Gifts for the hiker

Let’s face it ladies, we can be difficult to buy gifts for (at least according to my husband). So I thought it would be fun do a round up of unique and creative gift ideas for women hikers, based on things I’d love to receive. I love finding the perfect gift for someone special in my own life, and it’s always special receiving a gift from someone you know they put some thought into.

Some of the items on this list are practical in nature, but many are handcrafted and sold by small businesses (several were started by women) which is something I value tremendously, being a small business owner myself.

Chime in below in the comments section if you have received or have given something you would like to share. You can never have too many options when you’re looking for a special gift!


Jewelry and Art Gifts

1. Etsy Hiking Gifts

I created an entire post dedicated to Etsy gifts for hikers. Many of the sellers were kind enough to offer special discount codes for friends of Hope and Feather Travels, so make sure to check it out!

2. Fernworks

This Asheville-based woman artist speaks to my nature-loving soul in a deep way. In her own words, “I create tiny, intricate worlds in resin. I blend small painted scenes and found organic ephemera such as real grass, lichen, feathers, and bones into layered resin.” She’s my favorite artist to pop up in my Instagram feed, because I know I’m guaranteed an instantaneous swoon over her latest piece of art. A gift from her collection would be cherished by anyone who loves nature, without a doubt.

Hiking Clothing Gift Ideas

3. Dirty Girl Gaiters

If there is one item I’m asked most often about when I hike, it’s my Dirty Girl Gaiters. They are an essential component of my hiking clothing and I love them for many reasons:

  • They keep stuff from getting in my shoes (sand, pebbles, you name it….)
  • They often keep my feet somewhat drier if it’s raining.
  • They are incredibly lightweight and breathable (unlike many other gaiters that make my feet and ankles soooo hot).
  • They come in many different patterns, so it’s a heck of a lot of fun picking out the perfect style for someone you love! You can also give someone a gift certificate from Dirty Girl, if you’re not sure you’ll pick something they like.
  • It’s a woman-owned company!

4. Purple Rain Hiking Skirt

This company was also started by a woman. She had the idea while thru hiking the Appalachian Trail after she couldn’t find a skirt on the market with what she deemed were necessary features. She designed and sewed one for herself and tested its functionality the following summer on her thru hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. After that, an amazing idea was turned into a business. I hike in my Purple Rain Skirt year round and I can’t say enough good things about it:

  • It has four pockets that are the perfect width for anything from my iPhone to my maps. Two of the pockets have velcro closures to keep things from falling out.
  • A wide waistband, similar to what you’d find in a maternity skirt. If there’s one perk to feeling like a beached whale when you’re 9 months pregnant, it’s the brilliant and comfortable design of those waistbands! It was an outstanding choice to create this skirt’s waistband with the same style.
  • Quick drying and lightweight. I’m amazed at how fast my skirt dries if I’m caught in the rain.
  • My comfort level increased dramatically once I started wearing this skirt. I used to chafe badly between my legs but that’s not an issue anymore since a skirt provides so much ventilation to help keep me cool (and yes, my legs still rub together some, but since they’re as hot and sweaty, it prevents chafing much better than any pants or shorts)

5. Hiker Trash

Yet another business started by a woman! I actually had the serendipitous pleasure of meeting Renee “She-Ra” Patrick, this company’s original owner (she still creates designs for them, but she sold it recently) while I was hiking the Teton Crest Trail. You would have thought I was meeting a movie star, and it was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had on a trail. A dear friend gave me a Hiker Trash t-shirt for my birthday (she was with me when I met She-Ra) and it’s my most worn and favorite shirt when I’m not on a trail. They make all kinds of great stuff besides t-shirts, from hats to decals.

Food Gift Ideas

6. Blue Ridge Bake Shop’s Adventure Cookies

Who doesn’t love a home-baked treat, especially when you’ve earned it after taking a long hike?! Blue Ridge Bake Shop specializes in adventured themed cookies for hikers and outdoor adventurers and they make a great (and yummy!) gift. The company’s Fruit and Nut Granola is also a best seller and has quite the following of devoted fans. They ship nationwide and also have gift packages that can be sent to thru hikers. Oh, and it’s my own company! 🙂

Functional Gift Ideas

7. Hazelwood Soap Company’s Bug Be Gone

This western North Carolina based company is owned by one of my besties, but that’s not why I love this product. I love it because it works, it smells good, and it’s non toxic. I feel good about putting it on my kids and as an added bonus, it doesn’t dry out my skin. Total win!

Their Take a Hike lotion (also available on their website) is one of my favorite scents in the world.

If you ever find yourself in Waynesville, NC, do yourself a favor and stop by their shop because everything they create is divine (but they ship nationwide too).

8. Goodwipes for Women

If you ever visit Hazelwood Soap Company, they sell these in their store (but not online, unfortunately). If you can’t get to their store, Amazon has them too (but always try to support your small, local businesses first!).

These wipes have a fresh, clean scent that will leave any woman feeling a bit more like a woman at the end of a long day on a backpacking trip. They come in various sizes, and Iike the larger ones for backpacking trips.

9. Peak Designs Camera Clip

This camera clip straps onto your backpack’s shoulder strap and makes taking pictures a heck of a lot easier when you’re on the trail. With a quick release button, your camera stays secure when you don’t need it but it’s readily available when you do. I even carry my (heavy) DSLR camera with this clip. Their customer service is excellent (I was having a problem with my camera not releasing properly which was user error, but they walked me through the steps to figure out what I was doing wrong). If you know a woman who enjoys nature photography on the trail, this is a great gift.

10. Hiking Umbrella

My lightweight, reflective umbrella is almost always with me on a hike. It may seem like a silly thing to carry on a hike, but I never looked look back once I hiked with one in the rain and then under the hot, desert sun. The one pictured is more affordable but weighs a little more than the one that Gossamer Gear makes. Either one you buy would make a great gift. The trail name “Mary Poppins” might be fitting when you never see her without it on hikes!

Book Gift Ideas

11. Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

In a world of highly publicized and highly accomplished women thru hikers, Grandma Gatewood is the original bad ass woman hiker. I’m doubtful she would have had an Instagram account or hiking blog, had they even been available to her on her first thru hike of the Appalachian Trail in 1955 (at the age of 67!). She would have likely scoffed at the idea and I love her even more for that.

Her life’s story will inspire you and prove that you can accomplish anything you set out to do in the hiking world with enough grit and determination. I cannot express how much I treasure this book and how much I think about this woman every time I am on the Appalachian Trail.

12. Mary Oliver’s Poetry

Mary Oliver has been around a long time, but her rise to fame with a lot of folks stems from the last lines of her poem, The Summer Day: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

It’s a great quote but I hope people have had the curiosity to delve into the world of her poetry beyond that one special phrase. It is magnificent and she is my absolute favorite poet. If you are looking for a special and sentimental book for a woman who loves spending as much time as possible in the natural world, any of her collections will touch them deeply.

13. A Woman’s Journey by Cindy Ross

A final book, but certainly not last on my own list of favorites. This memoir, written about the author’s thru hike of the Appalachian Trail in the 1980s is a work of art beyond even its written words. Ross illustrated the book herself and she tells the tale of her own thru hike, long before the age of the A.T.’s immense popularity. It’s one of my favorites on my shelf and I’ve read it several times, dreaming of repeating her same footsteps to Maine one day. Here’s my full review of the book.

I hope this list has been helpful! If you need more ideas including my favorite books for kids who love the outdoors, check out my other gift guides.

Need a last minute gift idea for someone on your list? We’ve got you covered. Visit the General RV Parts Department for great gifts for RVers of all ages.

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and maybe you haven’t got everyone crossed off your list yet. Don’t panic! There are plenty of great RV and camping-themed last minute gifts at your local General RV parts store. Here are some of our favorite finds.

Camp Casual Camping Mug

Whether they’re at the campsite or at home sipping a favorite drink, these charming mugs are the perfect companion. There are four designs to choose from, and we’re sure this last minute gift will please any coffee or tea-lover on your list.

YETI Tumbler or Cooler

YETI coolers have legions of fans, from tailgaters to outdoorsmen, because of their sturdy design and incredible insulation. One of these tumblers can keep drinks cold for hours, and the larger coolers can hold ice for days making it a great last minute gift for boondockers.

Rome Pie Iron

For the chef or foodie on your list, our pick is a pie iron. This cast-iron classic is a favorite cooking tool for campers. We’ve written about some of different meals you can make over a camp fire. Pair a pie iron with a recipe book for a last minute gift that will please even the most discerning palates.

Travel Games

Travel games make an excellent choice if you have an upcoming road trip. This USA license plate game set from Melissa and Doug will keep kids busy in the backseat and teach them about geography. Made of wood, it features flippable tiles so they don’t have to worry about losing any pieces.

