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15 Best Gifts For Hikers & Outdoor-loving Travellers In 2020

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Hiking has recently become one of my favourite activities to do while travelling. You get to immerse yourself in nature, challenge yourself, see some incredible views, and get in a good bit of exercise too. If you don’t know what to get your friend or loved one for Christmas (or for their birthday), if they love hiking, this is the guide for you.

I love hiking because it’s one of those brilliant activities that technically doesn’t need anything but comfortable shoes and shorts. However, there’s a lot of cool gear you can get to make it more enjoyable, more comfortable, and more convenient.

Whether you’re looking for budget hiking gift ideas, unique gifts, or ones specifically suited to men or women, you’ll find it here. Read on to discover the best gifts for all your hiking friends.

Enjoying the view over Moalboal and the Cebu coastline from Osmena Peak

Hiking at Osmena Peak on Cebu Island, the Philippines

Christmas gifts for hikers and campers

These are the top gifts for outdoors adventurers of all types. Fun, unique, and well-suited to both beginner and long-time hikers, your friends are sure to love any one of these.

Trekking poles

Trekking poles are something many hikers don’t know they need – until they have them. So, get your friend or loved one a pair of these. And next time you chat, you’ll hear all about how you’ve revolutionized their hiking.

You can get all sorts of different trekking poles. My favourite are these TrailBuddy Trekking Poles. They’re pointed at the end to help with stability, with a padded strap and easy grip. You can also choose between some really cool colours.

Enjoying the sunrise view from Little Adams Peak in Ella, Sri Lanka

Enjoying the sunrise view from the top of Little Adams Peak in Ella, Sri Lanka

Hiking GPS

A solid strap-on GPS is never a bad idea. You’ll ensure that your friend won’t get lost on their next adventure. And, it’s lots of fun to play around with while learning how to use it.

The view from the First Peak of Stawamus Chief, along the Sea to Sky Highway in Canada

The view from the First Peak of Stawamus Chief, in Canada

Compactable camping chairs

After a long day of trekking, relaxing on an actual chair off the ground is unheard-of comfort. This incredible little compactable chair fits into a small pouch. So it’s convenient to fit on a multi-day hike, without taking up too much space.

Hiking Le Morne Brabant in Mauritius

Hiking Le Morne Brabant in Mauritius

Comfortable hiking shoes

You can’t really go hiking without appropriate hiking shoes. There are loads of different hiking and trekking shoes out there, and which one you prefer ultimately depends on your foot and hiking style. You might have to try a couple different shoes before you find the perfect one for you, but I personally love these trekking shoes.

Hiking in the Valley of the Winds in Kata-Tjuta, Australia

Hiking in the Valley of the Winds in Kata-Tjuta, Australia

Lightweight hammock

For that friend who’ll sleep anywhere – get them a hammock, so they can do it in a little more comfort. You can get a small, lightweight hammock that comfortably fits one. They can sleep in it, or just string it up after a long hike and relax with a book.

Hiking at Rolle Pass in Trentino

Hiking at Rolle Pass in Trentino, Italy

Comfortable backpack

There is nothing worst than hiking up a mountain with an uncomfortable backpack. Especially if it’s quite heavy, it won’t just be annoying on your shoulders but can also be bad for your back and posture. The perfect backpack depends on what you actually bring hiking, for example I usually carry a lot of camera gear so I personally love this one. If you’re only bringing the essentials you can probably get a smaller backpack too. The key thing you want your hiking backpack to have is an external water bottle pouch, so that you can have a drink while you hike without having to stop, open your backpack and search for your water bottle.

View from the top of Quarry Rock

View from the top of Quarry Rock, Canada

Unique hiking gifts on a budget

If you want to get them something special, but you’re working with a tight budget, don’t stress. You can get some presents your hiker friends will love without exceeding your limits.

Hiking Logbook

A fun way to show your enthusiasm for someone’s hiking hobby, without actually having to know much about hiking, is to get them a logbook. It’s not quite the same as a journal, as they’re set up so that you can enter all the technical details – like weather, location, difficulty level, etc.

Journals like this one also include writing prompts to help them remember all the details. So if you think they’ve never had a hiking logbook before, get them this!

Hiking along the Jebel Shams Balcony Walk

Hiking along the Jebel Shams Balcony Walk in Oman

Colourful headbands

A fantastic budget hikers gift is a headband. They’re sweat-wicking and comfortable and can be worn for hiking, yoga, motorbiking, and running, among other things.

