Tried & True Gifts for the Outdoorsy Lady

It’s the season once again for feasting and merriment and giving thanks. And shopping! We all want to pick the perfect gifts for our loved ones, but some are more difficult than others. As the tricky one in my own family—sorry Mom and Dad!—I know the struggle. That’s why I have picked out just a few of my own favorite tried and true all-season essentials to kickstart your shopping for the outdoorsy ladies on the list. Here’s to taking the guessing out of giving and leaving more room for what really matters this holiday season!

Image via  Topo Designs

Image via Topo Designs

Ah, finally, a little bag that seems to carry the weight of the world. Whether I’m running errands around town, getting in some time by the water, or spending a weekend camping on a mountain, you’ll hardly find me without my Accessory Bag. Handmade in Colorado with a range of colors and sizes, it strikes just the right balance between utilitarian design and versatile aesthetic. The bag ladies will be raving.

Image via  Topo Designs

Image via Topo Designs

I have a thing for organization, and this Camera Cube is my favorite on-the-go camera storage option thus far. Its padded base and sides keep all that expensive equipment safe, and adjustable storage compartments let me fit my gear my way. This gem of a camera case fits a DSLR, backup lens, and a few extra accessories. I can take it on its own or stash it in my adventure backpack, and I know I’m covered. Like the Topo Designs Accessory Bag, the Camera Cube is also handmade in Colorado.

Image via  Patagonia

Image via Patagonia

My 30L Patagonia Black Hole Backpack has been (almost) everywhere that I have since I got it several years ago. Originally my go-to for keeping my gear together and protected from the elements during long days working at sea, it has become a whole lot more than that. It’s light enough to stash my beach day essentials or my weekend camping kit, and it’s tough enough to make it through the ups and downs of travel and outdoor escapades. And don’t underestimate the power of the daisy chain.

Image via  Hydroflask

Image via Hydroflask

This is the water bottle to rule all water bottles. Now speckled with marine grade paint, tattooed with stickers, and bruised from a close encounter with an asphalt parking lot, my Hydro Flask has been through a lot. And it’s still going strong. If I’m on the run or stationed in the blazing sunshine for hours on end, I don’t have to worry about my water getting warm (or my tea getting too cold). There are a lot of vacuum insulated water bottles out there, but this one has my loyalty.

Image via  Nomadix

Image via Nomadix

Nomadix has an ethos of “Own Less. Do More,” and their classic towels certainly stand up to the pressure. Before I put one of these to the test, I didn’t really consider my towel to be a necessity. Now I can take this with me on all of my adventures without having to worry about it taking up too much space. Made of post consumer recycled plastic bottles, the versatile Nomadix towel will get you compliments and keep you dry outdoors and everywhere else.


Maddie Buresh is a writer and photographer with an unquenchable desire to explore the great outdoors, from the ocean to the mountains. She finds joy in trying new things, living in community, and crafting stories that encourage people to go outside, have adventures, and enjoy this big, beautiful world.