Wondering what to buy an outdoor loving family? Then this is the guide for you. There’s something for every budget in my outdoor families gift guide. If the gift is more for the child than an adult or the family as a whole, then you need my Christmas gifts for outdoorsy kids.
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Gifts of days out and adventures
Fed up of giving “stuff”? does the family have everything they already need? How about giving the gift of a day out or even better, a year’s worth of days out. Here are our favourites.
Treasure trails #
Treasure trails make gifts for all the family. Give the gift of an adventure this year. There are trails available to purchase for all over the country. They make family walks even more fun as it gives the walk a purpose and a mystery to solve. We enjoyed a Yorkshire Dales one this summer and I can’t wait to try this one in Saltaire.
These trails are perfect for exploring the hidden gems and backstreets of your choice of location. Use the clues and directions to solve clues and find out more about the history of the area. At the end, you solve a mystery or find a hidden treasure. I love that it gets the whole family working together, solving the clues and that children don’t even notice how far they are walking (trails of different lengths are available).
National Trust membership
We’ve been National Trust family members for 4 years and we use our membership all the time. Here in the North West, we have a good number of properties to visit. I’m not one for looking around stately homes, we go for the outdoor space and the fantastic kid’s activities and facilities.
Find out Why you’ll love the National Trust for kids here.
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.
English Heritage membership
Much like the National Trust, English Heritage membership is another great gift for families that like to get outside and exploring. We were gifted English Heritage vouchers last year and have enjoyed our membership. I don’t think it is as good for families here in the North West as National Trust but I think it varies in different parts of the UK. We loved Whitby abbey and visiting numerous castles in Wales. * Join here and enjoy 15% off with the code EH2020
I particularly love this * UK adventures themed map.
I also love that you can gift 12 months access to the OS maps app so you have every OS map you could need at the touch of a button on your phone – * get it here.
I have 3 of these guide books and I can’t recommend them enough if they do one for an area you visit frequently. We have discovered some hidden gems in areas we thought we knew well. The guides available are:
- * Wales
- * Scotland
- * Central England (including the Peak District)
- * Lake District & Yorkshire Dales
- * London and South East
- * Devon, Cornwall and South West
- * Wild swimming
- * Scandinavia
Let’s face it most of us spend more time indoors at this time of year so how about gifting some books that outdoor lovers will enjoy. Here are a few suggestions.
Adventurous ink #
Adventurous ink is the book club for outdoor folk. There are different levels of subscription depending on how often you’d like a new book but the most popular is one book a month.
Each month you will be delivered a surprise travel, adventure or nature book, carefully curated to maximise meaning and connection, it’s the essential companion to a good life lived in the great outdoors.
You can also buy many of the back issues over on the website too.
The nature seed, Lucy Jones, Kenneth Greenway #
This book is perfect for any parent who wants to know how to raise adventurous and nurturing kids. It’s filled with ideas for child-led activities to build a deep connection with nature and also lots of stories of how a connection with nature helps children to thrive. This is the book for any parent you know who is keen to rewild childhood. * Buy it here.
Gifts for nature lovers
Colourful Sea Creature Carnovsky 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle For Adults
Another great way to spend some time over winter is jigsaws. This one is perfect for nature lovers. Despite being 500 pieces, this one is definitely as challenging as a 1000 piece jigsaw due to the limited colour pallet. It’s a really unique idea too with red, green and blue viewing glasses included to isolate each layer of the image, turning one puzzle into three stunning pictures or scan the QR code to turn your device into a magical viewing lens! * get yours here.
Gifts for travel lovers
Hand-drawn pinboard map from Louisa Elizabeth #
If you are buying for someone who loves to travel then have you considered a pinboard map? These make unique wall art that allows the owner to record their travels and plan future trips. We were kindly sent the UK one but there are many more UK and worldwide options available for a range of budgets. I love the personalised key that you can create. Find your dream map here.
Many outdoor lovers would appreciate an eco-friendly gift option, after all, if you love nature, you’ll want to protect it.
Plastic free beauty gifts – Ethique
I’ve been searching for solid shampoo for some time now and have recently discovered Ethique. I love that they have small-sized products so you can buy these and try the products without having to buy a full-size product and find that it’s not right for you.
These minis are also great for stocking fillers and gifts too. They even have a range of bundles. They sell hair care, soap, solid body butter and so much more. They have ranges for adults, kids, household items and even pets.
See the full range and if you shop through this link, you get 20% off (new customers only) and I get some loyalty points. Shop here.
Reusable sanitary pads #
Reusable sanitary wear is becoming more and more the norm which is great for reducing single-use plastic. It can be expensive starting out though. If you have a friend or family member think about trying the switch then why not gift them a starter pack from Trade to aid this Christmas.
Trade to aid are a social business trying to end period poverty. They use recycled plastic and super soft bamboo charcoal. For every pack sold, they will gift 1 pack to a refugee camp for those in need. * Get yours here.
Klean Kanteen flasks
I love Klean Kanteen as they really do last and do the job they are intended to do 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. We’ve had a variety of sizes over the years below is the latest collection we have been sent to try. I love the new * TK wide which is perfect for taking hot chocolate on a day out. We teamed ours with a * set of steel cups and * steel straws.
Camping equipment makes a great Christmas gift. If you know a family who enjoys camping then I’m sure you can buy them a great gift.
We love our * Campingaz party grill 400 which we were sent to review 4 years ago.
This year though we have upgraded and bought a Cadac 2 cook 2 pro deluxe which is a double burner. We absolutely love it. Get * yours here.
Family PACMAT picnic blanket
We love these lightweight picnic blankets that pack up small and can even go in the washing machine! They come in a range of designs including OS maps like this. * Shop the full range here.
We also love the cool box that we were sent to review, the * Coleman 28QT Xtreme cooler box. It’s really made camping a lot easier.
Other camping gifts:
- A * collapsible bucket – we love ours and use it for so many things. Washing clothes, washing up, washing kids, storing wet clothes when we are on the move.
- A compact travel shower has so many uses from washing sand off your kid’s feet, washing the dog or even for washing the car. We love Colapz products like this * shower (get 5% off through this link).
- A new set of camping plates is another great idea. You’ll love this * melamine set from Olpro.
- * Marshmallow toasting kit
- * Fire and stars print
- * Wainwright fells print
- * Personalised welly boot print
So there you have all my ideas for outdoor-loving families. I hope you find something to inspire you.
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