There are endless adventurous toys and games for kids out there, we have rounded up the BEST gadgets and gear for kids who love camping, hiking, and exploring outside. This parent and kid-approved holiday wish list will keep everyone safe and smiling during your family adventures.
Shopping for the whole family? Check out our gift guides for dad, mom, and the toddler in your life, too!
Stocking Stuffers for Adventurous Kids
Eco-friendly Glitter Sidewalk Chalk– Sparkly glitter chalk is super for magical sidewalk drawings. Tuck a few into your kiddo’s stocking in a re-sealable bag and squirrel away the rest for spring.
Headlamps– A great purchase for camping but we use these for reading “lamps”, looking for lost toys under couches at home, etc. If your kid is always borrowing yours, it may be time for one of their own.
Minishades Sunglasses– 100% UV protection and a warranty that covers damage AND loss? This one is a no-brainer and clearly, a company whose founders have kids. Available in several different sizes.
Gear and Experience Gift Ideas for Adventurous Kids
Hiking Backpack– This REI backpack is ideal for the 5-8 crowd. And yes it comes with a built-in whistle! (For smaller kiddos we LOVE the Deuter Schmusebar Pack.)
Walkie-Talkies – Fun and highly functional when backcountry exploring. These aren’t’ a kids model but are holding up much better for not much bigger of a price tag!
Insulated water bottle– As your toddler upgrades to a bigger cup, this one is our new favorite this year for easy cleaning and really keeping drinks hot/cold. Lids and straws are dishwasher safe.
Nature Adventure Kit – Great for universal adventuring from the rainforest to mountain camping and even around the house.
REI Kids’ Fleece- A lightweight fleece that layers nicely and doesn’t get too hot, a perfect winter mid-layer for outdoor adventures for growing kids.
Aquaplus SUP– A splurge gift for sure, but the hours of family fun make this a great gift for kids the whole family can enjoy! (Don’t forget USCG-approved lifejackets, too!
Return by Aaron Becker– A delightful end to Becker’s wordless trilogy, these books (including Journey and Quest) are a BIG hit in our house. We recommend the hardback copies for years of reading over and over.
Botanic Garden Membership– Botanic Gardens are the perfect local family adventure. An annual membership to the local garden is a perfect experience gift for the kids.
National Park Membership– An annual membership at just $80 gets the whole family access to parks and recreational land all across the US. If your kiddo is in 4th grade, be sure you are getting your free family pass! And of course, do take advantage of the Junior Ranger Program while you are at it!