It’s that time of year again to start brainstorming ideas for what you’re going to get the outdoor enthusiast in your life for Christmas. We’re here to help, we’ve created The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for the Outdoor Lover. Look no further for some gift idea inspiration or to take the plunge and add it to your basket. We’ve got everything form the big ticket items like a stand up paddle board to the perfect stocking fillers.

1. Enamel Cups for Outdoor Lovers

Price: €12-€20

Looking for a gift for the outdoor lover in your life who has EVERYTHING? Look no further. These enamel mugs are super hard-wearing so they can be thrown into backpacks and swim bags without the fear of scratching or damaging them. They are also campfire safe!

There’s a range of designs to choose from, including one from renowned Dalkey-based artist, John Short.

Available from:

2. Grown Clothing Brain Waves Sweater

Price: €80

brain waves sweater

We love this Irish brand that has gone above and beyond to tick the sustainability box. Grown clothing is designed and hand-printed in Ireland using water-based eco-friendly dyes. This unisex sweatshirt is made from 100% organic cotton and is a fair wear certified garment. The brand will also plant one native tree for every jumper sold.

Available from: Grown Clothing

3. Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX Boots

Price: €220

Outdoor Christmas Gift Guide

Once you’ve popped your feet into a pair of Salewa boots, it’s pretty hard to go back to anything else. Supreme comfort, durability and performance are delivered to a very high standard. The Mountain Trainer Mid is a great all-rounder It’s light and comes equipped with a robust upper and a waterproof membrane to keep your feet nice and dry.

Available from:

4. Orca 2mm Neoprene Socks

Price: €45

Orca Swim Socks


Give your loved one the gift of warm cosy fit this Christmas with the Orca Neoprene Socks. This is the perfect gift for those who are thinking of swimming through the winter months.

Available from: Surfdock

5. Thermos Mondial Flask 1.8 Litre

Price: €18.99

Outdoor Christmas Gift Guide

The perfect antidote to a cold dip in the Atlantic is some hot tea. This thermos is a great addition to every swim bag.

Available from: Mick’s Garage

6. Rashr Rash Vest

Price: €59.95

Outdoor Christmas Gift Guide

These vibrant rash vests are the brainchild of three Corkonians and we are loving them. Available in a range of funky prints, they don’t just look good, they perform well too!

Available from: Rashr

7. Orca Board Blubber Robe

Price: €149.99

orca board blubber robe

If your loved one is a regular sea swimmer, then this will change their lives! Claiming to be the warmest changing robe on the market the jacket is stuffed with synthetic down and has a waterproof outer. While we LOVE this silver option, it might not be to everyone’s taste so you’ll be glad to know there is a range of colours available. If they’re purely a summer swimmer, you’ll find lots of cheaper alternatives out there like this one from Mick’s Garage, but if they are a year round water enthusiast then you can’t really beat the Dryrobe.

Available from: Orca Board

8. M.S.R. Pocket Rocket 2 Stove

Price: €39.99

Outdoor Christmas Gift Guide

Whether you’re a hiker, biker, camper or swimmer, this piece of kit will save your soul (and mood!) on a dreary day in the elements. MSR’s iconic stove, the PocketRocket 2, is small, light and boils one litre of water in 3.5 minutes.

Available from: 53 Degrees North

9. Altura Thunderstorm City 20 Pannier

Price: €109

Outdoor Christmas Gift Guide

If you’re a cyclist commuter, then you need two things to make your commute safer and more comfortable. These are a decent reflector so you’re easily spotted by traffic and something to carry your stuff for work so as you don’t have to have it on your back. The Altura Thunderstorm City 20 Pannier is reflective, waterproof and highly durable. It also has a universal rail fitting system so attaches easily to any bike rack. It fits 20L per pannier and has a padded laptop sleeve and protective kickplate to insulate your laptop from bumps and vibrations.

Available from: Great Outdoors 

10. Lowe Alpine AirZone Trek 35:45 Unisex

Price: From  €158.94

Outdoor Christmas Gift Guide

Lowe Alpine makes great backpacks. If you’re looking for the next step up after a daypack that you can fit your lightweight camping gear in and take off for a few days, then this mid-volume hiking backpack is a great option. It’s supportive, comfortable and made from wear-resistant fabric. Our favourite feature is the front and side mesh pockets for maps, jackets and water bottles and handy attachments for your walking poles. It also has an integrated rain cover and an extendable lid for an additional 10 litres of packing flexibility.

Available from: Great Outdoors

11. Aqua Marina Betta 412 13’6″ (2 Person) Leisure Kayak

From: €269

Outdoor Christmas Gift Guide

If you’re going all out and looking for a fun kayak for the family, then the Aqua Marina Betta-412 Leisure Kayak-2 Person is a great one for safety, stability and maximum performance. They make for a versatile and easy-to-paddle boat.

Available from: Mick’s Garage

12. Aqua Marina Vapor 2020 SUP Paddle Board

Price: €319

Vapour SUP

If you’re in search of something more leisurely than a kayak, Aqua Marina also do great stand-up paddleboards. Their Vapour 2020 is an ideal all-rounder for the entry-level stand-up paddle boarder. Ticking the boxes on all counts like balance and maneuverability. It’s also pretty fast for an all-rounder. It does have its drawbacks like it’s best suited for calm waters, but you won’t beat it price-wise.

