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52 Adventure Gifts for Outdoor Kids

Life is the biggest adventure
Written by Stuart

Give the Gift of Adventure

There is no greater gift than the spirit of adventure. It truly is a gift for life. And you can give it in a thousand ways.

There’s a growing body of science which tells us it’s important for kids to regularly get active, outside and in touch with nature. It’s good for their well being, good for their development, helps them appreciate the natural world and provides opportunities to experience and learn about risk.

If you want to encourage someone you know to get out, get active and adventure then here’s some ideas for adventure gifts we think may help nurture that adventurous spirit and develop a richer appreciation of the natural world and our place in it. 

52 Adventure Gifts
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An Adventure Book. Books are a simple way to start talking about adventures. With a book you can plant ideas about things to do, introduce adventure activities, find out about amazing places you can go, even start learning a new skill like a language. Here’s a few of our favourite adventure inspiring books for younger kids.

The Boys' Book of AdventureThe Boys Book of Adventure is boyish in character but not just for boys. It’s full of activities to ignite the imagination and get kids thinking like adventure heroes. Once they’ve figured out how to deal with the challenges and sticky situations in this book, they’ll likely be keen to test these hard won skills in a few sticky situations of their own making. If they prefer fiction then why not try one of the Bear Grylls Mission Survival series of stories of outdoor heroics. Or point them towards old favourites like Swallows and Amazons, set on an island in England’s Lake District. Or for very little ones, what about Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books: five kids and a dog off out having adventures on their bicycles, like in Five Go Adventuring Again.

Mountain WhistleA Mountain Whistle. A small but important gift that’s good for more than just annoying people. A mountain whistle is an essential piece of outdoor kit. Get the kids one and teach them how and when to use it to call for help in an emergency. You may regret it around the house, but it could save the day if they end up in trouble outdoors.

Pocket Handwarmer. It’s not always easy to persuade kids out on a cold winter’s day. But if it’s a chance to try out their new hand warmers or feet warmers, well that’s something different!  When there’s a chill in the air little things like this can tip the balance between staying in and getting out.

SealSkinz Ultra Grip Waterproof Gloves Small BlackWaterproof Gloves or Socks.  Of course it’s not just the cold that can put kids off; wet hands and wet feet aren’t much fun either. But they can be a thing of the past with a pair of magic SealSkinz waterproof gloves or waterproof socks.

Silk Balaclava. These are great for SAS games but also brilliant for outings on cool days or as an underlayer when the thermometer dives. Braver souls could use this silk balaclava for camouflage on a night hike or to keep your head warm while sleeping out.

Petzl Zipka2A Headtorch. Kids love torches, for reading under the covers, lighting a den or exploring the house with the lights out or in a power cut. So, why not equip them properly? Buy them an LED head torch and take them out to test it on a local night hike. Head out on a local trail, perhaps one you know well to start with, and see how unfamiliar even the most familiar places can be on a dark night with only a torch to light the way. They’ll love strapping it on their head and leading the way, like a proper explorer.

Light My Fire Spork TitaniumA Spork Kit. Small children will love the novelty of this – a cross between a spoon and a fork. You may find they want to eat with it every day. Sporks are great for picnics and camping. For that extra special person, or those with destructive tendencies, you could even go for the ultimate ultra-light, ultra strong Titanium Spork.

WeeRide Red Deluxe Balance Bike Ages 3-6years 14" WheelA Wee Bike. If you want to go big with a little one, then there is no greater freedom than that of a bike. For those just starting out, how about a Weeride deluxe balance bike, a great way get toddlers starting to learn to ride.  Or if they’ve mastered balance and want pedals, brakes and to ride like a grown up, then you won’t get better than an Isla Bike.

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About the author

Stuart

Stuart's the adventure addict half of the team, always trying to persuade the family to get out, do more, go further. As co-founder and co-director he handles the business, creative, design, technical and publishing aspects of the project. He is our chief photographer and videographer. With training as a professional learning and development consultant. an engineer and musician, his contribution is eclectic and unpredictable!

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