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37 Favorite Gift Ideas for Hikers They’ll Actually Love

Are you struggling with gift ideas for hikers or the outdoorsy person in your life? Don’t panic, I’ve done the work for you with my updated list of best gift ideas for hikers. From essential gear items, gifts for her, unique gift ideas for hikers, or adventure books – there’s something on this list for every adventurer, and maybe a few for you, too!

Whether you’re shopping for Christmas, Hanukah, a birthday or Valentine’s Day, these are 37 great gift ideas for hikers that they’ll actually love and use for years to come.

And while the hikers in your life will always appreciate new and upgraded gear from this list, don’t be afraid to get them what they really want, and offer to spend some time on the trails hiking with them!

Disclosure: Some of the items on this list were gifted to me so that I could fully test them out in the real world. This page may also contain affiliate links where I earn a small commission from any purchase – at no extra cost to you! This commission helps keep Brooke In Boots up and running. As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own!

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Best Hiking Essentials Gifts    

Whether you’re shopping for an experienced peak bagger, or casual day-hiker, everyone needs to be prepared with the essentials when heading into the outdoors. No matter the occasion, these essential gear items make great gift ideas for hikers.

1. Osprey Tempest 20L / Talon 22L Daypack

A hiking daypack is one of the most important pieces of gear that a hiker owns. A good daypack makes a perfect gift that they’ll use for years.

The Osprey Tempest 20L (Women’s fit) or Talon 22L (Men’s fit) daypack is my personal pick for the best hiking day pack for beginners and experienced peak baggers alike. This pack is the perfect combination of features and comfort, making it one of the most widely used daypacks on the trail.

The internal plastic back panel provides structure and support on even the longest day hikes. The padded hip belt pockets sit comfortably and are perfect for storing snacks, hand sanitizer and other small items. The Tempest has a hydration reservoir pocket and two side mesh pockets for water-bottles. This pack also has attachments to store trekking poles, ice axe, and helmet.

Don’t forget to add a rain cover to protect their pack from unexpected downpours.

Hiking Franconia Ridge, NH with my trusty
Osprey Tempest 20L pack

2. First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is a gift you hope they’ll never have to use, but one they should always have ready on any hike. These prepackaged first aid kits include the essential items to treat and clean the most common trail injuries like cuts, splinters, blisters, and insect bites.

This kit includes adhesive bandages in a wide range of sizes, antiseptic, antibiotic and sting relief wipes, medications like ibuprofen and allergy relief, medical tape, scissors and more. Clear labeled pockets means items are easy to locate in an emergency. And the included Quick Guide makes gives clear directions to treat common injuries.

3. Camelbak Crux 2L Water Reservoir

Water reservoirs, like the Camelbak Crux 2L, are the perfect gift ideas for hikers looking to take on longer and more strenuous adventures.

This reservoir holds 2 liters of water and sits securely against your back inside your day pack for optimal weight distribution. The on/off lever on the bite valve prevents leaks and makes it easy to drink water without breaking your stride.

Don’t forget to add a Water Reservoir Cleaning Kit to keep their water supply fresh and funk-free!

4. Black Diamond Astro Headlamp

For pre-dawn sunrise hikes, or finding your way in emergency situation, a headlamp is a crucial essential for all hikers to always have on hand.

The Black Diamond Headlamp emits 250 lumens, has multiple brightness settings, and a digital lockout feature to prevent accidental turn-on while in their pack.

5. Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

The Patagonia Nano Puff jacket is my absolute go-to down hiking jacket and is sure to thrill any hikers on your gift list.

Synthetic filling made out of recycled materials keeps them warm during fall and winter hikes, or sipping coffee by the campfire. Unlike natural down, synthetic insulation retains most of its heat even when wet and packs down small to fit inside their day pack.

The Patagonia Nano Puff jacket is available in both Mens and Women’s sizes in a variety of colors.

6. Sawyer Squeeze Water Filtration System

Get them the gift of safe drinking water a water filtration system like the Sawyer Squeeze. This simple, and day pack-friendly, filtration system filters out 99.99% of waterborne bacteria.

The Sawyer Squeeze includes 2 32 oz. water storage pouches, cleaning accessories, and inline adaptors to attach your filter directly into their water reservoir.

Enjoying winter hiking in my own Kahtoola MICROspikes

7. Kahtoola MICROspikes

For the hiker who still loves to get at it, even when the weather turns cold, invest in a pair of Kahtoola MICROspikes. These easy-to-use spikes were a game changer when I first started winter hiking!

Made out of stainless-steel, MICROspikes are essentially tire chains for their feet. These traction spikes slip onto any hiking boot and grip into the ice and snow, preventing slips and falls in ice and snow.

Kahtoola spikes are lightweight, fold small enough to fit into a jacket pocket, and come with their own waterproof carrying bag.

