Are you searching for the best gifts for hikers?  Getting a gift for the hiker in your life shouldn’t be hard and with the help of this article Christmas shopping this year will be a breeze.

Hiking is one of my favorite past times.  Whether I’m exploring one of my favorite National Parks and hiking through Zion or I’m home hitting the trails on Maui, every hike is beautiful and makes life a little better.

The best gifts for hikers are broken into four categories – Practical Gifts for Hikers, Hiking Gifts for Her, Hiking Gifts for Him and Gifts for Backpackers.  This will make finding the perfect gift for hiking lovers efficient and simple.  Okay without further ado here are 25 plus gift ideas for hikers.

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Practical Gifts for Hikers

Practical gifts for Hikers

Hydro Flask

You can’t go for a hike without water, that is hiking 101.  Giving a Hydro Flask as a gift is an extremely useful gift to give a hiker because they will use it all the time. 

I prefer carrying a hydro flask when I hike because it keeps my water colder but if you’re strapped on space opt for a collapsible water bottle instead.  This is not only the perfect gift for a hiker but also for a great gift for a traveler.

Solar charger battery pack with flashlight

A Solar Power Bank with a Flashlight & Compass is one of the best gifts for outdoorsy people.  The external solar power battery charger can recharge by solar or outlet.

The item also features a flashlight and a compass making this a dual gift.  Plus it fits perfect inside a stocking and can easily be shipped.  This is a practical gift that anyone would be pleased to receive.

Hiking Poles for a gift for a hiker

Hiking Poles

Hiking Poles are a great gift for long distance hikers, speed hikers or even ultra-running hikers.  The Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles are made of pure carbon which makes them very lightweight.

The collapsible shaft packs down small when you’re speeding through the flat sections, then assembles with a quick pull to keep that pace up during a steeper approach. Plus the interchangeable tips let you pick the most efficient tip for the terrain.

Unseen reef safe sunscreen by supergoop!


Sunscreen is important anytime, anyplace.  It took living on Maui for the majority of the last decade for me to learn the importance of sunscreen the hard way.  Overcast or not the sun is very powerful and damages your skin.  And when you add in the elevation and being that much closer to the sun, it’ll do damage on your skin if you are not taking the proper pro cautions.

Gift a bottle of Reef Safe Sunscreen, it’s not only reef safe but a great eco-friendly product.  Check out these best reef sunscreens for your face for more ideas.

Head lamps for hiking

Head Lamp

Head Lamps make great gifts for hikers.  Not only are they small and compact but they are one of the most useful items to carry in your pack when you hit the trail.

Head lamps are perfect for the early riser who starts hiking in the dark so they can summit a 14’er by noon.  If this light would have been around in Rudolph’s time even an elf could have lead that sleigh.

First Aid Kit

A First Aid Kit is never a bad idea when deciding what to pack for a day hike.  Help keep your hiker safe with the gift of safety.  This first aid safety kit includes emergency essentials that help care for minor wounds, cuts, scrapes and burns because you never know what can happen on the trail.


The SteriPEN is a great gift for a hiker that is eco conscience.  This useful device destroys over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa by UV light.  This is a super useful item to always have on you when you hike in case of emergencies and you need clean water.

Go Pro

Go Pro

A Go Pro is one of the best gifts you can give anyone in my opinion.  We live in a fast paced world where recording lives daily adventures is second nature.   A Go Pro will capture moments and memories that will last a lifetime.

Gifts for Backpackers

Gifts for Backpackers
Garmin Overlander GPS Gift

Garmin Overlander

If you’re looking for an epic gift for a backpacker, the Garmin Overlander is a rugged, all-terrain navigator built for on- and off-road navigation. Mount it in your car when you’re driving and exploring new terrain.

This navigator won’t just direct you down freeways and most asphalt roads, but 4×4 roads, service roads, waterways, and trails. With three hours of battery life this GPS will assist you in navigating trails with topographic maps and public land boundaries.

Gifts for climbers - Carabiners


Carabiners are great gifts for climbers but also come in handy for the hiker.  Carabiners come in handy to clip on water bottles, rain jackets, hats and much more onto your packs when you’re on the trail.

Duct Tape

You never know when Duct Tape will come in handy…this includes hiking.  Gift a fun patterned duct tape because it’s cute, useful and cheap gift for a hiker.

Books About Hiking

Gift some hiking inspiration with some books about hiking.  The 100 Hikes of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Scenic Trails is the ultimate hiker’s bucket list, from the celebrated Appalachian Trail to Micronesia’s off-the-beaten-path Six Waterfalls Hike, treks through 100 energizing experiences for all levels.

America’s Best Day Hikes: Spectacular Single-Day Hikes Across the States is consists of 50 of the greatest hikes in the country, for all abilities and in all landscapes.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, a book told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals―and Other Forgotten Skills (Natural Navigation), shares more than 850 tips for forecasting, tracking, and more, gathered from decades spent walking the landscape around his home and around the world.

