On the hunt for a gift to please an outdoorsy friend or family member? Whether the athlete on your list prefers to hike, cycle or paddle, the following gift ideas are sure to score a perfect ten.

For the hiking enthusiast

Focus on equipment and accessories, like high-quality headlamps, hiking socks, water filters, insulated water bottles, camping sto­ves and lighters, rainproof gear, compasses and retractable hiking poles. Budget permitting, you could also consider a hand-held GPS tracker.  

For the cycling junkie

Depending on your budget and on the needs of the cyclist you are looking to buy for, you could purchase a pair of glo­ves or cycling socks, a new helmet, a maintenance kit or multi-purpose tool, a GPS trac­ker, a bike camera

or headlights. You can also choose from a wide selection of books that are likely to be of interest, such as a guide to the region’s most beautiful bike paths or a book about Tour de France history or world cycling legends.

For the kayaker

Once again, you might consider a book, especially if your favourite kayaker already has all of the equipment he or she needs. Otherwise, a compass, a flashlight, specialized clothing or a flare kit are all great gift ideas. You could also go with a guided tour or a day pass to a park with an enchanting body of water that’s ideal for kayaking.

If you’re worried about making the wrong choice, you can always go the safe route by giving them a specialty store gift card. You can’t go wrong by letting them pick the gift that they really want!