Every hiking trip out in the wild or in the magical mountains in Europe, US or Asia involves a lot of thinking about all the needy hiking essentials, one that has to be long-lasting, durable and of high quality. This is precisely why searching for the best gifts for hikers is a never-ending task.
I have often run into friends and family who buys hiking gear that I already have or I’ll never use again. Where is the inspiration for outdoor enthusiasts who are picky with their gear? What about a relaxing eco-friendly candle for a tiring day out to soothe that exhausted soul? What about a really comfy after-hike outfit that wicks off all your sweat and keeps you put together or even vegan hiking boots? I am 100% certain that special him or her person or any adventurer soul would love some creative, out of the box or simply a functional hiking gift.
Here are some of the best gifts and ideas for hikers, whether it’s for him, her and the adventurer in you.
Hiking Gifts For Him:
The Aspiring Outdoorsy Guy
1. Surviveware Small Aid Kid For Surviving The Wilderness
When you’re out there in the wild, accidents happen and it is likely the person you’re buying for wants to be ready for a slip or a knee injury after hiking mountains after mountains. This Surviveware packs a punch and is extremely lightweight giving you everything you need in a jiffy. The Surviveware Small First Aid Kit is ideal because it's it only weighs one pound. It also has various carrying options so one can travel light and unhampered.
2. Epic Hikes of The World (Lonely Planet)
With stories of 50 incredible hiking routes in 30 countries, from New Zealand to Peru, plus a further 150 suggestions, Lonely Planet’s Epic Hikes of the World will inspire a lifetime of adventure on foot. This is the ultimate book to get for those who are super picky about their gift choices. Imagine getting access to 200 hikes from the tranquility of the Mt. Kailash Pilgrimage Circuit or daringly venture out on the Pacific Crest Trail, it's all epic. Coffee table books like this are a great way to daydream about exploring places one may not have ever considered.
3. Hiking Backpack 50L Travel Camping Backpack with Rain Cover
You can’t go wrong with the ultimate hiker backpack that’s extremely versatile and durable without burning a hole in your pocket. It is multipurpose and suitable for those long camping trips where he can pack in all his gear, camping equipment, hammocks and tent at one go. It also has good back support and with 50L it is just the right amount needed for week-long backpacking and hiking trips in the wilderness.
The Not-Quite-There-Yet Hiker
4. Cook-in-Pouch Freeze Dried Food Kit
Whether you're camping, backpacking or hiking, Wise Company freeze dried foods are the perfect addition. All it takes is for your friend or family to grab-and-go especially when he has back-to-back hiking plans. Kit includes 18 servings of breakfast and entrees, and even the most laziest man will love that he has some survival food somewhere in his backpack.
5. A Hiker’s Journal
Imagine those hiking stories, people encounters and snow leopard foot prints - this is exactly the kind of hiker’s journal that any hiking lover would love! Great for anyone who likes to share hiking stories with precision, keep records to preserve memories and keep track of their adventures! Each of the guided journals is complete with thoughtful writing prompts true to the Journals Unlimited style.
6. Western Mountaineering Standard Down Bootie
After a long day kicking in a steep bootpack or navigating glacial ice in a pair of crampons, the first thing you're going to want to do once you set up camp is give your feet a much-needed break and that’s when these down booties come in. They’re like an oven on your feet and any avid hiker would appreciate this from the bottom of their heart. This is also good for sleeping in, walking around camp, walking around the house, getting the mail and the uses for this snuggly booties are immensely varied.
7. The Outdoors Man Watch: Suunto Traverse
This is a beast of a watch and ultimately the most useful and stylish outdoors man watch - it does everything it needs to do. It has a compass, GPS, altimeter and barometer which are all very accurate for a wrist-top device. Suunto Traverse will help your friend plan your hikes and find your way in the wild. The automatic breadcrumb of the track ensures he can re-trace his steps when needed. What’s great about it is that it has a strong build and a powerful battery life which keeps exploring hour after hour.
