Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for that Special Outdoorsy Person in Your Life

On the hunt for gift ideas? Camping & Hiking expert Hannah K. shares top gear for the outdoor enthusiast in your life.

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Want to shake up the chocolate-and-diamond gift and swap it for something unique? Is your special someone a lover of all things outdoors? Do you have no idea what to get them for Valentine's Day? You have come to the right place! Check out these gift options for the outdoorsy person in your life and let the sparks fly!

Kitchen Items

The MSR Two-Person Mess Kit is great for two love birds escaping the city for a Valentine’s Day weekend getaway. It packs up small, weighs next to nothing, and will gloriously hold your morning oats. It comes with two sporks, two bowls, and two mugs. You can pack the mugs and sporks inside the bowls and put everything neatly into the mesh bag.

Need a new camp mug? Or a mug to carry your coffee/tea/hot beverage to work during your morning commute? This insulated GSI Lacier Short Sleeve 15-ounce camp mug is the way to go.

Does your valentine love cooking outside? Check out this helpful gift guide to find everything you need to be an amazing camp chef.

Sleeping Bags for Two

Want to share a sleeping bag with your person? The North Face Eco 20 Bag is large enough for cuddling or for the couple who likes to sleep on opposite sides of the bed. It is made from 100% recycled fabrics (go sustainability), has a wraparound zipper (read: more ventilation on warmer nights), and has a top cinch to keep the heat in when temperatures drop.

The Exped Hyperquilt is another great option for backpacking couples. It is lightweight (only 2.5 pounds), good for temperatures down to 36 degrees, and is treated with DWR coating. To save space and weight, this double bag uses a mummy shape—which is unusual for double bags.

A couple sitting on a bridge high up over mountains and a turquoise lake
Photo by Daniel J Schwarz

Sleeping Pads for Two

If you and your camping buddy choose to share a sleeping bag, the Therm-a-Rest down sleeping-pad coupler is a must have. The Therm-a-Rest Down Coupler allows you to use the individual sleeping pads you have and combine them into one.

If you want something very luxurious, the Exped Megamat Duo is the clear winner. It is on the pricier side… but can you truly put a price tag on a good night’s sleep next to someone you care very much about? I don’t think so, my friends. This sleeping pad comes with a mini pump and repair kit, deflates quickly, and is multi-useful. Sleeping in your camper van, sure. Have a guest house but no extra bed? This sleeping pad has you covered.

Hygiene

Maybe you and your partner had a long day hiking and want to rinse off before jumping into your tent for bed. This Seat to Summit pocket shower is a great way to do just that. It takes up basically no space in your pack and weighs almost nothing. For other hygiene tricks, check out this article.

Mood Lighting

I don’t think there is anything nicer than snuggling up in a tent, under the stars, with some appropriate mood lighting. Headlamps simply don’t cut it. Before you turn the lights out to stargaze, use the Black Diamond Moji Lantern for a soft, warm glow that will definitely add some ambience to your tent or campsite. It is small, light, and a great luxury item to bring on a backpacking trip.

Apparel

Apparel is a tricky one, but I’m not sure what screams “love” more than a new pair of wool socks. Darn Tough is my favorite brand when it comes to durable socks (hence the name). Check out the Merino Micro Crew Crush option.

Does your valentine need a new jacket? This RAB Women’s Microlight Alpine Jacket is an amazing choice. Here is the men’s option as well. I cannot say enough amazing things about this jacket. Insulating, water-proof, and oh-so-chic, it is an all-around winner of a jacket.

A couple sitting on a rocky coast, the rising sun filtering through in between them
Photo by Asaf R

Miscellaneous

Maybe for Valentine’s Day you decide to gift your doggo friend, or your special someone’s doggo friend, with new apparel. Check out Ruffwear’s Swamp Cooler Vest to prevent the pup from overheating. This overcoat is a great way to keep some heat in on cooler days.

How about a multi-tool? This Gerber Compact Sport Tool is under fifty dollars and will certainly come in handy at camp or on the trail.

Last but not least, a gift card to Curated is a fantastic option if you aren’t sure what your valentine needs. Reach out to me and I’ll send one your way!

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Although I've been hiking for most of my life, I didn't start backpacking and camping until college when I joined the University Outdoors Club at my school. My first backpacking trip was ambitious, the Batona Trail in the Pinelands in New Jersey done in two days. To do that, we had to walk a maratho...

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