8. Carbon Trekking Poles

Not all hikers use trekking poles, but I absolutely recommend them, especially for any hiker attempting strenuous or long hikes that put a lot of wear-and-tear on their knees.

Trekking poles come in a variety of materials, but the gold-standard are carbon trekking poles for their strength and lightweight design.

Best Gifts for Hikers Under $25

Looking for the perfect gift for the hiker in your life under $25? These inexpensive gear items make the perfect stocking stuffer, white elephant gift, Valentines, birthday or holiday gift for anyone who loves to spend time on the trails.

Shopping for yourself? Go ahead at treat yourself to one of these great gifts for hikers without any guilt!

1. LifeStraw Water Filter

The LifeStraw water filter is one of the best value pieces of gear in a hiker’s toolkit! Weighing only 2 oz, this small plastic straw fits easily in any bag and effectively filters out 99.99% of waterborne bacteria.

Use the LifeStraw to drink directly from a water source, like a stream or lake, or fill a water bottle and use the LifeStraw to drink safely on the go.

2. goodr Sunglasses

I bought a pair of Goodr Glasses years ago and I’ve been wearing them on my travels ever since! These polarized lenses are super comfortable, don’t slip off your face, and the polarized lenses block harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Goodr glasses come in a huge selection of colors (with hilarious names) to fit every style, and what’s more, these quality glasses are only $25!

3. TheTentLab The Deuce #3 Heavy Duty Backcountry Trowel

It may not be a sexy subject, but a quality backcountry trowel is a great gift for hikers that they’ll use and appreciate!

The Duce #3 Trowel is practically weightless at 1oz, made out of high quality aluminum, and serrated to dig through roots and clay. Digging a proper cat hole is an important part of practicing Leave No Trace, so give the gift that benefits them and the environment!

4. Gear Aid Tenacious Tape Repair Tape

Tears, snags, and rips are inevitable for anyone who spends enough time outdoors. Tenacious Tape repairs their jackets, tents, packs and other gear with adhesive patches that stick to any surface.

This super affordable tape works better than duct tape and easily fits in any pack for on-the-go repairs.

5. Darn Tough Micro Crew Socks

You may wonder, “who really wants socks for a gift?” Well, the hiker in your life actually does!

As someone who is prone to serious blisters, finding the perfect pair of hiking socks is essential. Thankfully, these Darn Tough Micro Crew Socks haven’t failed me yet!

Made out of a merino wool blend, these socks are naturally moisture and odor resistant. The extra cushioning in the heels and toes keeps your feet pain-free (as much as possible) on even the longest, toughest hikes. And after dozens of tests on every type of trail, I’ve yet to get blisters in these socks!

6. SOL Emergency Bivvy with Rescue Whistle and Tinder Cord

Another super affordable emergency item that you hope they’ll never need, but should always carry. The SOL Emergency Bivvy is an emergency shelter in the event that a hiker becomes injured or lost and has to spend a night outside.

These emergency shelters are cheap, lightweight, and roll up smaller than a can of soda. The SOL Emergency Bivvy also includes a rescue whistle and nylon wrapped tinder cord to start a fire in case of emergency.

7. UCO Stormproof Match Kit

Everything you need to start an emergency fire is included in this super compact and lightweight UCO Stormproof Match Kit.

This kit includes 25 windproof/waterproof matches inside a waterproof case and an external replaceable striker to light. Use these extra long matches to light campfires, stoves, BBQs, or an emergency fire.

Hiking Gifts for Her

Shopping for a girl who prefers hitting the trails to hitting the club? Check out these gift ideas for hikers especially for the bad-ass granola-girl in your life! These practical and stylish gift ideas are sure to please any adventurous woman who loves the outdoors.

1. STIO Glide Hiking Leggings

I recently had the opportunity to try out these buttery-soft Glide Hiking Leggings, gifted to me by Stio. I’m serious when I say these are the most comfortable hiking leggings I’ve ever worn!

The Glide Hiking Leggings are high rise fit and don’t slide down. Unlike other leggings I’ve tried, I never once needed to adjust or pull up my leggings while hiking. The Glide Hiking Leggings have 2 side pockets, one with a zipper and one without that easily fit my phone, keys, and credit card. A small back pocket can fit your keys or other small items.

These leggings are best worn in Spring through Fall, or as a base layer for winter hiking.

Use my exclusive discount code BROOKEINBOOTS15 to take 15% off your first order with Stio!

2. Kula Cloth Antimicrobial Pee Cloth

For female hikers who dread going #1 on the trail, the Kula Cloth is a hands-down must have. This reusable antimicrobial cloth keeps your hands dry while thoroughly cleaning any, ahem, drips when nature calls.

