Hiking gift suggestions for your favorite hiker or outdoor enthusiast (or yourself!). Below are some of our favorite hiking gear, gadgets and so much more.
Not sure where to start? The most popular items are noted below and detailed on our list of the most Popular Hiking Gifts & Gear.
Hard to get for? Try Cairn, a fun gift box full of outdoor gear, apparel, food, and more.
Camelback Hydration Pack
Compact, lightweight day pack with a 3 liter water reservoir that is good for hiking, biking, and travel. Read our review of the Camelback M.U.L.E
Goal Zero Solar Charger
Compact, lightweight USB solar charging system as you hike or camp. Also, a welcome addition to a household’s emergency kit. Read our Goal Zero review.
Outdoor Subscription Box
Cairn is a surprise box of gear for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Makes a really fun gift – or treat yourself to a subscription! Read our review of Cairn.
Small metal spikes grip snow and ice; slips over any boot or shoe. Meant more for hiking than general use. Love these; have changed our winter hiking. Read our review of hiking traction devices.
Wearable way to track distance, calories, heart rate, sleep, plus get incoming call notifications – all on your wrist. Keep motivated with stats that sync with your smartphone.
Rugged, dependable unit to track how far you hike, and get you back home. Accurate, finds satellites quickly. We upgraded to a 62s from our trusty 60cs awhile ago, and now there is a newer model.
Innovative Oru Kayak folds like origami. Hike to remote lakes; fits in vehicle – no roof-rack needed; check it on planes; store in house or apartment. 26 lbs. Cool gift factor: Off the charts.
Great for lightweight backpacking or just relaxing. Straps to any 2 trees, fits two, compact stuff sack is the size of a grapefruit.
Portable Camp Chair
Foldable, lightweight 2.6 pounds. Be comfortable at camp, lakeside, and outdoor events. Breathable mesh; carry bag has removable shoulder strap.
Insulated Wine Glass
Keep a glass of wine cool while camping or just around the pool and yard. Insulated stainless steel with a padded base to prevent slipping.
The Trekz Titanium uses bone conduction technology and an open design to deliver audio without covering ears. Listen to music AND your surroundings while hiking and biking. Sweatproof.
Easy to put on and take off as needed. Ward off morning chill or keep on all day for UPF 40+ sun protection. Wicking, lightweight, stretchy; reflective elements for night visibility.
Rugged and cool yet functional. The Leatherman Tread’s stainless steel links turn into 29 portable tools; phillips, box wrench, screwdriver, flat head; etc.
Metallic coils add grip on icy or snowy conditions. Slips over any boot or shoe. Also great for shoveling driveways or walking the dog in winter. Read our review of hiking traction devices.
We use this compact, lightweight (6 oz.) alternative to binoculars. It’s not the same as a good set of binocs – but it’s not meant to be. Balance of function, size, and price. Read our review.
Personal H20 Filter
A Lifestraw is a compact, affordable addition to an emergency kit. Filters water w/o iodine, chlorine or other chemicals. Also: SteriPEN; good for travelers.
Pocket Chain Saw
Compact and lightweight (4 oz!) pocket chain saw can clear trails or gather firewood. Nifty camping or emergency item (or even for yard work).
Compact, durable, waterproof pocket blanket for hiking, backpacking, picnics, beach, concerts… Always be ready to relax in comfort. 63″ x 44″ unfolded. Ver. 2.0 has built-in ground spikes.
Versatile tube of fabric allows hat, scarf, balaclava configurations – depending on the temperature. Video demos: Original Buff / Polar Buff
Helpful going both up and down hills, crossing streams… and can reduce knee pain in general. We prefer Black Diamond, with shocks and flicklock. Read our trek pole review.
Fun way for the whole family to hike year-round. Easy to learn and can be taken anywhere that has enough snow. Read our snowshoe guide and review of our MSR snowshoes.
Of course your furry friends are joining your adventures, so protect the backseat from hair, fur, dirt, spills. Heavy-duty, waterproof; regular or hammock.
America’s greatest hits in one spot: Appalachian, Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, North Country, Ice Age, Potomac Heritage, Florida, Natchez Trace, more! Tons of photos, tips.
Two-way satellite for trip navigation/logging. Send/receive short texts or location coordinates to keep family updated – or trigger an SOS in an emergency. Subscription plan needed.
Each bamboo frame is unique; stylish wood grain. Polarized, UV400, lightweight, floats! Bamboo storage/gift tube; microfiber pouch. 10 trees planted for every sale.
