Wool socks? Flannels? Old school flashlights? Not on this list people! It’s time to step up your holiday gifts with this gift guide for the outdoorsy type in your life.
From van-lifers to overlanders, this list brings you the items off of your radar, that need to be on your shopping list this 2020 holiday season!
While this list is in no particular order, we must kick off this list with the king of outdoor accessories, the one that can’t be overlooked, the NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair!
1. Nemo Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair
Don’t let the fancy name fool ya, this camp chair is tough, but oh so comfy!
When my buddy CJ told me he bought a Stargaze, I smirked and thought “well, that’s cute”, but then…..I sat in it, and now I own not one, but two of these camp chair kings.
NEMO already screams quality, if you haven’t checked out their gear, you’re missing out. From sleeping bags and pads to tents and camp showers, NEMO is a company that builds quality outdoor products, backed by a lifetime guarantee.
What I personally love about this aside from coolness factors and uniqueness, is the fact that this chair can be used for sitting up and chatting with friends, or kicked back in the recliner mode. While some camp chairs do recline, they are large, cumbersome, heavy, and generally not built outdoor tough.
I’m speaking highly of this, I get it, but have you sat in one? Have you gazed at the stars in it? Have you watched your kid’s soccer game in a level of comfort that leaves other soccer moms and dads in pure jealousy mode?
Camp Chair Drip is real folks, and the NEMO Stargaze Recliner Luxury Chair brings the drip.
Quick Facts of the NEMO Stargaze:
- Wight: 7lbs, 2oz
- Packed size: 23.5 x 6.5 x 6.5 in
- Dimensions: 27 x 36 x 44 in
- Capacity: 300 lbs
Go read my other articles, I NEVER say what I’m about to say:
Go Buy the Nemo Stargaze Recliner. This chair is often sold out and as of right now, it is actually in stock.
Do you want the gift that will literally keep giving? Do you want to get the gift your loved one thanks you for every-time they use it? Get the Stargaze.
Check out our video of OffGridEssential co-founder, CJ and his full breakdown of the NEMO Stargaze:
2. High Camp Flasks
Need to keep that eggnog warm around camp? Or maybe you’re on a quest for that hidden gem of a gift for the outdoorsy craft spirit type in your life?
Meet High Camp Flasks.
Nothing sucks more than realizing you forgot an essential item, even though you checked, and re-checked your packing list. Ironically, you know what you never forget?
Alcohol. Yeah, I said it.
High Camp Flasks offers a unique way to solve your camp drink dilemmas with their lineup of outdoor flasks, and these aren’t just any old flask…
Whether it be your favorite bottle of whisky or that latest bottle of cab you bought–just because the bottle had a cool label–the booze always gets packed. By the way, let’s be honest, who can figure out a good bottle of wine by just looking at the label. Stop lying, you can’t and I can’t either. Funny labels matter!
Check out our full High Camp Flasks Review.
Quick Facts about High Camp Flasks:
- 100% 18/8 stainless steel
- Vacuum insulated flask which equates to 24 hours of temperature control
- Leak-proof cap with silicone seal
- Guaranteed no-lip-drip
- Double-wall insulate tumbler that secures magnetically to the flask
- 375 ml and 750 ml sizes (750 ml can fit a full bottle of wine or a 5th of your favorite hooch)
- BPA and phthalate free
Check out High Camp Flasks, here.
So, we’ve looked at quite a few camping lanterns here at Off-Grid Essential. I feel like Goal Zero balanced all the wanted features well enough that this lantern eeks out our top pick overall as the best camping lantern.
With a price at $50, this lantern delivers in all areas that the others do, but also steps above with the hand crank feature. So, while a solar panel and USB charging is great, both of these charging methods rely on something (sunlight and power sources). Goal Zero Lighthouse only realy needs you. Awwwww.
Camping Lanterns have changed since you last looked, check Out Our Guide to the Best Camping Lanterns
Quick Facts about the Goal Zero Lighthouse 400:
- Price: $48.95
- Type: LED
- Lumens: 400
- Run Time: up to 48 hours
- Fuel: Solar and USB Charging and a Hand Crank
- Waterproof: Yes
Link To Purchase the Goal Zero Lighthouse 400.
While the weather outside might be frightful now, it will soon enough be sunny and warm again.
The worst part of camping is not being able to shower after a long day of running around the great outdoors. You could do a baby-wipe rubdown, but that won’t work for your whole body, and it’ll just spread the dirt around.
