Last updated October 12, 2019
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.
Enamel camp mugs
Know someone who likes coffee? Ha! What kind of question is that? Actually, that’s me — I don’t like coffee. But since people like me are the minority, a kickass coffee mug is always a wonderful gift! Even if your outdoor lover isn’t a huge coffee drinker, an enamel camp mug can be used for all kinds of other yummy drinks. It also stands up well when it’s being flung around in a backpack or camper, warmed up over a campfire, or anything else you can throw at it.
Besides, aren’t these mugs just so cute? Each is hand-painted, so no two are exactly alike! You can check out the entire collection at United By Blue. Plus, every product you buy from United By Blue removes one pound of trash from the ocean. So you can get an awesome gift and save the planet!
Darn Tough hiking socks
Your outdoorsy friend knows that their feet are their best friend out in the wilderness. It’s important to treat them right. Socks from Darn Tough provide cushioning, blister protection, and come in all kinds of colours and styles. In fact, they’re my absolute favourite brand of hiking socks. 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’re 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. Plus, it means you don’t have to carry a shit ton of water on your back.
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 1,000 liters and doesn’t use any chemicals. Let the drinking from streams begin!
Enso Rings are the perfect silicone ring replacements for the adventurous couple in your life. They’re not meant to replace your wedding ring — although, some people do! — but rather to wear when you’re out camping, hiking, skiing, or otherwise adventuring.
Now that I’m engaged, I totally understand the draw of these! I’m way too scared about wrecking or losing my actual ring when we’re out adventuring, so these are a great substitute.
S’well water bottle
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 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. I’ve had mine for six years as it works as well as the day I bought it.
Spivo selfie stick
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. I’ve used my Spivo on many an adventure and absolutely love how easy it to get the perfect shot.
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 get a mount for your smartphone, a flotation device, remote, and a wide-angle phone lens! Not to mention, Spivo’s customer service is phenomenal.
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.