Shopping for an outdoorsy person can be hard. Being out in the forest or on a mountain doesn’t leave much room for scented candles or bath bombs. When you’re brainstorming presents for your eco-friendly friends, you have to think outside the box. Luckily, we havethree excellent gift ideas for nature-lovers that will make any forester smile.
Every camper, hiker, rock-climber, or forager will usually tell you the same thing when you ask them what they want: gear! You may think of the ever-expensive deluxe tent or the high-tech water filter, but these pricey options aren’t your only options. Carabiners, ropes, tent posts, and pickaxes often get lost or worn down, so people who spend a lot of time outdoors often have to buy these repeatedly. Even propane for a camping stove or MREs (“meals, ready to eat”) make excellent gifts for hardcore backpackers. Showing them that you know what they need to be safe and comfortable can be the perfect gift.
Chances are, your outdoorsy friend cares about the environment. If their love language is food, sending them something that’s good for them and good for the Earth is a great idea. Stepping out of your comfort zone to bake rather than order something can add a little extra love. However, if you burn whatever you cook, there are other options. All-natural gift baskets are eco friendly, thoughtful, and customizable! Any long-lasting, easy-to-store food is anexcellent gift idea for nature-lovers.
An atlas is an invaluable tool for roughing it; giving the recipient an atlas that’s specialized for the place they’re going to next can keep them safe. Some nature-lovers also enjoy seeing the rarities of the outdoors; for example, bird-watchers often love to make notes on what they’ve seen. Plus, the ability to identify different plants, fungi, and animals can be critical for outdoorsy people, especially with the trend of self-sustainability on the rise. Foragers need to know what’s growing around them.
Ultimately, you know your friend best. So consider what their passions are and why, and never be afraid to just ask what they want or need!