Best Gifts For Hikers From $9.95 and Up (2018)
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These hiking gifts are sure to put a smile on he face of anyone who loves hiking, backpacking, camping, or the outdoors. All of these gift suggestions have been used and tested by me – these gifts are the best of the best. And if nothing here strikes your fancy, you can see all the other gear I use regularly here.
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Hiking Gifts From $9.95 to $25
An inexpensive hiking gift doesn’t mean a cheap hiking gift. There are plenty of gifts that don’t cost much, but are still very cool and useful. Here are the best hiking gifts for a limited budget.
The Best Socks on Earth
No other sock compares. – Amazon Reviewer
I know what you’re saying – “socks?” Well, these are different socks. Darn Tough Socks are made in Vermont, are super comfortable, and have a lifetime guarantee. All my socks are Darn Tough now, and I haven’t bought a new pair in years. There are lots of different color and pattern options so that your gift can stand out.
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Lightweight Solar Powered Lamp
This is one the coolest new hiking gifts out there. The MPOWERED Luci lamp runs off of solar power. It collapses down to the size of a cookie and can be clipped onto any piece of gear. At night, you expand the lamp to the size of a coffee mug and it gives you long-lasting LED light. For $20, it’s a steal. I keep one at home and in the car too.
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The Classic Water Bottle
The Nalgene Wide-Mouth Water Bottle is a great gift for new and experienced hikers alike. Make sure your hiker is hydrated with this iconic water bottle that’s also durable, leak-proof, easy to carry, high capacity, wide-mouthed, easy to wash, takes hot and cold liquid, and protects the environment. What’s not to like here?
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When I’m in the outdoors, I usually get a million ideas. This waterproof notebook is how I capture them. You get 3 notebooks for about $10, a great deal. If you want to your gift to really impress, combine the notebooks with a waterproof space pen for $15. It’s the one you can write upside down with (if you find yourself in that position).
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Mini Fire Starter
My kids bought me this for Christmas, and to be honest I thought I would never use it. How wrong was that, it is so simple when matches or lighters would blow out or get damp this works every time. simple light robust easy to use, just keep it with your stove and off you go. – MSR Reviewer
Yea, okay, a fire starter can save your life. But it’s also a lot of fun to create a fire from scratch. This small, lightweight fire starter is easy for any outdoors enthusiast to pack and use whenever they need fire.
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National Parks Wall Map
I wish my life involved hiking 24/7, but it doesn’t. So when I’m home, I have this National Parks map hanging on my wall to inspire me to plan my next hiking adventure. And in these days of online maps, it’s nice to actually have a “real” map to look at and browse.
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I have 3 … one for each bag I carry and one for the car. Oh, one in my travel kit for the suitcase too. Can you tell I love them? We need to reduce the plastic we dispose of, and this helps. – REI Reviewer
What the hell is a spork? It’s a spoon and fork combo, a perfect outdoors gift for backpackers or hikers. It’s made out of titanium, so it’s light and indestructible. This gift could potentially outlive the gift recipient by several thousand years.
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Survival Clip Compass
Of all the button compasses I’ve ever had in my life, this is absolutely the BEST one I have ever owned. – Amazon Reviewer
I love electronic gadgets, but I always carry an analog backup (actually two), and this compass fits the bill. The Suunto Clipper compass clips onto other gear and works as a great way to know where you’re going. It’s made in Finland and lives up to the Suunto ruggedness standards. A great outdoors gift that could save someone’s life!
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Portable Outdoors First-Aid Kit
Nothing says “please don’t die” like a first aid kit. If my mother could buy me 100 of these, she would. Here’s what I like about this kit in particular. It’s really small and light. I put it in my backpack and forget about it. It’s also comprehensive for its size – it’s got enough to handle a few people and conditions. I also like that it comes with a compact hiking first-aid manual. The case is durable and organized well.
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Hiking Gifts Between $25 and $50
Outdoors Coffee Maker
I’m a coffee guy. This hiking gift comes with me on every backpacking trip, and even on cold weather day hikes. I even use it at home. It’s a french press coffee maker that’s made for the outdoors. It’s lightweight, insulated and rugged. A great gift for the coffee fiend in your life.
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Tripod Built for the Outdoors
Here’s a hiking gift for the photographer. The Joby tripod bends and twists, allowing you to use it anywhere. I use it on to create my hiking guides– it’s small and fits easily in my pack. It works with cameras, and also comes with a little grip adaptor to use it with any smartphone.
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Insurance For Getting Caught Out Past Dark
Absolutely amazing!!! – REI Reviewer
We’ve all been there. A hike runs longer than you thought and you get caught out after dusk or dark. Having a small, lightweight, powerful headlamp in your pack is a must. I like the Black Diamond Storm because it can last up to 160 hours, it has strobe and red light modes, and uses AAA batteries that you can get anywhere.
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Extra Foot Protection
They are simple to use and work well. I used them on a rainy day hike and they were soaked but my socks beneath were dry. – Amazon Reviewer
Low gaiters are often seen on experienced hikers for a reason. Low gaiters are light enough for all conditions and keep pebbles, branches, and other debris out of boots. These are a great gift for the hiker who already has hiking boots.
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The Best Post-Hike Treat
I am so happy I found the trigger point foam roller, it’s my favorite thing to do after a hike. It’s pretty simple, you just roll your body (back, legs, neck, whatever) on the roller, and the trigger point foam releases the tension in your muscles. When I first saw this, I thought it would be something cheesy like on an infomercial, but it really works. I use it after hikes, bikes, and runs.
