeve for speeding through security. $175

Eagle Creek Flip-Switch 22L Carry-on

Eagle Creek Flip-Switch 22L Carry-on Rolling bags may be the best luggage innovation of all time, but on Europe’s cobblestone streets, they’re still impractical. This carry-on bag has removable backpack straps and hip belt for times when two wheels aren’t better than none. $275

For Families

Vapur Quencher

Vapur Quencher Choose these refillable, flat, freezable drink containers for lunches and hikes to avoid the waste of one-use juiceboxes while allowing you or your toddler to pick the liquid of your choice. $12

Lifefactory Baby Bottle

Lifefactory Baby Bottle No more feeling guilty about chemicals leeching from your baby’s bottle into his milk with this glass bottle made breakproof by encasing it in protective silicone. As your little one grows, change out the top to a sippy cap. $17

Northside Alberta II Boots

Northside Alberta II Boots Get these sturdy, waterproof boots to take on every puddle and snowstorm. They’ll keep your little one warm and your pocketbook from squeaking when outfitting growing kids for every season. $35

Kelty Woobie Sleeping Bag

Kelty Woobie Sleeping Bag This sleeping bag is small enough for your toddler and warm enough for outside use. Fits kids 1–4 with a temperature rating of 30 degrees. Dual zippers make late night changes easy. $45

Keen Howser

Keen Howser Masquerading as a house slipper, the Howser’s sole is tough enough for outdoor wear. Boys and girls will love the bright colors, and the easy-on, easy-off style appeals to parents and kids alike. $45

I’m the Daddy Diaper Pack

Daddy Diaper Pack While your other half might claim he can rock your retro pink floral diaper bag, you know better. He secretly hates it. This sleek black number with innumerable pockets allows Dad to parent in his own style. $70

Mountain Mama Trinity Maternity Trekking Pant

Mountain Mama Trinity Maternity Trekking Pant An expectant mama’s go-to sport pant. Handles camping and weekday errands in all of its many forms; pants, capris, cuffed shorts, and all of the above with the optional suspenders to ensure gravity and your baby bump don’t send the pants on a southward trek. $79

Mountain Mama Fairview Maternity Fleece Wrap Jacket

Mountain Mama Fairview Maternity Fleece Wrap Jacket Well priced, wonderfully warm, and generously cut (while avoiding the tent effect) the Wrap extends via an interior and exterior tie. Also fits post-pregnancy with a baby carrier and mini-me strapped in underneath. $140

For Techaholics

Yurbuds Inspire Talk

Yurbuds Inspire Talk Yurbuds are best known for making comfortable headphones that never fall out, but this new model also offers improved sound quality and a mic so you can take calls on the go. $40

Lifeproof Fre Case for iPhone 5

Lifeproof Fre Case for iPhone 5 Drop, drown, or smash your iPhone 5. It can take it…with a Lifeproof case. These innovative cases protect your phone completely while allowing full access to the touchscreen and buttons. Also available for other devices, including Samsung Galaxy. $80

Motorola Talkabout MT350R Radios

Motorola Talkabout MT350R Radios Stay connected skiing, hiking, or camping when you’re out of cellphone range using weatherproof two-way radios with a flashlight and NOAA weather channel. $90

Lifeproof iPad 2/3/4 nüüd Case

Lifeproof iPad 2/3/4 Nuud Case Give the gift of protection with an nüüd iPad case that provides water, dirt, snow, and shock protection without compromising the look or feel of your favorite gadget. $135

Mophie Juice Pack PRO (Outdoor Edition)

Mophie Juice Pack PRO Transforms iPhones into dedicated GPS devices that include complimentary access to detailed U.S. maps and trail info, even when out of network coverage. Extends battery life by 150% and protects your phone from water, sand, and dust. $150

JayBird BlueBuds X

JayBird BlueBuds X Set yourself free with JayBird’s newest earbuds that play music and take calls though the power of Bluetooth. Couple that with superior audio performance, an 8-hour battery life, and a secure sport fit to create the best wireless headphones you can buy. $170

GoPro Hero 2

GoPro Hero 2 The perfect gift for anyone who documents their adventures on snow, water, and land. This updated camera boasts a redesigned, easier-to-use interface and improved optics. Pair it with a free GoPro app to use your smartphone or tablet as a video remote with on-screen live preview. Outdoor Edition $199

For Pavement Pounders


Spiband Stuff a stocking with this slim wristlet made to secure and stow keys, cards, cash, and jewelry safely when you’re active. Use it running, at the gym, or anywhere a wallet’s impractical. $10-12

Nathan QuickShot Bottle

Nathan QuickShot Bottle Don’t run a race without one of these! The bottle holds keys/cards and a few ounces of water. $16

Oofos Clogs

Oofos Clogs Make race recovery easy with clogs made from Oofoam that absorbs 37% more shock than EVA to reduce pain and fatigue while helping recharge tired limbs. $50

Lucy Quick Witted Jacket

Lucy Quick Witted Jacket Say yes to winter runs! With fleecy fabric on the inside and quilted overlays, you’re sure to stay warm. If you get hot, mesh panels will cool you off. Reflective details enhance visibility on short winter days. $98