Store the Kula on the outside of your pack when not in use, and use the snaps to fold the absorbent antimicrobial side of the cloth shut for privacy.

I’m not exaggerating when I say this little cloth is a game changer for women’s comfort on the trails! Stay clean and avoid having to pack toilet paper in and out with the Kula Cloth.

3. REI Co-Op Sahara T-Shirt

For the perfect hiking shirt at a, frankly, unbelievably good price, check out the REI Sahara T-Shirt. This great gift for hikers is moisture wicking and quick drying, as well as antimicrobial to avoid that sweat stink after a tough hike. The Sahara T-Shirt also keeps the sun away with UPF 30 sun protection.

4. REI Co-op Out the Door Cap

This ball cap is great for dog-walks around the neighborhood, bad hair days, and sunny days on the trail. The REI Out the Door Cap has a comfortable sweat band, UPF 50+ sun protection, and a crushable brim to shove into any pack.

5. The Landmark Project Protect Our Forests Bandana

Spread the word to protect our forests with this chic bandana featuring Smokey Bear and forest recreation illustrations. Besides looking super cute, a portion of all proceeds benefit the Smokey Bear Fund for Wildfire Prevention Education.

6. Cotopaxi Bataan Fanny Pack 3L

Fanny packs are useful for short hikes or casual walks around the neighborhood when a full daypack is simply overkill. The Cotopaxi Bataaan Fanny Pack fits your snacks, keys, wallet, phone and other small accessories, perfect for the granola girl on the go.

Cotopaxi uses repurposed and recycled fabrics – so no two Cotopaxi Bataan Fanny Packs are the same!

7. REI Co-op Trailsmith Fleece Jacket

Pulled straight out of the 1992 REI catalogue, this light fleece jacket is retro-chic gear goals. The Trailsmith Fleece is made out of 80% post-consumer recycled materials.

This fleece jacket provides warmth without weight and works well as a fall or spring top layer, or a mid-layer for colder winter weather.

I recently purchased the Trailsmith Fleece Jacket in “Rustic Gold” and pretty much haven’t taken it off since. FYI, this jacket runs large, so I would recommend sizing down for those who don’t prefer the relaxed fit.

8. Icebreaker Merino Wool Base Layers

The key to staying warm and comfortable on even the coldest winter hikes is having quality insulating base layers, like Icebreaker Merino Wool.

Base layers should insulate and regulate your body temperature by wicking moisture (aka sweat) away from your body to keep you warm and dry. Merino wool is naturally water resistant and moisture wicking, helping to regulate body temperature and resisting pesky sweat odors.

These Icebreaker Merino Wool base layers make great gift ideas for hikers who want to stay toasty warm all winter long.

9. Vuori Ripstop Pants

Adventure-ready hiking pants that don’t rip on granite scrambles but still look flattering enough to wear into town? Yes, they actually do exist!

The Vuori Ripstop Pants are built with stretchy ripstop fabric, 5 pockets including 2 zipper pockets to store small items, and come in several trendy colors that work just as well for the trail as a casual brunch.

I recently got a pair of the Vuori Ripstop Pants myself, and I can say they definitely live up to the hype, and make a great hiking gift for her that she’s sure to wear again and again.

Best Book Gift Ideas for Hikers

These books are my personal favorites for a little armchair-adventure when I can’t be on the trail. Check out these great titles to spark your imagination, or they make a great gift idea for the hiker in your life.

1. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

Cheryl Strayed’s memoir about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail after the death of her mother redefined the adventure memoir genre. Popularly known for its movie adaptation starring Reese Witherspoon, this book is a gritty, intimate, gut-wrenching, and ultimately uplifting look at one woman’s journey on one of the most challenging thru-hikes in the world.

While even Cheryl herself would probably tell you not to follow the backpacking and survival advice in this novel, her message about the redeeming power of time spent outdoors makes this a must-read for every hiker.

2. Into Thin Air by John Krakauer

Krakauer’s harrowing first person account of the 1997 Everest climbing disaster will thrill and terrify climbers, hikers, and anyone with a pulse, really. A dirtbag turned writer, Krakauer had mostly given up his climbing career when he joined the ill-fated Everest expedition with the intention of covering the climb for an article in Outside magazine. John’s own history with climbing is interspersed with the history of mankind’s many attempts, and ultimately failures, to truly tame the world’s tallest peak.

3. A Walk In the Woods by Bill Bryson

If you think a middle-aged British-American attempting to walk 2,000 miles from Georgia to Maine with his overweight friend isn’t the the stuff of laugh-out-loud comedy, well then you don’t know Bill Bryson. This hilarious and educational memoir recounts Bryson’s attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail in his 40s with his old friend, a trip which both of them are woefully unprepared for.

