Outdoor Vegan Gift Guide

By: KD Angle-Traegner / Last Update: October 2020

You’ll find just the right gift to please any vegan outdoor enthusiast in this guide.

Outdoor gear is notorious for containing wool, down, and other animal products, and finding vegan versions can be a challenge. Fear not, I’ve done the hard work for you.

These gifts are 100% verified vegan and perfect for staying warm and cruelty-free.

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Gifts for the Outdoor Vegan

Perfect gifts for people who love the outdoors.

Light My Fire Titanium Spork

If you’re going to eat on the trail or on-the-go, you’re going to need some utensils. The Light My Fire Titanium Spork is a perfectly designed outdoor eating utensil that brings a bit of civilization to the wild.

This spoon-fork-knife combo has a serrated edge on the fork side and a slightly textured center that provides an anti-slip grip. Titanium is one of the most hardened, most durable alloys on the planet and has excellent resiliency, meaning the Spork’s shape can be restored if it bends slightly. 

The polished titanium surface of the Spork Titanium offers high biocompatibility that is non-toxic and does not produce a metallic taste. Non-corrosive and non-magnetic, the Light My Fire Spork Titanium is perfect for the backpack, boat, picnic basket, lunch box, purse, glove box, or briefcase – it’s even TSA approved.

(Amazon, $16.99)

Outdoor Herbivore Backpacking Food

Backpacking Meals from Outdoor Herbivore are the perfect gift for any vegan outdoor adventure. Meals are made with whole food ingredients using a combination of freeze-dried and dehydrated organic ingredients with over 85% of the ingredients grown right here in the United States. They’re easy to prepare and packaged in lightweight resealable bags to save on space, weight, cost, and the environment. 

Outdoor Herbivore is not a strictly vegan company, but offer lots of vegan options. Prices and shipping vary based on selection.

(Outdoor Herbivore, $7 – $22)

Embrava Water Bottle

Hydration is important no matter what outdoor activity you’re into, and if you do a quick search for “best water bottles for hiking,” you’ll get this one.

The Embrava Sports Bottle is specially designed for the active user.

Made from 100% toxin-free Tritan Co-polyester plastic that is BPA free. It’s ergonomically shaped to make one-handed use a breeze and comes with a tough carry-strap.  The special spill-proof top swings open with a one-handed push of a button. An air hole placed on the lid ensures a fast flow of water with effortless drinking.

All of that, and it’s 100% leak-proof and dirt-proof. That’s a gift!

(Amazon, $21.95)

Darn Tough Socks

My family has a long tradition of gifting socks during the holidays, and I received many, many pairs of heavy wool socks over the years. As a vegan, I know that wool isn’t cruelty-free, so I have been on a mission to find the perfect socks to keep my feet toasty and warm.

Darn Tough Socks fit the bill.

The Thermolite fabric and insulation provide warmth and comfort without weight. Cushioning on the bottom of the foot and shin area makes this sock the gold standard for comfort and performance on hills and trails. There is even extra targeted padding on the front shin area where skiers and riders need a little extra cushion.

Made in Vermont and guaranteed for life.

Please keep in mind that Darn Tough makes lots of different styles, and not all of them are vegan, so be sure you’re selecting types made with synthetic fibers.

(Amazon, Women’s $21.69 – $27.95)
(Amazon, Men’s $17.95 – $30.00)
(Amazon, Junior’s $14.95 – $20.95)

Black Diamond Crag Gloves

Is there a vegan climber on your list? These lightweight, breathable, and durable cragging gloves from Black Diamond will protect their hands without compromising dexterity. They’re built with highly breathable stretch-mesh and tough synthetic leather.

Black Diamond Crag Gloves features:

  • Breathable stretch mesh fabric and knuckle padding
  • Synthetic leather palm and fingers with a reinforced index finger and thumb crotch for durability
  • Hook-and-loop cuff closure with pull-on/clip-in loop

(Amazon, $19.95)

Burton Gore-Tex Gloves

The life of a glove isn’t easy. More than any other part of winter gear, gloves have the most contact with the elements. These Burton Gore-Tex Gloves feature Dryride Durashell 2L fabric, and are guaranteed to keep you dry.

The Gore-Tex membrane protects the Thermacore insulated glove from the wettest conditions. The screen grab synthetic leather is vegan and gives you stealth touchscreen control with any finger. There’s a removable four-way stretch fleece liner that dries quickly and provides you options for any weather.

