Shopping for that special hiker in your life can be difficult, but with the help of my gift guide, you’ll discover some great gifts for hikers.
Whether you’re shopping for Christmas, a birthday, an anniversary, or another special occasion, you will find some unique gifts for hikers on this list.
There’s really nothing better than giving the gift of the outdoors. Because when they’re out on their next adventure, they’ll think of you – the one who gave them that special gift!
This hiker gift guide is full of items that I’ve both tried and loved. Every single piece of gear, every app, and every collector’s item on this list, I own, use, and love. All of these commodities are great gift candidates for that special adventure lover in your life! Who knows, maybe you’ll even find something on this list to buy for yourself or add to your growing wish list!
Here are 27 unique gifts for hikers. These gifts can be used on the trail, at home, at camp, and/or anywhere outdoors. I’ve arranged them from small and “stocking-stuffer worthy” to extravagant so that you can find something for every hiker in your life!
27 Unique Gifts For Hikers
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🥾 Unique Stocking Stuffers For Hikers 🥾
Small and stuffable, these gifts for hikers typically cost around $40 or less.
Everything on this list is great for every occasion. You can not only add these to a stocking or give them to a co-worker or boss but also stuff them inside a larger gift. Or create a cute hiking gift basket with a few of these items!
1. Darn Tough Socks
Looking for gifts for hikers who have everything? SOCKS is your answer! We never have enough socks. Seriously.
Darn Tough are my socks of choice! I pretty much live in them. I wear them not only on all of my hikes, adventures, and road trips but casual lounges around the house, too.
These socks are designed with the most comfortable merino wool material that will ensure that your feet stay dry and remain odor-free for days. Seriously, I wear the same pair for days, and even after hiking miles every day, my feet and the socks don’t stink. It’s crazy!
Also, Darn Tough socks are made locally in the USA – in the state of Vermont! 🇺🇸
2. Smartwool Socks
Smartwool socks are another durable merino wool sock perfect for every outdoor adventure. With every size cut, you can wear them with any shoe and in any weather.
Most hikers not-so-secretly love receiving socks for birthdays, holidays, random occasions, or just because! Socks may seem like a cheesy gift idea, but I promise you, a lot of hikers genuinely enjoy opening these up!
PRO TIP: If you don’t want to “just” gift someone a pair of socks, consider bundling it with some cold weather gear like gloves and a hat, and toss in some hot cocoa packets, a Starbucks gift card, or a pass to a local winter park.
3. Stanley Mug
Stanley mugs are my go-to for beverage holders outdoors! Whether I’m around a blazing campfire, on a hike, or snugly cocooned in a sleeping bag in my tent, my Stanley mug with its stainless steel interior will keep my drink hot or cold for hours.
Stanley has mugs of all different sizes and designs so they’re impeccable for any occasion, indoors or outdoors.
→ READ NEXT: Ways to Brew Tea and Coffee at Camp and on the Trail ☕️
4. NATIONAL PARKS PLAYING CARDS
These National Parks playing cards are a blast to play with! More interesting than a regular deck of cards, each card features an original illustration of a National Park.
Enclosed in a collector’s wooden case, 52 cards with illustrations from 52 National Parks are included in this card set!
Bring these cards along on your hiking or camping adventure or play at home. When a National Park that you’ve been to is revealed in the game, you can reminisce about all of the memories you’ve had!
It’s a great gift to give that special National Park hiker in your life!
Sunscreen is one of the ten essentials, so every hiker needs to be carrying this in their backpack on every hike!
6. Water Bottle
Every hiker needs a reusable water bottle! Or two or three or four. I think I have seven. 🙈
My favorites are the CamelBak Eddy bottles or this SUPER FUN National Park sticker bottle 🌲🥾🪵🐻. (Note that the National Park bottle is more than the $40 threshold; I just wanted to add it because it’s super cute!)
7. Emergency Blanket
This is another one of the hiker’s ten essentials, so every hiker will want to carry one of these emergency blankets in their packs. Just in case!
8. Fuel-Free Lighter
Every hiker needs a lighter; it’s also one of the ten essentials.
This lighter in particular is super cool because it’s fuel-free! It’s a weatherproof electric lighter that can work in any condition and at any altitude. Start a fire or stove with the touch of a button!
9. Electric Hand Warmer
Electric hand warmers are not quite essential but they are lifesavers on the trail when it’s cold outside! 🙌🏼
Winter hikes or cold weather hikes don’t have to be miserable anymore with these electric hand warmers! I know you know someone who’s always cold, so give them the gift of warmth.
🥾 Unique Gifts For Hikers 🥾
These gifts are perfect for every hiker on your list! They all typically cost around $100 or less and are ideal as standalone gifts or to bundle with other outdoorsy gifts.
10. GAIA GPS PREMIUM
Gaia GPS is a hiker’s safety companion!
If you or someone on your holiday list appreciates spending time in places where cell service is limited and trails aren’t always marked, Gaia GPS is your friend!
For around $40/year, you can download maps for offline viewing so that you never get lost again. Gaia tracks your current location, helps you stay on the trail, and allows you to retrace your steps if you get lost, thanks to a reliable satellite connection.
