Are you interested in gift ideas for hikers? Searching for the best gifts for hiking lovers?
You are at the right place. As a huge hiking lover, I am here to help you.
Here is my selection of the best hiking gifts: from hiking necessities, hiking accessories, hiking gadgets, and hiking gear to some tremendously cool gifts for hikers.
45 BEST HIKING GIFTS FOR HIKERS
Here is the ultimate hiking gift guide with super awesome gifts ideas for hikers.
This guide covers the best hiking gifts for male and female hikers: the best hiking gifts for him and the best hiking gifts for her.
This collection of gifts for hikers covers gifts for experienced hikers and gifts for casual hikers.
My list of hiking gifts starts with the best hiking clothing from the bottom up and then continues with the best hiking gear, the best hiking accessories, top hiking gadgets, and hiking electronics.
And finally, the list of best gifts for hikers rounds up some unique hiking gifts for outdoor lovers.
Great gifts for hikers
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Gifts for hiking enthusiasts
1. HIKING SOCKS
Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks – Men’s and Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks – Women’s are top-rated hiking socks with medium cushioning made of shrink-treated merino wool.
They are machine washable, durable, warm, breathable, and extremely comfortable socks any hiker would appreciate getting.
Please, don’t underestimate the importance of good hiking socks. Good-quality hiking socks are some of the most important clothing items for short hikes and long-distance hiking treks.
I especially emphasize the importance of good-quality and well-cushioned hiking socks for long-distance treks like the famous Camino de Santiago hike. Great hiking socks are some of the most important items on my Camino de Santiago packing list.
A pair of top-quality hiking socks is undeniably a great gift for hikers.
2. FIVE-TOE SOCKS
My pinky toes are bent inwards, which makes lots of traction between my pinky toes and ring toes. The traction can cause lots of pain, especially on long-distance tracks.
That’s why I prefer wearing five-toe socks to prevent hotspots and blisters. These Injini socks are comfy and made with lightweight wool. Since they are thin and comfy I like wearing them as base-layer socks.
If your favorite hiker has the same issue with bent toes, Injinji Liner Crew NuWool Socks will make them happy and thankful!
3. WURU WOLL
Wuru Wool is a fabulous gift for hikers who are into multi-day and demanding hikes. This soft wool makes perfect cushioning, and reduces friction, irritation, and rubbing. In addition, it keeps feet dry!
4. HIKING BOOTS
They are waterproof but breathable, light, and over-the-ankle hiking boots with great ankle support that keep feet ultimately dry, warm, and comfortable. Salomon boots are first-rate hiking boots for various adventures and terrains: from hiking Yosemite in the US to hiking Masada in Israel or hiking Mt Sinai in Egypt.
Salomon hiking boots are the gift any hiker would love to get!
5. TRAIL RUNNERS
For hiking in hot climates and hiking not-so-demanding terrains like hiking Horseshoe Bend in Arizona, trail runners are a perfect choice.
Salomon Men’s Speedcross 5 Trail Running Shoes and Salomon Women’s X-Mission 3 Trail Running Shoes are top-rated trail running shoes. They are lightweight, durable, super comfortable, and highly recommended to people who have issues with plantar fasciitis. I wore Salomon trail runners while hiking 515 mi (828 km) of Camino del Norte in the summer of 2021. I hiked wearing them the 311 mi (500 km) of Via de la Plata from Salamanca to Santiago and 55 mi (90 km) of Camino Finisterre in the summer of 2022. I don’t have enough words of praise for them!
6. HIKING GAITERS
Outdoor Research Thru Gaiters are comfortable unisex over-the-ankle hiking gaiters that perfectly protect from thorns and branches while keeping sand, snow, mud, dirt … out of the hiking boots. They are must-have hiker accessories for challenging walking and hiking trails.
7. HIKING CRAMPONS
Hillsound Trail Crampons are winter hiking essentials any passionate hiker needs to have. The crampons make hiking on rugged winter terrains easy and safe! Hiking crampons are must-have hiking accessories for snowy winter hikes.
