If you’re like most people, the holidays are when you reflect on what you’re grateful for and spend time with family and friends.
The holidays can be a bit more challenging if you’re also into hiking or camping.
💡Finding gifts for hikers and campers that fit into the traditional holiday paradigm of gift-giving can take time and effort. Its not like you can just buy them fresh pink roses, right?
Buying outdoor and hiking equipment isn’t difficult. You can find shops everywhere that are dedicated to hiking and outdoor activities especially if you live in the city.
However, choosing a gift for hikers is different. It’s not as easy as you may think. There’s so much to prepare when going on a hike, and different equipment are required for different terrain and weather. So much so that buying hiking gear can be overwhelming, or on the flip side, addictive.
But don’t worry: we’ve got you covered. You’ll never run out of things to get for hikers as there’s always a constant need for replenishing and replacing after wearing items down.
We’ve come up with a list of personal, creative (not gimmicky) and practical hiking gifts that will not only put a smile on a hiker’s face but will truly help them in their hiking journey – all without breaking the bank. So read on to learn more!
What to consider when buying a gift for a hiker or camper?
There are a few things to consider when purchasing a gift for someone who loves hiking on a trail or camping.
- Are they casual hikers or camper who enjoys the occasional day hike or weekend camping trip?
- Are they more hardcore, embarking on multi-day backpacking trips or extended thru-hikes?
- Knowing their activity level will help you choose a gift that is both practical and relevant to their interests.
- Think about what type of gear they already have.
- Do they need specific items to help them hike or camp more comfortably?
Alternatively, if they already have all the essential gear they need, consider a gift that will help them enjoy their time outdoors even more, such as a book about hiking or camping in the area they love most.
The best gifts for hikers and campers:
For the outdoors enthusiast, consider gifts that will make their time in nature even more enjoyable. A multi-day backpacking trip can be filled with smaller items like a:
- trail mix
- first-aid kit
- a tent
- sleeping bag
Many other accessories, such as camp chairs, a portable stove, and even a lantern can make camping more comfortable.
31 Unique Gifts For Hikers & Campers They’ll Thank You For
Whatever your budget, there are many great gift ideas for hikers and campers to help them make the most of their time in the great outdoors.
Here are our top gift ideas for campers and hikers that we think are practical and will put a smile on any hikers face 😃
1. Waterproof Rechargeable Lighter:
A waterproof lighter is an essential item for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors, whether you like to go camping, hiking, or enjoy spending time in your backyard.
Fire is one of the most important elements you need in hiking. Matches can prove to be indispensable.
But, matches can easily get wet especially in the mountains where weather is unpredictable and the where river waters could get above waist deep.
Unlike matches Waterproof lighters are designed to withstand being submerged in water for extended periods, making them the perfect choice if your partake in activities where you might get wet.
Unless hikers know fire bending, a water and windproof lighter can be a great gift and a life saver. Being windproof it will light anything just as a normal lighter would. And the most awesome thing is – you can get rechargeable ones.
Whether you’re looking for a lighter to take on your next camping trip or want one to keep in your emergency kit, there are a few things you should remember when shopping for a wind/waterproof lighter.
- First, consider the type of fuel that the lighter uses. Is it rechargeable? or will it use a conventional fuel source?
- Second, take a look at the ignition system. Many waterproof lighters use an electric ignition.
- Third, make sure to choose a lighter that is durable and well-made.
- Finally, a waterproof lighter is only as good as its ability to withstand being submerged in water, so choose wisely!
2. Portable Charger:
Long hikes usually take more than a day and a couple of nights camping in between. A portable charger will allow you to keep your devices charged while on the go, so you can stay connected even when there’s no outlet.
Not only is it going to help keep your rechargeable waterproof lighter charged but also your other tech items like your mobile phone!
You can also find all-in-one power banks like the FosPower which is an all-in-one item that has all of the essential items needed in one nifty piece.
It has an emergency radio, reading lamp, USB power bank, SOS Alarm System and LED flash-light. It’s water-resistant, ultra-durable (can fall many times without breaking) and it’s solar!
Consider a portable charger if you’re looking for a gift that the outdoors lover in your life will use and appreciate. The hiker in your life will surely be ecstatic receiving such a useful gift.
3. Water Purification Tablets:
Water is life and running out of clean potable water is every hiker’s nightmare. Meet these water purification tablets.
It’s a must especially if you run out of water during a long hike.
