Seven Gifts for the Badass Outdoors Women in Your Life

The holiday season is finally upon us! I don’t know about you, but this is by far my favorite time of year. Not only do I get to string copious amounts of twinkle lights around my home and sing cheesy Neil Diamond Christmas songs, but it’s also the start of winter! Of hot chocolate mornings and ski tours and waking up to a peaceful, snow-covered city. I. Love. This. Season.

It’s also the time to start thinking about what to get your friends and family for the holidays. There’s nothing better than giving or receiving a thoughtful gift (although I think we can all agree that an REI gift card is something to celebrate!), so I thought I’d make it a little easier and pick out some gifts that the badass outdoors women in your life will love.

Without further ado:

  • Any kind of outdoors course.


Being in the outdoors means taking chances, and putting yourself in foreign environments. Education is key in making informed decisions in the backcountry (and even the front-country …just as many people die inbounds as they do out of bounds), but these classes are often expensive and thought of as unnecessary. Surprise her with an AIARE course or WFA. If that’s too much, I’m sure she’d appreciate any amount to go towards it.

  • SWAG, Trucker hats. Beanies. T-shirts she can get dirty and torn.


Figure out her favorite non-profit and snag something from their online shop. It’s a win-win. They get to keep a part of the proceeds for their cause, and she gets to represent something she’s passionate about.

  • Or just make a straight-up donation.

We’re outdoors people. We don’t need a lot of stuff. And let’s be honest, the stuff we do want is probably too pricey to put on a Christmas list. (Unless you have a lot of money, which, in that case, I would love a trad rack!!)

  • Desert Solitaire. Into the Wild. The Big Tiny. Eiger Dreams. A Walk in the Woods (Anything by Bill Bryson, really). Seven Years in Tibet.

Any and all books that document life in the wilderness. If she adventures she doesn’t need any old paperback companion–she needs one that inspires. So maybe not Into the Wild. Unless she’s staying home for a while…

  • Anything from Patagonia. Seriously. Anything.


  • Something to sort through all those thoughts she’s bound to have.write-in-the-rain

She heads into the backcountry. She’s philosophical. She has a lot of thoughts. She needs something to track all the epiphanies she has come rain, snow, or shine. This bad boy will bat away any water that tries to ruin any good idea that comes to her mind.

Like these prints from Rachel Pohl, or anything climbing/skiing/outdoor related on Etsy.


That’s what I got! Anything to add? What would you love to receive as an outdoorsy woman?

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