Searching for the best gifts for outdoorsy women? If your wife, girlfriend, sister or mom is an outdoor enthusiast like myself then this list will give you plenty of ideas.
Almost everything is this list is something I have purchased for myself or have been gifted for birthdays and Christmas. You will find a wide array of gift ideas in this post from stocking stuffers to books to high-end items. I’ve put together a list of 50 best outdoor gifts for women to help you save time and find that perfect match!
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In a hurry? Here are my top picks!
- Best gift for outdoorsy women who love books: Wanderlust: A Hiker’s Companion
- Best hiking gift for the outdoors woman: Osprey Tempest 20 Hiking Day Pack
- Best photography gift for outdoor women who love adventure: GoPro Hero 10
- Best outdoor gift for women who love spending time by the lake: Inflatable Paddle Board
- Best gift for the outdoor woman who loves the winter season: Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats
- Most practical gift for outdoor women: Icebreaker Merino Wool Underwear
- Best luxury gift for women who love the outdoors: Ecuadorian Wool Blanket
- Best camping gift for the outdoor woman: Therm-a-Rest Camping Pad
- Best stocking stuffer for adventurous women: First Aid Kit
- Most funny gift for outdoor women: Subpar National Parks Postcards
Books For Women Who Love The Outdoors
Wanderlust: A Hiker’s Companion
Author: Cam Honan
One of the best hiking books for women, Wanderlust presents legendary walking routes with inviting maps, practical tips, and inspiring landscape photographs. From modern-day transcendentalists or those who simply desire a casual break from concrete scenery, Wanderlust allows readers to live vicariously through vivd portraits or use the trips as impetus for their own hiking journey.
Following faded footsteps of migrating animals or paths of ancient trade routes, the trails featured in Wanderlust offer both outdoor exploration and enjoyment.
Cabin Porn: Inside
Author: Zach Klein
Cabin Porn: Inside invites readers into these handmade homes to discover rooms of warmth and simplicity, connected by the universal desire to bring a simple building to life in harmony with the land around it. Each of these tranquil getaways is a lesson in living simply and enjoyable.
Full of spellbinding spaces of warmth and ingenious simplicity, Cabin Porn: Inside is an invitation to the cabin of your dreams and to the serenity of a simpler life.
Escapology: Modern Cabins, Cottages and Retreats
Author: Colin MacAllister and Justin Ryan
Escapology: Modern Cabins, Cottages and Retreats is a stunning book of modern-day retreats – bucolic weekend escapes by the sea, remote getaways in the woods, and rustic mountain hideouts – to inspire peaceful and quiet living.
Whether it’s a rustic cottage nestled deep within a Nordic forest, a robust mountain lodge in Montana, a breathtaking treehouse in Canada, these retreats share one simple aspect in common: they proffer the chance to escape and to live in harmony with nature, far from the madding crowd.
Campfire Stories: Tales from America’s National Parks
Author: Dave Kyu
Our national parks are beautiful and unique places, often serving as an introduction to the outdoors and inspiring an appreciation for nature and wilderness. Similarly, stories and storytelling can serve as an introduction to other places and foster a powerful emotional connection to nature.
Campfire Stories brings together tales about our national parks; some are well-known writers such as John Muir, Bill Bryson and Terry Tempest Williams, while others are from pioneer diaries or have been passed down through generations of indigenous peoples.
Best Gifts For Outdoorsy Women Who Love To Hike
Osprey Tempest 20 Hiking Day Pack
Osprey is considered one of the best brands for hiking backpacks and for good reason. Their packs are designed to fit different genders/sexes. They are designed with bigger or smaller framed people in mind, instead of just one size fits all.
The Osprey Tempest 20 backpack makes a fantastic present for outdoor girls. It has a smaller frame for short women (like me!) and the straps are adjustable to fit the right body type. It sits in all the right places to make carrying a heavy load easier. I can carry heavy camera gear, my ten essentials and 2L of water and still be comfortable hiking.
I find the 20L to be the perfect size as it fits just enough and has pockets either side to fit bug spray, bear spray or a water bottle. Check out the Osprey website for more options.
