Since it’s December at the end of this week I feel like it’s now officially okay to talk about Christmas. Whilst Vancouver doesn’t do Christmas anywhere near as well as London (you have to pay for its Christmas market?!), and there’s aren’t pretty street lights everywhere either (see the ultimate London Christmas light walk here), it’s doing its best to get me in a Christmassy mood. But what’s really got me in the Christmas mood? Writing this post full of gift ideas for outdoor lovers!
I like buying presents for people but I’m also really indecisive because I want to find the perfect gift. It’ll take me the best part of an hour to pick out a birthday card so imagine what I’m like with gifts! But, when you know, you know and I think these gifts will help you in your search.
Outdoors inspired clothing
I love a good slogan t-shirt but sometimes they can be hard to find. Most of the Tees you find in shops say things like “not ya gal” or “let me sleep” which just totally aren’t something I’d wear and I’ve never actually seen anyone else wearing them either 🤔.
These tees on the other hand are the perfect gift ideas for outdoors lovers.
A Salty Soul t-shirts
A Salty Soul describe themselves as a “casual lifestyle brand” for those who love the sea. They give back some of their profits to organisations who help give kids access to salty activities. Oh, and their t-shirts are awesome.
My favourite is this waves t-shirt which I ordered about a month ago. At the time they didn’t ship to Canada but they arranged to have it send anyway and I’ve worn it pretty much every weekend since.
Another outdoors t-shirt company I love (and the outdoors lover in your life will love too!) are Camp Brand Goods. They’re from Alberta and create super snuggly tee and jumpers with slogans that proclaim your love for the outdoors.
One last clothing gift idea for the outdoors lover in your life is these awesome National Parks inspired hoodies and t-shirts. These are created by Parks Project who help give back to the beautiful National Parks. I spent a lot of time in America’s National Parks this summer. They’re all so different but all incredibly beautiful too. Here’s a few of my favourite items from Parks Project.
I swear these waterproof socks are the best invention ever. It’s miserable when your feet get wet and then cold but these socks are fantastic. I’ve been wearing them in the downpours of Vancouver and they keep my feet dry which in turn keeps a smile on my face. Any outdoor adventurer would be grateful for these!
Home Accessories for outdoors lovers
When your outdoors lover is at home they’re probably taking a much needed, well overdue break. Or they’re wishing they were off out exploring. These home accessories will remind them of their outdoors adventures and are great for their outdoors trips too!
Sackcloth + Ashes
I’ve been eyeing up these blankets for a while now. Not only are they in unique patterns and look pretty cosy but Sackcloth + Ashes donate one blanket to your local homeless shelter for every blanket purchased.
These posters of the National Parks will look great in a camper van or on your wall at home.
Outdoorsy scents for at home
There’s a whole array of great smelling candles that’ll help make your home smell like the forest, beaches and adventures.
These candles by the Vancouver Candle Co are based on certain districts of the city. They also do a range for Toronto and the Great White North. The North Shore Candle is my current favourite.
United By Blue are also a great outdoors inspired company. For every product sold they remove one pound of rubbish from the world’s oceans and waterways. These incense sticks will make you feel just like you’re in the forest.
A ticket for Banff Mountain Film Festival
For the past couple of years Thom and I have gone to one of these outdoorsy film festivals. We’ve been to the Banff one in London and also the Ocean film festival later in the year. They show the films all over the world and there are plenty of screenings in the UK. A ticket for the Banff Mountain Film Festival is a great gift for any outdoor lover.
Camping food to try for their next hike
If the person you’re buying gifts for loves hiking, why not get them a fun foodie treat? These camping foods sound fancier than your usual beans or soup and would make a fun gift.
Patagonia, the place you know for doing great outdoors gear, also does camping and expedition food called Patagonia Provisions. These gift boxes include a range of different ‘provisions’ and would make a great gift for someone who spends a lot of time outside. They’re pretty fancy too so expect wild salmon and organic goodies.
Beauty treats for outdoors lovers
Spending a lot of time outdoors can leave you with drier skin (especially when it’s windy and cold). You can take a look at this post for tips on looking after your skin when you’re outside a lot. And, when you’ve done that, treat someone (or yourself) to these gifts!
Rocky Mountain Soap Company
The Rocky Mountain Soap Company no longer just makes soap. They also do face, body and hair care products which smell absolutely delicious and are free from toxins too. I’ve been loving their toner, serum and pomegranate moisturiser. And their vanilla candy cane Christmas items sound like they’d be great too!
Ursa Major make some great products that are small enough to pack in your backpack on overnight camping trips such as these face wipes. This vitamin-C serum promises to brighten, soothe and moisturise your skin. Perfect for keeping you feeling good after cold and windy days on the mountains.
Camp kitchen essentials
Know someone who loves camping or happens to be planning a vanlife expedition? These camp kitchen items will make things more enjoyable.
Aeropresses are loved by the outdoors community for the simple fact that they make brewing great coffee easy where ever you are. Oh, and they say it’s as quick to brew coffee using an Aeropress as it is to make a cup of instant coffee!
Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Whilst a cast iron dutch oven isn’t essential for your camp kitchen it’s a pretty great piece of kit. It’s basically like having a portable oven only this one can be powered by fire. You ca cook all sorts in a dutch oven and, as it’s cast iron, it’s durable too.
Keep drinks cool or hot with a Swell Bottle that comes in so many different colours and designs! I like this one!