Great Christmas gifts ideas

Outdoorsy Christmas gift guide

Buy the outdoors man, woman or child in your life a great gift this Christmas

What makes the ideal Christmas gift? Something new and shiny? Something that your loved one would not buy for themselves? Something that perfectly suits their hobbies, dreams and aspirations? Perhaps the answer is, all of the above, or at the very least a great gift is one that brings a big grin to the face of whoever tears off the wrapping paper.

So there’s no pressure, right? Don’t worry though because we have come up with a guide to some of the best Christmas gifts for men, women and children who enjoy spending time outdoors in Scotland.

Christmas gifts for outdoors guys

Outdoors Christmas gifts for men

Treat your favourite man to a Nae Limits “Stay and Play” Gift Experience Voucher. The voucher entitles one intrepid adventurer to a one-night stay at the Nae Limits Log Cabin (based on two sharing) and a choice of white water rafting on the Tay or Tummel, an “adrenaline shot” of canyoning, white water or adventure tubing, quad biking or clay pigeon shooting. The voucher costs £85 and is valid for 10 months so you don’t need to book a date when buying. Nae Limits

He’ll never guess that you plan to splash out on the all new Gopro Hero3+ camera. We hope you’ve been saving up because the price tag says £359.99 but oh how he will grin when he opens this gift. The Gopro Hero3+ is claimed as the “best sports video/stills camera in the world” and now boasts higher definition film and photos as well as a lower weight. Buy from Jessops.

Osprey make some of the best and most innovative rucksacks that you can buy. Treat a keen walker to the Osprey Kestrel 68, which is perfect for “extended backpacking” trips. There’s lots of space in this pack for kit and sleeping bag, as well as two torso sizes, a torso adjustable harness, an AirScapeâ„¢ backpanel and LightWireâ„¢ framing. £130 from Cotswold Outdoors

Christmas wrapped up for outdoors ladies

Christmas Outdoorsy Gifts for Women

The Patagonia R3 Hoody is a real treat for any ladies who find winter a chilly chore (that’s most women, then!). This is Patagonia’s warmest fleece, made in high-loft Polartec Thermal Pro, with a well-fitting hood to crank up the thermostat in cold weather. £159.99 from Surfdome

A whitewater kayak in a fantastic shade of pink. This Jackson Karma boat is the perfect pressie for your paddling lady! £949, Canoe and Kayak Store

Good looking boots that keep feet warm and dry. Keen have the perfect solution with their Hoodoo II boots. Oh, she will love you for popping these under the Christmas tree for her! £134.99 from Keen

Santa delivers to outdoorsy kids

Christmas gifts for outdoorsy kids

Frog Bikes are children’s bikes that are designed and made for kids. They are lightweight, with good quality components and come in a range of fun colours. Prices start from £185. See for stockists in Scotland, which include Edinburgh Bike Cooperative and Billy Bilslands in Glasgow.

Junior skiers need the same comfort and speed on the slopes as the skiing grown-ups. So make sure Santa has these Salomon Focus boots on his list. There are five different colours in sizes 4.5 to 14. £200, Salomon

See the kids take sledging up a notch with a snow scooter. The Boyz Toys Snow Scooter is a fun way to travel down snowy slopes. The non-skid footrest provides extra traction and a hinged handle offers good control. £20 Cotswold Outdoors

Christmas outdoors stocking fillers

Outdoorsy Christmas stocking fillers

For kids who believe their bikes need more horsepower give them a Handlebar Hero. £9.95 from Edinburgh Bike Coop

A funky DMM tube chalk bag for climbers. £12 from Craigdon Mountain Sports

Smartwool women’s PhD Ski Light Socks will fill the toe of her Christmas stocking perfectly. The socks are made from soft and warm merino wool and come with patent-pending ReliaWool technology. £19.99 from Ellis Brigham

Pop an Alpkit Gamma headtorch into his Christmas stocking and show him the way towards night hiking, walking, kayaking or plain old looking in the loft for the skis, snowboard and boots. £15.99 at Alpkit

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Of course no gift list would be complete without us shamelessly promoting Scotland Outdoors gift subscriptions! They cost just £20 for a year – that’s six issues – and make the perfect gift for outdoorsy friends and family.

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3 comments on “Great Christmas gifts ideas
  1. Chris says:

    This was a great little article, I’ve never come across your magazine (I’ve only just moved to Scotland), but I will be keeping an eye out for it in the future.

    I just wanted to point out that, as a Scottish magazine, you could point people in the direction of one of the Scottish kayaking shops such as ‘go kayaking’ (Perth) or ‘Scottish kayaks and paddles’ (Stirling), rather than shops way down in England and Wales.

    I have no affiliation to any paddling shop, I just like to support the local shops rather than ordering online from the bigger retailers.

    Merry Christmas!

    • Scotland Outdoors says:

      Hi Chris – thanks for taking the time to comment.

      One of the ways in which we support our website is via what’s called affiliate linking.

      Once a feature is written, we look to see if the products mentioned are sold by retailers in our affiliate network. If so, we link to them and, if that link leads to a purchase, we receive a very small percentage by way of commission. 

      The amounts are very small but it helps us to offset some of the costs of running this website alongside our print magazine.

      There are, however, many products which aren’t available through such schemes – generally we link these through to the manufacturers but perhaps we could make a point of seeking Scottish-based online retailers to use in these circumstances?

      We know of a few – and now two more! – but would gladly hear from our readers about others they use and have had a good experience with.

      Merry Christmas to you too!

    • Cam Allan says:

      Thanks Chris. We really appreciate the support!!!


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