The Ultimate List of Gifts for Outdoors Women
Buying gifts for outdoors women can be tough. While there’s nothing wrong with buying the latest trends, we women tend to have more specific products in mind that require a bit more research. Never fear, the team at Tales of a Mountain Mama is here to help!
This extensive list of amazing outdoor gear is broken down into categories based on outdoor activity with some fun extras thrown in. Choosing to gift one of the products on this list is sure to put a smile on her face and prove useful on her next cold-weather adventure.
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- The Ultimate List of Gifts for Outdoors Women
- Cold Weather Gifts for Outdoorsy Girl
- Hiking Gifts for Her
- Gifts for the Outdoor Girl on an Adventure
- Road Trip Gifts
- Favorite Winter Clothing for Women
- Post Adventure Relaxation Gifts
- Choosing the Best Gifts for Outdoor Women
- Gifts for Outdoors Women
Cold Weather Gifts for Outdoorsy Girl
Who says you have to wait for warmer weather to sleep under the stars? Check out these gift suggestions that promote staying warm, being prepared, and having fun on your next cold-weather camping trip.
Camping Gear for Women
If you’re looking to do some cold-weather camping, this 4-season 4-person tent is the way to go. It’s easy to assemble, lightweight, and durable. The fully taped rainfly seams provide waterproof protection, and the bathtub-style canopy floor offers excellent weather protection to keep you and your gear dry.
The 2 vestibules (one large, one small) offer ample gear storage and dry entry into the tent. When the weather gets toasty, simply unzip the mesh windows at both doors and the roof for amplified airflow.
Are you looking for a sleeping bag that feels more like your bed at home? Look no further than the NEMO Jazz 30 Sleeping Bag. While this bag is a little bulkier than others, it makes up for it with its super cozy features.
The pillow pocket keeps your pillow in place, the draft collar helps to regulate body temperature, and the built-in bedsheet gives you versatility on summer nights. There is even a sleeping pad pocket to keep your pad in place while you adjust throughout the night. Who said sleeping on the ground has to be uncomfortable?
There’s nothing worse than waking up in your tent after an uncomfortable night’s sleep. At less than a pound, this sleeping pad offers restful sleep without adding much weight to your gear.
It offers 3 inches of quiet, supportive comfort without feeling like you’re rolling around on a waterbed. The included Vortex™ pump sack provides quick and easy pad inflation and minimizes moisture entering the pad.
Best For Camp Comfort
Whether enjoying a campfire or relaxing after a long hike, a comfortable camp chair can make a world of difference. The GCI Pod Rocker is by far one of our favorites.
The design allows you to either sit still on all 4 legs or utilize the spring rocker technology for smooth rocking. It also has a wide ventilated seat, convenient cup and gear/phone pockets, and it folds up nicely into a carrying case.
It doesn’t get much better than curling up in a camp chair with a warm blanket while drinking your coffee on early camp mornings. This eco-friendly blanket is made from recycled materials and is ultra warm and cozy. It packs down nicely into a drawstring carrying bag when not in use, adding little weight to your gear.
If you have ever struggled to find the perfect pair of trees to hang your hammock, this piece of equipment is for you. The Kammock Swiftlet Hammock Stand is super lightweight (less than 18 pounds) and folds up nicely into a padded travel bag.
It even converts to chair mode so you can save space while relaxing by the fire. It has 11 adjustment points on each arm, and it can flex and distribute weight on uneven surfaces, so you can find the comfiest hang just about anywhere.
Lighting Gifts for the Outdoorsy Girl
These little lights are a favorite among the TMM team! The rechargeable MPOWERD Luci Solar String Lights will brighten up your campsite with both solar and USB charging capabilities. The battery can last up to 20 hours on a single charge, and easily strings back into the unit when not in use. This portable light system can even charge some mobile devices and includes a built-in external flashlight.
There’s nothing worse than having to leave your tent in the middle of the night to do your business while trying to juggle a flashlight. This powerful, lightweight headlamp makes midnight potty breaks and night hikes a cinch. It recharges via USB on the front, which means you can kick back to read comfortably. It also offers one-handed downward tilt capabilities and can last up to 40 hours on a single charge.
A solar-powered light source AND charging station? Yes, please! This convenient little lantern packs down small and can charge via sunlight or USB. It can last up to 50 hours with LED lights that won’t get hot, making it safe for tents and kids. The dustproof and waterproof design allows you to use it in all weather conditions, and the adjustable strap allows you to hang it pretty much anywhere.
