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Gifts for the outdoorsman

Laura Williams, M.S.Ed. is a personal trainer, freelance writer and entrepreneur who works with a wide variety of fitness clients. She's the founder of the popular website, - Girls Gone Sporty, and she's the host of the High Impact Blogg...

Great gifts for the great outdoors

Shopping for an outdoorsman may seem like a chore, but you can count yourself lucky! Outdoor gifts are plentiful, and there's always something new on the market to satisfy your man's adventurous spirit. Check out our top seven categories for gifts for the outdoorsman, then get to shopping! Just remember -- it's only a true gift if your man will like it... and if it's something he probably wouldn't buy for himself.

Functional apparel and gear

Chances are your favorite outdoorsman isn't a big shopper, but that doesn't mean he won't appreciate the latest functional apparel designed for the great outdoors! The key to purchasing apparel as a gift is to avoid buying something your guy would go buy for himself. Pick up products with new technology or high-quality materials that are perfect for outdoor use. A couple products that stand out include:

IntelliSkin PostureCue V-Tee

IntelliSkin PostureCue V-Tee ($95)

A performance T-shirt made with wicking, breathable material that offers SPF protection and is designed specifically to improve posture with special, built-in compression panels. Perfect for the guy who spends a lot of time outside riding a bike or hiking with a pack on his back.

The North Face Snake Eyes Jacket

The North Face Snake Eyes Jacket ($149)

When outdoor adventures take your man to cooler climates, it's important that he has a functional, lightweight jacket that will keep him warm and dry. The North Face Snake Eyes Jacket is a full-zip fleece featuring Polartec's Power Dry fabric designed to keep your skin dry when you sweat while also maximizing warmth and enhancing breathability.

REI Traverse 30 Pack

REI Traverse 30 Pack ($90)

Built from recycled, ripstop PET fabric, this pack is durable and functional, offering plenty of storage for everything your guy will need on his next hike. The pack is lightweight and features everything from a pocket designed to hold a water reservoir to an external mesh pocket for wet gear.

The gift of experience

If your favorite outdoorsman has more gear than he knows what to do with, maybe you should consider giving him the gift of a great outdoor experience. You can pick up an annual state park pass for between $20 and $50, giving your guy easy access to all the outdoor activities your state has to offer.

Want to plan something a little more concrete? Check out Cloud 9 Living, a website that sells specific experiences, such as scuba diving, snorkeling or golf excursions. After an experience is purchased, your guy will receive a gift box explaining the gift, then he gets to schedule the date and time of the experience himself. He can even choose to return or exchange the experience if he sees something else that's more to his liking!

Outdoor technology

Just because your man likes to be one with nature, doesn't mean he won't appreciate some of the latest technology designed for outdoor use. In fact, the latest gear to hit the market will likely make your guy's adventures even more fun! A few of our top outdoor techie gifts include:

Pivothead Video Recording Eyewea

Pivothead Video Recording Eyewear ($349)

It's tough to record video while on-the-go, but Pivothead's brand new Video Recording Eyewear makes it simple. These sunglasses are designed with a built-in HD-quality video camera that can also take still-frame images. Compatible with bluetooth, your guy can capture and send proof of his adventures from anywhere he happens to be.

Pantech Element waterproof tablet

Pantech Element waterproof tablet ($300)

If your guy has been eyeing tablets recently, go ahead and get him the Pantech Element Android tablet. In addition to a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and 4G network compatibility, the Element is waterproof and completely submergible for up to 30 minutes! Even if he's caught in a downpour when out and about, your man will be able to sync up and stay connected.

Powerbag Instant Messenger

Powerbag Instant Messenger ($179)

One of the problems with "getting away from it all" is that power can be hard to come by. If your man frequently runs out of juice for all his gadgets while on the road, consider investing in a Powerbag. Powerbags contain a rechargeable battery that you can then use to charge up your other gadgets while on-the-go. We love the Powerbag Instant Messenger because of it's roomy size and the fact that its internal battery can charge the average smartphone up to four times!

Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp

Helpful illumination

How often does your guy spend his nights or early mornings camping, cycling, fishing or participating in other outdoor activities? Even if he loves the calm of the dark sky, chances are he gets tired of walking around with a flashlight or lantern. Give him the gift of light by picking up tools that allow him hands-free illumination.

For the guy who spends time running or cycling on the road, we love the Black Diamond Sprinter Headlamp ($70). This waterproof headlamp projects a strong oval beam of light to illuminate the road, while also offering a red strobing tail light to alert oncoming traffic of his presence. Safety and functionality wrapped into one!

For the man who camps, hikes or hits the beach for early morning surfing, you can't miss with Teva's Illum 2 ($65) — a genius flip-flop that comes with a built-in light to brighten the path from tent to toilet or beach to breakers.

Gerber Steady Tool

Multi-function tools

Does your guy still rely on the Swiss Army Knife he bought as a teenager when he heads out on the trail? While it's probably holding up pretty well, why not surprise him with a multi-tool that goes above and beyond the multi-function knife of the 80s? We love the Gerber Steady Tool ($64). Not only does it have the blades, screwdrivers, bottle opener and pliers of a traditional multi-tool, it also has two foldable legs and a cell phone- or camera-compatible screw-in mount that turns it into an instant tripod! Next time your guy decides to take a solo bike ride, he can document the day with clear and steady photos using nothing more than this handy multi-tool!

Casio G-Shock G9300-1

Techie watches

Sure, cell phones these days can do just about everything, but what if your guy loses power or cell service? Rather than relying only on a cell phone app for critical outdoor information, such as weather conditions and altitude, hook your guy up with a watch that has fancy outdoor features. Do your research to find one that syncs with your man's style, but we're especially fond of the Casio G-Shock G9300-1 watch ($200) featuring a digital compass, thermometer, moon graph, shock, mud, dust and water resistance as well as a solar-powered battery. As if that weren't enough, the bold black features and heavy "heft" of the watch make it especially manly! Talk about a watch being built for the great outdoors, and the great outdoorsman!

DoubleNest Deluxe Hammock

Gifts to chill out with

Chances are your outdoor-lovin' guy likes to chill out outside just as much as he likes to play outside. If his idea of the perfect day is a family bike ride followed by an afternoon spent relaxing on the back porch, indulge him with a few extra gifts to make the day even better. Kick up the quality of your usual family barbeque by investing in organic meats and veggies. It may seem like an indulgence, but organic, grassfed beef, found at retailers such as Prescott Frost, actually contains more vitamins, minerals and Omega-3s than other beef varieties and is naturally lower in fat. After you're done feasting, surprise your man with a brand new hammock to kick back in! Look for budget-friendly options that are packable and easy to hang so that your guy can take his hammock with him wherever adventure calls. We love the DoubleNest Deluxe Hammock ($80) from Eagles Nest Outfitters because it's perfectly sized for two!

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