If you aren’t an outdoor adventurer, the best gifts for hikers may seem a bit strange. Wool socks and water filters aren’t at the top of everyone’s wishlist! But when you’re buying hiking gifts, it’s the practical thought that counts.
Being a hiker myself, I can assure you that receiving any of these items would put a huge smile on my face.
And to stick with the practical theme, all of these gift ideas for hikers are available online! Because let’s be honest: who has time to find an outdoor store and track down the section where they keep titanium sporks?
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Best Gift Ideas for Hikers
Whether you’re buying for a total beginner or a seasoned pro, these gift ideas for hikers will come in handy on every trip!
Portable battery pack
|Anker PowerCore 10000|
I never travel without my Anker PowerCore. A dead phone is a safety hazard, especially on unfamiliar trails. It’s small enough to fit in my pocket, but it can charge a modern smartphone 3 times!
|Sea to Summit Ultra-SIL Dry Sack|
You know what’s not fun? Having all your gear get soaked in a rainstorm, despite your backpack being “waterproof”. Hiking pros know that you should never travel without a dry sack to protect your important items (read: underpants).
|TOAKS Titanium Spork|
Did you think I was kidding about the titanium spork? Having a reusable spork opens up a world of culinary possibilites on the trail. Whether you’re buying gifts for a thru-hiker who camps or a casual rambler who likes picnics, anyone can appreciate not having to eat solely with their hands.
|Thermos Vacuum Insulated Compact Bottle|
The only thing better than having ice-cold water after a long hike is drinking a hot beverage during a cold trek. Luckily, this compact Thermos works for both situations! The stainless steel bottle keeps beverages hot for 12 hours or cold for 24 hours. And the removable cup lid is great for enjoying soup on the go.
Reusable food storage bags
|Homelux Theory Reusable Silicone Food Storage Bags|
Help the environment and your hiking friends by gifting them a set of reusable food storage bags. These airtight, silicone bags are perfect for bringing snacks on the trail, and can even be cleaned in the dishwasher! They’re freezer safe and can be placed in hot water for reheating. Best of all, these bags double as waterproof storage for electronics and other valuables!
Flexible smartphone tripod
|GorillaPod Stand PRO|
Hiking often leads to beautiful discoveries. Help them capture those stunning scenes with a flexible smartphone tripod. The bendable legs can be wrapped around posts and branches to achieve that perfect panorama, and the universal mount holds phones secure at any angle.
Camping mat seat
|AceCamp Mini Waterproof Folding Mat|
Give the hiking gift of a comfortable, dry bottom with a camping seat mat. This ultra lightweight cushion is perfect for sitting or kneeling on wet or rocky terrain, and only takes up as much space as a small water bottle.
Wool hiking socks
|SmartWool Hike Crew Socks|
When I took up hiking, the very first thing I bought was a pair of SmartWool’s. Having a quality pair of cushioned, wool socks is essential for keeping feet dry, comfortable, and blister-free. Plus, the natural odor-resistent properties of SmartWool mean you can re-wear them without washing if needed.
Wool base layer
|SmartWool Base Layer Long Sleeve Top|
A quality wool base layer is a serious improvement over the sweaty thermals most new hikers wear. Merino wool is a soft, breathable, moisture-wicking fabric that keeps you dry and happy, so you can focus on having fun instead of feeling gross. It’s an excellent luxury hiking gift that belongs in any minimalist travel wardrobe.
AeroPress coffee maker
|AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker|
The AeroPress is a genius little device any coffee lover would be happy to receive. All you need is some coffee grounds, a micro filter, and hot water, and you’ll have fresh, smooth coffee in 90 seconds! The lightweight, compact body makes it perfectly portable, and the durable plastic holds up to long days inside a backpack.
Scratch off map
|Scratch Off World Map Poster + US Map|
A scratch off map is a fun gift for hikers who also love to travel. Whether your hiker is a globetrotter or a US parks enthusiast, this poster combo will help them track their adventures in a colorful way. I have one hanging above my desk, and it’s a great motivator to work hard and keep exploring.
