Holiday Guide: 11 Gift Ideas for the Beginner Outdoorsman
Original gift ideas for that special someone new to outdoor adventure.

Are you shopping for someone that’s recently found a love of the outdoors? Or maybe they’ve talked about wanting to adventure but haven’t quite made the jump. Below we’ve picked 11 gifts with the beginner outdoorsman and outdoorswoman in mind. These gifts are sure to inspire and enable weekend explorers, dayhikers, and anyone looking to step into the great outdoors to see what adventure is all about.

Outdoor Adventure Books

Give the gift of motivation. The books below will offer inspiration, advice, and just general awesomeness. National Geographic Road Atlas - Adventure Edition: Detailing more than 100 top outdoor destinations, this atlas brings adventure to the palm of your hand. It includes quality maps that cover the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico as well as profiles of America’s 24 favorite national parks. Sixty Meters to Anywhere: GORE-TEX brand blog contributor Brendan Leonard’s newly released memoir is sure to inspire that inner weekend warrior. Discover how the Iowa transplant went from cornfields to mountains and tackled his sobriety along the way. National Geographic The National Parks: An Illustrated History: You may want to buy this gift for your loved one and keep a copy for yourself! Author Kim Heacox, the first female park ranger, takes readers on a trip through the very best of America’s national treasures. The Morrow Guide to Knots: Make sure your beginner outdoorsman knows knots. This guide shows 70 of the most useful knots for camping, climbing, fishing and sailing with step-by-step instructions and photography.

Outdoor Gear/Outerwear

2016-11-30-11-59-26 Outfit your loved one for success with the best outdoor gear and outerwear. The North Face HyperAir GTX® Jacket: Constructed with GORE-TEX SHAKEDRY™ Product Technology, this waterproof jacket delivers a next-to-skin fit and feel, keeping your loved one comfortable in even intense aerobic pursuits, like… a brisk bike ride or run.The exterior shakes dry and permanently repels water to avoid wetting out. Available in women’s and men’s styles. Bonus: Head over to the Experience 30 contest to try and win this jacket and other great GORE-TEX products! Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover: Not only will this fleece keep you warm and comfortable when the temperatures cool, but it’s pretty dang cute, too. Perfect for fall and winter wear. Available in men’s and women’s styles. REI Backpacker Weekend First-Aid Kit: Give your loved one the gift of confidence with a proper first-aid kit. This kit comes with a manual for on-the-trail reference as well as clear fold-out compartments for easy access to any items needed on the trails, the slopes or around the campsite. Brooks Ghost 9 GTX® Shoe: If you’re buying for someone who really wants to run outside, despite the weather, consider this shoe. Built with GORE-TEX Extended Comfort footwear technology, this shoe will prevent rain and snow from entering but allows for maximum breathability. Ideal for road running. Available in women’s and men’s styles.

Miscellaneous fun

America the Beautiful National Parks Pass - 2016/2017: What better way to support your outdoors person than by gifting them an annual pass to America’s favorite national park and USDA Forest Service areas? Pass holders will be able to enjoy the gift that keeps on giving for a year after the pass is issued. Yahtzee National Parks Travel Edition: Let the family fun begin with this national parks version of Yahtzee. The colorful dice show animals and outdoor equipment, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the National Parks Foundation. Stanley Stainless-Steel Shot Glass Set: This durable set is easy to clean and will clip right onto a pack. Gift this set for added good times with friends and family. There are endless gift options for the beginner outdoorsman. Let this holiday guide serve as a starting point. Want to see more waterproof, windproof, breathable products? We’ve got gear for practically every outdoor adventure. Want to try and win a free gift for your loved one? Check out our Experience 30 contest going on now until December 16!

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