10 Unique Gifts For Your Fun, Outdoorsy Friends And Family

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written by:  Giulia Lallas

editor's note:

I thought you would enjoy my latest take on the below. Enjoy!

Know someone who loves outdoor adventures and needs practical and compact, (but still cute) gifts? Look no further. Below are ten super unique, sustainable gift ideas for your planet-championing friends or family members.


Quichua-Onyx Black Blanket

Price:

$150

Our Take:

This cool, handmade blanket is named after a group living in Ecuador's Andes mountain range. It is crafted by indigenous families in Ecuador and is perfect for your outdoorsy friends whether they want to use it as a picnic blanket or simply as an extra layer of warmth. It is made using 100% recycled acrylic, is hypoallergenic, and environmentally-friendly.


The Meal Kit

Price:

$38

Our Take:

This all-encompassing meal kit is perfect for your friends that are always on-the-go, ready to set off on their new outdoor adventure. This kit has two stainless steel bowls, two 8 oz stainless steel tumblers, and two stainless steel sporks. The case that carries them is made out of 100% recycled polyester and is waterproof. It grips well to backpacks and is made from a certified B-Corporation, United By Blue that uses GOTS-certified factories. Also, for every purchase made, they take out one pound of trash from oceans and other bodies of water.


Patagonia Women's Nine Trails Hiking Backpack

Price:

$129

Our Take:

This compact backpack is a necessary addition to any hiking trip. It holds all of the essential hiking gear like food and water while still maintaining its comfort. This long-lasting backpack is made with transparency as can be illustrated through Patagonia's step-by-step analysis video. Plus, when buying from Patagonia, you can rest assured that you are buying from a brand that is using their voice to fight climate change every day. It is a certified Fair Trade company and certified B-corporation that uses its website to draw attention to numerous environmental topics to help you learn and shop for gifts (or yourself) at the same time.


Men's Custom 6-Inch Premium Waterproof Boots

Price:

$240

Our Take:

What's fun about these water-resistant boots is that they are customizable, meaning you can create the ideal gift for that special someone. Although these boots are made out of leather, Timberland ethically sources their leather from Gold or Silver-rated tanneries that are environmentally responsible. The laces are made out of 100% recycled nylon and the boots contain PrimaLoft® ECO insulation that is made from synthetic fibers, 50% of which is made from recycled plastic bottles. Timberland strives to use 100% organic cotton and recycled rubber and plastic as well. They have a strong commitment to the environment and hope to reach a total of 50 million trees planted by 2025.


Men’s ReNew Short Parka

Price:

$165

Our Take:

With this product, you know you are gifting someone a durable, carefully crafted treasure. This parka, which is also available for women in a similar style, is made from 100% recycled polyester, with a hood made from 55 plastic bottles. It is insulated with 100% recycled PrimaLoft insulation and is made in Vietnam. Everlane is looking into making the zippers and trim from recycled materials and hopes to successfully do so. It is dyed with bluesign®-approved dyes that are better for workers in their WRAP-certified factories and the environment. Everlane has many certifications including the OEKO-TEX® and GOTS certifications.


Bataan 3L Fanny Pack - Del Día

Price:

$30

Our Take:

This fanny pack is the perfect gift for someone who likes to travel light while partaking in their outdoor activities. It is part of Cotopaxi's "(re)purpose" collection, meaning it is made from recycled fabrics. Cotopaxi is a certified B-corporation and was named after a stratovolcano cherished by Anden Indigenous peoples in Ecuador.


Double Walled Insulated Water Bottle

Price:

$30

Our Take:

This is not just any water bottle. It is a Thermo 3D™ double-wall vacuum insulated water bottle working to keep hot drinks hot or cold drinks cold around the clock. The lid is BPA-free and the selling company is Patagonia, which as mentioned above, is a very well-rounded, eco-conscious, Fair Trade certified company.


Reusable Silicone Stand-Up Bag

Price:

$20

Our Take:

Most of us know someone who is a master at spilling snacks all over their bag's interior. Alas, the reusable silicone stand-up bag needs to enter the scene. This silicone bag is BPA-free, fragrance-free, reusable, and hypoallergenic. Plus, it stands up on its own, so when your friends are out in nature, they can make use of this gift AND rest their hands at the same time.


Love The Planet Cap

Price:

$28

Our Take:

This unisex hat should be a go-to gift option for anyone shopping for a true planet lover. It is made from 100% organic cotton in U.S. WRAP-certified factories. Wholesome Culture's goal is to spread the message of harboring in a plant-based diet worldwide, thus 10% of all their profits go to animal rescue and environmental organizations. They do not overstock, as they want to prevent as much waste as possible, therefore Christmas gifts should be ordered no later than November 22 to make sure they are processed in time. The orders are shipped in recycled packaging.


Book a Local Professional Photographer

Price:

$250

Our Take:

Lastly is the gift of experience. Give someone the chance to make memories, and keep them in photographic form, by hiring them a photographer. This is an especially cute idea if you are looking to shop for new couples or roommates. And it supports local photographers. The price of $250 corresponds to a 30-minute time slot in one location for a total of 15 photographs but can be up to $650 for a two-hour time slot featuring multiple locations and 60 pictures. Although the $650 option does seem pricey, if you know of some friends who are going to be traveling, once it is safe again, it's hard to beat exciting exploration paired with professional photography.