Camping Accessories That Make a Difference
Talk about camp kitchen convenience! This spacious roll-top kitchen includes two roll-top table stations, 2 foldaway side tables, and a detachable 2-shelf storage compartment. It sets up in less than a minute, and the whole thing folds up easily into an easy-to-carry bag when not in use. You’ll never have to worry about having enough space for your camping kitchen gear again!
The Jet Boil Flash Cooking System is super lightweight (less than a pound) and packable. It boils water in 100 seconds, allowing you to enjoy your coffee, cocoa, or freeze-dried meal within minutes. This technology not only cooks or heats your food/beverage faster, but it also allows you to conserve fuel. The cup vessel even has a heat indicator on the side, taking the guesswork out of determining when your food/drink is done cooking.
There’s nothing worse than stepping away from your coffee on chilly camp mornings, only to come back and find it cold and unsatisfying. Keep your coffee, soup, or chili warm for hours with the Hydro Flask Mug. The press-in lid slides shut to keep in the warmth and prevent minor splashes. The pro-grade stainless steel construction prevents flavor transfer, ensuring pure taste every time.
Hiking Gifts for Her
There’s something truly special about hiking in colder weather (other than fewer bugs to deal with). Take advantage of the quiet serenity of chilly hikes with these gifts to keep the women in your life warm and prepared for anything. Check out some of our favorite cold weather hiking gifts for outdoors women!
Cold Weather Hiking
These comfortable, lightweight boots combine the waterproofing technology of Gore-Tex with the superior traction of Vibram soles for an all-around excellent all-season boot. They are breathable, with polyester linings that wick moisture, and the height offers ankle support on even the roughest terrain.
There’s nothing worse than cold or uncomfortable feet while hiking! These socks offer heavy cushioning and sit at mid-calf for added warmth and comfort on those chilly hikes. The ultra-wicking merino wool and nylon fabric keeps feet warm in the winter and cool in the summer while also repelling bacteria and odors.
Cold fingers can make for an unpleasant hiking experience. These eco-friendly gloves are made with recycled materials and are made specifically for women’s bodies. The silicone gripper palms offer superior grip, while the U|R® Powered soft-shell fabric provides 5-finger touch-screen capability. You won’t even have to take your gloves off to check your stats on your phone or take a photo.
Safety and Preparedness
This palm-sized satellite communicator provides peace of mind when your adventures take you out of cell service. The capabilities of the Garmin inReach Mini2 stretch beyond sending SOS signals in emergencies to include providing basic navigation tracking, exchanging text messages, and even optional weather forecasting updates. The rugged casing is impact resistant and can withstand rain and water exposure of up to 1 meter.
A medical kit may not be the flashiest gift, but it shows how much you care about her safety. At less than 11 ounces, this medical kit provides all the medical supplies needed for up to 4 people without adding much weight to your pack. The zippered watertight ripstop silnylon outer bag keeps the contents clean and dry, no matter what mother nature may throw your way.
No matter where your outdoor adventures lead you, you will need a durable multitool at some point. This compact Leatherman multitool packs an impressive 18 tools in its 4-inch length. Tools include straight and serrated knives, a saw, pliers, scissors, screwdrivers, can and bottle openers, etc. Every tool can be opened and operated with one hand, making it easier to multitask.
Helpful Hiking Gifts for Outdoors Women
If you are hiking in icy, snowy, wet, or rugged conditions, trekking poles are the way to go. They not only provide balance and stability on the trail but can take some of the strain off the knees and joints on technical declines. This is particularly important for women who are baby-wearing on the trail or pregnant.
The Black Diamond Trail Pro Trekking Poles also provide shock absorption and easy length adjustments with their Flick Lock Pro technology. They collapse to just 25 inches, making them easy to hook onto a hiking pack. I highly recommend these poles and have used them for years on everything from icy inclines, rugged and steep declines, and wet, slippery creek crossings.
For outdoor adventures that take you into freezing temperatures, this insulated tube can make a huge difference! It helps prevent your hydration tube from freezing up, giving you unrestricted access to water. It has the side benefit of keeping water in your tube cool on hot summer hikes as well.
While living in upstate New York, I learned that gaiters are a girl’s best friend during snowy adventures. These Outdoor Research Crocodile Gore-Tex Gaiters keep the snow out of your boots, providing waterproof protection while still being breathable. They are super adjustable with buckled instep straps, reinforced boot lace hooks, hook and loop front closures, and adjustable nylon webbing straps on top. These awesome features allow these gaiters to work with most boot types and hiking pants.
Gifts for the Outdoor Girl on an Adventure
Winter brings a whole new level of adventure. Whether she’s skiing, snowshoeing, or simply exploring, these gifts are sure to help her take advantage of any adventure winter throws her way.
