Best Gifts for Outdoor Women: 25 Gear, Clothes & Novelty Ideas

Shopping for an adventure-loving gal? In this article, you’ll find everything from practical gear and comfortable clothing to fun novelties, useful gadgets, and more!

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Birthday coming up? Holidays right around the corner? Whatever the special occasion, it’s never too early to start thinking about cool gifts for the hiking, camping, and backpacking women in your life.

From thru-hikers to weekend warriors, it can be hard to find a cool new gadget or useful piece of gear that adventurous women will want and need.

However, you’re in luck because we’ve done the hard work for you! In this gift guide, included everything from practical gifts for everyday use to fun novelty items for the love of the great outdoors.


1. Sea To Summit Aeros Down Pillow

This year, why not give the gift of a good night’s sleep? If you’ve ever woken up on the forest floor with your neck and back aching, you know all about the importance of quality sleeping gear. This ultralight pillow with a decadently soft down topping is the answer to enjoying some easy Zzzs in the great outdoors. 

The Aeros Down is an insanely light and compact portable pillow that combines both luxurious softness and supportiveness. Technical fabrics allow this pillow to pack down to an incredibly small size (3” x 2.5”) and just 190g/6.7oz of weight. Any gal that could use a compact pillow for camping, backpacking, or car travel will love this gift! 

2. Gregory Octal 45

Get your outdoorsy friend the ultimate backpack to carry their beloved gear! 

The Gregory Octal 45 is an ultralight backpack designed especially for women. Its standout feature is its ultra hi-tech, aluminum suspension frame with anti-barrelling support. 

While some people swear by hyper-minimalist packs with zero structure, you’ll feel the difference proper support makes in terms of comfort, mile after mile. 

If you’re shopping for a woman that loves hiking, backpacking, thru-hiking, or traveling but hates heavy packs, she’ll definitely appreciate the superior comfort and support provided by a structured backpack. 

But that’s not all! This backpack is jam-packed with other quality-of-life features like a removable top lid, custom-fitted rain cover, sweat-wicking panels, a hydration sleeve and port, and plenty of quick-access pockets. Best of all? It’s covered by a lifetime warranty. 

3. Silva Ranger 2.0 Compass

This is one professional compass any experienced outdoor enthusiast will be drooling over! It’s the perfect gift for any outdoorsy person that regularly needs to navigate in the backcountry.

The Silva Ranger is an old-school mirror compass with lots of modern upgrades. It’s easy to use and read and includes plenty of extra navigational features like a slope card for measuring distances and a magnifying lens for precision map work. 

It also features an ergonomic design for easy handling. It can snugly fit in most pockets or be worn around the neck thanks to the included lanyard. 

4. Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XLite Sleeping Pad

Help your friend stay warm and cozy on all their outdoor adventures with the ultralight NeoAir XLite sleeping pad.

This is a top-of-the-line, ultra-packable sleeping pad designed for ultimate comfort and warmth. Its tapered design means it cuts weight, too, tipping the scales at just 12.5oz for the regular size. It can even be packed down to the size of a water bottle! What ounce-counting minimalist could resist? Any outdoorsy woman will appreciate the upgrade!

5. Deuce of Spades Camping Trowel

While “waste management” might not top most gift-giving lists, The Deuce of Spades is actually an incredibly useful gadget for keeping things sanitary in the great outdoors. It makes a great gift for your outdoor-loving friend that already has everything and will serve them well from the next adventure ‘til the day they hang up their hiking boots!

The Deuce of Spades is a backcountry latrine trowel with a clever design and small footprint. 

Despite weighing only 0.6 ounces, it’s ridiculously tough. It provides a fast and effective dig that can be used for digging a firepit, trenching a latrine, setting up a tent, and myriad other uses around camp. 

6. Freshette Pee Funnel 

While we’re on the topic of dealing with ‘nature’s call’ in the great outdoors, a pee funnel is another product designed to make tinkle time for women just a little easier. 

The Freshette is a portable female urination device that can be used while hiking, camping, traveling, at music festivals, or anytime you want to avoid some grim portapotty. 

It allows women to skip the squat and pee standing up, allowing for much more privacy and freedom. What more could a girl want?

