Holiday Gift Guide: Expert Picks

The best gifts chosen by our outdoor guides and customers like you. This year, finding the right gift doesn’t have to be complicated. Whether you’re looking for rugged gear used by our own Outdoor Discovery Program instructors, or cozy items loved by other customers, we’ve got you covered.

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Top Picks from Our Outdoor Discovery Program Experts

By giving gifts that help your family and friends get outside more, they can get more from the time they spend outside. We reached out to some of our Outdoor Discovery Program guides for their favorite pieces of outdoor gear to make it easier than ever for you to find awesome gifts.

Men's Performance Flannel

"I love the Overland's quick dry material. It's soft and warm, yet I don't need to worry about breaking a sweat on a fall hike and then heading straight to dinner afterwards."

- Wendy P., ODP Instructor

Men's Water-Resistant Cresta Hiking Pants

“The pants are rugged but lightweight, dry very quickly, and offer zippered pockets. Can be used for hiking, camping, and even casual wear.”

- Mark A., ODP Instructor

Cresta Wool Midweight Hiking Socks

“They keep my feet dry, add an extra layer of tick prevention, and cushion my feet on those long day hikes through our nearby state parks.”

- Elisabeth S., ODP Instructor

Packlite Chair

“This chair radically improves your evenings at the campsite after a long day canoeing, kayaking, or hiking. Light and packs up small enough to fit inside a kayak.”

- Bob F., ODP Instructor

Our Customers’ Cozy Cabin Favorites

The holidays are our moment to give, freely and fully – and share the simple joys that we feel from spending time with one another. We turned to the cozy experts themselves, our customers, for their favorite items that bring loved ones closer together and create memories that last far beyond this holiday season.

Deluxe Scrabble

“So happy we bought this deluxe set. Really well made and just love the swivel board with tile holders!!!”

- Randall H. (Rising Sun, MD)

Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Bedding

“These flannel sheets are wonderfully soft and cozy.”

- Rebecca C. (Sarasota, FL)

Women's Mountain Classic Fleece Jacket

“This jacket provides casual, lightweight warmth. It’s a fleece hug and I feel extra positive when I wear it!”

- Elaine B. (Millington, MI)

Washable Wool Throw, Plaid 54" x 60"

“L.L.Bean quality shines through in this attractive and durable throw, and we love the fact that they can be monogrammed/personalized!”

- Gabriel B. (Beaumont, TX)

Men's Mountain Classic Fleece Jacket

“Probably the single most-worn item of clothing I have.”

- John G. (Charlottesville, VA)

Double-Wall Camp Mug

“Keeps my coffee warmer than any of my other insulated mugs.”

- Thomas B. (Fort Wayne, IN)

Therapeutic Dog Bed

“This is probably the best item I have ever bought from LL Bean. My dog jumped on the bed as it hit the floor and she has not gotten off it since then.”

- Kate W. (Blue Grass, VA)

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