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. We’ll rank them in order of price, from more affordable to more expensive options, so you can get great ideas no matter your budget. We’ve even included some ideas for National Park gifts and stocking stuffers. Some of these items are related to travel, like a board game, and some can be used on their next adventure, like binoculars and cool gear. These gifts ideas are great for an 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.
- Best Gifts Under $35
- ‘Adventure Begins’ Coffee Mug
- “The Pursuit of Wilderness” Unisex Shirt
- ‘I’d Rather Be Outside’ Shirt
- Luci Core Portable Light
- Fire Starter Kit
- ‘I’d Hike That’ Hat
- Oceas Pocket Blanket
- The Essential Thoreau Collection
- Wilderness Essays by John Muir
- Nature’s D*cks Calendar
- Best Gifts Under $50
- Collapsible Lantern with Solar Charger
- Hiking and Travel Journal
- Gone Hiking Candle
- Book of Bucket List Hikes Around the World
- Darn Tough Hiking Socks
- Engraved Compass
- Portable Battery Pack
- Portable Hammock
- Portable Speaker
- Compact Water Filter
- Easy Grip Tripod
- Best Gifts Under $100
- Spikeball Game Set
- Osprey Daylight Plus Day Hiking Pack
- Waterproof Sherpa Blanket
- Stasher Reusable Baggies
- Best Gifts Over $100
- Nixplay Digital Photo Frame
- Kindle Paperwhite
- Down Jacket
- Goal Zero Foldable Lightweight Solar Panel
- Rtic Hard Sided Cooler
- Garmin Instinct Outdoor Watch
- Garmin InReach Explorer+
- Go Pro Hero
- Best Gifts for National Park Lovers
- National Parks Pass
- National Parks Monopoly
- Trekking the National Parks Board Game
- Fodor’s Complete Guide to the National Parks
- Rumpl Blanket – National Parks Collection
- Best Stocking Stuffers for Hikers
- Gear Aid Gear Patches
- Bottle Bright Cleaning Tablets
- Mini Hot Sauce
- Beef Jerky
- NOT Peanut Butter!
- Burt’s Bees Hand Salve
- Fancy Chocolate
- Blister Kit
- Pee Cloth (for women)
- Backpacker Magazine Subscription
Best Gifts Under $35
‘Adventure Begins’ Coffee Mug
Is your loved one always planning their next big adventure? Then they’ll love this mug from Gentlemen’s Hardware. It’s lightweight and durable with a fun graphic that says “Adventure Begins.” Whether they’re using it for their morning coffee or tea, this mug is sure to put a smile on their face.
“The Pursuit of Wilderness” Unisex Shirt
This cotton blend shirt is a great option for the lady hiker in your life. With a cute quote that comes in a variety of colors, this super cute shirt would be a great addition the their closet!
‘I’d Rather Be Outside’ Shirt
For the kid at heart hiker/adventurer, there’s this shirt from Keep Nature Wild that’s made and printed in Arizona. The fabric is a fine jersey knit on 100% USA-grown cotton. Not to mention they pick up 1 pound of trash for every product sold!
Support a local company and the planet!
Luci Core Portable Light
This Luci Core light by mPowered is a portable silicone-encased light source that can be used as for hiking, camping, or even general emergency preparedness.
Our favorite part about this light is that it lasts up to 12 hours on a single charge and can easily be recharged with the USB or solar panel!
Fire Starter Kit
For serious hikers and backpackers, this fire starter kit is an essential emergency item and is one of the must-have survival tools. Anyone venturing into the backcountry should carry some type of fire starter, though most people don’t. Conditions can deteriorate rapidly, and you need to be able to make a fire. This kit from Wautton has everything you need including a fire sickle, a pack of flint flint, cotton rope, a pine, and a carbon cloth!
Support a Local Company!
‘I’d Hike That’ Hat
This Hat from Keep Nature Wild is perfect for the person that would indeed ‘hike that’.
