15 Of The Best Gifts For Hikers

If you’re looking to buy a great gift for the hiker in your life, it can sometimes be tricky.  You want to get them something cool and interesting connected to hiking but you don’t want it to just be a novelty item - you want them to actually use it as well. 

Have no fear because this list is just what you’re looking for!  We’ll take you through a whole load of great choices for hikers - gifts big and small, and from both ends of the price spectrum and everything in between, for new and experienced hikers of every possible kind.  

Read on!

15 Clever Gifts For Hikers

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REI Co-op Flash Carbon Trekking Poles

If you’re not a hiker yourself, you might be wondering why trekking poles are necessary. It’s true that not all hikers have them, particularly if they’re fairly new to the world of trekking through hills and plains.  

However, they’re worth their weight in gold when it comes to taking on longer treks. They serve several purposes.  

One, they allow the hiker to take a bit of the weight of their legs, which can really come in useful if they’ve been hiking for several hours.  

Two, they allow them to help set a good rhythm for their walking, and three, they help with stability and balance, particularly useful if they’re going to be trekking across uneven terrain.  

These particular trekking poles are made of carbon fiber, a material that’s both lightweight and durable. This makes them ideal for trekking poles.  

They’re collapsible, making them easy to carry when not being used, and the length can be quickly and easily adjusted for maximum convenience (the maximum length is 140cm, the minimum is 105cm).  

The foam grips mean that they’re perfectly comfortable to hold, an absolute must for extended hikes. The brand, REI, is also a high-quality one that’s well known in hiking circles for making great gear. Your loved one will definitely be grateful for these!

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Hiking means being out in nature, sometimes quite a long way from civilization. In a situation like that, it’s absolutely essential to be prepared for anything that might happen.  

This is where this gift comes in handy.  It’s a cord you can wear around your wrist that carries an amazing 5 different survival essentials on its small frame.  

A compass, so you can always find the right direction to go in, a fire starter so you can always have heat and light, a loud whistle for attracting attention, a ferro rod striker to help with fire making, and 12 feet of military-grade paracord.  

This cord can be used for all kinds of things - securing a shelter, making a tourniquet or splint, as a rescue line, and much more.

You won’t need to worry about which size to buy either since it’s totally adjustable. This pack actually includes two of them, which is great because when it comes to safety equipment, having a backup is always very welcome.  

You’ll also be pleased to hear that it comes with a lifetime warranty, so if anything goes wrong, you’re covered. As a bonus, it also includes instructions on how to use it to make a fire.

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These great gloves will be a godsend to any hiker, particularly if they tend to like hiking in the colder months of the year.  

Winter hiking can be a beautiful experience, but the dangers of the cold have to be taken seriously. These gloves are a great response to those dangers.  

To start with, they’re very well insulated with top-quality fleece lining to keep heat in and cold out, so you won’t have to worry about your hands freezing as you hold on to your trekking poles and the like. They’re also waterproof and windproof.  

However, that’s not even nearly the best part. The thing that really makes these gloves a winner is the fact that they’re electrically heated.  The back, palms, and each individual finger are wired to provide heat to the whole hand.  

This is brilliant for situations where you need to warm your hands up quickly. The gloves have an on/off button so you can set them to heat or not and are easy to charge through a port in one of the waterproof pockets.  

There are three heat levels available. Low heat is 104F and will last for up to 6 hours. Medium heat is 131F and will last for up to 3.5 hours. High heat is 149F and will last for up to 2.5 hours. 

You can easily switch between the three modes by pressing the on/off button, and the gloves even have a display showing you how much power you have left.

The gloves come in a range of different sizes to suit everybody, so they can be a great gift for any hiker.  They’re also touchscreen-friendly, so you can keep them on while you’re using your smartphone.  When it comes to safety and comfort in the cold, these gloves are the ideal present.

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REI gift card

This is a clever idea indeed!  You might remember that we mentioned REI in the first entry on this list.  It’s a company with a great reputation for making a wide range of great hiking gear, and any seasoned hiker will probably recognize the name. 

If you’re looking to buy something for a hiker, you might run into the problem that you don’t know exactly what they do and don’t have. You might be able to ask, but that can be pretty indiscreet.  

If you don’t want to run the risk of getting them yet another pair of gloves they already have, you can be smart and get them an REI gift card.  You can give it a value of any amount from $10 to $1000.  

They can then use this on REI’s online store or in its physical stores to get whatever their heart desires. When you order it, you can set a delivery date up to a year in advance, which is ideal if you like to plan for birthdays well ahead of time.

You can also include a message to let them know what they mean to you.

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You might be wondering why a hiker would need this if they’re only going hiking in the daytime. However, the day only lasts so long. What if you get lost or delayed for some reason?  

One of the most panic-inducing feelings for a hiker is to see the sun setting and not know where you are or where you need to go to get back to safety.  If you don’t have a light in a situation like that, you could be in serious trouble - the light on your phone isn’t going to be good enough.  

That’s why it always pays to take a headlamp like this one in your hiking kit, along with some spare batteries. You never know when you might need it. This one is plastic, lightweight, and designed to be worn around your head so you can keep your hands free.

The light is powerful and can last for up to 160 hours, so even if the worst happens and you’re lost for a few days, the light will still be with you.  There is also a loud whistle attached so that you can signal for attention.

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Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

When it comes to outdoor wear, Patagonia is one of the best names in the business.  This coat is an absolute must for a hiker who wants to venture out when the weather’s chilly.

It’s filled with top-of-the-range synthetic insulation to keep out even the most stubborn cold snaps and keep your natural body heat in.  The outside layer repels both wind and water very effectively, meaning you’ll have no need to fear the elements.  

The two handwarmer pockets on the front can be secured with zippers and there is also an internal chest pocket for keeping important things safe.  

It’s available in a wide range of sizes and colors, though do note that the range of colors available differs between the men’s and women’s versions.

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A book written specifically for female hikers, this treasure trove contains all kinds of information that a woman needs to know to have a great time in the great outdoors.

Some of it is non-gender-specific information about setting up camps, starting fires, etc, but there’s also some great advice on how to handle things like peeing and having a period when away from modern civilization, as well as how to handle condescending men and stay safe.  

Ruby McConnell, the book’s author, has a wonderful writing style.  She expertly balances being funny and informative while still keeping a down-to-earth attitude that makes it feel like you’re talking to a friend.  

The book is the perfect thing to inspire any woman to jump headfirst into the world of hiking, particularly if she’s new to it.

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Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boots

Every hiker needs a reliable pair of high-quality boots for when they’re out on the trail.  If you’re looking to buy a gift for a hiker who’s in need of a new pair, this is a great one for general hiking. 

They’re built in quite a similar way to a trail running shoe, but with the addition of extra support and protection for ankles. They’re lightweight and comfortable while still providing good protection on the toes and good grip on the bottom.  

This is ideal for day hikers and people on shorter expeditions on easier terrain. The lighter weight does mean that there is less protection on the bottom and less ankle support than some other models, which could be less than ideal for those doing longer hikes on difficult terrain, or carrying heavy packs.  

For everyone else, though, these boots are perfect.  The Gore-tex membrane means that they’re both waterproof and breathable and they’re very comfortable to wear.

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 Salomon Quest 4 GORE-TEX Hiking Boots

If you think the person you’re buying for is in need of something a bit more heavy-duty than the last pair of boots on this list, look no further than the Salomon Quest 4 boots. 

These would probably suit more serious hikers who are likely to be walking over difficult terrain with heavy packs.  

The upper is very durable and the extra protection offered on the underside will show its worth on longer days, rocky terrain, and when carrying heavy loads.  

It’s not ideal if you’re intending to move fast and light but otherwise, it’s hard to think of a better hiking boot. As with the last pair, there is a Gore-tex membrane to keep water out while allowing your foot to breathe easily.

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MREs have seen an explosion in popularity in the last few years.  There are now multiple Youtube channels dedicated to eating and reviewing them, and it’s become common for people to buy them online to see how they taste. 

Of course, military rations are very useful for a hiker.  They were specifically designed to pack in enough calories for a soldier to survive out in the wild and to be easy to carry, just what a hiker needs.  

