The ultimate guide to the best gifts for hikers. Find the perfect gift for any hiking enthusiast.
We all have those friends or loved ones who always seem to be hiking in beautiful places on the weekends.
Perhaps you’re usually right beside them on these adventures because you’re a hiker yourself.
If you found this post, you’re probably looking for some gift ideas for an outdoorsy person in your life.
Speaking from personal experience, most hikers (and avid travelers) prefer experiences over material things.
Because of this, it’s pretty easy to please when it comes to gift giving because they get a lot of their happiness from the best free gift in life – nature.
Perhaps this is just my inner hippie talking (I did grow up in Santa Cruz, after all), but this is what I’ve noticed in myself and other friends who love the outdoors.
With that said, we still need gear and practical items as hikers who venture out into the wild. And, it never hurts to gift a useful and fun item when it’s a special occasion.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your girlfriend/boyfriend, best friend, parent, or coworker, this detailed guide features hiking gifts for every type of hiker out there.
These are my picks for the top 50 gifts for hikers, from the fun to the practical.
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Short on Time? Here’s a Quick Look at my Recommendations
Best Gifts for Hikers
- Best Gift for Hikers Under $25 – LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
- Best Gift for Hikers Under $50 – Hydro Flask Water Bottle
- Best Gift for Hikers Under $100 – US National Park Pass
- Best Gift for Hikers Over $100 – Handheld GPS Device
- Best Hiking Gift for Her – Lightweight Hiking Jacket
- Best Hiking Gift for Him – Comfortable Hiking Pants
- Best Practical Hiking Gift – Complete First Aid Kit
- Best Unique Hiking Gift – ENO Hammock
- Best Camping Gift for Backpackers – Mummy Sleeping Bag
- Best Hiking Book to Give as a Gift – The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs
A lot of friends might not think of carrying a personal filtration system with them on a hike, but it's always better to be safe than sorry if you run out of water, or get lost or stranded.
If you're looking for a practical and inexpensive hiking gift, LifeStraw is a must have for any outdoorsy person.
This is especially the case for someone who enjoys long, sometimes multi-day hikes.
LifeStraw may look small but it packs a lot of punch.
This personal water filter is able to filter 1000 liters of contaminated water without any need for chemicals, such as iodine or chlorine.
So, if a hiker finds a water source along they trail, they can safely drink from it without getting sick.
A good gift option for hikers or any outdoorsy person.
This outdoor blanket is packable, light, and can easily be whipped out whenever they want to sit down or have a picnic on the trail.
It's waterproof, sand proof, and versatile enough to be used as a picnic blanket, beach blanket, or camping tarp.
A fun gift for an outdoorsy friend, this wine glass is for anyone who loves their wine as much as they love hiking through the mountains.
Engraved by hand in Colorado, this 17 oz wine glass is the perfect accessory for any hiker who is also a wine enthusiast.
Another practical gift for outdoorsmen, this tactical waterproof and shockproof compass is everything you would want in a compass at an affordable price.
This is a great compass to take exploring for the more old school hiker who doesn't feel like they need a full on GPS device.
It's also easy to read at night with its glow in the dark display.
If you're looking for cheap backpacking gear that is useful and handy, you can't go wrong with a dry bag.
This is an especially good hiking gift for people who like to hike with technology.
I know my dry bag has saved my expensive phone/camera more than once when unexpected rain hits.
And one of the best parts about dry bags is how easily they roll up and fit into a hiking backpack when they're not being used.
Best Gifts for Hikers Under $50
Maybe not the most exciting gift, but every hiker could always use another pair of crazy comfortable and warm hiking socks.
These merino wool walking and hiking socks are a solid outdoor gift idea for someone who seems like they already have everything they need out on the trail.
Features of these socks include anti-blister cushioning, an ergonomic design, and the natural heating and cooling properties of merino wool.
They're some of the best-rated hiking socks under $50 on the market today.
One of the best gifts for outdoorsy people - a box full of hiking snacks!
This is a fun and practical gift for any hiker and includes a whole lot of yum.
These snacks are the perfect way to keep energy levels high out on the trail. The box includes a wide assortment of the most popular brand name hiking snacks.
Must have hiking gear - a durable water bottle that doesn't leak and which can handle the toughest terrains.
The Hydro Flask has become one of the most popular hiking water bottles for a reason - it's tough and very well insulated.
This water bottle can be used for hot or cold drinks, keeping drinks hot for six hours and cold for 24 hours.
It's easy to attach to any backpack with its handle, and it's also BPA free and resistant to bacteria and odors.
Every hiker needs a solid pair of polarized sunglasses that will protect their eyes no matter how high in elevation they go.
These unisex sunglasses are the perfect combination of style and durability at an affordable price point.
They offer 100% UV protection, comfortably stay in place, and they're made from polycarbonate lenses, which are 20x more impact resistant than glass.
If you're looking for a more sentimental gift option, this engraved compass gift is a good alternative to the tactical compass.
This vintage compass is engraved with the classic Thoreau quote: "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
It's a little touch of inspiration for any outdoor enthusiast as they set out on their next journey.
A portable charger is the perfect gift for hikers who like to stay connected, even when they're in nature.
You can hook up phones, GPS receivers, headlamps, and more to be charged with this device.
The battery lasts for five hours worth of charging and can be recharged with solar panel chargers for those long backpacking adventures.
This monocular is a good gift for anyone who is into birdwatching or animal spotting on the trail.
It's small, light, and packable, and allows hikers to see the world around them up close and in high definition.
One of the best features of this monocular is its wide angle lens that broadens the view when magnifying surroundings.
The perfect gift idea for hikers who enjoy taking pictures on the trail.
I often hike with my JOBY Gorillapod because it's such a durable tripod and you can literally attach it to anything with grip.
There are a few different Gorillapods out there, depending on what camera the hiker has - from iPhone to mirrorless or DSLR.
This is an especially good gift for solo hikers who want to have pictures of themselves on their hike, but don't want to lug around a bulky tripod.
Best Gifts for Hikers Under $100
One of the best gifts for nature lovers, a US National Park Pass comes out to under $100 and offers up a whole year of free entry to any of the US National Parks.
If I had to choose one gift on this list, this is one of my favorites because it gives someone a whole year of outdoor adventures at 2000 sites across the country at no cost to them.
This pass works in all 50 states and 10% of proceeds go back into the National Park Foundation.
I've taken my Osprey packs all over the world with me and they've always come through in terms of comfort, affordability, and how long they last.
The great aspect about Osprey is how long you can wear their packs and still come away from the day feeling comfortable.
This day hikers bag is essential day hiking gear and an especially good pick for avid hikers.
The pack includes a rain cover, internal hydration sleeve that holds up to 3L of water, trekking pole attachment, and plenty of pockets to organize hiking accessories.
Best Gifts for Hikers Over $100
Looking for gifts for backpackers that are essential for safety and peace of mind?
This handheld GPS device is a solid choice for anyone who likes to get off the beaten path.
With dual satellite support, detailed topographic maps with roads and trails marked, and 25 hours of battery life when actively using GPS mode, it would be hard to get lost for good with this powerful device.
An ideal gift for anyone who is into hiking and photography, the Sony a6000 is not only a tough camera, it's the perfect entry level mirrorless option for professional photography.
As a blogger and regular photographer, I bring my Sony mirrorless camera with me on most hikes. It's light, compact, and takes amazing nature pictures.
This camera also has the world's fastest auto focus, meaning those key wildlife shots will be crystal clear and focused.
Another camera that I regularly take hiking with me, GoPros are an especially good camera option for hikers because of how small, light, and durable they are.
The Hero7 takes high quality shots, can withstand any climate, and is completely waterproof.
The GoPro cameras are made with rugged adventure activities in mind, which is why they are such a good choice to have out on the trail.
Best Hiking Gifts for Her
There's nothing worse than sweat getting in your eyes right when you're in the middle of your final ascent and just about to take in the grand view you've been looking forward to all day.