Check off each of the 59 National Parks on this large magnet (7″ x 10″). Great for fridge or RV (it’s weatherproof). Magnetic and dry erase.
Boil water in minutes for hot drinks/food while hiking, backpacking, snow sports. Lightweight, compact all-in-one design with stabilizer tripod.
Compact, sturdy kit contains 10 pieces of camping cookware in a carry pouch: pot, pan, lid, bowls, utensils; fits on portable stoves. For hiking, backpacking, picnics.
Portable Coffee Press
Coffee on the trail or anywhere! Compact, rugged coffee maker features a nesting 2-piece mug and press.
Protect your dog’s paws from injury and irritation from snow buildup, salt and de-icer. Or try Musher’s Secret cream.
Super absorbent and fast drying microfiber towel ideal for camping, boating, travel, the gym. Lightweight, packable, machine washable. Multiple sizes.
Relax in comfort on your rest breaks, lunch stops, viewpoints, and more. Insulated, lightweight (2oz!) foam cushion accordion folds and can be easily strapped to a pack.
Historic National Park Posters reprinted as posters, post cards; using 1930’s WPA-era original designs and colors. Big fave of ours, been collecting the post cards for years.
Strong and secure leash made from reclaimed climbing rope. 5 ft. Brass snap hook with swivel; made in USA.
Rugged outdoor fabric is water resistant, lightweight (half a pound) yet roomy with a pocket on the front for phone/keys/wallet; made in USA. Read our review.
Minimal billfold design; durable, lightweight (.7oz), water resistant outdoor fabric. Holds cash and 10-16 cards; fits front pocket or slip into a backpack; made in USA.
Smart gloves such as these from Outdoor Research allows use of touch screen mobile devices with the gloves on.
Comfy, lightweight but warm fleece hat from Mountain Hardware. Covers the ears to really keep the chill out. Bonus: looks good and comes in many colors.
Cool looking survival bracelet made from military grade 550 paracord; includes firestarter. Adjustable.
Gerber Fire Starter
Compact fire starter with ferrocerium rod and metal striker – good addition to your ‘just in case’ gear. Create sparks to ignite tinder. Waterproof, lanyard, integrated whistle.
A.T. Wool Blanket
Comfy and attractive gift for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, or anyone who enjoys the famous long-distance trail from Georgia to Maine. Soft, fine grade wool; 46″x60″.
The National Parks
Ken Burns “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” traces the history of the national park system in a fascinating documentary and companion book.
Fifty Places to Hike
Explore the world’s greatest walking adventures, from California to Colorado to Peru to Switzerland to Tibet…
Portable Wash Bag
The Scrubba is a compact, lightweight (5 oz.) laundry system. Terrific for camping, backpacking, traveling. Modern version of an old fashioned washboard cleans clothes quickly.
Silicone Wedding Band
Perfect for active lifestyles; comfortable bands stretch but stay put while hiking, kayaking, at the gym. Fun colors for men and women; cheap to replace if lost on your adventures.
Full-size and sturdy fork, spoon, and knife set for hiking, camping, travel… or just eating your lunch on the go. Compact case. Also available: Uno and Duo.
Discs of stone ground Mexican-style chocolate in tasty flavor combos. Small, sturdy disks break into wedges to share with your hiking friends. Read our review.
Sure, socks aren’t the most exciting gift… unless they are high quality hiking socks! We prefer Smartwool, Darn Tough and Wrightsocks.
Every hiker should have a compass in their pack, and know how to use it. This basic Suunto gets the job done without breaking the bank.
Organize the gear and clothing with stuff sacks; good for hiking/camping and travel. Drawstring to cinch it closed. Multiple sizes available.
Strong, lightweight (2.7oz) cup holds 15.2oz and has folding handles for easy storage. Titanium leaves no metallic smell or taste
Accessories allow this tiny waterproof video cam to be strapped to your head, trekking pole, bike, car, tripod… have a blast getting point-of-view footage.
Part of the very cool Images of America series, this book focuses on the Appalachian Trail in NJ, NY, and CT. Chock full of historical photos. More AT book suggestions.
Not just for backpackers, the premier hiking magazine has tons of stuff for us day hikers, too. The only problem is the serious case of wanderlust it gives you. More outdoor mag ideas.
52 hikes from the weekly NJ Record newspaper column, covering hikes in the NJ and NY metro area. More NJ hiking book reviews.
A lightweight, compact pair of binoculars are great for spotted wildlife on the trail, or for scouting the route ahead.
ROAD TRIP!!! NatGeo Adventure Edition. Spiral bound road atlas covers 50 states, Canada,and Mexico. Includes top 100 adventure destinations.
Not your average cookbook! The Flaming Marshmallow’s Guide to Campfire Cooking has 50 simple, tasty recipes for backpackers.
Bright orange journal with waterproof and tear proof paper to keep notes or jot down your adventures on the trail. Works best with a pencil.
A hydrated hiker is a happy hiker… these tablets add electrolytes and just the right amount of flavor to a water bottle or bladder. Tri-berry is our current fave.
Flask & Shot Glasses Set
Stainless steel flask and 4 shot glasses makes a neat gift set for anyone who likes to celebrate outdoors in style. Rustproof, leak proof, and integrated flask cap.
Appalachian Trail Wall Map
Beautiful wall map of the entire Appalachian Trail. Plan a hike, track a thru-hiker, or inspiring decoration. Elevation, mileage; 18″x48″. Also: Pacific Crest Trail.
Small and lightweight, we always keep one in our pack – just in case we’re caught on a trail after sunset. Easier than a flashlight because it keeps hands free.
Insulated stainless steel water bottles, 18 to 64-Ounce sizes, many colors, powder coat finish. Keeps your beverage of choice cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 6 hours.
Calf muscle compression can help with shin splints – but can also improve circulation and reduce leg swelling during air travel.
National Parks Passport
Every National Park offers unique stamps – use this spiral-bound book to collect them all. Lots of fun and creates a lasting keepsake!
Nature Magnetic Poetry
Nature orientated spin on the classic Magnetic Poetry kit is a fun way to adorn your fridge – and unleash your inner poet. There is also a cabin themed kit.
Tree Field Guide
Useful guide to ID nearly 700 species of trees. Detailed photos of leaf shape, bark, flowers, fruit, and fall leaves. A Western Region is also available.
Bird Field Guide
Definitive illustrated field guide for nearly 1000 North American bird species. Quick-find visual index; migration maps.
Clever loop of cord with a hook can be used to bundle up gear or clothing to a pack. We also like stretchy Velcro Strap-Its and these twisty gear ties.
Hike with your kid! Leg-secure straps, 5-point harness, sun hood keep your little one safe and comfortable; includes zip-off day pack, diaper changing pad; hydration ready.
Deck the tree in style with Appalachian Trail and Delaware Water Gap ornaments.
Stay visible on the trail! We’ve collected a bunch of blaze orange items to help keep you (and your dog!) visible while hiking during hunting season.
A small Swiss Army knife with a few classic tools is welcome in every hiker’s backpack. Plus the iconic red and white design just looks cool! A Leatherman multi-tool is also a good option.
We’ve used these for years when we need a little lift but don’t want to down a beverage. Three tasty mints are the caffeine equivalent of a can of cola. Got tins? buy them “unleashed”.
Keep forgetting to check batteries in your emergency light? Try a small crank-operated flashlight. Clips to packs with carabiner.
ColdGear tops and bottoms help keep winter at bay. We find the fit is tight enough to layer, turning our regular hiking shirts and pants into all-season gear.
By renowned light-weight long distance hiker Andrew Skurka and National Geographic. Covers, food, shelter, clothes, flashlights, stoves, and more.
100 Best Hikes
Top 100 hikes across 44 of the national parks. Photos, detailed hike descriptions and maps, ranger essays, and more.
More than 300 spectacular photos, plus unpublished historical documents & maps from the ATC archives. More AT book suggestions.
Guide to Outdoor
Guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club that covers all the essentials to getting great shots. By photographers Jerry and Marcy Monkman.
Compact camera tripod with flexible legs that can be wrapped around trees, or used on uneven surfaces like rocks. A SLR-Zoom version is also available.
National Park Monopoly
Timeless board-game with an outdoors twist. Features over 60 national parks throughout the game. Fight over who gets to use the ranger hat token!
YAHTZEE National Parks
Classic game with a National Park focus and facts. Dice feature deer, a tent, a canoe, a hiker, pine trees, and binoculars. Travel sized.
Match over 100 colorful picture cards featuring beautiful photography of the national parks and the animals that live there.
Camp Board Game
Play & learn fun facts about the great outdoors. Parents & children can play against each other to get to Camp first. Designed to grow with the player.
Appalachian Trail Game
Players test their knowledge of backpacking/camping skills, plant and animal ID, trail first aid and AT trivia as they trek from Georgia to Maine.
National Park Puzzle
Keep everyone busy on with a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle featuring a collage of cool National Park Badges from across the U.S.
