The season of gift giving is fast approaching and we know it can be hard to choose the perfect, meaningful present for your loved ones. It is especially daunting when your friends and family are addicted to specific activities, like hiking. To make your challenge more manageable, we at The Adventure Junkies have assembled an awesome list of the 100 best gifts for hikers.
The following gift guide is sure to have an item for every person on your hiking gift list. We have suggestions for on-the-trail gear, techie instruments, snacks, books and more. To make it even easier, we’ve grouped items to match every budget.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Gifts for every Hiker
- Gifts for Him
- Gifts for Her
- Gifts for Families and Kids
GIFTS FOR EVERY HIKER UNDER 50 USD
2. GEAR AID FIELD REPAIR KIT
3. DARN TOUGH MICRO CREW
4. LEAVE NO TRACE BOOK
5. GUYOT DESIGNS BOWL AND CUP
6. AEROPRESS COFFEE MAKER
7. ALPINE START COFFEE
8. CLIF BAR
9. MTN HOUSE ICE CREAM SANDWICH
10. THEO CHOCOLATE BAR
11. SEA TO SUMMIT UTENSIL KIT
12. KATADYN BEFREE WATER FILTER
13. NALGENE WATER BOTTLE
14. NUUN ACTIVE HYDRATION TABS
15. SKRATCH LABS HYDRATION MIX
16. STANLEY CLASSIC FLASK
17. STASHER REUSABLE FOOD BAG
18. AQUA TABS PURIFICATION TABS
19. MOON CHEESE
20. BIG AGNES MTNGLO ACCESSORY KIT
21. SOL EMERGENCY BIVVY
22. DUCT TAPE
23. MSR GROUNDHOG STAKES
24. OUTDOOR RESEARCH GAITERS
25. REI DUCK’S BACK RAIN COVER
26. ADVENTURE FIRST AID KIT
27. CAMPING MAT SEAT
29. SEA TO SUMMIT AEROS PILLOW
30. SPARK FORCE FIRE STARTER
31. LEATHERMAN SQUIRT MULTITOOL
32. LEAVE NO TRACE CAP
33. KISS MY FACE LIP BALM
34. LUCI SOLAR LIGHT
35. SEA TO SUMMIT HAND WASH
36. BLACK DIAMOND MITTENS
37. PACKTOWEL PERSONAL
38. PETZL ACTIK HEADLAMP
39. THERMOS COMPACT BOTTLE
40. U-DIG-IT HAND SHOVEL
41. SEATTLE SPORTS CASE
42. RITE IN THE RAIN JOURNAL
43. WHISTLES FOR LIFE WHISTLE
44. ZIPPO HANDWARMER
45. SPENCO SECOND SKIN
46. TRIGGER POINT FOAM ROLLER
47. BACKPACK GOURMET COOKBOOK
48. LIPSMACKIN’ COOKBOOK
49. BACKPACKER MAGAZINE
50. ADVENTURE APP
A buff is abundantly versatile. One can be worn as a neck warmer, bandana, headband and more. A buff can provide warmth, sun protection, bug protection, or even just style for your hiking friends. These simple tubes of fabric are great for anybody.
GEAR AID FIELD REPAIR KIT
Even if your friends are only into occasional hiking, it is likely they move over unforgiving terrain. Rocks and bushes can quickly snag and tear at fabrics. Help your friends make repairs to their outerwear, packs, and even tents and mattresses with this handy and compact repair kit. The kit comes with 1/4 oz. Seam Grip adhesive and sealant, two removable Clean Tape patches and an application brush.
DARN TOUGH MICRO CREW CUSHION SOCK
Socks may seem like a cliché gift idea, but hikers can never have enough of them! There are many great hiking socks to choose from, but Darn Tough does it right with their custom-count, shrink-treated merino and extra cushioning in just the right places. Merino wool is an awesome option due to its anti-microbial and insulation properties.
LEAVE NO TRACE BOOK
Brought to you by Backpacker Magazine, the second edition of Leave No Trace by Annette McGivney is full of advice on how to minimize one’s impact in the great outdoors. The book contains plenty of tips for hikers that go well beyond packing out your garbage. A portion of the proceeds from each sale of the book goes to the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.
GUYOT DESIGNS SQUISHY BOWL AND CUP
A great choice for your hiking friends who are out on the trail for more than just a day trip. Squishy dishes are lightweight and compressible, and they take up very little space in a pack. These surprisingly sturdy bowls also come in a variety of fun colors. An alternative, equally cool option is the Sea-To-Summit collapsible bowl set, available at REI.
AEROPRESS COFFEE MAKER
The AeroPress has become all the rage recently, providing quick and delicious coffee-by-the-cup with little waste. These presses make a great gift for the coffee-loving-hiker in your life. They are lightweight, compact, and the required cleaning is minimal, which is perfect for an on-the-go adventurer lifestyle.