This is one of the many reasons why it's good to hike with a headband, to prevent sweat or wispy hairs from getting in your eyes when you're taking the trail by storm.
If you're looking for the perfect gifts for outdoor girls, these affordable headbands go with any cute hiking clothes.
They're great for keeping things out of your face so you can focus on what's important on the trail.
When you're hiking in the woods as a woman and you realize you have to go pee, there are two things that come to mind when you squat down - snakes and poison oak. *shudder*
This is where the pee cup comes in.
This is probably a gift that's best given to someone you already know quite well, but a pee cup is a practical gift for any woman who has ever had to pee in the woods.
It's one of the best gifts for outdoorsy girls who aren't a fan of squatting and want some distance between their nether regions and poison oak, snakes, and any other bugs that exist in nature.
I'm a big fan of hiking in leggings. First, they're comfortable. Second, they don't snag on narrow trails with overhanging branches.
And thirdly, they're light and don't feel like they weigh me down as much as most traditional hiking pants do.
If you also have a lady friend who enjoys hiking in leggings, these leggings are the perfect outdoorsy gift for her.
The stretch fabric keeps skin from getting damp and chilled, prevents chafing, and the mesh inserts on the side help to prevent overheating.
They also have UPF 50 UV protection and a zippered waistband pocket that holds small items.
An item that seems to be part of everyone's ultralight hiking gear list these days.
These super packable lightweight puffer jackets can fit into your pocket when rolled up, yet provide a decent amount of protection from the cold, rain, and wind.
This is one of the best gifts for outdoorsy women on the go, who need something to keep them warm but who don't want to pack a bulky jacket.
Gone are the days of ugly and overly bulkly hiking boots as your only option.
There are so many quality hiking boots out there these days that are comfortable, stylish, and practical, these boots by Merrell included.
If you're looking for gifts for an outdoorsy girlfriend or sister, these comfortable boots are versatile and can be paired with any cute hiking outfit or street clothes when walking around town.
Oh, and the best part? They're completely waterproof.
Best Hiking Gifts for Him
If you're looking for gifts for the outdoorsman in your life and he happens to enjoy winter hikes, these water-resistant fleece gloves are a good bet.
There's nothing worse than freezing hands while out on the trail.
With a windproof 3-layer shell, these fleece gloves make sure freezing hands don't happen.
These gloves also have good grip and touch screen capabilities on all fingers, so you don't have to take off your gloves in order to use your phone or touch screen camera.
Bucket hats have made a comeback recently with hikers, and for good reason - they're practical, provide decent sun coverage, and they can be a more stylish hat option for those with an active lifestyle.
If you're looking for gifts for outdoorsy guys, this Tilley Monterey bucket hat from REI is a good place to start.
This hat is not only water repellent, but has UPF 50+ sun protection and a moisture wicking sweatband to keep sweat out of eyes.
Long gone are the days where zip off khakis were your only option for hiking pants.
These prAna Stretch Zion Pants are the perfect outdoor gift for him, whether he's into hiking or rock climbing.
These versatile hiking pants can be worn on the trail as easily as they can be worn in the city.
They're designed to withstand weeks in the wilderness. They're also water and wrinkle resistant, have quick drying capabilities, and provide UPF 50+ sun protection.
In addition, they have roll up leg snaps for those hotter days outside.
If you're looking for high quality outdoorsy gifts for him, this versatile hiking jacket is the perfect option.
This hoodie keeps him warm while giving him the mobility he needs for long hikes or treks.
The jacket is durable, weather resistant, and, most of all, warm and comfortable - whether he's a regular hiker or an overall active person.
I love a good Timberland shoe, they're durable, can withstand pretty much anything, and they last for years.
It's no surprise that they offer a stellar hiking boot for men.
If you're looking for gifts for the outdoorsy guy in your life and you noticed he needs a new pair of hiking shoes, these Timbs are a good option.
They're 100% waterproof, provide good ankle support, and they're made for miles of walking in the wilderness.