Osprey backpack

Hiking Pack

The Osprey Sirrus Day Pack is incredibly comfortable and are perfect for day trips or hikes. The Osprey Sirrus keeps your gear and pack protected with an integrated raincover.  Smartly organized pocketing keeps all your equipment where you need it, when you need.

I love my Sirrus pack and use it daily to go to work as it holds my water bottle, wallet, toiletry bag including toothbrush and toothpaste.  This versatile pack is the one of the best gifts for female hikers.

Portable Espresso Machine

This is the best travel item for the coffee lover and hiker in your life.  This Portable Espresso Machine is compact, simple to use, lightweight and versatile.  This is an awesome item to have on an early morning hike or camping trip and make great stocking stuffers for hikers.

Life Straw

The LifeStraw Go Water Bottle filters water while drinking.  This is a great gift for hikers, travelers, backpackers, campers, and for emergency kits.  The Lifestraw is reusable which makes it eco friendly and makes another great stocking stuffer for hikers.

Waterproof Dry Bag

Waterproof Dry Bags are functional gifts for outdoorsy women because they come in handy.  You can use them rafting, at the beach, waterfall chasing, stand up paddling or boating.  Available in several different sizes.

Adventure survival kit

Adventure Survival Kit

The Adventure Essentials Survival Kit contains the safety supplies you need for short-term excursions.  Items include a compass, a wire saw, reflective trail markers, and waterproof matches all packed in small canisters that fit perfectly into the flashlight tube.  What every outdoor adventurer needs.

Hiking Gifts for Her

Hiking Gifts for her

Hiking Socks

A great gift idea for hikers is a pair of Hiking Socks.  Not only are they warm and comfortable but they help spice up any hiking outfit.  Socks in my stocking growing up has also been a tradition and one that I will never change.

Hiking boots for women

Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are great gifts for female hikers.  Get her the Danner Jag Hiking Boot.  This versatile hiking boot is great for the city or outdoor adventures.  Looks great in pictures paired with those cute hiking socks I listed before.

Down jacket for her

Puffer Jacket

Looking to get her a big present?  This Hooded Down Jacket would be a thoughtful gift that she’ll appreciate.  The lightweight insulation is a great jacket for cold climbing trips and chilly hikes.  It’s warm, lightweight and easy to pack.

Rechargeable Hand Warmers

This Electric Hand Warmers are rechargeable with updated technology for long lasting heating to keep your hands warm in the cold weather. The camping hand warmer also can be used as a power bank and comes with an adapter so you can use it to charge your phone.

Fit for outdoors, fishing, hiking, camping, and golf, as a warmer solution in cold weather.  The Chargeable hands warmers make great Thanksgiving, Birthday or Christmas gifts for hikers.

gifts for summer hiking


These RESISTOR™ AIR JOGGR by KUHL are the perfect gift for summer hiking.  They are lightweight, comfortable and durable.  They have plenty of pockets and a belt loop with a draw string.  
The best part is that these joggers can be worn not just for hiking but exploring the city.  I love my joggers for hiking, travel and just everyday wear.
Winter pants for hiking

Winter on the Go Pant

This jogger style pant is the perfect gift for winter hiking.  The Winter On The Go Pant is perfect for harsh winter weather. Built for seamless wear from errand running in town, to shoulder season trailheads, and then back to the couch at the end of the day, these fleece lined pants are going to be your new go to. The pants will keep you warm and keep you dry if its lightly raining or snowing.

Hiking Gifts for Him

Hiking Gifts for Him
National Park Pass

National Park Pass

A National Park Pass is one of the best hiking gifts for him and everyone.  With 423 National Parks scattered throughout the United States, this pass pays for itself in about 3 visits to any park.  Plus road tripping around and exploring National Parks is one of the best ways to spend a summer, it’s a road trip essential.



The Single Nest Hammock from Backcountry is a dream come true for ultralight backpackers and lazy bums alike.  This woven nylon hammock packs down to the size of a softball in its integrated stuff sack which makes it easy to carry.

Its triple-stitch construction helps it support up to 400 pounds and carabiner clips on each end make for quick attaching to a hanging kit or other anchor.  From a palm-lined beach to a backcountry campsite to resting on the trail, this hammock got you covered.



If he enjoys a victory swig when he summits a mountain, then a great hiking gift for him would be this Mountain Flask.  Never stop the adventure.

Maui Jim Sunglassses


You can’t get much better than a pair of Maui Jims.  Head to the beach, hike to a lake, or to your local watering hole with the coverage and comfort of the Makoa Sunglasses.  They’re super thin and extremely durable.  Plus with Maui Jims warranty you can replace the lenses for $75 only.

Alpine Hiking Mug

Alpine Carabiner Mug

This Alpine Carabiner Mug is useful while you camping, hiking or just to keep adventure on the mind while you’re hanging out at home.

Have any other great gifts for hikers that you’d recommend?  Let me know in the comments below!

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