This book is perfect gift idea for hikers who dream of conquering the world’s most famous thru-hike, or anyone looking for a good laugh.

4. Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

Many hikers dream of summiting the world-famous Inca Trail to the ruins of Machu Picchu. But did you ever wonder how this famous trail came to be, or who found the so-called “lost city” in the clouds? Mark Adams recounts the history and re-discovery of Machu Picchu by retracing Hiram Bingham’s 1911 expedition. This surprisingly funny book is part adventure-memoir and part fascinating history of the Incan civilization.

Unique Gift Ideas for Hikers

What do you get for the adventurer in your life who already has everything? Check out these unique gift ideas for hikers, from satellite emergency communicators to equipment to soothe their aching legs after a long day on the trail.

1. Garmin InReach Satellite

The Garmin InReach Satellites are the ultimate safety gift for the hiker or outdoorsy adventurer in your life. Give the gift of peace of mind with this two-way emergency communicator.

A satellite communicator means you can call for help, even in remote backcountry areas where there is no cell service. The Garmin InReach Mini, or larger InReach Explorer+, can trigger search and rescue with the touch of a button, as well as two way text message communication to relay important information to rescue personnel, or to check in with loved ones about your status.

This gift is definitely a splurge, but the Garmin InReach Satellite is the ultimate safety accessory for hikers, skiers, and anyone who spends time outdoors.

2. Stasher Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bag

If their New Years’s resolution is to be more sustainable, these Stasher Reusable bags help eliminate single use plastic from their gear. Available in a huge range of sizes, from snack to gallon bags, these reusable bags are ideal for storing your extra snacks or organizing your first aid kit and other small items inside your pack.

The airtight bags lock in flavors and smells, and the high quality silicone material is freezer-safe and microwave safe. These bags can even be baked, boiled, and washed in the dishwasher.

3. National Park Pass

Give the gift of travel to America’s 63 National Parks and more than 2,000 federally managed forests and recreation areas with this America the Beautiful National Parks Pass. For just $80, the pass holder can visit any National Park (usually $20 per vehicle), so this pass pays for itself after only 4 visits!

The pass covers entrance fees for the driver and all passengers inside the pass holder’s vehicle.

Giving it as a gift? Why not print out my National Parks Checklist to help them start planning their National Parks adventure!

4. State Park and National Forest Passes

You don’t have to visit a National Park to explore some of the best landscapes and outdoor recreation available. Give the gift of an annual pass to your local national forests or state parks, many of which are every bit as impressive as their National Parks counterparts.

These state, local and National Forest passes make great gift ideas for hikers looking to explore locally and a little more off the beaten path. Check your local state and national forests for pass requirements and purchases, or check out some of these popular passes below:

Northwest Forest Pass

Southern California Annual Forest Adventure Pass

Texas State Parks Annual Pass

New York State Parks Empire Pass

Georgia State Parks Pass

5. SOL Venture Light 3000 Recharge with Power Bank

The perfect stocking stuffer for hikers, campers, and road trippers, this combo mini-light with power bank recharges their phone and small electronics while lighting up a tent or campsite, or providing an emergency signal on flash mode.

At only 6 oz, keep this mini light in a pack for an emergency light, or to charge a phone and camera on the trail. The hook and magnets mean this light can hang or be mounted just about anywhere.

6. Nalgene Water Bottle + Stickers

A new Nalgene water bottle plus a collection of stickers from their favorite travels is a unique way to commemorate your favorite hikers travels and adventures.

Order stickers from their favorite National Park, state park, or other outdoor destinations that have a special meaning and stick them to a new Nalgene for a cheap, but thoughtful, personalized gift. I never leave a park or vacation without a few stickers from the gift shop to put on my Nalgene water bottle!

7. Joby GorillaPod Flexible Tripod

I use this flexible cellphone tripod all the time to take photos on my solo hikes, or to capture cute couples photos with my husband. The flexible legs adapt to a variety of surfaces and can even wrap around a tree or trekking pole to get your shot.

This Joby Tripod makes a great gift idea for hikers looking to upgrade their outdoor photography game.

8. Trigger Point Performance GRID Foam Roller

Sore muscles are an inevitable part of every hiker’s life. A foam roller helps relieve sore muscles and promote faster recovery after an intense hike or workout.

The Trigger Point Performance GRID Foam Roller uses hard EVA foam wrapped around a hollow core for the most intense and effective muscle massage.

Still looking for Gift Ideas for Hikers? Can’t decide?

Gift Cards to REI or Backcountry

Stuck on deciding the perfect gift ideas for hikers and outdoorsy travelers on your list? Maybe you waited until the last minute and need a gift NOW – no shame, we’ve definitely all been there!

All hikers will appreciate a gift card to their favorite outdoor retailer like REI or Backcountry.