When it comes to gift giving, I often stick to the Rule of 3; some thing you can use, some thing you need, and something you can read or eat (depending on the person). Many of our larger, higher ticket gifts have been family gifts that we can all use to get out and have fun together. This holiday gift guide focuses on that idea of family gifts with a few ideas just for the kids to get active.
When buying larger family gifts, you want to find those pieces that are built to last and will serve your family for years of adventuring to come. Everything on this list is gear and equipment we own and use often. Brands have been gracious enough to send us some of our gear, but we only share those pieces we love and would recommend. So all opinions are our own. Here are our picks for active outdoor families this year.
Gift Guide For Outdoor Families
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Geocaching Beginner Kit – Geocaching is an outdoor GPS treasure hunt. Using a geocaching app on your phone, you and the family can explore for hidden caches around town, in state and national parks, or anywhere you want to go. This beginner kit includes a log book, containers to help you start your own geocaches, trackables, and more. $21.95
Coleman Instant Signal Mountain Tent – Having your own tent will ensure that you can get outdoors more often and camp as often as you like. Setting up a tent camp has never been easier than with this Coleman instant set up tent. Pre-attached poles and integrated rain fly will have you set up in about 60 seconds. That’s fast!! It’s sturdy and spacious for the family too. This tent is ideal for car camping or pitching in the backyard. Choose the size that is right for you. $105-$299.
Kelty Sleeping Bags – Having a quality sleeping bag is worth its weight in gold. We have Kelty bags and highly recommend them. They are durable, lightweight, and dry quicker if they get wet. Use them for camping in a tent or hammock, for kids’ sleepovers, or for to stay warm around a backyard bonfire. $59+
Kammok Hammock – Whether you are camping, hiking, or just at the park, a hammock is a great piece of gear to help you kick back and relax. The Wallaby from Kammok is an ultra-light travel hammock and holds a weight of up to 400 lbs. The Python straps hold it firmly in place and allow you to set up almost anywhere. Enjoy reading a book or take a mid afternoon nap in this quality hammock that will carry you through your family adventures. $65
Therm-a-Rest BaseCamp AF mattress – Don’t sacrifice comfort when camping or sleeping outdoors. This self inflating mattress combines lightweight foam and advanced AirFrame channels to provide comfort without added extra weight. It is 2.5 inches thick and provides an r-value of 1.7. It is lightweight for backpackers and easy to carry. $55-$129
Coleman Fyresergeant Hyperflame Stove – Coleman is a trusted name in outdoor camping gear. This camping stove makes cooking outdoors super simple. The Hyperflame technology provides even heat distribution, wind shields to help speed up cooking. It uses propane and is easy to carry everywhere. $169
MSR Flex 4 System Cook Set – Everything a family needs to cook while camping, backpacking, or hiking. The entire 13 piece set stacks neatly together to reduce bulk in your camping box or pack. It includes 2 large pots, strainer lids, 4 DeepDish plates, and 4 stainless steel insulated mugs with sip lids. It can be used over the camp fire, on a camping stove, rocket stove, and more. Only thing missing is the food. $139
Platypus PlatyPreserve Wine Bag – This is for the parents!! This is a wine reservoir that fits a whole 800mL bottle of wine. The bag is BPA free and very sturdy making it a great choice for outdoor use or to store wine at home that has been opened. You can also fill it with juice or other drinks. This makes a great stocking stuffer for any wine lover. $9.95
Coleman Quad LED Lantern – This is a 3 in 1 LED lantern that features 4 removable LED panels. This thing is REALLT cool. There are 4 removable panels that fit into the base. Together it emits 360 degrees of light or you can remove the panels and use them individually. This is battery operated and can be used almost anywhere. It’s great for camping, families, emergency kits, and more.
2017 Illustrated National Parks wall Calendar from Anderson Design Group – This is the perfect gift for a nature lover or adventurous family. Even if you can’t get out to explore, to can celebrate the wonder of our national parks with this monthly wall calendar. Each month features a different National Park. The calendar when open, measures 10” x 26”. A portion of each calendar sale will be donated to the National parks Foundation. $29.99
Also take a look at their other National Parks products; puzzles, coloring books, playing cards, etc. They make great stocking stuffers.
PackTowel Luxe Towel – Super soft camp towels made with a blend of polyester and nylon terry knit. They can absorb 5x their weight in water and still dry quickly. These make camp showers more comfortable and will rock your next camping trip. They can also be used at the gym or at yoga. SO they make the great gift for active people. They come in a variety of sizes and colors. $12-$54
SealLine Blocker Dry Sack – Waterproof bags provide protection against the elements and anything kids can throw at them. Whether you love camping, hiking, kayaking, or other water sports, these dry sacks are perfect for the active family. Your gear will stay no matter what so you can adventure on. These bags fold flat so packing is super easy. $10-$25
For The Kids
Fun Line Slackline The kids will have a blast with this slackline. It’s a kids’ version tightrope that can be mounted outdoors. You can set it up in the backyard, at a local park, or on your next camping trip. Kids can walk across it to improve balance, build core strength, and more. I second helpline is included to assist while learning. $44.95
Razor RipStik Ripster – This skateboard acts more like a snowboard than a skateboard. It has just 2 inline wheels that allow it to turn and pivot like a snowboard. It’s unique design allows the rider to accelerate without having to push off like a traditional skateboard. It’s great fun for children ages 8+ and come in a variety of colors. $39.95.
Monkey Balance Board from ALEX Toys – For younger children, this sturdy wooden balance board provides hours of fun. It holds up to 200lbs and helps to improve balance and coordination. $12.99
Wee Work for Good Activity Kit – Send a gift that encourages social good. Wee Work for Good offers great educational kits for kids like this Polar Bear Kit that offer a fun building activity and educational booklet on an important social issue. They call it “Creativity with a Purpose.” Choose a kit for compassion, awareness, knowledge, and empathy.
Everything you need is included in the kit. In the holiday kits, children can make a stuffed reading buddy (monkey), paint animals, create a special something for a four legged friend, and more. Each kit has everyone you need to create, learn, and explore. $24.99+
Holiday Gift Guides from My Favorite Outdoor Bloggers
- RockiesGirl – Gifts to last from Baby to Toddler
- Born to Be Adventurous – Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers
- Mountain Mom and Tots – 2016 Holiday Gift Guide
- Play Outside Guide – Holiday Gift Guide
- Currently Wandering – 25 Gift Ideas for Adventurers, RVers and Families
- The Brave Ski Mom – Holiday Gift Guide 2016
- Rain or Shine Mamma – Christmas Gift Ideas for Outdoorsy Kids
- Tales of a Mountain Mama – Gift Guide to Help Get Outside 2016 + Giveaways!
- Go Adventure Mom – Holiday Guide 2016
- Kid Project – Companies that Give Back Gift Guide 2016
- Tales of Adventures in Parenting – A Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Families
- MommyHiker.com – The Outdoor Gear Lover’s Gift Guide – 2016 –
- Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies – Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Families
What is on your holiday gift list this year?