The Best Safety Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Written by | Updated November 30, 2016


Buying a gift for someone who loves the outdoors? Give a gift that keeps on giving. A safety gift shows your loved one that you care about their interests and their well-being. Here are the best safety gifts you can get the lovers of camping, running, and cycling in your life.

The Best Gifts for Campers

SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger

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Avid campers know the best adventures often take them out of cellphone service range and staying safe is key. The SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger is a durable, long-lasting pocket SOS that alerts emergency responders to the camper’s GPS location in case of an accident. When the camper presses the OK button, the SPOT Gen3 sends a message to family and friends that the camper is doing well. The tracking feature can also be set to track the camper’s location every five, ten, thirty, or sixty minutes.

Pros: The advanced vibration-seeking sensor tracks location updates only when you’re moving to save battery power, and users report the GPS is extremely accurate.

Cons: SPOT is currently available only in the United States, and activation service is required—it costs $149.99 per year or $14.99 per month.

Bell Automotive Deer Warning

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One of the most upsetting ways to start or end a great camping trip is hitting an animal with your car. This affordable and low-profile deer warning device protects campers from any wildlife collisions. When your car moves at 30 mph or faster, the device emits a high-frequency sound that notifies animals of your vehicle’s presence and provokes them to move away quickly.

Pros: Installing and removing the Bell device is simple. It attaches with high-bond adhesive tape and there are no batteries or cords because it activates with high airflow.

Cons: Some customers report that the bonding tape weakens over time and in extreme weather conditions, so purchasing additional industrial tape may be necessary.

SteriPEN Ultra Handheld UV Water Purifier

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Nature-loving campers can pack light and reduce their trash with the SteriPEN, a UV light that destroys 99.9% of bacteria in water. Simply stick the lamp end in a container of water, push the button, and stir—a smiley face on the OLED display screen indicates when the water is drinkable. The SteriPEN is certified by the Water Quality Association and can be used for fifty treatments per charge.

Pros: The UV lamp is good for 8,000 treatments. If you use them all, SteriPEN sends you a free replacement. There is no battery—SteriPEN charges via USB.

Cons: While negative reviews are hard to come by, some users complain that the SteriPEN can be unreliable and that the lightbulb burns out or the battery dies quickly.

The Best Gifts for Runners

SABRE Pepper Spray Gel

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This uniquely designed SABRE Pepper Gel Spray eliminates the danger that a runner will spray an attacker and the airborne particles will hit the runner’s face, too. Used and trusted by law enforcement, the gel eliminates wind blowback, can shoot twelve feet, and lasts for thirty-five sprays. Made especially for runners, this product comes with an adjustable strap that makes it easy to hold during intense activity.

Pros: The SABRE Pepper Gel Spray has a four-year shelf life that’s double the industry average. UV dye in the spray marks an attacker for suspect identification.

Cons: Depending on where you live, this gel may be restricted, so you may want to check your local regulations. The .75-ounce canister is too big in some states, while other states require that pepper spray be purchased from only licensed firearms dealers or require a license to carry pepper spray.

Noxgear Tracer360 Illuminated and Reflective Vest

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Born from Kickstarter funding, this vest has incredible visibility and helps runners avoid dangerous situations. The fiber-optic LED lights have five flashing modes and six colors that are customizable and can be changed while running. The 360-degree illumination is visible from a quarter mile away. Conveniently, the Tracer360 can be worn over additional running accessories, like a hydration pack or water belt.

Pros: The Tracer360 is adjustable, breathable, and only seven ounces (batteries included), making it usable in all seasons.

Cons: The vest is not rechargeable; it’s powered by AAA batteries.

Road ID Wrist ID Elite

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If the unthinkable happens and a runner is in an accident while exercising, the Road ID bracelet can be a lifesaver. The custom bracelet includes a stainless steel faceplate with the runner’s vital information, like name, emergency contact information, and medical conditions—critical details that emergency responders need. The lightweight silicone band is comfortable, stylish, and comes in six colors.

Pros: The plate can include any information, like a date of birth, allergy, or even an inspiring quote.

Cons: Runners have to be dedicated to wearing this safety product, as they won’t use it until a critical situation occurs.

The Best Gifts for Cyclists

Dealpeak Ultra Loud Bicycle Horn

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This loud horn will definitely get a driver’s attention. The device wraps around the bike’s handlebars and comes with five sound effects, including a beep similar to a truck backing up. The horn can be used off-road, too—cyclists can use it to alert a runner with earphones on, for example.

Pros: Two LED lights also light up when you press the horn, and the buttons are easy to work: the red button changes the sound, while the black button turns on the horn.

Cons: There is no volume control, and the horn is much too loud for indoor use.

Finding the perfect gift for an outdoors enthusiast doesn’t have to be difficult. These safety gifts are critical pieces of gear that work well in all seasons, so wish your outdoorsy friend a happy holiday with some of our top picks.

*SafeWise has conducted impartial research to recommend products. This is not a guarantee. Each individual’s unique needs should be considered when deciding on chosen products.

Written by Amelia Nielson-Stowell

Amelia Nielson-Stowell is a former newspaper reporter and professional freelance writer. With over a decade of experience in the journalism industry, she has a passion for creative storytelling. Safety is her top priority as a mom of three young kids. Learn more

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