Hiking gift suggestions for your favorite hiker or outdoor enthusiast (or yourself!). Below is some of our favorite hiking gear, including a bunch of small items that make excellent “stocking stuffers”.
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 NJ 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.
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.
Rugged, dependable unit to track how far you hike, and get you back home. Accurate, finds satellites quickly. We upgraded to this from our trusty 60cs – and love this one even more.
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.
The rugged Olympus Stylus TG-850 is a solid choice at a good price. For a compact point-and-shoot look at Canon’s PowerShot SX40 (12 MP) or step up to a SX60 (16MP).
We use Chums and Croakies to keep our sunglasses on us – not lost on the trail or dropped in the water while kayaking. Strap adjusts to head size.
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.
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. This short Polar Buff video demo explains how it’s used.
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.
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.
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.
Shoe Repair Goo
Keep boots longer by repairing soles and creating protective toe caps with Freesole or Shoegoo.
Check out how-to videos from Backpacker Mag.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
52 hikes from the weekly NJ Record newspaper column, covering hikes in the NJ and NY metro area. More NJ hiking book reviews.
ROAD TRIP!!! NatGeo Adventure Edition. Spiral bound road atlas covers 50 states, Canada,and Mexico. Includes top 100 adventure destinations.
Smart gloves such as these from Outdoor Research allows use of touch screen mobile devices with the gloves on.
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.
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.
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”.
A lightweight, compact pair of binoculars are great for spotted wildlife on the trail, or for scouting the route ahead.
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 are a cliché holiday 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Compact First Aid Kit
A 5″x4″ heavy plastic sealed bag with the basics you need most: bandages, pads, wipes, tweezers etc. We got it for the compact size case, and keep refilling it.
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.
Another lightweight and inexpensive bit of insurance to stuff in your pack. Could mean the difference between surviving a night caught outside… or not.
Basic blade with a firesteel in the handle – a compact addition to our ‘just in case’ gear. Create sparks to ignite tinder by striking the knife against the steel.
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.
Poison Ivy Soap
Anytime we get anywhere near poison ivy we wash with Burt’s Bees Poison Ivy Soap when we get home, and haven’t had a case since. Natural ingredients, not chemicals.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
Photos & Greeting Cards Photos from around New Jersey… Delaware Water Gap, Surprise Lake, Coppermines Trail.
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Can’t decide what to get – or your favorite hiker just likes to pick out their own gear? Try a gift card from Amazon.
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!
Uno National Parks
Popular, compact card game customized with 112 Uno cards featuring photos of national parks. Great for camping or rainy days.
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.
New Jersey Wood Cutouts
State cutouts and picture frames that are handmade from reclaimed wood sourced from NJ. From Reclaimed in New Gretna, NJ
Water Bottle Sling
Crocheted sling holds any standard 32oz reusable water bottle. From Spools In Love in Middletown, NJ.
“Gone Hiking” Necklace
Handstamped on a fine silver dog tag (3/4 x 1/2 inch). Unisex and can also be personalized with a 2 line phrase. From New Hope Beading in Flemington, NJ.