7. Ursack Major Bear Bag

Traditional bear-resistant canisters are heavy and bulky. The Ursack Major Bear Bag provides a lighter alternative to the pesky problem of bears stealing your snacks. Any outdoor girl that spends time camping in bear country will appreciate this gift. 

The Ursack Major is a lightweight yet extremely durable bag designed to keep bears from getting to your food. It’s collapsible, easy to store, and carries up to 10.6 liters of food (approx. 5 days of food for 1 person). 

Included is a 6 foot–high tensile strength cord with reflective tracer to make suspending the bag a breeze. 

8. Adventure Medical Kits UltraLight And Watertight

The Adventure Medical Kit contains all the first aid gear adventurous women need to stay safe outdoors. It’s the perfect travel kit for not just outdoor adventures, but for keeping in your car, family outings, or while traveling. 

The kit comes with a wide variety of essential items including bandages, wound-care items, and medications. Two inner DryFlex™ watertight pouches ensure that the contents are always kept clean and dry.

Repeatedly used and approved by professionals and outdoor athletes, you can trust that this kit will keep you safe no matter how wild your adventures get. 


1. Women’s Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer 2

Keep your outdoor-loving friend warm with the Ghost Whisper 2! This is the sustainable reimagining of one of Mountain Hardwear’s most popular hoodies. It’s one of the best outdoor gifts for women who appreciate eco-friendly and sustainable outdoor gear. 

The Ghost Whisperer 2 is an ultra-lightweight hoodie made from durable ripstop nylon. It’s incredibly warm thanks to its responsibly sourced, 800-fill RDS®-certified down filing. Other-eco friendly creds include completely recycled face and trim fabric.

Thanks to a highly packable design, the Ghost Whisperer 2 can be stuffed down into its own hand pocket, thereby freeing up room in your pack. 

If you think she could benefit from a lightweight, warm and eco-friendly top layer, get her this gift! 

2. Women’s Salomon Quest 4 GTX

If you’re looking for a great gift idea for outdoorsy women, nothing quite compares to a pair of Salomon hiking boots. 

Born in the French Alps, Salomon is quite near the top of the unofficial hierarchy of the best hiking boot brands. Their women’s Quest 4 GTX combines everything Salomon is known for: superior comfort, support, and durability. 

If you’re shopping for an outdoor woman used to tackling long trails in tough terrain, she’ll appreciate the out-of-the-box comfort of these boots. Other impressive features include Gore-Tex membranes, grippy outsoles, aggressive lugs, and updated ADV-C 4D chassis.

3. Rab Hut Slippers

After a day of hiking, skiing, or cycling, there’s nothing better than peeling off your boots and sliding into these ultra-comfortable slippers. They make an awesome gift to give any adventurous woman that enjoys outdoor activities.

The Rab Hut Slippers offer soft and warm relief to trail-tired feet. Weighing just 172g/6oz, they can be easily compressed and stashed into any backpack. 

The Hut Slippers have even been given a serious eco-friendly update. They’re now made from 100% post-consumer recycled synthetic insulation and a water-resistant recycled Pertex® Quantum outer.

4. Fjallraven Abisko Trail Tights

The classic gift for outdoorsy women is a pair of high-quality tights. The Abisko Trail Tights hit all the markers of a great pair, including breathability, durability, and stretch. 

This practical gift provides amazing freedom of movement while trekking, but they also work double duty as climbing tights. That’s all thanks to their highly functional stretch fabric and extra thoughtful features like improved abrasive strength in high-wear areas and discrete reinforcements over the knees and rear. 

Extra features include two leg pockets, a comfortable high waist with a drawstring cord, and ventilated panels. 

5. Arc’teryx Gamma LT Pants

One of the best gift ideas for outdoorsy women is something that she can use both on and off the trail or mountain. 

The Gamma LT pants are lightweight and durable softshell pants that are versatile enough to be used for a number of outdoor activities.

But don’t let their outdoor credentials fool you! These high-performance pants are stylish enough for everyday wear thanks to their minimalist design and varied color patterns. 

The waistband can fit comfortably under a harness or hipbelt while the cuff closes with a drawstring. Other standout features include weather-resistant mid and outer layers, superior abrasion resistance, and a softshell made from four-way stretch woven textiles. 

