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A 16-person family tent that’ll replace a vacation rental. Head into the great outdoors with your crew or pitch your portable hotel in your backyard for the ultimate sleepover.
Promising review: “I received this and tested it out in the backyard. It’s sooo spacious!! We put a couple of queen-sized mattresses in it but could have at least fitted two more. My husband is 6ft tall and was able to stand in it. Just the two of us were able to assemble with no problem and then taking it down took half the time. Also, love the carrying case. It is really compact in the case for ease of traveling. Great price for what you get.” — Charm
A kayak and paddle set to have on deck (puns) for those sunny, summer days when laying in the sun or taking a walk just won’t cut it.
Promising review: “Purchased this kayak about a year ago and have used it nearly 20 times on several lakes and rivers. Could not ask for a better fishing kayak. It’s reasonably priced, very stable and has plenty of room for all my gear. Plan on buying my next kayak from them in the future.” — Derrick
Hiking poles that’ll help you trek through the snow with ease. With the right gear, you’ll never be afraid to hike in the winter!
Promising review: “These trekking poles are sturdy and lightweight. They make hiking in our mountains and on the Appalachian Trail a breeze. I have already recommended them to friends.” — Steverz
A four-seater pedal boat with a canopy, because this’ll be the ideal tool to use for a day spent on the water with a few friends (or forced family fun).
Promising review: “The Sun Slider pedal boat is relatively lightweight, good maneuverability, and comfortable. It has a throttle-like left-right handle for steering, which I find easier than the forward/reverse steering handle of my older pedal boat.” — BilMit55
A stand-up paddle board to leisurely glide over your local lake, surf the coast of your local beach, or use to test your balance by trying out some yoga moves.
Promising review: “This paddle board is very easy to use and handle. The foot-down fans make it handle it even better and easier to transport than rigid fans. I like the way that the paddle can be stored on the surface of the board with the bungee attachments.” — Tyler
A canopy that’ll make outdoor get-togethers, parties, and picnics that much more official…and protected from the sun or rain.
Promising review: “I purchased this tent over a year ago for my festival shows. It’s had many uses and still in great shape. It’s easy to pop up with help from another person, but I’m able to take it down myself. I would definitely recommend if you’re looking for easy setup.” — Facepainter
A picnic table to host weekend brunches, happy hours, or even game nights while enjoying the fresh air.
Promising review: “This bench looks great and is the easiest assembly ever! I couldn’t recommend it more. We got two and haven’t put ours together yet for a picnic, but they look like they would be perfect!” — Nograndsyet
Ice skates that’ll help you fulfill your winter wonderland dreams. Having your own is more hygienic and comfortable anyway…
Promising review: “They are amazing! They support your ankle tightly, but are still loose enough to do tricks.” — Anna
A mountain bike to go from point A to B, regardless of the terrain. Beautiful days call for bike rides. Period.
Promising review: “Very comfortable ride. It’s a good-looking bike and very lightweight, which makes it easy to go around corners.” — SIMPHIWE
An outdoor prep table, because filleting a fish or slicing veggies right next to the grill means keeping a better eye on temperature and smoke levels…and is just a cooler experience overall.
Promising review: “Easy to put together, great height, and pretty sturdy. We will be using it for washing dishes, etc. My husband was super excited to get it and I know he will be using it for all sorts of other things while we are camping.” — MJ
A hiking backpack that’ll carry everything you need for a few hours (or days) outdoors. No hike should go unexplored because you can’t fit everything you need/think you need in a regular bag.
Promising review: “I am obsessed with this backpack! The Ozark Trail pack is probably two to three pounds lighter than my previous pack — something that makes a huge difference when you’re out on the trail. Not only that, the detachable top lid is amazing! It’s two packs in one. My husband likes it so much, he’s using it next week…with my permission, of course.” — JaimeSays
A Dutch oven for cooking over some coals or a hot plate. Hot food just tastes better when you’ve made it on the beach or in the middle of the woods.
Promising review: “Awesome cast iron Dutch oven. Made a great stew over an open fire. Nothing stuck while cooking. Awesome.” — myaboy
A camping chair for parking it in the sun with a book, whether just outside your house or deep in the forest. Get cozy and stay protected while enjoying the great outdoors.
Promising review: “I used it once and the beach and it was perfect. Roomy, comfy, sturdy, and shades you very well.” — Kellssz
A portable mini cooler, because happy hour is the happiest when it can be enjoyed in the sunshine or fresh air. And no up-charges are applied.
Promising review: “I didn’t think it was going to be so big, but it’s easy to manage with the multiple straps and thick material so you don’t feel that cold sweat on the outside while carrying it around. It has a nice, solid base and is very deep to fit bottles or even sandwiches while keeping your ice packs cool. Its zipper is very strong as well.” — Sunny
A thermal base layer shirt for layering up and staying warm, because nothing will convince you to go inside more than the serious chill of winter.