More than just that though, there’s something really fun about trying lots of different kinds of MRE. The link above is to a 4 pack of US military rations containing 4 of the possible 24 different meals. These range from beef brisket to tuna with lemon pepper and much more, but why stop there?  

MREs from the militaries of other countries are also easy to find online.  Why not let your loved one try some French or German rations while they’re out on a hike?

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A backpack is an absolute must for anyone who’s going hiking.  There are a lot of supplies to carry, and opening the bag to find out they’ve fallen out of a hole is not a good feeling. 

This one, available in green, blue, or black, is a great option.  Its adjustable straps and belts make it suitable for all kinds of body shapes and it can comfortably carry a load in the range of 30lbs to 60lbs, which should be enough for even the most intrepid hiker.  

It comes with a rain cover for wet weather and the main compartment can be accessed by a zipper on the front panel, meaning you won’t have to dig through everything in the bag to get to the thing you need if it’s at the bottom.  

There are also several other pockets for water bottles, sleeping bags, and other necessary items.   For longer hikes where lots of supplies are necessary, this bag is the gold standard.

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear 2400 Southwest Pack

If the last bag was the gold standard for longer hikes requiring lots of equipment, this one is the best option for a lighter bag for shorter hikes. 

The bag is made from a waterproof fabric called Dyneema and comes in two color options, black and white. The black option is made with a denser weave of Dyneema than the white one, making it slightly heavier.  

Overall, the bag itself weighs only 2lbs while still being able to hold everything you’ll need for shorter hikes.  

It can be adjusted to fit your frame and is covered in convenient pockets for everything a hiker needs.  It’s a great gift idea for a hiker who’s looking for a top-quality bag.

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America the Beautiful Pass

America is blessed with some of the most beautiful national parks in the world.  While some are free to enter, others are not. 

This pass grants free access to all 63 of the national parks in the United States, from Acadia in Maine to Zion in Utah, as well as hundreds of national monuments.  

You can feel even better about buying it from the link we’ve provided to REI as they give 10% of each sale of the park pass to the National Park Foundation. This means that you’ll also be helping to make sure America’s parks are kept in good condition.

The pass is valid for one year from the month of purchase.  If you arrive in a personal vehicle, it allows access for the driver and all their passengers.  

If it’s an attraction that charges by person, it allows access for up to 4 people, so if you’re hiking with friends, they’ll be covered too. It’s hard to imagine a better gift for a hiker than free access to all of America’s parks, so this is one to seriously consider.

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This is a wonderful coffee table book that’s not only an excellent conversation starter when you’re entertaining at home but is also a great source of information and inspiration. 

It contains stories of 50 different hikes in 30 different countries, including hikes along the Great Wall of China and on Concepción volcano in Nicaragua.  

It’s guaranteed to fill anyone with a love of hiking with a powerful wanderlust and will definitely force them to lengthen their bucket list.

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Here’s an idea for a hiker who likes the finer things in life. If they and their companions would like to relax around the campfire after a hard day’s hiking with a bottle of wine, it’s usually pretty tricky.  

Bringing a large, heavy, glass bottle along on a hike is usually a bit cumbersome, but now there’s a solution. This flask can hold an entire bottle’s worth of wine and keep it fresh for days!  

The lightweight, flexible, collapsible design means that it’s far easier to carry along with you than a glass wine bottle and the angled spout means that pouring it out is easy as well.  

The durable materials it’s made of ensure there’ll be no leaks while not transferring any kind of taste to the wine.  

Safe in the airtight reservoir, the wine will last for days, and the dark exterior will stop sunlight from getting to the wine and causing damage. If your hiker is a wine lover, then they’re sure to love this gift as well.

Final Thoughts

15 Clever Gifts For Hikers That They’ll Actually Use

Now that you’ve read this list, you should be bursting with great ideas about what to buy for your hiking loved one. Regardless of your budget, there’s an amazing gift in here for you, even for the hiker who thinks they have it all already.

Some suit people new to hiking while others will be right up the street of veteran trail walkers. You’re about to make their Christmas or birthday, so be happy!

Emily Winters