These small water tablets easily slip into pockets, they will turn river and stream water into an easy source of drinkable water. Any hiker will surely thank you for this great back up plan.
4. Water Filter Bottle:
Not a fan of water tablets? Then a water filter bottle is a great gift alternative for anyone who loves spending time outdoors. Whether hiking, camping, or just exploring your local or national parks, a water filter bottle will come in handy. You can be sure you’re drinking clean, safe water with a water filter bottle.
There are many different types of water filter bottles on the market, so be sure to choose one that’s right for you.
Take for example the one produced by LifeStraw. Its one of the most amazing pieces of survival equipment kit available yet it has not earned the recognition from most of the hikers that it deserves.
LifeStraw’s water filter bottle is so amazing that even the dirtiest puddle can be turned into safe water because of its cutting edge water filtration technology.
It’s light to carry and can just be easily slipped into a jacket or backpack pocket. Simply an amazing peice of survival kit and a great gift for hikers.
With a water filter bottle, you can be confident that a hiker will be hydrated and safe no matter where your outdoor adventure takes you.
A headlamp is another essential item for anyone who loves spending time outdoors. Sometimes, when hiking you cannot exactly tell the length of the time it takes to complete the hike. There’s a chance where you may get caught at sundown, thus a headlamp is a must.
A headlamp is a small, lightweight flashlight that can be worn on your head, freeing up your hands for other tasks. Headlamps are perfect for camping, hiking, and even some home improvement projects.
The problem with most of the headlamps though is that they usually don’t last long; the battery lives are too short, resulting in a need for frequent replacements.
If it fails, hiking in the dark can be very unpleasant, dangerous and not to mention terrifying.
So when shopping for a headlamp, you should keep a few things in mind:
- First, consider the type of batteries that the headlamp uses. Consider a rechargeable one.
- Second, take a look at the beam pattern. Many headlamps have multiple settings, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
- Last, make sure to choose a headlamp that is comfortable to wear and easy to use.
Gift the hiker in your life a headlamp from a renowned brand like Black Diamond that guarantees a lifetime durability. It’ll ensure they can go on long hiking expeditions without the need to worry about the darkness.
6. GPS Watch:
A GPS watch is a perfect gift for anyone who loves spending time outdoors.
A GPS watch can provide information about your location, help you track your progress on a hike or run, and even act as a navigation tool.
When shopping for a GPS watch, you should keep a few things in mind:
- First, consider the watches battery life.
- Second, take a look at the watches features.
- Last, choose a watch that will be comfortable to wear.
7. Polarised Sunglasses:
Consider a pair of O’Neill sunglasses if you’re looking for a stylish yet practical gift for someone who loves spending time outdoors. Most polarised sunglasses are designed to be both fashionable and functional, with lenses that provide 100% UV protection.
There are various types of sunglasses, but O’Neill’s polarized sunglasses emerge as one of the most ideal hiking sunglasses because of their comfort, functionality and durability.
Speaking of comfort, they are so lightweight and you don’t feel like you’re really wearing it. They never fall once you wear them on a long run or on a hike. The glasses are very clear yet offer solid protection against the sun, making it perfect for a long sunny day of hiking.
Plus, most O’Neill sunglasses are affordable, so you can get a great pair without breaking the bank.
So if you’re looking for a gift that the outdoors lover in your life will love,
8. Swiss Army Knife:
When hiking, it’s important to pack as little as you can, but still hold on to essentials. A Swiss army knife is one of them.
The Swiss Army Knife has been an indispensable tool for soldiers, outdoors people, and handymen. Today, there are dozens of models of Swiss Army Knife, each with its unique set of features. The most basic model includes a blade, a can opener, a screwdriver, and a pair of scissors, but more advanced models can consist of up to 14+ different tools.
Take the Victorinox Swiss army pocket knife. It has a set knife for cooking, saw for cutting tree branches, cutter, scissors, bottle openers for beers (just in case you “accidentally” carry beers with you), screw-drivers, tooth-picks, tweezers and blades in one go.
It has almost half of all the essentials you need in your pocket.
This is seriously one of the best gifts you could ever receive as a hiker. The hiker of your life will be eternally grateful for such a handy gift item!
Sunscreen is a perfect camping gift, no matter where you’re hiking or camping. The sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can cause skin damage, even on cloudy days.
Hiking in the daylight can dry, dehydrate and damage your skin. Unprotected it can cause sunburn too which can be very painful.
And while hats and clothing can provide some protection, they can’t completely block out the sun’s rays. That’s why sunscreen is essential, even if you’re only spending a few minutes outdoors.
When choosing a sunscreen, choose one designed for outdoor use. Outdoor sunscreens are typically more resistant to sweat and water than regular sunscreens. They also often contain higher SPF levels, which provide better protection against the sun’s harmful rays.
Protect the hiker in your life from the scorching heat of the sun with proper sunscreen protection. Sunscreen might not be a part of hikers’ essentials, but it’ll make their hiking more pleasant without the pain of burnt skin.
10. Poison Oak & Poison Ivy Remover
Hiking is one of the best ways to enjoy nature, though sometimes nature can be a little bitch. When hiking in the forest, it’s not uncommon to get red and itchy rash from poison oak and poison ivy, courtesy of mother nature.
Thankfully, there’s a remedy to that. Enter Tecnu Outdoor Skin Cleanser. Say goodbye to itching with just a swipe. Spare the itchy fate with this inexpensive yet incredibly life-saving gift for the hiker in your life.
11. Mosquito Repellent Bracelet
Everyone will do anything to get rid of mosquito’s. They are ubiquitous on hiking trails in tropical climates where they will swarm you in biblical proportions.
They aren’t only annoying, they can sometimes even carry deadly diseases.
Good thing there’s mosquitoe repellent bracelets to protect you against them.
Keep the hiker of your life away from being a buffet for bloodthirsty mosquitoes with these stylish bracelets that release essential oils. Best thing is, they work amazingly!
12. Emergency Whistle
Speaking of usefulness, this emergency whistle gets you a loud whistle, a road flare, a glow stick, a 200-hour-long battery life LED light and doubles as a flashlight.
A whistle as well as road flares are vital emergency items for anyone venturing into the woods because you never know when you’ll need it if you encounter an accident.
While I hope that they will never come to a point that they will be needing to use these items, gifting these would be every hiker’s life-saver.
13. Trekking Poles
Some hikers don’t like carrying poles, but there are others who find it helpful especially in steep and muddy trails, or if they require support for their legs and back.
Most experienced hikers will tell you that trekking poles can be an essential peice equipment. Not only do they provide extra support on rough terrain, but they can also help to save energy and improve balance.
Trekking hiking poles are beneficial in mountainous regions where this a higher risk of injuries. In addition, they can be helpful in areas with a lot of loose rocks or dirt.
Using trekking poles, hikers can distribute their weight more evenly and reduce the likelihood of slipping and falling. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a novice, trekking poles can make your next hike safer and more enjoyable.
We recommend Black Diamond’s trekking poles. With a reputation for being an all-round reliable and durable outdoors brand, Black Diamond’s poles offer strong support in difficult trails. They are also lightweight, durable and portable with its Z foldable function.
14. Urination Device
This is for the female hikers in your life. One of the struggles for women when it comes to outdoor adventures and hiking is the challenge of having to go to the bathroom when there are no bathroom facilities available.
Thankfully, there’s a urination device made specially to combat this female problem.
With the device, you can stand and pee, while hiking, in the middle of a road trip, in a desert, or even at sea. It’s a magical feeling.
Imagine being able to pee without having to peel off all your clothes? with no need for water, toilet paper, or having to worry about finding a private space to squat in the middle of your hiking journey.
It’s also super portable and lightweight!
15. Liquid Soap
Who says that self-care and cleanliness is not possible when camping or on a hike?
Extra sanitation is great to have when camping or hiking but can be bulky at times. But with liquid soaps, there’s no need for you to compromise being dirty because many can easily fit into your backpacks because of how compact it is.
Choose from different scents like amazing green tea or a scent the hiker in your life loves. If you want any hiker to feel fresh, clean and fragrant when camping or on a hike, this can be a great gift for them.
16. Camping Hammock
Stopovers are one of the greatest pleasures when you’re hiking, especially after a long and tiring trail. It gives you the chance to relax while enjoying nature after hours of hiking.
A good quality hammock will let every hiker relax more comfortably on every stopover. They are easy to set up made from a soft fabrics and most even have mosquito nets!
Camping hammocks are generally lightweight and portable, making it easy to take with you on hikes or overnight trips. A camping hammock can provide a comfortable place to sleep, relax, or enjoy the night view.
An inexpensive gift for hikers yet offers tons of comfort. A camping hammock is an excellent gift for anyone who loves spending time outdoors.
17. Pocket Blanket
A pocket blanket is a soft and durable blanket designed for the outdoors. It’s just a simple blanket but one that comes with many uses over different terrains – hiking, parks, beaches or even for festivals.
Cover it around your body for warmth, throw it on the ground between stopovers to have something comfortable to sit on, or fold it nicely multiple times to be used as a pillow.
There’s just so many ways to use one!
18. Emergency Sleeping Bag
When the going gets cold, there’s nothing like an emergency sleeping bag to keep you warm.
It’s a great alternative to a hammock when you want something warm and comfortable to sleep in.
Plus, it’s thermal but unlike a hammock, you cannot hang it and you need to set it up on the ground.
Sleeping bags come in different colors and styles. Being lightweight, durable, windproof and waterproof a sleeping bag can be a great gift for a hiker and camper.
19. Outdoor Pocket Trowel
Bringing trowels is not usually a high priority because it can be heavy and cumbersome to carry.
A trowl can also take up a lot of space in your bag. However, with this pocket trowel, you’ll never go hiking without one again.
Not only is this pocket trowel space efficient, it’ll also make every hiker’s “going to the bathroom” easier (and more sanitary), along with aiding in setting up a tent and making a hole for a firewood fire.
20. Packable Shower Towel
Bringing towels is not usually a high priority because they are heavy and take up valuable space in your bag.
However, with this compact-sized Eono towel, it’s a whole new story.
Not only is it great for multi-day hikes to keep dry and warm, it’s also an excellent travel item because of how small and compact it is!
Matador has really designed the material so well that it’s so thin and light yet so water-absorbent. Really, you cannot ask for any travel towel better than this.
What’s a hiker without his / her backpack? Apart from it being an essential road trip item, we love that backpacks are so versatile that you can use it for any type of travel, for day trips and obviously camping!
Consider getting a backpack that will be large enough to house all your essential items but not too big that you will find it difficult to carry throughout your hike or camping stay.
Osprey has established itself in the adventure world for having , supported and comfortable backpacks.
You can never go wrong with any of Osprey’s bags.
22. Hiking Boots:
Hiking boots are a must-have for anyone who loves spending time outdoors.
Hiking boots provide support and stability on uneven terrain and can help prevent injuries.
When shopping for hiking boots, you should keep a few things in mind:
- First, consider the type of terrain you’ll be hiking on.
- Second, take a look at the boot’s construction.
- Lst, make sure to choose a boot that is comfortable and fits well.
23. Light Hiking Socks:
A good hiking sock should be comfortable, durable, and moisture-wicking. It should also provide adequate cushioning and support, which can help prevent blisters and other foot problems.
The sock should also be lightweight enough that it doesn’t add too much bulk to your pack.
With so many different socks on the market, choosing the right one for your needs or as a gift for a hiker can be tricky.
We recommend the Norfolk hiking sock as the perfect sock for your next hike or for the perfect gift for the hiker in your life!
24. Trail Snowshoes:
Deep snow and icy conditions can make even the most uncomplicated hike dangerous. That’s why it’s essential to have the right outdoor gear when venturing into the wild in winter.
Snowshoes are one of the critical pieces of equipment for any winter hiker. They provide floatation on top of the snow, so you don’t sink with each step. This not only saves energy but also helps to prevent injuries.
Snowshoes also have crampons or other traction devices to help you keep your footing on slippery slopes. With the right pair of snowshoes, you can enjoy all that nature has to offer – even in the middle of winter.
Snowshoes make a great gift for winter hikers. Providing comfort and protection any hiker will surely love a good pair of snowshoes as there next hiking gift.
25. Adventure Sandals
Lets not forget the ever useful ‘hiking sandals’ as hikers also take to hot climates for hiking and camping and not just rugged forest or snowy mountainous terrains!
Not to underestimate the value of a good pair of hiking shoes, but when you’re hiking for days, you need to take your shoes off and allow your feet to breathe. That’s when sandals come in handy.
Good thing there’s REI’s Adventure Sandals.
They can switch between their hiking, or to relax their feet or use it for river crossings and cycling. They are waterproof, lightweight (easy to carry) and extremely durable.
Make every hiker’s feet are more rested and comfortable amid their rough and long hiking journey with these trusted pair of adventure sandals.
26. Portable Bluetooth Speakers
There’re plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors. Some people want to enjoy their own hiking space as calmly and as silently as possible, while others enjoy more engagement with their fellow hikers.
