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The Ultimate Gift Guide for Every Outdoor Junkie in Your Life

11/30/17 by Matt Wastradowski

We feel your pain: Even as you’re making a list and checking it twice, it’s never easy to shop for outdoor enthusiasts. They always seem to know about the latest products and a handful of new outdoor gadgets will get funded on Kickstarter in the time it takes to read this article. It’s also becoming increasingly complicated to weed through all the product features and jargon to figure out which ones are actually worth it. This year, you’ll need to get creative.

But we’re saving you the headache this season by putting together this gift guide, featuring 11 thoughtful ideas for every* *outdoor junkie in your life. Whether they’re new to the outdoors, a seasoned weekend warrior, or somewhere in between, you’re sure to find something they’ll love. Besides this list, check out our Holiday Gift Guide for everyone on your list from kids to winter adventurer’s to every in between on

For the Weekend Warrior: Marmot Kompressor Backpack

A lightweight pack can work for day trips or overnight hikes. BHFowleIV/Marmot

We all have that friend. If they’re not Instagramming their latest backcountry adventure, they’re probably recovering from the last one or even planning their next trip.

A serious adventurer deserves a serious daypack. This holiday season, gift your on-the-go friend with the Marmot Kompressor Backpack. The pack works equally well for day hikes and overnight backpacking trips, thanks to an included trekking pole attachment, removable closed-cell foam back sheet, sternum strap, and a zippered lid pocket for easy access. Best of all? It weighs in at a mere 10 ounces.

For the All-Season Hiker: Marmot Featherless Hoodie

Marmot’s newest jacket is a great gift for anyone who loves being outside. Ryan Cleary/Marmot

We get that winter conditions aren’t always ideal—snow, fog, ice, wind, and rain can get in the way of winter adventuring—but no self-respecting outdoor enthusiast would let the coldest few months of the year slip by without at least *some *adventure.

Keep them warm this winter with the versatile Marmot Featherless Hoodie (available for men and women). The revolutionary hoodie uses loose-fill 3M™ Thinsulate™ Featherless synthetic insulation that matches the traditional 700-fill-power down jacket—but with a ton of extra features. The water-resistant hoodie includes zippered hand pockets, elastic-bound cuffs, and more.

For the Cold-Weather Camper: Marmot Hammer 2P Tent

Grab an all-season tent so your friends can get outside year round. Ryan Cleary/Marmot

Epic winter camping trips demand an all-season tent that’s up for the job. This winter, give the cold-weather camper in your life a Marmot Hammer 2P tent—and prepare them for the year’s harshest conditions.

Marmot thought *all *of winter’s challenges while designing the Hammer 2P tent. The shelter features single wall construction with a waterproof, breathable fabric, a bathtub-style floor, internal organizers, and a removable vestibule with snow flaps.

For the Friend Who Always Gets Stuck in Bad Weather: Marmot PreCip Jacket

The lightweight PreCip jacket is both waterproof and breathable. Marmot

You know who we’re talking about - the friend who never seems to have enough layers. Or a rain jacket. Or they just have bad luck and the clouds seem to roll in as soon as they hit the trail. This friend (or family member) needs a PreCip jacket. With options for both men and women, this lightweight jacket weighs in at just 11 ounces and has all kinds of features to make it comfortable: an adjustable hood that rolls into the collar, PitZips for ventilation, Angel-Wing Movement™, and the whole thing stuffs into its own pocket for easy carrying.

For the Adrenaline Junkie: GoPro Camera Mounts and Accessories

GoPro accessories are the perfect gift for that friend who wants to get video evidence of all of their adventures. Jakob Owens

One of the great pleasures of YouTube is going down the rabbit hole of adrenaline-fueled videos shot with the massively popular GoPro camera line. Paddlers, rock climbers, hikers, whitewater rafters, mountain bikers, and thrill-seekers of all sorts love the portable, lightweight, and rugged cameras for capturing a slice of life most of us will never experience.

If you know someone constantly contemplating their next thrilling adventure, consider GoPro camera mounts and accessories to compliment their camera. GoPro's extensive selection includes mounts for nailing the perfect shot, rechargeable battery packs so you never miss a moment, memory cards for capturing additional footage, harnesses, hat straps, and more.

For the Beginning Hiker: ResQue 1st 125-Piece First Aid Kit

No hiker of any skill level should enter the woods without the Ten Essentials, so we’d recommend outfitting the novice hiker on your shopping list with a portable first aid kit. The ResQue 1st 125-Piece First Aid Kit offers just about everything you might need out there.

Packed into a rugged hardshell case, the ResQue 1st kit includes dressings, bandages, ointments, wipes, one cold pack, gauze, and more for addressing the most common cuts, scrapes, and ailments that arise on the trail. You’ll find more exciting gifts elsewhere in this guide—but none quite so essential.

For the Backcountry Boarder: Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon

The sight of a snow-covered backcountry reveals a deceptive scene. While the snow-capped treetops and blanketed fields look peaceful on the (literal) surface, they may hide avalanche dangers.

Outfit your favorite cross-country skier, snowshoer, or splitboarder with the Backcountry Access Tracker DTS Avalanche Beacon—and rest easy if they run into trouble. Even when conditions conspire against outdoor adventure, the beacon uses a simple interface, real-time digital display, and bright red LED lights to find people or equipment buried in the snow. We hope they’ll never need it—but they’ll be glad to have it if they do.

When it comes to gift giving, it doesn’t matter if you go big or small - it’s all about finding that perfect gift that the other person will love!

For the Adventurer Who Has Everything: Field Notes Original Kraft Notebook

In the digital world, there’s something about writing things down on paper. Aaron Burden

What do you get the outdoor enthusiast who has it all? A notebook to document their adventures.

You can’t go wrong with any of Field Notes’ various designer notebooks, but the classic Original Kraft notebook remains a best-seller for good reason: The rugged notebooks stay tough in backpacks, next to campfires, in the ski lodge, and on the road. Available in three variations—graph, ruled, or plain paper—the 48-page memo book is bound by a three-staple saddle-stitch process for added durability.

And that adventurer who has everything, but they’re still wearing that same torn up shirt from their very first 14er for "sentimental reasons"? Get them something else to stay warm around the fire, like the Anderson Flannel or Wiley Jacket. Maybe they’ll get the hint.

For the Aspiring Photographer: Balance Wire Premium 5-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit

Who says you need a premium DSLR to take stunning photos? Help the smartphone photographer in your life take better images with the Balance Wire Premium 5-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit.

Packed into a shockproof case—perfect for outdoor adventure—the kit includes five lenses that quickly and easily clip onto most smartphones and tablets. Budding photographers can choose from fisheye, wide angle, macro, telescope, and CPL lenses for capturing a wide variety of natural scenes—and their Instagram followings will blow up in no time.

For the Family-Focused Adventurer: Sky Guide app

Sky Guide makes it easy to pick out stars and constellations. Guillaume Jaillet

Everyone loves searching for shooting stars, satellites, and constellations after the sun goes down and the campfire burns out. This holiday season, buy your favorite family an Apple gift card for the fascinating Sky Guide app.

Available for the iPhone and iPad, the easy-to-use app with an intuitive interface makes it easy for everyone to get in on the stargazing. Simply open the app, turn location services on, and point it toward the night sky. The app will recognize your view and automatically display major features, including constellations, the Milky Way, planets, and stars. You can even tap an object on your screen to learn more about what you see.

For the Woefully Unprepared: Leatherman Multitool

No matter how many reminders we give, no matter how much due diligence they do, and no matter how many times they review their packing checklist, there’s always that one friend who forgets something* *before heading into the woods.

Make everyone’s life easier with a Leatherman Multi-tool. From keychain-sized to heavy-duty multi-tools, the Leatherman lineup packs more portable tools into each product than you might have thought possible. Depending on which one you choose, you might find pliers, wire cutters, a saw, a bottle opener, a screwdriver, a knife, and more.

Originally written by RootsRated for Marmot.