Women’s Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid Hiking Boots
Any avid-hiker would be stoked to receive a good pair of hiking boots. I know and love the Salamon X-Ultra 3 Mid boots. I have worn these on short hikes, long hikes, steep hikes and on wet terrain. They have amazing grip and I feel unstoppable on the hiking trails with them. These boots are made with gore-tex technology making them great for wet or muddy terrain. While not 100% waterproof they are long-wearing and withstand harsh weather.
I really love these boots are they have amazing ankle support and are some of the comfiest boots I’ve ever worn. I’ve been hiking with them for almost two years now and my feet have never rubbed with these boots. A quality pair of hiking boots make a great gift for outdoorsy women, as they are often an investment and will last a long time.
Osprey Water Reservoir 2L or 3L
One of the best purchases I ever made was the Osprey 2L Water Reservoir. While some people prefer to hike with water bottles, I often find that I stop for more breaks on the trail with a bottle. I love the water reservoir because it means I can continue on the trail even if I need water. I also find that because I don’t have to stop continuously to take my daypack off that I actually end up drinking more water.
I have the 2L option and I think that this is the perfect size for me, and you don’t need to fill the reservoir to the top if you are going on a short or quick hike. The 2L adds just enough weight that it’s not overbearing and often I finish the whole 2L by the end of a 5-8 hour hike. This is definitely a great gift for convenience and makes a great gift for outdoor girls.
If you are searching for a gift for an adventurous woman, a headlamp is perfect! A headlamp makes those sunset and sunrise hikes so much easier (who wants to hike in the dark?) and it’s also a great gift for safety reasons. When starting a hike late it’s always important to be prepared to come back in the dark and a headlamp helps navigate the trail.
Hiking or Trekking Poles
Where would I be without my hiking poles? Hiking poles are one of the best outdoorsy gifts for her and are a great affordable option for the hiking woman in your life. I hiked for so long without hiking poles and never really knew the benefit of having them until I actually got them. Hiking can be really hard on the knees, especially on those long steep trails. Hiking poles are a life-saver when navigating rocky, steep or narrow terrain. I know that I could not have completed certain hikes without the help of my hiking poles.
Best Camping Gifts For Outdoor Girls
Osprey Women’s Backpacking Ariel 65 AG Backpack
As with Ospreys hiking daypacks, their backpacking packs are great outdoorsy gifts for women. The Ariel 65L is the perfect size for any backcountry multi-day hike. It is designed specifically for women and smaller framed people. The pack comes with adjustable straps to fit specific body types and you can also customize the pack to fit your torso size.
One of the great things about the Ariel AG 65 model pack is that the top compartment turns into a day pack, so if you have just set up camp and don’t want to lug a 65L backpack around on day hikes, this packable day pack is big enough to hold your hiking essentials. The daypack feature only comes with the AG model and not the standard 65L. Check out more on the Osprey website.
Jetboil Minimo System
The Jetboil system is amazing gift for women who love camping. The jetboil is a versatile gift as it can be used for both backpacking and camping. Jetboil have many systems to choose from but my preference is the minimo. I like the minimo as you can control the temperature and therefore is perfect for those who want to boil water and also simmer. This makes the jetboil minima great for all 4 seasons. Check out more on the Jetboil website.
MSR Hubba Hubba 2-Person Tent
The Hubba Hubba is one of the best backpacking tents out there and a one of the best camping gifts for women. This 3-season 2 person tent is perfect for those backpacking trips and multi-day hikes as it is lightweight and compact. The total weight is 3.5lbs and the Xtreme Shield waterproof coating lasts 3 times longer than standard waterproof coatings. This is a great gift for women who are serious about their backpacking trips.
Therm-a-Rest Prolite Ultralight Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad
A Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad is one of the best gifts for an outdoorsy girl, and makes a backpacking trip all the more comfortable. The Therm-a-Rest Prolite sleeping pad is super lightweight and self-inflating, making it perfect for any multi-night hiking trip. The 2.4 R value provides insulation suitable for 3-seasons and ensures comfort and warmth on cold nights. Check out more options on the Therm-a-Rest website.