8. CONVERTIBLE HIKING PANTS
They are durable, lightweight, breathable, and quick-drying. And, at the same time, they provide supreme comfort and freedom of movement.
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9. HIKING SHIRTS
Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer Quarter-Zip Top – Men’s and REI Co-op Midweight Base Layer Half-Zip Top – Women’s are soft, warm, breathable, and quick-drying shirts suitable for fall/winter hikes but are great for casual wear too. They are also super stretchable giving arm freedom while using hiking poles.
Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer Quarter-Zip Top – Men’s is among the best hiking gifts for men and REI Co-op Midweight Base Layer Half-Zip Top – Women’s is among the best hiking gifts for women.
10. INSULATED VEST FOR HIKING
They are light, warm, and insulated with natural merino wool fibers. Insulted vests are the best gifts for hikers who enjoy hiking in cold autumn and winter weather.
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11. WATERPROOF JACKET FOR HIKING
Goretex jacket belongs to the list of the best presents for hikers.
Mountain Hardwear Exposure/2 GORE-TEX PACLITE Stretch Jacket – Men’s and Arc’teryx Zeta SL Rain Jacket – Women’s are awesome waterproof jackets for hiking in the rain, wind, and bad weather conditions. They are breathable, lightweight, packable, windproof, and waterproof!
12. UNIQUELY DESIGNED HIKING DAYPACK
Cotopaxi Luzon 24L Pack – Del Dia is a 24 l unisex hiking daypack. It is super lightweight, and frameless, with a unique colorful design, with two larger compartments, one small pocket, and 2 mesh bottle sleeves. This awesome daypack comes with a 60+ year warranty.
Every Cotopaxi Luzon daypack has a unique color pattern. Thus, Cotopaxi Luzon’s daypack is a great unique Christmas gift for hikers.
13. HIKING BACKPACK WITH INCLUDED RAIN COVER
Deuter Trail 30 Pack – Men’s and Deuter Trail 28 SL Pack – Women’s are among the best hiking backpacks that come with removable rain covers.
They are super comfortable, and ultra-lightweight. Therefore, Deuter backpacks are the top backpacks recommended for long-distance treks and multi-day walks such as Camino de Santiago in Spain. As a minimalist, I carried only a 24 L Deuters Hiking Backpack while hiking several Camino de Santiago routes.
14. WATERPROOF HIKING DAYPACK
If your favorite hiker prefers waterproof backpacks to backpacks with rain covers for light daily hikes, the FENGDONG 40L daypack will meet all their needs and preferences.
This unisex backpack is lightweight and waterproof and it comes with several compartments and many side pockets. In addition, the ventilated mesh and sponge padding shoulder straps and backside make it very comfortable for wearing. This budget-friendly backpack is a great option for light hikes.
15. HIKING POLES
Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z Trekking Poles – Pairs are super light, sturdy, and durable hiking poles with good traction. Awesome poles for trail running and steep alpine hiking. Hikers love them!
Looking for some more good gifts for hikers? Headlamp is definitely among them!
BioLite HeadLamp 330 is a top-rated hiking headlamp. It is lightweight, and easy to wear, with a long-lasting rechargeable battery and outstanding lightning. A headlamp is a must-have hiking accessory for hikers who prefer to have their hands free while hiking at night.
17. NAVIGATION COMPASS
Suunto MC-2G Navigator Compass is a magnificent compass with a global needle that works impeccably accurately in all compass zones. This first-class compass is among the favorite hiking gadgets of hard-core hikers, mountaineers, trekkers, military people, and outdoor enthusiasts around the globe.
18. GPS WATCH
Suunto 9 Baro GPS Watch is a first-choice GPS watch for outdoor lovers. It is a superb multisport smartwatch with a super-easy user-friendly interface that treks over 80 activities.
Sun Bum Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion – 3 fl. oz. is a water-resistant, mineral, hypoallergenic, natural, and vegan-friendly sunscreen with an amazing smell.