It’s pretty straightforward to give this membership as a gift. Visit Gaia’s website, fill out the form with your email, the recipient’s name and email, and delivery date, and add a custom message, and voila, you’ve given someone the gift of adventure!
→ READ NEXT: How to Avoid Getting Lost on Hiking Trails 🧭
11. PATAGONIA LOS GATOS QUARTER ZIP FLEECE PULLOVER
Patagonia is an iconic outdoor brand! I’d truly recommend anything with that brand attached to it, but for the sake of this blog post, I chose one piece – the Patagonia Los Gatos Quarter-Zip Fleece Pullover!
This fleece retains body heat and keeps you warm, insulated, and cozy. It is the perfect mid-layer to add to any hiking outfit.
Hiking, camping, or even just lounging around a campfire, this fleece will keep you warm on the chilliest of nights.
12. Icebreaker Merino Quantum Gloves
The Icebreaker Merino Quantum Gloves are ideal for anyone who spends time outdoors in the winter, fall, or spring. Whenever it’s slightly chilly out, slip these gloves on your hands, and your ten digits won’t be cold anymore.
I’ve been trying and failing for years to find a glove that actually keeps me warm. Notice I said glove, not mittens. I’ve had some mittens that have kept my hands somewhat warm but they hinder my ability to type on my phone or rummage through my backpack because of how bulky they are. These Icebreaker gloves are the solution I’ve been waiting for!
Made with merino wool, these gloves keep your hands warm, dry, and toasty even in windy, snowy, or rainy weather. They are thin enough that you can use your hands as you normally would without all the extra bulk of mittens, and these gloves even have a smartphone touch fabric so you can open your phone, navigate with maps, or snap photos without sliding them off.
If you have someone on your list who’s always cold, bundling some winter-weather accessories like this one would be a great gift idea!
13. Icebreaker Merino Neck Chute
The Icebreaker Merino Neck Chute is another Merino wool masterpiece!
This neck chute can be slipped around either the neck or the neck, ears, and nose, blocking out wind and harsh weather and keeping the extremities warm. Paired with the gloves mentioned above, you’d be giving an extremely nice gift.
I wear this neck chute everywhere I go when it’s cold outside: on winter hikes, during cold nights in my tent, on snowshoe adventures, walks with my dogs, and even jaunts to the store!
→ READ NEXT: Tips for Winter Hikes and Road Trips 🥾❄️
14. Smartwool Thermal Merino Headband
The Smartwool Thermal Merino Headband is an ear wrap that will keep your ears warm in windy and cold weather.
I have used this as a standalone when I don’t want to mess up my hair with a hat, and I have also used it with a hat for extra warmth! Merino wool is my favorite fabric, so I will always recommend products like this headband.
15. America the Beautiful National Park Pass
An America the Beautiful National Park Pass makes a remarkable gift for anyone in your life who adores the US National Parks!
For one year, you can offer someone FREE ACCESS to all of the 420+ National Park sites, where they can make extraordinary memories, witness once-in-a-lifetime views, hike some of the wildest trails in the country, and add some crazy bucket-list experiences to their archive!
There is no better gift than the gift of adventure and experience!
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16. Passport to Your National Parks Stamp Book: Collector’s Edition
A Passport Stamp Book is a super fun way to track which National Parks you’ve been to.
The book I’ve linked is the collector’s edition that features all 420+ National Parks plus room for the regional stamp collection and additional stamps for multiple visits to the same park.
There is also a smaller book sold on Amazon that just contains room to stamp the 63 National Parks if you’d rather give that to someone on your list instead.
Both are great options!
At each National Park visitor center, you can choose from a variety of stamps to insert into your passport book!
If you know someone who cherishes the National Parks, and might even want to visit all of them, a passport stamp book is an excellent gift!
PRO TIP: If you give this to someone, and they wonder how they can add stamps to their book from parks they’ve been to in the past, inform them that they can call or email the specific park’s office and request a stamp be mailed to them for the date they visited! You’ll be their hero!
17. Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter
Sawyer Squeeze is not only just for backpackers who’ll be outdoors for days at a time without access to potable water, but it’s also ideal for day hikers.
Even if you’re a hiker (or know someone who is a hiker) who doesn’t plan on being away from potable water for very long, and you think you’ve brought enough, the Sawyer Squeeze can turn any natural water source, like streams, lakes, and rivers, into drinkable water.
So if you find yourself in a hot environment without enough water in your bottles or you get lost or stuck somewhere, at least you’ll have your Sawyer so you won’t run out of water! It’s a great product to keep in your backpack for emergencies – on long hikes, short hikes, and everything in between.
Give that hiker in your life a water filter so they can have that extra peace of mind on the trail!
18. Petzl Actik Core Headlamp
The Petzl Actik Core Headlamp is a great gift for hikers. I’ve had a variety of headlamps over the years, but this one is my absolute favorite!
I carry a headlamp with me on all of my hikes, even if I’m not necessarily planning on hiking in the dark. If I find myself lost or stuck on a trail in the dark, I want to make sure I can see to find my way out.
