Best Gifts For Hikers

Socks aren’t the most exciting gift to open, but for a hiker, socks are a goldmine. Having dry feet is one of the key ways to prevent getting blisters, avoiding hypothermia in the winter, and being overall comfortable while on a hike. Darn Tough is an awesome brand with tons of wool socks perfect for gifting. 
Nuun Hydration Tablets are a hikers best friend. These bad boys make the very best stocking stuffers. You can never get enough electrolytes while hiking and backpacking, and the flavors are absolutely delicious! Replenishes minerals for optimal hydration before, during and after. Just drop 1 tablet into 16 fl. oz. of water, wait 2 minutes and enjoy!
A pair of lightweight trekking poles is a great gift for an avid hiker. These Black Diamond poles are easy to store and carry when not in use. They feature cork grips and wrist straps for your convenience. They are easily adjustable to any size you want them to be and lock in place without coming undone.
4. Life Straw
Life Straws are a great way to drink clean water on-the-go when on a long hike. These are perfect to carry along with you during the hot summer months and when spending extended hours in the woods. A Life Straw is the perfect gift for a hiker that needs to say hydrated.
5. Energy Chews
Clif Bloks Energy Chews are super delicious, easy to carry, and give you the extra boost of energy you need to finish your hike. These make excellent stocking stuffers and can be purchased in bulk or individually at almost any outdoor retailer. They come in many different flavors to choose from, each with 50mg of caffeine to give you a kick start.
This lightweight and durable neck buff is perfect to gift to a hiker who hikes year-round. It can be used as a face protector to cover your neck and cheeks, or a bandana/headband to keep your hair out of the way when hiking.
The perfect simple and affordable outdoor gift is a trucker hat! The Patagonia trucker hats are super lightweight and breathable, and won’t make your head feel sweaty or damp when hiking. They also come in a multitude of different colors and patterns to choose from.
Give the gift of comfort with an ENO Single Nest hammock. They come in a variety of vibrant and fun colors and are perfect for multi-day hikes and backpacking adventures. They are lightweight and easy to carry in your pack and the perfect gift for any outdoors enthusiast. 
A butt-pad is just what every hiker needs! The Therm-a-rest Z-seat pad is perfect for extended lunch breaks, to swat all the bugs with, and to act as a decoration clipped off the side of your pack. If the ground is wet, you can use your pad as a place to sit with avoiding getting your clothing dirty or wet.
The fanny pack meets the outdoors with the REI CO-op waist-pack. It is lightweight and comfortable to wear all day while hiking. The zippers are easy to open and there’s plenty of room for things like snacks, a cell phone, camera, hand sanitizer, knife, or anything else you might need throughout your hike easily at your convenience.
11. Nalgene Bottle
Nalgene bottles are always a great idea for a gift. The wide-mouth top makes it easy to drink from without spilling. The lid has an easy to carry handle for when you don’t feel like putting the bottle away just yet. A super inexpensive and useful gift for anyone!
Give the gift of cleanliness with a packtowl. They’re super handy to have with you in case you want to wash your face, hands, feet, armpits, etc. without taking a “real” shower. The towel itself dries super fast and weighs little to nothing, while being extremely easy to store and carry wherever you choose to.
13. Good To-Go Oatmeal
If the person you’re gifting has a backpacking camp stove, there’s nothing greater than the gift of trail food! Dehydrated meals are not only super easy to make on trail, but they’re almost as good as a real home-cooked meal (only exaggerating a little) This Good TO-GO Oatmeal is gluten free, vegan, and ready in just minutes by adding boiling water to the resealable bag it comes in.
14. Hydro Flask Cooler Cup
What could be better than giving the gift of a bottle/can cooler AND a cup in one? Nothing! This 12oz stainless steel Hydro Flask cooler cup is fully insulated to keep your drinks hot or cold on any adventure. Fill it up with coffee, tea, or a stiff beverage – the choice is yours!
15. Rite-In-The-Rain Outdoor Journal
The Rite in the Rain outdoor journal features unique, all-weather paper that sheds water and preserves your writing even when soaking wet. This is great for bloggers or hikers who enjoy writing journal entires on backpacking trips. 
