10 Adventurous Gifts For Outdoor Types

From camping and picnic essentials to gardening and walking gear, these are the gifts that’ll put a big smile on intrepid types’ faces.

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It’s hard to put your finger on what makes someone an ‘outdoor type’ – they could be someone that relishes the chance to scale the tallest peaks, an avid gardener or even just enjoy the occasional long walk and picnic. But the point is, you know one when you see one. And chances are you’ll have one on your gift list. Don’t fret, we’re here to help with this list, our edit of presents that’ll warm their adventurous hearts.

The Little Luxury

Even the most outdoorsy outdoors-type is unlikely to find themselves in a situation where they’ll need to spark a signal fire, but for camping and the like, this match strike canister from Fort Standard does an excellent job. Handmade in Queens, NYC, the brass canister is waterproof, too, just in case they’re caught in a shower.

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The Woolly Socks

All those wintery walks, kicking their way through the fallen leaves, requires sturdy footwear, sure, but people tend to neglect the importance of their choice of socks in such circumstances. Walking types will be touched you put the thought in with this chunky knitted pair, which is spun with soft, warm wool and a touch of cashmere.

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The Portable Office

Helinox describes itself as “a design-first company, focused exclusively on bringing comfort outdoors so you can be at home, anywhere,” which is precisely why pieces like this tactical field office table exist in their repertoire. Essentially a portable office, it’s ideal for camping trips, sketching or even setting up your WFH space in your garden.

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The Camping Chair

Made by the same brand, this lightweight chair is the perfect companion piece to the above desk – if you’re planning on splurging on someone special, we’d suggest this combo. Inspired by military kit and crafted to the same standard, it’s built with a high back for comfort and support and has extended legs to keep you higher off the ground so you don’t get damp.

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The Fluffy Fleece

No outdoorsy wardrobe is complete without a decent fleece – its renaissance in men’s wardrobes is largely due to the return of a retro sartorial sensibility but we also have a newfound appreciation for practicality to thank. This one from our limited-edition made-in-Japan Red Ear line has a sturdy brass zip and is patterned to mimic condensation – a key theme in this season’s collection.

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The Picnic Tableware

As far as cool and cult brands go, Snow Peak is up there with the best of them. Founded in Japan in the late 1950s by a climber, these days the label specialises in all sort of outdoor-friendly goodies and collectables, including this ‘Renewed’ stainless steel plate set which will last a lifetime of camping trips.

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The Gardening Scissors

For those whose outdoor adventures start and end at their garden gate, these gardening scissors are an excellent pick. Crafted by Niwaki, which sources top-quality tools from Japan, they’re drop-forged (which results in greater durability and strength) from tough carbon steel and are built for decades of pruning, trimming and flower arranging. Plus, they look the part.

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The Matching Gloves

A companion piece to the above scissors, these gloves are described by the brand as “grippy but not too grippy” thanks to the durable nitrile coating – essentially making them ideal for gardening tasks that you need to be able to feel what you’re doing. They also have a specially-designed lining that keeps them breathable in warmer weather.

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The Vacuum Flask

Especially useful for winter hikes, camping trips and even cold mornings, Stelton’s EM77 vacuum flask is a true design classic: first introduced by celebrated Danish designer Erik Magnussen in 1977, it holds a full litre of tea or coffee and has an insulating glass insert that’ll keep any beverages toasty warm for hours.

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The Inspiring Magazine

“Formed in the hinterland between the bucolic and the eerie”– as its trio of editors puts it ­– Weird Walk is a physical zine documenting the wanderings and wonderings from the British Isles. With musings on the likes of ancient walkways and sacred pilgrimages alongside photo essays and poetry, it’ll make an excellent stocking filler for any amblers you know.

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Published: 11.22

Words: Molly Isabella Smith