Top Outdoor Gifts for Kids

It is Christmas time which means we are looking for that perfect gift. The gift that won’t break a few hours after playing with it or won’t be thrown in the corner a couple days after Christmas. I am getting to the point that when I look for gifts for my daughter I want to try to make sure it is something that she will truly enjoy or use. Below are some of my daughter and my favorite kids gifts. In no particular order.

Camel Kids Backpack. This is the perfect gift for that hiker kid in your life or the kids who asks for a drink of water every couple minutes on the trail. This allows kids to get use to carrying a backpack with their own snack, water and anything else small they may want on the trail.


Snow Markers These are guaranteed to bring some outdoor fun during those snowy months. We got these for our daughter last year and even when the coloring mixture ran out we just filled the bottles with food coloring and water for continued fun.


A Girls Book of Adventure My daughter got this book last Easter and it is one of the few books that I see her go back to time and time again either just to read or to do one of the projects in it. This is a good book for Elementary or early Middle School girls.


Yeti Bottles I don’t know about you, but we went through a time that I felt like we were going through water bottles like crazy. They were always breaking and could never keep my daughters water cold for long. Last year I decided to break down and buy her one. It was one of the best purchases I made. A year and half later we still have it. She uses it every day for school, at daycare or day trips. The ice holds for many hours keeping her water cold. Worth the money and there are some fun colors.

Tubbs Snow Shoes Does you child like to hike, but aren’t sure what to do in the winter months. Snow shoes are the way to go. My daughter likes to walk around our yard in hers. They are easy to get on and off and allows your child to still get outside on a hike during the snowy months.


Single burner Backpack Stove Ok so maybe this is not directly for kids. I cannot tell you how many times in the winter this has been a life saver. When we go out for a hike, snowshoe, cross country ski or ice fishing we throw this in our backpack with some hot chocolate packets and cups. It is a great way to break up a extended time outside during those colder winter months and who does not love hot chocolate on the trail.


Hiking Boots- A good pair of hiking books are a must if you are going to spend a lot of time on the trail. It helps with comfort and preventing feet from getting wet. We love our Keen Kids Hiking books.


Head Light These are great for many reasons, playing outside at night, camping or just reading under the sheets.

Passes to your local state park. These are great for day trips for hiking, canoeing, swimming or picnicking. Perfect for family outings


Gift Certificate for a weekend of camping. Check out some of my favorite campsites in Vermont. What better way to enjoy the great outdoors than a weekend camping.

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