Toy RVs

Let your little one use their imagination and roll around the house with these toy RVs. There are motorhome, fifth wheel, and travel trailer models, so you can pick one that matches your rig! This is a simple way to keep kids excited about camping until your next trip.

Camping Journals

Help someone special record more memories this year. The Camper’s Journal lets the writer keep track of all the details on every RVing trip, from their best camping stories to hidden trails to rediscover next time around. This will be a last minute gift that they can open up and enjoy, again and again.

Luxury Bamboo Pillows

These luxury bamboo pillows make the perfect gift for those who’ve turned the bedroom into their personal retreat. With a super soft cover over supportive memory foam, you’ll help your loved one slip into sweet dreams every night.

Anti-Gravity Loungers

These all-weather Anti-Gravity Lounge chairs are ridiculously comfortable and even feature a reclined position. Made with an all-weather, fade-resistant fabric and a steel frame, these will be the favorite seat around the camp fire. They’re so comfy, you might have to buy two!

Wireless Weather Station

We all know someone who’s really into weather. This Wireless Color Weather Station will help them keep track of the atomic time, temperature, humidity, forecast, and more. Customizable indoor/outdoor temperature and humidity alerts will help them keep an eye on the forecast.

Ultimate Trailer Gear Bag

The handy person on your list will appreciate this Ultimate Trailer Gear Bag. Filled with levelers, chocks, tuff pads, a rapid jack, and more, it will help them be prepared with the right tools for the job. From leveling a trailer quickly to changing flat tires, it’s a last minute gift they can actually use.

And if they’d have more fun picking it out themselves…

Maybe you just don’t know what to get or perhaps you know what they want but it’s out of your budget. Choose a gift card for those that are hardest to shop for, and let them pick out the perfect gift.

Camp Chef Flat Top Griddle

Turn any grill into a flat cooktop in seconds! Fry up breakfast, lunch or dinner on the Camp Chef® Deluxe Fry Griddle! It features restaurant-style high sides and a convenient grease drain, as well as a heat diffuser plate that distributes heat across the griddle’s surface to reduce “hot spots”. It’s pre-seasoned so you can start using it right away!

Personalized Plaques & Camping Signs

This cute camping sign will look adorable next to a teardrop trailer or small camper. There are a lot of options on Etsy, so find one that will suit your recipient and enjoy their reaction when they unwrap their personalized gift!

Richards Homewares Gearbox Bedside Caddy

For the person on your list who loves staying organized, check out this bedside caddy. It has plenty of pockets for everything from reading glasses to tissues.

No Slide Drink Tray | You will never loose your booze…

The No Slide Drink Tray stabilizes any size drink for easy, no-spill serving. Powder-coated aluminum tray with silicone bands. Additional neutral colored bands included.

Personalized Pocket Tactical Knife

Handmade from wood and stainless steel, these beautiful pocket knifes will come in handy for any camper (though we do not recommended them for children).

Swift Hitch SH01 Portable Wireless Camera System

The Swift Hitch’s portability, reverse imaging and night vision capabilities have made this innovative product a valued tool. Swift Hitch’s versatile system can be easily used by anyone who has ever struggled with hitching-up any trailer or snowplow. The flexibility of the Swift Hitch allows it for use by everyone from farmers watching their bins fill-up and other agricultural applications, to building and marine inspectors, chimney sweeps, equestrians, and a myriad of other uses wherever an additional set of “eyes” can come in handy.

Silicone Flexible Shatterproof Wine Glasses

Silicone wine glasses are easy to clean and very cool! Campers and travelers can use these glasses around the pool, on the beach, in their RV, and anywhere else without fear of broken glass.

Travel Cornhole Game

The simple pleasures in life, throw the bag…try to make it in the hole. And it’s SO MUCH FUN! It’s the perfect game to play on a nice day at the campground. If this one’s not your style, that’s OK! Wayfair.com has plently of designs to choose from! Shop Now

Mixing Bowl, Food Prep and Measuring Set

This space-saving set of measuring spoons and mixing bowls is another great option for the chef on your list. This set includes 9 pieces: a large mixing bowl, a 9-inch colander, a steel sieve strainer, a small mixing bowl with measurements, 1 cup, 1/2 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 cup measuring cups and 1 tablespoon. The bright colors also add a bit of cheery fun to any kitchen!

Mini Portable Tabletop Fireplace

This mini fireplace makes a great addition to any room – you will love the ambiance it creates and it will likely become a gathering spot wherever you use it. No need to plug it in … simply place the fuel into the fuelcup and enjoy it for hours! Whether you’re looking to use this lantern indoors or outdoors, you’re in luck; it is safe for indoor/outdoor use with the fuel.

Gifts for Campers and Whoever Loves to Get on the Road

If you aren’t a camper yourself, that is okay. This is the perfect opportunity to show your family members or friend that you remember their interest in camping and want to help them enjoy their trips.

We will help you find the perfect camping gadgets even if you don’t know much of anything about camping or don’t enjoy it yourself.

One of Kind Gift That Is Also Practical!

Out in the middle of nowhere technology tends to not work well, so keeping entertained can sometimes be a problem.

Why not get the campers in your life a fun activity they can use even when in the most remote of areas?

This is just one of many ideas we have. No matter the occasion, you can find a perfect unique gift that any camper will appreciate.

Whether you know a seasoned camper or someone who just likes to occasionally get away on weekends, there are plenty of possibilities for what to get them.

Get them a gift, and maybe you’ll even join them on their next camping trip!

We have a variety of gift ideas, including ones that can be used by numerous people.

Family camping trips are about to get a lot more fun!

10 Camping Gift Ideas We Came Up With!

1. Tents

Of course, with camping, it’s all about having a tent to stay sheltered, especially when camping overnight.

Choosing a good one made from strong, resistant material is the way to go, as it’ll keep for a long time.

2. Bunsen burners

Especially for longer camping trips (e.g. a few days to a couple of weeks), you definitely need to be prepared with food.

Sure, bringing large amounts of granola bars is possible, but having a substantial meal requires some sort of cooking.

That’s why bringing a portable stove, aka “Bunsen burner,” is really essential and offering one to your camper friend will surely make their life a lot easier.

3. Hiking boots

Although they cost a hefty amount at times, hiking boots are sure to be made from sturdy material, thereby making it last a long time.

Even further, they offer plenty of traction, especially on slippery surfaces like rain or mud. Your friend will definitely appreciate this gift!

4. Sturdy backpack

Sometimes, the standard school backpack won’t cut it for heavy camping conditions.

Look into purchasing an actual camping backpack for your friend, as it not only contains plenty of space and compartments to pack most essentials into, but also they are made from strong material that’s able to resist harsh weather conditions.

5. Sleeping bags

Having a tent is a good start, but one mustn’t forget sleeping bags. While it might be hard to get a good night’s rest in the wild, a sleeping bag can help the individual sleep slightly better.

Make sure that it comes insulated, in the case that temperatures dip dramatically at night.

6. Compass

Nowadays, many people rely on technology (i.e. Google Maps) to guide them to their destination; however, in the wild, it can be tricky, as Google Maps might not function well, let alone at all.

Having a compass as an alternative guide will sure to please your camping friend as they navigate through the wilderness.

7. A poncho

Tacky as they are, ponchos are actually quite useful if your friend decides to camp in the middle of the rainy season.

Might cause a sweat, but at least the person won’t be soaked from head to toe.

8. A camping buddy

Not all gifts have to be materialistic—sometimes, it’s the experience. Make yourself your recipient’s camping buddy and enjoy each other’s company.

Nothing but great memories will come out of it!

9. A lamp

You may not realize it, but having light in the middle of the night will save wonders for your camper friend.

A cellphone flashlight might work, but it can only stay on for so long…that’s why an oil lamp comes in handy!

10. Thermos

Whether for water or for tea, having something that can keep your liquids hot in cold weather conditions makes a huge difference in the health, especially for your recipient.

A Cool Gift for Every Budget

For serious camping and nature enthusiasts, you might feel a lot of pressure to get them the perfect pick.

For all their knowledge and experience, it can be stressful trying to find something they will enjoy and be able to use. Don’t worry!

Our picks are perfect even for the most devoted of campers. You can stay stress-free while shopping for their birthday, Christmas, anniversary, or just for their upcoming trip in their camper.

With our list of ideas for road lovers, you are sure to find a unique gift that any camper will truly appreciate.

Don’t stick with ordinary ideas that people can find anywhere, go for something different!

No matter your budget, you can find something that any camper will be sure to love. Why not start looking now?

With so much amazing and innovative outdoor gear on the market, choosing gifts for campers can be a tricky business. Most campers love gear, so at least you’re guaranteed to be barking up the right tree by getting them camping gifts.

But not all outdoor gear is suitable to give as a camping gift. Plus, it’s probably safe to assume that they already own a bunch of essential gear already. So you’ll need to think a little outside of their extensive gear stash. Go for cool gadgets and more unique camping gifts that aren’t essentials but will definitely be appreciated, loved and well used by anyone who spends time camping.

