2020 Outdoor Family Gift Guide

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outdoor gifts for families

The outdoors are more of a refuge for us now than they’ve ever been before. From hikers, backpackers, and campers to road trippers, van lifers, powder chasers, and even outdoor-loving pets we checked off every box to make sure there’s something for every kind of adventurer in your life.

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Best Outdoor Gifts of 2020

outdoor family coffee mug
outdoor family coffee mug

“We are an Outdoor Family” Coffee Mug – Price $23

Show your Outdoor Family spirit and make coffee and tea time a bit brighter with our custom “We are an Outdoor Family” coffee mug.

mittyz kids gloves

Mittyz by Veyo Kids – Price $39.95

Mittyz (mitt-ease) by Veyo Kids end the “thumb wars” and tame the winter cold!  Specially designed thumbless winter mittens for children ages 6 and under.

  • Mittyz go on easy and stay on!
  • 100% Waterproof
  • Oversized gauntlet to fit easily over any coat sleeve.
  • Elastic gauntlet cinch strap to seal out snow and ice.
  • Double pull wrist strap for quickly securing the glove on children’s hands.
  • Quick-release wrist buckle for easy removal after outdoor play.
  • Integrated thumb pocket for ease of putting on.
  • Easily reversible for quick drying.
  • Fleece-lined inside for warmth.
  • Machine wash and dry.
rei kids bike

Co-op Cycles REV 24 Plus Kids’ Bike – Price $379

For young cyclists ready to build skills on singletrack, the Co-op Cycles REV 24 bike provides reassuring traction and control with plus-size tires and 1×7 shifting to keep the ride light and simple.

Stargaze Recliner – $219.95

The only swinging camp chair designed to be truly portable and work on any surface, no hanging required.  

  • Suspended on an engineered frame that allows the dynamic swinging motion of a hammock. 
  • Hands-free ‘just-lean-back’ reclining with 2:1 pulley system for a relaxed view of the night sky or upright socializing around the campfire.
  • NEMO’s designed Super Lock™ stainless steel hardware ensures secure attachment of the sewn seat to the chair’s frame.
  • Extended headrest is supported by lightweight struts and includes a removable pillow.
  • NEW geometry provides lower center of gravity for extended fit range. 
  • NEW cord system keeps chair back upright when vacant. 
  • Padded arm and leg rests.
  • Aircraft grade aluminum poles and NEW composite hubs are strong, yet lightweight.
  • Pockets for a beverage and media.
  • Packable, lightweight and breathable mono-filament mesh inspired by high-end office furniture. 
  • 7 lbs., 2 oz. 
i'd rather be camping socks

I’d Rather Be Camping Socks – Price $10.95

Embrace the great outdoors with these funny camping socks to keep your feet warm and spirits high. Any outdoorsy man or woman is sure to love these socks!

trekking poles

TrailBuddy Trekking Poles – Price $34.99

TrailBuddy Trekking Poles’ tough aluminum can withstand pressure and impact better than carbon fiber – crucial if hiking on rocky terrain or supporting heavier weight. Changing the height of these telescoping poles from 24.5 to 54 inches is a breeze even when you’re wearing gloves or trekking in wet conditions thanks to its lever-locks making it the perfect gift for an outdoor enthusiast!

inflatable kayak

Intex Explorer K2 Kayak – Price $105

The Intex Explorer K2 Kayak is sporty and fun with a streamlined design for easy paddling. The bright yellow color and sporty graphics makes the kayak highly visible in the water. Great for experiencing lakes and mild rivers with a friend, this Sports Series kayak is perfect for two adults.

Lightweight and compact, this kayak is a snap to assemble, and allows you to take the fun of kayaking wherever you go. Made with rugged vinyl construction, this sturdy kayak has an inflatable I-beam floor for comfort and rigidity. A removable skeg provides directional stability, while two adjustable, inflatable seats with backrests are included for comfort.

