Christmas Gift Guide 2018: Gifts for Outdoorsy Kids

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We have four kids (ages 12, 9, 6 and 2) and they all LOVE to be outside. They're hikers, explorers, and mountaineers. Some of my favorite family memories are when we have been out in nature with snacks in a pack and a baby in a carrier.

Below are some fun and practical gift picks for kids who run out the back door first thing in the morning and have to be beckoned indoors at dusk.

Adventure Gear

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AdventurePak | Carson

This is sure to be a FAVORITE gift for any child, ages 4 to 12. The box says seven and up, but this would be equally appealing for younger kids. The Adventurepak by Carson includes a compact 30mm compact binocular, flashlight, lensatic compass with true hand-bearing triangulation capabilities, and a combination signal whistle/thermometer...all in a rich forest green.

Tip: Carson makes binoculars, telescopes, magnifiers, and microscopes for adults too.

  • Buy the AdventurePak.
  • Like Carson Optical on Facebook.

Shoes for Exploring

Active kids wear out their shoes fast with all of their rock-hopping, hill-climbing, and tire-swing-twirling. A new pair of well-made shoes is a useful gift to strongly consider for any age.

See Kai Run

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Abby II Gray Woodland | See Kai Run
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Montlake Navy Woodland | See Kai Run

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Although See Kai Run is a well-known brand for babies and toddlers, you'll want to note that they also make stylish shoes for grade-school kids (all the way up to size 3Y).

For fall/winter, their collection includes the rugged, yet charming, Abby II snow boots and the easy-on, easy-off Montlake rainboots in an adorable forest-inspired print

  • Buy shoes from See Kai Run.
  • Like See Kai Run on Facebook.
  • Follow See Kai Run on Instagram.


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S Lights Jelly Beams Purple Multi | Skechers

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Skech-Air Rainbow Drops | Skechers

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Quick! Name the first brand that comes to mind when you think of rainbow colored tennis shoes with lots of sparkle and light-up soles. You guessed it! Skechers! Huge kid appeal, but parents love them too.

  • Buy kids shoes from Skechers.
  • Like Skechers on Facebook.
  • Follow Skechers on Instagram.

Tennis Apparel

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Cape May Skirt + Cape May Top | Little Miss Tennis

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Whether your kids play tennis or not, you will become an instant fan of Little Miss Tennis when you feel the soft, premium materials and see the fashion-forward designs. The mix-and-match pieces fit well AND wash well. My daughters have worn their Little Miss Tennis outfits all year long...and they still look brand new!

  • Buy clothes from Little Miss Tennis.
  • Like Little Miss Tennis on Facebook.
  • Follow Little Miss Tennis on Instagram.

Snow Pants

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Ultra Gear Bottom | Obermeyer

Two words: base layers. For kids who live or play in winter climates, consider purchasing warm underclothes. The Ultra Gear Bottom by Obermeyer is one example. They're comfortable, stretchable, and ideal for wearing under waterproof pants or bibs. No need to shiver while you build cheerful snowmen, create frosty snow angels, or participate in fierce snowball battles.

  • Buy snow clothing & gear from Obermeyer.
  • Like Obermeyer on Facebook.
  • Follow Obermeyer on Instagram.


What are YOU getting for the outdoorsy kids on your list this Christmas?

BROWSE the complete 2018 Christmas Gift Guide to get ideas for everyone on your list!

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