Keep Nature Wild is a locally owned company based out of Arizona. We love them because every product they sell they pick up 1 pound of trash from our public lands and national parks!
Oceas Pocket Blanket
This lightweight, compact, and durable blanket functions as a picnic blanket or 100% waterproof ground cover. Made of ripstop nylon, this blanket is puncture and tear resistant, making it the perfect addition to any hiker’s pack. It’s also great for beach trips, camping, backpacking, festivals, travelling, and more!
The Essential Thoreau Collection
Henry David Thoreau was an American naturalist, poet, essayist, and philosopher who lived from 1817 to 1862. Similar to John Muir, he’s known for his insightful reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. His works are commonly quoted today and any outdoor enthusiast should read his meditative works. While you can purchase the books separately, this collection includes his four most popular works: Walden, Or Life in the Woods; On the Duty of Civil Disobedience; A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers; and Walking.
“Life isn’t about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself. So live the life you imaged.” – Henry David Thoreau
Wilderness Essays by John Muir
When you see a quote online about wilderness or mountains, chances are it’s by John Muir. He was a prolific writer in the late 1800s (he lived 1838-1914), with many works describing his adventures in nature, especially Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada mountains. His activism helped preserve the Yosemite Valley, as well as Sequoia National Park, and he co-founded the Sierra Club. This collection of Muir’s finest wilderness essays is the perfect introduction to Muir’s work, and includes topics from Alaska to the High Sierra.
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” -John Muir
Nature’s D*cks Calendar
Perfect for the humorous, mind-in-the-gutter hiker, this calendar features 12 images of nature showing off it’s phallic shaped rocks and objects.
Best Gifts Under $50
Collapsible Lantern with Solar Charger
Another great product from mPowered is this Luci Pro Series collapsible portable lantern. We carry this with us while camping and backpacking, and love having it around. This compact solar lantern can last up to 50 hours on a single charge and can even charge your cell phone. Recharge the lantern with USB power or the solar panel – we hang it on our back with the strap so it gets sunlight all day!
Hiking and Travel Journal
For the introspective or type A hiker in your life, a pocket-size journal could be the perfect little gift for them to document their hikes. This guided journal will let them record everything from the name of the hike and location to the weather they encountered and their favorite moment. Plus, it’s designed and printed in the USA, so you can support a local business.
A simple, meaningful journal for the avid hiker. Kodiak Leather Co. is a family owned and operated business and all of their products are handmade by world class artisans.
Gone Hiking Candle
This all natural soy wax blend smells of pine, cassis, and fresh waterfalls, with a hint of jasmine, cedarwood, rosebud, sandalwood, moss, and ivy. With great ratings on Amazon, this candle is sure to remind your hiking buddy of time spent in the wilderness on all their outdoor adventures.
Book of Bucket List Hikes Around the World
Published by National Geographic and filled with beautiful NatGeo photography, this guide is the ultimate hiker’s bucket list. It features expertise from hikers who share need-to-know travel information and tips. From short day hikes to multi-week treks, you’ll cross all continents, time zones, and climates as you complete these hikes of a lifetime! Another great option is Epic Hikes of the World by Lonely Planet!
Darn Tough Hiking Socks
Darn Tough socks are the best merino wool hiking socks on the market and are a personal favorite of Know Nothing Nomads. We only hike in Darn Tough, and have gradually thrown away all our other hiking socks. Perhaps the best part of Darn Tough is their no questions asked lifetime warranty, which means they’ll replace the socks if they wear, tear, or develop any holes! Plus, they’re made in the USA!
This solid brass antique brass compass comes with a stamped leather case and is engraved with a beautiful quote by Henry David Thoreau: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Since a compass is part of the 7 essentials to carry while hiking, this would be a great option for any hiker to carry on all their adventures.
