Glad tidings of comfort and joy! My outdoor, adventure and travel-themed Christmas gift guide is here to help you find the perfect present for the luckiest explorers in your life, including the perfect gifts for swimmers, campers and your Secret Santa. Merry Christmas, you filthy animals – and here’s to an adventurous 2023!
Travel and Outdoors Christmas gift guide 2023
1, Ikat Changing Cape, £259 from Cape Cove
Perfect for: stylish surfers
Avoid flashing the whole car park on your next surf trip by wrapping up in one of Cape Cove’s sherpa-lined robes to change – I think this rather beautiful ikat print number is smart enough to double up as a luxe winter coat.
2, Puffin Toddler Snowsuit, £138 from Isbjorn of Sweden
Perfect for: your little one
I’ve already got my best gift this Xmas – my little babe arrived in September 2023. Having a winter baby has got me searching for the best winter snowsuits, and I think this snug suit is perfect for the chilliest days, with snuggly Primaloft insulation to keep your mini me super cosy.
3, XOXO Pro Snowboard Deck, £480 from Roxy
Perfect for: your favourite freestyler
Conquer the pistes on this freestyle beaut of a board from Olympic athlete Chloe Kim’s collaboration with Roxy. The dreamy cloud print will cheer up any whiteout day.
4, SOCKS! Camp socks, £5.95 from Etsy and Owl British Wool Socks, £16.95 from the Yorkshire Sock Company
Perfect for: your Secret Santa
Surely I’m not the only person who thinks socks are an excellent Xmas treat? Keep the home fires burning with these super cute – and pocket-friendly camping socks, perfect for popping in an outdoorsy type’s stocking. Or treat a walker to these wonderful wool socks from The Yorkshire Sock Company are knitted in West Yorkshire from British wool – perfect for tackling northern fells.
5, Superdry Fair Isle Jumper, £55 from Very
It’s not Christmas if you aren’t sporting a festive jumper for your burn-off-the-mince-pies Boxing Day walk. Superdry’s gorgeous Fair Isle jumper is a lovely option you can still wear come New Year.
6, Feuerhand Baby Hurricane Lantern, £37.95 from Whitby and Co
Perfect for: stylish homebodies
These delightfully old-fashioned lanterns burn lamp oil and are, as the name suggests, impervious to wind and rain, so they’re perfect for nights in the open as well as warming up your home.
7, Color Surf Stick sunscreen, £8.99 from Easy Surf Shop
Perfect for: eco-minded mermaids
Protect your skin and the planet by plastering this thick, protective vegan sunscreen onto your noggin before you hit the water. The dinky stick is very stocking-friendly, too.
8, Jumla beanie hat, £11 from Sherpa
Perfect for: ethical trekkers
Meet the hat that gives back – these lovely knits from Sherpa are made by a women’s co-operative in the outskirts of Kathmandu and each purchase also provides a school day for children.
9, Bootie slippers, £70 from Ariat
Perfect for: happy campers
What to give the glamper who has everything? These soft-as-anything shearling slippers have grippy soles and a warm fleece lining, so they’re perfect for padding about in chilly mornings in your tent.
10, Bobbi Wellingtons, £84.95 from Merry People
Perfect for: gardeners
These warm and comfy wellie boots are my new favourites for muddy walks and messing about in the garden – and they come in a rainbow of pleasing ice-cream shades.
11, Epic Snow Adventures of the World, £24.99, Lonely Planet
Perfect for: armchair adventurers
Let it snow – celebrate winter with this collection of 200 frosty adventures perfect for travel inspiration, from visiting Sweden’s original ice hotel for an arctic sleepover to indoor ice climbing in Scotland.
12, Wide Mouth Bottle, from £13.95 from Wild Bounds
Perfect for: hikers
If in doubt, a Nalgene bottle is a brilliant present for anyone who is into adventure – they’re really tough and hold over a litre of water. Plain versions start from £14 or head to Etsy for delightful illustrated versions.