Give the gift of light with a top-of-the-line headlamp to your favorite hiker! 🔦
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19. Columbia Arcadia ii Rain Jacket
The Columbia Arcadia ii Rain Jacket is the perfect solution for hiking in rainy and/or windy conditions.
Between Erica and I, we own three of these Columbia rain jackets in different colors; that’s how much we value them!
This outer layer rain jacket is completely wind-resistant and waterproof, keeping you warm and dry on your hike! Because after all, serious hikers can’t avoid the wind and the rain forever; it’s inevitable, no matter where in the world you’re hiking.
→ READ NEXT: 5 Tips for Hiking in the Rain ☔️
20. Columbia Sport Sandal
The Columbia Sport Sandal is perfect for hikers, waterfall chasers, kayakers, beach-goers, river hikers, and campers. Slip these on instead of hiking boots or shoes for lightweight footing.
These sandals are sturdy enough to go hiking in mild terrain, and they’re especially perfect for river hikes, paddling adventures, beach hikes, waterfall swims, and even pool days.
I bring these along on all of my backpacking adventures, too, so that when I’m at camp, I don’t have to wear my bulky hiking boots!
They’re an affordable camp shoe for all of those campers, backpackers, river hikers, waterfall chasers, paddlers, and beach-goers in your life!
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21. Retrospec Snowshoes
Snowshoes are expensive! When I was browsing for my first pair, I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars just in case I wasn’t a huge fan of the activity. So I saw the low price tag on these Retrospec snowshoes, and the reviews were decent, so I gave them a try.
I love both the sport and the snowshoes! They’re sturdy, and have lasted multiple harsh northern winters and snowy mountain adventures.
These beginner snowshoes are perfect for anyone who lives in a snowy area, frequents winter parks, or vacations in the mountains in the winter! They’ll be able to hike their favorite trails, even in deep snow!
→ READ NEXT: 9 Fun Winter Activities That Will Get You Outdoors ❄️
22. Pendleton Cable Hat
Pendleton Cable Hats keep you warm on those cold winter days, campfire nights, and starry hikes.
23. Trekking Poles
I’ve used these inexpensive, simple TrailBuddy poles for years, and they’ve held up nicely!
What I love about these trekking poles are their tough aluminum shell, simple lever locks, easy collapsibility, handy-dandy case to hold them in so you don’t get your car dirty after using them on the trail, and their accessories. These trekking poles come with snow baskets so you can use the poles year-round, no matter the trail conditions.
If you’re looking for higher-end poles to spoil that special hiker in your life, I’d recommend these Black Diamond ones. They are super comfortable and will meet the needs of every hiker and backpacker while not totally breaking the bank.
🥾 Unique Gifts For Hikers Who Have Been Extra Good This Year 🥾
For those hikers and campers on your list who have been extra good this year, consider buying them one of these high-ticketed items! Most of these items cost $100-$400.
24. Rumpl Blanket
Rumpl Blankets are definitely a fad in the hiking and camping community. And for good reason!
These warm packable blankets come in different patterns, including stunning National Parks scenes, NFL team logos, and beautiful artistic designs, all with weather-resistant, ripstop material that resists water, stains, odors, pet hair, and other debris.
Rumpl blankets are made of the same material as sleeping bags and insulated puffy jackets, so you can enjoy them around a campfire, on the trail, at a scenic overlook, at home on the couch, on a picnic, or inside your tent.
25. Osprey Sirrus 24 Backpack
I have linked the 24-liter backpack because both casual and serious day hikers can use this user-friendly bag. The shoulder straps are breathable and comfortable. The hip belt has pockets that can be used to store snacks, a knife, or any other accessible item. There are plenty of pockets to keep your gear organized. The backpack even comes with a rain cover so that your pack and its contents will stay dry even in the wettest climate!
26. Keen Terradora Waterproof Hiking Boots
Hiking boots are a little difficult to buy for someone, but I added my favorite boots to this list just in case you needed a gift idea for yourself!
The Keen Terradoras are a durable, waterproof boot with superb traction. I’d recommend going to your local outdoor outfitter to try them on, or if you purchase them online, make sure they have a free return policy. You want to make sure your boots fit properly!
27. Garmin inReach Mini 2
The Garmin inReach Mini is a great gift because you could possibly be giving someone the gift of life.
If you know someone who is frequently hiking or camping in the backcountry or road-tripping in places that have limited cell signal, the Garmin inReach could be a remarkable companion.
In the event of an emergency, the simple press of a button alerts authorities of your exact location and will send someone to rescue you. You can also sync it to your phone via Bluetooth so you can communicate with your loved ones even when you have no cell signal.
Hopefully, you just keep the Garmin hooked onto your backpack and never have to press the button, but if the unimaginable happens to you, you’ll have a lifeline.
This gift could quite literally save a hiker’s life. Can’t think of a gift better than that!
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I hope these ideas helped you find that perfect gift for that special hiker in your life! Or maybe you even found some gifts for yourself!
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