2023 Holiday gift guides – Outdoor gear gift ideas

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ARTICLE – Here is a selection of gift ideas for the people on your holiday list who love to get outside for camping, traveling, and more. Also, be sure to check all of our other 2023 holiday gift guides!

Topo Global Travel Bag

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For the traveler, look no further than the Topo Designs Global Travel Bag. Thoughtful details abound in this 30L bag with multiple carry options (backpack, shoulder strap or hand carry), a bright interior, and a dedicated laptop pocket. As part of the Topo PackFast system, this bag has a lot of great, modular packing options to comfortably cover either an overnight or multi-day trip. This is a durable bag made of recycled materials, and features YKK zippers with locking straps. Check out the exclusive colorway at BespokePost for a bag that truly stands out in all the right ways!

Price: $149.00 (currently on sale)
Where to buy: Bespoke Post

Luci Beam 2-in-1 Solar Headlamp and Flashlight

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Everyone should have a good flashlight and one with multiple use modes is just that much more valuable. The Luci Beam 2-in-1 fits that bill perfectly. It’s both a handheld flashlight or a headlamp that converts instantly thanks to powerful magnets.

The main body houses a 4,000 mAh battery and a solar panel for recharging away from traditional power sources. The headlamp (which is also the flashlight lens) has it’s own 650 mAh battery for up to 2 hours of white light runtime at the brightest 300 lumens setting. That extends to 6 hours at the medium 100 lumens setting or 24 hours at the low 10 lumens mode. Additionally, there are two red modes along with a blinking mode at a medium brightness for each color.

The IPX4 rating means it’s water resistant and the included charging cable allows for quick charging prior to any camping trips or longer outings. This is a great gift idea for any adventurers in your life.

Price: $39.00 (currently on sale)
Where to Buy: bespokepost.com

Huck Bucket

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We all have that one person who seems to have everything they want, and it is impossible to buy a gift for when the holiday season comes around.  Well, I have a solution for you.  Get them a bucket for Christmas!  Yes, you heard me correctly.  This bucket is the king of buckets and can handle pretty much any task you throw at it.  It is nothing like the cheap five-gallon buckets you buy at your local blue or orange hardware stores.  The Huck bucket can haul up to 300 lbs even if you can’t.  It has an ergonomic handle and two side handles.  It is made of a new polymer called SpryTech that is UV resistant, marine grade, food safe, and lightweight.  What I love is the handle is bolted through the bucket itself with stainless steel hardware and is rated up to 600 lbs.  I have broken a couple of the cheap five-gallon buckets by trying to haul too heavy of a load in them.  It has rubber feet on the bottom that will keep the bucket from slipping, which would come in handy on a boat and keep the bottom of the bucket from wear and tear.  It comes in white, black, tan, or blue.  Yes, it is a bit pricey, but it is the last bucket they will ever need.

Price: $100.00
Where to buyBespoke Post

Priority Brilliant L Train Commuter Bicycle

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If you’re looking for a super simple low maintenance bicycle for commuting or around town riding then I have the bike for you. The Priority Brilliant L Train is the perfect bike with puncture resistant 700c x 32 tires which have low rolling resistance but enough width for a comfortable ride. The L Train also sports a rust and grease free Gates Carbon Belt Drive and an internally geared 7 speed Shimano Nexus rear hub which means I don’t have to worry about leaving it out in rainy Pacific Northwest weather.

I love riding bikes but hadn’t tried the Gates Carbon Belt Drive before. I found it super smooth and quiet especially paired with the internally geared Shimano Nexus hub. The Priority Brilliant L Train is so easy to ride and since there’s no chain it won’t rust and no lube is required so I don’t have to worry about getting pesky chain marks on my pants and the belt could last years before needing any maintenance.

The Priority Brilliant L Train is available in two colors, Subway Grey and Hudson Blue, with either available in an even more maintenance friendly V-brake configuration or with hydraulic disc brakes. I chose the hydraulic disc brake version which weighs 30lbs and costs $850 despite being 3lbs heavier and more expensive than the $750 V-brake L Train since I also plan to do some light trail riding and I wanted the better stopping power.

For commuting and riding around town this is the perfect bike for me and it just looks good too with the two color Hudson Blue/white frame, brown leather grips, and matching seat. The L Train came 85% assembled and included all the tools needed for final assembly. Priority even includes a bottle of touch up paint! Easy to follow assembly videos and a very responsive and helpful customer service will get you riding in no time if you have trouble. If you or someone you know is looking for an easy to ride super low maintenance bike that won’t break your budget then Priority Bicycles has one for you so check them out this Holiday season.

