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The Best And Most Unique Gifts For The Outdoor Lover

Gift Ideas for Hikers, Adventurers, and Outdoor Lovers.

You’ve arrived at the right place if you’re trying to find the ideal present for your outdoorsy, adventurous friend but aren’t sure where to start.
 
I’ve put together a list of some of my personal favorites and most practical things to have while hiking, camping, or off-roading
 
If you need some unique gifts for an outdoor lover, this is the guide for you.

In this post, we are sharing the best and most unique gifts for the outdoor lover.

Tent Repair Tape

Sometimes, adventuring a lot means that tents, backpacks, or hammocks get rips and holes in them. This Dulepax-Tent Repair Tape is great for mending tears on beloved hiking gear.

AXE Multi Tool

This multi-tool features an axe, hammer, and bottle opener just to name a few. Having a small axe while camping can come in super handy, and the hammer side can be used for staking down the tent.

Thermal Blanket

It’s always good to be prepared when off-roading or hiking for any worst-case scenario. Emergency blankets are good to keep in your off-road vehicle, car or hiking pack. These are larger, thicker, and stronger than most emergency blankets.  

Freeze Dried Dinners

Help your favorite adventurer stock up on trail food by gifting them a few of these Mountainhouse Adventure Meals. They are perfect for camping trips because they’re shelf-stable, easy to carry, and you just need to add hot water! Some are better than others. This chicken and dumplings is one of my favorites to have when getting back to camp after a day of hiking.

Freeze Dried Desserts

These freeze-dried ice cream sandwiches are just a fun little thing to have when camping! They’re more like the consistency of a crumbly cookie than an ice cream sandwich, but I recommend trying them at least once. They’re always a hit with kids, too.

Stanley Cook Kit

This lightweight Stanley cook kit is perfect for outdoor cooking for hot meals, coffee, or boiling water. It includes two insulated cups that nest inside of it to save space when packed.

Stanley Pour Over Coffee Set

This Camp Pour Over Coffee Set allows you to enjoy your favorite cup of coffee while camping.

Hammock

These camping hammocks are great to bring on your camp trip so you can have the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. It comes equipped with tree-friendly straps and carabiners.

Water Backpack

A backpack with a water bladder is great for running, cycling, hiking, basically any outdoor adventure. This one is BPA-free, holds  2 liters of water, and is pretty comfy. 

Lifestraw

A lifestraw can be essential in a backpacker’s pack for when they don’t know where their next drink will come from. It protects against 99.999999% of bacteria (including E.coli, and Salmonella), along with microplastics, dirt, or sand. 

Pocket Knife

Pocket knives come in handy for so many things while camping or hiking. 

Camping Pillow

These camping pillows are great to bring along when you’re low on room but still want a comfy place to rest your head after a long day of adventuring.

Power Bank

Power banks for your phone are essential for when you won’t have a power source and need to charge your cell in case of emergencies.

Heated Jacket

This rechargeable heated jacket is such a nifty gift for anyone who’s outside in the cold a lot! 

Lanterns

Small, travel-friendly lanterns are a necessity while camping. These lanterns provide up to 50 hours of light! 

Portable Stove

If you’re an outdoor lover, this is a great portable stove to have on adventures.  

Water Gallon Jug

This insulated jug is perfect for bringing water along with you on camping trips, off-road adventures, or road trips!

Camp Pots

These camping pots travel so nicely. They include a stainless steel cup, fork, spoon, and knife.

Hand Warmers

These rechargeable hand warmers offer 20 hours of warmth and are so nice to use for any outdoor activities in cold weather!

Lighters

The electrical arc lighter is perfect for backpacking because it is waterproof and windproof, making lighting a stove easy. Plenty of charge for a several-day trip.

Roadside Toolkit

This emergency roadside tool kit is great to keep in your offroad vehicle or in your car during road trips. You never know what you might end up needing!

Shovel

Every off-roader needs off-road recovery gear. You never know when you might need it! This shovel folds up to travel compactly and easily, making it great for keeping in your car!

Recovery Traction Boards

These recovery traction boards are another essential item to add to your off-road kit. They’re good quality and super helpful for when you get stuck in snow or sand! They store nicely in a carrying case, which makes them great for keeping in your off-road vehicle.