ALPINE START COFFEE
A delicious alternative to pressing a pot of coffee in the morning. Perfect for early morning hikers or your friends who are pressed for time but still love a quality cup of joe in an instant. Made from 100% high elevation arabica coffee beans.
A hiking snack that is tried and true. Clif bars pack a punch in terms of fibre, protein and nutrients, and they are made from all natural, organic ingredients. They are a reliable snack that have been fueling hikers and adventurers for 25 years. Looking for something a little different? Clif Bar offers a multitude of other products in addition to their classic bars.
MOUNTAIN HOUSE ICE CREAM SANDWICH
Surprise your friends with a delicious space-meal-inspired treat that they aren’t likely to have every day. These ice cream sandwiches have a unique texture, but actually taste just like the real thing. They are just as they sound: vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two chocolate cookie wafers.
THEO CHOCOLATE BAR
Hikers love a good summit treat. The spectrum of funky chocolate on the market these days is vast, but you can’t go wrong with the selection from Theo chocolate. Easily blow your buddies’ palettes with Crunchy Black Rice Quinoa or Salted Toffee, combined with rich dark chocolate. Theo bars are Fair Trade and organic.
SEA TO SUMMIT ALPHA UTENSIL SET
Do you have hiking friends who are into overnight trips? These durable Sea To Summit utensils are made from an aircraft grade aluminum alloy. The fork-knife-spoon set is lightweight and compact, and each piece is designed with integrated hex tools in the handle for easy stove maintenance on the trail.
KATADYN BEFREE COLLAPSIBLE WATER FILTER BOTTLE
This collapsible water bottle gives you the freedom to drink water anywhere, anytime. It comes with a built-in 0.1 micron microfilter that is effective at removing protozoa and bacteria to EPA standards. It also works fast, with the ability to filter 2L of water per minute.
NALGENE WATER BOTTLE
You can’t go wrong with a water bottle. Everyone uses them, and they are the most reliable solution for water on a day hike. When a water bladder feels like a bit over the top, fill your Nalgene from the tap at home and hit the trail for a few hours. Works great for warm or cold drinks.
NUUN ACTIVE HYDRATION TABLETS
These compact electrolyte tablets are great to throw in a pack on a long hike. They are small, lightweight, and delicious – drop one tablet into 16 fluid ounces of water and after two minutes you have hydration with dependably fast absorption. NUUN tablets are available in a variety of flavors, and if you buy the conservation 4-pack from REI you get the added bonus of knowing a portion of the proceeds are helping to protect North America’s wild places.
SKRATCH LABS HYDRATION MIX
Plenty of hiking, especially in the heat, can burn up a lot of electrolytes during the day. Skratch Labs makes all natural energy drink mixes in a variety of wild and delicious flavors like Raspberry and Pineapple, to help keep adventurers healthy and hydrated.
STANLEY CLASSIC FLASK
Looking to bring a little something along on the trail for when you’ve finished your miles for the day and are back at the campfire sharing with friends? The 8 ounce Stanley Classic flask is a tried and true vessel for transporting whatever celebratory beverage you’re looking for. The wide mouth makes it easy for both sipping and pouring.
STASHER REUSABLE SILICONE FOOD BAG
Stasher bags are a great alternative to rigid plastic food containers or disposable snack bags. The 100% pure platinum food-grade silicone pouches are changing the game for food storage on the trail. Best of all? These self-sealing bags are low profile and pack down once empty, but you can reuse them again and again.
AQUA TABS WATER PURIFICATION TABLETS
Water treatment tabs are a great back up to have on a hike, in cases where a water filter is not necessary but you’re still a bit wary of the water source. The Aqua Tabs Purification Tablets are effective against viruses, bacteria and Giardia cysts, and in just 30 mins a single tablet can purify up to two litres.
Crunchy freeze dried moon cheese is an awesome snack for on the trail. High in protein and calcium with the added bonus of being downright delicious. These cheesy treats come in cheddar, gouda, and pepper jack – help your friends to try them all!
BIG AGNES MTNGLO TENT LIGHT ACCESSORY KIT
A nifty way to light up the night when you’re hunkering down after a day on the trail. The Big Agnes MtnGlo accessory kit can be used inside your tent or around the campsite. It creates a great ambiance for hanging out with friends without the blinding-your-buddies downside of a classic headlamp.
SOL EMERGENCY BIVY
Everyone should have an emergency blanket or bivy with them on the trail. A bivy is a great, thoughtful gift for a friend. The SOL Emergency Bivy reflects up to 90% of one’s body heat back to them, which offers excellent peace of mind for when disaster strikes. The orange exterior is highly visible to aid in rescue efforts.
Duct tape has countless uses! Buy a large role and encourage your friends to wrap a long piece several times around their Nalgene to have on hand in emergencies. If your trail-ready friends are counting ounces in their packs, pick them up a ready-to-use mini duct tape two pack from REI.
