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.
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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.
When I’m in the outdoors, I usually get a million ideas. And 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).
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 the lamp to the size of a coffee mug and it gives you long lasting LED light. For $18, it’s a steal. I keep one at home and in the car too.
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.
I wish my life involved hiking 24/7, but it doesn’t. 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 the days of Google Maps, it’s nice to actually have a “real” map to look at and browse.
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’s lots of different color and pattern options so that your gift can stand out.
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.
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!
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 it’s 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.
I’m a coffee addict, and this hiking gift comes with me on every backpacking trip, and even on cold weather 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.
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 blog posts – 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.
I just went on a road trip across America and went to a bunch of national parks. I had seen these posters at the Grand Canyon but did not want to buy them because they would’ve gotten crushed in my car. I was SO PUMPED that REI sold these. They’re amazing quality and I love that they’re actual silkscreened prints and made in the US. The color on all of the 3 posters I purchased were GORGEOUS. – REI Reviewer
A great gift for the hiker’s home, these National Park posters can be hung as is, or framed. They’re truly cool, retro, and beautiful. An you have 15 different parks and monuments to choose from.
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 the new cool thing everyone is using. Regular high gaiters are often worn for snow and extreme conditions, but now hikers wear low gaiters in all conditions to keep pebbles, branches, and other debris out of their boots. These are a great gift for the hiker who already has boots.
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.
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.
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 setup. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Overall it is great—laying down flat in the grass my battery went up 10 percent in 5 minutes. It charges my iPod touch faster then the AC USB wall charger. The solar panel puts out lots of power. Must buy for any emergency kit, electronics lover, renewable energy lovers, or all of the above! – REI Reviewer
This North Face bag is a great piece of luggage for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. It’s rugged as hell, works as a carry-on and keeps water out. And if you’re looking for a massive bag to carry all your gear, try the North Face XXL duffel bag which carries a whopping 150 liters of gear. I’ve had these bags for years. They’re easy to spot on the baggage claim and have been indestructible.
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.
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.
Your life is worth more than $400. – Me
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 it’s weight in gold. (You can also check out my review here.)
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.
The ONE watch to rule them all (for the most part). – 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.
Another great resource for hiking, fitness, and outdoors gifts is the REI Staff Picks page.