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Hiking Gifts Between $50 and $100
Hiking Solar Panel
For better or worse, gadgets have become part of everyone’s standard hiking gear. Most batteries can last for the entire day, but for overnight trips or potential emergency situations, a simple solar panel that you attach to your pack is the move.
This little guy was amazing! It charged headlamps, Garmin devices, cell phones, everything!- REI Reviewer
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Microspikes For When the Trail Gets Slippery
Whenever I hike in the spring, fall, or winter, I carry these microspikes in my pack. The concept is simple. If it gets slippery or icy, you pull these over your existing hiking boots or shoes. No special gear needed. A simple solution that saved my butt numerous times.
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A Hot Meal in Your Pack
There is a reason everyone is giving this product 5 stars. It works great, looks great, and is extremely convenient. I don’t know that I have ever been more pleased with a purchase. – REI Reviewer
Where do I start? I’ve had my Jetboil since 2006 and I love it. It heats water very quickly, and packs down into a compact cup. Even if you’re not hiking overnight, it’s great to have in your pack on a cool day for a quick, warm lunch. Jetfboil changed the camping stove game – it’s a great gift for hikers.
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So Much Better Than a Tent
They’re worth every penny. – Amazon Reviewer
In the old days there were tents. They were heavy and often overkill. In the last few years, hikers and backpackers have been turned onto hammocks. They keep you off the ground, they’re light, and easy to set up. Even if I’m not overnighting, I’ll often take the hammock in my pack and take a mid-hike nap. And they work in your backyard too. Don’t forget to get the Atlas Straps with it (they help set the hammock up anywhere). It’s a great hiking gift for every experience level.
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The Best Way to Enjoy a Mountain Hike
The best compacts for the price. – Amazon Reviewer
I didn’t hike with binoculars for a long time. I just didn’t know any better. Now they go everywhere with me. Most hikes involve some kind of climb or view, and binoculars make it even better. I also like carrying them for safety reasons. If I get lost, I get scan the horizon for help.
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Make Fresh, Clean Water Anywhere
This is a gift that any hiker, backpacker, or outdoorsman will use for years. I’ve had mine for 10 years and it’s still going strong. This simple, tough, and effective water filter is small enough to put in your daypack, and filters out bacteria, protozoa, and general muck. Much easier than lugging tons of water around on your back.
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Hiking Gifts Over $100
A Gift That Can Save Someone’s Life
Your life is worth more than $350. – HikingGuy
Okay, so I’m a firm believer in leveraging anything I can to stay safe. This satellite GPS beacon works where cell phones don’t. Hikers can share text messages with a map location from the backcountry to any cell phone to let friends and family know you’re okay. And it has maps, and an SOS emergency service, and navigation tools, and weather forecasts, and more. It’s amazing that something like this even exists and is worth its weight in gold. (You can also check out my review here.) And if you want a version that’s more affordable but doesn’t have a maps, the InReach Mini is a great alternative.
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A Piece of Clothing That Every Hiker Will Love
This is a great gift for on or off the trail. This REI Magma jacket weighs next to nothing and compresses down into a small packet. It was designed to work with a hiking backpack and has lots of other very thoughtful features for the hiker in your life. I wear mine all the time.
Women’s Jacket Reviews & Prices & Colors
Men’s Jacket Reviews & Prices & Colors
Luggage for the Outdoors Lover
The North Face Base Camp Duffel is a great piece of luggage for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. You’ll see these bags on expeditions all over the world, they’re tough and have proved their worth. It’s waterproof, versatile, pretty indestructible, and works as checked luggage. They’re also easy to spot on the baggage claim. I’ve had one of these bags for years, it’s a great gift.
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The Tent Alternative
When backpackers want to travel light, they ditch the tent and go with a bivy sack. It covers you and your sleeping bag, adds 5-10 degrees of warmth, and lets you watch the stars at night, or if it’s raining, cover up and stay dry. It took me a while to get turned onto bivy sacks, but once I tried it, I haven’t looked back. When I’m not sure if there will be trees to hang a hammock, I use the bivy.
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The $600 Sleeping Bag That Costs $350
I go through a lot of (good and bad) gear as part of my work on this site, and I can easily say that this sleeping bag is a great value. It’s basically as good as the really high-end bags that cost much more. It’s light, compresses down small, and most importantly, is very comfortable. Get it with the highly-rated Flash sleeping pad for a great backcountry sleeping experience.
See Reviews of Magma Sleeping Bag for Women
See Reviews of Magma Sleeping Bag for Men
The Cool Kids Cooler
If you’re not in the know, the Yeti cooler is the cooler that every outdoors enthusiast wants. They’re last forever and keep things cold many hours longer than any other cooler you’d get. I keep cool snacks in the car for after a hike and this works great. It’s not uncommon for ice to last for days in these things. The Yeti cooler is legendary.
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The Ultimate Outdoors & Athlete Watch
The ONE watch to rule them all. – Amazon Reviewer
If you really want to get a great gift for a hiker, look no further. This watch does everything. Hikers can use it for navigation and tracking a hike, you can use it for biking, running, surfing, working out, anything. And it tells time, altitude, barometric pressure. AND IT HAS TOPO MAPS ON IT! There are literally thousands of things that this watch does. It’s the ultimate hiker’s tool. I have a full review here.
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More Gift Options
Another great resource for hiking, fitness, and outdoors gifts is the REI Staff Picks page. I also list out my complete hiking gear list here, which is the best of the best stuff that I carry with me on every hike.