Portable Battery Pack
Anker provides quality technology for the right price and is a great option for a lightweight portable charger. Weighing only 12.5oz, this ultra high capacity charger is a great option for hikers and backpackers looking to carry more power. It can charge an iPhone 8 almost seven times, and a Samsung Galaxy S8 fives times in a single charge. Pair with a Goal Zero portable solar panel (below) for a complete electronics set!
We both have hammocks and we use them all the time! We love having them in the car on our camping adventures, and have even carried them while hiking. Hikes with amazing views or alpine lakes are great places to set up a hammock and enjoy the cool breeze surrounded by nature. This lightweight hammock from Coalatree Organics is a great option and compresses into a small compression sack that’s easily packed for camping and hiking.
Made and manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah. Support locally made goods!
JBL is one of the top brands when it comes to speakers and headphones, and this portable speaker is no exception. Coming in at less than half a pound, the JBL Clip 3 is a waterproof, portable speaker that easily clips onto a backpack with its integrated carabiner. It has incredible reviews (35,000+ five stars), and several people applaud its battery life, max range, and ease of use.
Compact Water Filter
We love our Katadyn water filter, and prefer it over other filtering methods such as tablets or UV lights. It’s super quick to filter, lightweight, and really packable. This 1 liter size is perfect for a single person, or you can upgrade to a 3 liter for more water filtering power without having to refill.
Easy Grip Tripod
For hikers who want an easy, portable tripod for easy group and selfie shots, this GorillaPod tripod is a perfect option. Use the legs straight as a selfie stick, or wrap them around tree limbs, form them around rocks, or separate them into a tripod for limitless options to get the perfect picture.
Best Gifts Under $100
Spikeball Game Set
Spikeball is a new outdoor game that’s a more fun, high-paced alternative to corn hole and bocce ball. If volleyball and foursquare (when was the last time you played foursquare?!?) had a child, it would be Spikeball. Especially popular among outdoor enthusiasts, this game set is perfect for outdoor lovers and is great fun for hanging out in the yard or at the campground.
Osprey Daylight Plus Day Hiking Pack
Our favorite day hiking backpack is the Osprey Daylight Plus Backpack, and we both use ours all the time. We’ve even written up a review of this product specifically, which can be read here.
This 20L backpack is a great option for day hikers and we love all the pockets and compartments. Pair with an Osprey water bladder and you’ve got yourself a complete kit!
Waterproof Sherpa Blanket
Looking for a cozy blanket that can keep up with your wild adventures? Look no further than this Waterproof Sherpa Blanket from Oceas Outdoors! They’ve paired a weatherproof and ultra-durable backing with an impossibly plush Sherpa fleece, so you can stay warm no matter where your travels take you. Plus, they’ve ultrasonically stitched the blankets together to eliminate any chance of seepage, making them perfect for campers and hikers alike. Grab one of these blankets today and be prepared for anything!
Stasher Reusable Baggies
Any hiker or outdoor enthusiast should care more about the environment than the average human, especially since their outdoor paradise relies on conservation. We’ve found these Stasher reusable baggies to be perfect for snacks on trail, without using wasteful plastic baggies. Plus, they’re dishwasher and microwave safe, making clean up super easy.
Best Gifts Over $100
Nixplay Digital Photo Frame
We received a Nixplay digital photo frame as a Christmas gift a few years back and it’s been one of our favorite gadgets since then! It’s super easy to upload pictures to the frame from your phone, and we are constantly adding photos from all our adventures. It’s movement sensitive, so it’s off when you’re not around, but when it senses your presence it cycles through all your favorite photos.
We both carry our Kindles everywhere, and love having the option to read books on the go, whether we’re hiking, camping, or backpacking. Instead of carrying extra weight in the form of a paper book, Kindle allows you to download all your favorite books and carry them in a small portable device that boasts up to 10 weeks of battery life! Plus, the new Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof, so you’re good from the beach to the bath.
