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The 2019 BACKPACKER Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Chocolate and champagne are fine, but this year, give your Valentine something that will keep them happy on the trail.

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There’s nothing like the outdoors to bring a couple together. Our staff pulled together some of their favorite gifts, new and classic, for exploring the wilderness with your significant other. Here they are, from $30 to $2,000.

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Camper Duo Sleeping Pad; $300

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Cuddle up to your Valentine with the Camper Duo, a 50-inch-wide mat that’s more than big enough for two. With an R-value of 2.2, it’s just warm enough to push into three-season use, and dual air chambers let each of you customize your support. Buy Therm-a-Rest NeoAir Camper Duo Sleeping Pad Now

Customized Leatherman; starting at $38

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Get a gift that screams “my Valentine is good with their hands.” Leatherman just got personal by allowing buyers to customize their tool with gadget placement, text, and pictures. Buy Customized Leatherman Now

One Eleven SWII Solar Watch; $75

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Is your partner always late? Buy him or her the One Eleven SWII Solar Watch, a slick timepiece that’s only a little bit passive-aggressive when gifted on Valentine’s Day. We like the selection of faces and bands, and the fact that they’re powered by the sun is a good conversation starter if you’re still in the getting-to-know-you phase. Buy One Elevn SWII Solar Watch Now

Fulton & Roark Solid Cologne; $42

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After a couple of days on the trail, you have a, uh, certain musk. Fight back this Valentine’s Day by packing a microfiber towel, a biodegradable soap, and these solid colognes, which come with their own metal carrying cases. We recommend Tybee (rosewood and cedar). Buy Fulton & Roark Solid Cologne Now

Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket; $129

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It can be hard to get cozy in a tent, and mummy bags are not for sharing (we’ve tried). If love is in the air, grab a blanket for getting close by the fire or ditching the sleeping bags all together. Buy Rumpl Original Puffy Blanket Now

Snow Peak Titanium Curved Flask; $140

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This flask is elegant, understated, and small enough to fit in your pocket. It holds 6.4 fl. oz of your favorite camp-side beverage, and while we can’t technically guarantee it’ll impress your date, we can tell you that your apres game will never look this good. Buy Snow Peak Titanium Curved Flask Now

Cairn Gift Box; $30/month

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It’s not that you’re uncreative, we know. It’s that your partner is just impossible to shop for. Enter the Cairn Gift Box, a monthly surprise of six trail-ready products for the hiker in your life. Buy Cairn Gift Box Now 

Icebreaker Siren Thong; $30

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These merino undies aren’t just cute: They’re functional, too. Ask our tester, who ran 13 miles wearing a pair. Bonus: no panty lines. Buy Icebreaker Siren Thong Now

Oru Haven Tandem Kayak; $1,999

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Want to go big this V-Day? Splurge on the Oru Haven, a two-person, 40-pound tandem kayak that folds into a flat pack but paddles like a rigid model. Bonus: A carrying case lets you backpack it into your favorite lake. Buy Oru Haven Tandem Kayak Now