Wondering what to buy an outdoor loving family or perhaps you’re looking for a gift for your own children to encourage them to get outside more? Then this is the guide for you. There’s something for every budget too. We love spending time outdoors, from camping in the summer months to wrapping up warm and walking in the woods in winter. Some of these items were sent to us to include in this guide. Others were purchased by ourselves and some were sent to us to review earlier in the year and we love them so much I mentioning them again without being asked.
Disclosure – items marked with * were sent to us to review, however, all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own. Some links in this post are affiliate links. If you make a purchase through them I may make a small commission.
National Trust membership
We’ve been National Trust family member for 18 months now and we use our membership all the time. Seriously, I think I worked out we used it 12 times over the summer holidays alone. Here in the North West, we have a good number of properties to visit. I’m not one for looking round stately homes, we go for the outdoor space and the fantastic kid’s activities and facilities. You can count on the National Trust to put on great activities for kids in the school holidays too. Have you seen how little family membership costs per month? find out here. Where will your adventures take you? Our favourites are Fountains abbey, Quarry Bank mill, Dunham Massey, Wray castle and Plas Newydd.
Books about nature
I am the seed that grew the tree *
We were sent this gorgeous book containing 366 poems, one for every day of the year, a month or so back. I’ve already written a full review of it which you can read here but I love it so much I wanted to include it in this guide too as it is such a beautifully illustrated book to enjoy through the seasons with kids. Available to buy here.
Secrets of the apple tree or vegetable garden *
These are really fun books for kids. Simply hold the page to the light or shine a torch behind the page to discover a secret image. The books are full of interesting facts about nature which combined with the cute and colourful illustrations, make an engaing book for children. As well as being packed with lots of learning and discussion points about the natural world. Find them here – Secrets of the apple tree & Secrets of the vegetable garden.
A year in nature *
This is a gorgeous pop-up book that can be opened up fully to form a carousel. The four different pages show a family of foxes as they explore the woods through the seasons. Each page is full of beautiful illustrations and intricate pop-up layers. As well as having lots of little bits of information about nature scattered throughout. Available here.
English Heritage vouchers from Buy a gift *
Much like the National Trust, English Heritage membership is another great gift for families that like to get outside and exploring. We’ve not been to any of local ones yet but I’m looking forward to it as we have kindly been sent 12 months family membership from Buy a gift. Beeston castle is the biggest one near to us so I can’t wait to go. I’ve heard from a few people that English Heritage also do great events for children in the school holidays. Not only is it cheaper to buy the membership through buy a gift but the vouchers are fully exchangeable if the recipient doesn’t like the experience you choose for them.
Family festival tickets *
We love the Just So festival a few years back but haven’t been to another one since with our youngest being so young. However next summer she will be three and we are looking forward to starting to go to family festivals again. We are starting with The big retreat Wales next late May bank holiday. This is a small festival in Pembrokeshire. There is a mix of arts and crafts, fitness and wellness and bushcraft/outdoor activities. There are plenty of activities aimed at kids including fairground rides, crafts, bug hunts, singing and cooking classes. I can’t wait to see the full timetable and work out what our girls will enjoy the most. Find more details here (we have been given a free family weekend camping ticket in exchange for helping promote the festival).
Klean Kanteen flasks *
We were sent the water bottle on the right to review but the flask on the left is one we purchased ourselves a couple of years back. I’m happy to promote Klean Kanteen as they really do last and do the job they are intended to well. They produce bottles that are BPA free and designed to reduce single-use products. They are well made and keep liquids hot or cold for hours. The bottles come in a variety of sizes from cute little kids ones to full-size adult ones and there is a range of lids available too as well as lots of gorgeous colours. We love ours for taking out on family adventures.
Hape Nature detective kit *
These are another item that we were sent for review earlier in the year and love so much I had to include them here. This kit includes a whistle and a magnifying glass. They’re the perfect size for keeping in your backpack and taking on days out and walks. The whistle isn’t particularly loud, it’s the magnifying glass that gets the most attention from my two girls. They love it for bug hunting or even just looking at the bark of trees, there are so many options. They’re really well made too (as I would expect from Hape which is one of my favourite toy brands). Find my full review here. The nature kit is available here along with other items like a telescope or flower press.
Frugi puddle busters
If your kids love spending time outdoors whatever the weather but are a bit too old for an all in one waterproof then you need a pair of puddle busters from Frugi. They’re bright, colourful and waterproof dungarees. Perfect for puddle jumping and squelching through mud. We bought this pair for our eldest over a year ago, they’re still in great condition and they’ve been worn a lot. We’ll definitely be replacing them when she grows out of them. Frugi is very generous with sizing so these are lasting us well. Find this years designs here.
Camping equipment *
Camping equipment makes a great Christmas gift. We loved getting back to camping after a couple of years off and we’re already planning next summers adventures. We were sent this camping stove to review and it changed my opinion of camping stoves. This is the Campingaz party grill 400. It’s a single ring burner, wok, hot plate and griddle all in one. It’s so portable and leaves us with so many cooking options, I can’t imagine going back to a single ring burner anymore. Available here (UK only).
So there you have all my ideas for outdoor-loving families. I hope you find something to inspire you.
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Disclosure – Some of these items (the ones marked *) were sent to us for review in exchange for inclusion in this gift guide. Some were sent to use earlier in the year and I’m only sharing them again because we genuinely love them. Some links in this post are affiliate links. If you purchase through them I make earn a small commission. This does not affect the price you pay.