Conquering Snow and Ice
The MSR Evo Trail Snowshoes served me well for winter adventures in the snowy upstate New York mountains. They offer all-condition traction that works well on both groomed trails and steep, powdery slopes. The ParaGlide bindings feature 2 roller buckles and toe stops that make placing your feet and securing/removing straps easy. They are a cinch to manipulate even with gloves on and accommodate a wide range of footwear.
Finding yourself slipping and sliding on frozen terrain? You’ll want to check out these highly-rated microspikes, which deliver excellent traction on icy trails. They are easy to slip on almost any shoe, with integrated toe bales to hold the spikes securely in place. They even come with a carrying bag that can easily be slipped into your pack or even a pocket.
If you’re looking for an intense cardiovascular workout that burns a ton of calories, cross-country skiing is the way to go. The Rossignol Evo Cross-Country Skis take things a step further with a design that allows you to ski both on and off track. They are shorter than average cross-country skis and have a wider medium sidecut, which enhances maneuverability, control, and stability. Add in that they weigh less than 4 pounds for the pair, and these skis are sure to get a lot of use this winter.
Winter Adventure Gear to Stay Warm
Who doesn’t love warm, toasty hands on chilly outdoor adventures? This pocket-sized, rechargeable hand warmer heats up fast and stays warm for up to 9 hours. You can customize it to your needs with 6 heat settings and the choice between single- or double-sided heat. It also doubles as a power bank to recharge your USB-compatible devices so you can stay connected.
Keeping your feet warm no longer means wearing the hideous, clunky boots from our childhoods (or at least my childhood). The Sorel Joan of Arctic Boots are both stylish and super warm, with a comfort rating of -25 degrees Fahrenheit. They also have seam-sealed waterproof construction to keep your feet dry, and vulcanized rubber outsoles for reliable traction on slippery terrain. And did I mention they could easily double for night-out footwear?
Whether you prefer coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, a warm drink on a cold day is incredibly satisfying. Keep your drink warm for longer with the Yeti Rambler Travel Mug. It fits 20 ounces, but still has a cup-holder-sized bottom enabling you to take it anywhere your adventurous spirit leads you. The leak-resistant Stronghold™ lid helps to prevent spillage when closed, and the handle allows for easy handling. It also happens to be dishwasher safe, making post-adventure clean-up a breeze.
“Clean” Outdoorsy Gifts for Her
The best outdoor adventures generally involve an abundance of dirt, sweat, and laughter. To conquer the first two when you lack facilities to clean up, these wipes are the way to go. They conveniently pack away easily and help you freshen up whenever needed. Gentle on skin and the environment, simply wipe away dirt and odor-causing bacteria, and then throw in the compost pile after use.
Peeing in the woods doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable, tedious task for women anymore. The Kula cloth is a reusable, Silvadur™ silver ion–infused antimicrobial pee cloth that dries fast and hooks onto your pack. Simply hold onto the smooth, waterproof side and pat dry with the soft, antimicrobial side for an eco-friendly alternative to packing out your TP. Bonus: you don’t even need to remove your gloves to use it!
Make the already unpleasant job of digging a hole so you can do your duty a little less bothersome with this ultra-lightweight trowel (1 ounce). Aerospace-grade aluminum gives you the strength and durability to dig and pry with ease, even on rocky ground. The versatile construction allows this lightweight trowel to double as a shoe horn or bottle opener (just don’t mistake it for an eating utensil).
Fun Gifts for Outdoor Women
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the rush of flying down a snowy hill with nothing but a piece of plastic under your bum. This durable, strong sled is made with heavy-duty plastic and a cold-treated additive allowing it to hold up in the coldest temperatures.
It even has built-in handles so you can get a grip on the sled while speeding downhill. Please Note: We do not advise that you pull a Clark Griswold with this sled by coating it with non-caloric, silicon-based, kitchen lubricant.
These waterproof and fog-proof binoculars make observing winter wildlife a cinch. They offer 10x magnification with a rubber-armored exterior that provides a firm grip whether wet or dry. Featuring a large, central focus wheel and adjustable diopter, focusing is easy to achieve and maintain, even while wearing gloves. They are so lightweight (around 10 ounces) and compact that you could easily throw them in your pack or even a pocket for easy access.
My older son and I have started journaling about our adventures, but we wanted something that could stand up to the elements rather than get ruined by a rain shower. The Rite in the Rain Notebook was exactly what we needed.
The all-weather paper repels water, oil, mud, grime, and other elements, and allows us to use almost any writing utensil we have on hand. This version even includes a survival reference page for reminders on the 10 Essentials to bring on hikes and the Leave No Trace Principles.