Best Practical Gifts for Hikers
Something that every hiker needs, no matter how capable they think they are, is a first aid kit.
You never know what might happen on the trail, so it's best to be prepared for anything.
This compact first aid kit has everything a hiker might need for unexpected scrapes and injuries, and only weighs a pound.
An outdoor gift that is super practical in case of an emergency.
These 'Don't Die in the Woods' Emergency Blankets should be in any survival kit for long hikes.
These blankets are not only light and packable, but known to be some of the toughest emergency blankets in the world.
They reflect up to 90% of body heat to prevent hypothermia and can easily be converted into an emergency shelter or sleeping bag.
If you're looking for cool outdoor gifts for hiker friends, these colorful trekking poles are a good option.
It took me a while to understand the magic of trekking poles and how much better they can be for your knees and balance.
But, I eventually came around to how useful they can be if you hike regularly and want to go easier on your joints.
TrailBuddy trekking poles can be comfortably used for any terrain, no matter how rocky, and they're easily adjustable for all heights.
They're made of lightweight and durable aluminum, and perfect for long hikes.
Another one of those hiking gadgets that is a must have for safety when doing long backcountry jaunts, especially by yourself.
This 2-way satellite messenger is an ideal practical gift for any hiker.
It allows them to communicate in case of an emergency in places where there is no cell reception and they wouldn't otherwise be able to call for help.
They can also use it to connect to their phone via Bluetooth to make phone calls and send messages.
This satellite messenger comes with the ability to send an SOS to the Search and Rescue center, and includes a built-in compass and programmable markers to help with navigation.
It's a must have for any hiking bag in case of an emergency.
If you're looking to splurge on some luxe hiking gear for a friend, this tactical GPS watch is one of the best backpacking gadgets you could buy on the market.
Built to be highly durable for any kind of weather or activity, this watch has a lot of bells and whistles to it and packs in a lot for such a small piece of equipment.
From fitness features that let you track your heart rate to different types of navigation features and dual position GPS, this watch has all the tech you could possibly need for a successful backcountry adventure.
Best Unique Gifts for Hikers
One of the more fun hiking gifts on this list, this is a cute t-shirt to get anyone who enjoys hiking and/or sloths and llamas (I mean, who doesn't?).
It's also a reminder that the journey is often the best part and there's no point in rushing through a trail. You'll get there when you get there.
The perfect gift for outdoor lovers who like to keep a record of their adventures.
This hiking journal features prompts and information to help document a hike, as well as plenty of room for notes and freestyle anecdotes.
Subscription boxes have become all the rage in pretty much every industry these days, so it's not surprising that there are quite a few out there for outdoor and hiking enthusiasts.
One of the best ones I've come across is Cairn, which sends you curated quality outdoor products, including food, gear, and practical accessories.
This is a great gift idea for anyone in your life who is all about the outdoors and trendy new outdoor products.
If you're looking for cheap hiking gear to give as a gift that is versatile and fun, a lightweight fanny pack can be a good addition to any hiking outfit.
Fanny packs are ideal for when you don't want to reach into your bag every time to grab something small that could easily fit into a fanny.
This could be a phone, chapstick, sunscreen, or a small snack.
This is the perfect gift for someone who likes a little flair and 80s throwback, and who could use a practical way to keep items handy and accessible on the trail.
One of the more unique hiking gifts on this list, you might not think a Kindle would be included on a list of must have hiking items.
However, if you're an avid reader, taking a Kindle with you on the trail can be magical.
Personally, I take my Kindle on hikes because I love reading in beautiful places.
If you know someone who also loves to read or who travels a lot, a Kindle is the perfect way to allow them to read wherever they want (without the extra weight of physical books).
Another unique hiking gift and one of my favorite pieces of outdoor gear that I own - an ENO hammock!
Whether you have a friend who wants to try out hammock camping or simply hikes a lot, these hammocks are compact, light, and can easily clip onto any backpack.
For long hiking days, hammocks are the perfect way to rest while you eat your lunch or take the weight off your feet.
