We may be tech lovers, but here at Tom's Guide, we still know how to appreciate the great outdoors. For the outdoor enthusiast in your life (and maybe for yourself), we've got gifts that cover everything from hiking around a lake to boating in it, and from camping in the mountains to hitting the slopes when the powder's still fresh. These products will keep anyone prepared for nature-filled fun and more, and they might just scratch that tech itch at the same time.
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We’ve all been there: out in the cold, stuck having to choose between using your smartphone or keeping your fingers warm. While touchscreen gloves aren’t anything new, Timberland’s Magic Gloves put conductive thread in the thumb and first two fingers of each glove, letting you text, tap and swipe even when it’s chilly out. Made of knit acrylic, the gloves are machine washable, and stretch to fit most hand sizes.
Get your bearings on the go with the Suunto Clipper Watch Band Compass. This quarter-size liquid-filled compass clips onto almost anything, from a watchband or sleeve to a strap on your bag or the edge of a map. Despite being small, it has a rotating bezel with 10-degree increments for easy map navigation, and the rugged plastic construction should shrug off inclement weather during outdoor adventures.
Whether you’re out at a kid’s soccer game or hitting the slopes, comfort can be close at hand with Zippo’s flameless hand warmers. Providing up to 12 hours of continuous heat, this pocket-friendly warmer is easy to fill, quick to warm up and reusable for years. The small hand warmer uses a fuel-fed catalytic burner to provide real warmth and steady heat from a continuously glowing ember. Comes with a carrying pouch, refilling cup and is covered with a 2-year warranty.
Going off the grid doesn't mean you have to leave your gadgets behind, and the Unifun 10400mAh Waterproof External Battery Power Bank lets you keep your gear charged when you're miles from a power outlet. The 10,400-mAh capacity lets you charge a smartphone several times, and a built-in flashlight helps you get around in the dark. The rugged design is waterproof, with silicone covers that keep water out of the dual USB charging ports, and the heavy rubber exterior protects against shocks and drops.
The Leatherman Skeletool KBX is a sleek, sturdy pocket knife with a built-in bottle opener, making it a useful tool to have in your pocket, whether you're going on a trek through the mountains or heading to a barbecue in the park. The blade is made from corrosion-resistant high-carbon stainless steel, and the blade has both straight and serrated edges for handling all sorts of tasks. The ultralight knife weighs less than an ounce, and its locking design can be operated with one hand.
You may have seen the ads on TV, but in case you haven't, the Taclight Lantern from Bell + Howell is a compact LED lantern that goes almost anywhere thanks to its portable, collapsible design. The lantern weighs less than a pound, has water-resistant construction, works in extreme temperatures and uses bright LED lights that the company claims can be seen from 2 nautical miles away. When we tested the lantern, it even worked after being lit on fire! The design features foldaway handles for carrying and hanging, as well as an optional magnetic base that lets you stick it to metal objects.
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Cooking s'mores and hot dogs over the fire has never been so easy. The Grubstick Intro 4-Piece Kit includes a telescopic handle that extends for easy reach, with interchangeable heads that can be used to grill sandwiches, roast marshmallows and cook up all sorts of grub. The starter kit includes one telescoping handle, which extends up to 38 inches; a forked skewer for hot dogs, brats and other sausages; a grilling cage for cooking everything from veggies to chicken thighs; and a tool to remove hot food without burning your fingers.