Price: $850.00
Where to buy: Priority Bicycles website

Readywares Waxed Canvas Zipper Tool Bags

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Do you know anyone good with their hands, has lots of tools of their chosen trade and needs some organization in their toolbox or bag? How about Readywares Waxed Canvas Zipper tool bags? They’re constructed of waxed canvas. Oh, my! And have brass YKK zippers. I’m feeling faint. They’re a little over 1 foot wide and a little over 7 inches deep, a perfect size to shove some screwdrivers, wrenches, pencils, pens, or whatever into. Since they use waxed canvas, they have excellent water resistance and can take some abuse without tearing or puncturing.

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They are $40 for 4 pouches in tan, olive, navy, and black. After taking off my shoes and doing some math, that comes out to $10 bucks a pouch. I’ve bought some pouches from big brand tool companies that cost more and aren’t made of waxed canvas. I’ve also bought cheaper ones only to have the zippers give up the ghost in no time flat. After organizing my work tool bag, I’m even thinking of using one to replace my toiletry bag to save space when traveling. I could even use one for keeping all my various cables and chargers in one so I’m not digging around in my backpack to find the one I need. They will make a great gift for all kinds of makers, travelers, outdoorsmen and women, and anyone who could use some rugged pouches for their stuff. They’re pretty, practical, and priced accordingly.

Price: $40.00
Where to buy: Bespoke Post

DOD Sugoi Adjustable Camp Chair

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Do you like to go camping with the family? Do you have friends over to enjoy the firepit in your backyard? Or like my wife, do you spend your Fall attending school bazaars and church craft fairs selling items? In any situation like this, you’ll want to have a portable chair, one that is both easy to set up and comfortable to sit in.

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DOD’s adjustable camp chair is known as Sugoi, a Japanese word that means wow. The design starts with a square core of connected metal tubes. They extend downward with adjustable height legs—this chair is good for adults and kids both—and upward with support for the back and the front. It can even be used without the legs, if you want to sit just above the ground. Small, reinforced slots are used to hang the cotton canvas onto the tubes. The chair is surprisingly comfortable whether leaning back and relaxing with a mug of hot chocolate or leaning forward to roast a marshmallow

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Perhaps the best part of this camp chair is its ability to be folded up and stored in the included bag. It takes up so little space and is easy to carry. Wherever you’re going, all the way to a state park or just out back to the porch, DOD’s Sugoi is the perfect camp chair to bring along.

Price: $119.00 (currently on sale)
Where to buyBespoke Post

LowePro RunAbout Pack-Away Daypack

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One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to hike, and that usually requires a daypack. But unless you take your daypack as a carry-on or personal item, it can be inconvenient to include.  The LowePro RunAbout Pack-Away changes that.

This daypack is light and packable, making it easy to slip into your larger luggage.  But it still has the carrying capacity and most features of a traditional daypack, including waist belt, sternum strap, and side pockets.  The pack weighs about 400g (0.9 lb), and has a capacity of about 18L, resulting in internal dimensions of 24 x 16 x 48 cm (9.45 x 6.30 x 18.90 in).  The pack body is made of 70D triple ripstop nylon, which is recycled. Access to the pack contents is through a traditional drawstring top opening, or a full zipper that extends down the center of the rear of the pack.

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The bag is designed for photo-hikers and is compatible with the LowePro Gear-Up inserts.  However, I’ve found the bag to function very well as a traditional daypack for lighter loads. The side compression straps, deep side pockets, numerous webbing loops, and front stretch pockets provide tons of versatile storage.

There are some drawbacks that come with a packable pack.  There is no padding in the pack at all, and also no frame or support.  When used with the LowePro Gear-up inserts, the inserts provide support.  With bulky, heavier, or uneven loads on long hikes, a traditional pack might be a better choice. But as a packable pack, the LowePro RunAbout Pack-Away is loaded with features and will accompany me on my future travel hikes!

