25+ Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts (Roanoke Outside Gift Guide)

When it comes to holiday shopping, we can’t tell you what should be on your list (or who’s been naughty or nice) but we can share one bit of advice – shop local!

Our annual gift guide is packed with items that you can give. (And some of them include discounts and promo codes.)

Happy shopping!

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Cyclists ~ Runners ~ Paddlers ~ Hikers ~ Climbers ~ Fishers ~ Snow Sports ~ Kids ~ Anyone

Gifts for Cyclists

Lights from Nite Rider, MSW, and Planet Bike

Riding in the winter means less sunlight, and the more you’ll need lighting. From small blinky models to be seen, all the way to 1,000-lumen headlights to light up the entire trail, these USB rechargeable lights will keep you riding even when the sun’s not out.

  • Cost: $15-$100
  • Learn more: UnderDog Bikes, 1113 Piedmont St. SE, Roanoke

Wahoo Kickr

The Wahoo Kickr is the best of the best of smart trainers, use any bike to ride indoors when you can’t get outside. Use the Wahoo Fitness app for specific power training or get online with other riders like Zwift. This trainer along with a real bike is less expensive than those indoor spin bikes, and you get a bike to ride outside! Virtually silent, realistic ride feel, durable and reliable.

“I have sold dozens of the Wahoo Kickr and my customers are beyond satisfied with the quality as well as the performance of this trainer. This is a great tool when you have to ride indoors,” said Ron Glowczynski, owner of American Flyers.

  • Cost: $1,200, Price includes sales tax and setup; free Kickr mat with promo code FREEMAT
  • Learn more: American Flyers, 1906 Main St. SW, Roanoke

Visibility Items

When you’re better seen, you’re safer on your bike. Daytime running lights: Have them on anytime you ride and be seen more easily by drivers. Our favorite: The Bontrager Ion 100R/Flare R City combo. Biomotion: Make the moving parts of your body super visible. Socks and shoes in bright colors help you stand out. Our favorite: Ridge Supply socks in all kinds of color combos. Contrast: Clothing and accessories that help you stand out against the background of the road can make a difference. Our favorites: The socks mentioned above, and the Bontrager Quantum MIPS helmet in visibility yellow.

“I feel like when I’m using daytime running lights drivers give me that little extra bit of room,” said Wesley Best, owner of East Coasters.

Local Beer Bike Jerseys

Starlight Cycling Apparel has just launched a new online store focusing on jerseys designed around your favorite beverage – local beer! Choose from local breweries like Parkway, Twin Creeks, Great Valley Farm, and Beale’s.

“What better way to show your love for Roanoke than a jersey celebrating a local brew? There is no better way. Trust me,” said Stratton Delany, owner of Starlight Bikes and certified life coach.

  • Cost: $70, use code STARLIGHT at checkout for free pickup at Starlight Bikes (please note the jerseys are not stored at Starlight Bikes so you’ll need to order online)
  • Learn more: Starlight Cycling Apparel, 1502 Grandin Rd. SW, Roanoke

CycleOps Direct Drive Trainer

PowerTuned using PowerTap technology for accurate power readings, with direct drive design for increased bike compatibility and quiet performance. Innovative electromagnetic resistance provides rapid response resistance and seamlessly connects to virtual training apps; plus, ZWIFT certified.

“Winter is dark and cold, it’s hard to make yourself get out for rides. I use this trainer to stay in top cycling shape all winter,” said Steve Hetherington, owner of Just the Right Gear.

Rayo: The Ultimate Bicycle Tail-Light

This light has ultra-bright LEDs and engineered optics to maximize visibility in any riding condition. Blinking patterns can be customized and there is even an anti-theft mechanism built in. The Rayo can be synchronized with nearby lights to increase visibility.

“This gift shows you care about the safety of your loved one!” -said Steve Ambruzs, Downshift owner.

  • Cost: $79.98
  • Learn more: Downshift, 416 Campbell Ave. SW, Roanoke

2009 56 CM Orbea Orca Bike with Ultegra

This carbon road bike is in great shape, and a steal on consignment.

“A lot of bike for your buck and a great starter bike or upgrade!” said Dan Lucas, of Roanoke Mountain Adventures.