After finding the perfect adventure journal, we realized that we needed an equally useful pen. The Fisher Space Pen can write almost anywhere on pretty much anything. This pen can write at any angle (even upside down!) and in most conditions including extreme hot and cold temperatures and even underwater. Bonus: They are made in the USA.
Road Trip Gifts
Whether you’re visiting family for the holidays or taking advantage of fewer crowds at the National Parks, winter road-tripping is a special experience. These gear items will help you stay organized and have some fun, wherever the road leads you.
Gifts for Roadtripping
Taking a nap in the car while you’re off driving duty? Stopping for the night in a cabin, or relaxing at your destination? Wherever you find yourself, this part-flannel, part-fleece blanket is sure to keep you cozy. It also happens to be easily machine washable and only weighs about 2 pounds. Need another reason to add this blanket to your cart? 10% of this item’s sales will be donated to the REI Cooperative Action Fund, which makes grants to nonprofits that promote equity, justice, and belonging in the outdoors.
Whether you’re in the car, in the cabin, or in a tent, this folding cribbage board is sure to beat boredom and add a little joy to the tedium of traveling. The compact game folds out to a full-sized, 3-track cribbage board and includes playing cards, scoring pegs, and instructions. It all fits neatly into the folded board and locks closed to keep everything organized.
Need a little inspiration on where to go for your next road trip adventure? This travel guide is loaded with 50 unforgettable trips across all 50 states. It includes 60 detailed maps, recommendations from locals, and trip-planning tools and tips to help you have the best road trip possible. Be ready for your bucket list to grow with the trip routes from this book!
Whether you’re exploring historical sites, checking out a local park, or simply stopping at a gas station for food and fuel, this bag is ready for anything. It offers 8 liters of storage and easy organization for all your necessities. The asymmetrical design keeps the bag close to your body for all-day comfort, and the pocket on the front is large enough to store your phone and other items you want close at hand. It even has tuckaway straps that can hold an extra layer or a yoga mat.
Every road trip requires something to hold your cold food and drink items close at hand. If your family is like mine, every ounce of space is precious, so a bulky cooler isn’t practical up in the front. Enter the Hydroflask 35L Insulated Tote.
The soft sides make it easy to fit into tight spots and allow you to reach the snacks, drinks, sandwiches, etc. needed while on the road. It keeps items cold for up to 4 hours, which can be extended with the use of a cold pack. This tote also prevents you from having to dig around in the back for food items your kiddo MUST have right that second.
Say no to chaotically stuffed car trunks! The REI co-op Pack Away Cubes come in 3 different sizes to help you organize everything from hiking gear to camping supplies and more. The zippered mesh top allows you to see what’s inside and provide ventilation. The durable water-repellent finish resists staining and sheds moisture. They can be used as a stand-alone or with the REI-Co-op Pack-Away Bin for easy organization and transport.
Favorite Winter Clothing for Women
Choosing cold-weather clothing is a bit more complicated than throwing on warm-weather gear. Layering is key, and accessories can make all the difference. Here is a list of awesome cold-weather gear we suggest broken down by top and bottom layers along with outerwear and accessories to top it off.
Layering on Top
Staying warm starts at your most important layer: the base layer. This midweight base layer top wicks away moisture and provides 4-way stretch for flexible range of motion. It has a UPF rating of 50+, making it useable as a sun shirt on warmer days. The ½ zip front provides easy venting when you need to cool down and offers easy access for nursing moms who don’t want to freeze while feeding their kiddo.
There’s nothing quite like a comfy pullover mid-layer to keep you warm on chilly adventures. This pullover hoodie from Smartwool has it all. Made from merino wool and polyester, it will keep you warm while wicking away moisture. Targeted mesh ventilation adds breathability, so you won’t overheat. The knit-in wind protection and Durable Water Repellent finish blocks wind and repels water to keep you comfortable in unpredictable weather.
If you prefer an ultra-warm zip-up mid-layer, the Mountain Hardware Stretchdown Hoodie is a great option. The 700-fill-power goose down insulation provides incredible warmth while adhering to the Responsible Down Standard certification. The stretch-woven fabric allows you to move around easily, making winter sports (or simply keeping up with your kiddos) a cinch.
Layering on Bottom
Just like with the top half of your body, your bottom half deserves a quality base layer for those chilly outdoor adventures. These super soft, breathable merino wool base layer bottoms are sure to keep your legs and bum warm without any itchiness. They wick away moisture and dry quickly, coming in handy on those sweaty winter treks. They even resist odors, making them an ideal addition to your multi-day excursion.
