The holidays are upon us and bring with them the dreaded task of finding gifts for all those hard-to-shop for people in your life. Got an outdoor enthusiast on your list and not sure what to get them? No worries. We have your back and are locked and loaded with a full selection of survival and tactical Christmas gifts to satisfy even the most hard-to-please grinch in your life. 

Survival Gifts

Survival 101 – these are the items to pack that are going to help keep you alive and make your camping or outdoor experience fun and memorable.

Let’s start with tactical Christmas gifts for under the tree and work our way down to the holly, jolly stocking stuffers.

Waterproof Jackets

Provided you know your person’s size, a waterproof jacket or other article of clothing can be a holiday showstopper. Good, quality waterproof apparel can be an investment, but one that pays off in spades over the course of camping trips and other outdoor excursions.

Our Exos Rain Shell Jacket is constructed of 100% nylon ripstop fabric with a DWR finish seam-sealed from top to bottom. It is 20K waterproof and 10K breathable, which means it keeps even heavy downpours at bay, while still retaining breathability and comfort. 



A well-constructed, quality backpack is an essential piece of equipment for every outdoor enthusiast. Rugged and durable, it can withstand the elements and wear and tear, lasting years as a trusty companion on camping and hiking trips.

When shopping for a backpack, make sure it is constructed of water-resistant nylon to ensure it not only keeps gear dry, but won’t easily tear when encountering branches and thorns. Also look for a backpack that is lightweight and easy to carry, with padded shoulder straps for extra comfort. 


Knives and Multitools

Depending on the knife you buy, it can be a bigger purchase worthy of investment, or a simple piece of equipment that makes a great stocking stuffer. Either way, a knife is one of the most versatile tools in an outdoor enthusiast’s arsenal. Use it to cook with, repair equipment, render first aid, as a self-defense weapon, and so much more.

Multitools make a solid survival gift and often include tools such as a can opener, screwdriver, pliers, scissors, and a saw. 


First Aid Survival Kit Gift

It goes without saying that a simple, yet well-stocked first aid kit is a must for camping and other outdoor adventures. Make this a stocking stuffer and throw in a few extra packages of bandages and gauze to keep your loved one stocked and ready to go as soon as the first signs of camping season arrive.



Nothing says I’m an experienced outdoors person like a headlamp. What they may give away in “cool points,” they more than make up for in utility. A headlamp allows the user to see while keeping their hands free to perform important tasks. Don’t let your loved one be caught in the dark without one!



There are plenty of compass apps for smartphones, but a true outdoor enthusiast should always carry a real, physical compass in case their phone runs out of battery or breaks. 

Weatherproof Lighter

A go-to survival gift, weatherproof lighters make a fun and practical stocking stuffer. In wet and rainy conditions, matches cannot be relied on to start a fire. Look for a lighter that is easy to refuel and use, even when wearing gloves or mittens.

Other great survival gifts include flashlights, water bottles, hydration packs, coffee mugs, and portable chargers. Shop 5.11 to find the best tactical Christmas gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your life.