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REI is a treasure trove of great gifts for everyone on your list, whether you’re hunting for the best gifts for travelers or searching for the best gifts for runners. From camping gear and fitness trackers to cozy slippers and warm sweaters, REI has just about everyone covered. Plus, they have an amazing selection of gifts you can buy for under $50.
You’ll find an incredible selection of gifts targeted toward outdoors lovers and fitness fanatics, so if you know exactly which kind of active equipment your giftee needs, you can likely find it at REI. But if you’re not quite sure what to get, don’t sweat it—we’ve got you covered.
Here are our recommendations for 20 amazing gifts you can buy from REI.
Whether you run marathons or prefer sprinting through the latest Netflix series, you need to stay hydrated—and if you’re looking for the best water bottle on the market, check out the Hydro Flask, our choice for the best water bottle of 2019. This water bottle comes with impressive insulation—it kept ice cubes frozen for more than 24 hours during our testing. If your giftee runs or works out often, you could pick up the sports cap, which allows them to drink from their bottle with one hand.
Are Yeti tumblers as good as they claim? We tested to find out—and the answer is yes, they are that good. This tumbler has more than 20,000 5-star reviews on the REI site, with reviewers singing its praises and noting how well it holds its temperatures. You can carry this tumbler on a hike, pack it in the car, and even wash it in the dishwasher. It holds up to 30 ounces, making it a perfect water bottle for campers or a coffee Thermos for those of us who need all the caffeine in the morning.
Can you ever go wrong when gifting boots? This pair of women’s Sorel boots is waterproof and has nearly 200 5-star reviews. They’re perfect for wearing on an outdoor adventure or slipping on and walking to work, making them a great gift for women who love to hike or those who just love pretty and functional boots (hello, that would be me, buy me these boots). Reviewers note that the boots can run just a touch small, so suggest to your giftee that they should properly wear them in. Do reviewers think they’re really waterproof? The answer is a resounding yes—even the infrequent one-star reviews praise this feature.
This incredibly comfortable sweater fleece from Patagonia is among the top-selling items at REI for both men and women. Both sweaters are made from 100% recycled fleece and through a fair-trade certified sustainable process. Reviewers note that this sweater is incredibly soft and comfortable—plus it keeps them deliciously warm during chillier weather. The women’s fleece may run a tad small, reviewers warn. They note, however, that the men’s fleece tends to run true to size.
Socks are among the best presents you can gift, and that’s a hot take I’ll take to my grave. But this is especially true if you’ve got a friend who constantly complains about the blisters they get from new boots. These Smartwool Trekking Crew Socks are built to prevent blisters from forming—they provide extra cushioning around areas that tend to form blisters. These are an especially great gift for anyone on your list who loves to hike, as they’re likely doing quite a bit of walking on trickier terrain—we actually recommend this pair of socks as one of the things you should never go hiking without.
A well-stocked multitool can be an absolute lifesaver for outdoors lovers who enjoy camping or spending time in nature. The Leatherman Wave Plus Multitool, our choice for best multitool, comes equipped with 18 tools, including pliers, a screwdriver, a knife, and a can opener. While it’s a great gift for outdoors lovers, it’s also perfect for homeowners and car owners.
If your giftee loves camping by a fire, relaxing on the hiking trail, or chilling in the backyard, consider gifting a durable wine tumbler they can use to carry their favorite drink. This Yeti tumbler has nearly 3,000 5-star reviews, with users noting that they can hold wine, water, and even whiskey. My father-in-law is an avid wine drinker who will not drink his Chardonnay unless it has two ice cubes because he needs his wine to stay cool in order for him to enjoy it—the insulation in this tumbler allows wine to hold its temperature, meaning Gary could enjoy his cool Chard without introducing ice.
Looking for a great gift for someone who loves camping? Try picking up utensils they can use while eating by the fire, like a long-handled spoon ideal for stirring the contents of cans and deep bags. This Sea to Summit Alpha Light Spoon is 8.5 inches long, meaning it can reach the depths of almost any food item the camper has with them. It can easily clip to backpacks or hiking bags, ensuring it won’t get lost along the trail. Reviewers note that it’s incredibly tough, but to be careful when eating foods that are too hot, as the metal conducts heat.
You can never have too many beanies, especially as it gets colder outside. This cap from REI is less than $15 and makes a great stocking stuffer or gift for almost anyone on your list. It comes in eight colors and is made from a breathable, stretchy fabric that makes it ideal for nearly any person and situation. Reviewers note that it’s warm and easily covers their ears, making it a great addition to a winter hiking or walking wardrobe.
