‘Tis the season for making that list, and checking it twice. And we get it, our loved ones who love the outdoors can be tricky to shop for. Gear purchases can often feel quite personal — and pricey — but there’s a lot to love under $50.
From quirky ultralight sunglasses to an airport-proof belt and electric socks, these all-weather goodies, gadgets and gizmos are designed to delight, with life outdoors in mind.
Give the gift of warmth this season: Philly-based, family-owned ActionHeat has been crafting quality heated clothing for a decade. We love their AA Battery-Powered Wool Socks, which keep tootsies toasty (up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, thanks to tech-y warming panels woven into the footbed) for up to four hours. Which means you can kick cold feet to the curb and spend more time outside doing what you love. $49.99
Lightweight, totally windproof and touchscreen-compatible, Hestra’s Windshield Liner glove is our go-to pick when the going gets gusty. Hand-built in Sweden by a team of third-generation glove makers, these gloves feature a cozy brushed lining that’s soft on fingers, while fleece cuffs lock warmth in at the wrist. Tuck them inside a shell for serious winter adventures, or slip them on solo for everyday wear in milder weather. $45
The workers at Cotopaxi’s fair-wages Filipino factory craft every Dopp Kit bag with cast-off nylon remnants and zipper scraps that might otherwise end up in a landfill (or the ocean). Workers enjoy total creative freedom in assembling each piece, so every bag is completely one-of-a-kind — and crafted with special care for all the little details. Two sleeves inside keep the grooming gear tucked away in style. $20
Here’s a promise: these colorful, California-cool sunnies won’t slip, bounce, or let the glare through. What’s more, The OGs were designed with runners, bikers and other outdoors-enjoyers in mind, so they’re tough enough to withstand all the bumps and bashes. And, for extra feel-good vibes, the company gives 1% from each pair sold to environmental causes. $25
Here’s a bombproof little speaker that lets your music-loving loved ones bring the tunes over water (or in the shower!), tailgating or around camp. With five hours of battery life, the Cruiser H2.0 is Bluetooth, speakerphone and dual-speaker capable, and totally impermeable to water, dust and drops. So it’s good to go, wherever the day leads. We give it bonus points for including a built-in bottle opener. $24.96
No one wants to lose their pants — especially not outdoors in winter! We’re big fans of the Arcade Blackwood belt, with its woodsy tree design and easy-to-match neutral colors. This machine-washable belt wins major comfort points with its performance-stretch webbing, which contours to your curves (or lack thereof), and moves with your body to keep your britches where they belong without cutting in or feeling, well, belt-y. Travel much? The Blackwood’s no-metal design means it can stay on as you cruise through airport security. $31.95
Wine in the woods? Why not?! Vapur’s featherweight, travel-ready flagon makes it easy to bring adult beverages into the backcountry (or the beach!) without the worry — or weight — of a bottle. In addition to the 750 milliliter flask and no-spill easy-pour spout, the Wandervino Portable Wine Kit includes two shatterproof, crystal-clear Govino Go Anywhere wine glasses. And, when the flask is empty, roll it up tight for space-saving stashing. $15.99
Still not sure? Give the gift of choice with a $25 Ski Shack Gift Card. We know that to be outdoors is to engage with the world — in any kind of weather. So we hand-pick each piece of gear we sell to ensure that our customers — and your gift recipients — are styled for the elements … Wherever their next adventure takes them.
Need to check a few more presents off your list? Check out our Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for more fun, thoughtful outdoor gifts under $50 — and our top picks for the leading ladies, men and littles in your life. Or, if you’re in Northeast PA, swing by our shop at 200 Montage Mountain Road Moosic, Pennsylvania. We're open seven days a week during this busy holiday season. One of our friendly, super-knowledgeable staff will be happy to help guide you to just the perfect thing … For everyone on your list.