Best Gifts For Women Who Love Water Sports
A canoe has got to be one of the best presents for an outdoor girl. This is something most women won’t purchase themselves as it’s a big investment. The great thing about a good canoe is that it will last years and is something family and friends can get in on! If the woman in your life loves to spend time on the water this a great gift idea, especially for hikes or campsites that require water access! This canoe comes complete with two paddles and luggage-style handles that make transportation easier.
Kayaks are also a great gift for women who spend a lot of time on the water on by the lake. They generally on the more affordable side compared to canoes and easier to transport. This Kayak is inflatable and comes complete with a padded adjustable seat for comfort. Also comes with ample storage space to store snacks, which are always a must.
Personally, my favourite way to spend time on the water is on a paddle board. Any water loving outdoors girl will love receiving a paddle board. This inflatable paddle board comes with fins, paddle, pump and packable bag and is perfect for those beautiful PNW lakes in the summer time.
Best Outdoor Clothing Gifts For Women
A Flannel Shirt
It’s a given that any outdoors woman loves flannel. How will she nail that lumberjack look without one? The red and black plaid is a classic and just screams “cabin vibes” but any flannel/checked design will add to that outdoor aesthetic.
Blundstone Classic 550 Chelsea Boots
While Blundstones are not on the cheap side, they are the best boots I’ve ever purchased, and I own a LOT of boots. Blundstone have amazing grip and a sole that is so comfortable it molds to the shape of your feet, they can even be worn for hiking, I have no regrets buying these. Having finally bit the bullet, I can say with confidence that these are worth the price tag.
Columbia Women’s Arcadia II Rain Jacket
Columbia are one of my absolute favourite outdoor brands and any of their products make great outdoor gifts for her. After all the brand was started by a woman! A rain jacket is a handy item of clothing for any outdoor girl to have in her closet, and the Columbia Arcadia II is the perfect choice as it features Columbias Hydroplus waterproof technology and is lightweight, making it a great piece for layering.
Toque or Beanie
Anything from Herschel Supply is an awesome gift for outdoor woman. Founded in Vancouver, Canada in 2009, Herschel supply is famous for their retro satchel style backpacks. They are a favourite among west-coasters.
They are also famous for their luggage line and toques (what Canadians call a beanie). I own this very hat and it is sooooo warm and really fits that west coast lifestyle aesthetic.
High-waisted Leggings – With Pockets!
If there is one thing that outdoor women love more than a comfy pair of leggings, it’s leggings with pockets. Athletic leggings or yoga pants are always a great gift for female hikers, especially for day hikes. Many women find hiking in yoga pants more comfortable and a high-waist ensures these pants will stay up while scrambling over all those rocky sections!
Darn Tough Hiking Socks
There is a running joke that the average person dislikes receiving socks for Christmas but hikers are the complete opposite, and love receiving socks! A good pair of socks makes all the difference when on a hiking trail, especially for those longer or multi-day hikes.
Darn Tough socks are designed specifically with hikers in mind and are cushioned for extra comfort. These versatile socks are a merino blend material which is fast drying keeping you warm in winter and cool in the summer.
Best Food & Drink Gifts For Outdoor Women
Yeti Coffee Mug
Yeti products are well-known within the outdoors community due to their durability and long-lasting designs. These re-usable mugs are perfect outdoor gift ideas for women as they keep cold drinks cool and hot drinks warm, which are great for camping, glamping or cabin trips. The MagSlider magnetic lid also helps to contain your drinks and avoid spillage.
Hydro Flask Reusable Water Bottle
For any woman who loves the outdoors, single-use plastics are a no-no. A reusable water bottle such as the Hydro Flask is a durable item that will last for years and makes for a great outdoorsy gift for women. This 32oz model is big enough to last an entire day on the trail and the stainless steel design keeps your cold water cold for up to 24 hours.
A camping mug is a great “safe” gift for adventure women as everyone can appreciate and enjoy a good mug of tea or coffee. There are hundreds of camping mug designs out there to suit the outdoor woman in your life. If it has a cute outdoorsy motif then I’m probably going to buy it. The other great thing about camping mugs is that they are lightweight and easy to clip onto your hiking pack.