Patagonia Houdini jacket (Men/Women)

An ultralightweight, ultra packable, ultra windproof jacket. Clip it to your belt loop for climb up the mountain, then put it on to keep warm while you cruise back down.


Gifts for Runners

Blue Ridge Marathon Race Entry

The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, half marathon, 10K, double, or marathon relay makes a great gift and will help keep your runner in the training spirit through race day April 13. There’s a challenge for every person and ability level, says Julia Boas, Roanoke Outside event coordinator.

On Cloudsurfer

Comfort meets speed. The ultimate ride for running on the road.

“I’ve worn just about every shoe there is out there, I saw this shoe and knew I needed to give it a try. It’s unlike any other shoe I have ever worn and I would recommend the Cloudsurfer to anyone looking to spice up their running experience,” said Cody Seymour, store manager at RunAbout Sports Roanoke.

  • Cost: $150, Roanoke Outside fans get a discount – mention code RUNABOUTROA
  • Learn more: RunAbout Sports Roanoke, 4600 Brambleton Ave., Roanoke

Roanoke 100 Miler Program

The Roanoke 100 Miler program is flexible and primarily self-guided, but we’ll help you track your activity while offering weekly wellness tips, encouragement, and information about upcoming group events. Each week, we also select one lucky winner who is awarded a prize or gift certificate to a local business. Gift also includes 100 Miler bumper sticker and shirt.

Tikka Headlamp

During the short days of winter it can sometimes be hard to find enough daylight to get a full run in. That’s why the Tikka headlamp from Petzl would be a great gift for any runner. It is lightweight, and the adjustable band allows it to fit snugly on any runner’s head no matter how fast they are going. The 200 lumens offer the perfect amount of light to make night runs safe.

Run Local Collection

Fleet Feet’s new Run Local Collection features designs inspired by the Roanoke and Virginia running community. Designs include “Run Y’all,” “Run Noke,” “Run 540,” and “Run Virginia,” printed on cozy tri-blend t-shirts, crew-neck sweatshirts and hoodies. The perfect gift for the runner in your life.

  • Cost: $25 t-shirts, $45 sweatshirts
  • Learn more: Fleet Feet Roanoke, 4347 Franklin Road, Roanoke

SMS Love Run 5K Entry

Gift a winter race. Salem Montessori School is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with the SMS Love Run 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk on Saturday, Feb. 16. This race will commemorate the impact SMS has had on children’s lives and education in the Roanoke Region and portions of the proceeds will benefit Children’s Trust of Roanoke. Stay to warm up at the post-race party with S’mores, hot chocolate, fire pits, a photo station, and more.

Cost: $20, 5K and $10, 1-miler before Dec. 13

Learn more: SMS Love Run


Gifts for Paddlers

Learn to Paddleboard for 2

This experience gift card includes 30-minute introductory lesson for two people, and 1-hour paddleboard rental after the lesson, this experience is available for use at Claytor Lake or Smith Mountain Lake locations. Learn to paddleboard on a quality properly sized paddleboard with the premier paddleboard center in Virginia.

  • Cost: $49, use code ROAOUT for a special discount
  • Learn more: Mountain 2 Island, 7517 Lee Highway, Radford

Yak Attack Accessories

Yak attack accessories are the perfect gift for any family member who loves to kayak!


Gifts for Hikers

Set of Dyneema X Packing Cubes

MLD Dyneema X Packing Cubes take UL gear organization to a whole new dimension. Great for all types of travel and backpacking – store, protect, and organize all your small gear.

Altra Lone Peak 4.0

Forget the path of least resistance — the Altra Lone Peak 4.0 will take you over whatever obstacles lie ahead. Aggressive outsole lugs will let you claw your way over slippery rocks and through loose dirt, and Altra’s unique FootShape toe box give your feet ample room to move naturally. Like all Altra running shoes, the 4.0 sits on a zero-drop platform for a neutral stance. With grip like a tractor, the Altra Lone Peak 4.0 was built to take on the toughest of Virginia’s trails.

“I had foot pain for years before testing out the Altra shoe brand as a customer of Fleet Feet,” said Alex Olvier, an outfitter at Fleet Feet. “They cured my foot pain, and now I’m working at Fleet Feet sharing the Altra love with customers.”

