Christmas gift guide for outdoors lovers

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…! And we don’t know about you, but our decorations are already up, and we’re counting down the days. As for the Christmas shopping? Well, that’s another story. To help you (and us!) out, we’ve compiled this list of some of the best gifts for those people in your life who just love the great outdoors.

We’ve created this guide with smaller independent brands in mind who may need a little extra boost this festive season. So although lockdown might be making it difficult to shop local, you can be safe in the knowledge that these small, homegrown brands will appreciate any help you can give them.

Personalised enamel mug

These enamel mugs from ‘That’s Nice That’ come in a huge variety of designs and colour combinations, perfect for any member of your family or friendship group who spends a lot of time outdoors. These retro style fine Enamel Mugs are durable, long-lasting and perfect for use at home in the garden, as well as for camping and outdoor activities.

The mugs are hand crafted and coated with a bright white enamel paint. Not bad from a company that started in a garden shed in Market Harborough, hey?

A custom map

London-based Unique Maps Co. was established in 1984 and creates custom, old maps of the UK. They hunt and salvage beautiful old maps, get the highest resolution scan, and spend hours cleaning up each map. They all look perfect and classily old.

So if you’ve got someone in your life who loves to spend their time outdoors in a particular place, or you’ve got a special memory with them somewhere, why not get them a custom map to hang in their home and remember you by? The perfect gift for outdoorsy types, when the weather might not permit them to be where they’d rather be.

Personalised Adventure Keepsake Box

Dust and Things was created by Sian-Louise Thomas and Mike Chamberlain in the summer of 2013. From its humble roots in a spare bedroom in Cardiff, the company specialises in bespoke engraved gifts, and we’ve found the perfect one for those outdoor adventure fanatics!

This personalised adventure keepsake box can be filled with photographs, plane tickets and nick nacks from the road. Whether you give this as a gift ready-filled, or for the receiver to fill themselves, it’s a thoughtful gift that looks good, too.

Drinks Cooler Table

We couldn’t create a list of gift ideas without mentioning our own now, could we? Our high quality drinks cooler tables are made in the UK, and you’ll struggle to find anything else on the market like it! 

Our cooler tables not only chill beers and wine, but enable you to prep food and serve drinks outdoors and in style too. Perfect for those who love to camp, caravan or head to the beach regularly. And when the weather’s not playing ball, they’re perfect for hosting friends and family at home, too. We’re sure this is a gift worth giving! And if they’re already the lucky bearer of one of our cooler tables, don’t forget to check out our accessories to match!

Camping Essentials Tea Towel

How many times have you set up camp and realised you’ve forgotten one of the most critical items? Tea towels! Make sure your camping obsessed loved one doesn’t make the same mistake with these beautiful screen printed tea towels.

Created by Lewes-based designer, Andy Pointon, these colourful tea towels are 100% cotton and come beautifully folded with a recycled paper tag.

Cast Iron Boot Scraper

We love this cast iron stag boot scraper from Dibor. The perfect gift for walkers or gardeners, not only does it look cute, but is hugely practical. And who doesn’t love a practical gift?

Nestled deep in the old Industrial heartlands and rolling hills of West Yorkshire, Dibor sits inside a historic textile mill. So they know what they’re talking about when it comes to gifts for those who love the great outdoors.

Hopefully this list has helped to whet your whistle and get the ball rolling with your Christmas shopping. Don't forget to check out all of the incredible independent and local brands on sites such as Not on the High Street and Etsy, they’ll thank you for it!

If you’ve got a bit of extra time and fancy checking out our range of drinks coolers in our shop, you can do so here. And if you have any queries simply fill in the form on our contact page, or email us at contact@outsidegang.com.