2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s that time of year again. Time for my annual Holiday Gift Guide! If you need gift ideas for the outdoor lover in your life, you’ve come to the right place.

This year I’m doing something a little different. Instead of just sharing my gift suggestions, I’m actually giving some lucky readers gifts through my Beat Black Friday giveaway week! Over the next few days I’ll be hosting three awesome giveaways with your outdoor family in mind.

Beat Black Friday Giveaways

  1. Great Gifts for Outdoor Tots
  2. What Mountain Mom Really Wants
  3. Get Mountain Dad Outdoors

Come back November 18-25, 2016 for a chance to win over $400 worth of prizes!

Holiday Gift Guide

Now for the main event. Here’s my top picks for Holiday Gifts! All of these products have been used and abused by me, my family and friends and are on my wish list too. Add them to your wish list too with the affiliate links below. Plus most are $30 or less. Holiday Gift Guide 2016


    1. Timolino – We loved trying out Timolino products for our perfect picnic giveaways earlier this year. Their hydration bottles, coffee mugs and insulated thermos products are great for meals on the go. Prices range from $15.00-$52.00.
    2. Vionic – These fashionable shoes offer amazing arch support, and their relax slipper just made the list of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2016! Slippers cost $59.95-$89.95.
    3. Oakiwear – Weatherproof gear for kids. Can you get any cuter? Prices range from $19.99-$59.99 (more for neoprene waders).
    4. Liquid Hardware – Insulated stainless steel bottles with an innovative magnetic lid. One of my top picks from Winter Outdoor Retailer this year, Liquid Hardware’s new wide mouth Aurora model is priced at $30.00. 
    5. Timpworx Duct Tape Survival Tool – My favorite new product, mostly because it was developed by Mountain Dad himself! A mini emergency kit with fire starter, compass, hand-tooled whistle and of course the ever useful duct tape. Priced at $30.00.
    6. Sea to Summit – The most awesome camp kitchenware I’ve ever used. Their X series foldable silicone pots, plates and bowls pack up tight, are super durable and are fun to play with. Prices range from $5.95-$79.95.
    7. Woom Bikes (pronounced Voom)- The best kids bikes I’ve ever used. With costs ranging from $199 – $529 these bikes are not cheap, but they are so worth it. Read our full review here.
    8. Blackfire – The Clamplight makes an easy hands free flashlight option for only $27.99. My kids love the Blackfire Backpack and Clamplight Mini models.

Baby L on the National Park to Park Highway

My Top Holiday Gift Pick

While great gear is essential for a positive outdoor experience, I caution you to only get what you need. It’s so much better to spend your time, money and effort on GETTING OUTDOORS. Get enough gear to make the experience positive, but don’t overburden yourself with more things to maintain, clean, and carry.

That’s why my top gift suggestion for any outdoor lover is to give the gift of adventure. Plan a camp out. Take rock climbing lessons. Learn how to sail. Experiences make great gifts.

Mountain Family Waterfall At our house Santa writes a letter to any kid who made the nice list, congratulating them on a job well done and giving them an activity of their choice as a gift. Skiing, sledding, visiting the aquarium or going to a jumping gym were just a few suggestions. Once you’ve got the gear, get out there!


More Holiday Gift Guides

Need even more holiday gift ideas? Check out these gift guides from my outdoor blogger friends and don’t forget to come back tomorrow for your chance to win!
Family Adventures in the Canadian Rockies – Holiday Gift Guide for
Go Adventure Mom – Holiday Gift Guide 2016
Hike Like a Woman – 2016-2017 Gift Guide
Little Family Adventure – Gift Guide for Outdoor Families
Tales of a Mountain Mama – Gift Guide to Help Get Outside 2016
We’ll Eat You Up We Love You So –  A Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Families


I chose the companies above because I’ve reviewed their products and believe in their quality. Seriously, I wouldn’t recommend crap. These companies gave me free product or compensation for this Holiday Gift Guide and/or Beat Black Friday Giveaway Posts. If you purchase an item through an affiliate link I receive a small (we’re talking maybe a dollar or two usually) commission. Read my full disclosure policy here.

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Author: Mountain Mom

Hi! I'm Mountain Mom. I live with my husband and three young kids in the mountains near Sundance, Utah. When we're not hiking, biking, skiing and camping, I spend my time doing Mom stuff and reading. Summer of 2016 we traveled over 7,000 miles along the US National Park to Park Highway.

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