Camping Play Set
Set up “camp” with a battery-powered lamp and stove, plus water bottle, compass, first-aid kit and more. Keep ‘lil hikers and campers busy for hours.
“Let’s Go Hiking” Game
Learn about hiking, tracking, the woods, and wildlife while working together in this non-competitive game. Ages 8 through adult.
National Park Quarters Collector’s Map
A fun way to collect, store, and display the 56 National Park quarters. Snap each quarter into place on a colorful map of the U.S.
Another lightweight and inexpensive bit of insurance to stuff in your pack. Could mean the difference between surviving a night caught outside… or not.
New Jersey Trails Map
Jersey hiker and don’t have at least one NY-NJ Trail Conference map set? wow, are you missing out. At least get North Jersey Trails, if not Kittatinny Trails too. More trail maps.
Signaling for help in an emergency could literally save you life. Clipping a whistle to your pack is a lightweight and inexpensive bit of insurance.
Air activated hand warmer packets fit inside gloves or pocket and provide up to 10 hours of heat. Makes winter hiking or snow sports more comfortable.
TurboPUP Meals To Go
Convenient, on-the-go meal bar for dogs. Not an ‘energy’ bar. Healthy 100% grain-free, all natural, human grade ingredients. Compact, easy to carry, no bowl needed.
Lightweight, collapsible bowl to keep your favorite hiking pal happily fed and watered on your adventures.
Orange Dog Vest
Help keep your favorite furry hiking companion visible while hiking in the woods with a blaze orange, reflective doggie vest.
Reflective blaze orange dog collar to keep your furry pal visible while hiking. This one is made of neoprene so it’s waterproof and easy to clean.
Protects your pup’s paws from sand, hot pavement, ice and salt. Rub the wax-based cream onto pads and between toes.
Super lightweight, attractive, affordable, AND they float – don’t worry about losing these when you go for swim or kayak. Polarized, UV400, microfiber pouch. Shown: Anhingas in Gunmetal.
T-shirts, water bottles, mugs, and more with “White Blaze”, “Elevation”, and “Forest” original designs. More AT gift ideas.
Enjoy your morning coffee or after-hike hot cocoa in a Delaware Water Gap, Jersey Trails, Hike New Jersey or Appalachian Trail mug. Original designs created by NJ Hiking.
Jersey hiker and want to flaunt it? Want to support njHiking.com? Stick one of our swanky stickers on your vehicle (or beer fridge!). Removable, outdoor safe; 6″x4″.
Featuring the Appalachian Trail, Mt. Tammany, High Point, The Delaware Water Gap, Sunfish Pond, Batona Trail. Original designs created by NJ Hiking.
Bench Mark Medallions
Geological bench mark medallions as magnets, pins, pendants, paperweights. Love these! We have Mount Washington, Angel’s Landing, Half Dome, Cadillac Mountain… so far.
Maple Trail Mix
Trail mix that is baked in pure maple syrup. Original, spicy, ginger chai; in bags and gift jars. All natural, made in small batches. From Lakeside Maple in Hopatcong, NJ.
Wood Burned “Take a Hike”
Rustic wood burned outdoors inspiration magnets & other items. Custom orders available. From Forage Workshop in Boonton, NJ.
Handmade knit hats
Hats and scarves that are hand knitted or crochet with Alpaca and Sheep Wool – not outsourced to factories. From Knitix in Vineland, NJ
Metal Wall Art
“Tree of Life” wall art. Cut and meticulously finished from a sheet of 14 gauge steel then powdercoated. 24″ round; indoors or out. From Metal Elementz in Maplewood, NJ
Replica Trail Signs
Handcrafted replicas of popular peak and trail signage: Appalachian Trail, Katahdin Summit, Pacific Crest Trail, Tuckerman Ravine, Mount Washington Summit, more.
National Park Annual Pass
This $80 pass gives entry to pass owner and accompanying passengers to Federal Recreation sites that charge a fee. Good for the whole year!!
NY-NJ Trail Conference Support the trails with a gift membership! Members receive discounts at participating retailers, volunteer opportunities, Trail Walker newsletter.
Foundation of NJ Membership or adopt a species. Receive T-shirt or certificate, ‘Tracks’ newsletter, ‘Explorations’ e-magazine, invitations to events.
American Hiking Society Includes American Hiker newsletter, subscription to Backpacker mag (extended by year if already subscriber), participate in members-only Volunteer Vacations.
Appalachian Mountain Club Gift membership includes a subscription to AMC Outdoors magazine, savings on AMC lodges and huts, AMC Books and Maps, and outdoor gear.