Hiking To Love: V-Day Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Key Points

  • There are many great Valentine's Day gifts for hikers and campers if your partner is an outdoor enthusiast.

  • Look into getting some romantic outdoor equipment for your partner.

  • Every day can be Valentine's Day with a great gift for hikers and campers.

The season of love is here. Cupid took his bow and shot you with an arrow. There's a certain someone out there whose presence turns your knees to spaghetti. Best of all, they love the great outdoors, just like you. When the matchmaking gods give you a gem like that, get that special someone a Valentine's Day gift for hikers and campers.

It's easy to fall into the rut carved out for you. Everyone knows the basic Valentine's Day gifts. While they are by no means bad gifts, they probably aren't what the nature-lover in your life desires. Put yourself in their shoes and ask: What Valentine's Day gifts for hikers and campers are the best?

If you're a hopeless romantic in need of a helping hand, look no further.

Man and woman hiking together

The Classic Valentine's Day Gifts

You're probably well aware of what constitutes a class Valentine's day gift.

There's the bouquet of overflowing flowers supplemented with a box of chocolates, a timeless and elegant necklace accompanied by an adorable teddy bear, and a lovely bottle of wine served at a five-star dinner.

Wonderful gifts, no doubt, but it takes a different type of gift to strike the chord of a hiker or camper.

The Ideal Gifts if Your S.O. Loves Nature

Things always come,

Things always go.

A memory is forever,

And does nothing but grow.

Any gift eventually breaks or is no longer wanted. It's then chucked into a landfill, where it stays until the death of the universe.

One thing that never disappears is a memory. Giving your significant other — henceforth, your S.O. — a memory is worth more than any fancy assortment of chocolates. If they love nature, take them to nature!

It's an excellent gift for tree huggers and minimalists looking to reduce the amount of stuff in their lives.

If an adventure into the wild is out of the picture, bring nature to you!


Buy your lover some plants to spruce up their house. The benefits of having plants make it a valuable gift that infuses some nature into domestic life.

Watering house plants

Nature Books

A trip to Yellowstone National Park is a nature lover's dream vacation.

If it's currently out of the budget, a photography book of Yellowstone is a good alternative. It allows you to peruse America's first national park from the comfort of your home.

Nature-Inspired Home Decor

Some coasters painted with leaves, a framed photograph of your S.O.'s favorite nature destination, or a floral pillow all make excellent Valentine's Day gifts.

Home decor with nature as the focus allows outdoorsy people to express their love of all things natural.

A Personalized Water Bottle

A water bottle is a necessity when in the woods. Hydrate or die-drate, as the just-now-invented saying goes. Get your S.O. a quality water bottle. Customize with stickers that match their vibe. If you're really looking to beef up your game, get their name etched into the water bottle.

National Parks Pass

Dish out a cool 80 bucks to the federal government and you get year-round access to every national park from sea to shining sea. A national park pass allows entrance to all 424 parks — including the big hitters like Yosemite, Zion, Glacier, and the Smokey Mountains.

Outdoor Adventures

An unexpected outdoor adventure brings thrills a dinner date doesn't. Try out ziplining, hit some whitewater rapids, or go horseback riding. Outdoor activities done together are prime ways to bond, get exercise, and breathe some fresh air.

Couple kayaking

Hike to a Scenic Spot

Research some scenic destinations and take a hike. Nothing boggles the mind like roaring waterfalls and panoramic views from a mountain.

If you want to get really cheesy, get to the scenic spot and say, "It's breathtaking." Then quickly look your lover in the eye, grab their hand, and say, "But not as breathtaking as you." They might love it, laugh at it, or loathe it. It's all about your execution.

Go on. Fortune favors the bold!

Choose your trail, check the weather, pack your backpack, bring a camera, and set off.

Go Stargazing

Nothing says romance like a quiet night in the woods with you and your fellow tree hugger. Add a dose of stars, constellations, and planets and you're in for a real treat.

