22 best gifts for outdoor lovers in 2023

If you’re undecided about what to get your camping-obsessed brother or your gardening bestie this holiday season, you’re not alone. Outdoor enthusiasts can be tricky to shop for — after all, it’s not like you can put all of nature in a box with a bow on top.

To help you out, below are gift ideas that can make the outdoors even more fun for the recipient.

SKIP AHEAD Bestselling outdoor gifts | Best outdoor gear gifts | Best outdoor tech gifts | Best outdoor apparel gifts

Outdoor gifts

To gather the best gifts for the outdoorsy loved one in your life, we rounded up some of our favorite products from past coverage, along with top-rated and bestselling outdoor gift ideas, including tech, apparel and more.

Bestselling outdoor gifts

Ninja Woodfire 8-in-1 Outdoor Pizza Oven

This versatile oven offers eight different ways to cook outdoors — it includes settings for making pizza, roasting, broiling, baking, smoking, dehydrating and more, and has a temperature range of 105 to 700 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Ninja. The oven is powered by electric heat, which allows for precise cooking controls, and is built for outdoor storage. It also comes with a pro-heat pan, a pizza stone, a roast rack and a pellet scoop.

Baggu Puffy Cooler Bag 

This stylish cooler is made from a recycled ripstop nylon exterior, and is insulated to keep your items cool while on-the-go, according to Baggu. It has a zip closure and adjustable strap, and its interior is made from polyester and a recycled PET polyfill. The cooler also comes in ten of Baggu’s signature vibrant designs, including Pool, Grass and Tamarind Mix, and can be upkept with spot cleaning.

Yeti Rambler Travel Mug

One of our picks for best travel mug, the Yeti Rambler is vacuum-insulated, dishwasher-safe and great for both hot and cold drinks, according to Yeti. NBC Select associate updates editor, Zoe Malin, loves that it fits perfectly inside of cup holders, and the overall durability of Yeti products (which she says are “pretty indestructible”). The mug also comes with a sip-style, spill-proof lid, which Malin says “never leaks.”

Foyuee Raised Planter Box

If your giftee loves to garden but doesn’t have the space, we’ve found an ideal solution — this raised garden bed is one of the best and ultra portable, thanks to its handle and wheels. The bed is made out of galvanized steel with an anti-rust coating, and also comes with a bottom shelf and side hooks for convenient supply storage.

Coleman Portable Propane Grill

This is one of the best grills with legs available. It folds up with the push of a button, and its wheels make for easy transport. It has space for about 8 burgers at a time, according to the brand, and uses liquid propane cylinders. As an extra treat for your giftee, you can add on a swappable griddle cooktop for delicious campsite breakfasts.

Parks Project National Parks 2024 Calendar

The holidays are a great time to restock planning products for the upcoming year, making this calendar as practical as it is beautiful. It’s made with Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified, environmentally-friendly paper, according to the brand, and each month has a unique illustration featuring a different American park. For the outdoorsy person, this gift is perfect for keeping track of camping and hiking trips.

Best outdoor gear gifts

Stanley Adventure Base Camp Cookset

This top-rated cookware set has everything your giftee needs to make hearty meals by the campfire. It has 21 dishwasher-safe pieces, including a three-ply frying pan, cutting board, four plates, four bowls and sporks, a dish drying rack and more, according to the brand. All of the pieces are made from BPA-free stainless steel, and can also nest within the largest pot for easy portability when traveling. 

AeroPress Go Travel Coffee Press Kit

This 3-in-1 kit comes with a mug and lid that double as a traveling case for easy portability, and it brews coffee in just under a minute, according to AeroPress. Just stir your coffee grounds with water and press — the machine makes eight ounces of coffee with each pressing, and can also accommodate both hot and cold water (good news for fans of cold brew).

Sunflora Picnic Backpack

Practicality meets style with our favorite all-in-one picnic backpack that gives your giftee everything they’ll need for the perfect outdoor meal. Each backpack comes with four sets of dishwasher-safe plates and flatware, four uni-body TPE wine glasses, a cheese knife and wine opener and more, according to the brand. A bottle cooler and 68-inch-by-50-inch blanket are also attached to either side, and there’s an insulated food compartment. It’s available in two- and four-person options and comes in six different colors, including black, brush beige and blue.

Roverlund Pet Carrier

With this carrier, your giftee can bring their furry friend along on their outdoor adventures. This NBC Select Pet Award-winner has a leak-proof bottom, shoulder straps that convert into a leash, and three ventilated sides, according to the brand. NBC Select editorial projects manager Rebecca Rodriguez uses the carrier for her 15-pound cat, Enzo, and loves its structure and sturdiness. It’s also available in seven colors and two sizes.

RIGWA Life Fresh Bowl — 20 oz

This insulated bowl is made of a double-walled, food-grade stainless steel that allows food to stay hot or cold for up to four hours, according to the brand. Its dishwasher-safe, leak-proof lid is also designed to press air out for optimal temperature control. It comes in ten colors that can be mixed and matched in bigger bundle deals, and has a 4.2-star average rating from 222 reviews on Amazon.