Inspirational hiking book
|A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson|
From Bryson’s classic about the Appalachian Trail to Cheryl Strayed’s Wild tale of solo trekking the PNW, a good book is a classic hiking gift. Reading about the trials, tribulations, and joys of exploring the world on foot is something hikers of all ages can appreciate.
Quick dry towel
|PackTowl Personal Microfiber Towel|
I don’t know what kind of sorcery helps PackTowels dry so fast, but I’m not going to complain. Having a super light, odor-resistent towel in your bag is a must, whether your hikes last a few hours or a few days.
|Foxelli USB Rechargeable Headlamp|
One of my greatest hiking fears is getting stuck on the trail after sunset. Enter the headlamp, a hands-free solution to those dark hour excursions. This one recharges via USB, has a red light mode to prevent you from losing your night vision, and a strobe setting for emergencies.
Everyone should own a multitool, but they are especially useful for hiking. I never hit the trail without my Leatherman Skeletool, which can help with everything from opening bottles to cutting kindling for a fire.
First aid kit
|Surviveware Small First Aid Kit|
Slips, scrapes, blisters, and stings are inevitable. But they don’t have to end your trip if they’re treated promptly. A compact, water-resistent emergency kit is a must have for every hiker.
|Gear Aid Fabric and Vinyl Repair Tape|
Tree branches and jagged rocks are nature’s knives. Even “durable” packs, sleeping bags, and outerwear can be ripped in an instant, leaving you and your stuff vulnerable to the elements. Having repair tape on hand allows you to instantly fix holes and tears without the need for a sewing kit.
|Survival Spark Magnesium Survival Fire Starter|
I don’t do much camping, but I always keep this fire starter in my bag. Why? Because one of the best gifts for hikers is the gift of safety, and this easy-to-use magnesium stick ensures I can get a fire going in seconds if needed. It also has a built-in compass and emergency whistle.
|Tact Bivvy Compact Sleeping Bag|
An emergency bivvy can save your life. This survival sleeping bag reflects 90% of your body heat back to you, keeping you safe and warm while you wait out cold nights and below-freezing temperatures. They’re also great to keep in your car in case you get stranded in a cold area.
Portable water filter
|Sawyer PointOne Squeeze Water Filter System|
Rounding out the safety-themed gifts for hikers is the Sawyer Squeeze. This portable device filters out more than 99.999% of bacteria and protozoa, giving you safe-to-drink water in the wild. You can attach the Squeeze filter to the provided pouch or a threaded 2-liter bottle, or even drink straight from the filter.
|Zippo Refillable Hand Warmer|
As someone with perpetually cold fingers, having a hand warmer for chilly mornings and nights is a dream. Rather than buy the single-use packets that end up in landfills, order your hiker a reusable hand warmer. This one provides lasting heat for 6 hours and can be safely kept in pockets and gloves.
|Cascade Carbon Fiber Trekking Poles|
I used to think that trekking poles were for serious, long-distance hikers only. But when I nearly fell down Jacob’s Ladder during a short Peak District hike, I realized the merit of carrying a set in my pack. These adjustible carbon fiber poles are lighter and more durable than the typical aluminum variety, and the accessory kit has attachments for every type of terrain.
Novelty picture frame
|Distressed Wood Box Frame|
Help your hiker display their favorite photos from the trail with a themed picture frame. This one comes with a rugged wood finish and can go on the wall or a flat surface.
|Clif Bar Variety Pack|
Clif bars have been fueling hikers for decades. They’re a great mid-hike or summit snack and make for excellent stocking stuffers.
Outdoor shop gift card
|Eddie Bauer Gift Card|
If you’re not comfortable picking out presents for outdoor lovers, a gift card is the way to go. Shops like Eddie Bauer, L.L. Bean, REI, and Blacks (for my UK friends) all carry a fantastic variety of clothing and gear for hikers of all levels.
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Hiking Gifts for Her
These practical presents for hikers come with a feminine twist!