A mess kit is a must in any camping kit set-up and a great outdoorsy gift for women. This mess kit contains 10 items and includes all the basic necessities for camp cooking including kettle, frying pan, pot, 2 stainless steel cups, cutlery and carrying bag. All cooking items are non-stick with heat resistant handles and easily pack down making it portable and convenient.
Great Gifts For Outdoor Women Who Love To Fish
I look super sexy in my waders (obviously) and the woman in your life can too! Okay so maybe they aren’t the most attractive piece of clothing out there, but they are lifesavers if the woman in your life loves to fish! Not only are waders great for serious fishers, but they have pockets on the chest area that are great for holding snacks!
Fishing Rod & Reel Combo
This fishing rod and reel package includes everything the outdoorsy woman in your life needs to dive into the world of fishing. If she is a newbie and wants to give fishing a go, this combo has everything to get her set up including fishing rod, reel, selection of lures and tackle box.
A dry bag is always a good gift idea for outdoorsy women as it can be used for multiple outdoor adventures. It’s especially handy on fishing trips as it will keep all your important items dry such as your smartphone. This package also comes with a clear waterproof phone case which allows you to still use your phone while in the bag protected from water.
Photography & Tech Gifts For Outdoor Women
GoPro Hero 10 Waterproof Action Camera
A GoPro is among the best adventure gifts for her as its the perfect camera for action sports. Its compact size make it the perfect companion for almost every type of adventure. Whether the outdoor girl in your life is into skiing, mountain biking, surfing, hiking or camping, a GoPro is the perfect way to capture all her adventures.
Zoleo Satellite Communicator
Safety is a top priority when heading into the backcountry and the Zoleo is a great item to gift the outdoors woman in your life. This nifty little device allows you to connect to your smartphone via the Zoleo app in order to keep you connected when outside of cell service. This device is designed for emergency messaging and has an SOS option that tracks your GPS location. I like that the Zoleo is more affordable and cheaper than the Garmin Inreach Mini. This device is waterproof and dust proof and make an awesome addition to any outdoor woman hiking essentials.
Instax Polaroid Camera
An Instax Camera isn’t great for hiking as it’s on the bulky side, however it’s a fantastic item to gift the outdoorsy woman in your life that enjoys capturing memories on road trips or car camping trips.
Solar Powered Wireless PowerBank
A regular power bank is a great addition to add to any hiking and camping essentials list, but if heading on a multi-day backcountry hike there’s no option to recharge that power bank. That’s where a solar powered power bank comes in! This model is shock proof, waterproof and dust proof so it’s perfect for any outdoor adventure woman.
Winter Gifts For Women Who Love The Outdoors
One of the best outdoors gifts for women who love the snow is a good pair of snowshoes. If you live in the North Pole (AKA Canada or anywhere else that has tons of snow) donning a pair of snowshoes and heading for the trails is the perfect winter activity. Snowshoes are great for fresh snow conditions. These lightweight snowshoes come with a storage bag for easy transportation and a pair of trekking poles.
Ski / Snowboard Goggles
A sunny day on the slopes is not complete without a good pair of Ski goggles. Ski goggles make great adventurous gifts for her and a good quality pair will last years. Ski goggles can be used for multiple activities including snowmobiling. These goggles not only look awesome, they are anti-fog so keep your vision clear and are designed to fit comfortably alongside your Ski helmet.
Smith Ski / Snowboard Helmet
Smith is renowned when it comes to skiing and snowboarding gear and are known for their quality and attention to detail. The protective technology make Smith helmets some of the best on the market. I love my Smith helmet and have used it skiing, snowmobiling and dog sledding. It’s super warm, super comfy and fits my head just right!
For Winter Hiking: Yaktrax
If the outdoor woman in your life is anything like me, she falls easily on the ice. Yaktrax are great for walking in icy conditions. They are designed to allow for 360 degree traction and stability and will last in cold temperatures anywhere as low as -41 degrees. For any adventurous women who love the winter and want to try winter hiking, Yaktrax are a good option for entry level trails.