Wet Wipes

Wet wipes may seem like a silly gift to get someone but they can be super handy when camping to have for your hands (or other parts of your body if you aren’t able to shower for a couple days!) These are biodegradable.

This post was all about the best and most unique gifts for the outdoor lover.

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The Best And Most Unique Gifts For The Outdoor Lover

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Gift Ideas for Hikers, Adventurers, and Outdoor Lovers.

You’ve arrived at the right place if you’re trying to find the ideal present for your outdoorsy, adventurous friend but aren’t sure where to start.
 
I’ve put together a list of some of my personal favorites and most practical things to have while hiking, camping, or off-roading
 
If you need some unique gifts for an outdoor lover, this is the guide for you.

In this post, we are sharing the best and most unique gifts for the outdoor lover.

Tent Repair Tape

Sometimes, adventuring a lot means that tents, backpacks, or hammocks get rips and holes in them. This Dulepax-Tent Repair Tape is great for mending tears on beloved hiking gear.

AXE Multi Tool

This multi-tool features an axe, hammer, and bottle opener just to name a few. Having a small axe while camping can come in super handy, and the hammer side can be used for staking down the tent.

Thermal Blanket

It’s always good to be prepared when off-roading or hiking for any worst-case scenario. Emergency blankets are good to keep in your off-road vehicle, car or hiking pack. These are larger, thicker, and stronger than most emergency blankets.  

Freeze Dried Dinners

Help your favorite adventurer stock up on trail food by gifting them a few of these Mountainhouse Adventure Meals. They are perfect for camping trips because they’re shelf-stable, easy to carry, and you just need to add hot water! Some are better than others. This chicken and dumplings is one of my favorites to have when getting back to camp after a day of hiking.

Freeze Dried Desserts

These freeze-dried ice cream sandwiches are just a fun little thing to have when camping! They’re more like the consistency of a crumbly cookie than an ice cream sandwich, but I recommend trying them at least once. They’re always a hit with kids, too.

Stanley Cook Kit

This lightweight Stanley cook kit is perfect for outdoor cooking for hot meals, coffee, or boiling water. It includes two insulated cups that nest inside of it to save space when packed.

Stanley Pour Over Coffee Set

This Camp Pour Over Coffee Set allows you to enjoy your favorite cup of coffee while camping.

Hammock

These camping hammocks are great to bring on your camp trip so you can have the perfect place to relax and enjoy nature. It comes equipped with tree-friendly straps and carabiners.

Water Backpack

A backpack with a water bladder is great for running, cycling, hiking, basically any outdoor adventure. This one is BPA-free, holds  2 liters of water, and is pretty comfy. 

Lifestraw

A lifestraw can be essential in a backpacker’s pack for when they don’t know where their next drink will come from. It protects against 99.999999% of bacteria (including E.coli, and Salmonella), along with microplastics, dirt, or sand. 

Pocket Knife

Pocket knives come in handy for so many things while camping or hiking. 

Camping Pillow

These camping pillows are great to bring along when you’re low on room but still want a comfy place to rest your head after a long day of adventuring.

Power Bank

Power banks for your phone are essential for when you won’t have a power source and need to charge your cell in case of emergencies.

Heated Jacket

This rechargeable heated jacket is such a nifty gift for anyone who’s outside in the cold a lot! 

Lanterns

Small, travel-friendly lanterns are a necessity while camping. These lanterns provide up to 50 hours of light! 

Portable Stove

If you’re an outdoor lover, this is a great portable stove to have on adventures.  

Water Gallon Jug

This insulated jug is perfect for bringing water along with you on camping trips, off-road adventures, or road trips!

Camp Pots

These camping pots travel so nicely. They include a stainless steel cup, fork, spoon, and knife.

Hand Warmers

These rechargeable hand warmers offer 20 hours of warmth and are so nice to use for any outdoor activities in cold weather!

Lighters

The electrical arc lighter is perfect for backpacking because it is waterproof and windproof, making lighting a stove easy. Plenty of charge for a several-day trip.

Roadside Toolkit

This emergency roadside tool kit is great to keep in your offroad vehicle or in your car during road trips. You never know what you might end up needing!

Shovel

Every off-roader needs off-road recovery gear. You never know when you might need it! This shovel folds up to travel compactly and easily, making it great for keeping in your car!

