Finding the perfect gift should be easy, more importantly, you shouldn’t have to throw sustainability out the window when you buy one. All the gift ideas in this list are made by sustainable outdoor brands we know and love. Brands like REI Co-Op, Patagonia, Cotopaxi, Rumpl, and many more. REI has made sustainability a major part of their brand standards. They’re investing serious time and money focusing on purpose over profit. That means they want to make gear that lasts longer and makes a smaller impact on the environment we all love.
They’re doing this in many ways, one of which you can see clearly on their website. Next time you search for a product take a minute to notice the filters you can add to your search. In addition to the usual color, size, and brand filters you will also see sustainability filters. Filters like; recycled materials, bluesign®, responsibly sourced down, and fair trade to name a few. Every item on this list is either made with recycled materials, using responsible and sustainable manufacturing, responsibly sourced or fair trade. It’s going to sound cheesy, but I hope you support these brands. They may not always get everything right, but they’re working hard to reduce their impact on the environment, and that’s something I think is worth supporting.
If you’re not an REI Co-Op member now’s the time to sign-up or you can give a membership as a gift. Spent $20 now and earn 10% back on any purchases you make for life. That’s money you can use to upgrade a piece of gear or to give your favorite person something they’ve been wanting.
The shell of the 650 Down Jacket is made from recycled nylon, contains bluesign® materials, and uses certified responsible down. This 650 is compressible, has a drawcord hem to keep in warmth, and has a water repellent finish. I am extremely happy to report that this version comes in plus and regular sizes as well as several colors. It’s light enough for everyday wear and can be layered with warmer pieces.
If you saw my Plus Size Fall Clothing Guide you already know I love REI’s Groundbreaker line. They’ve managed to balance great price points without sacrificing on style, materials or brand standards. The Groundbreaker Insulated Jacket is made with recycled nylon and like the 650 it uses bluesign®-approved materials and recycled polyester. This jacket will keep you warm even if you get wet and is durable enough to last for many seasons of use.
I’m a child of the ’80s and ’90’s so part of me cringes when I see hip packs, and another part feels truly nostalgic. I’ve been eyeing this baby since seeing it in an Instagram post and couldn’t resist adding it to this list, especially since it’s made with recycled polyester. Whether you decide to carry it over your shoulder or around your hips this pack is light and durable for many adventures to come.
We all need a little essential oil action from time to time. You can buy this set and break it up between stockings or give it as one big gift. The set includes eucalyptus oil to help ease congestion, lavender to calm, tea tree for light irritants, and peppermint to alleviate headaches or calm an upset stomach. The set includes Fairtrade ingredients.
United By Blue has combined recycled materials and a promise with every sale. Purchase of this Packable Tote helps them remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways, talk about a feel-good purchase. This compressible tote has a pouch and clip so you can carry it with you anywhere. Maybe ditching plastic bags could be your New Year’s Resolution?
The holidays, chocolate and peppermint go together perfectly. I’m a big fan of the Theo brand and am happy to say that they use organic ingredients and are Fairtrade. Pick up these tasty cups or head over to REI’s website to check out all the snacks! They’re perfect additions to a care-package or a stocking.
The color palette on this reusable screams winter wonderland. Hydro Flask uses TempShield™ double-wall vacuum insulation to keep contents hot for 6 hrs. or cold for 24 hrs. It’s easy to clean and comes with a lifetime warranty. Contains recycled materials.
Looking for a low profile way to store your keys? The Orbitkey lets you stack keys to eliminate jingles. It’s like turning your key stack into a Swiss Army knife, complete with added multi-tool that can be used as a bottle opener, multi-size hex wrench, box cutter, flathead screwdriver, and file. Contains recycled materials.
Organize your bits and bobs with this large rugged polyester canvas zipper pouch. Use it to hold your cables, guidebooks, maps, snacks or toiletries. The materials used to construct the pouch are bluesign®-approved materials, which conserve resources and protect the health of the environment, workers and you. I don’t know about you, but I can always figure out a way to use a cute pouch.
Each Cotopaxi 46L duffel is a surprise. That’s because the employees are given creative control in putting the pieces together. It can lay flat, stand on end and has 5 external handles and a stowable shoulder strap. It meets carry-on size restrictions for most airlines.
We love our Rumpl blanket! It packs up small and keeps us super warm when we’re out camping or just sitting on our couch. I love the wave pattern quilted into this version and the color is inspired by the Pacific Northwest. It’s made from the same synthetic materials used in sleeping bags and puffy jackets which means you can wash and dry it easily.
I couldn’t resist adding this double sleeping bag to the list. Talk about a perfect gift for camping couples or families. I probably wouldn’t bring this bag on a backpacking trip, but it’s perfect for car campers. These two bags zip together and are fully functional apart, making them really versatile. The outer polyester shell is water repellent and you can unzip the bottom of each bag individually for customized ventilation. Like lots of other REI Co-Op products, these bags contain materials that meet bluesign® criteria.
If you already own a Flexlite chair you can purchase the underquilt separately, but if you’re int he market for a new camp chair this bundle is a great deal. The chair frame is made from lightweight and strong aluminum with four legs for lots of stability. The underquilt fits the chair perfectly and creates a pocket of warmth to keep your buns warm all evening whether you’re around a campfire or an outdoor concert.
This is the perfect gift for the hardcore adventurer. Spending time out in remote areas is good for the soul, but it’s always good to know you can reach help when you need it. The inReach Mini 2 uses GPS to track your location if necessary you can use it to trigger an SOS message. While I hope you never need to use it, the peace of mind that comes with carrying it is priceless.
I couldn’t create a gift guide without including a pair of shoes. I am a shoe junkie after all. The Ontario hiking boot is made with leather from a tannery rated gold by the Leather Working Group, which means it was produced by manufacturers who follow sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices. Add to that all the bells and whistles of a Merrell show and you have a very comfy place for your feet.
I’m kind of in love with this item. It’s basically a superhero whose superpower is warmth. It’s made from water repellent ripstop nylon and is a perfect size. You won’t be dragging this cape on the ground, instead, it will snap at the arms and neck to keep you super cozy. Pull up the hood for extra warmth.
Like the traditional Buff, this polar version can be worn 10 different ways. This winter version has an additional panel of Polartec fleece and is made with 100% recycled REPREVE® performance microfiber. The seamless construction is comfortable against your skin and it’s made with UPF 50 fabric to shield you against UV rays.
Reusable straws. Some people love them and others hate them. I myself carry one most days and have pretty much completely adapted to using them. The FinalStraw can be used for hot or cold beverages and comes with a telescoping cleaning brush. According to their website, the FinalStraw is rated for 12,000 cycles, which means you could use it every day twice a day for the next 16 years.
Have I mentioned I’m of Scandinavian descent? Can you blame me for including these Norseland socks? They’re quick-drying, moisture-wicking, and odor resistant. Plus they’re made from responsibly sourced wool and recycled polyester and nylon. Not to mention they’re pretty cute.
I had to add one more item from Cotopaxi. It’s a brand I love and I really love the creative control they give to the employees assembling the pieces. Each and every bag is truly unique. This tote has lots of organizational features that really appeal to the neat freak in me. Inside the bag, there’s a zippered main pocket, a large water bottle pouch to protect your stuff from condensation, and a stash pocket.
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*This post is sponsored by REI, our favorite shop for holiday gifts for outdoor lovers. We were compensated and all opinions are our own. Links in this post are affiliate. Thank you for supporting Indoorsy Camper!
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