HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

10 Naturally Great Gifts For the Outdoor Explorer in Your Life

These outdoorsy gifts will make any nature-lover smile.

By Alexia Partouche

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It’s time to start planning out our holiday shopping lists! First on the list: that nature-loving friend who can’t be kept indoors for too long. You know the one—they love the smell of fresh pine in the morning, the sound of leaves crunching beneath their boots, and the ache in their calves after a good hike.

If they know all of Houston’s hiking trails by heart, you’ll want to keep them equipped with a nice set of grippy shoes to handle the steepest of paths. Or if they’d rather lay back and relax in the fresh air, you’ll want to give them a shady cabana to unwind. No matter how they spend their time outside, we’ve gathered the perfect gifts for the outdoor explorer in your life.

Schwinn Bike Half-Finger Gloves

$17

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If your love of biking is taking a toll on your hands, equip yourself with Schwinn’s bike half-finger gloves from Target. The padded palms will keep your hands comfortable, while the moisture-managing material will stop your grip from ever slipping.

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Ozark Trail 2-Liter Hydration Pack

$20

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Stay hydrated as you take on Houston’s best hiking trails with Ozark Trail’s 2-liter hydration pack from Walmart. The lightweight backpack design offers easy access to your drink of choice, so you can keep your thirst quenched while you explore everything nature has to offer.

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L.L. Bean Trailblazer Scout 200 Headlamp

$25

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An essential for any overnight camping trip, L.L. Bean’s trailblazer scout headlamp is the perfect way to light up your late night exploration. It’s easy to use and extremely lightweight, so you’ll barely even notice it’s there.

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Manready Mercantile 256 Richardson Hat  Local

$34

The Texas sun shines bright even in the winter, so keep yourself shaded with this 256 Richardson hat from Manready Mercantile. Its embroidered longhorn design will show off your Texan pride while also saving you from a sunburn.

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Peace Sign Wind Chime

$35

There’s nothing more calming than some wind-made music drifting in from the outdoors. Hang up this wind chime from Ten Thousand Villages outside your door and let the good vibes and twinkling sound welcome you home.

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Sierra Designs Portable Cabana

$60

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We’re always down for some fun in the sun, but it’s important to take a break and cool off in the shade once in a while. Avoid a sunburn while you’re out in the sun with Sierra Designs portable cabana from Target.

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Picnic Time® Wine Country Tote in Black

$61

Up your picnicking game by bringing along your favorite wines and cheese with Picnic Time’s Wine Country tote from Bed Bath & Beyond. It even comes with a cheeseboard, cheese knife, and corkscrew, so you’ll be all set for a luxurious afternoon in the outdoors.

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Nocs Provisions Zoom Tube 8x32 Monocular Telescope Local

$75

This handheld monocular telescope from Wandering Star Adventure Emporium is your birdwatching bestie. Bring it with you on the trail to locate feathered friends and any of the other wild animals meandering by your favorite hiking trail.

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Topo Designs Mountain Pack 16L Local

$120

Keep all of your hiking provisions safe with Topo Designs’ Mountain Pack from Stag Provisions. Made from lightweight recycled nylon and stocked with plenty of pockets and a hydration port, it’s a must have for your next wilderness adventure.

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Salomon X-Ultra 4 GORE-TEX Hiking Shoes 

$150

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Take your hiking game to the next level of Salomon hiking shoes from REI. The agile design adapts to your movement so you’ll be able to hike comfortably for hours, while the soles provide the grip necessary to tackle even the steepest, slipperiest of trails.

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