These Are the 19 Best Gifts for Nature Lovers (from Hiking Gear to Invisible Sunscreen)
Sure, you know some outdoorsy people, but you’re not sure what nature-y gifts you can possibly give them that they don’t already have. That’s why we’ve selected some surprising gifts that range from an ingenious sun hat that covers most of the face to a wearable, cozy sleeping bag. Here are 19 gifts to please hikers, campers, birdwatchers, beachcombers and everyone in between.
1. Solbari Ultimate Sun Hat UPF50+
Best for Hikers
This genius convertible hat as lightweight rear panels that fold down as a neck shield, and a snap-on flap that drapes over the lower half of your face. So your giftee can wear this as a simple cap with a brim or go full Dune cosplay, depending on their comfort level (and the sun, of course).
3. Portable Outdoor Solar Shower Bag
Best for Surfers
Wave riders who hit the waves before work or an appointment that they’ll need to be fresh for depend on a quick rinse, like this five-gallon setup provides. This heavy-duty bag is designed to absorb the sun’s rays to give your pal a portable shower in which the water heats the longer the bag bakes on top of your car.
4. Lululemon Waterside Relaxed UV Protection Long Sleeve
Best for Beachcombers
It’s a conundrum: You want to enjoy nice long walks on the shore, but don’t want the extended exposure to so much reflected solar radiation. This UV protection long-sleeved shirt is the solution, since it’s designed to be loose, has four-way stretch and screens out harmful rays. (And it’s available in cute colors like pink lychee and dusky lavender as well as black and white.)
Available in sizes XXS to XL
5. Merrell Men's Hut Moc Night Sky
Best for Campfire Huddlers
He may be an avid camper, but you know what he probably doesn’t already have? A pair of 12-ounce camping slippers. These moccasins are easy to slip on and off, and warm enough to relax in after he’s unlaced those heavy hiking boots from a day on the trail. (This pair is a special edition printed to mimic the night sky.)
6. Nocs Provisions Standard Issue 8x25 Waterproof Binoculars
Best for Birdwatchers
These ultralight binoculars are water-resistant and their lenses don’t fog thanks to nitrogen-filled internal chambers. Plus, the colorful rubber casing makes them nearly as vibrant as the plumage they help you spot.
7. YETI Hopper Flip Soft Cooler 12
Best for Picnickers
For a day hike or just a small gathering where you’re depending on keeping that ice cold, this flip-top cooler has an FDA-approved food-grade liner and tough zipper. You can also carry it as a cross-body using the detachable long straps, or hoist it up using the top or side handles.
9. TRSCIND Survival Gear
Best for the Apocalypse-Curious
Is your giftee spiraling about possible End Times scenarios? Give them the gift of hope with this handy 11-item multi-tool pack that includes, among other things, a 3-mode flashlight, fire starter, wire saw and emergency blanket. Be prepared, friends!
11. Bug Bite Thing Insect Bite + Sting Suction Tool
Best for the Insect Averse
Place this little suction tool over a fresh insect bite then pull its plunger, which draws the stinging material out of the surrounding tissue, eliminating itching and swelling. (We were skeptical, until we tried it and now it’s a fixture on our patio.)
17. Bewilderment by Richard Powers
For the Reader
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Powers penned this novel, one of Oprah’s Book Club choices for 2021, as a cri de ceour for industrialized nations to reconnect with our planet, lest we lose our humanity. A simple story of a widower, his emotionally disturbed young son and their quest to heal through connecting to nature, its universal themes and emotional resonance make it a crowd pleaser.
19. Topo Designs Mountain Hip Pack
Best for the Always Prepared
Let’s see—your giftee likes to carry sunscreen, lip balm, a bandana, pocketknife, hair ties, cell phone, ear buds, an elastic bandage and a snack. (And that’s just to walk the dog.) This roomy belted carryall will hold all that and more.