Looking for the perfect gifts for hikers? We started our hiking journey ten years ago, and these are the things we love.
Hiking wasn’t always in our vocabulary. We both grew up in Atlanta in immigrant families and thought, “so you’re basically walking for fun?”
It wasn’t until we started training for the Inca Trail in 2012 that we fell in love with exploring the outdoors and realized there are so many beautiful places you can only get to on foot.
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Last Updated: December 3, 2022
25 Best Gifts for Hikers
For Day Hiking
1. Day Pack
A reliable and comfortable day pack helps you bring everything you need. We have a few different day packs we rotate through depending on the length of the hike or whether we need our camera equipment.
Even if you don’t plan on hiking at night, sometimes we get lost, and hikes can take longer than anticipated. Headlamps are always helpful; we like to leave one in each bag just in case.
Pro Tip: If you’re buying for someone who camps or does astrophotography, get one with a red light feature.
Gaiters are great to help keep things out of your boots. You can either go with a cold weather gaiter to help with winter hiking or warm weather gaiters to keep rocks out of your shoes, which we use more in the desert.
We’ve been on multiple snow adventures like snowshoeing and were always jealous of our friends who were more prepared with gaiters and never got snow in their shoes.
18. Sleeping Bag
A lightweight but warm sleeping bag is an excellent option if you’re going for a splurge or if you’re splitting a gift with multiple people. We both have REI sleeping bags that have been amazing for the price. They are lightweight and keep us warm.
Pro Tip: If you run colder, consider getting a women’s bag, which has more insulation, or down booties.
More Gift Ideas for Hikers
Can you think of other great gifts for hikers that we missed?
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Esther + Jacob
Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.