Shopping for a nature enthusiast? Discover our curated collection of the best gifts for people who’d rather be outside.
Previously managing an outdoor retail store, Gemma and I have given many gift recommendations over the years.
From nature-inspired art prints and books to handmade jewellery and mugs, there’s a little something for most outdoor enthusiasts here.
I’ve grouped the items into three categories – inexpensive (less than $50), midrange ($50-100) and then luxury ($150+) to provide options for all budgets.
The majority of these items are listed in the inexpensive category, with most hovering around the $25 mark.
All prices are in Canadian dollars and I have made an effort to showcase Canadian businesses where possible.
Without any further delay, let’s get into it, starting with the best gifts for nature lovers for $50 or less!
Published November 2023. This post includes affiliate links. If you make a purchase via one of these links, we may receive a percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.
Best gifts for nature lovers – Less than $50
Gift a loved one the memory of a favourite place in nature with an art print.
Many talented Canadian artists sell prints on their websites and also via Etsy. For example, our home is decorated with many landscape art prints, including Spirit Island in Jasper National Park and Mount Assiniboine.
Another idea would be to buy an animal or plant-themed print, such as this ‘100 Species of BC‘ illustration by Danielle Brufatto (this one is on our fireplace mantel!) I also like Danielle’s mushroom art print.
Exploring nature is always more comfortable with a good pair of socks.
Merino wool socks are, in my opinion, the best you can get due to their soft feel, natural temperature regulation and antimicrobial properties.
The price tag, however, can be difficult to justify ($25). For that reason, merino wool socks make a great gift!
Non-fiction nature book
There are so many different nature books I could recommend in this gift guide!
- The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate
- The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
- Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live
Consider books about outdoor adventurers as well. Some of my favourites are authored by Adam Shoalts, a professional explorer from Ontario. He paints a vivid image of his wild adventures in very lonely places.
Another idea for a nature book would be a plant or wildflower identification guide.
Nature themed cap
One can never have too many caps, right? So many outdoor brands offer hats and caps adorned with nature scenes. I particularly like Outdoor Research‘s artist series.
Another of my top picks is Byward Outfitters, a small family-owned company based in Ottawa. Their caps feature handmade nature-themed leather patches. Think mountain peaks, ocean sunsets, national parks, animals and more.
Byward Outfitters also sell toques as well.
Mushroom growing kit
Mushrooms are definitely one of the coolest things you can grow at home. We’ve enjoyed growing both oyster and button mushrooms before.
One of the best aspects is that this mushroom growing kit will fruit multiple times. The mushrooms grow quickly too, much faster than any vegetable outside (5-14 days)!
As a bonus, I found that growing mushrooms at home greatly increased my appreciation for them in nature.
Help your giftee keep track of their favourite places and wildlife encounters with a trail journal.
This well-organised trail journal is designed specifically for hikers and features prompts to record trail designs as well as descriptions of flora and fauna.
There is a camping version as well, perfect for anyone who loves spending the night in nature.
Nature themed necklace
There are so many talented Canadian jewellery makers on Etsy.
One of my favourites has to be Angela from the Brass Mallet, who makes hand-stamped one-of-a-kind necklaces.
Choose between mountains, trees, birds, starry nights, flowers and more. Custom engraving is also available for an extra charge.
Canada National Parks calendar
Spend a year in Canada’s national parks with this National Parks calendar. Each month features a beautiful vintage artwork celebrating a specific park.
The 2024 edition looks fantastic, with Gros Morne on the cover and Yoho starting the year.
We received the 2023 calendar for Christmas and have since paid it forward by gifting one to a friend. At the end of the year, we plan to frame some of my favourite prints.
We are often asked how we find research off-the-beaten-path destinations in Canada.
The answer is easy – with the help of Backroad Mapbooks.
These incredibly detailed topo maps feature all of the hiking trails, campgrounds, parks and attractions in a particular region.
Unpaved backroads are also featured, which is helpful for navigation as well as research.
A neck gaiter is essentially a tubular piece of fabric that can be worn in many different ways when exploring the outdoors.
The most obvious use is around the neck for warmth or sun coverage. Neck gaiters can also be used as a face mask, headscarf, sweatband, hair tie, beanie hat and more!
Buff makes so many amazing nature-themed neck gaiters, I particularly love those that feature mountain ranges.
Canadian animal coffee mug
While a coffee mug may be a pretty standard gift, this one is particularly special.
Cindy Labrecque produces made-to-order hand-thrown porcelain coffee mugs, each showcasing a Canadian animal.
I love the detail of the hand-drawn animals, with my favourite being the racoon, humpback whale, black bear and wolverine versions.
National/provincial park stickers
Consider this suggestion a fun stocking stuffer!
These colorful waterproof vinyl stickers celebrate individual parks within the national and provincial park systems. There’s a large selection to choose from and it’s possible to mix and match.
Best gifts for nature lovers – $50-100
A tropical plant
Bring the outside into your friend’s home with a tropical plant.
Unable to purchase a plant in person? Foli is an online plant shop with a huge range of tropical plants.
Each pot is delivered with personalised care instructions (helpful for inexperienced plant owners like me!) A choice of pots is available.
There’s nothing quite relaxing in nature in a hammock!
We love our orange ENO DoubleNest hammock, which is suitable for use by one or two people.
Both strong and lightweight, these hammocks are produced in a variety of patterns and colour combinations.
Best gifts for nature lovers – $100+
Annual park pass
Give your loved one a year of endless exploration! Not only a way to save money, annual park passes are also a fantastic source of inspiration for nature lovers.
An annual Parks Canada Discovery Pass provides the holder with unlimited admission to more than 80 national parks and national historic sites for 12 months.
Depending on your giftee’s location, a provincial or territorial park pass may be more appropriate.
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One half of the Canadian/British couple behind Off Track Travel, Canada. Jean Robert (JR) is up for anything, but you’re most likely to find him either snowboarding, fishing or building something. Gemma and JR are currently based in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada.