13 Awesome Gifts for Hikers and Outdoor Lovers
So you’ve got a hiker in on your list, but you have no clue what to get them. It’s ok, we are a picky bunch and gear is complicated. Or perhaps, you’re looking for that perfect little something to treat yourself. Either way, don’t worry, I’ve assembled this list of gear that I’m crushing on that would make awesome gifts for hikers to make your life easier. I’ve got this list broken down by price so you can find the perfect gift for your budget.
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Stocking Stuffer Gifts for Hikers for Under $25
These trinkets are great both on and off the trail. Each of these small gifts fits in a stocking, perfect for hiking gifts for both him or her.
The Buff is a brilliant invention. It’s a neck gaiter, headband, hat, pillow, sweat rag, you name it! I don’t go on any adventures, warm or cold, without my Buff. It protects against the wind, dries quick, and blocks UV rays. With so many different colors and designs, it’s a great gift that adds a personal touch of style to any hiker’s wardrobe. Cost: $15-$20
National Geographic Maps
Every great explorer needs a map, and National Georgraphic’s paper maps don’t require batteries. I never head into the Gore Range without my National Geographic map of the region. Maybe the hiker on your gift list is looking to explore a new area, what better gift to get their adventure started than with a map? These maps are durable and water resistant so they can take a beating on the trail. Cost: $9-$15
Honey Stinger Waffles
If I had a stocking full of these tasty treats I’d be smiling from ear to ear. They are so darn tasty. Packed with the calories and the fuel you need on a long day out they are an efficient snack for a hiker. Also, mine have yet to freeze on the trail. For anyone who has had to endlessly gnaw on a Cliff Bar, Honey Stingers were a god-send! Cost: $18 for a pack of 14.
You read that right, socks. Hikers and backpackers may be the only group of people who get amped on socks during the holidays. For duty hiking trips, multi-day epics, and cold weather travel I swear by Smartwool’s Medium or Heavy Hiker Crews. When I’m sporting my approach shoes, I wear my Darn Tough Quarter Cushions. After wearing these socks for multiple days while trekking in the jungles of South East Asia, they didn’t stink. Cost: $16-$24
Moderately Priced Super Sweet Gift Ideas for Hikers Between $25-$100
Looking for the perfect gift for the woman hiker in your life? These moderately priced gift ideas are suitable for the lady hiker in your life. Or use the concept to apply to men’s apparel as well.
PrAna Sage Convertable Pants
I practically live in these outdoors. In fact, if you follow my social media or this blog, you probably think I don’t own anything else. While that is partly true, I wear my PrAna Kara Jeans off the trail, there’s a good reason I love these pants. First, they have usable pockets, which is a huge problem with women’s pants. They allow me to move freely and they breathe, not to mention they make my butt look good. Cost: Sage and Kara Jeans: $89, but they go on sale for $65-ish a couple times a year, including around Thanksgiving.
United by Blue Ragg Wool Beanie
I absolutely love my new United by Blue Ragg Wool Beanie. It’s cozy, comfy, and keeps me warm. This company is amazing! For every product sold they remove one pound of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways. Now that’s a hat I can wear every day! Cost: $28
GoPole GoPro Selfie Stick
I love this little selfie stick. I never really take traditional selfies, but I use it to lean over ledges, get different perspectives, and capture my adventures. What sets this selfie stick apart is that it’s clear, meaning you hardly see it in photos Furthermore, it floats so the handle is easy to spot should you lose it in water. not to mention the butt end twists off and you can store a few items in there while you are out and about. Cost: $27
Northface Crescent Hooded Pullover
I’m seriously wearing this fleece as I write this post! Cozy doesn’t even come close to describing this amazing hoody. I love it for post-hike chilling or wearing on the way to and from the trailhead. It keeps me warm, which for those who know me, is a tall order! I wear a size medium and I love the plum color. Cost: $99 of cozy, fleecy goodness.
The best part about buying sandals over the holidays? They are usually on sale. The best part about getting sandals over the holidays? You’ll be excited for summer! Chacos are excellent for wearing post-hike or during your hike. There are so many uses for Chacos, that they go beyond just hiking and are fantastic for any adventure. My favorite shoe to wear while chilling around the crag. Cost: $77-$90 on sale. Reg: $110.
Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow
I’ve already ranted and raved about this awesome backcountry pillow. The Aeros is also great for travel. I used to get a sore neck from sleeping with stuff sack pillows, but that has gone away since I purchased my Sea to Summit Aeros Pillow. Cost: $48
REI Flash 18
Another piece of gear that is a great bargain. This little slack pack does it all. Perfect for a quick dayhike, or the avid-hiker who backpacks in and bags summits. The REI Flash also makes a great travel companion. Added bonus? It comes in all kinds of cool patterns and designs! Cost: $44
All-Out-Spendy Hiking Gifts for $100 and up
Looking to splurge a little this holiday season? These are all gifts that I personally own and can vouch for. Although the price tag is a bit higher, they are worthy investments, which is why I only have a few.
ACR ResQLink Personal Locator Beacon
I don’t go on any adventure without this PLB. Its upfront cost may be a bit more than say, the SPOT, but it doesn’t require a yearly subscription. Also, unlike SPOT, it is directly hooked up to search and rescue channels instead of going through a third party. I literally call it my oh-shit button. If something goes wrong, you push the button, that simple. The NOAA registration is good for two years, then you simply re-register. It floats, it’s waterproof, and it’s tiny. If there is an emergency and you have to use it, ACR replaces it for free. Cost: $248
Osprey Aura 65L
I finally retired my old lady Jansport pack and picked up the Osprey Aura 65L. I’m obsessed. Osprey makes the most comfortable pack out there. I hauled over 40lbs in my Aura 65L for a multi-day scrambling epic. Once I got the pack adjusted, she performed beautifully. There are a lot of features on this pack, making it an ideal pack for the hiker who has a lot of extra hobbies, like winter backcountry hut trips, couloir climbing, and backpacking. Cost: Usually $260. But it’s ON SALE for $179. That’s a serious deal.
Patagonia Nano Air Hoody
We all know if there is one piece of gear I could haul around with me forever it would be my Nano Air Hoody. It is an incredible layer. She works tirelessly to regulate my body temperature on the trail. I’ll wear my Nano Air around the campfire or on top of a blustery mountain. Cost: Regular price is $300. If you don’t care about colors you can pick it up for $270.
North Face Ventrix Hoody
Ok, so it may seem like I’m cheating on my Nano, but I’m not. Squirrel insisted I give the North Face Ventrix a mention. He has been doing every imaginable activity in it since he bought it. I’m not kidding, he was wearing it without a shirt underneath, reading a book last night (rolls eyes). It’s a great performance layer just like the Nano Air, but costs a little bit less. Cost: $200 without a hood, $220 with.
If I haven’t got you covered and you’re still looking for the perfect gift, drop me a line. I’m always excited to talk gear and I’d love to help a hiker out.