So if you’re looking for some perfect camping gifts for Dad, cool gift ideas for stocking fillers or really unique gifts for campers who just love cool stuff, then we’ve got you covered. Just be careful, as this guide to some super chic, stylish and dead useful gifts for campers might just get you adding some things to your own camping gift basket!

Summary of camping gifts

  • Faherty Atmosphere Packable Shirt Jacket
  • Eukarya Origin Headlamp
  • nCamp Wood Burning Stove
  • Hydroflask 16oz True Pint
  • United By Blue Rambler Dopp Kit
  • Primus Kamoto OpenFire Pit
  • OneLogFire
  • Bridgedale StormSock Midweight
  • TemboTusk Wine Tote
  • Fire Pit Cooking
  • KNOG Bandicoot Silicone LED HeadLamp
  • Solar Shower
  • EvenFlip
  • Rome Square Pie Iron
  • Envirofit GoGrill Saver Charcoal Stove
  • FlameStower Portable USB Charger

  • Coleman Xtreme Cooler
  • Happy Campers Poster
  • Helinox Chair One Rocking Feet
  • ENO DoubleNest Hammock
  • GoSun Solar Stove
  • MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter
  • Inflatable Solar Light
  • Stanley Adventure Percolator
  • Stakelights
  • Petzl e+LITE Headlamp
  • GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Cookset
  • Slipstream Adventure Movies Subscription
  • Cabin Porn: The book
  • Soto Pocket Torch
  • Luminoodle Light System

30 Unique gifts for campers

Faherty Atmosphere Packable Shirt Jacket

Eco-conscious: Made with 100% recycled fabrics

Move over flannel shirt, the insulated shirt jacket has arrived. It’s stylish, it’s warm, it’s highly packable, and buying one will save the planet! Well, not quite. But, with a 100% recycled nylon shell and 100% recycled poly fill, the Atmosphere Packable Shirt Jacket is a superb gift for eco-friendly campers. It’s the perfect layer to cosy up in around the campfire or on chilly days at camp during the shoulder seasons. Plus, it packs down into its own internal zippered pocket so that you can easily carry it wherever your adventures may take you.

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Eukarya Origin Headlamp

Eco-conscious: Rechargeable, made of wood and recycled aluminum

A headlamp is one of the most useful camping gifts you could give to a camper. But most of them aren’t made with sustainability in mind, let alone aesthetics. Eukarya’s Origin Headlamp, however, is proof that even the most utilitarian tools can be made to not only look great, but can also be created in a more eco-friendly manner. This beaut of a headlamp boasts all the usual properties of a high quality light: 300 lumens, high, low and strobe modes, adjustable strap and a tilting lamp position. But it’s also uniquely designed and created with a wooden housing and recycled aluminium frame. It’s one of those super useful gifts that you’ll wish you’d bought for yourself, and one that you’ll not be able to stop looking at!

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nCamp Wood Burning Stove

Eco-conscious: Burns sustainable fuel sources

For the camp chef in your life who insists on cooking over fire at every given opportunity, the nCamp Wood Burning Stove couldn’t be a better gift. Fill the combustion chamber with twigs and sticks, and once lit, the durable aluminum and stainless-steel stove is efficient enough to boil a mug of hot water in around 3 minutes. Impressive! It also collapses down to a very tidy and highly portable 9 x 6.5 x 1.5 in (22.8 x 16.5 x 3.8cm), making it ideal for forest camping, ocean-side dining, and woodland picnics. Time to get gourmet with your campfire cooking!

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Amazon | nCamp

Hydroflask 16oz True Pint

If sipping luke warm beer in the hot sun is your idea of camping heaven, then the Hydroflask 16oz True Pint is NOT the camping gift for you! You’ll hate the effectiveness of its double wall insulation that keeps drinks superbly chilled for hours. And you probably won’t be bothered about the fact that it is stackable, has a slim design to fit nicely in your hand, and feels wonderful to sip from. But that’s OK. Just leave this gorgeously practical perfect pint to be enjoyed by those who appreciate the finer things in life!

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REI | Amazon | Hydroflask

United By Blue Rambler Dopp Kit

Eco-conscious: Made from recycled polyester

This water-repellent and stain-repellent wash bag offers a simple storage system for campers and travellers alike. The United By Blue Rambler Dopp Kit features an internal mesh pocket, an external zippered pocket and a solid carry handle. Plus, the colourful fabric is not only hardy and robust with a DWR coating, but it’s also made from 100% recycled polyester. The ideal gift for campers that care as much about the earth as they do about their own cleanliness!

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United By Blue | REI

Primus Kamoto OpenFire Pit

Got a friend who’ll spark up a campfire at every given opportunity? Then the Primus Kamoto OpenFire Pit is THE gift for them. Not only is it mega portable and super lightweight, but this folding firepit also doubles as an extremely efficient BBQ. Cook up a storm on the steel grate and then fill the pit with wood to enjoy fireside dining. That’s many an afternoon at camp (or the beach or park) taken care of rather nicely thank you!

For more info, read our full review of the Primus Kamoto OpenFire Pit.

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Amazon | REI


The OneLogFire is the perfect gift for weekend warriors escaping the rat race on a Friday night. Ideal for the nights when you rock up to the campsite after dark, this instant and highly portable log fire allows you to step out of hectic city living and slip into a wilderness dream at the strike of a match. And better still, the log manages to burn for two mesmerising hours without the help of chemically treated wood, for an all-natural state of camping happiness.

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Bridgedale StormSock Midweight

The classic gift of socks just got better: waterproof socks! Camping can fast become very unfun if your feet get wet, especially if the weather looks set in and there’s no possibility that your shoes will dry out. Step into the Bridgedale StormSock Midweight, however, and you’re free to jump in all the puddles you like! These waterproof socks will keep your toes dry and wrinkle-free, even if you walk right through a shallow stream. An ideal gift for campers or rainy day hikers and bikers.

For more info, read our round up of waterproof socks.

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TemboTusk Wine Tote

For campers with a penchant for the occasional fireside tipple, this really is the perfect gift. Forget about risking buying a wine that may not be to their tastes, instead go for the soft-sided, and highly robust design of the TemboTusk wine tote. The attached carabiner makes it easy to carry to wherever your campfire drinking may take you, and the metal shot glass provides an exceptionally handy way to enjoy the contents, in moderation of course.

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Fire Pit Cooking

A cookbook is one of those gifts that keep on giving, AND gives back. And there are few better gifts for foodie campers than a campfire cookbook. This 7 x 7 inch hardback features 75 mouth-watering recipes from Apple & Cheese Quesadillas to Lemon Mousse in Phyllo Cups, and everything in between. But Fire Pit Cooking also takes its readers through the different methods of cooking amazing camping meals over a fire. No more excuses for average camp food.

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KNOG Bandicoot Silicone LED HeadLamp

The best gifts for campers are the ones that can be used for more than just camping. And the
KNOG Bandicoot Silicone LED HeadLamp is one such item. With a variety of settings (which you can programme in yourself via its highly intuitive app), the flexible and lightweight headlamp will keep all your camp tasks well illuminated. But it also excels at providing no-bounce comfort when lighting up the trail on higher energy excursions. Now adventures can continue right into the night!

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Amazon | Knog

Solar Shower

Eco-conscious: Uses renewable energy source to heat water

Some tact may be needed when giving this solar camping shower as a gift. Perhaps present it as an outdoor spa experience complete with body scrubs and face masks (which can be stored in the side pocket or attached to the velcro straps). But however they receive it, once they’ve enjoyed the convenience and luxury of a temperature controllable 5 gallon outdoor shower to wash away the grime of outdoor living, they’re guaranteed to thank you forever. Providing there’s enough sun to heat up the water filled bag, the four layers of insulation do an excellent job at retaining heat. Camping luxury at its best.

For more solar gadgets read our round up of solar camping gear.

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There are many things a camper should be able to do well, one of which is cooking on a fire. Now if you’ve tried it before, you’ll know that there’s a lot more to it than just holding a kebab stick over the flames and waiting for the magic to happen. So much more, and if you’ve yet to master the precision and skill needed for a perfectly toasted marshmallow, then you need an EvenFlip in your life. The enviably simple gadget with an extendable shaft allows you to evenly cook your food over the campfire from the comfort of your camp chair. No more will your sausages be singed or your mallows turn to mush. Just turn and flip!

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Rome Square Pie Iron

This cast iron kitchen hand isn’t just a glorified toasted sandwich maker. It is oh so much more. With an even distribution of heat provided by the locked pie ironyou can get as creative with your campfire cooking as your imagination will allow. Stick with simple grilled cheese, or branch out for a gourmet blueberry and cream filled french toast. Cook eggs, hash browns, corn bread or even pizza. This is your personal camp chef, so use it to its potential and you’ll be serving up quick and easy restaurant standard camp meals in no time.

