Outdoor gear gifts don’t need to break the bank. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite bits of kit that punch well above their price tag when it comes to usefulness on outdoor adventures.
We’ve got Christmas Gear Guides for a bunch of our favourite activities already, with options ranging from climbers hand repair cream that’ll set you back $13, to the latest GoPro Camera, or GPS watch that’s approaching four figures.
The fun thing about this list is all the items are strictly two figures and many of them are well under $25. Happy stocking stuffing!
2. Bottle & Bladder Cleaning Tablets
Ever dared to look inside your camping bottle or water bladder after months without use? I did after lockdown and it wasn’t pretty.
These cleaning tablets will have your receptacle of choice feeling brand new and ready to refresh you.
3. Sea to Summit Lightweight 20L Dry Sack
These dry sacks from Sea to Summit are an excellent investment.
For just $25 you can guarantee a dry change of clothes, or a working camera, or phone. They’re highly stuffable and durable. Whether you’re squeezing them into a little corner in your pack or your sea kayak, it’ll keep the contents dry — as long as it’s not fully submerged.
4. Sea to Summit Multi-Purpose Wilderness Wash
This list is all about gifts under $50, but this gift is much, much cheaper than that, and will only set you back $6.50.
A super-concentrated formula, this is a ‘Multi-purpose outdoor wash concentrate that can be used as body soap/shampoo, clothes detergent, and dishwashing detergent’.
Basically, anything that gets dirty outdoors — yourself included — will be better after a scrub with some of this stuff.
5. Micropur Water Purifier Tablets (100 Pack)
A must have for fast and effective water disinfection, these tablets use Silver ions combined with chlorine to ensure clean drinking water.
There’s no bad taste after purification which makes these a perennial bestseller.
6. AMK Ultralight & Watertight Medical Kit
Imagine being able to administer first aid with just the weight of a snickers bar.
That’s exactly what you get with this ultralight medical kit from AMK. It weighs just 57g so it’s not only serious bang for buck, but also bang for gram.
It’s rapidly become our go-to camp coffee filter, since it ticks all the boxes for performance, portability and sustainability.
As we’ve said before, ‘if you can pour water out of a pot, you can make a coffee with this thing’.
8. Luci Outdoor 2.0 Inflatable Solar Lantern
Inflatable lantern anyone? This completely solar powered lantern collapses down to just 2.5cm making it an incredibly packable unit to take on any outdoor adventure
It’ll charge in 7 hours of direct sunlight and lasts up to 18 hours on its lowest setting.
It only costs $30 too.
9. Teva Mush Men’s Sandals
If we’re doing Christmas Guides then one thing is for sure — it’s sandal season.
Teva’s renowned for its comfortable footwear and this sandal is no different. The original Mush sandal is a summer campsite favourite.
10. Fractel Legionnaire Running Cap – Pixel Pink Edition
Australian running hat brand Fractel, has an impressive range of run caps that tend to hover around the $35 – $45 mark.
While technically this legionnaires hat retails for $54.95, at the time of writing, Wild Earth had it available for $50.55 and what’s an extra 55 cents among friends right?
We wanted to include this model since the extra shade provided by the UPF+50 panels and laser-cut ventilation would make it an awesome hat for hiking and other outdoor activities as well.
Since it’s designed to be worn running, you wouldn’t have to worry about it blowing off your head either.