Recovery Traction Boards

These recovery traction boards are another essential item to add to your off-road kit. They’re good quality and super helpful for when you get stuck in snow or sand! They store nicely in a carrying case, which makes them great for keeping in your off-road vehicle.

Wet Wipes

Wet wipes may seem like a silly gift to get someone but they can be super handy when camping to have for your hands (or other parts of your body if you aren’t able to shower for a couple days!) These are biodegradable.

This post was all about the best and most unique gifts for the outdoor lover.

**This page contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase after clicking a link, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.**

If you liked this post, check out our other gift guides!

Filing Taxes for the First Time? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Are you in a bind because you’ve never filed a tax return before? And to top it off, you just learned that you’ll need to file one this year? April 15th:

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Are you in a bind because you’ve never filed a tax return before? And to top it off, you just learned that you’ll need to file one this year?
 
April 15th: Tax Day always falls on that date, unless April 15 falls on a weekend or holiday. 
 
If you are filing your taxes for the first time, we have everything you need to know. And yes, we will be sharing how to file your taxes for free (or at a super low cost).

In this post, we are sharing everything you need to know if you are filing taxes for the first time.

A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO FILING TAXES

Essential tips for all you first-time filers out there ⬇️

Figure Out If You Have to File a Tax Return

To determine if you need to file a tax return, there are a few key factors to consider. 
 
In general, if your gross income in 2023 was at least $13,850, you’ll likely need to file a tax return in 2024.
 
Keep in mind that different rules apply to married individuals, older Americans, and heads of household. 
 
It’s important to note that even if you can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s tax return, the $13,850 threshold still applies to you. 
 
If you are considered a dependent, you must file a return if you have accumulated at least $1,250 in “unearned” income, such as interest from investments.

Get Your Documents Together Early

 
Once you’ve determined that you need to file a tax return, it’s time to gather the necessary documents to complete it.
 
Here’s a list of essential documents to gather:
 
W-2: If you have a job, your employer is required to send you this form by the end of January. It provides details on your earnings for the previous year and the amount of tax withheld.
 
1099s: These forms report income that doesn’t come directly from a traditional employer. They include earnings from freelance work, “gig” pay, interest and dividend income, as well as income from third-party platforms like Venmo and PayPal.
 
Receipts: As a first-time taxpayer, it’s important to start keeping records of transactions that may need to be reported on your tax form. This includes income, expenses, and potential deductions. For example, keep track of any charitable donations you make or significant medical bills you incur.
 
By gathering these essential documents, you’ll be well-prepared to complete your tax return accurately and efficiently.

Gather Important Personal information

You’ll need the following personal information on hand to file taxes:
 
  • Social Security Number (SSN) or Taxpayer Identification Number
  • (TIN) for yourself and any dependents
  • Full name and date of birth for all individuals on your return.
  • Proof of identity with a valid photo ID
  • Bank account information, including your routing and account numbers, if you want to receive your tax refund via direct deposit.

Figure Out If Someone Can Claim You as a Dependent

 
It’s important to determine whether someone can claim you as a dependent, especially if you’re living with your parents or receiving any financial support from them.
 
According to TurboTax, parents can claim you as a dependent if you’re under 19 years of age, or under 24 and a full-time student, and they provide more than half of your financial support.
 
While parents can receive tax benefits by claiming you as a dependent, it’s also crucial for you to report this dependent status on your own tax return. 
 
Be sure to check with your parents and discuss whether they plan to claim you as a dependent and how it may affect your taxes. Always stay informed to ensure that you’re taking all the necessary steps towards financial success.

Figure Out If Someone Can Claim You as a Dependent

 
It’s important to determine whether someone can claim you as a dependent, especially if you’re living with your parents or receiving any financial support from them.
 
According to TurboTax, parents can claim you as a dependent if you’re under 19 years of age, or under 24 and a full-time student, and they provide more than half of your financial support.
 
While parents can receive tax benefits by claiming you as a dependent, it’s also crucial for you to report this dependent status on your own tax return. 
 
Be sure to check with your parents and discuss whether they plan to claim you as a dependent and how it may affect your taxes. Always stay informed to ensure that you’re taking all the necessary steps towards financial success.