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Envirofit GoGrill Saver Charcoal Stove

Eco-conscious: Highly effecient grill that burns sustainable fuel

Designed as an efficient and safe cooking solution for families in developing countries, Envirofit stoves are now taking the rest of the world by storm with their innovative approach to outdoor cooking, both at home and out at camp. The GoGrill Saver is the perfect option for those that just can’t resist cooking every meal on a grill. Fueled by charcoal, and with the addition of a few grilling accessories, the versatility of the GoGrill allows you to boil, grill or even bake delicious camp food. And its excellent fuel efficiency will have you wondering why you would ever use a gas grill again.

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FlameStower Portable USB Camping Charger

Eco-conscious: Uses sustinable fuel to charge

The FlameStower is a real game changer for wilderness explorers and backcountry campers. Keeping electronic devices going allows for much greater levels of flexible exploration and the ability to seek help in emergency situations. And with the simplicity of this lightweight portable USB charger what could go wrong? Just pop the blade in the flames of your fire or stove and let the thermal energy cleverly transfer into an electrical charge for your device. One minute of charge creates two minutes of talk time, leaving you and your devices filled with energy to keep charging hard from start to finish.

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Coleman Xtreme Cooler

With the capacity to hold 205 cans and keep them icy cold for up to 6 summer days, what more do you need to know about this Coleman cooler?! Well for starters, having a cooler that really keeps things icy changes everything about your camping menu, especially if you are catering for a large group of campers. No need to compromise with canned vegetables and dried meats any longer. It’s also sturdy enough to double as a seat and has 4 handy cup holders on the lid, making it ideal for big BBQs in the yard or the park, or for extended family camping trips.

For more cooler options read our guides to soft coolers and hard coolers.

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Happy Campers Poster

When campers aren’t out doing their outdoorsy thing in all weathers, they’re usually longing for the wild and wishing they are in it. So put a smile on the face of your unhappy camper friend with this rustic Happy Campers poster. And for those who really need something special to dream about when they’re stuck at home or in the office, a framed version ought to brighten their spirits ready for some ‘in-tents’ camping adventures.

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Helinox Chair One Rocking Feet

Take luxury camping to the next level by adding some Rocking Feet to the bottom of your camping chair legs! Designed to turn the Helinox Chair One into a soothing rocking chair, the Rocking Feet are simple to install and also come in their own carry case. If there’s one way to lure a reluctant camper to spend a weekend outside then these are it!

For more lazing round the campfire options, read our guides to camping chairs and lightweight backpacking chairs.

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ENO DoubleNest Hammock

Turn your wilderness hike into a romantic getaway for two with the ENO DoubleNest hammock. At only 19 oz (540g), the breathable and quick drying nylon hammock for two, stuffs into its attached compression sack, and will be worth it’s weight in gold to relax in at the top of your hike. Swing your way through the afternoon gazing at whatever view you and your loved one choose, and enjoy their cosy cuddles at the same time. The perfect camping gift for couples.

For more info on how to camp in a hammock, read our in depth guide to hammock camping.

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GoSun Solar Stove

Eco-conscious: Uses renewable energy source to cook food

A camping stove that doesn’t need fuel? This may sound like something from a science fiction movie, but GoSun really has managed to harness the power of that giant ball of energy in the sky. With the ability to not just heat food through solar powered magic, but to properly cook it at temperatures of up to 290ºC, this vacuum tube oven really is the miracle solution to fuelless cooking. Its futuristic design converts almost 80% of the sunlight entering the reflectors into heat that is useable to cook your food. And as if that isn’t baffling enough, it will bake, boil, steam or fry even on the cloudy days.

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MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter

Wild campers, canoe campers, bikepackers and backpackers will love the functionality of this mega lightweight water filter. Either drink straight from the source like a straw for immediate refreshment, or use the pump action to fill up the reservoir to consume the water like you would from a sippy-cup! The MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter also copes with filtering larger quantities of water better than most portable water filters, making it an excellent option for all sorts of camping scenarios.

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Inflatable Solar Light

Eco-conscious: Uses renewable energy source to charge

Solar power really is the next big thing in outdoor technology, but inflatable solar power? Well that’s something else. At only 4.4oz (125g), the Luci solar light uses the simplicity of sun and air to provide the perfect solution to packing a heavy and cumbersome lantern. When deflated it squishes down to only an inch thick and can be secured down or hung up with an integrated strap. Just hang it up during daylight hours to charge up enough energy to power a super bright LED lantern that is also totally waterproof. Batteries not needed.

Read our guide to camping solar lights for more options.

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Stanley Adventure Percolator

A steamy mug of hot coffee to wake up to when camping is an essential luxury for coffee lovers. And listening to this 6-cup stainless steel percolator bubbling away over an open fire will lift the spirits before the caffeine even reaches your lips. So why not gift your friends with coffee in bed on your next camping trip? Just make sure you take the silicon handle cover off it you’re using it over the fire.

Discover other ways to take your coffee at camp in our guide to camping coffee makers.

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All campers need new tent stakes or tent pegs in their lives, and giving them as a gift is guaranteed to be appreciated as they are always getting bent or lost. But tent stakes as a gift? Yes, not that glamorous. So put some sparkle in your offering with these 9-inch, aluminium Stakelights, that are as useful as they are fun. The battery powered LED lights provide the ideal homing beacon to your tent on a dark night, and help minimise the potential for lethal guy line falls.

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Petzl e+LITE Headlamp

This teenie tiny pocket e+LITE headlamp really is a must for serious campers at the top of their game, all 27g of it. It is the ideal emergency lamp that can survive underwater for up to 30 mins as well as in temperatures as low as -30ºC. The integrated retractable cord makes it highly versatile when not being used as a headlamp. Adjust it from bright white to red, and you’ve got yourself an emergency beam that can be seen from up to 300m away. At only 5cm long it’s not worth ever going out into the wilderness without it.

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GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Cookset

Whatever your current camping cookset, you will struggle to find a four person set up that is as well organised and thought out as the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle cookset. It has all your culinary needs covered, including the kitchen sink! Two cooking pots with lids, a frying pan, a pot gripper, four plates, four bowls and four mugs with insulated sleeve and sip-it lids, all fit neatly inside the welded sink/stuff sack. The integrated strainers on the lids and non-stick coating on the pans are just a couple of the highly appealing features that this quality, durable yet lightweight set offers. A must for family campers.

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Slipstream Adventure Movies Subscription

Finally, an adventure movie streaming website that delivers the newest and best outdoor films available: Slipstream. Adventure films on tap.Imagine a world where you actually get psyched to go do cool stuff just by watching TV. A world where you can watch a different adventure movie every night of the week, every week of the year without paying $5 per film. Close that dropped jaw, refocus your pupils and stop dreaming. Slipstream has arrived. And has done so in style with one very sleek and highly user-friendly film streaming experience. Buy a subscription as gift to watch a massive (and growing) selection of the latest and greatest adventure movies around. From 5 minute adrenaline-filled teasers, to full-length, big budget feature films. There are around 300 movies to choose from and whichever you decide to view, you’ll be gripped right from the opening credits and left impulsively clicking to the next flick without a second thought.

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Cabin Porn: The book

Ah, the humble cabin. A beacon of tranquility in which to escape the complexities of modern life. No stress, zero bars on your phone – just quiet contemplation, a crackling fire and perhaps a stiff drink or two. These days technology is ever present in our lives, and with distractions just a click away it’s become harder to focus on what’s actually important. So it’s no wonder the allure of escaping to a cabin is at an all time high. Which goes someway to explain why cabinporn.com is so popular. The aspirational tumblr blog was started by Zach Klein, the co-founder of vimeo, back in 2009, with the simple goal to showcase the most enchanting cabins from around the world.

The stunning user-submitted photography is a great source of inspiration for anyone who dreams of one day building their own little getaway. Which is exactly what Klein and his cohorts did when they purchased Beaver Brook, a forest preserve in Sullivan County, New York, where they’ve built a cabin community with their own hands… and a power tool or two.

Their story, along with 10 other self-builders, is told in the wonderful new cabin porn book and sits alongside hundreds of amazing photos starring the most inviting cabins from the blog. It will certainly provide a brilliant reference to inspire you to make your own quiet place somewhere.

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Soto Pocket Torch

With the ability to generate up to 2,300ºF of wind resistant heat, this neat little lighter attachment is a game changer for wilderness campers. Fix it onto the end of any disposable lighter and not only does it turn the frustration of windy fire starting into a zero stress task, using it for soldering metal is a breeze too. A great addition to the repair kit of bikepackers and backcountry campers, and a nice luxury item for camp chefs to show off their culinary creativity.