National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps

A great gift for any hiker or backpacker looking to explore an area. Each Trails Illustrated map contains detailed topographic information, clearly marked trails, recreational points of interest, and navigational aids. Plus, the maps are waterproof and tear proof so they are safe to go on adventures with you!

Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T

The perfect lightweight, breathable mid-layer pullover for hiking adventures. The Synchilla is great for pulling out of your pack once you hit the peak to keep you warm while you enjoy those beautiful Blue Ridge views.


Gifts for Climbers

Chalk Bags

Give the climber you know and love something fun! Chalk bags are a great way to hold chalk but also a great way for climbers to show off their style and personality at the local gym or crag. Chalk bags come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and styles: just like climbers!

Small Climbing Items

The River Rock a wide selection of gifts for the climber in your life! Be it chalk bags (and chalk balls), guide books, belay devices, or swag to represent your favorite climbing gym – The River Rock is your one-stop shop! If you’re looking to give the gift of adventure this season, we also offer gift cards that may be purchased in any amount!

  • Cost: Varies, most are less than $40
  • Learn more: The River Rock, 806 Wasena Ave. SW, Suite 100, Roanoke

Gifts for Fishing Enthusiasts

Full-Day of Fly Fishing

A full day fly fishing river experience for one or two anglers in a Boulder Drift Boat. Includes: Guide, sweet river ride, rods and reels, flies, lunch, stories, nature, good times and equipment. Beginners and experienced welcome.

“Stepping aboard a drift boat then floating down the river fly fishing in style, comfort and safety is awesome. You cannot go wrong giving a gift that makes memories,” said Aaron Conover, owner/guide at Down River Outfitters.

The Sling Pack

The Sling Pack, our most popular style of pack, has undergone an upgrade. Sling style allows the angler to wear it over one shoulder, completely out of the way, while allowing quick and easy access to gear. A slightly larger size accommodates more fly boxes. We’ve upgraded the shoulder strap with a cushy, foam-padded, streamlined design for all-day comfort. A bright interior allows you to easily spot stray flies, while the molded back panel keeps your body cool and your mind on the fish.

“Not only are these packs great for the angler in your life, but they’re incredibly versatile in being used for hiking as well!” said Jason Pafford, instructional designer at Orvis.

  • Cost: $89-$230
  • Learn more: Orvis, 19 Campbell Ave. SE, Roanoke

ExOfficio BugsAway Lumen Hoody – Women’s

Quick-drying, lightweight hooded shirt is treated with permethrin Insect Shield technology for bug repellency that lasts upwards of 70 washes.


Gifts for Snow Sports Lovers

Squad Goggles

The Squad goggles from Smith is a great goggle for any snow sports enthusiast. The large cylindrical lens offers great field of view while the Chromapop lens offers magnificent clarity. With double-layer foam and anti-fog technology, these goggles can comfortably be worn all day on the slopes.


Gifts for Kids

Intro to Dog Sports Class

Here’s something kids can do with their furry best friends. Star City Canine Training Club is offering an introduction to dog sports class for children ages 8-16, starting in January. The class runs one hour each week and junior handlers and their dogs get to try a variety of dog sports — agility, rally, obedience, nose work, conformation, tricks, and pet therapy. There’s a new activity each week with instruction, demos and the opportunity to try it out. (Parents are welcome to come and stay during class.)

Yuba Flip Flop

The world’s first kids’ cargo bike! Designed for little riders ages 1.5-6 years, the Flip Flop teaches kids how to ride a bike without training wheels. The frame even grows with your child so they can use it for multiple years until they are ready for pedals.

“My son loves his bike and asks to ride it all the time. I know he’s going to be ready for pedals soon thanks to the Flip Flop!” said Val Collignon, Downshift team member.

  • Cost: $120
  • Learn more: Downshift, 416 Campbell Ave. SW, Roanoke

Asics Kids’ GT 1000 7 Shoe

This shoe is both durable enough to withstand hours of active play and comfortable enough that your kids won’t fight with you to put them on. Smaller sizes are outfitted with a Velcro strap – no tying necessary!

“My kids never stop running so it’s essential that they have supportive and durable shoes,” said RunAbout Sports co-owner Ally Bowersock. “The colors are bright and ‘fast’ according to them so they love putting them on … one less battle to get out the door in the morning!”

