It can be hard to find the perfect gift for your outdoor person, especially affordable ones. There are so many specialized choices out there, it's easy to become overwhelmed or shy away from the price tag. We want to make buying for your outdoorsy friend easy, though, so we've rounded up our favourite gifts under $100! These gifts are perfect for any occasion and they'll actually love them. Not just fake love it.
PS: These also make great treat yourself gifts. We won't judge.
Gifts Under $100 for Hiking, Camping & Outdoor Adventure
Your feet are your best friends when you're outside and it's important to treat them right. These socks provide cushioning and blister protection which will make your time outside a dream. The best socks are the ones that let you forget about your feet.
Darn Tough is dedicated to creating high-quality socks made from Merino wool and they are crafted in Vermont, USA — in fact, socks are their only product so you know they know what they're doing.
Lifestraws have become extremely popular lately and for good reason. Any serious outdoor enthusiast wants one. They let you safely drink from lakes or streams without having to boil the water first, which lets you maximize your time outside doing things you actually love.
The Lifestraw removes 99.999999% of waterborne bacteria and protozoa, including E. coli, salmonella, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium. It's extremely light, surpasses US EPA drinking water standards, and is BPA free. It filters up to 4000 liters and doesn't use any chemicals! Let the drinking from streams begin!
We all need a little hammocking in our lives. After a busy day outside, it's great to kick back and enjoy your destination. And maybe a little nap.
Hammocks are great for hiking, camping, boating, backpacking, road trips, or anything else you can dream up! Most outdoor hammocks are lightweight, compact, and quick to set up.
Outdoor enthusiasts really hate to be stuck indoors and winter can cause them to go stir crazy if they don't get outside enough. The trails are slippery, icy, and snowy, which means having the right gear not only makes the trek easier, it makes it safer. These winter show grips simply fasten over your shoes and let you head out on a winter adventure with confidence!
This is probably our favourite water bottle — ever. Besides the endless colours available, S'well does an unbelievable job at keeping colds cold (for 24 hours) and hots hot (for 12 hours). The number of times we've left them baking in the hot summer sun only to come back to ice cold water is innumerable. They're not great for taking on the actual trail, but they're wonderful once you're back to your car.
They're made from 18/8 stainless steel and are non-toxic, non-leaching, and BPA free. Which means that no nasty plastic chemicals are leaching into your water under the hot sun. They're also extremely durable. My parents have dropped them off the back of their motorcycles, and except for some scratches, they're as good as new.
We can't get enough of bottles that keep our hots hot and our colds cold. This awesome thermos does just that!
The double-walled, vacuum-insulated thermos works great on hikes and camping when you need a little pick-me-up (Bailey's laced hot chocolate, anyone?). Plus, it doesn't retain flavours so you'll never have to drink nasty tasting water.
PS: The cafe cap is amazing! It simply doesn't leak – at all. Hold it upside down? It's fine. Seriously impressive.
Vests are perfect for chilly days. Whether you're out exploring on a brisk spring morning, layering in the winter, or stuffing it in your backpack for higher elevations in the summer, vests are sure to keep you warm in the great outdoors. Vests are a wonderful in-between for those awkward days when the weather can't decide what to do.
If they don't already have one, your outdoor enthusiast definitely has a water bladder on their mind. I've raved about water bladders many a time before — they're just the absolute BEST! Simple as that. I don't know what I'd do without one.
Water bladders are extremely versatile and make your water more accessible than a standard water bottle. They make carrying litres of water easy, which keeps you hydrated throughout your hike. Once you've used a water bladder, you won't want to ever go back to a water bottle on your hikes.
The Spivo is the ultimate selfie stick. It lets you capture your adventures from every angle with the click of a button! You'll never miss an action shot again.
The Spivo is lightweight, waterproof, sturdy, and comes with a 5-year warranty. It comes with a mount for your GoPro and you can also buy a mount for your smartphone, a flotation device, and remote. Not to mention, Spivo's customer service is phenomenal.
In case the name isn't cool enough, this little camp stove is perfect for a quick cup of coffee on the road or for heating your entire meal on your backpacking trip.
The small, folding canister is great for hiking, backpacking, trekking, and worldwide adventures. It can heat 1 liter of water in 3.5 minutes and you can easily adjust the flame. The setup is extremely quick because no priming, preheating, or pressurizing is needed.
We're forever updating our list, so come back for more gifts under $100 next year! Or let us know what you think should make the cut, we'd love to hear about your favourite inexpensive outdoor gear.