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Luminoodle Light System

Light up the night with this innovative outdoor lighting system. This bendy noodle of super bright LED light provides a versatile and waterproof solution to outdoor living after dark. The clever design of the universal ties and magnets means that you can hang this glow worm pretty much anywhere, or simply pack up the twinklies into the lantern bag for diffused ambient light. The aptly named Luminoodle is powered by a lithium battery pack and is also compatible with any USB port.

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We hope you find something suitable for the wild one in your life in our selection of the best camping gifts. But if you still haven’t found that perfect and unique gift for campers then take a look at our other gift guides.

23 Useful Camping Gifts That Will Guarantee Happy Campers

    Looking for a gift for that outdoorsy person in your life? We have got your back. Let’s take on the great outdoors together with some of the coolest camping gifts and gear we found.

  1. Reversible Napsack Camo
  2. This Reversible Napsack comes in many colors, subtle or bold, all while maintaining consistent insulation of your Camp Vibes.

    Perfect for the campfire, couch, or tailgate, this wearable sleeping bag keeps you cozy in all conditions. Our unique zippered shoulders allow the free use of your arms, and the drawcord bottom can be opened and used to shorten for standing or walking.

  3. Luci Inflatable Solar Light
  4. Completely solar-powered, Luci Outdoor 2.0 keeps you out of the dark, no matter how far off the grid you go. It now has more light settings, it’s brighter than ever and longer-lasting than the previous generation of Luci Outdoor.

    Just as lightweight, waterproof and durable it collapses down to just 1 inch, giving you plenty of room for all your camping, hiking, climbing, kayaking or do-anything gear.

  5. Cast Iron Camp Fire Tripod
  6. Heavy duty solid steel construction and nickel plated chain with ‘S’ hook for easy cooking height adjustment. Sturdy 3-leg design for maximum stability. Excellent for hanging Dutch ovens, tea pots, coffee pots, etc. over a cooking fire. Complete your gift with a dutch oven so they can make the best meals in the middle of nowhere.

    Also works great for hanging lanterns, suspending water jugs, drying clothes, and many uses. Safe, easy set up and storage.

  7. A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival
  8. All the survival gear in the world isn’t going to help you if you don’t know how to use it. Penned by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival aims to make sure you know your craft.

    Even if you’re not escaping the apocalypse, but instead heading out into the backcountry to escape modern life for a few days, this is an indispensable guide for your outdoor travels.

  9. Pocket Chainsaw
  10. Watch out fire wood. This 3′ saw rips through limbs and roots in seconds. Our world class quality saw is extremely light weight, portable, flexible and destroys a 3″ limb in less than 10 seconds!

    This saw is designed to cut through hardwood easily in tight places and specially treated to help prevent rust and corrosion. Can be used by anyone!

  11. Camping Popcorn Popper
  12. Making popcorn while camping is mandatory. Over a wood fire, charcoal, or gas grill, it quickly makes 3 quarts of popcorn in just 4-5 minutes. Perfectly located steam vents allow moisture to escape during popping for a light and fluffy batch every time.

    Pair your Outdoor Popcorn Popper with a Popcorn Kernel and Seasoning Sets for an themed gift basket.

  13. The Hoboroll
  14. Keep their stuff organized during any trip & prevent random small items from hiding in odd corners of their backpack. It’s a real time saver when on-the-go. Internal segments mean you can pack quickly and find gear quickly – keeping everything how you packed it, instead of all over the place.

    This clever packing organizer keeps your gear in one place, like a traditional organizer, but separated out into compartments so that each item is easier to retrieve.

  15. Outdoor Online Courses
  16. Yes, that does sound like an oxymoron. Learn about cooking, climbing, navigation to photography and writing right from home. Browse the material on your phone, laptop, or tablet—wherever you have an internet connection. Learn anywhere and revisit course material whenever you need.

  17. The New Camp Cookbook
  18. This is a book for day trippers, adventurers, campers, and anyone who enjoys cooking outdoors. You’ll find organizational advice and cooking techniques, from planning your meals, packing a cooler, and stocking a camp pantry to building a fire, grilling in foil packs, and maintaining heat in a dutch oven.

    The recipes are presented by meal- breakfast, lunch, snacks, sweets, and all-out feasts.

  19. Anker Solar Charging Panels
  20. When they are out enjoying the great outdoors, they can enjoy the perk of free limitless power. Simply spread out the solar panels or attach to your pack to start recharging your gadgets.

  21. Outdoor Cooking Set
  22. OuterEQ 8pcs Lightweight Outdoor Camping Hiking Cookware Backpacking Cooking Picnic Bowl Pot Pan Set It is suitable for camping, hiking, backpacking, picnic and other outdoor activities. Lightweight and extremely durable anodized aluminum perfect for camping backpacking.

  23. Kindling Cracker Firewood Kindling Splitter
  24. If you need to create kindling for your campfire, wood stove, fireplace or pizza oven and you don’t want to risk injury by using an axe, the Kindling Cracker is just what you need. Built in Australia with an award-winning, patented design, it’s the safer, faster and easier way to make the best kindling for your fire.

    All you have to do is place a log inside and hit it with a mallet, which takes way less energy and skill than a standard splitting axe.

  25. Colemen Classic Propane Stove
  26. They could cook breakfast, lunch and dinner on a stove that packs up easily. Just light it up and dial in your heat with the two independently adjustable burners and you can be cooking over 20,000 BTUs of power in no time.

    The cooking surface offers plenty of room to fit a 12-in. and 10-in. pan simultaneously. When the meal is over, the chrome-plated grate removes for simple and quick cleanup.

  27. Topographic Map Can Glass
  28. These are not usful for camoing but still a great gift for people who love the great oudoors. This hand-printed set of can glasses features a section of Yellowstone National Park. Complete with elevations, names, mountains, and other geographic locations! Glasses manufactured in the USA. Hand printed in our Estes Park studio.

  29. Fold Up Chair
  30. This Deluxe Steel Portable Outdoor Camping Chair with Carry Bag is a perfect camping gift. Ergonomically designed for comfort, stability and durability. Open panels on each side for style and air circulation and convenient storage pocket/cup holder. Quick and easy to setup and store.

  31. Trail Markers
  32. It’s easy to get lost when you’re hiking, hunting, and exploring the wild outdoors. These clip-on trail markers offer a way to easily and quickly mark any path you took, with a two-color yellow-and-orange construction that makes it stand out from its surroundings during the day, all while lighting up like a neon sign when you hit it with the beam of your flashlight while finding your way back to camp at night.

  33. Outdoor Survival Ammo Can
  34. Softened by summoning private taxis via iPhones, air conditioned cubicles, and the bounty of Costco foods- the general population today would balk at eating squirrel. Get them an Outdoor Survival Can, filled with premium energy packed snacks so they can go get your first squirrel.

    This tin is equipped with the carefully selected survival essentials we’ve packed into a watertight, decommissioned .30 caliber ammo can, so that when worst comes to worst, you’re ready to go.

  35. Camping Pillow
  36. This Camp Pillow is made with 4-channel fiber fill and won’t lose its loft even though it compresses small for packing. The wide pillow has a brushed P5 poly hi-count surface that won’t stick to you or become clammy.

    The pillow comes with an envelope-style pillowcase that is a washable 100% flannel with a double-brushed finish for softness.

  37. Wireless Portable Speaker
  38. Bring music to your adventures with a compact, rugged and easily carried speaker that can be strapped to any bag. Anti-clip technology gives better sound for its size. When you want more just pull it open. Music lasts for half day.

  39. Good-To-Go Food Packs
  40. Craving pad thai while your out un the wilderness? Maybe your buying a camping gift for a foodie who loves to hike. This delicious dehydrated camping foods will have their mouth watering.

    Give them everything they need to enjoy a hot and delicious meal just by adding hot boiling water. Keep them fueled for the next day of hiking.

  41. Sea To Summit Pocket Shower
  42. Hang up Sea To Summit’s Pocket Shower at base camp and treat themselves to a warm shower or cool rinse at the end of a long hike. Shower zips into a three-by-six-inch pouch, so there’s really no excuse to be stinky on their next camping trip.

    The durable 10-liter Pocket Shower won’t leak, and the twist spout adjusts the flow of water from a trickle to a free-flowing shower.

  43. Cooler With Picnic Table And Chairs
  44. This is our cooler. It is perfect for a trip to the beach, a trip to the park, or a backyard party. You can keep your lunches and drinks cool in ice in the insulated main compartment. The sides unfold to create a perfect picnic table and includes two folding stools.

    Features large, wide wheels and a trolley handle, which make it easily transportable.

  45. Expedition Shoe Lights
  46. Adventure Awaits! As night falls, lighting a safe path for you on wooded trails or on the way back to home base is vital. These Expedition Shoe Lights are a valuable asset, allowing you to light the way without a flashlight, keeping your hands free for other important tasks.