MSR GROUND HOG STAKES
Nearly everyone has experienced the inconvenience of the bent out-of-shape tent stake. If your friends are lucky enough to have only owned high quality stakes with their tent, they’ve surely lost at least one over the years. These MSR Ground Hog Stakes are sleek, lightweight and virtually indestructible!
OUTDOOR RESEARCH ROCKY MOUNTAIN LOW GAITERS
Keep your friend’s feet and pants dry with these lightweight and durable gaiters! This low rise pair has an elasticized top and bottom which helps prevent debris, twigs, and dirt from getting into boots and ruining the day. These gaiters will perform well in rain, light snow, and bush-whacking terrain, but for extreme hiking endeavors consider a full length pair.
REI CO-OP DUCK’S BACK RAIN COVER
The Duck’s Back rain covers from REI have a waterproof polyurethane coating that is sure to keep the pack underneath bone dry. This one is a great midway size of 60L, but REI offers rain covers for packs ranging from 20L to 100L. Drawstrings allow the covers to securely cinch for those in-between-sizes.
ADVENTURE MEDICAL KITS ULTRALIGHT/WATERTIGHT FIRST AID KIT .7
Perfect for hikers and backpackers. This kit contains sufficient first aid supplies for one or two people for up to four days. Ultralight in a zippered ripstop silnylon outer bag with watertight inner pouches so materials stay dry and intact in the depths of your pack. There are many variations available so you can match the kit to your needs, or customize all the way and build your own.
CAMPING MAT SEAT
Snack breaks, view points and rest stops are all opportunities for your hiking friends to grab a seat and rest their weary legs. These lightweight, foldable camping mat seats help keep rear ends dry and clean while reducing wear to those beloved hiking trousers. Give your friends the gift of comfort.
A chawel, or “changing towel” is simple, yet innovative. Sometimes a little extra discretion is desired, but the space and place are not entirely suitable for stripping down and switching outfits. Experience the freedom to change anywhere when you have a thin and lightweight chawel in your pack.
SEA TO SUMMIT AEROS PILLOW
Weighing in at only 2.8 ounces and packing down to almost nothing, your friends are sure to appreciate the comfort points from this gift. The pillow inflates to a full 5 inches thick with only two breaths of air. Curved internal baffles and a soft but durable synthetic stretch-knit outer offer superior comfort.
ULTIMATE SURVIVAL TECHNOLOGIES SPARK FORCE FIRE STARTER
Regardless of whether your hiking friends are overnighters or not, it is always a great idea to have emergency supplies. This striker and flint bar is tiny and takes up hardly any space, yet can produce a spark in adverse conditions when it’s needed most.
LEATHERMAN SQUIRT PS4 MULTITOOL
The Squirt is less than two ounces, making it a great choice for hiking who are lightweight conscious. Complete with two pliers, three screwdrivers, scissors, wire cutters, a file, a straight knife, and a bottle opener, this multitool is likely to meet most needs. If you know your friends are going to be up to some extreme adventuring, consider a more survival-oriented option.
LEAVE NO TRACE CAP
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Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace is an organization worth supporting. Your hiking friends are likely passionate lovers of the outdoors and supportive of protecting our natural areas. These Leave No Trace caps proudly sport the LNT logo. With an adjustable back, they’ll be suitable for anyone. LNT also sells books and other swag.
KISS MY FACE SPORT LIP BALM
Made with natural and organic ingredients such as beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter, Kiss My Face lip balm is long-lasting and provides SPF 30 protection. As a sport-specific lip balm it is also water-resistant. A perfect solution for braving elements of sun, wind, and cold.
LUCI INFLATABLE SOLAR LIGHT
A fun gift for your hiking friends. Strap the lamp to the outside of a pack during the day so the panel can charge, then inflate to enjoy great campsite ambiance in the evening with the unoffensive glow of the Luci lamp.
SEA TO SUMMIT POCKET HAND WASH SLIPS
A packet of Sea To Summit hand wash slips is a lightweight alternative to carrying a bottle of liquid soap or a travel container with a bar of soap. Slide out one of these biodegradable and phosphate free soap leaves and lather up for fresh clean hands on the trail.
BLACK DIAMOND WINDWEIGHT CONVERTIBLE MITTENS
These Black Diamond mittens are convertible to 3/4 length gloves for when your hands get too warm or you need the finger dexterity for digging around in your bag. They are windproof and made of cozy Polartec fleece. Know of friends embarking on even more intense cold weather adventures? Try Outdoor Research Storm Tracker Heated Gloves!
PACKTOWEL PERSONAL TOWEL
A gift of this towel is like giving your friends a hug. Made from a soft polyester/nylon microfiber blend, Packtowel towels are also super absorbent, and can soak up four times their weight in water. Perfect for your hiking buddies that enjoy taking a quick dip in lakes and streams on their adventures.