6. Women’s Darn Tough Light Hiker Micro Crew Socks

Looking for the ultimate stocking stuffers? When it comes to amazing gift ideas for outdoor lovers, it’s hard to go wrong with a pair of Darn Tough socks!

Darn Tough socks are a bit of an icon in the outdoor community thanks to their unrivaled durability. The fact that every pair is unconditionally guaranteed for life is just a testament to their resilience. 

These women’s crew socks are made from moisture-wicking merino wool to keep feet fresh and dry in all weather conditions. Their superior performance fit means no slipping, bunching, or blisters while on the trail. 

Despite all these features, these socks feel incredibly lightweight thanks to newly-designed, multi-zone mesh panels which improve venting and flexibility. 

7. Patagonia Fleetwith Skort

Another gift that’s both fun and practical for outdoorsy women is Patagonia’s Fleetwith Skort. This multi-functional skirt is stretchy, comfortable, and stylish and lends itself well to traveling, commuting, and a wide variety of outdoor sports. 

The outer skirt features a refined, minimalist design while hidden underneath is a pair of spandex shorts to support a range of activities. A waistcord allows for an adjustable fit and there’s even a secret stash pocket for protecting important items. 

If you’re looking for a gift for an eco-friendly outdoorsy girl or woman, they’ll appreciate the fact that the Fleetwith is made from recycled polyester in a Fair Trade Certified facility. 

8. Fjällräven Övik Shirt

Fjällräven is a Swedish brand that makes quality, durable, and timeless outdoor gear. If you need a gift that’s both simple and practical, check out their Övik shirts for women. 

Every outdoor lover is always looking for the perfect t-shirt and the Övik women’s t-shirt comes pretty close. Made from comfortable jersey fabric in 100% organic cotton, these t-shirts are lightweight and breathable for all-day comfort.

If you’re looking for something a little more backcountry fancy, try the Övik Flannel Shirt. It’s made from the same quality organic cotton, so it’s breathable and comfortable. Since it features a tailored fit that cinches at the waist, it will flatter women of all body shapes. 

Novelties & Gadgets

1. Zippo Handwarmer

Zippo Hand Warmers will keep your hands toasty warm from the office to your next summit. These trusty pocket furnaces are available in both rechargeable electric models and refillable fuel-filled models. 

Most models reach a 120°F / 50°C operating temperature with 6 heat settings to adjust for comfort and warmth. The coolest part is that some models even act as power banks, allowing you to charge your portable devices on the move. 

Since these hand warmers are reusable, they’re much more environmentally friendly than disposable warmers. If you’re looking for a handy gift for any outdoor gal that regularly braves the elements, this is it! 

2. Garmin inReach Mini

Give the explorer in your life the gift of a built-in adventure companion. The inReach Mini is a compact satellite communicator designed to keep you in contact with home while you’re off the grid. For hiking, backpacking, or camping trips, there is no better way to give the gift of peace of mind.

Thanks to its global satellite coverage, the inReach Mini allows you to stay in touch with your loved ones even when your cellphone has no coverage. The inReach Mini allows you to send two-way messages, post to social media, or communicate with another in-range, inReach device.

In an emergency situation, you can even send an SOS to the coordination center or share your location with loved ones at any time through the MapShare app. All of this power comes in a compact and rugged design that’s just 4” x 2” in size and 3.5 oz in weight.

3. THERMACELL Backpacker Mosquito Repeller

Make any camping trip bug-free with this powerful mosquito repellent. The Backpacker Mosquito Repeller offers up to 15 hours of scent-free mosquito defense by using a camping gas canister most outdoorsy people already have in their pack. 

Weighing in at just 4 ounces, the Backpacker is ideal for any hiker, camper, hunter, or outdoor woman who want to repel mosquitoes without DEET. It creates a 15-foot zone of protection against mosquitos that will last a whopping 90 hours on just one 4 oz canister.

Best of all, the Backpacker is both human and pet-friendly and has been EPA-tested and reviewed for safety and effectiveness.

4. Garmin Instinct Solar Watch

Any outdoorsy woman that regularly heads out on long expeditions could benefit from a hi-tech smartwatch like the Garmin Instinct. 

