For outdoorsy couples, some of the most romantic and memorable occasions can happen on the trail, around a campfire, or snuggled up in a tent. If adventure brings you and your loved one closer together, check out these unique gifts for her that are perfect for Valentine’s Day — or just whenever you’re feeling sweet.
Gifts Under $50
“National Parks are for lovers” Shirt: This “National Parks are for lovers” raglan ($40) is cute and comfortable — something she’ll want to wear all the time. For T-shirt lovers, REI carries a short-sleeved version of the design ($36). This shirt will remind your Valentine of the great times you’ve had together in national parks, or will get her excited for the adventures to come. Better yet, the company that makes the top, Parks Project, contributes to 30 conservancies in the U.S. to help national parks fund important projects, including habitat restoration, wildlife conservation, visitor programs, and youth education. Stanley Vacuum Coffee System No backcountry day is complete if it doesn’t begin with a piping hot cup of coffee! The Stanley Vacuum Coffee System comes with everything you need in one compact storage system: a thermos, a boiling pot, a french press, two coffee cups, and storage for the coffee grounds. Purchasing this for your loved one ensures you’ll never have to start a day uncaffeinated. Price: $50.00 National Park Illustrated Checklist: Track your travels together with this national park map with a checklist for $14. The colorful map lists every national park in the U.S., and would look great hanging in a frame without glass (so you can check off parks as you go). If you’d prefer a different design, there are plenty of options on Etsy, including this one for $24. YayLabs! SoftShell Ice Cream Ball: In case you need another idea for an outdoor dessert, check out this portable ice cream maker that creates a pint of ice cream after you add simple ingredients and toss it around for about 20 minutes. It costs $35 and comes with a recipe booklet. If you’re bringing kids along on your trip, this will keep them busy and happy — which can be a blessing for busy parents who want a moment to themselves. The experience is fun for all ages, though, and produces delicious results! OneLogFire Logs: Everyone loves a good campfire. With these kiln-dried campfire logs that burn from the inside out ($31.95 for a two-pack), making a small fire is as effortless as clicking on a lighter. Each log burns for up to two hours using a non-toxic fire starter, and there’s no cleanup necessary. They’ll add easy ambience for your Valentine’s Day dinner, anywhere from your backyard to a picnic on the beach. And they’re perfect for roasting s’mores! Glow-in-the-dark Playing Cards: Spending quality time with your loved one is key to a healthy relationship. On your next outdoor excursion, why not take a moment to relax together and play a game? If your partner is a fan of card games, pick up a set of glow-in-the-dark, waterproof playing cards for $10 to ensure that the fun on your next trip doesn’t end. Consider pairing this gift with another item or two from this guide to create the ultimate camping experience.
Gifts $50 to $100
Two-Person Sleeping Bag: If you and your Valentine love camping but hate the fact that you can’t properly cuddle in separate sleeping bags, a double sleeping bag will easily solve that problem. Sleepingo offers a large, comfortable and affordable bag for $58, but if you want to shell out some cash for the best materials, REI carries a few options for $180 and up from brands such as Kelty, Big Agnes, and NEMO. “United States of Awesome” Wood Print: Looking for a unique gift for a lady who loves art and the outdoors? This beautifully drawn wood print by Meridian Line is sure to delight her ($79.99 for an 11” x 17” print). The illustration is a creative take on the American flag, depicting seven national parks throughout the United States. Add to this gift by figuring out which national parks are illustrated and making it a goal to go to each one together — if you haven’t already. National or State Park Pass: No matter where you are in the U.S., there’s bound to be state or national parks nearby. This Valentine’s Day, surprise your partner with a park pass so she can skip the entry fees for the next year. The annual America the Beautiful pass for national parks and national forests is $80 — a steal for outdoor lovers — and prices for state park passes vary. Instax Mini Camera: Though physical copies of photographs seem like a thing of the past, they don’t have to be. With the Instax Mini film camera, you can capture special moments and immediately have a small color photo with room for a caption. The cameras cost $69.99, plus $14.99 for a 20-pack of film. The Instax Mini is fun to take along on any adventure in which you have a little bit of wiggle room, such as car camping trips. Fjallraven Kanken Pack: Both versatile and durable, the Fjallraven Kanken backpack ($80) is an outdoorsy woman’s friend everywhere from the city to the trail. These stylish backpacks come in a variety of colors and are made of a lightweight, water-repellent material. It’s easy to see why these backpacks remain popular 40 years after they were originally created.
Gifts $100 or More
Rumpl Puffy Packable Blanket: Chances are if your outdoorsy Valentine has heard of this blanket, she wants one. Rumpl blankets are made of quality materials typically used in sleeping bags and puffy jackets, making them easily packable as well as resistant to dirt, water, smells, and pet hair. Wrap her in a Rumpl blanket and she’ll be extra cozy around the campfire or lying under the stars. These blankets come in three sizes: throws for $99, one-person for $129, or two-person for $199. GORE-TEX Jacket: Even for the woman who has everything, there’s always room in the closet — or backpack — for a waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX jacket. These jackets will keep her protected in the face of rain and wind. But with more than 100 jackets to choose from, how do you pick? Choosing is much easier with her favorite outdoor activity in mind. Here are a few great options:
- For cyclists: Countdown 2.0 GORE-TEX Lady Jacket ($139.99-$199)
- For hikers or backpackers: Marmot Women’s Minimalist Jacket ($137.99-$188.95) or Outdoor Research Women’s Aspire Jacket ($215)
- For runners: One Lady GORE-TEX Shakedry™ Running Jacket ($300)
- For climbers: Arc’teryx Women’s Jacket Beta SL ($299)
- For snowboarders or skiers: Arc’teryx Women’s Jacket Norvan ($349)
All GORE-TEX products come with a GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY® promise and are rigorously tested before going to market. You really can’t go wrong with the gift of GORE-TEX product technology. Napsack Sleeping Bag: Imagine if a Snuggie and a warm sleeping bag had a baby — then you’d get a Napsack. Created by Poler, the Napsack ($150) is a wearable sleeping bag with zippered armholes and a draw-cord bottom that can be opened and closed. It’s the ultimate “I don’t need this but I really want this” item that’s made for wearing around a campground or simply lounging at home. If you get this gift for your Valentine, just be warned — you’ll want one for yourself, too.