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Cool Outdoor Gifts For Tweens They’ll Love

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These outdoor gifts for tweens are perfect for the tween adventure seekers out there. We are talking about tweens who love camping, outdoor sports, hiking, and other outdoor adventures and activities.

We have included gifts for outdoor sports, the outdoor activities mentioned above, and some fun outdoor toys and outdoor games they can play in the backyard, or anywhere you may be traveling to with your tweens.

These outdoor gifts will make the perfect gift for any occasion. No matter what the season or the outdoor activity, tweens will love these fun and useful outdoor gifts.

The Best Practical Gifts For Outdoorsy Tweens

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Lightweight Hiking Backpack

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If your tween enjoys being outdoors and likes to go on hiking trips with friends and family, the best outdoor gift ideas are practical items they can use over and over again.

A lightweight hiking backpack may be the perfect gift. This hiking backpack has room for everything they will need on their hiking trip whilst still being small enough they won’t feel the strain of a heavy pack.


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The best gifts for the outdoors can be super simple. This camping hammock has everything needed for your tween to stay comfy and covered throughout the night for camping, hiking, or on a beach trip.

Lightweight and convenient, this portable hammock weighs only 24oz and folds to the size of an eggplant – pretty cool for spending time outdoors this summer!

Inflatable Lounger Air Sofa Chair

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Are you looking for cool outdoor gifts for tweens? Then look no further than an inflatable lounger! Perfect for pool parties or take it on your family camping trip.

The best part is that no pump is required to assemble this inflatable lounger, the perfect outdoor gift for summer adventures!

Tweens can use the sofa chair with the pillow-shaped headrest design and be comfortable anywhere they go.

Camping Cookware Mess Kit

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Has your tween got an upcoming camping trip where they’ll be responsible for their own cooking and meals?

This 6-piece camping cookware kit includes 2 non-stick aluminum pots, a spork, a cleaning cloth, a camping stove, and a carry bag. It can be folded to save space while hiking and camping – a great way for them to start taking on some independence.

Multitool Camping Survival Gear

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A practical gift for anyone who likes to camp or hike, this multitool is a unique gift idea for older kids, which can be carried with them wherever they go or on any adventure they take.

More than just a pocket knife, the multitool gives you a knife, hammer, mini saw, wrenches, an axe, bottle opener, fish descaler, and more for your curious tween ready to learn new skills.

Bushcraft Kid: Survive in the Wild and Have Fun Doing It! 

Got a kid really keen to learn more about survival skills? This is the real deal when it comes to bushcraft skills they can try outdoors this summer.

Younger teens would be ideally suited to learning these skills from Dan Wowak, who appeared on the History Channel’s Alone Season 3.

From properly using knives and tying knots to makeshift shelters and foraging for food, this is a great choice if you’re seeking out educational gifts.

Waterproof Dry Bag

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One of the best outdoor gifts for tweens who love their outdoor adventures out in nature. Tweens can make sure their items and valuables are always dry with this waterproof bag.

It’s the perfect outdoor gift for hiking, kayaking, boating, and more, with multiple color options on offer.

Camping Tent

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The perfect outdoor gift for a young teen looking for a little more independence. This lightweight two-person dome tent with a large D-style door has enough space for your tween and a friend.

This compact tent is ideal for hiking, camping, a kid’s indoor or backyard play tent, fishing, or shelter at the beach.

Sleeping Bag

A great addition to your tween’s outdoor adventure is their very own sleeping bag. They will be edging towards leaving their child-sized sleeping bag behind and looking for something more suited to teenage boys/teenage girls.

Depending on where you live and camping conditions, a 4 season sleeping bag is a great idea as it remains suitable up to near-freezing conditions.

Self-Inflating Sleeping Pad

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While out camping, hiking, or having a night out in the backyard, this inflatable sleeping pad is comfortable and portable.

Just unroll the pad, open the valve, and air will pull through the valve inflating the sleeping pad.

Mountain Bike

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Tweens who enjoy biking around the city or hitting trails will always love getting a new mountain bike.

This Huffy bike is popular because it has a durable steel frame that’s backed by a lifetime warranty. The 24″ frame should be suitable to most teenage kids.

Inflatable Kayak Set

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A unique gift idea, this is a super strong inflatable kayak set that tweens can use to enjoy the water. It’s built with removable and adjustable sheets, and paddling the kayak is easy with the aluminum oars.

Paddle Board 

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Active kids who love getting out on the water may be ready for some larger equipment and learning new skills.