Available from: Mick’s Garage

13. Petzl ACTIK CORE Headtorch

Price: €64.50

Outdoor Christmas Gift Guide

The Petzl ACTIK CORE headtorch is a great choice for hiking, biking, camping, and running. At 350 lumens, this torch burns bright and allows you to see all of your surroundings. It’s water resistant so it will still shine bright even in the rain. Its rechargeable battery allows for a full seven hours of light, and you can also power-up on the go with the micro USB port, making it one of the most convenient torches around. The torch boasts some great versatility with an option for red lighting to preserve night vision and a reflective headband to help you stay safe and seen. To top it all off, it is also equipped with an emergency whistle if you ever find yourself in need of rescue.

Available from: Great Outdoors

14. LokiThor Jump Starter

Price: €160

Outdoor Christmas Gift Guide

One for the car! The JA301 is a multi-function car jump starter power pack that is the perfect emergency tool for overlanding, adventure, camping, fishing, hunting, bicycling and more. It’s multi-functional with a jump starter, compressor, pump, and flashlamp. Charge your phone, bring it on walks for dark evenings, have it in the car for emergencies, pump up your inflatables…it does it all!

Available from: Mick’s Garage

15. Trekmates Dry Map Case, Compass & Whistle

Price: €15.99

Outdoor Christmas Gift Guide

For a great little stocking filler, there’s the Trekmates Map case, compass and whistle. A great gift for any budding navigator. It’ll keep your maps clean and dry when out in the mountains and also comes with a highly visible, pea-less emergency whistle and expedition compass with 2 degree dial graduations.

Available from: Great Outdoors

16. Mountain Equipment Garwhal GORE-TEX® Jacket

Price: €225

waterproof jackets

The Garwhal Jacket from Mountain Equipment packs down small and can be pulled out when the rain strikes. A great one for layering over a fleece in colder weather. Its Mountain HC Hood, articulated sleeves, adjustable cuffs and dual tether hem drawcords keep the worst weather out and ensure you’re kept snug inside.

Available from: The Outdoor Shop (mens and womens)

17. Salewa Puez Aqua Powertex Jacket

Price: From €85

Salewa is a brand born in the mountains. We are big fans of their Powertex jacket. It’s a waterproof and breathable shell jacket made for bad-days in the mountains. It’s simple, stylish and performs perfectly in unpredictable mountain conditions.

Available from: Great Outdoors (mens and womens)

18. Salt Robe Mini Hot Water Bottles

Price: €7.99

salt robe mini hottie

These cute mini hot water bottles are the perfect stocking filler. They fit into a large jacket or dry robe pocket and are guaranteed to be a hit with year-round swimmers.

Available from: Salt Robe

19. JOBE Drybag 20L

Price: €25

Outdoor Christmas Gift Guide

A drybag is an essential item in every outdoor enthusiast’s gear bag. The JOBE Drybag 20L is perfect for anyone who spends time on or around the water. It’s easy to carry with its comfortable shoulder strap and handle and is also available in 40 and 90 litre size.

Available from: Mick’s Garage

20. Roof Racks & Boxes

Outdoor Christmas Gift Guide

For a less glamorous but super practical gift, get your loved one a roof rack for their outdoor gear. There is one for every sport you can think of, specific surf, SUP, kayak, bike, etc. Mick’s Garage has made it super easy to find one that fits exactly to your make of car here.

Available from: Mick’s Garage

21. Buffs

Price: From €20

Outdoor Christmas Gift Guide

If your head is still fried from too many options, keep it simple and buy them a buff(s). They are the most versatile piece of outdoor kit ever, and can be worn as a neckerchief, headband, wristband, mask, hair-band, balaclava, scarf, headband, scrunchie, saharaine, pirate cap, beanie and bandana!

Available from: 53 Degrees North

22. SwimClub 2mm Swimsuit Wetsuit

Price: €75

swimclub shorty wetsuit

This Ultra-Warm Long Sleeve Shorty Wetsuit will see you through the winter months. There is a half zip for easy entry and exit, it’s finished with flatlock seams for durability and comfort and best of all it’s made by an Irish brand!

Available from:

23. Salty Sea Sisters Swim Map

Price: €16

salty sisters swim map

This funky swim map makes a perfect stocking filler for the swimming lover in your life. Not only does it provide information about some of the most scenic wild swimming spots in Ireland it’s also pretty enough to frame and hang on your wall.

Available from: Salty Sea Sisters

24. Snamhai Sasta’s Positivity Calendar

Price: €20

Snamhai Sasta aka June Curtain has become one of Ireland’s most recognizable daily dippers over the last couple of years. She champions mental health and is currently doing three dips a day for 60 days to raise funds for the Simon Community. In addition to this, she hosts weekly hooleys on Spanish Point beach where everyone is invited to dip, dance, and spread the joy! June’s positivity calendar is a perfect stocking filler. Each day has a positive message that is sure to give you a boost and it’s not dated so it’s a timeless gift to boot!

Available from: DM June on Instagram to order yours now

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