The Best Stocking-Stuffer Sized Outdoor Gear For Every Type Of Adventurer

This year has looked, well, a little different. (Understatement, I know.) And that means gift-giving this holiday season is going to look a little different, too.

The world is facing a pandemic. Travel means exploring your own back yard. And face masks are becoming a normal part of everyone’s daily life.

In the travel world, that has not only translated to slower travel, but it’s meant travelers are spending more time outside. More time trying to get off the grid. And even more time picking up new outdoor habits – mountain biking, anyone?

And with new habits comes the need for new toys, which is exactly where these palm-sized pieces of outdoor tech and gear deliver. Here are the best – and coolest – stocking-stuffer sized pieces of outdoor gear for every type of adventurer this holiday season.

FOR THE HARD-CORE ADVENTURER

Spot X Satellite Messenger, S.O.S. System, and Tracker

With each Spot X assigned their own dedicated U.S. number, adventurers can use this tiny 2-way satellite messenger to text and email friends and family when they’re off-grid, send S.O.S. messages to a 24/7 Search & Rescue service, and even track their expeditions in a cloud-based mapping system for everyone back home to follow along as they make their way through whichever backcountry has been calling. The battery lasts an impressive 240 hours (10 days) in the 10-minute tracking mode. Users can pair the device with their mobile phone via Bluetooth, and let’s not forget the compass feature, which allows programmable waypoints for easier navigation. There’s even a super cool Jeep edition if you’re into that sort of thing.

Price: $249.99, service plans starting at $11.95/month

Suunto 7: Sports Watch Meets Smartwatch

The Suunto 7 is where sports watch meets smartwatch. With a recently released Suunto software update, adding more capability with their offline routes and navigation during sports tracking, enhanced route planning and discovery features, the Suunto 7 is one of the easiest to use sports watches on the market today. It also happens to be powered by Wear OS by Google, making it an even easier to use smartwatch. Scroll through your to-do list, see who’s calling, view incoming messages, and make payments using Google Pay, all from your wrist. Like I said, the best of a sports watch and a smartwatch.

Price: $499

Dermatone Outdoor Sunscreen, Lip Balm, and Frostbite Protection Kit

If it’s good enough to be the official sunscreen, lip balm, and frostbite protection of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team, it’s good enough for any adventurer. Known for its long-lasting, water-resistant, sweat-resistant, and broad-spectrum SPF capabilities delivering protection in high UV environments, Dermatone is a no-frills, deliver in extreme situation brand that delivers when it needs to so that you can concentrate on other, more important things. Like winning a gold medal.

Price: $24.99

SOL Fire Lite Fuel-Free USB-Rechargeable Lighter

A weatherproof electric lighter that works in all conditions and at any altitude? That’s exactly what this little lighter was built to deliver and why it’s the perfect gift for the modern-day explorer. Weighing less than 2 ounces and USB-rechargeable, the lighter also comes with a 3-foot tinder paracord lanyard that can be used as either tinder or rope, depending on the need. When did lighters become so cool?

Price: $24.99

FOR THE FOODIE TRAVELER

Wacaco Cuppamoka All-in-One Portable Pour-Over Coffee Maker

Not only is the new Cuppamoka from Wacaco a new convenient and lightweight way to make pour-over coffee right on the trail or in camp, but it’s also one of the coolest. With everything you need to brew right inside the stainless steel mug – a collection pad, paper filters, scoop, and pour-over cone – this all-in-one-brewer is easy to pack and light enough to take anywhere.

Price: $34.90

VSSL Adventure Flask

This isn’t just any flask. Because VSSL isn’t just any brand. Waterproof and made with military-grade impact-resistant aluminum, this compact adventure flask is just what any journey is missing. Pack away 9 ounces of liquid motivation in this handy little flask, and toast to your next ascent using the two collapsible stainless steel shot glasses conveniently stowed inside.

Price: $95

Namar Wheat Straw Biodegradable and Reusable Utensils

Finally, a set of reusable utensils that you won’t feel embarrassed to pull out of your pack. Whether you’re on the trail or at a roadside diner, there’s nothing uncool about minimizing the spread of germs and reducing waste to preserve our planet. Plus, a portion of each sale is donated to the Save the Earth Foundation.

