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.
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!
Air activated hand warmer packets fit inside gloves or pocket and provide up to 10 hours of heat. Makes winter hiking or snowsports more comfortable.
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.
Discs of stone ground mexican-style chocolate in tasty flavor combos. Small, sturdy disks break into wedges to share with your hiking friends.
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. Chocolate are our faves.
Bright orange journal with waterproof and tearproof paper to keep notes or jot down your adventures on the trail. Works best with a pencil.
Clever loop of cord with a hook can be used to bundle up gear or clothing to a backpack. For a stretchy velcro option, try Strap-Its, which we’ve used for years.
A lightweight, compact pair of binoculars are great for spotted wildlife on the trail, or for scouting the route ahead.
Personalized carabinger makes a fun gift. Have it engraved with up to 13 characters and use it for a keychain, clip to a backpack or waterbottle.
Keep forgetting to check batteries in your emergency light? Try a small crank-operated flashlight. Clips to packs with carabinger.
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.
Small metal spikes grip snow and ice; slips over any boot or shoe. More rugged than YAKTRAX, meant more for hiking than general use. Love these; have changed our winter hiking.
Versatile tube of fabric allows hat, scarf, balaclava configurations – depending on the temperature. This short Polar Buff video demo explains how a Buff is used.
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.
Under 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.
Sure, socks are a cliché holiday gift… unless they are high quality hiking socks! We prefer Smartwool, Darn Tough and Wrightsocks.
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.
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.
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 – the serious case of wanderlust it gives you.
More than 300 spectacular photos, as well as unpublished historical photos, documents, and maps from the ATC archives.
Guide to Outdoor
Guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club that covers all the essentials to getting great shots. By photographers Jerry and Marcy Monkman.
GoPro Hero3+ 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.
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
If you are a Jersey hiker and don’t have at least one NY-NJ Trail Conference map set… wow, are you missing out. At least get the North Jersey Trails, if not the Kittatinny Trails one too.
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.
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.
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.
Energy bars make great stocking stuffers for your favorite hiker… we are partial to Clif Bars but there are tons of varities and flavors out there.
Appalachian Trail t-shirts, water bottles, mugs, and more with “White Blaze”, “Elevation”, and “Forest” – original designs created by NJ Hiking.
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.
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.
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!
Fun and cute series of outdoor-themed ornaments to choose from… hiking santa, hiking boots, backpacks, hiking dogs and even a snow shoe Santa.
Hiker’s Necklace – John Muir Quote
Hand stamped sterling silver and pierced brass, flips to the John Muir quote: “The mountains are calling and I must go.”
“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, New Jersey.
Paracord Survival Belt
Variation of the popular Paracord survival bracelets. Simply pull the tab and unravel the belt to have 80+ feet of 550 strength Paracord for emergency uses. (and it looks cool!)