December 15, 2021

The best outdoor gifts of 2021

Need gift ideas for the adventurer in your life? If you’re looking for something special to accompany them on their next excursion — whether it’s a weekend camping trip or a hiking expedition — you’ll find something for everyone in this 2021 outdoor gift guide.

A rugged cooler

YETI Tundra 35 Cooler

YETI Tundra 35 cooler
When it comes to keeping cold stuff cold, it doesn’t get any better than a YETI cooler. These insulated chests keep ice frozen for 3 to 5 days, and they’re pretty much indestructible — cooler fell out of the truck? No problem. Also available at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

A portable stainless steel fire pit


SoloStove Ranger

From the campsite to the beach to tailgating parties, this portable fire pit is always a hit. The unique design features  SoloStove's 360-degree Airflow technology, which creates an efficient, low-smoke burn that reduces wood to fine ash— making cleanup quick and easy.

Also available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

A pocket and backpack essential

leatherman multitool

Leatherman Wave Plus Multi-Tool
While everyone can benefit from owning a multitool, those who frequent the outdoors stand to gain the most from owning one. The Wave Plus, Leatherman’s update to the iconic Wave, is made of durable stainless steel and will last for decades of use. 

A protective buff

BUFF Adult CoolNet

Buff CoolNet UV+ Print Buff

This bestselling buff offers UPF 50+ sun protection, but that’s not all; it's made with odor-repellent microfiber that is breathable and quick-drying. The buff can be worn 12 different ways, including as a balaclava or headband. Also available from Backcountry and Dick's Sporting Goods.

A pair of premium hiking boots

Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Men's Hiking Boots

Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boots
There’s an old saying in the backpacking community: For every pound you add to your feet, you add 10 to your pack. That's where these lightweight, supportive and completely waterproof boots are a favorite for all-day rugged excursions. Available at Backcountry and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

A super-compact outdoor chair

Cliq Camping Chair

Cliq Camping Chair

Not only does this new camping chair support up to 300 pounds, which is more than most, it folds down into a bottle-sized bundle for easy packing. The simple, pop-up design only takes seconds to set up and break down.

A packable insulated puff jacket

Patagonia Nano Puff

Patagonia Nano Puff Insulated Jacket

Insulated with 800-fill goose down, this lightweight Patagonia puff jacket is warm without being bulky. The jacket is popular for layering and makes chilly mornings around the campsite a little cozier and more comfortable. 

Also available from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

A collapsible pet food and water bowl

Dexas Pets Collapsible Travel Cup

Dexas Pets Collapsible Travel Cup

This collapsible travel food and water bowl is durably made and dishwasher-safe. It comes with a carabiner so users can clip it onto backpacks or leashes to keep it easily accessible. Also available at Chewy.

A rugged outdoor smartwatch

GarminInstinct Solar Heart Rate Monitor

Garmin Instinct Solar Rugged Outdoor Smartwatch

A top-of-the-line model, this Garment smartwatch is specially made for the outdoors with solar-charging capabilities, rugged case and 3-axis compass. Besides tracking activity levels, it offers comprehensive health monitoring by tracking heart rate, sleep and pulse ox. Also available at Backcountry.

A quick-pitch tent that sleeps six

Coleman Camping Tent

Coleman 6-Person Skydome Tent

In this updated Coleman tent, occupants will enjoy 20% more headroom thanks to nearly vertical walls. The tent sets up in less than 5 minutes and it offers superior weather protection with inverted seams and patented welded corners. Also available at Dick's Sporting Goods.

A personal water filtration straw

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

LifeStraw Water Filter

Anyone with serious backpacking or hiking experience knows that clean drinking water can be hard to come by when you’re away from civilization. LifeStraw’s water filters let you drink from creeks and rivers without having to worry about swallowing bacteria, viruses or parasites.

A versatile pair of trekking poles

MountainsmithCarbonlite Pro Trekking Poles

Mountainsmith CarbonlitePro Trekking Poles

These high-performance trekking poles are ideal for traversing rocky or muddy terrain. They have a spring-loaded anti-shock system to reduce fatigue during use, plus they have locking pins that are compatible with snow baskets. Also available at Dick's Sporting Goods.


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A pair of Oakley snow goggles

Oakley O-Frame 2.0 PRO XL Snow Goggle

Oakley O-Frame 2.0 PRO XL Snow Goggles

These midrange snow goggles by a trusted brand feature a low-profile frame design that boosts visibility. Besides 100% protection against UVA, UVB and UVC rays, the goggles filter out blue light and have an anti-fog coating. Also available at Backcountry.


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An insulated water bottle

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle

Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle

Hydro Flask’s insulated water bottle keeps warm drinks piping hot and cool drinks ice cold for several hours. It has a rugged 18/8 stainless steel body and has a slip-resistant coating to offer a solid grip— even when hands are sweaty. Also available at Backcountry and Dick's Sporting Goods.

A bike seat bag for essentials

OrtliebSaddle Bag Two

Ortlieb Saddle Bag Two

This well-designed roll-top saddle bag offers quick access to snacks, and it has a secure strap system that prevents it from swaying during rides. As an added bonus, it has Scotchlite 3M reflector details that boost visibility to drivers, pedestrians and fellow cyclists in low-light conditions.


Landon Groves is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. 


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