PETZL ACTIK HEADLAMP
Whether it be for covering a few miles before sunrise, fixing a meal back at camp, or a safety measure when you find yourself on the trail after dark, every hiker needs a reliable headlamp. Offering 300 lumens, the Petzl Actik is also low profile and lightweight enough that it won’t occupy too much space in the bag.
THERMOS COMPACT BOTTLE
These classic vacuum insulated thermos bottles are popular for a reason. They can lock in the temperature of hot or cold beverages for up to 24 hours! Have friends who need to hit the trail early but aren’t “morning people”? Encourage them to make their coffee or tea over dinner the night before, and then seal it in a thermos so the steaming goodness awaits them in the a.m.
U-DIG-IT HAND SHOVEL
When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. Human waste in the backcountry is a growing environmental concern. Help your friends be the best backcountry citizens they can be, with the gift of a sturdy yet lightweight, foldable shovel.
SEATTLE SPORTS E-MERSE WATERPROOF CASE
In this day and age there are countless reasons why it’s smart and safe to have electronics with you on the trail. But, weather changes can occur unexpectedly, and your smart phone or other device will be useless if it becomes water damaged. Help your friends keep their gadgets bone dry in rain storms, paddling excursions, or when fording that surprise river crossing. Multiple case sizes are available.
RITE IN THE RAIN JOURNAL
It is often nice to have a notebook on a hike to record info about the trek, note down unique observations, or even just store some emergency contact information. These small, compact flip-notebooks are totally waterproof, and take up next-to-no space when slipped into a pack. Larger bound books are available for your friends who have caught the writing bug.
WHISTLES FOR LIFE TRI-POWERED WHISTLE
Being safe means having an ability to be heard. These whistles are great for if emergency strikes. They are made with one main chamber and two secondary chambers and deliver a 120-decibel staccato sound that reaches above wind and doesn’t get lost.
ZIPPO HAND WARMER
These Zippo Hand Warmers deliver 12-hour warming power. Hand warmers are great for those who enjoy brisk early starts or are hitting the trails in the shoulder season. Hand warmers are a tried and true trick loved by many. Give your friends the gift of warmth with one of these reusable hand warmers, or choose from an array of other options.
SPENCO 2ND SKIN BLISTER KIT
Blisters are a good way to immediately ruin a day. Provide your friends with an emergency kit for those inevitable hot spots on the trail. Remember that the number one tool for mitigating blisters is prevention, but its important to know how to care for your blisters if they do arise.
TRIGGER POINT PERFORMANCE GRID FOAM ROLLER
Self-myofascial release is a great strategy for managing tight muscles. Foam rollers specifically can work knots and tension out of big muscle groups like the legs and back. Get your friends back on the trails quicker by giving them a foam roller they can use to aid in injury prevention and recover more quickly.
BACKPACK GOURMET COOKBOOK
Do you friends love to cook? Do they get excited about preparing their own meals for long hikes? The Backpack Gourmet Cookbook offers a ton of recipe ideas for delicious and healthy home-dried meals and snacks that simply require re-heating on the trail. This book is especially great for backpackers as it can help dramatically with cutting food weight.
LIPSMACKIN’ BACKPACKIN’ COOKBOOK
Another incredible cookbook with clear at-home and on-the-trail preparation steps. The meals in these pages are fun and delicious, and all updated from the cookbook’s successful first edition. Each recipe is complete with nutritional information, serving size, and carrying weight to help your friends plan the perfect menu for their next trip.
BACKPACKER MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION
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Backpacker magazine is a fantastic resource for gear, trip stories, survival tips, skills learning, inspiring photography and more. You can purchase a subscription for anywhere between one and three years and keep your friends stoked and inspired for their next hike or backpacking adventure.
SMART PHONE APP FOR ADVENTURE
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Atlas & Boots
There are a lot of outdoor-specific apps on the market, many of which are free! Know a friend who is tech savvy and loves learning on the go? Send them a list of free and inexpensive app suggestions, or buy them a topographic or survival app for the safety on the trail.