Hiking Gifts For Her:
The Low-Key Hiker
8. Matador Pocket Blanket
For the newbie hiker who has a newfound appreciation for the hiking trails, she will love how easy it is to switch between a backpacking trip, hiking trip or a beach trip with this all-in-one waterproof pocket blanket. It is a great way to keep the pocket blanket with her all the time and never miss an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
9. Osprey Packs Renn 50 Women's Hiking Backpack
It is almost the ultimate perfect gift for the not so seasoned hiker and backpacker. Lightweight but built tough, the Renn 50 can confidently handle overnight and weekend trips—which means your friend or relative can confidently handle them too. The fact that it is extremely lightweight and offers an integrated and removable raincover, superb ventilation, a sleeping bag compartment, and hipbelt pockets - you can be assured that this will be a well-deserved gift that will take her to all the peaks in the world.
The In-Between Two Worlds Girl
10. Rosa Vila Mountain Necklace
Gift the girl you know a daily reminder of her adventurous side with this delicate necklace. It clearly shows you’re aware of her mountain-loving, adventurous side. This minimalist necklace features snowcapped mountain peaks in your choice of color. Whether she is waiting to hit some trails backdoor or planning her first trip to Everest, the mountain jewelry will keep the memories and excitement close by.
11. Rite in the Rain Notepads
Imagine gifting a notepad waiting to be filled with thoughts, ideas and conversations that will survive water, sweat, grease, mud, and even the accidental laundry mishap. You will not find a better notebook than this, and it shows that you care about the person and her love for the outdoors and written material.
12. After Hike Slouchy Sweatdress
Know a girl who would love having an after-hike chilled out sweat dress to get comfortable on her drive home? The ultimate perfect post-hiking dress with breathable knitted frabic is the best hikers gift one can ask her. Breathable, quirky and really easy to slip in and out.
13. The Hidden Tracks: Wanderlust – Hiking Adventures off the Beaten Path Book
From a magic trail leading through a forest of giant trees and breathtaking mountain ascents in South America to a trek among some of the highest sand dunes in the world in Mongolia, this selection of one-of-a-kind trails is presented with stunning imagery, detailed trail descriptions, overview maps, and insider advice on how to make the most of each trip. This book is worth it for women hikers who want to get it inspired both a visual journey and an invitation to pack their hiking boots and discover untouched hiking destinations.
14. Cabiniste Women's Down Insulated Bootie
If you're looking to keep your feet and toes toasty warm, these Cabiniste 100% duck feather and down insulated booties are what you need. Designed to offer comfort and warmth in camp, at the cabin or just around the home, these booties are the bomb and are much-needed essential for every hiker girl. Imagine wearing this instead of the bulky shoes, your friend or family will appreciate the added thoughtfulness and how cosy and snuggly these insulated booties are.
Universally Outdoorsy: Hiking Gifts For Everyone
15. Sawyer Mini Water Filter
This is perhaps the single most important product when any of your friends or family is in the wilderness. It has served me well, and this small, light, compact makes an excellent unit that won’t break the bank. This filter cleans anything from questionable garden hose water to murky lake water into perfectly clear and crisp to the taste drinking water. Who would have thought that dirty water can easily be turned into clean, drinkable water?
16. Hiking and Adventure Coffee Mug
Some days if you’re too busy to take a break outside and enjoy the breeze rolling off from the mountains, these mugs are a constant reminder that you need to push myself away from the computer and just enjoy a moment in the mountains. These mugs come already packaged in a display box so they make the perfect gift for that coffee lover or adventure seeker in your life or even serves great as a perfect pick-me-up gift for yourself.
17. Eco-Friendly Natural Soy Candle
Whether it’s a peaceful evening with in your camp site just before darkness falls or an after hike relaxation evening to set the mood, these 100% natural soy wax scented candle are the best thing to lighten up your senses. Sandalwood blends seamlessly with a luscious, rich vanilla to round out this truly unique aroma and it comes in an elegant gift box if you feel like gifting it to a special someone.
When You’re Undecided
If one gift simply doesn’t cut it, perhaps what would really make a difference is when you pair it with an outdoor experience or grab couple of gifts listed above and pair it together with some seriously tasteful notecards. It's sometimes difficult to find appropriate cards to send to both genders, and these fit the bill with a perfectly constructed message. Tell me in the comments below: Which item are you most thrilled to buy for your friend or for yourself?
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