This inflatable paddle board has a non-slip deck pad that’s durable and can withstand high pressure. The fins on the bottom detach to help make it easy to carry anywhere they go or whatever adventure they go on.

TrailBuddy Trekking Poles

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Whether your tween is hiking on rugged terrain or snowshoeing on fresh powder, they need hiking gear that can keep up!

Trailbuddy trekking poles are strong enough to withstand any weather condition and are adjustable, so they can grow with your tween into teens, making it an excellent gift idea.

They come in several different colors, so you can coordinate their trekking poles with their hiking bags and sleeping gear.

Waterproof Phone Pouch

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We know outdoor adventures are a time to disconnect from our devices, but we all want to capture the memories, too, right?

The triple-layer lock-down technology of this waterproof phone case provides complete protection against water, snow, dust, and sand.

With this pouch, you can ensure your tween’s cell phone stays dry no matter what outdoor weather they are in. Practical and affordable, this is one of the best outdoor gifts for tweens!

Fishing Pole and Tackle Box

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If you have a tween that is interested in fishing, this fishing gear starter set has everything they need.

The fishing set includes a 65-inch telescopic fishing rod, spinning reel, minnow net, beginner’s guide, fishing lures, carry case, and tackle box stocked with gear.

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

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Any active, outdoorsy kid knows that taking a water bottle with them is essential, but what about when there’s no fresh drinking water source?

This personal travel water filter is perfect for your tweens’ hiking pack, keeping them safe on any outdoor adventure.

A LifeStraw protects against 99.999999% of bacteria (including E.coli, Salmonella), 99.999% of parasites (including Giardia and Cryptosporidium), 99.999% of microplastics, silt, sand, and cloudiness.

Outwear Puffer Down Jacket

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This puffer jacket is lightweight and the ideal gift for tweens that love outdoor adventures, whatever the weather. Keep them warm when it’s getting cold outside; cooler weather certainly shouldn’t stop outdoor adventures!

The puffer jacket can easily scrunch down easily, fits into backpacks, and has pocket space for things like their phone, wallet, and more.

The Best Games and Cool Outdoor Toys for Tweens

Portable Cornhole Set

The best outdoor kids’ toys need not be complicated to be loads of fun still! The portable version of this classic lawn game is ideal for taking on camping trips or days in the park.

A competitive game of skill that’s fun for the whole family or your tween can challenge their friends.

The set folds back into a small bag for easy storage when not in use.

Walkie Talkies

Walkie talkies are no doubt another of your own childhood favorites, but believe us when we say the tech behind them means they’ve moved on in leaps and bounds.

A best-seller, these colorful walkie-talkie sets have brilliant range and standby battery time of up to 3-4 days, the perfect addition to your tween’s outdoor play.

LED Flying Disc 

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Another fun gift for the outdoors is this super cool LED flying disc toy.

An athletic game, your tween can have fun throwing the disc back and forth with friends and family while enjoying some time outside.

This can be a fun activity that they can do while hanging out in the backyard, or take it on your next family camping trip.

Spikeball Set 

Spikeball is a great outdoor toy for tweens, for the beach especially. Gross motor skills at work: this is a great physical activity that tweens can play in pairs or a group.

The set comes with its own drawstring bag and three balls, making it highly portable to wherever you’re headed in the great outdoors.

Flybar Master Pogo Stick

A classic from our own childhoods, I’m sure! Tweens are ready to master the skills needed to try a pogo stick – a test of agility for active tweens and so much fun!

This is one of the coolest outside toys for tweens who love the challenge of learning a new skill and want to learn some tricks to show off with their friends.

Giant Wooden Yard Dice Set

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If you are looking for a cool outdoor toy for tweens, this is the perfect yard game and would make a great gift idea with a novelty touch.

This giant wooden Yardzee set is fun for kids of all ages. They can set it up outdoors and play a game against their friends to see who can win.


If you’re still looking for more gift ideas ideal for the pre-teen in your life, you may also want to check out these bumper gift guides by age and gender:

Boy Gifts 9-years-old
Boy Gifts 10-years-old
Boy Gifts 11-years-old
Boy Gifts 12-years-old
Girl Gifts 9-years-old
Girl Gifts 10-years-old
Girl Gifts 11-years-old
Girl Gifts 12-years-old

We also have more detailed gift guides for sporty boys and ideal gifts for sporty tween girls, or why not consider gifting your outdoorsy kid an experience rather than a material gift?

Think of experiences like a family kayaking trip, ropes and zipping course adventure, or what about an epic safari experience? We share all our favorite experience gifts suitable for tweens over here.

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