The Best Wedding Gifts for Outdoorsy Couples

The Best Wedding Gifts for Outdoorsy Couples, a couple sitting on the edge of a cliff overlooking fields of flowers and trees.

Go ahead, register for camping, hiking, biking, and climbing gear—we have top-rated items to add to your list, whatever your outdoor endeavor.

This has been quite a year! As we’ve all had to find our own ways to weave social distancing into our lives, spending time in the great outdoors has never been more appealing, or more important.

Camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities are pretty much the perfect ways to socially distance and spend time together as a couple. And if you’re still nervous about being around other people, or you don’t have easy access to wide-open spaces, consider taking a romantic getaway to your own backyard. Put down the technology, pitch a tent, grill some hot dogs, and spend the night under the stars. (This sounds especially romantic if you just got married but had to postpone your honeymoon.)

If you don’t think of yourselves as outdoorsy types but want to start exploring, we have some suggestions to get you started. And if you’re already outdoor adventurers, remember that you can add, well, anything you want to your wedding registry—it’s your wedding registry!—including nontraditional items like outdoor gear, clothing, and those gadgets you have your eye on but may not ever get around to buying for yourself.

Even if your wedding is a ways away, adventure will never go out of style. So check out some of the top-rated outdoor gear of 2020.

Camping

If spending a night or two in a secluded campground is your idea of socially distant heaven, first you’ll need shelter. The Slumberjack Nightfall 2-Person Tent is perfect for backpacking trips, with a generous vestibule area to keep your gear covered. Plus (romantic!), you can prop the front up and open to enjoy the view while you’re relaxing inside. If you two like a little more room to stretch out, consider the Eureka K-2 XT 3-Person Tent. It’s protective during all four seasons, with great ventilation and numerous pockets to help organize clothing and nighttime necessities.

For the actual sleeping, Cabela's Outfitter XL -20° Sleeping Bag is warm and durable, spacious, and will serve you for years. If you like the idea of cuddling in a sleeping bag for two, with the Klymit KSB Double Sleeping Bag there’s no need to zip two bags together, and other cozy features include a “pillow barn” to keep your pillow tucked in where you want it and top corner hand pockets that let you wrap the bag around your shoulders.

Look the part of a camper in a flannel shirt. The Natural Reflections Flannel Long-Sleeve Shirt for women comes in a bunch of classic plaid options, and the RedHead Bear Creek Solid Flannel Long-Sleeve Shirt for guys is all solids, with button-flap chest pockets to securely hold a pocket knife or small gadget. And for cooler nights, throw on cozy hooded sweatshirts. The Under Armour Icon Camo Hoodie has contrasting pink trim for her, and the Ascend Graphic Hybrid Fleece Hoodie has a cool hiker hanging out on the front. 

Are we the only ones who think sitting around a campfire on a cool evening is one of parts of camping? The Solo Stove Bonfire is a smokeless portable fire pit that makes it easy to light up wherever you are. Add to the end-of-a-good-day feeling with an REI Co-op Flexlite Fleece Chair. The layer of sherpa fleece will keep your backside as warm as your front, and it folds down to fit in the stuff sack that comes with it.

Then give your feet a break from boots at the end of the day with cozy slipper-shoes. Minnetonka Moccasin Alpine Moc Slippers for her have sheepskin lining and cuffs, thank you very much, with non-slip soles that make them perfect for indoor/outdoor use. Bob Timberlake Bomber Shearling Moc Slippers for him are lined with cozy shearling and are also perfect for indoors/outdoors. 

Finally, if you can do your camping near a body of water, the Ascend 10T Sit-on-Top Kayak is a worthwhile splurge (and hey, isn’t that what a wedding registry is for?). It has all the bells and whistles to make it work well for fishing or simply rowing/relaxing.

Hiking

If you like taking long walks in the woods, you can use some hiking gear. The Ascend Dash 720 Lightweight Backpack is lightweight and high performance, and it’s designed to collapse into its own front pocket when not in use. The Stanley Classic Legendary Vacuum Bottle has that classic thermos look, as well as being fully leakproof and able to keep drinks hot up to 20 hours or cold up to 24.

The right hiking boots are a must to keep feet comfy, dry, and blister-free. For the guys, Merrell Zion Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots offer solid support when trekking over any terrain, while the breathable lining and waterproof technology will keep feet comfy in most any weather. And for ladies, KEEN Targhee III Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots, offer solid support and protection, along with a little fashion.

