In 2017, it’s safe to say we could all benefit from getting outdoors. Taking a look back, we saw the magical importance of practicing Japanese forest bathing after researchers proved that a leisurely (screen-free) walk in the woods boosts vitamin N, lowers stress levels, boosts the immune system, and just makes any adventurous family feel supremely better. We don’t need science to back this up, though. In fact, a few of our friends and family fear we may pack up and go full-on “Walden” on them, at a moment’s notice.
As Black Friday approaches, we will all gather together outdoors to #OptOutside, but before that, there is gear to be patched, outdoor adventure trips to prepare for, and STEM-learning curriculum to plan. This year’s adventurous family gift guide isn’t just suited to the solo teenage thru-hiker, or the 3000-mile family trekkers.
We all get outside in our own unique way, and so we have curated a thoughtful gift guide list with a range of adventure-inclined folk in mind (yes, we’re looking at you, glampers!). We’ve got picks for car-camping families, too, like a top ten best family camping tents that go for under $100. Whatever type of nature immersion you seek, this year’s best outdoor gifts will get you trail-ready, rain or shine.
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Outdoor Families Magazine is offering our most comprehensive gift guide ever. The goal? To make sure you can find the perfect present for everyone on your list, from trail runners and fort builders to backpackers and mountain bikers. Below, you’ll find our present picks for outdoor enthusiasts we’re sure your entire outdoor family will love.
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Jennifer Fontaine is the founder of Outdoor Families Magazine, publisher of MommyHiker.com, a blog to encourage outdoor activities with children, and an activist filmmaker inspiring dynamic change in the world. She lives in Southern California with her family.
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