Perfect Home Gifts For The Outdoor Girl
Cabin/Outdoor Themed Bedding
There is no better feeling than cozying up after a long day of hiking or a weekend of camping. My very own bedding is adorned with silhouettes of Moose and Bear and is suuuuper comfy. It’s the best way to snuggle and relax after an exhausting weekend outdoors and is a perfect gift for outdoor women who love the rustic cabin aesthetic.
Yankee Candle Balsam Fir Candle
Nothing beats the fresh smell of fur, cedar and spruce trees when out in nature. Bring the outdoors indoors with this Yankee Candle Balsam Fur Candle, a great Christmas gift for outdoorsy girls. All women love candles, it’s just a fact. I love the smell of trees when I am out in nature and often burn a balsam smelling candle when I am indoors. It’s especially festive at Christmas time.
Ecuadorian Wool Blanket
Whether spending a weekend at the cottage or an evening at home, a wool blanket is a must-have item for outdoorsy women who love their creature comforts. This Ecuadorian wool blanket from Ecuadane features a beautiful native design and is the perfect addition to any cabin packing list.
Best Stocking Stuffers For Outdoor Women
First Aid Kit
One of the best gifts for adventurous women is a first aid kit, it’s also incredibly practical. A first aid kit is a must in your hiking essentials. If you have a woman in your life who is new to hiking this would be a great affordable option.
Nordic Style Socks
Nothing completes that cozy cabin trip quite like a warm pair of socks. These cute Nordic design socks are perfect for any outdoor woman who enjoys trips to the cabin, and they complete that rustic cabin look.
Bug Spray / Insect Repellent
An outdoors woman can never have enough bug spray. If there is one thing that can instantly ruin a hike or camping trip, it’s mosquitos! The Canadian summers have shown me that mosquitos love women and it is no fun scratching during a several hour hike. Trust me when I say bug spray is a great stocking stuffer!
Icebreaker Merino Wool Underwear
Underwear might not seem like the most glamorous gift for outdoor women, but it sure is practical! Merino wool is the best material to wear when hiking or camping as it keeps you warm during the winter, and cools you down during the summer. It also happens to be incredibly hygienic and can be worn for several days before it starts to smell.
Merino wool underwear isn’t cheap but the technology behind it makes it a great gift for the outdoor girl who enjoys overnight hikes. I can vouch first-hand for these bad-boys, tried and tested! Check out other options on the Icebreaker website.
Life Straw Personal Water Filter
A life straw is not only an affordable gift but it’s practical and can make a huge difference to any trip into the backcountry. While I always bring a re-usable water bottle or water bladder on hikes, there are times when you are low or empty and need to refill. The LifeStraw filters bacteria and parasites, that’s why a LifeStraw makes for a perfect outdoor gift for her.
Campfire Stories Deck: Prompts For Igniting Conversation By The Fire
Find meaningful ways to connect with family and friends during your camping trip with the Campfire Stories Deck, a collection of 50 cards designed to prompt conversation during a camping trip, at home or in the backyard. Many of the deck’s prompts look to nature for inspiration.
Women’s Hiking Headband
When camping in the backcountry the last thing any woman wants to worry about is her hair. A durable headband is a great gift for any outdoors women who enjoys hiking, backpacking and camping. This non-slip headband is perfect for keeping everything in place.
Subpar Parks Postcards: Celebrating America’s Most Extraordinary National Parks and Their Least Impress Visitors
If you’re looking for funny gifts for the outdoor girl, Subpar Parks ticks all the boxes. From the creator of the Instagram account of the same name, Amber Share has paired beautiful illustrations of America’s national parks with one star reviews from some less than impressed visitors.
Camping Journal/Log Book
The outdoors is a great place to create memories. This camping log book is a great stocking stuffer idea for outdoor women as it’s a great way to record those camping trips and share memories.
If All Else Fails… Get Them An MEC or REI Gift Card!
Do you have a woman in your life that already has all the outdoor gear she needs? A gift card to stores like REI or MEC are perfect if you’re unsure of what she already owns or needs. This makes a great gift for outdoorsy women as they can spend the gift card how they like or use it to upgrade their gear!
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