Price: $85.95
Where to buyLowePro

Gerber Assert pocket knife

The Gerber Assert is an excellent gift idea for anyone who values practicality, durability, and versatility. This compact and robust folding knife is crafted with precision, making it a reliable tool for various everyday tasks. Whether for outdoor enthusiasts, campers, or someone who appreciates quality tools, the Gerber Assert stands out with its fine-edge S30V stainless steel blade and durable textured glass-filled nylon handle. The Assert also features an adjustable thumb stud for easier one-handed deployment and an ambidextrous pivot lock and clip. Whether for a camping trip, daily use, or just as a handy tool to have in your pocket, the Gerber Assert will be useful for many years to come. It even has a lifetime limited warranty.

Price: $175.00
Where to buy: gerbergear.com

Engwe X26 electric bike

The Engwe X26 e-bike makes a great gift for anyone who loves to explore the outdoors on two wheels. It is an all-terrain electric bike that can handle any challenge and terrain with ease. The X26 e-bike is equipped with a 1000W motor which provides a powerful, smooth, and comfortable ride with a top speed of 31 mph. The triple suspension system and 26″ x 4″ fat tires make it one of the most comfortable and stable e-bikes on the market. The foldable aluminum frame makes it easy to store and transport. The Engwe X26 e-bike is also equipped with hydraulic disc brakes and front and rear lights for added safety. The bike has a maximum weight capacity of 330 lb and comes with a passenger saddle mounted above the rear wheel. The Engwe X26 e-bike is a perfect gift for anyone who wants to explore the outdoors in style and comfort. It is available in two colors to complement your taste and style.

Price: $1099.99
Where to buy: engwe-bikes.com and Amazon
Read our review: Engwe X26 e-bike review

Also, be sure to check out Engwe’s Black Friday discounts on all their electric bikes:

X-Series:
X26 dual battery with $400 off, final price $1599 (original price: $1999)
X24 dual battery with $500 off, final price $1399 (original price: $1899)
X20 dual battery with $500 off, final price $1199 (original price: $1699)

X-Series (Single Battery):
X26 single battery with $400 off, final price $1399 (original price: $1799)
X24 single battery with $500 off, final price $1299 (original price: $1799)
X20 single battery with $500 off, final price $1099 (original price: $1599)

M-Series:
M20 single battery with $200 off, final price $999 (original price: $1199)
M20 dual battery with $300 off, final price $1199 (original price: $1499)

Engine Pro:
Engine Pro with $250 off, final price $1149 (original price: $1399)

Other Models:
E26 with $50 off, final price $1149 (original price: $1199)
L20 with $50 off, final price $949 (original price: $999)
P26 with $50 off, final price $799 (original price: $849)
T14 with $30 off, final price $509 (original price: $479)

Drinkmate InstaFizz

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The DrinkMate InstaFizz is a fun and portable way to fizz to your favorite beverages. This compact and innovative carbonation system turns ordinary drinks into fizzy delights with a simple push of a button. It’s perfect for creating custom sparkling drinks, cocktails, or even adding a fun twist to ANY cold beverage like ice tea! The InstaFizz doesn’t just stop at carbonation—it’s also portable, making it a great companion for holiday gatherings, picnics, or any on-the-go festivities. With its sleek design and stainless steel construction, it’s made to last and it will fit into your backpack and since it comes with 10 carbonation cartridges, everything needed is at their fingertips when they open the box. Gift the DrinkMate InstaFizz to someone who enjoys experimenting with flavors and elevating their beverage game, and you’ll be giving them the gift of effervescent joy during the holiday season.

Price: $69.99
Where to buy: Drinkmate.com and Amazon

Pelican Hydration Drinkware

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I’m sure that the Pelican brand is not new to you. Pelican has been around for many years with their heavy-duty protective cases for gear and even phones. But were you aware that they also make some great drinkware? Check out this Pelican Hydration 18 oz Ridge Mug. And yes, it has The Gadgeteer logo on it. How awesome is that perfectly etched logo?

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The powder-coated Ridge Mug is available in 8 different colors including Lagoon that I’m showing here.

The mug is constructed of FDA-compliant BPA-free recycled stainless steel and features copper lining and vacuum insulation that will keep hot drinks hot for up to 6 hours and cold drinks cold for up to 20 hours!

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It will fit most cup holders, is dishwasher safe, and has a removable lid with a sliding closure.

Price: $37.00 + extra if you want a logo or text (for The Gadgeteer logo, it was only $5 extra)
Where to buy: Pelican Hydration.com and Amazon

Also, be sure to check all of our other 2023 holiday gift guides!

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