We are no longer limited to a water source or even a power source for that matter. Now we can bring life’s luxuries along wherever the trail leads us with the Nemo Helio LX Camp Shower
With its greater capacity and sturdy foot pump, you can enjoy a 7-10 minutes of continuous, high pressurized use. They’ve also added a sprayer trigger for a continuous, hands-free shower.
Muddy camping trips and sticky days at the beach are a thing of the past with the Nemo Helio LX Camp Shower.
Want the good on camping showers? Check out our guide to the Best Camping Showers
Quick Facts about the Nemo Helio LX Camp Shower:
- Water Capacity: 5.8-gallon
- Delivery Method: Pressurized
- Packed Size: 6.5” x 10.5”
- Dry Weight: 2 lbs
- Length of Hose: 7 ft
Shop Here for the Nemo Helio LX Camp Shower.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make or break a good road trip. Cell Service is one of those things. weBoost Drive Reach delivers a cell signal booster to help combat just that.
We covered this one in depth in our review of the weBoost Drive Reach
Or Check out or Guide to the Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters
weBoost isn’t increased cell data for your plan, what weBoost does (and does effectively) is greatly increase your device’s ability to communicate with cell towers at much farther distances when it normally would not be able to. Say goodbye to “No Service” screens and hello to data in the Backcountry!
weBoost is designed, assembled, and tested here in the good old USA. While to some that may not matter, to me it does. What makes the device so great compared to others on the market? Here is a rundown of all its features that makes it a solid choice to use, and why it earns our recommendation:
- Designed and Manufactured in the USA.
- Compatible with all major US Carriers
- 5G Compatible
- Easy Setup – No messy installs!
6. Guzzle H2O Stream – Portable UV and Carbon Block Water Purification System
The ultimate water purification system that every overlander, camper, hunter needs! This system is perfect for that adventurer who wants safe, great-tasting water in a multi-range of situations.
Get out there and go as remote as you want…just be near some type of water source. The Guzzle H2O Stream will pump, filter, and purify water from creeks, rivers, lakes, and more. The second best part, you do not have to worry about packing the amount of water that you will need…saving you space and weight!
From hunting to camping to emergency preparedness, the Stream offers a quick, efficient, and highly purified system to ensure you, your family, and friends have the necessary drinking water for any situation. With a max flow rate of 1.1 gallons per minute, you can get a good amount of water quickly.
Quick Facts about the Guzzle H20 Stream:
- Housing for the battery and pump are contained in a waterproof case
- High capacity rechargeable battery can filter and purify 32 gallons of water @ .7 GPM flow rate or 90 gallons @ 1.1 GPM flow rate on one charge
- LED UV inactivates 99.99% of microbiological hazard that you cannot see
- Carbon block filters and absorbs sand, silt, microplastics, lead, mercury, VOCs, and more
- 1000 gallon capacity
- Included attachments also connect to faucets
Check out the Guzzle H2O Stream here.
For all your roaming adventures, this case is a heavy duty storage case that comes in 5 different sizes and 4 color options. Made from a durable LLDPE shell, these cases are perfectly designed and built to store your camping gear and tools!
Nylon rope handles, steel lockable latches, and a dust/waterproof gasket seal means transporting and protection from the elements will keep your gear safe and ready when needed! Heavy-duty hinges are molded into the body, and they have optional gas struts that ensure the lid stays open freeing up your hands.
Need more than one? Well, Roam has a built-in interlocking design to make stacking and pairing these cases a breeze.
Make a mess inside the case? No worries, wash and rinse and use the integrated water tight drain.
At camp and ready to open a cold one? The integrated bottle opener on the side of the lid will keep the beer flowing!
Roam Adventure Company pairs well with Truck Camping, Check out our Guide to Truck Camping
Quick Facts about ROAM Adventure Co. Rugged Cases:
- Variety of sizes: 52, 82, 83, 95, 105, and 160 Liters
- Durable LLDPE shell
- Lockable latches
- Stackable design
- Waterproof Seal
- Optional gas struts
Check out ROAM Cases here.
A compact, indestructible vessel that perfectly organizes the tools needed while adventuring outdoors! Containing 70 pieces of essential outdoor gear, this most versatile outdoor adventure kit gives you a fast and reliable way to prepare, organize, carry, and access crucial camp gear.
Nine inches long by 2 inches in diameter, this 1lb waterproof vessel is made from military-grade aluminum and is backed by a lifetime warranty. A 200- lumens, 4-mode flashlight on one end offers 40 hours of burn time, and an oil-filled precision compass on the other end is your trusted navigational tool.
