It’s that time of year where we are making lists and checking them twice. Spending time outdoors is good for your mind and your body. Why not gift your friends and family with something to encourage them to get out to explore?
Consider gifts of experience, like passes or gift certificates to State or National parks, nature centers, ski resorts, a golf outing, or boat rental. Gifts of experience generally have a lower environmental impact than material goods. If gifting a travel experience, consider options for train travel. Traveling by train can add to the experience of the trip and is a more sustainable form of travel compared to flying or driving.
Snow shoes, skis, skates, gloves, and hats are all classic choices. A new back pack, hiking boots, or winter jacket all make great gifts that make spending time outside more enjoyable. A to-go mug or water bottle make it so you can grab your favorite drink for an outing, whether it be a stroll at the local nature center or a day spent on the slopes. Sporting equipment, tents, and other camping gear can also make a great gift that a family can enjoy together. Fishing and hunting equipment might be a good choice for an outdoor enthusiast in your life.
As always opt for items bought second-hand, using recycled materials, and/or made from natural fibers. Many of the items suggested here, not only are gifts that your loved ones will be able to enjoy for years, but help to reduce waste and reliance on disposable options.