Promising review: “It’s a great thermal — says ‘extreme weight’ (for the warmth it provides) but it actually feels very lightweight and almost ‘airy’….the fabric is so soft. But it’s definitely a thermal. Very warm.” — Meb
Price: $19.99 (available in sizes S–L)
A camouflage sleeping bag for serious campers who want to be as much a part of nature as possible. And don’t mind being accidentally stepped on by a wolf.
Promising review: “Very nice sleeping bag for the price. I bought two: one for myself and my wife. Yes I would recommend them to a friend. P.S. As you can see in the picture even my kitty loves the sleeping bag.” — MADMICK
A waterproof picnic blanket that transforms into its own carrying case — and is super soft. The next best thing to fluffy grass is definitely flannel.
Promising review: “Awesome for an afternoon in the park. Ultra sturdy and much larger than expected! The fleece was very soft to sit on and I love the pattern. Will be giving as a gift this Christmas!” — FashionDog
A double sleeping bag for the most adventurous date ever. We won’t say whether it’ll be your best or your worst, we’ll leave the luck to you.
Promising review: “Really good deal! We went to Joshua Tree National Park with this and it was below 0 celsius. We did not feel cold at all!” — Aslan
Promising review: “This is a large capacity duffel bag that can be used for multiple purposes. The zip is nice and smooth. the bag can carry a kid size sleeping bag inside… that’s its capacity! There is plenty of space to take water bottles and food. It is comfortable to use as a backpack as shoulder strap does not bite into the skin. Seems like it can take lot of rough handling.” — ADushNJ
A tent light that’ll be a surefire (puns) backup for when your campfire doesn’t end up as grand as you’d hoped or when the stick trick doesn’t work. Scout’s honor.
Promising review: “This small light is so awesome! It comes with batteries. All you do is open the back and pop them in and you have the brightest small camping lantern ever. I am very happy!” — Lavender
An all-in-one cooking tool for grating, slicing, serving, and anything else you could need to do while preparing a gourmet four-course meal outdoors. Casually.
Promising review: “The coolest tailgating tool and the best holiday gift you can think of. Got one for myself and am buying extras for stocking stuffers. The tools are great quality as is the wood exterior. There’s a cheese grater and zester — what more could you possibly need?” — LR824
Roller skates, because (roller derby, racing, exploring trails or a city, just plain looking cool) why the heck not.
Promising review: “I haven’t been skating since the 80s and I needed a new pair of skates. These skates were perfect for getting back into roller skating. I will keep these skates for outdoor skating and would recommend these skates to anyone just getting back into skating or just beginning!” — 80srollerskater
Price: $54.06+ (available in sizes 1–10)
A tetherball for getting your solo competition on. We recommend posting up in your front yard vs. your backyard. Show the neighborhood who’s boss.
Promising review: “The entire family has enjoyed playing with this tetherball. Easy to assemble and appears to be good quality.” — Okie
A bean bag toss game that’ll be the hit of any kid’s birthday party…or any adult’s drinking game.
Promising review: “I love this game!!! Everything comes assembled and the boards are sturdy and nice looking. We had a party with adults and children. Everyone got to join in and play. Many summers of fun expected with this product!!!” — Stacey
A volleyball and badminton set for getting competitive with your neighbors (mostly regarding who has the coolest backyard setup).
Promising review: “This badminton and volleyball set is great to have when you are having an outdoor party. It was pretty easy to assemble. The badminton rackets were nice quality and the volleyball was too. Having the pump included was an added bonus. I think it is a nice set to just keep up all summer long.” — Jakey
A boomerang that’ll have you and your friends inexplicably entertained for hours.
Promising review: “This is a nice little boomerang. It took several hours to master, but it’s a fun toy!” — Deeboo1979
A bocce ball set for playful afternoons outdoors. Get the kids, the grandmas, the neighbors, and the dogs involved — there’s room in bocce for everyone.
Promising review: “Lightweight and easy for the kids to handle. Our grandkids had a great time with it Thanksgiving day.” — Omi
A Spikeball set that’ll be the perfect excuse to get some friends together, hit the park, stay and play awhile.
Promising review: “Great game for the yard. Good for people to just hit around or get competitive (sweaty).” — GoEatons
A two-person canoe for adventurous outdoor dates where you can still hear each other and the risk of embarrassment is actually low.
Promising review: “Easy to transport and blow up. Light enough for one person to carry. Comfy seats.” — anonymous
A crash pad to bring with you while bouldering outdoors. Safety first, ya’ll.
Promising review: “This was the best thing I ever got my little sensory seeker. He loves this thing to death! I put it at the end of his bed so he jumps off his bed onto this for hours. It’s so soft and comfortable — I could sleep on it!” — mom
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