Quick inflating or deflating is a breeze with a Boston valve on each side. A grab line and grab handle at each end is provided for your convenience, as well as a U.S. Coast Guard I.D., and a repair patch kit. The Explorer K2 Kayak provides added accessories including: two 86”aluminum oars and an Intex high-output pump for easy inflation and deflation.

bug catcher set

Outdoor Kids Explorer Kit – Price $29.99

This outdoor exploration kit supports STEM learning and encourages scientific exploration and a love of nature. Whether it’s indoor or backyard play, the handy backpack allows for easy carrying allowing for your adventurous child to explore and learn.

kids snow goggles

Kids Snow OTG Goggles – Price $35.99

Snow goggles compatible with any ski helmet. Suitable for both boys & girls 6+ years. Soft TPU frame provides extra safety in case of fall or crash. Less glares, less UV, less tiredness with this goggle’s 100% UV400 protection. Over-the-glass (OTG) frame to fit most glasses. The triple-layer soft foam makes it Moisture Wicking, Comfortable & Breathable. Available in several different colorful lens and frame options.

lego jungle rescue set

Lego Jungle Rescue Base – Price $147.59

Inspire wildlife adventure play with the Jungle Rescue Base (41424). From scanning the forest with a drone to save stricken animals to helping in the clinic, kids will find lots of ways to play with this cool jungle tree house playset. LEGO Friends is proud to support the work of National Geographic Explorers. This fun set has broad appeal. Kids who love dramatic, creative play will love the animal rescue story, where LEGO Friends Andrea, Mia and Olivia and the elephants save a stranded sloth. Kids can show their caring side as they take the injured animal back to the jungle tree sanctuary. Budding scientists will love using tech kit in the solar-powered watchtower to keep the jungle creatures safe. Introduce kids to the Jungle Rescue series, creative fun playsets will help them feel they’re one of the team. To make construction even more fun, download the LEGO Building Instructions app to access Instructions PLUS where they can view their build digitally.

piggyback rider hiker

Piggyback Rider – Price $105

Have a parent of a toddler on this year’s holiday gift list?  Then the Piggyback Rider, which gives toddlers a bird’s-eye view of the world around them, is the gift you want to give. The Piggyback Rider Carrier is designed for children 2 years and up, weighing up to 50 pounds.  It is perfect for walks or hikes.

Here’s how it works: the foam-core carrier mounts on mom or dad’s back like a backpack (minus the pack). The child is buckled into a six-point safety harness tethered to the shoulder straps, but instead of sitting, he or she stands on a wide non-skid foot bar that is also mounted to the shoulder straps.

The grabbing handles at the top of each shoulder strap give your little one extra grip. The harness system distributes the weight for less strain on mom or dad.

burley honey bee bike trailer

Burley Honey Bee Bike Trailer – Price $399.99

The hardworking Honey Bee bike trailer for kids is the perfect balance of value and versatility, without compromising on safety. It features seating for one or two children and includes a 1-Wheel Stroller Kit so you can bike or stroll with the whole family. Share your love for the outdoors with your little ones in the Burley Honey Bee.

National Geographic Kids Books – Price 8.99 to $24.99

Nat Geo Kids has something for everyone, including….

For the Fact Lover: 

national geographic kids book

The Coolest Stuff on Earth: A Closer Look at the Weird, Wild and Wonderful (ages 8-12, hardcover, $19.99, 192 pgs)  This big, bright and photo-packed gift-worthy book digs into the details behind our planet’s most magnificent marvels, epic extremes, and astonishing animals. . Did you know that dogs can shake off a pound of water in less than a second? That some sand dunes whistle and sing? That the U.S. dollar bill is full of hidden symbols related to the number 13? Our world is filled with strange, bizarre, and weird happenings. But what do they mean? WHY are they important? And what secrets are behind them? These stories and much more are revealed through cool stories, action-packed photos, fantastic infographics, and exciting Q&As with in-the-field experts. Discover the secrets of sharkskin, the mysteries behind incredible island animals, the power behind lightning, how a rare gemstone changes color, and more. Kids will be captivated by this fresh way of looking at our amazing planet. 

For the Space Obsessed:

national geographic kids book

Space Encyclopedia, 2nd Ed (ages 8-12, hardcover, $24.99, 208 pgs) Written and illustrated by internationally recognized astronomer and former Director of Science Information and Public Outreach at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics David A. Aguilar, this is THE authoritative book about our universe, jam packed with everything kids want to know about space — from black holes to moon colonies, to recent discoveries and  amazing brand-new NASA space photography. Visually spectacular, it contains the latest on space exploration and research and breathtaking views of the universe, as captured by the latest and greatest technology, including the recent first ever image of a black hole. This complete reference contains everything about space that fascinates kids — our sun and planets including the new dwarf planets, the formation of the universe, space travel, the possibility of life beyond Earth, and more.