Price: $12

Hydaway Collapsible Tumbler

The same guys that brought you the collapsible water bottle are now bringing you a collapsible space-saving tumbler aimed to reduce single-use plastics when you’re on the road. (See a theme here?) Throw in your backpack, use it at camp, use it at that roadside café, or use it for that cherished end of adventure beer.

Price: $25

Cotopaxi x MiiR Llama Stainless Steel Water Bottle

When two brands as sustainably and feel-good driven as Miir and Cotopaxi come together you know something good is about to happen. And I don’t just mean these 20-ounce stainless steel wide mouth water bottles (which are pretty cool, to be honest). The best part about this collaboration is the effort driven by these water bottle sales to help eliminate single-use plastics and support an ongoing grant to Water1st, an organization addressing economic justice and health by providing communities in Guatemala with access to house taps and clean water. This means, every purchase directly contributes to Water1st’s work to bring clean water to communities in need in Honduras. Buy a cool water bottle and support clean water – now that’s something you can feel good about.

Price: $29.95

FOR THE NOT-SO-ROUGHING-IT CAMPER

Bite’s Limited-Edition Champagne Toothpaste Bits

This all-natural, zero-waste, tube-free, 100% vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free toothpaste tablet is just what your toiletry bag didn’t know it was missing. And it’s all a part of the brand’s goal to eliminate the 50 Empire State Buildings’ worth of toothpaste tubes that end up in oceans and landfills each year. An admirable – and delicious – endeavor.

Price: $12

Juniper Ridge Holiday Christmas Fir Gift Set

Who doesn’t want to take the smell of Christmas trees with them wherever we go – even long after the holiday season is over. Made from sustainably wild-harvested Fir and Pine, this gift set of body wash, essential oil, and incense is good for the motel room, the car camping trip, and when you feel like you need to bring the outdoors indoors at home.

Price: $34

Snow Peak Mini Flame Gas Lantern Attachment

Snow Peak is known for making great-looking smart gear, and the Mini Flame gas lantern is no different. The perfect combination of low-tech lighting and high design, the lantern quickly screws onto any camping gas canister, instantly transforming a drab campsite from boring to boujee.

Price: $49.95

FOR THE MY-ACCESSORIES-ARE-A-VIBE OUTDOORSMAN AND OUTDOORSWOMAN

Under Armour UA Sportsmask

Designed for athletes and adventurers who just can’t sit still, the Under Armour UA Sportsmask is a breathable, lightweight, water-resistant, anti-microbial face mask that comes in a variety of colors and sizes ranging from XS to XXL. Because who says you can’t be pandemic-safe and sporty at the same time?

Price: $30

Houdini Alto Neck Gaiter

This all-natural merino wool and Tencel blend gaiter is warm, light, cozy, and everything your next outdoor adventure needs. Wear it as a tube scarf, pull it up over your face to block the wind (or add an extra layer of warmth over your UA Sportsmask), and enjoy every second in this moisture wicking, machine washable, natural bacteria, and dirt resistant layer.

Price: $40

Matador Freerain24 Waterproof Packable Backpack

Able to hold 24 liters of gear, this waterproof backpack packs down to fit in the palm of your hand, making it one of the lightest, most compact, waterproof packable backpacks available anywhere. With siliconized 30 Denier Cordura® ripstop and sealed seams, a Hypalon® rolltop puncture-proof main compartment, and with a detachable rolltop storage bag, this backpack was designed to withstand anything even the toughest adventurer throws its way.

Price: $64.99

Icebreaker Merino 250 Vertex Thermal Leggings IB Glacier in Men’s and Women’s

You can never have too many base layers. And you can certainly never have too many base layers as good – and stylish – as these 250 midweight leggings done in collaboration with New York City-based artist and photographer Justin Brice Guariglia. Leave the cold to the pictures of Greenland’s glaciers on these leggings.

Price: $140

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