Have an outdoor adventurer on your holiday shopping list?

Lucky you! We’re a fun bunch to shop for.

Rather than buying a gift card (boring) or another generic tool set, give the explorer in your life something they really want to unwrap. From specialized equipment to outdoor apparel, the list of possibilities is basically endless. But just in case you need some inspiration, here are 15 gear gift ideas, ranging from $9.95 to $299.

PS. We know the postal strike might affect international orders, so we've tried to include stores in Canada & the USA. Plus, we love to support local!

Solar charger + lantern

For the innovative outdoor adventurer


LuminAID's PackLite Max is a portable lantern plus a phone charger. With up to 150 lumens, this bright light is ideal for outdoor adventure. Easily re-charge it via USB or leave it outside to soak up sun power. Don't worry about rain—it's waterproof, collapsible and it floats!

Price: $49
Shop: MEC.ca

Learn & Live Instructional Card Set

For unexpected adventures


There's no shame in admitting you haven't learned an outdoor skill yet—until you find yourself stuck in the woods without cell phone service. This handy set of cards isn't for passing time with games, but for learning necessary survival skills in a pinch: fire building, knots, first aid, survival fishing, way finding and shelter building.

Price: $34.99
: Atmosphere

Collapsable pail

For the camp dishwasher

photoAvventura Outdoors

Let's get real: most camp dishwashing sets are bulky, heavy and impractical. This collapsible pail makes a handy campsite companion, whether you use it as a basin to soak your dishes after dinner, to lug water from the river or as a place to keep bait on your next fishing trip.

Price: $19.95
: Avventura Outdoors

Travel Light Daypack

For the international explorer


We love gear items that fold up for easy storage! This 16-litre backpack comes in its own packing case, cleverly folded inside itself. With the perfect amount of room for a day-trip  adventure or airplane carry-on, we recommend this bag for global explorers.

Price: $45
: MEC.ca

Trail crampons

For icy trails

photoAvventura Outdoors

Pull these trail crampons over your winter hiking boots for extra slip-resistance. If you live in an icy locale, these are indispensable for your outdoor adventures!

Price: $34.95
Shop: Avventura Outdoors

Waterproof, cozy boots

For wet and snowy trails


If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that we want dry socks. Despite winter's attempts at dampening our soles, KEEN has created stylish boots to keep moisture out—even on the most drizzly days.

Warning: you might love these boots so much, you'll probably want to order a matching pair for yourself.

Price: $170 - 200
Shop: Women's | Men's

GSI Portable JavaPress

For the coffee addict

photoGSI Outdoors

If you struggle to "rise and shine" on outdoor adventures, this portable French press will turn you into a morning person. Easy to use at the campsite or on-the-go, it functions as both a press and a mug.

Price: $22.95
Shop: GSI Outdoors


Avventura Outdoors Hydration Belt

For the lightweight trail runner

photoAvventura Outdoors

We featured this in a recent Live the Adventure Club Gear Box (more on that later), and our members loved it!

This Hydration Belt comes with two waterbottles, strapped in by bungee chord. It features three pockets, two of which are removeable, and a buckle waistband. 

Price: $69.95
Shop: Avventura Outdoors

Solo kayak

For the beginner paddler

photoCanadian Tire

Do you know a water-lover who hasn't taken the plunge to purchase his/her own boat yet? Give a little push with this one-person, six-foot, sit-on kayak.

Price: $134.99
: Canadian Tire


For the friend who's always lost


Is sharing your location on Google not cutting it? For the friend who chronically needs the "Find My Friends" app but also ventures out of cellphone range, a GPS like this Garmin eTrex 10 is an ideal gift. Bonus: it includes enhanced geocaching features!

Price: $149.99
: Cabela's

60L Ski/Snowboard Bag

For the snow sport enthusiast


Finally, a bag that can fit all of your ski and snowboard gear, while remaining lightweight and stable. This backpack features a top pocket for easy access and hooks to attach to a roller bag for long-distance travel.

Price: $219
Shop: Douchebags

Computerized telescope

For the overnight adventurer


Looking to win the title of "best gift giver"? Then wrap up a Celestrong NexStar 90GT Computerized Telescope. This is best for explorers who are curious about the constellations or amateur astronomers who already adore gazing up into the night sky.

Price: $299.99
: Costco

Adventure Challenge Club

For the explorer seeking motivation


explore has been encouraging Canadians and Americans to get outside and #livetheadventure for over 35 years. Now, we've created a private Facebook group for explorers, where we host weekly, monthly and seasonal outdoor adventure challenges!

Not only will you be more motivated to explore than ever, but you'll also have the chance to win awesome gear prizes. Recent prizes include a stand-up paddle board by BodyGlove, Icebreaker base layers and original BUFFs. You can join as an individual, family or gift a subscription to someone on your gift list. (The subscription is monthly, but can be cancelled at any time.)

Price: $9.95 (monthly)
: Subscribe here

Explore magazine subscription

For the bookworm explorer

Explore Cover fan

A gift that gives throughout the year.

Find words by editor David Webb, Kevin Callan, Will Gadd, Andrew Findlay, Frank Wolf, Ryan Stuart and other intrepid Canadian explorers. In addition to adventure-packed features, readers can expect coverage to include outdoor sporting in Canada and beyond, gear reviews, bucket-list adventures, practical tips, and expert advice. 

We publish explore quarterly, so you'll receive a brand-new magazine four times a year. 

Price: $17.95 - $29.95 - $36 (1-2-3 years)
ShopSubscribe here

Explore's Live the Adventure Club Gear Box

For the year-round adventurer

explore gear box

We test hundreds of products every year for explore, so we know what products are going to be useful, and what products will probably wind up collecting dust in your garage.  

In each box, we will surprise you with 4 to 6 pieces of super handy gear, the latest issue of explore and inspirational challenges to get you outside and using your new gear. That's $150+ in retail value for just $97 per quarter... plus the priceless value of the motivational challenges you won't find anywhere else.

Price: $97/quarter
ShopSubscribe here 


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