Valentine's Day is coming so don't get caught empty-handed. These 15 outdoorsy gifts for him are sure to bring a smile to the face of your partner.
The couple that plays outside together, stays together…right?
Valentine’s Day is upon us! For those men and women who would opt to spend the holiday on the side of a mountain rather than inside a fancy restaurant, it can be difficult knowing what to gift them. It’s important to find gear that is as tough and fun-loving as your partner.
With that, here are 15 of the best handpicked outdoorsy gifts for him. Happy shopping!
Gifts Under $50Leatherman Multi-tool
A great gift option for him, a quality multi-tool is a must-have item in any gear quiver! Leatherman’s Wingman multi-tool is one of the brand’s top-rated tools. It comes with pliers, scissors, wire cutters, and a combo knife, as well as other features. With one of these, your partner is sure to be prepared for anything in the backcountry.
Gourmet S’mores: No Valentine’s Day is complete without a delectable dessert. Take s’mores to the next level with your special someone and indulge in gourmet ingredients. If you’re a DIY kind of person, design your own s’mores kit by individually selecting handcrafted marshmallows, cookies, and chocolate, and packaging them in a creative way with a sweet note. Here are a few ingredient suggestions:
- Cookie butter marshmallows by Toasted Mallow: Six pack for $10
- Pizzelle (waffle) cookies instead of graham crackers: 5.25 ounces for $3.99
- Sea salt chocolate or chocolate-covered pretzels instead of a traditional milk chocolate bar
Black Diamond Apollo Lantern
Unless you are trying to create the mood, no one wants to be stuck at camp in the dark. Minimize that possibility by nabbing a Black Diamond Apollo Lantern before your next outing. Great for car camping, this lantern offers 200 lumens of light and collapses into a small container.
REI Unknown Parts Travel Journal
Maybe your partner loves writing, or perhaps he merely enjoys recording all of your adventures together. Regardless, the REI Unknown Parts Travel Journal is a great place to jot down notes from all of your wilderness escapades. All-weather paper repels the elements, and the dot grid page patterns make it easy to write, doodle, or draw, depending on where your brain takes you.
Hydroflask Wine Bottle
Is there anything better than a glass of wine after a ski session? I think not. Made of stainless steel, the Hydroflask Wine Bottle won’t retain or transfer flavors, and the double-wall vacuum insulation ensures your wine stays the appropriate temp. Plus, if you’re feeling generous, you can pair it with the Hydroflask Wine Tumbler ($29.95) for a romantic evening under the stars.
Gifts Under $100ENO DoubleNest Hammock
Kick back and relax in this cozy hammock for two! The ENO DoubleNest Hammock rolls up into a small package, making it the perfect option for quick-and-light backpacking. Or, if your partner is a tried-and-true tent camper, this hammock is still a great choice for lounging around camp, especially since you will both fit in there together.
Jetboil Flash Cooking System
No matter where or when you hit the outdoors, there is a good chance someone is going to want to eat! And wouldn’t it be nice if you could enjoy a nice hot meal rather than a pre-packaged bar? This is why the Jetboil Flash Cooking System makes a great Valentine’s Day gift. It boils two cups of water in just over two minutes, meaning it won’t take forever to get that cozy hot cup of cocoa ready. Plus, Jetboils come with an inclusive burner and pot combination, making this an easy gift to throw into your camp storage.
Zomake Pop-Up Tent
Okay, a pop-up tent may sound cheesy, but hear me out. These tents aren’t made for ridiculous windstorms or even backcountry camping. But, if you and your partner enjoy romantic days at the beach or evenings at music festivals, this Zomake Pop-Up Tent will be your new favorite. It’s easy to assemble (it literally pops open) and is a great respite from the blazing sun. Plus, it fits 3-4 people so you can invite your friends to hang out….if you want.
National Parks Annual Pass
If you’re like me, some of your best outdoor memories are created in a national park. Why not make it easy for your significant other and purchase him a National Parks Annual Pass so you guys can hit the trails whenever you’d like? The pass is good for 12 months from the initial purchase date, and at some parks, you can simply scan the barcode on your pass for entrance, bypassing the standard long lines to get in. At per-vehicle parks, the pass admits the pass holder and everyone in the car. At per-person areas, it admits the pass holder plus three adults.
Gifts Over $100Yeti Hopper Two 20
This leakproof, soft-sided cooler is a top-of-the-line option that sure isn’t cheap. Because of this, the Yeti Hopper Two 20 makes a great gift option for someone who would never spend the money themselves! It’s comfortable to haul around, and the exterior takes major abuse while holding 16 cans of beverages. But the highlight is its performance: you will never experience a colder drink!
Helinox Chair Zero
This isn’t your normal camp chair! Awarded an Editor’s Choice award by Backpacker magazine, the Helinox Chair Zero keeps your butt 11 inches off the ground while packing down to the size of a Nalgene. The added bonus: it weighs one pound, so there really is no reason for your partner to consider leaving it behind.
SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPP Messenger
What better way to tell your partner you love him than by gifting an item that is sure to keep him safe? The SPOT beacon ensures you can send emergency messages to responders via GEOS. But, even if it’s not an emergency, you can send check-in notes to friends and family back home so they can keep track of you on your adventure. Note: An annual SPOT service subscription is also required for this device. The basic plan runs $199.99 per year.
La Sportiva Core High GTX® Boots
Quality footwear is one of the most important pieces of gear for any outdoor escapade, and these La Sportiva Boots Core High GTX® are a great choice. Outfitted with GORE-TEX SURROUND® product technology, they keep water out while still allowing your feet to breathe, avoiding that uncomfortable clammy feeling. Plus, the high collar keeps your ankle from rolling, while the outsole sticks you to trails like glue.
Apple Watch Series 3
It doesn’t matter if your significant other is a trail runner, a hiker, a backpacker, or a mountain biker; the Apple Watch will make anyone happy! Outfitted with GPS only or GPS and cellular, this watch is a one-stop-shop for athletes. Track your trail stats, listen to music, and take phone calls if you need; it can all be done by a single device. When paired with wireless earbuds, the fuss and muss is minimal; no wires!
Price: Starts at $329
Oru Kayak Beach LT Folding Kayak
If you have deep pockets this Valentine’s Day, consider gifting your water-loving partner this unique collapsible kayak. The Oru Kayak Beach LT Folding Kayak collapses to the size of a backpack, making it easier to transport than other kayaks. The double-layer plastic can be folded thousands of times without weakening, so you’re sure to have a safe ride. While it certainly isn’t meant for whitewater, the Oru kayak is a good choice for calm lakes or slow-moving rivers.