  • Cost: $60, Roanoke Outside fans get 10% off when you check in at RunAbout on Facebook and tag Roanoke Outside
  • Learn more: RunAbout Sports Roanoke, 4600 Brambleton Ave., Roanoke

Expedition-Style Program for Kids

Our philosophy is to immerse participants in a wilderness environment which inherently builds positive character, leadership traits, and self-confidence. Designed by our inspiring staff of outdoor professionals, this unique camp centers on backpacking, biking, and paddling through the southwest VA National Forests and participating in adventure activities. Through careful instruction and positive encouragement from our experienced leaders and instructors, participants are motivated to face challenges that require both teamwork and individual effort. By achieving both group and personal goals, they develop strength, character and confidence to carry with them throughout their lives.

Rail Yard Dawgs Hockey Tickets

Get tickets to see a game of the Rail Yard Dawgs, hockey in our hometown. Fun for the whole family while supporting Clean Valley Council.

Outside Games Inside Freestyle Mini Disk Golf

Freestanding miniature disk golf target – including basket and chains for trapping the disks – 8 mini disks, carrying bag, and instructions.


Gifts for Any Adventurer

Roanoke Outside Gear

Hats, hats, and more hats! You’ve seen people sporting them around town, now you can buy some Roanoke Outside merchandise of your own. Available items include trucker hats, cycling jerseys, and trapper hats. Plus, every purchase supports the outdoors!

Buff Multifunctional Headwear

Neck gaiter, ear warmer, hat, headband, balaclava – wear it any way. Our most versatile (and favorite) piece of gear. There is a Buff for anybody: available in UV protection, Insect Shield, polar fleece, Thermonet, merino wool, or the original, now made from recycled plastic. (Get the Smoky Mountain National Park Buff before they’re gone!)

Thule Atlantis 1600 Rooftop Cargo Box

This Thule Atlantis 1600 Rooftop Cargo Box is in like new shape in the consignment shop, this cargo box expands your vehicles capacity for any road trip or adventure!

“Rooftop boxes are a great place to keep hard to store items and makes it a more comfortable ride for those in the back seat! Holds up to 16 cu/ft. and goes for $480 new,” said James Revercomb of Roanoke Mountain Adventures.

Drirelease Shirts

Supersoft, super-lightweight, breezy drirelease fabric dries four times faster than cotton and wicks moisture from your skin so it evaporates fast to leave you dry and cool on hot or humid days. The patented blend of polyester/cotton-with no chemical treatments-makes it possible. No other blend keeps you drier, or more comfortable. From short-sleeve tees to hoodies and vests, there are drirelease option for every man and woman heading out for adventure.

“The drirelease line is my absolute favorite here at Orvis. It’s always my first ‘just for me’ purchase with every season and works great for hiking, kayaking, the gym–even just mowing the lawn. Now, if we can just figure out how to make pajamas and sheet sets in this fabric….,” said Jason Pafford, Orvis instructional designer.

  • Cost: $49-$79
  • Learn more: Orvis, 19 Campbell Ave. SE, Roanoke

Camelbak Repack LR4 Hydration Hip Pack

This hydration system, originally designed for mountain bikers, is well-suited for any outdoor enthusiast who is looking to carry more than a water bottle but less than a full pack.

“It’s nice not to have your back covered up by a pack on hot rides, it stays put and doesn’t move around when riding. I even use it without the bladder as an ‘around town’ bag,” said Kristine, a Just the Right Gear customer. “Although I’m still undecided about calling it a ‘hip pack’ versus a ‘fanny pack’ for those of you old enough to remember the 80’s!”

Garmin Fenix 5S Plus

Built for your biggest days in the toughest terrain, the Garmin Fenix 5S Plus does it all. Developers bolstered the premium multisport GPS watch with heart rate technology, so you can train in the right zone, and added storage for up to 500 songs so you’re never without your tunes. Garmin also built in navigation sensors — compass, gyroscope, and barometric altimeter — as well as multi-satellite (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) network capability that tracks you better than GPS alone. But none of that would matter if the juice runs out: The battery in the Fenix 5S Plus runs for a week in smartwatch mode and four hours in GPS mode.