For Every Curious Kid:

national geographic kids book

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2021 (ages 8-12, paperback, $14.99, 352 pgs) – The latest installment of the New York Times best-selling almanac features amazing animal stories, explorer profiles, and outrageous attractions that kids know and love, plus more of the incredible inventions, awesome games, and fresh challenges for curious kids who want to learn all about the world and everything that’s in it!.  Tons of fun facts, crafts, activities, and fascinating features about animals, science, nature, technology, conservation, and more is why this is the number one selling kids almanac on the planet.  There’s a whole chapter full of fun and games, including activities, jokes, and comics and the colorful compilation also includes an Almanac Challenge 2021 — which inspires kids to reduce their plastic waste and encourage others to do the same.

For the family getting a new fur-ever friend (or the family that already has one, but needs some training tips!):  

Fetch! A How to Speak Dog Training Guide(all ages, paperback, $12.99, 176 pgs)

Pounce! A How To Speak Cat Training Guide(all ages, paperback, $12.99, 176 pgs) Whether a new puppy or kitten is on Santa’s list, there is recent fuzzy addition to the family from the pet adoption and ownership “boom” linked to COVID quarantining or you want to “teach your old dog new tricks,” these kid-friendly guides cover it all and include more than 40 different safe and fun training activities in each book. With tips from veterinarian Dr. Gary Weitzman, kids can take their fur-ever friends though basic training and corrective training exercises as well as teach them some paws-lively amazing acrobatics. Also included are true stories about amazing dogs and cats, overview of training tools, vet tips, fun quizzes, a how-to for making your own dog toys and tips for reading your pets’s body language.  And, in case you were wondering, you CAN train a cat!:).  

Stocking Stuffers: Perfectly sized for stockings and budget-friendly:

national geographic kids book

Nerdlet: Animals (ages 8-12, paperback, $9.99) – Sometimes big nerdiness comes in a small package–and this little book is an animal nerd’s dream! In this little animal “Nerdlet” you’ll learn about the weirdest, coolest, most amazing creatures in the animal kingdom–and what makes them so complex. Plus, you’ll have some of your most burning animal questions answered, such as What’s the deal with crocodile tears? And you’ll meet people who get to be around animals for a living and travel to animal destinations around the world. You’ll also find personality quizzes, fun facts, animal superheroes, and even a Star Wars reference … or two.   

national geographic kids book

Brain Candy 2 (ages 8-12, paperback, $8.99)-  So you know that the speed of light is fast: 229,792,458 miles per second. But what does that really mean? It means that at the speed of light, you could reach the moon in 1.3 seconds. How long to travel to the sun? Just 8 minutes. And in 4.6 hours, you could reach Pluto at 4.6 billion miles away! If you like seeing far-out facts in a new light, the second book in the colorful Brain Candy series takes a deep (and delicious) dive into numbers, fun facts, and cool trivia on all kinds of topics. It’s a novel approach to feeding kids smart snackable bites about the world and is sure to be an addictive addition to the bookshelves of Weird But True! and Just Joking fans. 

toddler fleece bootie slippers

Hudson Fleece and Sherpa Toddler Booties – Price $8.94 to $17.99

Hudson Baby fleece sherpa booties are comfortable, cozy baby booties made with fleece/sherpa material that will keep your little one’s feet warm and comfortable. These booties wrap around your baby’s foot and fasten in the front with a velcro closure, so they are easy to put on, fasten and stay on, plus they feature non-skid soles to prevent your baby from slipping and falling when they start to walk and run.

camping recipe cookbook

The Easy Camp Cookbook – Price $15.29

After a long day on the trail or while sitting around a roaring fire, food just tastes better than it does at home. Sized perfectly for limited packing space, this all-inclusive camping cookbook will expand your wilderness culinary chops. The Easy Camp Cookbook is a compilation of family favorites that are (mostly) healthy, will fuel your adventures, and are simple to make?no more settling for plain ol’ hot dogs and tasteless freeze-dried foods!

mason bee house

Wildlife World Mason Bee House – Price $35.99

Wildlife World believes that you should not try to help wildlife at the expense of wildlife. Their wooden products are made from from FSC certified timber from responsible sources. Once installed, the mason bee house requires no effort as the bees will simply find the nester.

  • Fully Removable Inspection Trays For Easy Viewing
  • Constructed From FSC Certified Sustainable Timber
  • Supplied To Top Wildlife Conservation Organizations
  • Designed to attract Mason bees (bees not included)
  • Constructed From Naturally Durable Timber
nature scavenger hunt card game

gofindit Outdoor Nature Scavenger Hunt Card Game – Price $12.50

gofindit is the perfect inclusive family game that gets everyone outside and discovering nature through their senses. Perfect for natural learning, language development and image recognition. Developed by Sensory Trust all profits go back into their work helping people get equal access to the outdoors. Cards come in a small pocket sized drawstring bag to keep them together.

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