    I hope you found some awesome gadgets for to make a unique camping gift!

Gifts For Hikers – 2020

In This Guide
  • Under $25
  • $25 – $40
  • $50 – $100
  • Over $100

These hiking gifts are sure to put a smile on the face of anyone who loves hiking, backpacking, camping, or the outdoors. This isn’t just an ordinary list. Everything you see on this list has been personally used and tested by myself, a professional hiking guide. Rest assured that getting any of these gifts for a hiker will not only put a smile on their face but will also be genuinely useful. And if nothing here strikes your fancy, you can see all the other gear Iregularly use here or check out REI Outlet for other gear options at deep discounts.

And save yourself the hassle of going to the mall to find these gifts; just click on the links below to get them all from REI. REI offers free shipping on orders over $50, they have a great return policy, and you can get 10% back on everything for the rest of your life simply by purchasing an inexpensive REI membership.

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Top 10 Gifts For Hikers

  1. Backpacker Hidden Gems Book – $16
  2. Black Diamond Moji Lantern – $19.95
  3. Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System – $34.95
  4. New Black Diamond Spot325 Headlamp – $39.95
  5. Celestron Nature 10 x 25 Monocular – $39.95
  6. America the Beautiful National Parks Pass – $79.99
  7. Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel – $99.99
  8. Garmin Instinct Hiking Smartwatch – $300
  9. Garmin InReach Mini Backcountry Texting & SOS – $350
  10. Garmin Fenix 6x Pro Solar Smartwatch – $1000

Hiking Gifts Under $25

An inexpensive hiking gift doesn’t mean a cheap hiking gift. There are plenty of gifts that don’t cost much but are still very cool and useful. Here are the best hiking gifts for a limited budget.

The Gift They Didn’t Realize They Needed

Most hikers enjoy the trail without packing any kind of serious emergency kit, which 99% of the time is fine. But what happens when it’s not? That’s why I love the SOL Emergency Bivy, a minimal sleeping bag that keeps you warm and dry when the conditions are cold and wet. The bivy is small, light, and can fit in the bottom of a day pack, ready for when you need it.
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My son and I have each carried one of these for the past five years on hikes, scrambles, mountain bike rides, kayak trips and through canyons in Zion. We finally had a need for them twice on the same day last fall in a Zion canyon! First, we had to sit out a flash flood for several hours while soaking wet. These bivys kept our spirits up. Second, a couple of hours later when on our next to last rappel of the canyon our ropes got stuck and could not continue. We gathered for the night in these bivys again (still wet from the waterfalls we rappeled through) and made it. It was not the most comfortable experience of my life, but it was greatly increased by having these bivys with us. I am stocking up for anyone that ever travels with me in the backcountry. – REI Review

A Hiker’s Solution For The Morning Fix

Making coffee or tea on the trail or campsite can be a pain, but not with the MSR MugMate. Just put your coffee or tea leaves inside, drop the MugMate in your cup, and pour hot water over it. It’s simple, light weight, effective, eco-friendly, and the winner of Backpacker Magazine Editors’ Choice Gold Award.
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Best backpacking coffee maker! Been winter backpacking since 1985. Tried all kinds of coffee making devices. This is the best. – MSR Website Reviewer

A Spork That Works With Camping Food

The quick and dirty way to prepare freeze-dried camping meals is just dump hot water in the food bag and eat out of that. The problem is that a regular utensil can’t reach the bottom of most freeze-dried food bags, forcing you to get your hand dirty digging in. Not with this long spork, which reaches the bottom without a problem.
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Would Buy 10x over! I love this spork. It is light, durable, and includes a clip to easily carry on your pack. This spork will last you a long time, and the extra handle makes it easy for those freeze-dried meals. Pick one up, you won’t be disappointed. – REI Review

Inspire Your Hiker!

No one likes hikes with crowds which is why this book by Backpacker Magazine is great. It has detailed instructions, color topographic maps, and pictures for 100 great hikes off the beaten path (pun!). It’s a great book to inspire bucket-list hikes and has enough detail that you can actually use it to plan. Your hiker might also like this similar book about the top 100 hikes in the National Parks.
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The book is beautiful – the layout, photos, and organized chapters. Each trip suggestion is boiled down to the basic, must-know facts. The author can personally comment on each suggested trail, for she seems to have personally hiked every one of them. – Amazon Review

Tons Of Light In The Palm Of Your Hand

The Black Diamond Moji Lantern lantern packs a lot into a small package. It has 100 lumens, enough to light up an entire campsite. The built-in dimmer gives you up to 70 hours of light, and when the batteries run out, simply replace them with any old AAA batteries. It’s hard to ask more than that. And at only 3oz, it’s easy to just keep this in your backpack in case of emergencies.
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This baseball size lantern gets 5-star rating for sure. I’ve seen other lanterns that go for twice as much and aren’t close in the quality and feature department. – REI Review

A Shirt Made For Hikers

There’s not a ton of shirts out there that hikers can wear off the trails to show the world that they love hiking. I’ve custom designed these hiking t-shirts based on feedback and asks from all the hikers who visit my website each year. Check out al the variations of hiking shirts, there’s something there for everyone.
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The Hiker’s Poster

This is the perfect give for the hiker who loves to dream about their next adventure. This large National Geographic United States National Parks Wall Map comes packaged in a tube (no folds) and includes 400 notable sites including 59 national parks. In these days of online maps, it’s nice to actually have a “real” map to look at and browse.
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This is a VERY large map and holds to the standards that only National Geographic could provide (I love those guys)! The wife and I plan on framing this and tracking our life goal to travel to all 59 parks! I definitely recommend this map to anyone who loves the National Parks. – Amazon Review

Hospital in a Bag

No one plans on getting hurt on a hike, but accidents happen to everyone. That’s why the experts advocate carrying a small medical kit with you in case of an emergency. Having this kit allows you to do things like treat a popped blister instead of having it get infected and turn into something more serious. It’s small and light; having one is a no-brainer.
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I work in emergency medicine, so have a few well-curated first-aid kits I use, but love that this had a wilderness-specific book, as well as trauma shears, a combine pad, and very small forceps, perfect for splinters! The different compartments are helpful, and I love that the packing is as compact as possible. – REI Review

Discover New Trails

There is a “60 Hikes” book for almost every city and area in the USA. The guides offer full trail and trailhead directions to sixty hikes in each area. Whenever I travel I pick one up and for most casual hikers there will be some new hikes in their home area too. Each guide includes trail lengths, hiking times, trail difficulty, hike descriptions, and detailed trailhead directions.
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Well presented with a good rating system and easy to navigate through the book. This book has hikes for all skill levels and for all capabilities. The hikes are categorized by difficulty and time needed. My section is “Hikes Your Grandfather Can Handle” – this is a very well thought out and presented book. Well worth the price. – Amazon Review

Hiking Gifts Between $25 and $50

The New Swiss Army Knife

Everyone heading out into the backcountry should carry a blade or knife, but it really helps to have other tools at your disposal too. I used to carry a Swiss Army Knife but I’ve found that having the pliers and other tools on a Leatherman gives me more options. And this Leatherman is small and lightweight like a pocket knife, except packs more bang for the buck (and ounce).
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I have just completed the John Muir Trail. I’m so glad I had this little tool along, and so are my companions. I used it to repair a stuck tent pole, and 3 or 4 trekking poles that were slipping. I used it so many times I have lost count. The pliers are so handy, and rare in the backcountry. Since you really need to carry a knife while backpacking anyway, you might as well add just a little more weight and include screwdrivers, scissors, a file and most importantly a pair of pliers. It’s almost like having a full-sized Leatherman without all the weight. – REI Review

Insurance For Getting Caught Out Past Dark

We’ve all been there. A hike runs longer than you thought and you get caught out after dusk or dark. Having a small, lightweight, powerful headlamp in your pack is a must. I like the Black Diamond Spot 325 because it can last up to 200 hours, it has strobe and red light modes, and uses AAA batteries that you can get anywhere.
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The Spot 325 is perfect, only three AAA’s, very lightweight, nice white light with a great beam pattern that is plenty bright, comfortable, simple and logical controls that don’t require a manual to reference. I’ve had ten or more LED headlamps over the years, this one is the best to date. – REI Review

As Good As a Massage

I am so happy I found the trigger point foam roller; it’s my favorite thing to do after a hike. It’s pretty simple, you just roll your body (back, legs, neck, whatever) on the roller, and the trigger point foam releases the tension in your muscles. When I first saw this it looked like something from an infomercial and I had my doubts, but after using it I found that it really works. I use the roller every day, whether I hike or not.
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It hurts, but it hurts so good! I feel like I’m rolling out knots that I’ve had for years and my knees and hips are starting to feel so much better. I am very satisfied with the Grid X. – REI Review