Everyone is a stranger and afraid in a world they never made. Stars make that all too obvious. Having your partner by your side as you stargaze makes you realize how lost you both are in this world — but hey, at least you're lost together.

Couple in love outdoors

Check Out Recreation

The U.S. Forest Service offers tons of activities on public land. You and every American citizen are owners of this public land. Take advantage of it! Recreation is the best place to learn about all the outdoor activities available.

The United States has many flaws; natural beauty isn't one of them. There is a stunning array of national forests, parks, and nature preserves to explore. Rent a cabin, a yurt, or a campsite in one of these natural areas.

For the history buffs, book a tour of Gettysburg or Vicksburg.

Outdoor Equipment

A high-quality backpack, sturdy boots, and a tent made for two are great gifts for any outdoor aficionado. If they already have the basics, get them a camp stove or a water purifier to make their time outside even more enjoyable.

To drive home the romantic aspect of outdoor equipment, get some gear made for two swooning lovebirds.

Romantic Outdoor Gear for Your Outdoorsy S.O.

Nothing is more romantic than supporting your partner's interests. To motivate them to spend more time outside, buy your S.O. some outdoor equipment.

It takes two to tango, and these products make the game of love much easier to play.

Sleepingo's Double Sleeping Bag

Sleepingo's Double Sleeping Bag provides the perfect place to snuggle up with your partner after a long day camping.

The inner lining is warm and fuzzy, capable of withstanding the chilliest of conditions. It also comes with pillows.

Even with the best rain tarp, water sometimes seeps through. Don't worry. The exterior of the sleeping bag is waterproof and built to last.

It's a must for anyone wanting some intimacy with their partner during camping trips. Plus, its lifetime guarantee makes it easy to get a new one if anything goes wrong.

Man and woman in camping tent

Apollo Walker's Picnic Backpack for Four

The Apollo Walker's Picnic Backpack for four is the pinnacle of picnicking.

It comes stashed with all the items you need for a lovely meal in the woods:

  • Four dinner plates

  • Four sets of stainless steel knives, forks, and spoons

  • Four cotton napkins

  • Four wine glasses

  • One bottle opener

  • A blanket

  • One cutting knife with a chopping board

All that's left is for you to bring along some classic picnic food. That means sandwiches ranging from peanut butter and jelly to fancy-schmancy turkey clubs with avocado. Consider taking some watermelon, pasta salad, cheese and crackers, fruit, chips, hummus, and anything else that suits your fancy.

It's all stored in the backpack, so setting up and cleaning is simple. The soft-padded shoulder straps make it easy to lug anywhere.

Spread out a blanket on the beach, atop a mountain, or beside a tree — with this backpack, everywhere is the perfect picnic spot.

Kelty's Low-Love Seat Camping Chair

Kelty's Low-Love Seat Camping Chair is for the duo who wants to snuggle at a festival, on a camping trip, or at the beach.

It's designed for two, with a wide, padded seat and backrest. The padding adds comfort and support for your partner and you.

While it's larger than most folding chairs, it's still simple to carry around. Fold it up, put it in the carrying bag, and you're off to the races.

The chair comes with two built-in cup holders for those wishing to have a beverage nearby. You're never without your favorite drink.

It's durable, stylish, and affordable — the perfect item to bring on an outdoor experience for two.

There's more. Add some flame color changer to your next fire or get your lover a nature T-shirt that embodies their love of the outdoors.

Couple at campsite

Relationships Are Like a Seed

As the famous life coach Steve Maraboli says, "Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature."

Love is like a plant. It needs nurturing to flourish. A good relationship is not 50/50 — it's 100/100. Both people need to be all in.

To show you're committed for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, give your partner a great gift on Valentine's Day.

Creating memories is the best seed to plant in any relationship. If they're an outdoor enthusiast, take them to the mountains, gaze at the stars, drive through a national park, go on a hike, or camp beside a lake — and do it more than once a year.

Don't wait until February 14th to express your love. Show your partner some love every day of the year.

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