We all know that buying outdoor and adventure travel gear can be expensive, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of great products that remain affordable too. Today’s holiday gift guide offers suggestions for outstanding products that we all can appreciate that are available for less than $50. If you’re on a tight budget this holiday season, or simply don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a single gift, here are some great alternatives that your favorite adventurer is sure to love.
Jackery Armor Portable Battery Pack ($28)
We’ve shared some other charging solutions as part of our holiday gift guides, but they were all priced more than $50. For a durable, lightweight, and feature-packed option that won’t cost an arm and a leg, check the Jackery Armor portable charger, which comes with a 9000 mAh battery, a single USB port for charging smartphones and other devices, a built-in LED flashlight, and even a compass. The battery pack is even snow, dirt, drop, and waterproof making it an even better travel companion.
Otterbox Smartphone Cases (Various Prices)
Otterbox makes some of the most durable smartphone cases on the market, and not just for the iPhone either. The company produces numerous different designs, colors, and build-levels for Samsung Galaxy phones, Google Pixels, Motorola devices, LG gadgets, and plenty more. If you carry a smartphone with you into the backcountry or while traveling, one of these cases is a must-have for sure.
Catalyst Waterproof Case for AirPods ($25)
Apple’s AirPods are some of the best and most convenient true-wireless earbuds around and if someone on your shopping list has a pair, they also need the Waterproof Case from Catalyst. Available in a rainbow of colors, this case adds durability to the AirPod’s included charging case, while also providing a handy carabiner to connect the AirPods to a belt loop, backpack, or zipper. Travelers will love this gift too as it keeps their earbuds safe and well protected while on the go.
Klean Kanteen TKPro 16 oz. ($40)
Klean Kanteen is known for making some of the best water bottles on the market, but they make a host of other great products too, including the new TKPro insulated thermos. This bottle can keep your beverages hot and cold for hours. Seriously, it is amazing how well they perform. An included cup will allow you to sip coffee, tea, or hot cocoa no matter where you go and just like the company’s other bottles, the TKPro is built to survive anything you throw at it.
Buff Thermonet ($27)
Yes, we had the Original Buff on our holiday shopping list yesterday, but the Thermonet version is a completely different product and one that deserves its own attention. This Buff is designed for use in the outdoors in cold conditions. The fabrics used to make the Thermonet Buff are warm and insulating, but don’t hold in moisture, which means they also won’t freeze when you’re outside during the winter for extended periods of time. Thermonet is a fantastic step forward for cold weather activities and this Buff makes an excellent gift in its own right.
The North Face Denali ETip Gloves ($30)
Made from warm, comfortable fleece, the Denali Etip gloves from The North Face can keep you warm in a wide variety of conditions. Best of all, the gloves include the company’s ETip coating, allowing the wearer to interact with a smartphone without having to take them off. They’re even equipped with a silicon gripper built into the palm to making holding the device that much easier.
Night Trek Shoe Lights ($50)
Hikers and runners will love the Night Trek Shoe Lights, which not only make them more visible, but also light up the trail nicely too. These ingenious products slip into the laces of your shoes and boots and can be activated as the sunsets to help find your way in the dark. Their rechargeable batteries are good for hours of use, with multiple brightness settings. Handy to have while going for a run in the neighborhood or hiking a trail back to camp at night, these shoe lights are surprisingly useful for multiple occasions.
ExOfficio Underwear ($26-$32)
While we don’t normally advocate giving underwear as a Christmas present, when it is ExOfficio underwear we’ll make an exception. These garments are made for adventure and travel, staying fresh, dry, and odor-resistant for weeks on end. They also happen to be extremely comfortable, easy to keep clean, and
Yeti Boomer 8 Dog Bowl ($50)
If you’re pup is anything like mine, he loves getting gifts too. Yeti’s new Boomer 8 Dog Bowl is just the thing, bringing the company’s trademark durability and build-quality to the pet market for the first time. The bowl is built with a double-walled, vacuum-insulated design that holds 8 cups of water. It is even dishwasher safe, easy to clean and resistant to rust and corrosion, making it one dog bowl that will probably last a lifetime.
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