Shopping for a runner? We recommend picking up a running watch that can provide feedback and track movements during physical activity. When we tested the best running watches, we found the Garmin Forerunner 245 Music performed the best. This watch is comfortable, has a battery that lasts nearly 24 hours, plays music, and tracks vitals throughout the duration of the run.
Sleeping bags and tents are great for sleeping, but if your giftee likes to relax outdoors and watch the stars, give them an outdoors blanket that can handle the elements and provide a comfortable surface to chill. The Yeti Lowlands Blanket is waterproof, insulated, and pet-protected, meaning it can shake off just about anything that lands on it, from dirt to pet hair. It’s large enough for a picnic and comfortable enough to allow campers to lay on their backs, making it a fantastic gift for outdoors lovers who enjoy relaxing in nature.
If you’ve got someone on your list who loves lounging around the house, consider a sturdy pair of slippers they can wear both indoors and outdoors. The Women’s Teva Ember Moc Slippers comes in four colors and are made from a plush material with rubber soles. These are great for wearing around the house, walking around a campsite, and even traveling through the airport. The Men’s Acorn Moc Slippers are made from a fleece material with a rubber sole, meaning they can also be worn anywhere. This pair is also moisture-wicking, so they’re not quite waterproof, but they’re pretty close.
The Yeti cooler has a reputation—and it’s well-deserved. It has more than 3,000 5-star reviews on the REI site, with reviewers noting that it has an impressive ability to keep things cool for extended periods of time. The cooler is lined with PermaFrost insulation that allows it to keep things at cool temperatures, plus it’s sealed with a gasket that further prevents cold from escaping. It’s large enough to hold lots of goodies, so it can be packed with drinks, snacks, and meals.
What’s better than a massive hammock that allows you to relax in the wilderness? A massive hammock that holds two people, so your giftee and a person of their choosing can hang together while enjoying the outdoors. The Kammock Roo Double Hammock is made from a tear-resistant fabric that’s durable enough to withstand the elements. Plus, it’s waterproof and provides extra storage for campers. Reviewers note that it’s lightweight and perfect for sleeping, providing a comfy and practical resting point for campers.
Sitting on a tree trunk can may look cool, but after about thirty seconds, you realize how uncomfortable bark can be. Campers will love this seat pad from REI—it costs less than $15 but provides long-lasting comfort for those who will be sitting outdoors. It can withstand snowbanks and wet surfaces, and it weighs only 2 ounces. Reviewers note that the low weight is worth the purchase, as it can serve as a seat and pillow in a pinch.
Camping can be incredibly fun, especially if you go with friends. They’ll have fun swapping stories and roasting marshmallows, but consider gifting a portable game to help them get the fun started. This travel edition of National Parks Trivial Pursuit is a great gift for adventurers who spend their time camping and hiking in nature with friends. Reviewers note that it’s difficult, but incredibly fun for groups of people who enjoy learning about the outdoors. Your giftee may not know all the answers, but they’ll enjoy learning fun facts about their favorite national parks.
Pups make perfect companions for outdoor adventures. Pet owners who love bringing their dogs adventuring would also be thrilled at receiving gear specifically designed for their canines. This Ruffwear Float Coat for Dogs is ideal for outdoors lovers who enjoy kayaking, surfing, swimming, and camping near bodies of water. It helps dogs stay buoyant when in the water, plus it has a reflective trim and handle that allows owners to grab their pups when necessary. This coat is great for small dogs and pups who aren’t the strongest swimmers, but it’s also a great investment for any dog owner venturing toward water with their canine.
Running is great. Running with an iPhone in your underpants, a license in your sock, and a key in your hair bun is not so great. Gift the runner in your life something that allows them to carry their valuables without hiding them in their shoes, like this running belt from REI that prevents chafing and holds everything from credit cards to smartphones. Reviewers note that the waist band is more comfortable than they would have imagined, and it holds everything securely around the waist.
Yeti makes an incredible cooler, so it’s no surprise their duffel bag is equally durable and well-liked among reviewers. The bag makes a great gift for outdoors lovers who weather the elements during their trek, whether they’re hiking or white water rafting. It’s waterproof and comes with two straps so users can wear it like a backpack. The Yeti duffel bag has nearly 250 5-star reviews, with one reviewer even describing it as “a tank.”
If you’re not quite sure what your giftee already owns, or you know that shopping for their own present would bring them extra joy, give them an REI gift card they can use on their own. They come in a variety of gorgeous designs, and can be sent either physically or digitally.
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