Comes in both men’s and women’s sizes.

(Amazon, Women’s $34.99 – $145.56)
(Amazon, Men’s $34.99 – $145.56)

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

I’m going to come right out and say it, the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket costs a pretty penny and Patagonia isn’t a strictly vegan company. So why would I include it in this gift guide?

Simple.

Patagonia is high-quality gear that lasts for years, it has a lifetime guarantee, and it can be repaired. That’s good for your wallet and good for the earth. You’ll have to ignore their malarkey about 100% traceable down- using animals in any capacity can never be sustainable or cruelty-free.

[Find out why wool isn’t vegan.]

This Nano-Air jacket features an insulation breakthrough: the new Nano-Air FullRange Insulation is warm, stretchy and so breathable, you can wear it for the entirety of any highly aerobic start-stop mission in the mountains.

Features:

  • Light-yet-durable 100% nylon ripstop shell and plain-weave liner offer generous mechanical stretch and exceptional breathability, with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish
  • Revolutionary 60-g FullRange Insulation warms and stretches; combined with the shell and liner, this creates a jacket with generous mechanical stretch and unprecedented air permeability (40CFM)
  • Iconic Nano Puff brick quilting in the side panels, articulated patterning, and other quilting details improve shape and durability
  • Center-front zipper has wicking interior storm flap and zipper garage at chin for next-to-skin comfort
  • Two hand-warmer pockets and a left chest pocket are zippered, welted and low-bulk to wear comfortably with a harness or pack

(Amazon, Women’s $329.94 – $349)
(Amazon, Men’s $189)

ENO Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock

Get ready to lounge in the ENO Eagles Nest Outfitters – DoubleNest Hammock. Made from high-strength, breathable nylon, the hammock is durable and compatible with most rain tarps and hammock bug nets. It’s machine washable, which means keeping it clean will be a snap.

Features:

  • Weighs only 19 ounces and stuffs easily into a storage bag. Packed Dimensions: (L x W) 5″ x 5″; Unfolded Dimensions: (L x W) 9′ 4″ x 6′ 2″.
  • Made from 70D High Tenacity Nylon Taffeta, this breathable, quick-drying nylon supports up to 400 pounds.
  • Includes Aluminum Wiregate Carabiners and nautical grade line with stainless-steel snap links allowing you to secure the DoubleNest to trees, poles, boat masts, or even the wall.

(Amazon, $69.95)

Mountain Hardwear Lamina Sleeping Bag

The Mountain Hardwear Lamina Sleeping Bag has increased insulation, the mummy cut maximizes warmth and fit while minimizing weight. The welded Lamina construction enhances loft and eliminates cold spots.

Features:

  • Nylon
  • Proprietary, welded Lamina construction enhances loft and eliminates cold spots, zoned insulation maximizes warmth where it’s needed most
  • ThermalQ insulation has outstanding compressibility and maintains excellent loft, comfort mummy cut efficiently maximizes weight without constriction
  • Full-length zipper with double sliders for versatile ventilation, comfort footbox follows natural foot position for maximum warmth and comfort
  • Face gasket and tailored hood comfortably block drafts at the hood opening and seal in warmth, durable and lightweight nylon shell with DWR treatment repels water
  • Soft polyester lining wicks away moisture, zippered pocket at shoulder for storage, nylon compression stuff sack and mesh storage bag included

If you’ve ever gone searching for a quality sleeping bag you’ll know that a lot of bags out there are made with down feathers. Much like the harvesting of wool, the harvesting of feathers is a cruel practice that is unnecessary when there are so many wonderful alternatives. You’ll be warm, dry, and comfortable in this bag!

(Amazon, $159)

America the Beautiful Annual Pass

Picture of a cliff on water with a colorful sky.

This inter-agency pass, America the Beautiful Annual Pass, provides entry to more than 2,000 recreation areas all over the country. Areas include those managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, USDA Forest Service, and the National Park Service.

Here in Ohio, entry into National Parks is free for anyone but that isn’t always true everywhere. I used to live in Virginia and remember how taken aback I was the first time I visited a local forest and was charged an entry fee.

US Military and their families qualify for free annual pass- click here for more information.

(America the Beautiful, $80.00)