The Garmin Instinct Solar has all the basics of a GPS watch with some impressive bonus features. First of all, the Instinct is incredibly tough. It’s built with a fiber-reinforced polymer case and chemically strengthened, scratch-resistant glass. 

On top of its military-grade strength, the Instinct allows you to enjoy preloaded sports apps, track your stress levels, and even optimize your body’s energy reserves through heart, stress, and sleep data. 

But this isn’t just any old smartwatch. Thanks to photovoltaic panels built right into the glass, the Instinct charges itself while on the go. This provides an amazingly long battery life that can last up to 54 days in smartwatch mode. 

5. GoPro

The GoPro is the world’s most versatile camera allowing outdoor enthusiasts to take stunning hi-resolution photos and cinematic videos of all their adventures.

Thanks to Emmy Award-winning stabilization, the GoPro allows you to take incredibly smooth videos no matter how bumpy the ride gets. The Hero11 GoPro is completely waterproof while the GoPro Mini is their toughest 5K camera. 

Wherever the road or trail takes you, there’s a GoPro camera ready to help you nail the perfect shot! 

You’ll also find all the add-on accessories you need to customize your experience. Choose from camera mounts for yourself, your helmet, and even your pup all the way to mods and lighting for serious photographers.

6. National Parks Adventure Pass

What if the perfect gift for your outdoor-loving friend isn’t a thing but an experience? 

One of the best outdoorsy gifts to give any nature lover is an America The Beautiful Annual Pass. For less than $100 bucks, the pass covers entrance fees to all national parks, wildlife refuges, and monuments across the US for an entire year. 

The pass covers the entrance for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas. If the site charges per person, the pass covers up to 4 adults. 

7. Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival

Bushcraft 101 is the New York Times best-selling guide to wilderness survival. It’s a fun novelty gift that any outdoorsy woman will enjoy and hey, it might just save their hide one day! 

From collecting and cooking food to building a shelter and protecting yourself from the elements, Bushcraft is the ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry. Not only is this guide jam-packed with actionable tips, but it also provides a way to reconnect with the great outdoors.

8. Goal Zero Venture 35

The Goal Zero Venture 35 is the ultimate power bank to charge small gadgets outdoors. It’s useful not just for outdoor enthusiasts but anyone that commutes or travels and wants to charge their gadgets while on the go.

USB-A and USB-C power delivery ports provide up to 3 smartphone charges per full battery. The power bank itself has an IP67 rating, meaning it can withstand the punishment of dust, sand, debris, and water. 

The best part is that the Goal Zero Venture can be charged in two ways: connect the compatible solar panels for 6 hours or recharge through a USB-C port in just 3.

9. REI Gift Card

While giving a gift card might seem impersonal, plenty of outdoorsy people simply love to choose their own outdoor gear. 

With an REI gift card, she can choose from top-brand gear, clothing, and accessories. The REI outlet provides deep discounts on gear and there are even gently-used options for people worried about their footprint. 

REI even offers rentals, classes, and events if she’s looking for something a bit more hands-on.

Best Gifts for Outdoor Women!

There you have it! We hope this guide to the best gifts for outdoor women has made shopping for your friends and family just that little bit easier. 

We’re all outdoor enthusiasts here at My Open Country and the items we have chosen are all gifts we’d love to receive ourselves. So we imagine the outdoorsy women in your life will be over the moon to receive any one of them too!

If you have any questions about finding a special gift for that outdoor-loving woman in your life, feel free to ask us in the comments below. Happy shopping! 

Last update on 2023-05-29 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Jolanda is a full-time writer and life-long outdoor enthusiast. Growing up on a small island off the Eastern Canadian coast, she spent most of her childhood hiking, swimming and fishing in the Atlantic ocean.

After a short stint in the corporate world, Jolanda quit her day job to write full-time and check out what lies beyond the Canadian shores. Ever since, she’s been hiking, biking and kayaking her way across 11 European countries and counting.

Jolanda currently lives in the beautiful, Tuscan countryside. When she isn’t hanging out in the woods or at the beach, you’ll catch her foraging for mushrooms and truffles with her truffle-dog, Red.

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