Hiking gift ideas 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Great for lightweight backpacking or just relaxing. Straps to any 2 trees, fits two, compact stuff sack is the size of a grapefruit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Portable Camp Chair
Foldable, lightweight 2.6 pounds. Be comfortable at camp, lakeside, and outdoor events. Breathable mesh; carry bag has removable shoulder strap.
Cool looking survival bracelet made from military grade 550 paracord; includes firestarter. Adjustable.
Versatile tube of fabric allows hat, scarf, balaclava configurations – depending on the temperature. Video demos: Original Buff / Polar Buff
Rugged and cool yet functional. The Leatherman Tread’s stainless steel links turn into 29 portable tools; phillips, box wrench, screwdriver, flat head; etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Create Custom Granola
Create tasty custom blends from over 50 ingredients and “bearify” your photo onto the tin. One time or monthly subscriptions. Read our Custom Granola review.
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 an Appalachian Trail, Delaware Water Gap, Jersey Trails, or Hike New Jersey 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.
Deck the tree in style with Appalachian Trail and Delaware Water Gap ornaments. Some can be customized – add dates or names to the back! Original designs created by NJ Hiking.
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.
Of course your furry friends are joining your adventures, so protect the backseat from hair, fur, dirt, spills. Heavy-duty, waterproof; regular or hammock.
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.
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.
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.
Sure, socks aren’t the most exciting gift… unless they are high-quality hiking socks! We prefer Darn Tough, Smartwool, 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.
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.
Minimal billfold design; durable, lightweight (.8oz), 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.
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.
The National Parks
Ken Burns “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” traces the history of the national park system in a beautiful coffee table book companion to the PBS series on DVD.
Fifty Places to Hike
Explore the world’s greatest walking adventures, from California to Colorado to Peru to Switzerland to Tibet…
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.
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.
Fun and cute series of hiking-themed ornaments… compass, boots, backpacks, guy hiker, gal hiker, trekking pole, camp stove, kayak and more.
Have ice cold drinks waiting post-hike. Super rugged, waterproof, easy access opening. Soft-sided Flip has two sizes, other larger Yeti coolers available. This is the Cadillac of coolers.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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
A lightweight, compact pair of binoculars are great for spotted wildlife on the trail, or for scouting the route ahead.
Like to pour over maps when dreaming up trips? This spiral bound road atlas from National Gegraphic 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.
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.
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 mountain themed kit.
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.
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 multi-tool is also a good option.
Keep forgetting to check batteries in your emergency light? Try a small crank-operated flashlight. Clips to packs with carabiner.
By renowned light-weight long distance hiker Andrew Skurka and National Geographic. Covers, food, shelter, clothes, flashlights, stoves, and more.
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.
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.
Protect your dog’s paws from injury and irritation from snow buildup, salt and de-icer. Or try Musher’s Secret cream.
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.
Wood Burned “Take a Hike”
Rustic wood burned outdoors inspiration magnets & other items. Custom orders available. From Forage Workshop in Boonton, NJ.
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.
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
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!!
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.
Foundation of NJ Membership or adopt a species. Receive T-shirt or certificate, ‘Tracks’ newsletter, ‘Explorations’ e-magazine, invitations to events.