Gift giving can be hard, especially for people who seem to have everything they could need. If you’re looking for a thoughtful gift for the hiker or outdoor lover in your life, we’re here to help with our comprehensive list of the best gifts for hikers. These gifts ideas are great for any holiday, whether you’re celebrating Christmas, a birthday, or even just Best Friends Day!
We find that a lot of gift lists on the internet don’t actually give good suggestions, and a lot of hiking gift lists include items like tents and hiking boots, both of which are items that your recipient should already have if they’re a hiker. Unless they’re a true beginner who needs basic gear, we would avoid these gifts and go for something out of the ordinary that they don’t already have. If you are interested in getting them basic gear or clothing, we highly recommend asking them for a wish list instead of making assumptions about what they want.
Electronics are some of the coolest gadgets when it comes to camping, hiking, and being outdoors. There’s endless options, but we personally love these ones and you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Best Camp Mugs
A camp mug is a must-have for any outdoor enthusiast, and we especially love the HiBear Adventure Flask. We also love the graphic on the Klean Kanteen and a Yeti Rambler is a classic.
You can never have too many warm clothes when it comes to camping and hiking, and these Synchilla pullovers from Patagonia are our favorite. They’re super warm and comfortable, flattering to wear, and they come in so many cool prints and colors! Patagonia has them in all sizes for the whole family too.
Whether they’re at the campfire, trailhead, or at home, these blankets will bring joy and warmth wherever they go. Our personal favorite is the Rumpl puffy blanket, which is the first option below. It’s built for the outdoors and comes in lots of fun colors and designs. Some other great options are the Oceas and Pendleton blankets below.
National Parks Pass
This American the Beautiful Pass gets them into all the national parks and monuments for free for a whole year. If they don’t already have a pass, or if theirs is going to expire soon, this would be a great gift for someone who wants to explore the nation’s best outdoor spaces.
T-shirts are a classic, go-to gift, and we’ve selected some of our favorites from great brands across the internet. Keep Nature Wild is a small company based in Arizona that picks up 1 lb. of trash for every product sold, and the Parks Project works with the national parks to conserve the land by completing projects to keep the parks clean and healthy.
Whether it’s a portable light, a collapsible solar lantern, or battery operated string lights, all these light sources from mPowered are awesome options to have around camp. The portable light can last up to 12 hours on a single charge, the collapsible lantern can last up to 50, and the string lights can last up to 40 hours.
Whether you’re looking for a heavy duty day pack like the Osprey, a colorful backpack like the Cotopaxi, or a fun fanny pack like the KAVU, these are all great options for packs. Some hikers like having the space of a 20L bag, while others like the fanny pack for their shorter walks and travel adventures.
We love our Patagonia Nanopuff jackets and bring them absolutely everywhere with us. They’re warm, windproof, and water-resistant, plus they’re made of recycled polyester that’s Fair Trade Certified. Extra comfy and good for the planet.
A high quality cooler can make all the difference in your food preparation and storage. The Rtic Hard sided cooler is a great alternative to the more-expensive Yeti while still providing generous ice times. The Cotopaxi cooler is backpack style so you can easily carry it – plus the colors are awesome. The HydroFlask makes a great soft-sided cooler that’s great for smaller trips.
If the outdoor enthusiast in your life doesn’t already have a hammock, then this is a must-have gift. These hammocks are super portable, so they can provide a hangout spot on a hike, at a campsite, or in the backyard. Our favorite is CoalaTree, which is the first option below.
These North Face camp slippers are so soft and comfortable that you may just have to wear them all the time. They have a rubber sole for durability and protection, a water-resistant outer layer that fends off moisture, and an ultra warm insulation inner to warm your toes.
We love a good hiking hat, and these are some top options from our favorite brands. These ‘dad’ hats and trucker hats are great for days on the trail or off-trail.
If you’re really trying to think outside the box, consider purchasing some type of subscription that they wouldn’t normally get themselves.
Best Hiking Logs
Hiking logs are a really cool way for hikers to log and relive their trail memories. They’re little journals that have a page for each hike, and each page has prompts for things like the date, weather conditions, how you feel, people you met, trail conditions, and much more. These are our top picks for best hiking logs:
Books can transport you to another world, educate you, entertain you, and so much more. There’s an endless amount of books related to hiking, camping, and outdoors, but here are our favorite three that we’ve read. The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs is a complete guide to using nature’s clues to do all kinds of things outside. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is our favorite thru-hiking account. Campfire Stories is a book that helps prompt fun campfire stories and life questions, taking campfire talk to a whole new level.
Whether they’re into national parks, flowers, or just nature in general these are our favorite puzzles. We especially like the bear one, as each individual puzzle piece is in the shape of a small animal. How cool!