27 Gifts That Any Hiker And Outdoor Enthusiast Will Love

By Laura Fiebert | Updated: December 11, 2022

    Enjoying the scenic vistas, exploring new trails, and reaching the net peak, there are a lot of reasons to love hiking in the great outdoors. But if you’re looking for the perfect gift to give your favorite adventurer and you’re not an avid hiker yourself, it can be challenging to figure out what they actually want.

    We found many hiking gifts that any hiker would be thrilled to receive. From the best hiking gear, gadgets, and accessories, we have something for any type of explorer to make their backpacking trips more enjoyable, comfortable, and safe.

    Our gift guide has the best gift ideas for hikers. We’ve found some of the best and most innovative trekking gear for backpackers or adventurers in your life.

  1. Portable Solar Panel
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    With four solar panels, it can be charged in sunlight, 4-5 times faster than the single-panel chargers. A great partner for your outside activities, day hikes and for RV owners. Detect automatically and intelligently the current of the dual output port to provide optimal charging output for you. Protects your device from overheating, over-current, overvoltage, short-circuiting, etc. The built-in reliable and bright LED light serves as a convenient solution if you need a light at night. That can charge their smartphone and other gadgets.

  3. Nature Book
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    When writer and navigator Tristan Gooley journeys outside, he sees a natural world filled with clues. The roots of a tree indicate the sun’s direction; the Big Dipper tells the time; a passing butterfly hints at the weather; a sand dune reveals prevailing wind; the scent of cinnamon suggests altitude; a budding flower points south. To help you understand nature as he does, Gooley shares more than 850 tips for forecasting, tracking, and more gathered from decades spent walking the landscape around his home and the world. An excellent gift for a new hiker.

  5. Life Straw
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    This is the ultimate water filter for those backcountry hikers. The hollow fiber membrane technology inside of the LifeStraw keeps you safe during outdoor adventures. All of our filters are rigorously tested. This little gadget will transform 4,000 Liters (1,000 Gallons) of contaminated water into clean and safe drinking water. That is more water than the average person drinks in a year! It’s ultra-lightweight, small, and easily packable. An excellent hiking gift!

  7. Hiking Backpack
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    This outdoorsy daypack is perfect for what any traveler or outdoorsman needs to carry all of his hiking gear. It has a lot of cool pockets to store some little things—plenty of space with multiple pockets that are all easily accessible. Deep and densely padded shoulder straps and hip belts, two long padded areas on the back offer cushioned comfort while promoting air circulation along your back and shoulders.

  9. Two-Person Outfitter Hammock
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    The DoubleNest reigns supreme. It’s bread-and-butter, your all-access pass to relaxation. Big enough for two and palatial for one, the DoubleNest still manages to stuff easily into its attached compression sack. Take it anywhere, set it up in seconds flat, lay back, and Oh, did you want to join me? I’ve got room for one more!

  11. Handheld GPS Navigator
  12. Not only will this handled GPS navigation tracker help guide you but also provides helpful information including the temperature, humidity level, time, and date. The device also has a flashlight function and an alarm and is waterproof.

  13. Military Compass
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    The Eyeskey Lensatic Compass is a top-rated compass for hiking, motoring, boating, camping, mountaineering, hunting, backpacking, bushwhacking, and other outdoor activities. The heavy-duty build quality using aluminum alloy means it’s rugged and sturdy enough to withstand rough terrain and extreme weather conditions. It is also water and shake-proof. It is a very durable compass that should hold up well and last for years.

  15. Solar Inflatable Light
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    This extremely durable and lightweight lantern is entirely powered by the sun. No additional batteries are needed. Set it in direct sunlight for 7 hours, and Luci Outdoor 2.0 lasts up to 24 hours on a single charge. With ten cool white LEDs and up to 75 lumens making it a reliable source of light to keep you out of the dark, no matter how far off the grid you go.

  17. Gobi Tripod
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    The GorillaPod 5K Kit pairs the precision engineered BallHead 5K with a premium GorillaPod 5K for a pro-grade tripod solution. Whether you’re taking photos, making movies, or vlogging, this kit will support pro gear up to 11lbs. Capture unique shots from ground level to high up in a rig, with one easy to configure tripod that fits in almost any bag or backpack—the perfect gift for their next car camping or backpacking trip.

  19. Fire Starter
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    Überleben is everything you want and nothing you don’t. It’s minimalist simplicity and functionality at its finest. It’s a practical luxury. It is the perfect balance of durability and weight. It’s handcrafted, and it’s 100% real-deal. Überleben’s ferrocerium is the ideal balance between softness & durability, consistently outperforming the top fire starters. Quickly throw a 5,500ºF shower of molten sparks in any weather (waterproof) at any altitude.

  21. Pocket Utensil Set
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    Silverware, anywhere. Whether you’re hiking the hills, out on the road, or just on your lunch break at the office, this is going to be your go-to tool for eating on the go. It is built like a folding pocket knife. It includes a sturdy metal fork, spoon, knife, and bottle/can opener. Pop open the fork and spoon, and with a nudge, the housing splits in two for easy, two-handed use. The durable, dishwasher-safe utensils are stronger than plastic flatware and can be used again and again. 

  23. Darn Tough Merino Wool Hiking Socks
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    These merino wool knit hiking crew socks are very soft and incredibly stretchy. They will make the perfect present for hikers, outdoor walkers, and keeping your feet dry, warm and comfortable all day—the ultimate fiber for breathability and comfort in all conditions.