Cycling

What’s a better escape than cruising along with the wind in your hair? Once you have your wheels, it’s time to add biking accessories. The CamelBak Chase Bike Vest with Hydration Pack has vented mesh straps to help keep you cool and a 50-ounce water reservoir to keep you well hydrated without slowing down. 

The Crankbrothers Multi 17 Bike Multi Tool has, that’s right, 17 tools for common road- and trailside repairs, including multiple hex keys, a chain tool, four spoke wrenches, flat and Phillips head screwdrivers, and several wrenches. The Garmin Edge 530 GPS Bike Computer will keep you from getting lost out there, with integrated data and an app to give you access to trail maps, difficulty ratings, conditions, and more. Fix tire pressure on the go with the Topeak Peak DX II Buke Pump.

And if you’re a couple who takes your dog everywhere with you, Solvit HoundAbout II Dog Bicycle Trailer will let your friend ride in style, with screened windows for ventilation and even a doggy sunroof.

Climbing

If climbing is your thing—or you’d like to try a beginner climb while you’re out and about—you’ll need proper footwear. Reach new heights with La Sportiva Skwama Climbing Shoes for Men or La Sportiva Skwama Climbing Shoes for Women. They’re lightweight, responsive, and the rubber sticks to all surfaces for maximum safety. They’re also easy to break in and durable enough to avoid stretching.

For a pair of durable and spacious climbing packs, look no further than the no-frills Cotopaxi Fiesta Day Pack & Duffel Bundle and the Black Diamond Creek 50 Pack. The latter is waterproof and super comfortable with padded shoulder straps, and it’s designed for easy access to all your stowed gear.

Outdoor Gadgets

Are you a gadget guy or gal? The self-illuminating Cammenga 3H Tritium Compass will do more than just keep you from getting lost—use it to orient a map, determine the location of a terrain feature, or follow or help plot a course. The Victorinox Evolution Grip 18 Multi-Tool Pocket Knife has all the functions you’d expect, plus the enhanced feature of ergonomic “scales” for a super solid grip and more control.

You don’t need to be a firestarter if you have the multipurpose UCO Titan Fire Striker, useful for igniting tinder or lighting a campfire, gas stove, or gas barbeque. And it’s good at all altitudes and in cold weather. The stainless steel striker doubles as a multifunctional tool with a screwdriver, bottle opener, four hex sizes, and striker.

Give yourself a treat after a day of hiking or climbing with the Hyperice Hypervolt Bluetooth Massager. This massager is a bit of a luxury item, but it will speed up recovery after strenuous activity and can be paired with the accompanying app to guide it through routines designed for specific muscle groups.

And for the weather geek, the La Crosse Technology Wireless Professional Weather Station gives a whole lot of meteorological data on your location, with sensors that monitor temperature, humidity, feels-like temperature, wind speed, wind direction, current rainfall, barometric pressure, and more, plus customizable alerts for changes in wind speed, current rainfall, temperature, and humidity.

Outdoor Cooking

If you’re spending serious time outdoors, you’ll also be cooking outdoors. The Snow Peak Takibi Fire & Grill will keep your fire contained and hot coals away from the ground, meaning you can cook your meals and warm your hands without leaving a trace in the natural habitat. The Lodge 14" Cast-Iron Cook-It-All includes two pieces of cookware that can be used five ways—a reversible grill/griddle doubles as a lid for the 6.8-quart bottom that works as a wok, a skillet, or domed lid for baking. Bass Pro Shops 14 Cup Stainless Steel Campfire Percolator is a pretty, polished stainless steel pot to use over a fire-top grill.

To keep your fresh food items in good shape, Cabela's Polar Cap Equalizer 60-Quart Cooler has a bear-resistant design that lets you securely lock contents inside, and it’s proven to keep ice frozen for days.

And one more fun food-related item: Cabela's 6-Tray Heavy-Duty Dehydrator is for use at home, but you can dry fruit, vegetables, and jerky to snack on while you’re enjoying the out of doors.

Backyard Outdoor Games & Entertainment

No backyard adventure is complete without games and tunes. The ECOXGEAR EcoXplorer Waterproof Floating Portable AM/FM Bluetooth Wireless Speaker packs all the audio bells and whistles into a compact, portable unit, and it even has two built-in bottle openers to complement the music. The Wild Sports Authentic Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game would be fun for a competitive couple or a group of friends. Or take it up a competitive notch with the Hunter's Blind Poker Chip Set, including a poker deck and 200 chips in an outdoorsy tin.

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