With the perfect combination of merino wool and polyester, the Smartwool Merino Sport Wool Wind Tights protect you from the worst weather. You get super soft and warm merino wool next to your skin with a windproof and durable water-resistant outer layer. Built-in extras include reflective elements to improve visibility and multiple pockets for your phone, keys, etc.
There’s a reason these super comfortable hiking pants are top-rated at REI. They are windproof and treated with durable water repellent to stand up to the elements. They are stretchy and breathable yet do a great job of keeping legs warm in cooler conditions. Zippered pockets help secure essentials, and drawcord adjustments at the cuffs help to keep debris out. Wear them as is or throw on a base layer underneath for added warmth on colder adventures.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one jacket that stands up to the coldest weather conditions, the Columbia Carson Pass Interchange 3-in-1 Jacket is the one for you. You can use it as a light insulation mid-layer, a waterproof outer shell, or a combination of the two. Omni-Heat™ thermal reflective insulation traps and reflects body heat while the Omni-Tech™ waterproof, breathable membrane keeps water out to keep you warm and dry. You’ll never need another cold weather mid- or outer layer again!
Whether you’re looking to shred down a mountain or snowshoe up a hill, the Columbia Bugaboo Omni-Heat Snow Pants are an excellent addition to your gear wish list. They utilize Omni-Tech™ technology to block wind and water and yet stay breathable. Omni-Heat™ thermal reflective technology delivers reliable warmth on even the coldest of days, so you can focus on getting down (or up) the mountain safely in warm comfort.
Imagine a super warm, windproof jacket that is light and packable enough to stuff into its own pocket. Think you’re dreaming? The experts at Rab have made that dream a reality with the Cirrus Flex 20 Insulated Hoodie. The stretchy fleece panels offer unobstructed movement, and the material is extra breathable, so you won’t overheat. It’s even eco-friendly with 100% recycled PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Luxe™ to keep you warm.
Winter Accessory Gifts for the Outdoor Girl
There’s a reason they call this Buff Merino wool tube multifunctional. There are a dozen or more ways it can be worn, from a headband to a balaclava. The 100% merino wool material is soft, provides insulation, wicks moisture, and resists odors naturally, even when wet. Whether you’re snowshoeing, ice skating, skiing, or just enjoying a winter walk, this headwear is a practical addition to your cold-weather gear list.
Another great merino wool option, this Smartwool Headband keeps ears nice and toasty on winter runs and cold treks. The merino wool material wicks away sweat and provides breathable warmth in colder conditions. With its reversible design, you get 2 headbands in one for variety. Pick up some of the kids beanies and mom can match the kids!
There’s just something about pulling on a comfy beanie before heading out into the cold that screams “adventure awaits!”. The Patagonia Powder Town Beanie adds a retro vibe to that adventure with some funky designs on a classic winter hat. Made with recycled polyester yarn, this hat insulates even when wet and dries quickly, keeping your head warm in variable conditions.
The 3-inch-wide rib-knit cuff stretches to fit a wide range of head sizes, so don’t be surprised if your significant other or kiddo sneakily snatches it for their own chilly adventure.
Post Adventure Relaxation Gifts
There’s something special about that post-adventure wind down that gives you a chance to relax and reflect on the day’s happenings. Here are a few items to aid in the relaxation process so she’s ready for the next adventure this season has in store.
Nothing screams relaxation quite like a pair of super comfortable, cozy slippers. The Acorn Jam Mule slippers aren’t your average slippers. The inside/outside soles, moisture-wicking lining, and stain/water-repelling chunky knitted uppers allow you to head outside without ruining them. The premium multilayer Cloud Cushion™ and memory foam footbeds deliver ultimate comfort with every step. You’ll never want to take these slippers off!
Soothe tired, achy muscles after your adventure with the Addaday Lyric handheld massager. It offers guided therapy with a built-in touch screen that walks you through different treatments. Programs include pain relief, energize, and calm, and the battery lasts up to 4 hours on a single charge. The kit includes a long-reach handle and 4 different massage heads so you can apply the right pressure wherever it is needed most.
Relax and curl up with this incredible book about indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and the teachings of plants. Robin Wall Kimmerer does a wonderful job of bridging scientific knowledge and indigenous wisdom, encouraging readers to embrace the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. This book will inspire you to get to know the environment around you, seeing it in a new light.
Choosing the Best Gifts for Outdoor Women
Whether she’s a trail queen, a camping goddess, or a winter sport extraordinaire, choosing a gift from this list is sure to brighten her day and improve her outdoorsy lifestyle. Still not sure what she will love? Send her this list and let her pick for herself! Looking for gifts for other outdoor-loving family members? Check out our other gift guides for some extra inspiration.
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