GIFTS FOR EVERY HIKER BETWEEN 50 – 200 USD
1. CABINISTE DOWN BOOTIES
2. SMARTWOOL MERINO 150
3. PATAGONIA BETTER SWEATER
4. PATAGONIA HOUDINI
5. REI CO-OP DOWN JACKET
6. MTN HOUSE CLASSIC BUCKET
7. URSACK MINOR CRITTER BAG
8. ALITE MONARCH BUTTERFLY CHAIR
9. NEMO HELIO PRESSURE SHOWER
10. THERM-A-REST NEOAIR XLITE
11. ENO DOUBLENEST HAMMOCK
12. RUMPL DOWN PUFFY BLANKET
13. THE NORTH FACE FURNACE 20
14. BIG AGNES ENCAMPMENT 15
15. HIKER HUNGER TREKKING POLES
16. KINDLE E-READER
17. JADE HARMONY YOGA MAT
18. OLLOCLIP CORE LENS SET
19. GARMIN ETREX 20X
20. GOAL ZERO GUIDE 10 PLUS
21. JBL CLIP PORTABLE SPEAKER
22. SPOT GEN3 SATELLITE GPS
CABINISTE DOWN BOOTIES
It’s hard to beat cozy toes at the end of a day on the trail. Give your friends’ feet a break from their trail shoes. Cabiniste booties are not only spacious and warm, but with reinforced soles they enable users to complete all their evening camp duties in comfort. They are also available in a women’s-specific pair.
SMARTWOOL MERINO 150 LONG SLEEVE
Merino wool is a fantastic choice for a base layer, as it continues to insulate even when wet, and is naturally smell-free. Help your friends to layer up efficiently no matter what the weather with this high quality piece that they can also wear on its own. Remind your friends to care for their merino properly to maintain garment longevity.
PATAGONIA BETTER SWEATER JACKET
The classic Patagonia fleeces are loved by many. The Better Sweater is one of Patagonia’s most popular pieces, renowned for its comfort and versatility. Made with polyester knitted fleece, this midweight jacket is great to wear on its own or under a shell as part of a layering system. Also know that you’re giving your friends the gift of environmental consciousness when supporting Patagonia.
This jacket is a great choice for the day hikers on your friend list. The Houdini offers extremely lightweight protection from wicked winds and light rain. Weighing next to nothing, this low profile jacket (that tucks away completely into a tiny pocket) has your friends covered.
REI CO-OP DOWN JACKET
With a weather-resistent shell and 650-fill power down that meets the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) requirement, this jacket is hard to beat. It also comes in at a great price point for packable down that won’t break the bank! Women’s and children’s versions are available, making it a superb choice for everyone on your hiking gift list.
MOUNTAIN HOUSE CLASSIC ASSORTMENT BUCKET
Tasty, easy, lightweight, and reliable. Freeze dried food is quick couldn’t be simpler – just add water! This Mountain House assortment includes Chili Mac with Beef, one of the most popular flavors from a company with a long-standing history in freeze dried food. If your friends are weight-conscious with regards to what is in their pack but are not interested in cooking for themselves, this combo bucket would be an excellent treat.
URSACK MINOR CRITTER BAG
Ursack bags are smell and tear resistant to protect your precious food from interested critters. We recommend one of these bags for your hiking friends who have a “base camp” where they can leave their camping and food supplies. Multiple different Ursack sizes are available.
ALITE MONARCH BUTTERFLY CHAIR
These lightweight chairs are perfect for lounging around camp in the evening. They are fantastic backpacking chairs; low profile enough to strap to a backpack, and weighing in at only 1 lb 4.8 oz. Your friends will be grateful for the comfort they’ve gained, and they’ll love the unique two-foot design that allows them to rock back and forth.
NEMO HELIO PRESSURE SHOWER
This is a great gift for your friends who are doing multiple hikes from a car-camping location. Wash the sweat, dirt, and grime away at the end of each day on the trail. The Helio shower doesn’t need to be hung – rather it provides 5-7 minutes of great shower pressure with the bag right on the ground. The bag has an 11-litre capacity.
THERM-A-REST NEOAIR XLITE SLEEPING PAD
These sleeping pads are extremely light, weighing in at only 8 ounces. They would make a perfect gift for your backpacking friends or the thru hiker in your life. Internal baffle design offers 2.5 inch thickness and insulation provided by air pockets without the added weight of down or synthetic fills.
ENO DOUBLENEST HAMMOCK
Hikers love to unwind at the end of the day. A hammock is a fantastic, low volume lounge chair that takes relaxing to the next level. The Eno Doublenest Hammock is affordable, made from ultralight, durable 70-denier nylon, and provides roomy comfort for two people.
RUMPL DOWN PUFFY BLANKET
These all-weather blankets are made with an adventurer in mind! DWR-treated ripstop nylon encases soft and warm high-lofting down that is held in place with a delightful flow stitching pattern. They are cozy but also lightweight, offering a great alternative to a traditional sleeping bag in warm summer months.
NORTH FACE FURNACE 20 SLEEPING BAG
The North Face Furnace 20 is an affordable, lightweight mummy bag that is awesome for three season backpacking. This 20 degree F sleeping bag contains 600 fill power ProDown that meets Responsible Down Standard (RDS) and repels water more than other down. Furthermore, if water does get on the bag, ProDown dries out faster than other down types.