In between, you have a mini first aid kit, a Firestarter kit, 25 feet of marine grade rope, a razor, a fishing kit, beeswax candle, 60lb working strength wire saw, water purification kit, adventure tape, a 12×20 inch biodegradable bamboo fiber cloth, and a miscellaneous gear kit that contains a whistle, sewing kit, and can opener…yeah this thing has it all!
Check out our full Guide to Adventure Medical Kits
Quick Facts about the VSSL Compact Adventure Kit:
- Over 70 pieces of essential outdoor gear
- Compact and lightweight
- Perfectly organized into waterproof stackable tins
- Customizable to fit your needs
- Lifetime warranty
Check out more at VSSL, here.
The ultimate protection solution for your smartphone. Built with 5-layers of Chromium Thermal Barrier that reflects more than 90% of the sun’s heat, preventing your phone from overheating. This barrier also insulates your smartphone in cold climates that help to extend battery life up to 4 times than without it.
A water-resistant outer shell and incorporated flotation will keep your device on the surface of the water for quick and easy retrieval. Worried about how you are going to carry or pack this? Don’t be, it easily attaches to a backpack, belt, carabiner, or lanyard with the multi-point attachment system.
Don’t want to carry your wallet as well? Inside the case is a stash pocket that allows you to carry a credit card, your ID, and some cash. Use the Ultrgrip EZ-Open tabs, and you have access to your items quickly.
The perfect on-the-go phone protection option that keeps you out exploring whether hot and sunny, or cold. Go hit the slopes, knowing your phone won’t be dead from the cold when you are ready to snap some epic photos.
Quick Facts about the PHOOZY XP3 Thermal Phone Case:
- Chromium Thermal Barrier that reflects >90% of the heat from the sun and insulates in cold conditions
- Extends battery life 4-times that of when not using PHOOZY
- Built in water-resistant flotation
- Exceeds military drop test standards
Check out PHOOZY here!
Also be sure to check out the protection in our Drop Test review of the PHOOZY XP3
10. MyMedic MyFAK
First off…just in case you were wondering…MyFAK stands for “My First Aid Kit”. You’re welcome. Now onto the important information…
Made here in the USA and backed by a lifetime guarantee this First Aid Kit is a must-have! Designed with 3 goals in mind: be adaptive, functional, and indestructible.
The go anywhere first aid kit means you have necessary aid response items for those trips to the park with the family, hiking, multi-day backpacking adventures, hunting, or overlanding if needed.
Tri-fold designed pouch has a heavy-duty handle, a tearaway back panel for those emergency grab situations, and buttoned straps to attach to mole systems. The Velcro backing allows you to secure to any loose-knit fabric like the rear of a car seat.
An oversized zipper means you will be able to open this first aid kit in an emergency situation without the worry of a stuck zipper. Inside the kit contains over 100 expert-picked supplies for bleeding, airway, burns, hydration, med, sprains and fractures, and topical items.
Designed for a group size of 2 people, this kit offers peace of mind for you or your loved ones while out exploring. After all, help may be further than you think. Don’t miss out on the best first aid kit on the planet.
Check out our full Guide to Adventure Medical Kits
Quick Facts about MyMedic MyFAK:
- Two variations: basic and advanced
- 79 + First Aid items
- Weight: 2.2 lbs basic model; 2.8 lbs advanced model
- 7.5 x 6.5 x 5 inches in size
- Tri-fold design for quick access to First Aid Supplies
- Tear-away back panel for speediness in an emergency situation
- Durable outer shell with quality molle straps and velcro patches for any extras you may want to add
- Made in the USA
- Lifetime Guarantee
Check out MyMedic Here.
BONUS Stocking Stuffer: Quick Survive Fire Starters.
Every outdoorsy type loves little survival hacks to keep tucked away for that moment it’s needed most. When it comes to survival, the folks at QuickSurvive have got this covered for you with their handy, packable, waterproof fire starters.
We got our hands on these and they did not disappoint. Fitting in the palm of your hand, each fire-starter is individually waterproofed and ready to be lit in a moments notice.
Check out our guide to How to Make a Campfire Burn Hotter
- 30 Year Shelf Life
- Burns for 10 minutes
- Burns at up to 750 Degrees
- Perfect for the survivalist in your life!
Check out QuickSurvive here.
There you have it! You can either grab the same old wool socks and pocket knives and get the same old half-smile with an unenthusiastic “thank you” this holiday season, or you can WOW your loved one with some unique outdoor gear that delivers! Don’t screw this one up!! I have faith in you.