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.
And, if you are looking for New Jersey or Appalachian Trail themed hiking items – T-shirts, mugs, totes, hats, magnets – check out the designs we’ve created in our Hiking Store.
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.
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.
Rugged and cool yet functional. The Leatherman Tread’s stainless steel links turn into 29 portable tools; phillips, box wrench, screwdriver, flat head; etc.
Great for lightweight backpacking or just relaxing. Straps to any 2 trees, fits two, compact stuff sack is the size of a grapefruit.
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.
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).
Smart gloves such as these from Outdoor Research allows use of touch screen mobile devices with the gloves on.
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.
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.
Versatile tube of fabric allows hat, scarf, balaclava configurations – depending on the temperature. Video demos: Original Buff / Polar Buff
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.
Boil water in minutes for hot drinks/food while hiking, backpacking, snow sports. Lightweight, compact all-in-one design with stabilizer tripod.
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.
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.
Helpful going both up and down hills, crossing streams… and can reduce knee pain in general. We prefer Black Diamond, with shocks, and flicklock instead of twist-tighten.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not your average cookbook! The Flaming Marshmallow’s Guide to Campfire Cooking has 50 simple, tasty recipes for backpackers.
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.
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.
Portable Coffee Press
Coffee on the trail or anywhere! Compact, rugged coffee maker features a nesting 2-piece mug and press.
Compact, durable, waterproof pocket blanket for hiking, backpacking, picnics, beach, concerts… Always be ready to relax in comfort. 63″ x 44″ unfolded.
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 bottle (and beer growler!), 64-Ounce. Keeps your beverage of choice cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12 hours.
Calf muscle compression can help with shin splints – but can also improve circulation and reduce leg swelling during air travel.
Cargo Hauler Duffel
Beefy bag with versatile carry options: top & side handles, backpack straps, lash points to secure to roof racks. Light weight, abrasion resistant, S (45L), M (60L), L (90L), XL (120L).
Portable Propane Grill
Grill anywhere – camp, tail-gaits, patio. Collapsible stand w/wheels; push-button ignition; optional griddle cooktop. Took us 10 years to wear out one bought in 2006. We bought another.
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.
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″.
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.
Sure, socks aren’t the most exciting gift… unless they are high quality hiking socks! We prefer Smartwool, Darn Tough and Wrightsocks.
By renowned light-weight long distance hiker Andrew Skurka and National Geographic. Covers, food, shelter, clothes, flashlights, stoves, 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!
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.
In addition to a popular book for New Jersey, the Best Hikes With Kids series includes books for many states and regions in the country.
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.
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.
Energy bars make great stocking stuffers for your favorite hiker… we are partial to Clif Bars but there are tons of varieties and flavors out there.
Consider a rugged case for your smartphone to protect while retaining full functionality. We use the slim, waterproof Lifeproof fre but an Otterbox is also a good choice.
Lip balm offers protection from the elements. We favor all natural Burt’s Bees but there are plenty of varieties to choose from. Multi-packs let you stash a tube in several jackets or backpacks.
Can’t decide what to get – or your favorite hiker just likes to pick out their own gear? Try a gift card from Amazon.
L.L. Bean Gift Card
Classic outdoor clothing and gear featuring everything from jackets and thermals to backpacks and snowshoes… and cushy doggie beds for your furry hiking pal.
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.
Featuring the Appalachian Trail, Mt. Tammany, High Point, The Delaware Water Gap, Sunfish Pond, Batona Trail. Original designs created by NJ Hiking.
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!!
Give The Gift Of Parks
Support your National Parks! Give a donation in honor of the park lover in your life and then print an official gift certificate. Nice stocking stuffer (or last minute gift).
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.
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.
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