Quichua-Onyx Black Blanket

Price:

$150

Our Take:

This cool, handmade blanket is named after a group living in Ecuador's Andes mountain range. It is crafted by indigenous families in Ecuador and is perfect for your outdoorsy friends whether they want to use it as a picnic blanket or simply as an extra layer of warmth. It is made using 100% recycled acrylic, is hypoallergenic, and environmentally-friendly.


The Meal Kit

Price:

$38

Our Take:

This all-encompassing meal kit is perfect for your friends that are always on-the-go, ready to set off on their new outdoor adventure. This kit has two stainless steel bowls, two 8 oz stainless steel tumblers, and two stainless steel sporks. The case that carries them is made out of 100% recycled polyester and is waterproof. It grips well to backpacks and is made from a certified B-Corporation, United By Blue that uses GOTS-certified factories. Also, for every purchase made, they take out one pound of trash from oceans and other bodies of water.


Patagonia Women's Nine Trails Hiking Backpack

Price:

$129

Our Take:

This compact backpack is a necessary addition to any hiking trip. It holds all of the essential hiking gear like food and water while still maintaining its comfort. This long-lasting backpack is made with transparency as can be illustrated through Patagonia's step-by-step analysis video. Plus, when buying from Patagonia, you can rest assured that you are buying from a brand that is using their voice to fight climate change every day. It is a certified Fair Trade company and certified B-corporation that uses its website to draw attention to numerous environmental topics to help you learn and shop for gifts (or yourself) at the same time.


Men's Custom 6-Inch Premium Waterproof Boots

Price:

$240

Our Take:

What's fun about these water-resistant boots is that they are customizable, meaning you can create the ideal gift for that special someone. Although these boots are made out of leather, Timberland ethically sources their leather from Gold or Silver-rated tanneries that are environmentally responsible. The laces are made out of 100% recycled nylon and the boots contain PrimaLoft® ECO insulation that is made from synthetic fibers, 50% of which is made from recycled plastic bottles. Timberland strives to use 100% organic cotton and recycled rubber and plastic as well. They have a strong commitment to the environment and hope to reach a total of 50 million trees planted by 2025.


Men’s ReNew Short Parka

Price:

$165

Our Take:

With this product, you know you are gifting someone a durable, carefully crafted treasure. This parka, which is also available for women in a similar style, is made from 100% recycled polyester, with a hood made from 55 plastic bottles. It is insulated with 100% recycled PrimaLoft insulation and is made in Vietnam. Everlane is looking into making the zippers and trim from recycled materials and hopes to successfully do so. It is dyed with bluesign®-approved dyes that are better for workers in their WRAP-certified factories and the environment. Everlane has many certifications including the OEKO-TEX® and GOTS certifications.


Bataan 3L Fanny Pack - Del Día

Price:

$30

Our Take:

This fanny pack is the perfect gift for someone who likes to travel light while partaking in their outdoor activities. It is part of Cotopaxi's "(re)purpose" collection, meaning it is made from recycled fabrics. Cotopaxi is a certified B-corporation and was named after a stratovolcano cherished by Anden Indigenous peoples in Ecuador.


Double Walled Insulated Water Bottle

Price:

$30

Our Take:

This is not just any water bottle. It is a Thermo 3D™ double-wall vacuum insulated water bottle working to keep hot drinks hot or cold drinks cold around the clock. The lid is BPA-free and the selling company is Patagonia, which as mentioned above, is a very well-rounded, eco-conscious, Fair Trade certified company.


Reusable Silicone Stand-Up Bag

Price:

$20

Our Take:

Most of us know someone who is a master at spilling snacks all over their bag's interior. Alas, the reusable silicone stand-up bag needs to enter the scene. This silicone bag is BPA-free, fragrance-free, reusable, and hypoallergenic. Plus, it stands up on its own, so when your friends are out in nature, they can make use of this gift AND rest their hands at the same time.


Love The Planet Cap

Price:

$28

Our Take:

This unisex hat should be a go-to gift option for anyone shopping for a true planet lover. It is made from 100% organic cotton in U.S. WRAP-certified factories. Wholesome Culture's goal is to spread the message of harboring in a plant-based diet worldwide, thus 10% of all their profits go to animal rescue and environmental organizations. They do not overstock, as they want to prevent as much waste as possible, therefore Christmas gifts should be ordered no later than November 22 to make sure they are processed in time. The orders are shipped in recycled packaging.


Book a Local Professional Photographer

Price:

$250

Our Take:

Lastly is the gift of experience. Give someone the chance to make memories, and keep them in photographic form, by hiring them a photographer. This is an especially cute idea if you are looking to shop for new couples or roommates. And it supports local photographers. The price of $250 corresponds to a 30-minute time slot in one location for a total of 15 photographs but can be up to $650 for a two-hour time slot featuring multiple locations and 60 pictures. Although the $650 option does seem pricey, if you know of some friends who are going to be traveling, once it is safe again, it's hard to beat exciting exploration paired with professional photography.




written by:  Giulia Lallas

editor's note:

I thought you would enjoy my latest take on the below. Enjoy!

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