As huge advocates of getting out into the great outdoors whatever the season, we know the kind of kit that’s invaluable when spending time in nature. Whether hiking a trail, exploring a forest, or even having a picnic in the park, there’s always a piece of gear that can help turn a good experience when heading out for some adventure into a great one.
We’ve got some fantastic present inspiration for all budding modern day explorers, from top tier camping gear to the latest new tech. Here’s our Outdoors Christmas Gift Guide.
Opinel have been making wonderful knives since 1890. With the French company being renowned for their classically designed traditional wood handled folding pocket knives. This particular N°08 Opinel knife comes crafted in luxurious olive wood with an 8.5cm stainless steel yatagan blade and Virobloc lock feature that makes the knife safe to carry and use. And it comes with a sheath, all sitting in a smart wooden presentation box ready to gift.
Nanoloft Takibi Blanket – £180
This limited-edition collab between the ever excellent outdoors brand Snow Peak and the technical blanket experts at Rumpl is a thing of beauty. It combines a blend of all natural fire-resistant fibres with NanoLoft recycled insulation so users can cozy around the campfire without any risk of catching on fire themselves. It comes in ‘Amenity Dome’ tan a nod to the brand’s iconic line of tents, with double buckles to keep it neatly rolled up when stored. That’s Christmas covered.
Creative MUVO Go – £65.99
With the inclement weather we suffer from in this country, it helps to have gear that can withstand the elements. The excellent MUVO Go speaker from Creative does just that, being IPX7-certified waterproof, meaning it can survive being submerged in a meter of water for 30 minutes. It’s slim, lightweight, and lasts up to 18 hours per charge. With the latest Bluetooth 5.3 for effortless pairing and dual full-range Neodymium drivers and passive bass radiators producing 40W of peak power, the MUVO will get the party started whatever the weather.
The nature lover in your life will appreciate this rather neat nesting box from Henry Bell. Birdhouses are safer than wild bird nests for birdies and offer warmth and protection from harsh weather conditions. This robust, responsibly sourced wooden box is ideally insulated and will provide the perfect shelter for feathered friends. A fitting new abode for robins and other small birds.
These brilliant binoculars from Yukon are perfect for getting a closer look at wildlife. The sideview 8×21 binoculars are compact and super light, yet don’t compromise in the optical performance stakes. The soft touch coating and rubber inserts means a secure grip is guaranteed whatever the weather and the contoured rubber eyecups give a comfortable fit when using them. For star gazing or bird watching, look no further.
Vango Combi IR Grill Compact – £52.99
This bad boy of a portable compact grill is a really ingenious piece of kit. The 0.6KW infrared grill generates high heat output at low fuel consumption, meaning an efficient 10% saving on gas. So, it’s easier on the environment and wallets. It features a grill, two hobs with multiple settings and a drip tray to collect excess oil, making cleaning easier. Perfect for any alfresco chef to cook up a storm.
Snow Peak Classic Kettle – £109
Any lover of the great outdoors needs a good camping kettle. This Japanese stainless steel number from Snow Peak is a rather handsome looking product that’s durable, sturdy and more than up to the task. Holding 1.8 litres it’s the perfect size for a fresh batch of coffee and has some unique details that make it stand out from the crowd, like a locking spout cover and hanger loop for easy pouring.
For the perfect drop of indulgence around the Christmas campfire, why not try this festive spice gift set from luxury hot chocolate brand Knoops. This kit allows anyone to make the ultimate festive hot chocolates from the comfort of their kitchens, indoor or out. The set includes a pouch of festive spice mix filled with the likes of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, along with milk chocolate flakes and smooth, mellow dark chocolate flakes. The ideal cosy gift.
UCO Candle Lantern – £24.95
With the looming threats of Winter power cuts in the news, there may not be a more practical gift this Christmas than one of long lasting light. This iconic beauty of a candle lantern burns wax wonders for 9-hours, providing a soft warm glow and an inviting warmth. It features an easy-slide glass chimney with spring-loaded tube that pushes the candle up for a reliable, constant flame. The perfect companion for outdoor living.
Fjallraven 1960 Logo Hat – € 64.95
Seeing it’s colder than a polar bears toenail out there, why not give that special someone a present that promises warmth and indeed style this festive season. This lovely 1960 Logo Hat from Fjällräven, made with double-layer construction, will not only keep the recipient’s bonce toasty warm, it’s also a winner in the Winter style stakes. Made from fully traceable and regenerative wool means it also ticks a big box for the more eco-conscious in your life.
These gorgeous oxblood coloured ‘Adventurer’ leather gloves from &SONS will bring the explorer out in anyone who receives a pair this Christmas. Featuring a chic stitched trim, these hard-wearing gloves contain a satisfying fleece lining that helps keeps fingers frost free. These gloves will last the lucky new owner a lifetime of adventures.
Keen Howser Harvest – £85
These comfortable slip ons from Keen are great indoors and out. The shoes tan uppers are consciously created from 80% upcycled leather car seats, innovatively helping to divert waste from landfills. They contain a soft fleece lining to keep toes toasty and feature a sturdy non-marking sole made from high traction rubber, so no more slipping on icy evenings out. A comfy Christmas gift for all.
Hanwag Thermo Socks – £25
Aside from creating exceptional handcrafted hiking boots, Hanwag also make a mean pair of socks. These Thermo socks are constructed from an advanced fabric blend combining durable and quick-drying synthetic fabrics with 40% merino wool. That magic fusion creates warmth, moisture-wicking and odour-resistance. It also means less blisters or hot-spots when hiking in heavy boots.
We’ve long admired the UK based adventure seeking outdoors brand Passenger Clothing. It’s hard to go wrong with pretty much anything from their excellent range. But we’re particularly drawn to this quilted padded rucksack inspired by the free travelling Boondocking communities. With a 26ltr capacity it’s the perfect size for a weekend in the wilderness and has plenty of handy pockets and even a side sleeve for a 15″ laptop. On top of all that for every order they plant a tree. What’s not to like?
RUGD Power Brick – £49.99
This great looking power brick from RUGD is a must-have for those seeking to venture out into the wilds. With a 10,050mAh battery capacity, it tops up smartphones 2-3 times, charging devices to 50% in just 30 mins, so an essential for emergency power. It doubles as a handy camping light, with 16 LEDs at 1300 lumens and features an SOS function and weighs in at a feather light 280 grams. It’s also IP67 certified meaning it is water, dust, and shockproof and comes with a carabiner to easily clip on and off bags, tents, and more.
Kikkerland Storm Glass Tube – £19.99
Seeing weather apps these days are about as reliable as a clock with no hands, you might want to find another way to forecast the weather. This neat little glass barometer sitting on a beechwood base, has crystals within the sealed glass chamber which cluster or disperse with changes in air pressure or temperature, so you can predict whether it’ll snow on Christmas Day or not.
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