BIG AGNES ENCAMPMENT 15 SLEEPING BAG
The Big Agnes Encampment 15 is filled with 100% recycled synthetic insulation, intended to keep you just as warm as in a down bag. This sleeping bag is semi-rectangular bag, offering spacious coziness. Plenty of thoughtful details went into the bag design, like stretch panels that act as pillow stabilizers, and hooks for a sleeping bag liner. Your backpacking friends are sure to find it a thoughtful gift as well.
HIKER HUNGER TREKKING POLES
Trekking poles can make all the difference on a long hike when carrying heavy weight. The Hiker Hunger trekking poles are made from lightweight, carbon fiber and designed with comfy cork handles. The poles have an easy-to-use quick flip lock adjustment mechanism for when extending or compressing. The set includes rubber tips, rubber feet, mud baskets, and snow baskets and comes with a carry bag.
KINDLE PAPERWHITE E-READER
A Kindle is an awesome idea for the avid reader in your life who enjoys a good read when out in nature but without the weight of heavy paper. Kindles provide lightweight reading on the go. They’re easy to haul to the summit of a mountain peak and take up little room on longer backpacking adventures.
JADE HARMONY PROFESSIONAL YOGA MAT
A yoga mat is a versatile gift for a hiker, regardless of whether they practice yoga or not. A mat also provides a comfortable space for warm-up stretches, core and body strength exercises, and body maintenance such as rolling out knots on a foam roller or lacrosse ball. The options are endless.
OLLOCLIP CORE LENS SET
Do your hiking friends love photography but don’t want to carry a heavy camera with them on the trail? Consider gifting them an Olloclip Core Lens set that attaches right to their smart phone camera. Small and simple, these lenses can significantly boost photography potential. Other great higher quality lenses are the Moment New Wide Lens and the Moment New Tele Lens for professional quality close and far shots.
GARMIN ETREX 20X GPS
There is a benefit to having a virtually indestructible navigation unit with you on the trail. Garmin brings this to the table with the now updated eTrex 20x. This updated GPS unit has expanded memory for storing even more maps and data and an enhanced screen. Don’t let your friends head into the backcountry without a navigation unit, one of the 10 essentials.
GOAL ZERO GUIDE 10 PLUS ADVENTURE KIT
Sometimes you need that little boost to keep your gear charged up on the trail. The Goal Zero Guide 10 Plus is one of a variety of awesome options for a backcountry charging system. All you need to do is add sun! This particular kit comes with a Guide 10 Plus power pack that charges four AA batteries in 6-10 hours by USB, or just 3-6 hours from the sun. Comes with a 12V DC and USB to mini USB cords.
JBL CLIP PORTABLE SPEAKER
The JBL Clip2 Portable Speaker produces great sound from a sleek body weighing in at just 6.5 ounces. It is waterproof making it great for land or water. With an 8 hour battery life to keep the beats going, it’s hard to pass up this clip-anywhere unit. Please remind your friends to avoid the use of portable speakers on the trail if others are around – it is important to be respectful all people enjoying the outdoors.
SPOT GEN3 SATELLITE GPS MESSENGER
For the truly remote adventurer in your life. The SPOT Gen3 Messenger sends SOS signals to emergency responders when you have no other way of reaching out. It is a perfect safety-conscious gift for those who are known to venture beyond cell service or will be out on the trail for extended periods of time. The unit is 100% satellite based and can program custom messages.
GIFTS FOR EVERY HIKER OVER 200 USD
1. OUTDOOR RESEARCH ALPINE BIVY
2. BIG AGNES MTNGLO TENT
3. SUUNTO TRAVERSE GPS WATCH
OUTDOOR RESEARCH ALPINE BIVY
A bivy is a great gift for the weight-conscious adventure hiker in your life. For those who love getting outside but enjoy pushing into less than ideal conditions, the OR Alpine Bivy can provide space for a quick repose. This particular bivy is light weight, has a Goretex layer that provides dry breathability, and a bug mesh to keep the buzzing biters at bay. One pole is included.
BIG AGNES MTNGLO TENT
This exciting two person tent from Big Agnes comes with patent-pending built in LED lighting. Lightweight and highly waterproof, it is a great choice for backpacking adventures. The interior lighting comes with three settings, to easily adjust the ambiance offered from the glow. Double doors and two vestibules keep access in and out of the tent a breeze.
SUUNTO TRAVERSE GPS MULTIFUNCTION WATCH
There are tons of different smart watches on the market, providing great choice and selection to match your friends unique needs and sporting passions. If you have no idea where to start though, the Suunto Traverse GPS Multifunction Watch is a fantastic option. This watch is designed specifically for hikers and long distance trekkers who need mapping, tracking, and mountain-specific features at their fingertips but value simplicity and a sleek design.
