Low-waste gift ideas for the outdoors person so they can enjoy nature in a low-impact way. Leave the outdoors waste-free for future generations.
Looking for a gift for an outdoorsy type of person?
Nature is the best medicine for all sorts of ailments. But not if it’s littered with plastic waste! Making a conscious effort to switch to low-waste options means we can all enjoy the great outdoors for generations to come.
Give gifts that foster a low-waste life and make low-waste living easier.
Low-Waste Gift Ideas for the Outdoorsy Person
Below is a curated selection of gift ideas for the outdoors person including ideas for the gardener, for the adventurer and the traveller.
Low-Waste Ideas for the Gardener
Plants. Plants are the ultimate low-waste gift, especially if you’ve grown them yourself or propagated them from cuttings. This also makes them super cheap. The gift that keeps on giving! Pair your homegrown plants with a personally decorated terracotta pot for really pretty gift.
Paper Pot Maker. The keen gardener can make their own biodegradable paper pots with this nifty little device.
Growing Kit. For something a bit different, why not give a grow your own mushroom box. For the gardener who has grown just about everything.
- Breverton’s Complete Herbal
- Earth Users Guide to Permaculture
- The Little Veggie Patch
- How to Grow More Vegetables
Low Waste Ideas for the Adventurer
Experiences. Outdoor experiences might include an abseiling voucher, kayaking classes, whale watching, snorkelling, a National Parks annual pass, high ropes adventure course, geocaching, orienteering, paint-balling, go-cart racing, horse riding to name just a few ideas. Check out Groupon for discount activities in your local area.
Rocket stove. A rocket stove reduces the amount of wood used when cooking in the great outdoors.
Thermal Cooker. A thermal cooker saves fuel and hassle. Bring your food to the boil and then leave to cook without fuel in the thermal cooker. Keeps food warm for up to 8 hours. This would be handy at home as well! The Easy Oven is a lightweight alternative.
Fishing Gear, Do you know a keen fisher or a budding one? A fishing reel is a great gift for the budding fisherperson and fishing accessories is good for the keen fisherperson.
Camp Chair. A foldable camp chair is great for BBQs, picnics at the park, sports events, fishing and of course, camping.
Fire Stick. Light campfires or outdoor fire pits, gas stoves and BBQs with a fire stick – a magnesium alloy fire steel and stainless steel striker.
Fire fork. Attach a fire fork to easily roast food like marshmallows and hot dogs over a fire.
Outdoor Games and Sports. A beach cricket set is a great outdoors gift, but for something a little different, check out this Australian game Crossbones.
Picnic Set. Avoid disposables and enjoy dining in the great outdoors with a picnic set.
Hammock. My idea of the great outdoors is relaxing in a hammock and reading a good book. Check out some great reads below.
A few book ideas for the outdoors person:
- 101 Outdoor Adventures to Have Before You Grow Up
- Girl Outdoors
- Great Outdoors: Recipes for Adventure Cooking
Low-Waste Gift Ideas for The Traveller
Travel light with these useful additions for travellers.
Personal Water Filter. This water filter filters 600mls of water.
Water Bottle. An insulated water bottle will keep water cold for longer or use it to hold hot beverages instead. For the road-tripper, a flask is a useful gift.
Insulated Travel Mug. A stainless steel travel mug is good for hot and cold beverages. And because it’s stainless steel, all it needs is a rinse and your afternoon smoothie won’t taste like your morning coffee.
Travel cutlery. Normally I wouldn’t buy bamboo cutlery when some second-hand metal ones are cheaper and more eco. However, for a lightweight option when travelling, a bamboo cutlery set is ideal. And you won’t get in trouble at the airport for carrying a table knife (true story).
Snack bags. To carry your own snacks in. Save money. Reduce plastic.
String bag. A lightweight string bag that expands like Mary Poppin’s bag. Great to use instead of plastic bags.
There’s nothing like getting out into nature to appreciate it. But we also want to leave as little impact on nature as possible. Outdoorsy low-waste gifts help us enjoy nature while leaving it waste-free for future generations.
For more low-waste gift ideas, check out the low-waste gift page.
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.