For the Perfect Photo

Here’s a hiking gift for anyone who loves taking pictures. The Joby tripod bends and twists, allowing you to use it anywhere. You can use it on uneven surfaces, attach it to branches, your backpack, almost anything. It’s small and fits easily in a pack. There are models that work with smartphones and also bigger DSLR cameras. Another piece of gear that has lasted me for years.
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Love the premium feel. It’s so easy to reposition, yet somehow manages to stay rigid. Also love the ballhead, easy clip, and level bubble. I know there are a lot of knockoffs for much less money, but this is worth every penny. – Amazon Review

Everyone Should Carry This

You can survive for weeks without food, but only days without water. This small and light Sawyer Squeeze water filter system is worth always carrying in your pack. There are no pills, drops, or pumps. You just fill a bag with water and squeeze it through the filter. It removes 99.99999% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli; and removes 99.9999% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium. It’s cheaper, lighter, and easier than the hand pumps that were popular in the past.
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I have used this filter for all my backpacking trips the last couple of years, its been with me for about 1000 miles, never failed me once. The filter is very reliable, I have brought it on my hardest desert trips in Southern Utah and Arizona as well as on winter trips in the Sawtooths and Sierras. I recommend this as the first and foremost filter to use for backpacking. – REI Review

For On the Trail or Off

You might not be familiar with these hammocks, but they’ve taken the outdoors world by storm over the last few years. Hammocks like this Eno SingleNest are light, pack small, hang easily, and are incredibly comfortable. You can take it on a day hike for a quick nap in the trees, use it for backpacking, or lounge around with it a home or on the trailhead. Don’t forget to get hanging straps which make it super-easy to setup.
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By far the best investment I have made in camping gear. It’s versatility is beyond compare. I have taken it on more than 20 campouts and 4 week-long backpacking treks. I also string it up in the backyard and always carry it in the car so I always have it available when I leave the house. – REI Review

Binoculars Are Too Heavy, Bring This Instead

Way more compact and lightweight than binoculars, having the Celestron Nature 10 x 25 Monocular in your pocket will quickly let you spot birds, wildlife, and landmarks in the distance. Unlike other monoculars, this one is built for the outdoors; it’s rubberized, waterproof, fog-proof, and high contrast. One of the great things about hiking is all the things you can see, and having a simple piece of gear like this makes that even better.
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You should have no qualms about purchasing this monocular. I use it for spotting campsites and it has a pretty good range. I see no distortion with the lens, and it’s durable. – Amazon Review

Hiking Gifts Between $50 and $100

The Best Value For the Dollar, Ever

The America the Beautiful National Parks Pass, gets you into over 2000 federal recreation areas, including National Parks and National Monuments. It works on any federal land, so you don’t have to purchase regional passes like the Adventure Pass or Northwest Forest Pass, just use this. The pass covers entrance for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or up to 4 adults at sites that charge per person. This thing pays for itself many times over. Buy it from REI and they donate 10% to the National Parks Foundation.
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The creation and maintenance of the National Parks was simply a brilliant idea. I can’t think of a better form of entertainment for the dollar anywhere. The convenience of buying the annual pass before our visit to Utah was helpful. $80 for entrance to Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, Arches, and Lake Mead…unbelievable value for two weeks! – REI Review

For When The Trail Gets Slippery

Whenever I hike in the spring, fall, or winter, I carry the Kahtoola MICROspikes Traction System in my pack. The concept is simple. If it gets slippery or icy, you pull these over your existing hiking boots or shoes. No special gear needed, nothing to tie or secure. A simple solution that saved my butt numerous times when I encountered ice on the trail.
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AWD for your feet! I have owned a pair of these for at least 6 years and my wife’s are around 5 years old. We use these many times per year and they’ve never failed us. We are not gentle on these things; we don’t take them off until we’re completely off snow, so they’ve gone many miles across bare trails, scree, talus, etc. They’ve got a bit of wear on the spikes now, but they keep going strong. Highly recommended. – REI Review

Power Everywhere!

For better or worse, electronic gadgets and smartphones have become part of everyone’s standard hiking gear. Most batteries can last for the entire day, but for overnight trips or potential emergency situations, having a simple solar panel that you can attach to your pack is the move. The Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel is great because you can plug your device directly into it, or use it to charge a USB battery pack. It also has an LED indicator that helps you position it to get the most sun.
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The Nomad 7 Plus Panel was able to keep our power station charged during a week-long trip. It was easy to tell when the panel was at the best angle to catch the sun due to the lights on the device. It allowed us to keep the phone charged without any worries. Panel was very light weight and easy to pack and carry. – REI Review

The Best Cooking System Out There

Where do I start? I’ve had my Jetboil Flash Cooking System since 2006 and I love it. It heats water very quickly, and it packs down into a compact cup. Even if you’re not hiking overnight, it’s great to have in your pack on a cool day for a quick, warm lunch. Jetfboil changed the camping stove game – it’s a great gift for hikers that will last for many years.
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Finally broke down and bought a Jetboil. I should have done it sooner. It is very simple to use, packs up neatly, and boils water fast, very fast. My girlfriend thought it was faster than a microwave. She may be right. – REI Review

Hiking Walkie-Talkies

If you hike with a friend or in a group, you know that sometimes groups split up. One person is faster, someone wants to take a break, there’s a host of reasons why hikers don’t stay together. And nothing can be more terrifying that not being able to find your hiking partner, or not to be able to catch up with them. So that’s why a good set of 2-way radios is a smart choice for pairs and groups. The Midland GXT1000VP4 2-Way Radios (2 in a pack) are basically the best you can get without going for something on the professional level.
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After testing some cruddy Motorola radios that failed, these Midland’s were a refreshing delight. We had coverage all the way up to and over the crest leading to Mt. Whitney, with excellent reception and quality. At one point, we began to get some cross chatter from other climbers, and simply enabled the Group feature and had just direct communication with no other parties for the rest of our trip. The batteries lasted for days on end, the weather alert function is very cool and the fact that it comes with a car charger is a huge help. I would hands down recommend these again and again as the best radios that REI carries. – REI Reviewer

The Hiker’s Chair

Now I don’t carry a chair when I hike, but I do carry one in my car for when I’m relaxing at the trailhead or car camping. Plopping your butt down in a comfy chair after a long hike is the best. You can easily take your boots off, have a snack, or even close your eyes for a catnap. I’ve tried a bunch of outdoors chairs and the REI Co-op Flexlite Macro Chair is the most comfortable. I even use it on my patio at home. It opens and collapses in seconds.
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When my chair arrived I was skeptical that a chair that small could possibly be comfortable to sit in for an extended period of time. I’m happy to say that first impression was way off base. This chair is easily the most comfortable folding chair I’ve sat in. I took my chair on a 3 day camping/backpacking trip, a 2 hour hike, a sporting event, and a picnic. I’ve even set it up next to the fire in my own backyard. – REI Review

Hiking Gifts Over $100

Please Get This!

If I had to recommend one thing that you should get for a loved one who hikes, it’s the Garmin InReach Mini. So what is this thing? It’s a little device that fits in the palm of your hand and lets a hiker send and receive text messages where cell phones don’t work. So they can send you a message saying that they’re okay, that they’re running late, and most importantly, it’s got a built-in SOS function that lets them communicate with first responders in an emergency. I have a full deep-dive review here if you want to learn more. I’ve used the Mini thousands of miles and hours and it’s the best.
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I have owned this device for over 3 months now and it’s performed excellent. Over 120 miles on this hiking through slot canyons in Zion Utah And never once has a message failed to send. I did a 18 mile solo hike and checked in with my girlfriend every night and got her replies back within minutes. – REI Reviewer

Hiker Into a Backpacker

The next logical step for most hikers is backpacking. That is, spending the night in the outdoors after hiking all day. But a lot of folks who try backpacking get turned off because the gear that you need to carry is much heavier than a normal hike. So it’s important to buy light gear, but also gear that’s durable and easy to setup. That’s where the REI Co-op Quarter Dome 1 Tent comes in. It’s roomy, packs small, weighs little, and is a no-brainer to set up. I’m a pretty experienced backpacker and I use it all the time. It’s a great gift to get someone off on the right foot for some backpacking adventures.
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Amazing lightweight tent that delivers! Setup is so trivial as to be almost thoughtless, You can literally go from bag to full tent and fly in less than 5 minutes. In the 8 months I’ve been using it, it has been subjected to 25mph winds, rain, dirt, etc, and has come out of every situation like a champ. – REI Review