“It’s the perfect watch for any activity. I can track how many miles I put on gear – shoes, inserts, you name it – so I know when it’s time to replace them,” said Tamee Gunn, store manager at Fleet Feet. “The perfect watch for anyone active and on the go.”

Blue Mountain Adventures Gift Certificate

Come enjoy a premiere camping experience with Blue Mountain Adventures. Chose a location, at Explore Park in Roanoke or Chantilly Farms in Floyd, and spend the weekend inside one of our super cozy platform canvas tents. Our tents sleep 4 comfortably with a queen bed and 2 twin chairs that transform into beds. Pillows, linens, blankets, and solar lighting are provided, keeping you snug on chilly nights. Stocked with plates, glasses, silverware and a wine opener, bring your favorite camp cuisine and eat under the stars. A propane grill, fire ring and picnic table complete your outdoor indulgence.

“Give the gift of an outdoor adventure that will create special memories with your family or friends,” said Jonathan Hart, co-owner and operator of Blue Mountain Adventures. “Everything you need is there to make your sweet getaway easy.”

Full-Day Scenic River Tour

Full-day scenic river tours are perfect for the artist, wildlife photographer, or nature enthusiast in your life. This river float in a Boulder Drift Boat is designed for 1 to 2 folks to experience the river in a unique way. Includes Guide, boat, lunch, stories, and good times.

“The stability and comfort of a drift boat allows an artist or photographer the opportunity to create their work while on the water or on shore. You cannot go wrong giving a gift that makes lasting memories,” said Aaron Conover, owner/guide at Down River Outfitters.

Bogo Brand Parks and Rec Hat

These trucker hats were originally meant for Parks and Rec employees, but when they became the talk of the town, we knew we had to make them available to everyone! The artwork features Mill Mountain and a flattering navy, royal, teal, and khaki color scheme.

Cozy Mountain Getaway

Come stay with Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing for a cozy mountain getaway in our Sneaky Cabin. Sneaky Cabin is perfect for groups of up to 8 looking for a private escape in the mountains. Located just 45 minutes from Roanoke.

Helinox Chair

The Helinox Chair can be enjoyed by anyone who likes to relax in a comfy chair. These chairs are easy to assemble, comfortable, and lightweight. When packed up, this chair is smaller and lighter than a bottle of wine!

Weekend Getaway

If you are giving gifts of experiences this year, a weekend at Roanoke Boutique Hotel is the basecamp for mountain adventures. Located minutes from world-class trail systems, and walking distance to Roanoke’s vibrant downtown scene. Bike stable, bike wash, outdoor, cedar-lined shower, in-room bike/gear storage. An outdoor enthusiast’s dream bed and breakfast.

“We wrap all our gift packages in a warm welcome and a cold beer,” said Diane Hailey, innkeeper.

  • Cost: $400 double occupancy, plus state and local taxes
  • Learn more: Roanoke Boutique Hotel, 539 Day Ave. Roanoke

FloydFest 19 Tickets

Across-the-Way Productions, Inc. invites you to ‘Voyage Home’ to FloydFest 19, the latest annual offering of the Southeast’s premier summer outdoor music festival, taking place Wednesday to Sunday, July 24 to 28 at Milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Phil Lesh & the Terrapin Family Band, The String Cheese Incident, Brandi Carlile, Tyler Childers, Margo Price, Fantastic Negrito, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass featuring Love Canon, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Acoustic Syndicate, Songs From The Road Band, Kaleta & Super Yamba Band, Trout Steak Revival, Jon Stickley Trio, Nora Jane Struthers, Front Country, Pert Near Sandstone, Old Salt Union, The Yawpers, Bella’s Bartok, Circus No. 9, Honeysuckle, and 2018 FloydFest On-the-Rise Competition winner, Magnolia Boulevard, and runner-up, Travers Brothership, and more are on tap, with more lineup announcements coming soon. As always, FloydFest will also include vibrant and varied vendors, quality craft brews and chews, healing arts, workshops and whimsy, camping and children’s activities, onsite art installations and a final lineup featuring more than 100 artists performing on eight stages.

Nomadik Adventure Subscription Box

A new adventure awaits you every month. Get started with The Nomadik Subscription Boxes today. Each box includes up to $70 in gear, can be customized and you get new items to try every month. Plus, each box comes with an outdoor challenge.