Hiking Gift Ideas

hiking-gift-ideas-125x125Hiking 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
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
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.
MicrospikesKahtoola MICROspikes
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.
gpsGarmin GPS 62s
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.
YakTrax ProYAKTRAX Pro
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.
Compact Camera
Rugged/Compact Camera

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).
Sunglasses Keeper
Sunglasses Keeper

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.
Along the Appalachian TrailAlong the Appalachian Trail
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.
Windstopper HatWindstopper Hat
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.
Buff“Buff” Headwear
Versatile tube of fabric allows hat, scarf, balaclava configurations – depending on the temperature. This short Polar Buff video demo explains how it’s used.
Hand WarmersHand Warmers
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.
Bandit Cord HookBandit Cord Hook
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.
Taza ChocolateTaza Chocolate Mexicano
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
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
Lip Balm

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
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).
Wateproof Field NotesWateproof Field Notes
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.
GoProGoPro Hero Sport Cam
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.
hydration-tabletsHydration Tablets
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.
HeadlampPetzl Headlamp
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.
Hike of the WeekThe Hike of the Week
52 hikes from the weekly NJ Record newspaper column, covering hikes in the NJ and NY metro area. More NJ hiking book reviews.
Road AtlasRoad Atlas
ROAD TRIP!!! NatGeo Adventure Edition. Spiral bound road atlas covers 50 states, Canada,and Mexico. Includes top 100 adventure destinations.
Smartphone GlovesSmartphone Gloves
Smart gloves such as these from Outdoor Research allows use of touch screen mobile devices with the gloves on.
Rugged Smartphone CaseRugged Smartphone Case
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.
Hydro FlaskInsulated Water Bottle
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.
Christmas OrnamentsChristmas Ornaments
Deck the tree in style with Appalachian Trail and Delaware Water Gap ornaments.
Blaze OrangeBlaze Orange Everything
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.
PocketknifeHiker Pocketknife
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.
Caffienated MintsCaffeinated Mints
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.
HeadlampCrank Light
Keep forgetting to check batteries in your emergency light? Try a small crank-operated flashlight. Clips to packs with carabiner.
Under ArmourUnder Armour ColdGear
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.
Hiking Socks
Hiking Socks

Sure, socks are a cliché holiday gift… unless they are high quality hiking socks! We prefer Smartwool, Darn Tough and Wrightsocks.
Hiker's Gear GuideHiker’s Gear Guide
By renowned light-weight long distance hiker Andrew Skurka and National Geographic. Covers, food, shelter, clothes, flashlights, stoves, and more.
Backpacker Magazine SubscriptionBackpacker Magazine
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.
The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail
More than 300 spectacular photos, plus unpublished historical documents & maps from the ATC archives. More AT book suggestions.
Guide to Outdoor Digital Photography
Guide to Outdoor
Digital Photography

Guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club that covers all the essentials to getting great shots. By photographers Jerry and Marcy Monkman.
GorillapodJoby GorillaPod
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.

NJ Trail Maps
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.

First Aid Kit
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.
Emergency Blanket
Emergency Blanket

Another lightweight and inexpensive bit of insurance to stuff in your pack. Could mean the difference between surviving a night caught outside… or not.
Knife/Firesteel Combo

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.
Trekking PolesTrekking Poles
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
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
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.
Camping Play SetBest Hikes With Kids
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
“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.
Hiking Dog BowlHiking Dog Bowl
Lightweight, collapsible bowl to keep your favorite hiking pal happily fed and watered on your adventures.
Orange Dog Vest
Orange Dog Vest

Help keep your favorite furry hiking companion visible while hiking in the woods with a blaze orange, reflective doggie vest.
Reflective Collar
Reflective Collar

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.
Paw Protection
Paw Protection

Protects your pup’s paws from sand, hot pavement, ice and salt. Rub the wax-based cream onto pads and between toes.
Clif BarClif Bars
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.
Appalachian Trail Designs
Appalachian Trail

T-shirts, water bottles, mugs, and more with “White Blaze”, “Elevation”, and “Forest” original designs. More AT gift ideas.
Hike The Gap Mug
Hiking Mugs

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.
Delaware Water Gap
Hiking T-Shirts

Featuring the Appalachian Trail, Mt. Tammany, High Point, The Delaware Water Gap, Sunfish Pond, Batona Trail. Original designs created by NJ Hiking.
Photos and Greeting Cards
Photos & Greeting Cards
Photos from around New Jersey… Delaware Water Gap, Surprise Lake, Coppermines Trail.
All photography by
NJ Hiking.

Scenic NJ CalendarScenic NJ 2015 Calendar
The best natural scenery of NJ: Delaware Water Gap, Sunrise Mountain, High Point, Buttermilk Falls, Mt. Tammany, Hacklebarney State Park, more! All photos by NJ Hiking.

Gift Card
Gift Card

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
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
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
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
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
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.

Cairn Subscription
Cairn Subscription

Cairn is a surprise box of gear for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Give it as a gift or get a monthly subscription. Use code “HIKINGNJ” for $5 off. Read our review of Cairn.

NY-NJ Trail Conference Gift Membership
NY-NJ Trail Conference
Support the trails with a gift membership! Members receive discounts at participating retailers, volunteer opportunities, Trail Walker newsletter.
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ
Conserve Wildlife
Foundation of NJ
Membership or adopt a species. Receive T-shirt or certificate, ‘Tracks’ newsletter, ‘Explorations’ e-magazine, invitations to events.
American Hiking Society Gift Membership
American Hiking Society
Includes American Hiker newsletter, subscription to Backpacker mag (extended by year if already subscriber), participate in members-only Volunteer Vacations.
AMC Gift Membership
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.
Nature Conservancy Gift MembershipThe Nature Conservancy Gift membership or ‘Adopt an Acre’. Receive Nature Conservancy mag, invitations to special events. Designate your donation to the state of your choice, or where needed most. E-card available.

Lakeside Maple Trail Mix
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 Items
Wood Burned “Take a Hike”

Rustic wood burned outdoors inspiration magnets & other items. Custom orders available. From Forage Workshop in Boonton, NJ.

Wood Burned Items
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
Water Bottle Sling

Crocheted sling holds any standard 32oz reusable water bottle. From Spools In Love in Middletown, NJ.

Gone Hiking Necklace
“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.