Depending on where you gift recipient typically hikes, it may be recommended that they carry or wear a down jacket. This is especially important in the mountains or high alpine environments, where the weather can quickly shift from summer to winter with incoming storms. We always carry a puffy jacket, since it’s lightweight and extremely packable. It’s just something that any hiker should have in their closet and this Eddie Bauer MicroTherm Down Jacket is one of the best!
Goal Zero Foldable Lightweight Solar Panel
Goal Zero is the go-to high quality brand for solar panels and batteries, especially their lightweight foldable solar panels that are perfect for hikers, backpackers, and campers. This 10 watt solar panels also comes in 20 watt, 50 watt, and 200 watt options, with the 10 watt being the best option for hikers due to his lightweight at only 1.2 lbs. Developed in the US and paired with a 1 year warranty, this panel has a built in USB port and hook for hanging on your backpack.
Rtic Hard Sided Cooler
Any outdoor adventurer needs a good cooler, whether it’s a day at the beach or hanging at the campground. Rtic is an amazing alternative to the increasingly expensive Yeti, and offers products that are very comparable. This hard sided cooler has 3-inch foam insulated walls that holds long lasting ice and can do double duty as a bench or tabletop.
Garmin Instinct Outdoor Watch
Garmin is known for their rugged outdoor gear, and their Instinct watch is no exception. It’s built to withstand the toughest environments, constructed with U.S. Military standard 810G for thermal, shock, and water resistance. With the built in compass, barometric altimeter, and global navigation satellite systems, you can track all your outdoor activities while monitoring your heart rate, activity, and stress. The battery lasts up to 14 days, so no need to worry about charging on the trail!
Garmin InReach Explorer+
The Garmin InReach Explorer+ is the ultimate gift for hikers, backpackers, and any outdoor enthusiast who recreates where cell service is limited. This is especially a great gift for parents who are concerned about your family member staying safe while out adventuring. We have this exact model and carry it everywhere with us. Luckily, we haven’t had to use the satellite enabled GPS SOS function, but we have used the satellite texting to check in with loved ones to let them know we are safe while out in the backcountry. Give the gift of a Garmin and you’ll gift yourself some peace of mind.
Go Pro Hero
We have a Go Pro Hero 9 and love having it for all of our hiking and water adventures! The newer version come waterproof right out of the box, so no need for a boxy expensive waterproofing case (unless you want it for scuba diving). This kit includes extra batteries, battery charger, SD card, and multiple mount options. Not only does it take amazing videos, but we love having it for wide angle photos that are super high quality!
Best Gifts for National Park Lovers
National Parks Pass
For anyone who loves hiking and getting outside, the America The Beautiful Pass is an great gift that gets them access to over 2,000 federal recreation sites, including all the National Parks. Good for one year from the month of purchase, this pass covers entrance for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle all year long. Plus, REI donates 10% back to the National Park Foundation.
National Parks Monopoly
A twist on the original Monopoly game, this National Parks version lets you buy, sell, and trade stunning landscapes from the National Parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, and Yosemite. There’s 6 custom tokens: ranger hat, tent, canoe, bison, hiking boot, and camera. Fun for the whole family and a portion of the proceeds go to the National Parks Foundation!
Trekking the National Parks Board Game
For the board game lover who can’t stomach another game of Monopoly, there’s this underrated board game by Underdog Games called Trekking the National Parks. It has tons of great reviews on Amazon, and is family friendly for anyone to play! Fun and educational, this game is an award winning board game great for family game night.
Fodor’s Complete Guide to the National Parks
Fodor’s Travel has been a trusted travel resource for over 80 years, and they’ve proved themselves again with this wonderful complete guide to all 63 of the National Parks in the United States. This edition is brand new in September 2021, giving you the most up-to-date information possible. At 960 pages, this is one of the most complete guides on the market and is the perfect addition to any National Park lover’s book shelf.
Rumpl Blanket – National Parks Collection
Get the same Rumpl quality blanket listed above (DWR fabric, 100% recycled materials, and their 1-year warranty and 100-night trial) plus an awesome graphic from your friend’s or loved one’s favorite National Park.
