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5 Last Minute Gifts for Outdoor Lovers [Gift Guide]

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It’s that time of December: the week you get all those emails from your favorite brands announcing you’re running out of time to order and still get gear in time for Christmahanukwanza. Heck, by the time you’re reading this, those deadlines may have come and gone days ago! Fortunately, we’ve rounded up 5 last minute gifts for outdoorsy folks so you can still make your favorite adventurer very merry this season.

5 Last Minute Gifts for Outdoor lovers

a woman looks excited in front of the website that says "a better way to book with points."
The home page.

Maybe the perfect last minute gift for the outdoor-loving traveler who has everything (or says they want nothing), is a platform that allows them to search for award flights (as in, flights they can purchase with points and miles instead of their credit card) with ease. Seriously. In a recent search for the best deal on award flights, Point.Me saved us hours of time that we would have spent searching on a dozen different sites. Check out our full review of here, then score them an annual membership here.

last minute gifts: REI gift card
Photo courtesy of REI.

E-gift Cards to Their Favorite Gear Shop

We love REI and Backcountry and Moosejaw. We bet they do, too. And fortuitously, they all offer the option to purchase digital gift cards in just about any amount that you can order online, then print or email so they can treat themselves to whatever new piece of outdoor gear or clothing they want, you don’t have to leave the house, and no one has to know you waited until the last minute to shop. Win-win-win.

Two people sit on a cliff and look out over the forest.
Another adventure in Michigan.

An Outdoor Experience

We frequently get caught up in buying “stuff” or gift cards around the holidays, but consider gifting an experience instead. Like a NOLS courseREI Experience, educational course (like our new Backpacking 101 course), or an annual pass to state or national parks. Because frequently, experiences are far more meaningful than things. Also, they don’t take up any space.

App subscriptions make great last minute gifts.
App subscriptions make great last minute gifts.

An Outdoorsy Subscription

Are they into overlanding? Score them an OnX Offroad subscription. Hiking? Get them a year of AllTrails. Love gear? A lifetime REI membership. Do they love backpacking off-grid? Check out Gaia. There are apps and subscriptions for everything and it might be something they wouldn’t pay for themselves.

Gift cards also make great last minute gifts.
Gift cards also make great last minute gifts.

A Gift Card

Hikers love a hot shower and a real bed. Trust me, I know. So if they tend to travel for epic adventures and book a room from time to time, they’ll love a gift card that takes the sticker shock off of a night stay after a few days in the wilderness. Bonus points if they can choose their own stay. With a hot tub, perhaps??? Gift a gift card here.

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