These Smartwool liner gloves help keep your hands and fingers warm and toasty, even in freezing cold temperatures. They are tech-compatible so that you’re able to use your phone during a hike without removing them from your hands. These are perfect for those cold winter hikes where you want to take photos but don’t want to risk getting hypothermia in the proccess!
This compact and comfortable  ultralight pillow made by Sea to Summit provides support without the hassle of carrying around any extra weight in your pack. It’s also perfect to bring along on a long plane flight or when you are camping out in your car for the night. 
18. Mountain House Meal
Mountain House meals are not only delicious but easy to make when backpacking or on a day hiking trip. Simply add water to your camp stove, bring to a boil, and pour the water into the bag and seal shut for 10-15 minutes until the contents soak up the water, and then enjoy!
Start your morning off right with a cup of hot coffee in this TOAKS Titanium Single Wall 450ml cup. Made of pure lightweight titanium, it’s the perfect gift for coffee loving hikers. Some features it has are being able to withstand high temperatures and eliminates metallic aftertaste, a round bottom edge allows for easy cleaning, labeled ounce and milliliter marks for proper measurements, handles with curved finger rests fold away for compact storage, comes with a mesh storage sack.
20. Dry Sacks
This set of REI Co-op Ditty sacks with drawstring closures will help any hiker stay organized and keep their gear safe from the elements when camping or backpacking. This REI set comes with 3 dry sacks in all different colors and sizes, each made out of a highly water-resistant and durable Nylon blend. 
21. Splashguard
Wide-mouth bottles are great for hiking but tend to be rather difficult to quickly sip while moving without spilling down your front. Give the gift of hydration on-the-go!
22 Hand warmers
These YAKTRAX brand compact and convenient warmers are perfect for cold winter hikes. Stow them in your mittens to keep your fingers toasty warm. They are also available in body warmers as well as toe and foot warmers.
23. Swiss Army Knife
This lightweight, all-purpose Swiss Army Classic Knife includes scissors, blade, screwdriver, nail file, tweezers and a toothpick. Super useful and convenient on any hike or backpacking trip to keep handy in your backpack.
24. Polarized Sunglasses
The Zeal Boone polarized sunglasses have a lightweight frame and plant-based, impact-resistant lenses. Some features are 95% High-Energy Visible light reduction that promotes clarity and long-term eye health, while also reduces the intensity of bright sun and heavy glare to see richer, ProFlex rubber on the nose and temple tips keep sunglasses in place.
This Buff CoolNet UV+ Multifunctional headband can be used for both a headband and a face mask. Made from recycled fabric with moisture-management and sun-protective tech. 4-way stretch fabric features UPF 50+ sun protection and Polygiene odor-control technology. The Repreve polyester is made from 100% recycled water bottles.
This Hydro Flask Wide-Mouth 32 oz. vacuum water bottle is perfect for all-day hydration or bringing a hot drink on a winter hike. It comes in several different colors as well.
The North Face Venture 2 women’s rain jacket is a year-round classic made for inclement weather conditions. Some features are windproof, waterproof, breathable, seam-sealed DryVent 2.5-layer shell, pit-zip venting, fully adjustable hood, stormflap with hook-and-loop closure covers center-front zipper, covered, secure-zip and pockets, adjustable cuff tabs and hem cinch cord, and a stylish, relaxed fit.
28. Honey Stinger Energy Gel
Honey Stinger Organic energy gel gives your body essential electrolytes to keep you fueled and ready to go on any adventure. They come in a variety of delicious flavors to pick from.
This bivy can be used as a sleeping bag liner to increase warmth, a sleeping bag shell to fend off rain or as an emergency bivy. It is constructed with a breathable, windproof and water-resistant fabric that weighs only 5.5 oz. which is perfect for backpacking trips.
This stuff sack has super flexible side panels that conform to all of your gear. The Osprey Ultralight Stretch stuff sack 12 packs everything in efficiently due to its rectangular shape and easy to tighten drawstring closure.


Adventure Medical Kits Mountain-Series Backpacker kit is equipped for a 2 outdoor explorers on a 4-day adventure in the wilderness. It has remedies for cuts, allergies, upset stomach and dehydration.
Give the gift of summer cabin vibes with this scented candle mug. This soy wax candle gives off a piney scent for two days. 