And, hammock camping is actually my preferred way of camping, especially when I'm doing a multi-day hike.
It's less to pack and more comfortable than sleeping on the ground.
Best Camping Gifts for Hikers
One of the best outdoor gifts for the friend who enjoys backcountry camping.
This collapsible camp chair adds a little comfort to any campsite without adding too much hiking weight (only around two pounds).
And, the best part is that these chairs are versatile enough to be used for any kind of outdoor activity besides just hiking - including tailgating, concerts, and other outdoor events.
One thing I always seem to forget or purposefully leave out when I'm hiking to a campsite is a pillow.
Although my neck doesn't thank me, pillows are simply too bulky to take backpacking. I used to just roll up a sweatshirt under my head and call it a day.
Then I discovered inflatable camping pillows. Game changer.
This is a super practical gift for campers because pillows (even small ones) can be the hardest things to pack on a backpacking trip.
This pillow only weighs 4oz and can deflate into a handheld bag (aka it's super easy to fit into a backpack).
For those campers who still like a fresh cup of coffee when they wake up in the wilderness.
This portable espresso machine is the perfect item to include in a fun camping gift basket, and small enough to fit in a backpack if the coffee is worth the extra weight.
Every multi-day backpacker needs a good lightweight sleeping bag that can keep them warm, but not take up too much space or weight in their pack.
Let me introducing the mummy sleeping bag where space and weight are optimized, as well as warmth.
This is a the perfect camping gift idea for anyone who could use a new or more compact sleeping bag.
At only 2.8 pounds, this sleeping bag could easily be taken on any backpacking adventure.
Having a sturdy light, whether it's in the form of a headlamp or lantern is a must when you're camping.
These are some of the best backpacking lanterns on the market due to their packability and lightweight nature, as well as being waterproof.
They also provide a lot more light than your average headlamp.
Another great Christmas gift for the outdoorsman in your life who enjoys multi-day hiking trips, these lightweight backpacking tents are perfect for any outdoor adventure.
Besides being super light at around three pounds, these tents are waterproof, rugged, and sturdy enough to stay put even in windy and stormy weather.
Best Hiking Books to Give as a Gift
A practical book for anyone who loves to get lost in the wilderness, The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs brings things back to basics and away from our reliance on technology.
This book gives you the tools to find your way if you get lost through noticing the right cues in nature.
It also goes through the art of predicting the weather, locating water, tracking animals, and all the other basic survival skills that any regular hiker should know.
An ideal gift for any hiker, this beautiful coffee table book takes you on a journey through 11 trails in the National Scenic Trails System in the US.
It includes plenty of stunning pictures to inspire a future hiking trip, as well as stories, history, maps, and the highlights of each trail.
If you're looking to gift a hiking book that will give someone all the inspiration they need for their own solo hiking journey (especially if they're female), I can't think of a better book than Wild.
I read Wild when I was in college and it was eye opening and inspiring to read the honest account of a woman who tackled the PCT by herself.
It's still uncommon to hear solo hiking stories from female perspectives, and this is one of the best I've read.
I'm a big fan of Bill Bryson and his way of weaving together wit, humor, and unique observations.
A Walk in the Woods is no exception.
This is a great book for any hiker who enjoys humor and a realistic take on what multi-day hiking is actually like - especially from someone new to it.
One of the most thrilling books I've read in my life.
I literally found myself on the edge of my seat throughout the second half of this book it was so intense.
Into Thin Air might not for the faint of heart, but it paints an honest picture of what hiking Mt. Everest is like and the real first-hand dangers attached to it.
This is one of those books that is extremely hard to put down, especially if you're into adventure stories and hiking.
Plus, Krakauer is a brilliant writer who knows how to keep a reader engaged.
There you have it!
My complete list of the best gifts for hikers – from the practical to the funny and more inspirational.
Whether you’re looking for the perfect Christmas, birthday, or anniversary gift, these hiking gifts are sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face if they love being outside.
Looking for more gift ideas? Make sure to check out my guide to the best gifts for parents.
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