Hikers who spend a lot of time in the mountains love it. It is inexpensive, but considering that protects the skin against harmful UV rays and life-endangering melanoma is priceless. One of the best gifts for hikers.
20. INSECTS PROTECTION
Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Lotion – 4 fl. oz. is a top-rated natural/DEET-free insect repellent that keeps mosquitos, bugs, and insects far away from the hiker. A small hiking gift with a big impact!
21. POLARIZED SUNGLASSES
Maui Jim Peahi Polarized Sunglasses – Black is the all-time favorite sunglasses of outdoorsy people, especially hikers, campers, and fishermen. These unisex sunglasses protect the eyes against harmful UV rays from all angles, while boosting the clarity of colors.
Maui Jim Ho’okipa Polarized Sunglasses are amazingly lightweight and easy-to-wear sunglasses also suitable for all outdoor sports. While they might be more casual than the above-mentioned sunglasses, they are among the top favorite sunglasses of outdoor enthusiasts.
22. HIKING FIRST-AID KIT
Adventure Medical Kits Mountain Series Hiker Medical Kit is a superb first-aid kit with all medical necessities. It comes in a small package, exceptionally convenient equally for short hiking trip and multi-day hiking trips. The kit is organized in pockets by type of injury.
23. HIKING POCKET KNIVES
Swiss Army Swiss Champ Knife is a highly useful hiking gadget that solves many potential issues during hiking adventures. The Swiss Army Knife is a multi-tool highly appreciated among hikers around the world.
24. EMERGENCY HIKING BIVVY
SOL Emergency Bivvy is a tiny waterproof and windproof bivvy that can be used as a sleeping bag or an emergency blanket. Inexpensive, but priceless as it can be a lifesaver!
25. SATELLITE MESSENGER
Garmin inReach Mini 2-Way Satellite Communicator is a palm-size communicator that provides 2-way messaging when a cellular phone is out of reach. It is tiny, super light, and waterproof. It provides access to topographic maps, compasses, SOS emergency features, and weather forecasts. The average battery life is to 50 hours.
26. GRAVITY WATER FILTER
Platypus GravityWorks Water Filter System – 4 Liter is an amazingly simple-to-use and lightweight gravity water filter. A highly efficient water filter that filters 4l of water with ease in only 2.5 minutes. It is a great hiking item for backpacking, daily treks, and multi-day hikes.
27. MINI BINOCULARS
Nikon Trailblazer ATB Waterproof 8 x 25 Binoculars are tiny and light binoculars offering 8x magnification with bright and clear optics. They are easy to take with and easy-to-use binoculars. A great gift for hikers!
28. HIKING MICROFIBER TOWEL
PackTowl Luxe Towel is a best-buy multisport microfiber towel. It is quick-drying, super absorbent, and ultra-soft. It is perfect for all outdoor activities.
29. LIFESTRAW PERSONAL WATER FILTER FOR HIKING
LifeStraw Personal Water Filter for Hiking, Camping, Travel, and Emergency Preparedness with advanced filter technology and membrane filter is one of the best hiking gits for hikers.
30. EMERGENCY WHISTLE
Whistles for LIFE Tri-Power Whistle is a tiny safety whistle that makes a 120-decibel staccato sound that can be a lifesaver.
31. AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL PASS
Annual America the Beautiful Pass gives access to US National Parks, National Forest, Monuments, Wildlife Refuges, etc for 1 year from the month of purchase. The pass can be used by two people. Considering that the entrance ticket to most of the National Parks is 35 USD, the pass pays off when you visit 3 parks. Amazing value for money!
32. NATIONAL PARK CALENDAR
2023 Wall Calendar – Monthly Wall Calendar 2023-2024, Jan 2023 – Jun 2024 The most beautiful US national parks accompanied by marvelous photos. This a great gift any hiker would appreciate getting!