Lightweight rain jacket
|Columbia Women’s Breathable Waterproof Jacket|
My Columbia jacket comes with me on every single trip I take. Any traveler will love this super light, waterproof jacket that eliminates the need for an umbrella. It packs down small and comes in a ton of pretty colors.
|Knitted Convertible Wool Mittens|
I’m actually wearing my pair of convertible mittens as I type this! Gloves can be cumbersome when you’re trying to use your phone, tighten laces, etc. I love the convenience of flipping open my mittens to handle these sorts of tasks, and then closing my fingers back into a warm cocoon.
|Barefoot Quick-Dry Aqua Socks|
These colorful aqua shoes protect feet during water crossings, showering, waterfall hikes, and more. They compress down for easy packing and dry quickly. Just run a string or carabiner through the back loops and hang them off your pack!
|Changing Robe Towel|
While men can often get away with wearing swim trunks as shorts, women end up pulling dry clothes over their wet swimsuits. It’s uncomfortable to say the least. Changing towels let you discreetly swap clothing without the privacy of a car or bathroom.
|Rosa Vila Mountain Necklace|
The best jewelry gifts are the ones that carry a special meaning for the receiver. I’m not big on jewelry, but this beautiful mountain necklack is simple, elegant, and fills me with a sense of longing for adventure. It’s also small and light enough to wear on the trail.
Hiking Gifts for Him
If he spends more time on the trail than the couch, he’ll love these hiking gift ideas!
Lightweight rain jacket
|Columbia Men’s Watertight Rain Jacket|
Yes, I put the women’s AND men’s version of the Columbia waterproof jacket on this list. I truly believe every hiker and traveler should have one of these in their bag. They are lightweight and breathable for warm days, and roomy enough to pull over a fleece in cool weather.
Athletic boxer briefs
|adidas Sport Performance Climalite Boxer Brief|
Staying comfortable and cool on the trail is essential for having a great hike. These Climalite boxer brief are specially designed to prevent ride-up, chafing, and overheating.
Convertible hiking pants
|Columbia Men’s Silver Ridge Convertible Pant|
These convertible hiking pants let you have the best of both worlds! The moisture-wicking fabric, semi-elastic waist, and zip-off legs combine for a versatile and comfortable pair of trousers for every season.
|WETSOX Explore More Thermal Hat|
WETSOX waterproof beanie will keep his head head cozy, dry, and stylish. The merino wool interior wicks away sweat while remaining soft to the touch, and hidden middle layer stops outside moisture while remaining breathable.
|G-Shock Men’s Grey Sport Watch|
Hiking trails are no place for everyday watches. This G-Shock can take a beating and is water resistent, so it’s suitable for swimming and wet weather. It also comes with a countdown timer and multiple alarms, which is helpful for pacing.
Christmas Gifts for Hikers
If you’re looking for some stocking stuffers or want to splurge this holiday season, here are a few fun Christmas gift ideas for hikers.
Winter wool socks
|Reindeer Print Thermal Wool Socks|
Because nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a pair of reindeer print wool socks!
Bananagrams is a fast-paced word game similar to Scrabble. It’s suitable for both kids and adults, and the tiles come in a perfectly portable banana case. It’s on-the-go entertainment that makes for a great stocking stuffer.
|Explore More Camping Mug|
Outdoor lovers can use this 16oz mug at home or on the trail. The metal construction makes it lightweight and durable, and the double-sided print is a joy to look at while sipping your favorite hot beverage.
|Everest Double Camping Hammock with Mosquito Net|
Why sleep on the hard, wet ground when you can relax in a hammock? More and more hikers are turning away from sleeping pads and opting to bring hammocks for overnight trips. This one is large enough for two and comes with a bug net and adjustible tree straps.
|Fitbit Inspire HR|
Tracking my fitness progress is part of what I love about hiking. The Fitbit Inspire HR monitors and records everything from steps to heart rate to cycling sessions. The water resistent design means it can stay on during rainstorms and even swimming, and the 5 day battery life helps it last through multi-day hikes.
I hope you found a few good gift ideas for the outdoorsy person in your life!