Lazy Daze Pillowtop Hammock

This expert-recommended hammock has a classic pillow top surface made from double-layered and quilted polyester for a durable yet comfortable design, according to the brand. The cover helps the detachable pillow to withstand outdoor environments, while being supported by two steel chain links — the hammock is 12-feet long and can support up to 450 pounds. It also comes in eight vibrant shades, including aqua, burgundy and lemon green.

Rumpl The Original Puffy Outdoor Camping Blanket

Rumpl’s Puffy Blanket is a portable, packable, quilted blanket made from 100% recyclable materials, and an ideal gift for anyone who prefers lounging in nature. The machine-washable blanket is fully insulated, odor- and water-resistant, and comes with cape clips for hands-free wear, according to the brand. It also comes with a handy storage bag for easy travel, is available in 24 different designs and has a 4.8 star average rating from 865 reviews on Amazon

Best outdoor tech gifts

Garmin Forerunner 255

This Select Wellness Award-winning watch is great for anyone whose daily routine includes  outdoor fitness — it has a multiband GPS for faster and more accurate map tracking, and includes features like recovery time estimates, morning reports, adaptive workout plans and more, according to the brand. The battery is also a standout perk, lasting up to 14 days in smartwatch mode.

Kodak Mini Portable Projector

This pocket-sized projector is an impressive accessory for outdoor entertainment with HD video, a 1W speaker and 16.7 million color display, according to the brand. Its HDMI, USB and MicroSD hookups make for an easy connectivity experience, and allows the projector to connect to a wide array of devices, including laptops, gaming consoles and more. It’s also very easy to use, with a one-button plug-and-play design, and has a 4.1-star average rating from over 2,320 ratings on Amazon.

Skerell 100-inch Portable Projection Screen

This is one of our favorite outdoor projector screens — it has a 16:9 format, a 160-degree wide viewing angle and comes with an attached metal stand. Made of a high-quality polyester and spandex blend, this screen allows for high-res images, and can be easily set up without tools, according to the brand. At six pounds, it’s also light enough to carry over your shoulder, yet compact enough to  stow in car trunks, making it great for road trips.

Amazon Blink Outdoor 4

Blink makes some of the best home security cameras, and this model is safe for both indoor and outdoor use with a wide, 143-degree field of view and enhanced motion detection, according to the brand. When connected to the Blink mobile app, users can also see and speak through the camera, which has night-vision and two-way audio. This gift is also low-maintenance — batteries are included, and they last for up to two years before needing to be replaced.

Segway Ninebot F30

This is our pick for the best lightweight electric scooter — at only 33 pounds, it’s a great option for giftees whose commute is within a 10 mile range. It has three riding modes — eco, standard and sport — the latter of which has the same top speed as the standard mode (15.5 mph), but accelerates at a faster rate, according to the brand. It has a regenerative braking feature (meaning that power is stored and saved every time the brakes are engaged), and also comes with a charger that’s compatible with any two-pronged outlet.

Best outdoor apparel gifts

Hunter Original Short Waterproof Rain Boot

Hunter is a Select favorite — we love how comfortable their pull-on boots are while still maintaining effective watertightness. They come with a sole that grips the ground for stronger traction, and the 100% recycled polyester lining keeps feet cozy and dry, according to Hunter. The boots also come in an array of colors that your giftee will love, including classics like black and yellow, along with newer shades like Spearmint, Faded Rose, and Patter Gray.

Hoka Clifton 9

Hoka is an NBC Select favorite that makes some of the best running shoes, and this upgraded model is no exception. Our Wellness Award winner for best workout shoe, the Clifton 9 has a rocker shape for smoother heel-to-toe transitions in your stride, according to the brand, and a gusseted tongue, meaning that the tongue is connected to the sides of the shoe to prevent sliding and unwanted movement. NBC Select reporter Harry Rabinowitz says that the sneaker’s toe-box is spacious and accommodating, and that the shoes themselves are “very structured, with a ton of support in all directions.”

Patagonia Women’s Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover

This bestselling pullover from Patagonia is made of 95-100% recycled polyester fleece, making it both warm and lightweight for everyday wear, according to Patagonia. It has snap pockets and closures, is available in seven sizes ranging from XXS to XXL, and in ten different colors, including Lagom Blue, Pale Periwinkle and more. It’s also top-rated, with a 4.5-star average rating from over 1,140 reviews on Patagonia.

Duluth Trading Women’s Heirloom Gardening Bib Overalls

These top-rated overalls are a great gift for gardeners — the legs are double-chapped for poke protection, and the knee areas have a pocket for pads if they’re constantly kneeling. These overalls also include 12 other pockets for carrying gardening tools, including on the thighs, the back, and bib area, according to the brand. The material also provides UPF 50 sun protection, and comes in eight shades and six sizes, ranging from XS to XXL.

Why trust Select?

Ashley Morris is an associate reporter at NBC Select who regularly covers self care, home and lifestyle. For this guide, she compiled products included in previous coverage and researched best selling products from top-rated online retailers.

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