Is there a woman in your life who is addicted to nature? Whether she likes to hike, backpack, bike, climb, or camp, this list will help you pick out a unique and thoughtful gift to help her feed her outdoor addiction.
I’ve owned two pairs of these (I bought another after the first was lost), and my friend Rachel has a pair that she adores as well. They’ve survived many an outdoor adventure with us. The aviator style flatters any face, and the quality is amazing for the price.
Croakies are essential for any hiker who doesn’t want their glasses popping off during a tough uphill scramble. I was wearing a pair when I accidentally slipped into Cibecue Creek and went over a few rapids, and I was amazed to find that my Sunclouds were still firmly affixed to my face when I crawled out dripping wet onto the shore. The Guatemalan style is my personal favorite because of the handwoven appearance and bright colors.
Like most women, I find that I require more warm layers than my male friends to stay comfortable when sleeping in the wilderness. I’ve amassed a small collection of sleeping bag liners to accommodate this need, and this is my favorite. It adds 30 degrees of warmth to my sleeping bag at only 14.8 ounces.
It also feels so cozy against the skin. In warmer months, it can be used in lieu of a sleeping bag. It’s a hard working traveling companion – it can be a sheet liner when you’re not quite sure about the cleanliness of your lodgings, or you can whip it out on the plane and use it as a blanket or pillow. I like to keep it in the car for emergency overnighters.
It rolls up to about the size of a 500 ml Nalgene bottle and packs away easily. This is a great, versatile gift that the outdoorsy woman in your life will wonder how she ever lived without.
While we’re on the subject of versatility, there is no better multitasker in the outdoors world than the Buff. This adaptable headpiece can be worn in twelve different ways depending on the situation.
Cold weather? Cover your face with it to keep out the chill. Warm weather? Dip it in the river and wear it around your neck. Bad hair day? It makes a fantastic headband. And it comes in every conceivable color and pattern, meaning there is one out there that’s perfect for the active lady on your list.
Ahh, the solar shower. One of the best gifts my dad has ever given me. There are many brands and styles out there, but my Coleman has lasted through dozens of camping trips so I’m a little partial to it. Five gallons is perfect for one long, luxurious shower, or two military showers if you feel like sharing. Leave it on the hood of your car while you’re hiking, and come back to a hot shower at the end of the day. Need I say more?
Epic Wipes are a perfect substitute for those situations when a solar shower is impractical. One wipe is big enough to clean your entire body. They are made of biodegradable bamboo fibers, so they’re easier on the environment than baby wipes, and they smell like eucalyptus.
Every outdoorswoman needs a beanie for those cold nights in the backcountry. This gorgeous hat is handmade from alpaca, which is warmer and softer than wool. She’ll love unwrapping this homespun treasure.
These are the holy grail of fleece lined tights. Putting them on feels like being embraced by a warm, silky cloud. They kept me toasty during three months of fall hiking in the Pacific Northwest, and they were a hit when I gifted them to a female friend. They’re a perfect choice for the lady on your list that shivers on cold hikes.
This is a unique gift for the woman in your life who loves wildflowers. Each is handmade from a real pressed flower to represent a different birth month.
The Celeste is the ultimate women’s daypack. At 29 L, it’s big enough for a full day of adventure in the wilderness or a day lugging books around campus. The fit is highly customizable for any body shape, and it comes with a removable hip belt for those extra long hikes. There are pockets and compartments galore for the lady that likes to keep her gear impeccably organized.
I just love this little doodad. I like to imagine a situation where everyone is frantically searching for a screwdriver, and I save the day by pulling one out of my ponytail. “Have no fear everyone! I also have an 8 mm wrench!” It would make a perfect stocking stuffer.
This is the ideal mug for the woman in your life who wants her coffee to stay hot no matter what kind of adventure the day will take her on. Yeti products are practically bulletproof, so this is a gift that will be appreciated for years to come. Pair it with a tin of loose leaf tea in her favorite flavor.
Having a hard time shopping for that athletic friend who seems to have it all? I bet she doesn’t have a custom yoga mat! Have her initials embroidered on a mat in her favorite color.