GIFTS FOR EVERY HIKER ANY AMOUNT
1. WHOLE FOODS MARKET GIFT CARD
2. REI GIFT CARD
3. FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS
WHOLE FOODS MARKET GIFT CARD
Many hikers pride themselves on a healthy diet and consumption of ethically sourced foods where possible. Does a hiker you know fit this description? A Whole Foods Gift Card is an excellent option to satisfy their cravings and get them loaded up with delicious trail snacks.
REI GIFT CARD
Give your friends the gift of whatever their gear closet needs… by letting them choose it themselves! Buying gear for hikers is tricky, especially when it comes to items like boots or clothing where so much relies on comfort, sizing, fit, and personal preference. If you know a hiker in desperate need of new gear but you don’t know the technicalities of what it is they’re looking for, a gift card is the safest bet.
FILM FESTIVAL TICKETS
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Tickets to a film festival are a great way to give the gift of inspiration and psych. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is a world-renowned film fest with spectacular films spanning mountain life, adventure sport, hiking, and more. The No Man’s Land film fest is another exceptionally popular, growing film festival that is devoted to celebrating women outdoors. Consider also checking out the Lookout Wild Film Fest , the Adventure Film Fest, or the Mountain Film Festival which has been celebrating mountain spirit since 1979.
GIFTS FOR HIM UNDER 50 USD
1. PRANA MOJO SHORTS
2. SAXX KINETIC BOXER BRIEFS
3. TOTAL OUTDOORSMAN MANUAL
PRANA MOJO SHORTS
The prAna Mojo shorts are one of the most popular pairs of men’s shorts on the market. Their lightweight, airiness makes them an obvious winner, and they come in a huge variety of colors. The material is wrinkle free, quick-drying and rated UPF 50+ for ultimate sun protection.
SAXX KINETIC BOXER BRIEFS
These supportive, multi-sport briefs offer exceptional comfort for the active adventurer in your life. They are made from a blended nylon-spandex that offer a performance fit that is both moisture-wicking and quick-drying. The Saxx Kinetic Boxer Briefs are treated with an antimicrobial technology to mitigate odors.
THE TOTAL OUTDOORSMAN MANUAL
The Total Outdoorsman Manual is a well-loved favorite book that is full of survival tips, practical on-the-go solutions to problems in the great outdoors, and plenty of information on camping, hunting, fishing, and adventuring skills. Of course, this manual is also a great resource for the Outdoors-woman.
GIFTS FOR HIM BETWEEN 50 – 200 USD
1. PRANA WOODSMEN SHIRT
2. TILLEY LTM6 AIRFLOW HAT
3. GREGORY PATOS 28 DAYPACK
PRANA MEN’S WOODMAN SHIRT
A classic look that will have your friends smiling at your choice of style. A flannel shirt is nice and warm, and provides a great casual layer for hanging out around the campfire at the end of the day. The Organic Cotton fabric makes it not the best layer to wear during the hike, but a perfect choice for when hanging out and celebrating the outdoorsy vibes your friends radiate.
TILLEY LTM6 AIRFLOW HAT
This hat blocks 98% of UVA and UVB rays that are coming at you. Beautiful, sunny hiking weather also means spending a lot of time exposed to dangerous rays. While there are several strategies to protect yourself against too much UV light, a hat is a great option. This hat is so lightweight the wearer will hardly even notice it. Your friends will love its great combination of comfort, style, and effectiveness. Available in many sizes and also suitable for women.
GREGORY PATOS 28 DAYPACK
There are certain essentials that are great to bring on any hike, even the shorter ones. However, no one wants to lug a bulky pack around for just a day hike. This lightweight pack is perfect for shorter treks, with plenty of space for water, snacks, communication device, light layers, and a camera or other necessities. Talk to your friends about their favorite length of hike and then pick the best daypack possible.
GIFTS FOR HER UNDER 50 USD
1. OUTDOOR RESEARCH OASIS HAT
2. PIBELLA TRAVEL FUD
3. GIRL IN THE WOODS BOOK
4. A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO THE WILD
OUTDOOR RESEARCH OASIS SOMBRERO HAT
For ultimate sun protection on the trail, pick up an Outdoor Research Oasis Sombrero Hat for your friends. These hats have a 5 inch brim and are moisture wicking and quick-drying. In addition to being a direct sun block and casting a great shade patch, the fabric is treated with UPF 50+ SolarShield. These cool and lightweight hats are available in multiple colors.
PIBELLA TRAVEL FUD
Peeing outside is inevitable when you are out on the trail. As a woman, it can sometimes be hard to find the perfect spot and remain discrete. A female urination device (FUD) offers more power to your female friends, giving them the options when the need to relieve themselves arises. The Pibella Travel FUD is dishwasher safe and made from 100% recyclable materials.
GIRL IN THE WOODS BY ASPIN MATIS
Girl in the Woods is a memoire by Aspin Matis that tells the inspirational story of her journey hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. At only 19, Aspin spent 5 months hiking the trail where she underwent transformative experiences and emotional healing. Her book is considered one of the top hiking books written for women or by women.