33. TREKKING THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED CALENDAR
Wanderlust 2023 Wall Calendar: Trekking the Road Less Traveled is another awesome calendar. It features striking photos of some of the most amazing places on the earth. The calendar holds also famous quotes from John Muir, Gary Snyder, Alfred Wainwright, and Bill Bryson to name a few.
34. ‘100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do’ BOOK BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
National Geographic’s 100 Parks, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do is a best-seller with breathtaking photography. It covers the top national, state, and city parks of the US and Canada with super interesting facts, and in-depth travel advice.
A perfect gift for hikers, road trippers, outdoor, and especially national park enthusiasts!
35. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail guides to the history and ecology of the spectacular Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail stretching from Georgia to Maine is one of the top hiking destinations in the US. This is an awesome gift for hikers who desire to hike in one of the most amazing places on earth.
36. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail is an inspiring story about a young woman with no hiking experience who hiked the majestic Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State. The book follows her adventures, ups, and downs while hiking 1,100 miles which eventually led her to self-discovery and fulfillment.
37. Primitive Technology: A Survivalist’s Guide to Building Tools, Shelters, and More in the Wild
Primitive Technology: A Survivalist’s Guide to Building Tools, Shelters, and More in the Wild is a popular coffee table book by Youtube star John Plant with over 10 million followers. The book is a practical guide for making natural and primitive tools, shelters, huts, etc. in the wilderness. A great gift for wilderness enthusiasts.
38. REI GIFT CARD
If you are still not sure what to give to your favorite hiker and want to make them happy, then go for REI Gift Card. An REI Gift Card will put a smile on their face!
39. HIKING COFFEE MUG
‘Nature Is My Therapy’ Coffee Mug is among the small but cool gifts for hikers, mountaineers, trekkers, nature, and adventure lovers. Let your favorite hiker start their day with this lovely coffee mug!
This mini portable espresso machine is everything that a coffee-loving hiker could wish for. This travel-sized espresso machine is lightweight, portable, and easy to use. This handy espresso machine is among the best gifts for hikers, campers, glampers, and all kinds of travelers who enjoy coffee.
41. FUNNY HIKING SHIRTS
Looking for some fun gifts for hikers? Well, Never Mess With A Hiker T-Shirt and Hiking Quote T-shirt seemingly are cheap gifts for hikers, but they are utterly funny! Trust me, hikers are nature-loving people with a great sense of humor.
42. CAP AND SCARF FOR HIKING IN WINTER
Affei Winter Beanie Hat Scarf Glove Set – Unisex is a great hiking gift for hiking in winter. This unisex set is made of warm acrylic knit with fleece lining undoubtedly providing warmness and coziness. The cap and scarf will keep your loved hiker warm on cold winter days! And, the touchscreen gloves come as an additional perk.
43. RUGGED PHONE LANYARD HOLDER WITH COILED STRAP TETHER AND GATED CARABINER FOR HIKING, CLIMBING, AND OUTDOORS
A rugged Phone Lanyard Holder with Coiled Strap Tether and Gated Carabiner for Hiking is a cool outdoors and hiking accessory. It’s a universal smartphone lanyard strap that keeps the phone safe during outdoor activities. Clipping the carabiner to the clothing (belt, jacket …) or the backpack makes the use of the phone safely during the hikes.
44. FIRE STARTER SET
If you are searching for some inexpensive hiking gifts, you might like this Survival Igniter with Neck Lanyard & Multi-Tool Strike.
This fire starter set is one of the best camping and hiking gifts. is easy and safe to use. And, the fire igniter produces more sparks than similar tools and starts fire quickly. The set is one of the most useful hiking gifts that usually becomes the essential items of camping and hiking gear.
45. SILICONE REUSABLE STORAGE BAG
Stasher Silicone Reusable Storage Bag is a fabulous storage bag that can be used for food, snacks … The bags are leakproof, freezer-friendly, microwave-friendly, and dishwasher-safe. This low-waste item could be a great gift for hikers to keep their food and grab some snacks on the go.
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