  25. Waterproof Jacket
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    This lightweight rain jacket with high-density nylon, versatile style, and high performance can easily navigate the city to the wilderness. It can keep you dry and comfortable in fall and winter by better waterproofness, breathability, and wicking effect.

  27. Waterproof Matches
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    This Typhoon Match Kit is a unique gift that’s ready for any adventure. Whether you’re a day hiker or planning to tackle the Pacific Crest Trail or Appalachian Trail it’s important to be able to start a fire. Its heavy-duty construction and sealed strike pad keep your Typhoon Matches in one place. The Typhoon Matches are resilient and boldly flame through anything Mother Nature throws at it. These mini-infernos are easy to strike and designed to defy the elements so you can light your fire in even the most severe conditions.

  29. Stanley Adventure Flash
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    Since William Stanley invented the all-steel vacuum bottle in 1913, the Stanley brand has been a part of countless adventures and even more shared memories. From camping trips with dad to adventures with friends, these products are prized possessions passed down from generation to generation. Nothing like some spirits after a long day hiking.

  31. Gerber Multi-Plier
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    This stocking stuffer makes a great gift. With its industrial strength, easy handling, and super versatility, the Needlenose Multi-Plier offers everything you need to tackle challenging tasks and tricky problems. It showcases a robust design with 12 stainless steel tools that are larger and more durable than average, along with Gerber’s patented Saf.T.Plus component locking system and the convenience of quick, wrist-flick deployment. 

  33. National Parks of the U.S.
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    National Geographic’s comprehensive travel guide to recreation areas, trails, historic sites, nature hikes, seashores, camping, and campgrounds is for everyone who is an outdoor enthusiast. This 544-page reference is an ultimate travel planner for all things national parks, filled with full-color photos, detailed maps, historical background, and practical facts on the location of the park system properties, as well as the best times to visit and top-rated activities.

  35. Black Diamond Storm Headlamp
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    Real adventures cannot be limited and are determined by the time of day and the amount of natural light. Real adventures are unpredictable and full of spontaneity and impulsiveness. Real adventures awaken the dream of rock, ice, and snow. It’s a very robust headlamp and a good choice for all day and night outdoor activities. The Storm Headlamp is dustproof and waterproof for use up to 1 meter below the surface for 30 minutes.

  37. Weatherproof Notebooks
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     The Green 4″ x 6″ top spiral notebook is small enough to fit comfortably in your pocket and tough enough to survive any of Mother nature’s onslaughts. This scrappy pocket notebook will survive rain, sweat, mud, snow, oil, and grease. The green paper is legible in bright sunlight, and the impact-resistant Wire-O binding won’t lose its shape. The Polydura cover defends your notes from scratches and stains. 

  39. First Aid Kit


    The external kit map and Easy Care Organization System let you quickly find what you need in an emergency, while the reflective design makes this first aid kit easy to find, even in the dark. This first aid kit is specifically designed to treat sportsmen’s common injuries. The pack contains enough first aid supplies for a group of four on trips for up to four days. If you don’t know exactly how to treat an injury, the included Quick Guide provides the necessary steps for cleaning, closing, and treating a wound. 

  41. Bottle Bright
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    When it comes to your hydration reservoirs and bottles, heavy-duty use needs heavy-duty cleaning. Biodegradable HydraPak Bottle Bright tablets keep containers clean and water bottles and operating at peak performance. With no scrubbing required, these tablets are perfect for cleaning stainless-steel bottles and mugs, hydration reservoirs, coolers, and otherwise hard-to-clean containers. This product removes stubborn stains and odors.

  43. Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent
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    For use on clothing, tents, sleeping bags, and other outdoor gear, Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent not only repels insects, it actually kills mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects on contact. Odorless after drying, Permethrin will not stain or damage clothing, fabrics, plastics, finished surfaces, or any of your gear.

  45. Campsuds Biodegradable Soap
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    Trusted by campers for over 50 years, Sierra Dawn’s Campsuds is the original all-purpose outdoor cleaner. Campsuds come in a very convenient, portable, and lightweight (159g) bottle, making it the perfect accessory for camping, hiking, backpacking, travel, or even for use at home. Its all-natural ingredients make it tough on grime to clean the heavy-duty mess on your camp dishes and clothing but gentle enough for you to wash your hands, face, and hair.

  47. Traction Cleats
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    From mountain tops to the beaten path, Passionate winter enthusiasts and day hikers alike are filled with their love for the outdoors and human-powered adventure born from the sole to the soul. The link of this crampon uses a welding chain and a stronger stainless steel chain. This ice traction cleat would give you more confidence while walking on the ice. They easily attach to any hiking boot.

  49. Backpacking Meal Bars
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    No stove, no dishes, no mess – tear open and eat. Each pouch is a complete meal packed with two big, fluffy meal bars. Easier, faster, and lighter than cooking a freeze-dried or dehydrated meal. The best hiking gift for your ultralight hiking trip. Formulated by a French-trained culinary chef. Not a bland meal ready-to-eat nor a dense, brick-like protein bar. Just yummy lightweight backpacking food with a zip-seal to keep crisp. 

  51. Trekking Poles
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    Get your loved ones on the hiking trails with these high-quality trekking poles! Enjoy miles of blissed-out trekking every season of the year with one of the best gifts for hikers, the Black Diamond Trail Ergo Cork trekking poles. They deliver on-the-fly adjustability and easy handling for off-road adventures.

  53. Instant Coffee


    Getting stuck anywhere without my morning caffeine infusion is my nightmare. Caffeine headaches! These handy single-serve instant coffee sachets will ensure that never happens. Just add hot water, wait ten seconds, stir and enjoy!