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Most avid hikers already have all the gear, making them super hard to buy for. So, if you’re shopping for a hiking enthusiast but need help deciding what to buy, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a great list of gifts for hikers just for you!
We don’t include backpacks, shoes, or jackets that need sizing – your hiker likely has this covered. So, the following gift ideas are gifts that most hikers could use (and love). Read on to find outstanding gifts for hikers for any budget!
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The best gifts for hikers
LifeStraw is the most popular and widely used personal water filter for a reason. Each “straw” filters up to 792 gallons of water, making water safe to drink without using chemicals. It’s the perfect gift for anyone, really, but especially for hikers!
This multitool is perfect for any hiker – its compact size makes it easy to throw in a backpack. Plus, it can be opened with one hand and has 14 devices, including pliers, wire cutters, and scissors.
AeroPress Go Portable Travel Coffee Press
If the hiker you’re buying for also loves coffee, this is the ideal gift! It’s a coffee press that packs into its own cup, so it’s super easy to take along. Best of all, it brews fantastic coffee (cold or hot) in two minutes or less.
A park pass makes an excellent gift for hiking enthusiasts! Gift an access pass to state or national parks to make it easy for them to explore. Buy National Park passes online, at any National Park visitor center, or at REI.
Any hiker would love a way to keep devices charged while hiking. This solar power bank charges USB devices, is super durable and waterproof and can work up to 100 hours! There’s also a built-in 200 Lumen flashlight.
Garmin Instinct Solar GPS Watch
Any hiker would love this solar GPS smartwatch with excellent health-tracking capabilities! It’s made of military-grade materials, has solar charging (for extended battery life), and access to several navigation satellite systems, including GPS.
Hikers love, love, love these socks – and they’ll last forever! Darn Tough Socks are made of durable all-weather Merino wool. They’re super comfortable and moisture-wicking, plus they have a lifetime guarantee!
These aren’t your average trekking poles! Instead, they’re made of aircraft-grade aluminum and are lightweight and collapsable, so they’re easy to pack. Plus, they’re height adjustable, designed for all types of terrain, and come with interchangeable accessories for different conditions.
Garmin inReach Mini 2 Communicator
Here’s a great gift for hikers who enjoy solo or long hiking adventures! Not only does it help with navigation, but it can also get them back to their starting point. They can also share their location in places with no cell coverage! (It does require a subscription to access all features.)
This lightweight, rugged cushion is a perfect item for hiking trips! It’s a super durable, seat-sized, insulated pad that folds to fit in a backpack.
Gifts for hikers for $25 or less
Waist Pack with Water Bottle Holder
Fanny packs are perfect for day hikes – and this one even has a water bottle holder! The adjustable waist belt fits most, and there are separate compartments for all the necessities. It even has reflective material for nighttime visibility.
Here’s a water bottle that’s not really a bottle but is ideal for staying hydrated on long hikes! When empty, it flattens, but it stands up like a bottle when filled. It has a wide-mouth lid and a carabiner clip for easy carrying. (BPA-free, freezable, and dishwasher safe.)
Here are great gifts for hikers that are out after dark! These headlamps are comfortable, water-resistant, and bright. They’re also adjustable for varying needs, with seven modes and a 45-degree tilt.
Rainleaf Microfiber Quick Dry Towel
This fast-drying towel folds down small and is perfect for throwing in a backpack. Not only that, but it’s soft and absorbent and comes with a mesh bag.
Tiny Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
This little speaker weighs just 6.2 ounces and is under two inches (the size of an egg!). In other words, it’s great to throw in a backpack. But don’t let its size fool you; it’s easy to use and has excellent sound quality!
Help your hiker keep drinks hot or cold for hours. This thermos keeps beverages cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. And it’s just the right size to take along, and the lid doubles as a cup!
Merino Wool is the ideal material for cool-weather hiking! This beanie is comfortable and warm yet lightweight. Add to that its moisture-wicking properties, and it’s perfect for outdoor activities.
This repair tape will patch holes in outdoor material, like nylon and vinyl. It’s easy to use, sturdy, and weather-resistant, making it super useful for hiking (and camping).
This tiny first-aid kit comes in a water-resistant case with the basic supplies hikers need!
Having an emergency blanket along on hikes is always a good idea. The great thing about these mylar thermal blankets is they do more than keep you warm in an emergency. They double as emergency shelters, shade, ponchos, and more!
Books any hiker would love!
100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Scenic Trails
This National Geographic book offers the best 100 hikes on all continents – of various lengths for all skill levels. No doubt they’ll get inspired by the beautiful photographs and trail descriptions!
America’s Best Day Hikes: Spectacular Single-Day Hikes Across the States
Help them find great hiking trails they might have otherwise missed! This book details excellent day hikes of varying distances in all regions of the country.
This one is for hikers who dream about exploring miles and miles of America’s trails! It includes beautiful photos and details on short and long routes, including the National Scenic Trails.
Hiking Logbook (Journal)
Help them chronicle their hiking journeys with a hiking journal! This one fits easily in a backpack and includes space to log details, like date, weather, elevation, and more.
100 Parks, 5000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do
This National Geographic book is a best-seller for a reason! Help your hiker find their next adventure (or three!) and inspire them to get out and explore.
The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs
Knowing how to read nature adds an element of awe to any hike! This book is filled with fun facts about understanding nature and its signs. Help them predict the weather, track animals, and much more!
SAS Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere
For the most adventurous hikers, this book makes a great gift! It’s a comprehensive guide to basic survival skills, setting up camp, first-aid, weather, self-defense, and more.
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
Bill Bryson tells about his journey on the Appalachian Trail with a touch of humor and interesting facts along the way. The book is entertaining and gives you an idea of what it might be like to hike this iconic trail.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wild is a very candid memoir from famed author and columnist Cheryl Strayed. She details her experience hiking the Pacific Crest Trail after a personal loss – alone and with no hiking experience.
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