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.
Need a last minute gift?
- Try an emailed gift card from Eastern Mountain Sports or REI.
- Give a Cairn subscription and choose email or print a gift message.
- Is your hiker also into fishing? Print out or email a certificate from Mystery Tackle Box.
- Magazine subscriptions allow for an emailed or printed note, see our picks for the best outdoor magazines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Versatile tube of fabric allows hat, scarf, balaclava configurations – depending on the temperature. Video demos: Original Buff / Polar Buff
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).
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.
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.
National Parks 10 Map Set
National Geographic Trails Illustrated topos for the 10 most iconic parks: Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Glacier, Grand Canyon, more. Or get the Appalachian Trail set.
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.
Rugged, dependable unit to track how far you hike, and get you back home. Accurate, finds satellites quickly.
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.
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.
Portable Camp Chair
Foldable, lightweight 2.6 pounds. Be comfortable at camp, lakeside, and outdoor events. Breathable mesh; carry bag has removable shoulder strap.
Portable Photo Backup
Use the GNARBOX to backup and edit photos from any camera on the go. 256GB internal flash storage or connect your external drive. Rugged, shockproof, dustproof.
Great for picnics on hikes or anywhere on the go – camp, beach, concerts, games. Insulated, waterproof, leakproof soft sided backpack keeps contents cold for up to 48 hours. 22 liters.
Calf muscle compression can help with shin splints – but can also improve circulation and reduce leg swelling during air travel.
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.
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.
Cool looking survival bracelet made from military grade 550 paracord; includes firestarter. Adjustable.
Rugged and cool yet functional. The Leatherman Tread’s stainless steel links turn into 29 portable tools; phillips, box wrench, screwdriver, flat head; etc.
National Parks Push Pin Map
Keep track of all the National Parks you’ve visited on a beautiful 24 x 36 wall map. Choice of frame; colored pins included.
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.
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 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.
Each bamboo frame is unique; stylish wood grain. Polarized, UV400, lightweight, floats! Bamboo storage/gift tube; microfiber pouch. 10 trees planted for every sale.
Fifty Places to Hike
Explore the world’s greatest walking adventures, from California to Colorado to Peru to Switzerland to Tibet…
Portable Sketch Kit
Sketch at favorite viewpoints or anywhere along the trail. Carrying case contains pencils, erasers, sharpener, blenders, and more drawing tools.
Keep forgetting to check batteries in your emergency light? Try a small crank-operated flashlight. Clips to packs with carabiner.
More than 300 spectacular photos, plus unpublished historical documents & maps from the ATC archives. More AT book suggestions.
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 everything in a backpack or luggage. