Look! The best Christmas gifts for outdoor enthusiasts – inspired presents for adventurers

Our selection of the best Christmas gifts and presents for campers and trail trampers includes clothing, gadgets and gear

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Christmas is nearly upon us once again, and if you are wracking your brains trying to think of that perfect present for your outdoor-loving partner, parent, sibling or friend, we’re here to help.  

If all else fails, the best walking socks (opens in new tab) are the perfect pressie for hikers (seriously, they are), but if you want to get something a little more interesting, you're in luck. Here we have made a list (and checked it twice) of adventurous and nice gift ideas for people who like to spend spare time outside, camping, hiking and biking. 

If you're looking for presents for non-hikers, checkout or full Christmas Gift Guide for a wide selection of gifts. 

Coleman 360 Light and Sound Lantern with guitar

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A camping lantern and portable speaker all in one

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All-direction light output
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Three brightness settings
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Good quality sound
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Very easy to use

The ace Coleman 360 Light and Sound Lantern projects a party atmosphere into any outdoor setting. The main light is one of the best camping lanterns around (opens in new tab), but not only does it  supply the lumens, it also boasts a brilliant Bluetooth speaker that can pump out the tunems, transforming your tent or camping spot into a funky al fresco disco.

LEATHERMAN BOND

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Gift your gadget-obsessed loved one an entire toolbox

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Robust build
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Good tool selection
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Excellent pliers

Every outdoors person needs a good camping knife or multitool (opens in new tab) on their bat belt of gadgets and gear, and the Leatherman Bond EDC (opens in new tab) is one of the best on the market. The Bond boasts an all-stainless build and excellent quality pliers with wire cutter, ably supported by a cast of smaller utility blades including a knife, Philips screwdriver, can opener, file, two flathead screwdrivers and a marlin spike-style tool, and there’s a rule scale on the back of the grips. As our reviewer points out, the simple fact is, sometimes you really need a set of needle nose pliers to fix something, at which point the Leatherman is the single best rucksack tool on the planet. The 2.9 in main blade is also UK legal carry length, making this 14-toolbox into a flexible option to stash wherever.

Celestron SkyMaster 20x80

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The best sky scanning bins on the market

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Easier to use than a telescope
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Superb design
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Incredible deep-sky images

Whether you’re winter walking or actually out camping in the colder months, early evenings and crisp night skies offer a fantastic opportunity to stare up into the heavens and explore the universe. Although there are some excellent telescopes (opens in new tab) available, for a more portable and easier-to-use option, the best binoculars (opens in new tab) can, arguably be a much better (opens in new tab) choice for outdoorsy types, and the Celestron Skymaster Pro 20x80 binoculars (opens in new tab) are our top selection. These are big bins, there’s no getting away from that fact, but with bags of magnification and huge objective lenses these giant-sized astronomy binoculars will really please the star-gazer in your family.

Vango Radiate camping chair review

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An al fresco throne with in-built central heating

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Heats up!
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Folds flat
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Comfy to sit on and reclines

The stars might be twinkling beautifully around Christmas, but clear winter skies send temperatures plummeting, so having a heated outdoor chair is absolutely brilliant. Chairs in the Vango Radiate range feature a section warmed by a power pack, so you can comfortably sit outside for longer. The perfect present for cold-hating campers, glampers and van lifers, the sturdy Vango Radiate DLX (opens in new tab) is one of the best camping chairs (opens in new tab) around. Besides keeping your back nice and cosy, it also folds flat for hassle-free transportation (which makes it easier to wrap too).

BioLite Charge PD 80 portable power bank review

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A pocket-sized powerbank, ideal for campers

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Generous 20,000 mAh capacity
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Simple and rugged design
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18W PD port for charging laptops via USB-C
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2x USB-A for smartphones

Every outdoorsy person needs a portable power source, and the BioLite Charge PD 80 (opens in new tab) is one of the best power banks (opens in new tab) on the market. The PD 80’s dimensions make it perforce for packing in the pocket of a rucksack, and the bank has a tough design, so it can be knocked around a bit on the trail and still do its job, topping-up head torches, watches, smartphones, cameras and other essential electrical devices. 

North Face Montana Futurelight Etip glove

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Top-shelf touchscreen-compatible gloves

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Very warm
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Dexterous
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Well designed and built

To be really fit for purpose these days, the best gloves (opens in new tab) need be more than just warm - they need to have an etip finger so you can still operate touchscreen devices without removing your mittens. Practical, warm and well-featured, the snowsports-focussed TNF Montana Futurelight Etip gloves (opens in new tab) make a great gift for the outdoors person in your life. 

best head torch: Petzl Iko Core head torch

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A brilliantly bright beam of light for trail runners and night hikers

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Lightweight
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Very bright indeed
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Ingenious design

Mid winter adventures almost always require you to at least take a torch (opens in new tab) with you, in case you get caught out by the descends darkness, so a headtorch makes the ideal Christmas gift. Petzl make some of the very best head torches around (opens in new tab), and the Iko Core (opens in new tab) comes from the specialist brand's ‘Performance’ range for more technical activities. Powered by Petzl’s ‘core’ rechargeable Li-Ion battery, unusually designed, astonishingly bright and very light, the Iko Core is perfect for trail runners and hikers.

Kiprun GPS 500 review

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The best affordable adventure sports watch around

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Super accessible price point
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Accurate GPS and sensors
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More than enough functionality for beginners
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Long battery life

The best smartwatches (opens in new tab) can be eye-wateringly expensive, but with the impressive Kiprun GPS 500 (opens in new tab), Coros have taken away all the bells and whistles to keep the price down while still providing all the performance and features your adventurous loved one will want to use while running, hiking, biking and enjoying various other outdoor pursuits. A fraction of the price of most multisport wearables, the Kiprun GPS 500 tracks 11 types of activity and offers decent GPS and heart-rate accuracy.

Pat Kinsella
Editor T3 Outdoors

Pat Kinsella has been chasing adventures and writing about the outdoors for two decades. In pursuit of stories he’s canoed Canada’s Yukon River, climbed Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, skied and mountain biked across the Norwegian Alps, run ultras across the roof of Mauritius and through the hills of the Himalayas, and set short-lived speed records for trail-running Australia’s highest peaks and New Zealand’s nine Great Walks. A former editor of several Australian magazines he’s a longtime contributor to publications including Sidetracked, Outdoor, National Geographic Traveller, Trail Running, The Great Outdoors, Outdoor Fitness and Adventure Travel, and a regular writer for Lonely Planet (for whom he compiled, edited and co-wrote the Atlas of Adventure, a guide to outdoor pursuits around the globe). He’s authored guides to exploring the coastline and countryside of Devon and Dorset, and recently wrote a book about pub walks (opens in new tab). Follow Pat's adventures on Strava (opens in new tab).