Gift Ideas for Hikers

Stumped on gift ideas for hikers? It can be a challenge– especially if you’re not a hiker yourself. Hikers are easy to please, however, and easier to shop for than you realize. Think about it. Hikers get joy out of walking around for miles on end in intense heat, freezing cold, and in rain storms. It doesn’t take much more than a bowl of ice cream and some warm socks to make a hiker happy.

Here are a few gift ideas for hikers to help you out this holiday season!

Socks

You can never have enough hiking socks. Get your hiker a comfortable pair (or two) of merino wool hiking socks.

First aid kit

A first aid kit isn’t the most glamorous gift for a hiker, but it’s super practical. A hiker’s first aid kit should at the very least include:

  • lip balm
  • moleskin
  • emergency blanket
  • antihistamines
  • pain reliever
  • antibiotic ointment
  • gauze
  • bandages
  • alcohol wipes
  • tweezers
  • multitool
  • splint medical wrap

Headlamp

Whether you’re doing a day hike or a through-hike, you should always pack a headlamp. Hands-free lighting is a great gift for a hiker.

Sunglasses

Preserve your vision, protect your eyes from wind, precipitation, bugs, debris, and point sticky, and look good while doing it. Hikers need shades.

Hat

Another great gift idea for hikers. Caps and wide brim hats help keep the sun and precipitation out of your eyes and away from your face. Warm stocking caps, beanies, or toboggans are a must have for cold weather hiking.

Hiking shoes

Hiking boots or trail shoes make excellent gifts for hikers. The problem is that it’s not always easy to buy shoes for someone else. Bring your hiker in to your local outdoor sporting goods store, and the staff can help you get the perfect fit.

Day pack

A day pack for hiking doesn’t need to be super technical. They don’t need to have that same dialed-in fit as a large hiking backpacks for multiple day trips. Most day packs are have a universal fit.

Gloves

Walking around with your hands in your pockets on a chilly winter morning is a great way to cut your hike short and spend the weekend in the hospital. Get your hiker a warm pair of gloves.

Hiking food

Hiking food – such as GU Energy Gels, EPIC bars, or hydration mixes – make great gifts for a hiker who already has everything. Save them some cash and a trip to the store, and help expedite their adventure.

Base layers

The base layers you wear while hiking are almost as important as the socks on your feet and the boots that you put them in. Hiking base layers should be made of comfortable, wicking materials such as merino wool or synthetic blends.

Fleece

An insulating fleece mid layer adds a little extra warmth for those bone-chilling days on the trail, and a little extra coziness around the campfire.

Trekking poles

If you’re looking for a gift that says,

“Hey, I think it’s cool that you’re into hiking, and I want you to be able to hike for years to come. I care for you and the health of your knees, so here’s an incredibly useful piece of equipment for hikers.”

Then get some trekking poles.

Titanium spork

Spoil the hiker in your life with the finest in ultralight eating utensils.

Pocket knife

Any good outdoorsman or outdoorswoman knows to bring a knife when they head outdoors. You don’t need a big blade, however. Light and compact is the way to go.

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