A WOMAN’S GUIDE TO THE WILD
This great outdoor handbook covers all sorts of tips and techniques with topics ranging from navigation, to camp set-up, to survival skills, and gear lists. As a women’s specific guide, it extends to situations that are specific to women in nature, such as “feminine functions” or how to deal with “mansplaining” and condescending comments.
GIFTS FOR HER BETWEEN 50 – 200 USD
1. ARET BASEWEAR TOURA TOP
2. GREGORY JADE 28 DAYPACK
ARET BASEWEAR TOURA TOP
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One of the best bras out there, designed by women for the female athlete. These quick-drying tops double as swimsuits and are reversible. The TOURA top is durable, provides long-lasting comfort, and can handle plenty of time between washes – perfect for the backpacking hiker or adventurer on your list. They are carefully constructed to highlight a woman’s strength not hide it.
GREGORY JADE 28 DAYPACK
The women’s specific Jade 28 daypack from Gregory is streamlined for comfort and efficiency on the trail. This pack is large enough for a full day outing on the trail with all the essentials one might need. The U-zip feature offers super easy access when packing or unloading the bag, and zippered hip belt pockets are great for stashing on-hand trail snacks.
GIFTS FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES UNDER 50 USD
1. “I’M HIKING” ONESIE
2. OR RAMBLER SOMBRERO
3. TURTLE FUR DINO HAT
4. OSPREY JET 12 DAYPACK
5. TENACIOUS TAPE TATTOOS
6. MOUNTAINEERS CARD DECK
7. LOVE LETTER GAME
9. EXPLODING KITTENS
10. BACKPACKER BOCCE
“I’M TOLD I LIKE HIKING” ONESIE
A perfect choice for the infant of your addicted-to-hiking friends. Help stoke the passion with an adorable onesie that captures the spirit of adventure on the trail. You will inevitably be helping guide the little one into growing up loving hiking as much as their parents do.
OUTDOOR RESEARCH KID’S RAMBLER SOMBRERO HAT
This wide-brimmed hat is perfect for the young adventurer. It casts plenty of shade to protect their face and neck while frolicking around in perfect sunny weather. The face fabric is also treated to UPF 50+ for ultimate protection from harmful sun rays. The hat is quick drying and packs down nice and small for travel.
TURTLE FUR DR DINO HAT
An uncovered head is responsible for a huge amount of heat loss from the body. Ensure your young friends are cozy with an adorable warm and comfortable beanie. This dino beanie is perfect for cool mornings or hanging around roasting marshmallows at camp in the evening. The ear flaps keep kids extra toasty.
OSPREY JET 12 DAYPACK
Make sure the young guns in your life have a chance to carry their weight on the trail. The Osprey Jet 12 Liter pack is a perfect size for kids. With padded shoulder straps, wide hip belt and ventilated back panel, young adventurers will find ultimate comfort as they trail blaze. Plenty of pockets keep water, treats, and trinkets easily accessible.
GEAR AID TENACIOUS TAPE TATTOOS
Now gear repairs can be fun! The tenacious tape tattoos are perfect for adventurous young ones who are constantly getting snags and pulls in their clothing. Extend the lifespan of their jacket or sleeping bag with a fun squirrel, campfire, or Bigfoot patch.
MOUNTAINEERS BOOKS DON’T DIE OUT THERE! CARD DECK
Awesome lightweight travel game for families heading on hikes into the backcountry. This card deck set will keep your friends up to date on their adventure safety knowledge. Each card is printed with great survival advice and tips, categorized by suit. The deck makes for a great learning tool for young ones.
This simple, lightweight game comes with only 16 cards, yet provides endless hours of fun. A sleek, elegant game design has made Love Letter a hit in the world of gaming. It’s compact nature and simplicity make it a perfect entertainment after wrapping up a day on the trail. The playing time is only about 20 minutes.
An awesome gift for families or the wordsmiths within your circle of friends. This convenient, backcountry game is lightweight and compact; all the necessary tiles come in an easy-to-carry pouch. To play the game, all you need is a flat surface, a love for puzzling out words under pressure, and a competitive spirit.
A hilarious game from the creators of The Oatmeal. Each card is uniquely drawn with a ridiculous caption and crazy special powers that will have you laughing all the way back onto the trail or into your sleeping bag. A great way to help lighten the mood of young ones after a tough day of hiking.
OUTSIDE INSIDE BACKPACKER BOCCE SET
This all-terrain backpacker’s bocce set is awesome for families who are camping at a home base on their adventures. Encourage the kids to get going on a game of “adventure bocce” and watch the hours melt away before campfire time. This set also happens to be lightweight enough for ambitious backpackers to carry along. Four bright colors make the game four-person compatible.
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