Outdoor Gift Ideas with REI

I have many fond memories of spending quality time with my family in the great outdoors.

Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, my family often took short day hikes when we had a long weekend, and then I grew up and married a guy who loves to hike and bike.

Outdoor Gift Ideas with REI from Patagonia, Sorel, Smartwool, and more!

Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with running, and we love to hike as a family when we’re on vacation in Maine. There are actually lots of great hiking trails around where we live, but work and other obligations often get the best of us.

We really should make it a priority to get out more around here on the weekends. There’s no better stress relief than a brisk walk in the woods or a strenuous hike in the fresh air. Plus, you know, togetherness… smartphones and all. #keepingitreal

If you’re an outdoorsy family or need gifts for one who is, there are tons of great outdoor gift ideas available at REI.

They have everything from clothing and shoes to hiking and camping gear, and they only carry brands that are high quality and sustainable. Plus, they have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Paul is a big fan of their Radikl pants.

They’re lightweight and stretchy, so perfect for wearing alone on a mild day or layering over thermals in colder weather.

These pants also have several pockets for stashing essentials, including this drop-in pocket that is the perfect size for a smartphone.

And you can’t go wrong with a Patagonia fleece jacket over a good base layer.

These zip-up jackets can be worn with street clothes or for outdoor activities, and they make nice gifts for teen boys too. They come in a bunch of colors as well as a quarter-zip option.

Good boots are an outdoor essential as well, and these weatherproof Sorel moc toe boots are both stylish and practical.

The Nubuck leather is waterproof and fully seam-sealed, and they’re lightweight with rubber outsoles for gripping wet pavement. Plus, these boots last for.ev.er. He will have them for years.

And for the outdoorsy women in your life, this lightweight down jacket is just $99, and it’s super lightweight and compressible. In fact, it packs into its own left-hand pocket!

I love the washed red color, but it comes in a bunch of other color options too.

It’s also water repellent and wind resistant, with an impressive warmth-to-weight ratio. I can attest to that, as I was wearing this around the house for a bit before we left, and I was overheating after just a few minutes.

Once outside, my legs were chilly in these leggings, but I was toasty warm on top between this coat and my smartwool base layer.

I absolutely love this top, and it makes a nice gift for a woman who likes outdoor activities because the Merino wool helps maintain comfort whether the climate is warm, cold, or in-between. It also has UPF 50+ fabric and flatlock stitching for extra comfort, and it’s very soft — not itchy at all!

The details are really pretty too, and it comes in several other colors and patterns.

It should be perfect for running this winter, and it also makes a nice base layer for the outdoorsy activities that tend to crop up around holiday time — Christmas tree hunting, ice skating, or visiting outdoor holiday exhibits.

And mama got new boots too! Sorel never lets me down, and these lace-up winter boots are perfect for all the winter weather.

They’re waterproof with knit collars and synthetic insulation to keep your feet dry and warm, and they have arch support and rubber soles for good traction on wet surfaces.

I have a taller pair that I wear when we get a lot of show, but I like this shorter version for everyday wear when it’s slushy and messy outside.

Lace-up hiker boots are trending right now, so these will be just as cute with jeans at the mall as they are with leggings on the hiking trail. You could also wear these to the office and change into regular shoes if your commute requires any amount of walking outside.

FYI, you’ll want to size up in these boots! I needed to go up to a 9, and I usually wear 8 or 8.5.

These leggings are incredibly comfortable with a high compression waistband, ergonomic seam placement, and 4-way stretch for ultimate comfort. They’re moisture-wicking too, and they don’t slide down when you run — I tested them!

They aren’t super warm, though, so if I need that, I recommend the Smartwool fleece tights. I also recommend Smartwool socks; they have a thicker pair as well.

Now that we are all set with the proper gear, we’re going to have to make sure to get outside and get moving. In fact, I love that REI closes all their stores on Black Friday to give their employees a day off to #OptOutside with family and friends on the busiest retail day of the year.

That’s the day we usually go outside and cut down our Christmas tree, and that’s what we plan to do this year, so you’ll probably see this outfit again soon!

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4 thoughts on “Outdoor Gift Ideas with REI

  1. You guys look so great! I love these photos and time spent together in the outdoors is always so refreshing. We take the kids on hikes sometimes, but like you said, life often gets the best of us and we don’t do it as often as we’d like! These are really great items you featured! I love it all. Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!


  2. Hi Jo-Lynne, this is a great post for outdoor activities. I am always looking for warm clothing for the Upstate NY winters. I am interested in the Sorel boots and I would like to know your view on how heavy they feel when walking/hiking. Thanks!  PS Love smartwool products…

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