Who says you can’t have fun and dance on the trail?
If a hiker enjoys music, loves to dance then a portable bluetooth speaker is a great gift for this type of hiker, to equip them on their long trails.
The majority of bluetooth speakers are lightweight, waterproof, durable and have good sound quality, which can make it a perfect gift for hikers, young and old.
27. Phone Camera Tripod:
A phone camera tripod is a perfect gift for anyone who loves taking photos. A tripod will help stabilize your camera, making it easier to take clear, sharp images.
Plus a tripod is also great for taking videos.
Consider a phone camera tripod if you’re looking for a gift that the outdoors lover in your life will use and appreciate.
After all what better way to remember that memorable hike with a great looking picture!
28. Aeropress Coffee Press:
The Aeropress allows you to brew a delicious cup of coffee with minimal effort.
Add your desired amount of grounds and hot water, let it steep for a minute, and then press down on the lever to enjoy a rich, full-flavored cup of coffee.
The Aeropress is easily portable, so you can enjoy a great cup of coffee even when you’re on the go.
So if you’re looking for an easy way to make a delicious cup of coffee whilst camping, consider investing in an Aeropress coffee press.
29. Yeti Rambler Mug:
The Yeti Rambler mug is the perfect gift for anyone who loves spending time outdoors. The mug is made from durable stainless steel and is designed to keep your drinks hot for hours.
The mug also features a spill-resistant lid, making it the perfect choice for camping and hiking.
If you’re looking for a gift that the outdoors lover will use and appreciate, then the Yeti rambler mug is an ideal choice.
30. Patagonia Houdini jacket:
The Patagonia Houdini jacket is the perfect gift for anyone who loves spending time outdoors.
The Houdini jacket is lightweight and packable, making it easy to take with you on hikes or overnight trips.
Plus, the jacket is wind and water-resistant, so you can stay comfortable even when the weather takes a nasty turn.
Every hiker & camper needs a good weather resistant jacket and our recommended Patagonia jacket should stand up-to even the coldest and wettest weather you find yourself in.
31. Wolf and Grizzly Fire Starter:
Not a fan of lighters? Well this fire starter will help you get the flames going quickly and easily. The design is simple but effective: a sturdy Ferro rod strikes sparks onto a tinder, igniting the rest of your fuel.
The wolf and grizzly fire starter is small enough to fit in your pocket, so you can take it wherever you go.
So next time you’re headed into the great outdoors, make sure you bring along the Wolf and Grizzly fire starter.
It could be the difference between a cold night spent huddled around a campfire and a cosy night spent roasting marshmallows under the stars.
There are many great gifts for hikers and campers. But with so many options, it can take time to decide which is suitable for your needs. By keeping these gift ideas in mind, you’ll find the perfect gift for the outdoor enthusiast in your life.
Aside from material things, experience is the best gift you can give any hiker. There’s no other best experience that you can give to hikers other than hiking together.
If you enjoyed reading this gift guide for hikers and are still searching further for the perfect gift for the hikers in your life, maybe it’s time for you to consider joining them hiking too?
It’s an exciting activity and a good stress reliever, so why not give it a try? I’m sure they’ll be more than happy and you can both enjoy the gifts and the experiences together!
DO YOU have a great gift idea for hiking or camping? Had first hand experience in something that you found invaluable whilst hiking or campaign? Then let us know in the comments below.
Hiking Gifts FAQs:
What are some excellent stocking fillers for hikers and campers?
There are many excellent stocking stuffer ideas for hikers and campers. Some of the best include energy bars, lip balm, sunscreen, insect repellent, a first aid kit, and a flashlight.
What are some excellent gifts for someone who loves the outdoors?
If you’re looking for a gift for someone who loves the outdoors, there are many great options to choose hiking gift ideas. Some of the best include hiking boots, a camping tent, a sleeping bag, a portable stove, and a hiking backpack.
What is your favourite hiking or camping gear?
There is no definitive answer to this question, as everyone has different preferences regarding hiking and camping gear. However, some of the most popular items include a waterproof lighter, hiking sandals, a sleeping bag, a portable stove, and a water filter bottle.
Do you have tips on choosing the perfect gift for a hiker or camper?
There are many great gifts for hikers and campers. But with so many options, it can be tough to decide which is suitable for your needs. By keeping these gift ideas in mind, you’ll find the perfect gift for the outdoor enthusiast in your life.