This blanket is a warm and durable camping blanket that can be used anywhere anytime. Its durable fabric holds up through rough wear and tear and keeps you warm and dry during any camping trip.
These natural wool fusion fabric blend socks offer thermal regulation and natural moisture-wicking properties in them, perfect for hiking and backpacking trips. They are made to be durable with plush wool FEEL360™ that adapts to your feet to help keep them fresh, dry and comfortable at all times.
This sleeping pad is rugged, comfortable, versatile and lightweight, perfect for an avid hiker and backpacker. The NEMO Switchback sleeping pad has heat-reflecting film that helps keep the cold from leaking in on those chilly winter nights.
Weighing less than 5 oz., this pocket-size wash bag is light, compact, and great for doing laundry on the trail. It’s super convenient and easy to carry without adding any extra weight or taking up any extra uncessary space in your pack.
An all-in-one cooking system that boils water quickly and efficiently wherever you are. Take it on a camping trip, backpacking adventure, or a day hike. It comes with a lid that seals shut to keep your food hot and secure when out on the trail. Fuel is sold separately.
The Chair Zero is a light, comfortable, camp chair that packs down easily to easily carry on any camping trip. You can use this chair wherever without worrying about it adding extra weight to your gear and pack load.
39. REI gift card
$0.oo – $250.00
Give the gift of an REI gift card! A great gift for someone who loves the outdoors and is picky with their gear. There are REI stores across the world with thousands of outdoor retailers and brands sold worldwide to choose from!
These mid-length gaiters are made from breathable fabric that keeps your ankles from getting too sweaty in warm temperatures. They help keep out rocks, sticks, mud, dirt, snow, ice, bugs, leaves, and just about everything else you wouldn’t want inside your socks while out on a hike.
The Smartwool NTS Merino 150 beanie is a lightweight, year-round hat. You can wear it on a run, while skiing, or when out on a hike. It’s versatile and super comfortable.
Aquatabs water purification tablets are a great way to quickly and reliably purify drinking water on any hiking, camping, or backpacking adventure. Gets rid of viruses, bacteria and Giardia cysts, providing safe drinking water in just 30 minutes or less. They are ideal for ultralight backcountry trips, international travel and emergency use.
The original LED headlamp from Petzl is the redesigned Tikka. The headlamp features 200 lumens with a longer burn time for practical outdoor activities. It has compact and easy-to-operate design, making it ideal for both day hikers and long distance backpackers.
This lightweight and versatile foam roller is perfect for soothing any tight muscles from hiking and climbing. It also helps promote healing blood flow with the its trigger point system. It is extremely firm, has 3D surface patterns that offers muscle repair assistance for sore muscles, aches and pains, and deep knots that you get from a strenuous workout. 
These insect repellent wipes are perfect to bring along with you on all of your outdoor adventures. 20% picaridin solution repels ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, no-see-ums, gnats and fleas up to 8 hours, which equates to about a full day hike in time and length. 
The SPOT Gen3 Satellite GPS Messenger allows you to reach emergency responders, check in with family or friends back at home, and share your exact GPS coordinates and track your adventures right from this device. This is perfect for hikers who prefer to adventure solo.
This blanket works as a great sleeping bag replacement while backpacking during mild months. The Rumpl Down Puffy blanket also serves as a warm layer to bring along when on any type of adventure.
Keep all of your electronic devices charged up and ready to go when you’re off the grid with the lightweight Goal Zero Nomad 14 Plus solar panel. It features a handy kickstand and power-flow indicator for optimal charging purposes.
49. Big Agnes Foam Sleeping Pad
The Big Agnes Third Degree foam sleeping is the perfect addition to add to your air pad or any other sleeping pad for that extra warmth on chilly nights when camping adventures on frozen ground and in the snow. This ultralight pad has 2 foam layers for ample comfort and warmth. The foam can be cut to the exact size you need, making it perfect for any person of any height and weight.
The Sea to Summit AlphaLight spoon, fork and knife set is made from durable aluminum and morphed  into a sleek-yet-strong shape that helps create an extremely lightweight utensil ideal for backpacking and camping purposes. Thee set includes a spoon, fork, and   knife, along with a mini carabiner for carrying purposes.

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