Options include the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Great Smokey Mountains, Joshua Tree, and the Rocky Mountains. With the National Parks collection, Rumpl is a member of 1% For The Planet and supports the world of the National Park Foundation.
Best Stocking Stuffers for Hikers
Gear Aid Gear Patches
Over time gear wears down, and holes are an unavoidable part of being outside. It’s important to have some repair tape on hand, and we love how Gear Aid makes their patches in cute shapes and designs. Easily repair a tent, as well as jackets and outerwear!
Bottle Bright Cleaning Tablets
Water bottles, Nalgenes, and water bladders can get dirty and stinky, especially new ones that smell and taste like plastic. We always treat our gear with these Bottle Bright bottle cleaning tablets! Just fill the container with water, add the appropriate number of tablets, and let it sit. Goodbye residue and weird tastes/smells. This should be in every backpacker’s and hiker’s house.
Mini Hot Sauce
These mini hot sauce bottles are perfect for hikers and backpackers who want to add a little spice to their ordinary snacks and meals in the backcountry. Flavors like jalapeno, serrano, sriracha, habanero, and ghost pepper will definitely add a kick to the otherwise bland dehydrated meals!
Fun snacks are always a great stocking stuffer for hikers, and this Righteous Felon beef jerky is a great option! Beef Jerky is a classic hiking snack, but this brand has put a twist on their flavors and offer smaller packaging to try them all. It’s a high-protein, healthy snack that has all natural ingredients and bold flavors. Locally sourced meat from Maryland and Iowa means you’re supporting small businesses and American farmers.
NOT Peanut Butter!
It seems like every hiking snack is some variation of peanuts or peanut butter or jerky. For the hiker who’s done with eating peanut butter, these alternative seed butters from 88 acres are yummy and fun to try new flavors. Our personal favorite is the dark chocolate sunflower seed butter, but they’re all great!
Burt’s Bees Hand Salve
Perfect for very dry skin, this Burt’s Bees hand salve can be a god-send for those dry and cracked hands. The elements can take a told on hiker’s hands, and keeping them moisturized is super important!
You’ll never find me objecting to chocolate in my stocking, especially a nice dark chocolate bar. Theo bars are made of all organic ingredients and are vegan and soy-free, as well as fair trade certified. There’s tons of different flavor options and you can never have too much chocolate while hiking!
We prefer rock tape over the traditional mole skin or duct tape route when it comes to blisters. Whether we’re hiking or backpacking, we always have a package of this stuff on hand.
Pee Cloth (for women)
We frequently get asked how to pee in the woods, as well as what to do with the toilet paper. According to the seven Leave No Trace principles, you’re supposed to bury toilet paper at least 6 inches deep (in most areas). Instead of worrying about that, just use a pee cloth, which has an absorbent side for wiping and a waterproof side to keep your hands dry and clean. Just snap it onto the outside of your backpack and avoid drip drying after peeing outdoors!
Backpacker Magazine Subscription
Although it’s called ‘Backpacker’ magazine, it’s intended for all kinds of hiking and camping trips. The publisher says their magazine offers practice advice: “you can do it–here’s how.” You can get your hiking friend or family member a year subscription (9 times a year) for only $25, making it a great stocking stuffer or easy gift for the outdoor enthusiast.
Our go to gift over ‘things’ is experiences. Can’t think of what to buy your hiker friend or family member? Get them an experience. Bonus points if you’re included on that! Ideas include taking them hiking or backpacking, purchasing Groupons for fun experiences, or booking them an adventure in the form of a white water rafting trip or guided hike!
REI Gift Card
Still don’t see anything that’s caught your eye? Perhaps consider a gift card, so they can pick out what they need or want. The perfect gift card for hikers is from REI!
Visa Gift Card
Don’t know where they shop of maybe they don’t care for REI? Consider a VISA gift card, which can be used all over the world at any retailer of their choosing. Purchase easily on Amazon!