Brooks PureDrift Shoe

Brooks PureDrift Shoe Brooks’ newest, lightest shoe let runners customize the heel-to-toe drop from 4mm to 0mm by removing the insole. The flexible, anatomical fit makes you forget you’re wearing a shoe at all. $100

K2 ALEXIS 84 Boa

K2 Alexis 84 Boa Your favorite activity of the ‘90s is back! Inline skating is making a comeback as a way to train and stay fit in every season. This K2 boot is modernized with a Boa closure for a perfect, adjustable fit with a stability cuff for complete ankle support. Available locally at SkateNow in Sugarhouse. $190

Garmin Forerunner 610 Sports Watch

Garmin Forerunner 610 Sports Watch A slim, yet robust and weatherproof touchscreen solution for serious runners seeking an extra advantage. Offers an on-screen pacer to keep you on track. $349

For Road Warriors

Specialized Lo Down Gloves

Specialized Lo Down Gloves These affordably-priced, full-finger gloves protect hands in winter weather while the LifeLine palm fits like a second skin. The slim fit gives you optimal control in tricky conditions. $25

Footbrake Shoes

Footbrake Shoes Stow these fold-up flip flops in your jersey pocket and prevent wear and tear on your cleats when you hop off your bike. $30

Columbia Windefend Jacket

Columbia Windefend Jacket Wear this during blizzardy rides and you won’t feel the icy wind. Wind-blocking front and back panels and Omni-Shield rain-and-stain repellency keep you warm and dry in any weather. $70

Moji 360 Massage Kit

Moji 360 Massage Kit You control the intensity with this massager featuring omni-directional rollers that break up scar tissue at a fraction of the cost of massage therapy. The two-piece pack includes a palm-sized piece and a larger stick. $70

Specialized Works Kit

Specialized Works Kit Newbie road bikers will love this color-coordinated kit that includes everything you need to get started…except the bike. Contains a saddlebag, water bottle holder, pump, tire lever, and cycling computer. $110

For Winter Worshippers


Hot-Can Imagine hot soup, coffee, and hot chocolate anywhere in just three minutes. With these self-warming cans, it’s a reality. Just pull the tab and enjoy one snowshoeing or skiing. $2.50

Stanley 100th Anniversary Vacuum Bottle

Stanley 100th Anniversary Vacuum Bottle The only thing worse than lukewarm coffee is no coffee at all. Enjoy yours hot in a green vacuum bottle like outdoor enthusiasts of yesteryear. This nostalgic edition includes cap cup and a 100th anniversary seal. $40

Isis Chantilly Long Jane

Isis Chantilly Long Jane Take baselayers to a new level of fashion with the Chantilly! The soft, stretchy fabric is at home under ski gear or when paired with a sweater dress and boots. $59

Spenco Cold Snap Shoes

Spenco Cold Snap Shoes Uggs are cozy, but the lack of arch support makes them as good for your feet as a flip flop. Enjoy a fuzzy shoe interior with a supportive Spenco insole built right in. $80

DaKine Rider’s Duffle

DaKine Rider's Duffle The tarp-lined Rider’s Duffle features a U-shaped opening that provides easy access to the entire main compartment and folds out into a changing mat to keep your socks safe from slushy asphalt while you change out of your boots at the end of a powder day. $85

Sierra Designs Cascade Skirt

Sierra Designs Cascade Skirt Insulation…it’s not just for jackets and sleeping bags anymore. Layer up with this clever number that covers your assets on outdoorsy winter pursuits. $99

Zoot Performance CompressRx THERMOmegaheat Tights

Zoot Performance CompressedRx THERMOmegaheat Tights The best in compression just got better. Designed to keep you warm while reducing muscle fatigue and recovery time so you can enjoy winter activities without missing a beat. $110

Teva Chair5 and Jordanelle Boots

Teva Chair5 and Jordanelle Boots Stiff, heavy boots are SO 2012. Update your kicks with Teva’s stylish Lifty Boot collection. They compress to regular shoe size for easy packing, and the removable Thinsulate liner makes a great house slipper. $170

Helly Hansen H2 Flow Jacket

Helly Hansen H2 Flow Jacket Helly is all about innovation, and the H2 Flow™ Jacket goes where no midlayer has gone before. It uses a Hollow Heat Flow system to warm and cool you using positive and negative space for temperature regulation. $180

Columbia Powerfly Down Jacket

Columbia Powerfly Down Jacket Need an uberlight, warm down jacket? Get this! Packs to the size of a soda can, and it’s lined with Omni-Heat® thermal reflective lining to keep you warmer with less weight. $220


About Author

Jenny Willden is the Managing Editor of Outdoor Sports Guide and a self-proclaimed gear and grammar nut. She's a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Adventure Travel Trade Association. A lover of adventure and travel, she's happiest when riding horses or snowboarding in Utah’s mountains. Follow Jenny’s exploits on Twitter @jennywillden or Instagram @jlwillden.

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