Gift Guide: 5 Great Gifts Under $40

It's the gift giving season and like most years, you've got one person on the list that's hard to buy for. Don't worry, we've got your back. Whether you're looking for a small gift for the adventurer in your family or thinking of small gifts to ask family members for, check out this list of outdoor gifts under $40.

Ok, you don't want to spend a fortune on buying gifts and you also don't want to buy underwear or base layers for your brother-in-law. These great gifts will be well received and will help you avoid that awkward silence.

CamelBak Omega Hydrotanium Replacement Hydration Reservoir


camelbak hydration pack

Every hiker, backpacker and mountain biker has at least a few backpacks equipped for a hydration pack and these things are notorious for being difficult to clean and they often grow mold in the tubing. Chances are, the adventurer on your Christmas list would welcome a brand new hydration reservoir. And at $23 on Sierra Trading Post you can't go wrong.

Big Agnes Q-Core SL Pillow


inflatable backpacking pillows

Your cousin is always blabbing about backpacking here or there. Most backpackers are all about cutting weight so they'll probably love a light weight inflatable pillow for their next backpacking trip. At under $28 with the well-respected Big Agnes logo, you are bound to win some points for such a small investment.

Primus 8-Piece Meal Set


camping meal set

Car campers and backpackers know that you can never have enough food storage sets. Pieces get destroyed, lost or become unusable. This 8-piece set includes a fork and spoon along with the food storage systems. It's a steal at only $14.95.

Skullcandy Full Metal Jacket Headphones

Skull Candy Headphones

Maybe you're looking for something for your techy friend. Full Metal Jacket headphones from Skullcandy come equipped with an inline microphone and control button that allows you to make calls, take voice notes and control music playback on compatible smart phones. They also feature silicone and foam ear tips for excellent fit and noise isolation. These will be great from cranking tunes on the slopes or around town.

Wenger Genuine Swiss Army Tool Chest Microlight Pocket Knife

Wenger swiss army tool

A knife or multi-use tool is important for most adventures. This Swiss Army Tool from Wenger is lighter in weight and includes a small LED light. This is an inexpensive gift that can really come in handy. In fact, it could possibly save a life in the wilderness.

Other Quick Gift Ideas



  • Everyone loves gift certificates. Buy a gift card to Sierra Trading Post for any amount you choose and let them pick out their own perfect gift.

  • Socks. Yes, it's cliche but who couldn't use a fresh new pair of SmartWool Socks?

  • Water bottles? They are inexpensive and important to have. Water bottles actually make a nice gift.

  • If you are comfortable buying clothing for this person, Sierra Trading Post offers great deals on Jackets, Sweaters, Casual Clothing and more.


What are some other gifts you'd like to receive?
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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