Determine Your Tax Filing Status:

Here are the five primary filing statuses: 
 
  • Single: If you’re unmarried.  
  • Married (filing jointly): For married couples who want to combine their income on one return.
  • Married (filing separately): For married couples filing separately.
  • Head of household: For unmarried individuals who support dependents.
  • Qualifying widow/widower with dependent child: If you’re a surviving spouse with a dependent child. 
 
Include the appropriate filing status on your forms, when filing your taxes for the first time.

Find Out If You Qualify for Deductions or Credits

 
When it comes to taxes, deductions and credits can both help decrease your overall tax liability. Tax deductions work by reducing the amount of your income that is taxable while tax credits decrease the amount of tax you owe.
 
For first-time taxpayers, there are a few common deductions and credits that may apply:
 
  • The student loan interest deduction is one example of a deduction and can possibly result in a maximum deduction of $2,500 for the interest paid on student loans.
 
  • The American Opportunity Tax Credit is a credit that can be claimed by those individuals for whom no one can claim as a dependent, allowing for up to $2,500 credit for college expenses.
 
  • The Earned Income Tax Credit may be an option for individuals who earned a low income in 2023. It is essential to consult the IRS tables for information on how to qualify for this credit based on your income level.
 
  • Lifetime Learning Credit: A credit that helps cover the costs of post-secondary education, including tuition and related expenses, for eligible students. 
 
  • Educational expenses deduction: This deduction covers certain educational expenses. 
 
  • Home Energy Tax Credits: A credit for homeowners who make qualifying energy-efficient home upgrades.
 
  • Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit: A credit for homeowners investing in energy-efficient home improvements. 
Deductions and credits can be a valuable tool when it comes to claiming your taxes.
 
Getting your taxable amount to the lowest possible is important if you want to pay less in taxes. It’s crucial to research which ones may apply to your situation and take advantage of them while preparing your tax return.

Decide if You Need Help

If you’re a first-time taxpayer, you have the option of either doing your own taxes or hiring a professional. 
 
Many Gen-Z individuals choose to do their own taxes, which is generally fine if your tax situation is straightforward.
 
By taking the DIY approach, you can potentially save money and complete your tax return quickly using tax software or the official IRS Free File program.
 
 Calculate your estimated Tax Return using Turbo Tax.

Completing Your Tax Filing

 
Once you’re prepared to file your taxes, it’s important to ensure the accuracy of your tax return. Take the time to review your personal information, income, deductions, and credits for any errors or omissions.
 
Online Filing: If you choose to file online, the platform you use will typically guide you through the process. Before proceeding from one page to the next, carefully verify the information provided for an easier filing experience.
 
 
Tax Professional Assistance: When working with a tax professional, they are responsible for reviewing their work. However, it’s crucial to provide them with accurate information from the start. If needed, ask for a walkthrough of your return to gain additional peace of mind.
 
Nonprofit Organization Assistance: If you’re seeking help from a nonprofit organization, you might be required to attend in-person sessions and bring all necessary documents. The organization will then assist you in submitting your tax return.
 
Paper Filing: If you opt for paper filing, complete all mandatory forms accurately, attach supporting documents, and send the package to the appropriate IRS address. Take the time to double-check everything before mailing your return, and remember to include a signed and dated copy.
 
It’s crucial to file your return by the tax deadline to avoid any late penalties. For the 2024 tax year, the deadline is April 15, 2024.

Pay the IRS if you owe taxes

After filing your taxes, you’ll either receive a tax refund or a notice of the amount you owe to the IRS. If you end up owing money, you’ll need to know how to pay what you owe.
 
You have a few options:
 
  • Use IRS Direct PayThis online service lets you pay your tax bill directly from your bank account. It’s a secure and convenient way to pay the IRS without any fees. 
  • Pay with a credit or debit card: You can pay your taxes using a credit or debit card through authorized payment processors, but this method includes fees. 
  • Pay in installments: If you can’t pay your tax bill in full, you may be eligible for an installment payment plan with the IRS. This allows you to pay your tax debt over time in manageable installments. 
Whichever method you choose, pay what you owe on time to avoid any penalties.

Common Tax Mistakes to Avoid For First-Time Filers

  • Misreporting any earned income
  • Not claiming qualified deductions or credits
  • Forgetting to sign and date your Tax return
  • Missing the date to file
  • Not keeping organized and accurate records.
  • Inaccurate Filing Status

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