Like An Apple Watch But For Hikers

If you want to buy a cool watch for a hiker (and/or fitness buff), confider the affordable Garmin Instinct. Its onboard GPS can track hikes, and you can even load hikes (GPX files) onto it and make sure you’re on the right path. It’s built with military ruggedness for the outdoors. Not only does it do hikes, but also any other fitness tracking, smartphone notifications, heart rate, and sleep tracking. If you want to spend a little more money on something really special (and that has hiking maps and solar charging built in), check out the Fenix 6 Pro Solar which I use and love.
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I hate smartwatches. I hate the idea of them. I hate their touchscreens. I hate to their poor battery life. I hate all the features I don’t need. But I am in love with my Instinct. Why? It’s built for hiking. It knows its job and does it incredibly well. As a bonus, it’s more than enough for run tracking, the occasional kayak session, and even a gym workout. If you’re looking for a smartwatch, this won’t be it. If you want a trail companion that tracks you mostly accurately (not the best, but certainly the best value out there) and gets you back to where you started – even after 12 hours of always on recording – then this is it. – REI Review

A Full Tent Replacement

I mentioned how comfortable a hammock was earlier, so why not take the concept further and offer a full tent experience in a lightweight and comfortable hammock? That’s what the Kammok Mantis Ultralight All-in-One Hammock Tent does. Whenever I backpack in an area where I know there will be trees, I take my Kammok Mantis instead of a tent. It has a built-in bug net and an easy to set up rain cover. You can literally set this up and break it down in a minute or two. And it has a lifetime guarantee. It’s a perfect gift for someone who has used a tent but hasn’t tried hammock camping yet.
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I’ve been doing the hammock thing for well over a decade and tried a few different systems and generally liked them. By the size of the stuff sack that arrived I assumed something (straps at least) was going to be missing, but its all there, beautifully designed and executed for minimal size and weight, mind blown… well done! -Kammock.com Review

More Gift Options

I also list out my complete hiking gear list here, which is the best of the best stuff that I carry with me on every hike.

There is also a REI Staff Picks page and REI Gift guide page.

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15 Best Gifts For Hikers & Outdoor-loving Travellers In 2020

Hiking has recently become one of my favourite activities to do while travelling. You get to immerse yourself in nature, challenge yourself, see some incredible views, and get in a good bit of exercise too. If you don’t know what to get your friend or loved one for Christmas (or for their birthday), if they love hiking, this is the guide for you.

I love hiking because it’s one of those brilliant activities that technically doesn’t need anything but comfortable shoes and shorts. However, there’s a lot of cool gear you can get to make it more enjoyable, more comfortable, and more convenient.

Whether you’re looking for budget hiking gift ideas, unique gifts, or ones specifically suited to men or women, you’ll find it here. Read on to discover the best gifts for all your hiking friends.

Hiking at Osmena Peak on Cebu Island, the Philippines

Christmas gifts for hikers and campers

These are the top gifts for outdoors adventurers of all types. Fun, unique, and well-suited to both beginner and long-time hikers, your friends are sure to love any one of these.

Trekking poles

Trekking poles are something many hikers don’t know they need – until they have them. So, get your friend or loved one a pair of these. And next time you chat, you’ll hear all about how you’ve revolutionized their hiking.

You can get all sorts of different trekking poles. My favourite are these TrailBuddy Trekking Poles. They’re pointed at the end to help with stability, with a padded strap and easy grip. You can also choose between some really cool colours.

Enjoying the sunrise view from the top of Little Adams Peak in Ella, Sri Lanka

Hiking GPS

A solid strap-on GPS is never a bad idea. You’ll ensure that your friend won’t get lost on their next adventure. And, it’s lots of fun to play around with while learning how to use it.

Price: $146.95

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The view from the First Peak of Stawamus Chief, in Canada

Compactable camping chairs

After a long day of trekking, relaxing on an actual chair off the ground is unheard-of comfort. This incredible little compactable chair fits into a small pouch. So it’s convenient to fit on a multi-day hike, without taking up too much space.

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Hiking Le Morne Brabant in Mauritius

Comfortable hiking shoes

You can’t really go hiking without appropriate hiking shoes. There are loads of different hiking and trekking shoes out there, and which one you prefer ultimately depends on your foot and hiking style. You might have to try a couple different shoes before you find the perfect one for you, but I personally love these trekking shoes.

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Hiking in the Valley of the Winds in Kata-Tjuta, Australia

Lightweight hammock

For that friend who’ll sleep anywhere – get them a hammock, so they can do it in a little more comfort. You can get a small, lightweight hammock that comfortably fits one. They can sleep in it, or just string it up after a long hike and relax with a book.

Hiking at Rolle Pass in Trentino, Italy

Comfortable backpack

There is nothing worst than hiking up a mountain with an uncomfortable backpack. Especially if it’s quite heavy, it won’t just be annoying on your shoulders but can also be bad for your back and posture. The perfect backpack depends on what you actually bring hiking, for example I usually carry a lot of camera gear so I personally love this one. If you’re only bringing the essentials you can probably get a smaller backpack too. The key thing you want your hiking backpack to have is an external water bottle pouch, so that you can have a drink while you hike without having to stop, open your backpack and search for your water bottle.

View from the top of Quarry Rock, Canada

Unique hiking gifts on a budget

If you want to get them something special, but you’re working with a tight budget, don’t stress. You can get some presents your hiker friends will love without exceeding your limits.

Hiking Logbook

A fun way to show your enthusiasm for someone’s hiking hobby, without actually having to know much about hiking, is to get them a logbook. It’s not quite the same as a journal, as they’re set up so that you can enter all the technical details – like weather, location, difficulty level, etc.

Journals like this one also include writing prompts to help them remember all the details. So if you think they’ve never had a hiking logbook before, get them this!

Hiking along the Jebel Shams Balcony Walk in Oman

Colourful headbands

A fantastic budget hikers gift is a headband. They’re sweat-wicking and comfortable and can be worn for hiking, yoga, motorbiking, and running, among other things.

They’re also handy as bandanas for sun protection. Particularly for young hikers, one or two of these make for a great gift. Get some colourful, patterned ones like these.

Enjoying the views over the ocean while hiking from Coogee to Bondi in Sydney

LED Lantern for overnight hikes

One of the most important things to have on an overnight hike is light. These small lanterns are lightweight, bright, and collapsible, making them ideal for camping. They’re also very durable, so you can take some knocks and still trust that you’ll be able to see at night.

Enjoying the view after hiking in the Westfjords of Iceland

Stainless steel water bottle

One of the most important things you always need to bring with you on any hike is plenty of water to keep you hydrated as you hike. Personally I love these stainless steel water bottles because they keep your water cold for hours, regardless of how hot it is outside. They also come in lots of different funky colours.

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Hiking along the Sentiero Azzurro in Cinque Terre, Italy

Hiking gifts for her

While any of the gifts on this list will suit a woman just as well as a man, these are if you want to get something a little more specific for the hiking ladies in your life. They are the ideal presents for the adventurous women you know.

She Explores – A collection of traveling women’s stories

A little inspiration goes a long way. This collection of stories is an incredible companion on any woman’s adventures. In addition to telling the stories of some really outstanding women, the book includes tips on solo hiking and travel for women.

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Taking a break while hiking Stawamus Chief during our Whistler road trip

Women’s hiking trousers

You’d be surprised by how great a gift some solid hiking pants are. However, they can be hard to come by. And because of rough treatment and long-term use, it’s best to have a few pairs. These women’s hiking pants are stylish and simple. They’re also super breathable, lightweight, and water-resistant.

Hiking up Queenstown Hill, New Zealand

Comfortable sports bra

If you don’t have one of these, you need it. I use them also for training at the gym, for skiing or when I do other sports, but they’re perfect also for hiking. You don’t want to be uncomfortable when you hike so make sure you have a nice comfy sports bra that supports you while you hike up mountains.

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Enjoying the view from the top of the First Peak of Stawamus Chief in Canada

Hiking gifts for him

Shopping for the perfect hiking gifts for men? They’re sure to love these.

Survival gear kit

This survival kit is helpful for any hiker, but it’s the sort of thing that young guys might be a lot more excited about receiving. The kit can help in any emergency situation. It includes a wire saw, emergency blanket, flashlight, knife, mini light and whistle, among other things.

Climbing up Le Mont Brabant in Mauritius

Hiking / Performance socks

Perfect for a bit of a laugh, combining ‘that gift’ every man gets, with one of his favourite activities. These socks are sweat-wicking, and extra padded at the heel and ball of the foot. If you’ve ever been on a multi-day hike, you’ll know how helpful this is!

So they’re not just socks – they’re socks that will make him more comfortable on all his future hikes.

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The view over Lake Tekapo from Mt John Summit, New Zealand

Final thoughts on gift ideas for hikers

These are my absolute favourite gifts for hikers. Get any of the above for your friends and whether they’ll be hiking up a mountain on the other side of the world, or heading just outside their doorstep, they’ll be kitted out for the next adventure.

I’m a strong supporter of spending money on experiences over things. If you can’t live that experience with your friend, but instead of just getting them a random gift, you can contribute to that adventure, go for it! Are there any other gifts for hikers you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

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