They’re also handy as bandanas for sun protection. Particularly for young hikers, one or two of these make for a great gift. Get some colourful, patterned ones like these.

Enjoying the views over the ocean while hiking from Coogee to Bondi in Sydney

Enjoying the views over the ocean while hiking from Coogee to Bondi in Sydney

LED Lantern for overnight hikes

One of the most important things to have on an overnight hike is light. These small lanterns are lightweight, bright, and collapsible, making them ideal for camping. They’re also very durable, so you can take some knocks and still trust that you’ll be able to see at night.

Enjoying the view while driving in the Westfjords

Enjoying the view after hiking in the Westfjords of Iceland

Stainless steel water bottle

One of the most important things you always need to bring with you on any hike is plenty of water to keep you hydrated as you hike. Personally I love these stainless steel water bottles because they keep your water cold for hours, regardless of how hot it is outside. They also come in lots of different funky colours.

Admiring the colourful houses of Vernazza, one of the five towns along the Sentiero Azzurro in Cinque Terre, Italy

Hiking along the Sentiero Azzurro in Cinque Terre, Italy

Hiking gifts for her

While any of the gifts on this list will suit a woman just as well as a man, these are if you want to get something a little more specific for the hiking ladies in your life. They are the ideal presents for the adventurous women you know.

She Explores – A collection of traveling women’s stories

A little inspiration goes a long way. This collection of stories is an incredible companion on any woman’s adventures. In addition to telling the stories of some really outstanding women, the book includes tips on solo hiking and travel for women.

Taking a break while hiking Stawamus Chief during our Whistler road trip

Taking a break while hiking Stawamus Chief during our Whistler road trip

Women’s hiking trousers

You’d be surprised by how great a gift some solid hiking pants are. However, they can be hard to come by. And because of rough treatment and long-term use, it’s best to have a few pairs. These women’s hiking pants are stylish and simple. They’re also super breathable, lightweight, and water-resistant.

Hiking up Queenstown Hill, New Zealand

Hiking up Queenstown Hill, New Zealand

Comfortable sports bra

If you don’t have one of these, you need it. I use them also for training at the gym, for skiing or when I do other sports, but they’re perfect also for hiking. You don’t want to be uncomfortable when you hike so make sure you have a nice comfy sports bra that supports you while you hike up mountains.

Enjoying the view from the top of the First Peak of Stawamus Chief in Canada

Enjoying the view from the top of the First Peak of Stawamus Chief in Canada

Hiking gifts for him

Shopping for the perfect hiking gifts for men? They’re sure to love these.

Survival gear kit

This survival kit is helpful for any hiker, but it’s the sort of thing that young guys might be a lot more excited about receiving. The kit can help in any emergency situation. It includes a wire saw, emergency blanket, flashlight, knife, mini light and whistle, among other things.

Climbing up Le Mont Brabant in Mauritius

Climbing up Le Mont Brabant in Mauritius

Hiking / Performance socks

Perfect for a bit of a laugh, combining ‘that gift’ every man gets, with one of his favourite activities. These socks are sweat-wicking, and extra padded at the heel and ball of the foot. If you’ve ever been on a multi-day hike, you’ll know how helpful this is!

So they’re not just socks – they’re socks that will make him more comfortable on all his future hikes.

The view over Lake Tekapo from Mt John Summit, New Zealand

The view over Lake Tekapo from Mt John Summit, New Zealand

Final thoughts on gift ideas for hikers

These are my absolute favourite gifts for hikers. Get any of the above for your friends and whether they’ll be hiking up a mountain on the other side of the world, or heading just outside their doorstep, they’ll be kitted out for the next adventure.

I’m a strong supporter of spending money on experiences over things. If you can’t live that experience with your friend, but instead of just getting them a random gift, you can contribute to that adventure, go for it! Are there any other gifts for hikers you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

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Photo collage of three famous hikes in Canada, Mauritius and Italy with text overlay saying "the best gifts for your hiking friends"

Blonde girl overlooking the mountains and lake from the top of the First Peak in Canada, with text overlay saying "15 best gifts for hikers"

Photo collage of three famous hikes in Canada, Mauritius and Italy with text overlay saying "the best gifts for your hiking friends"

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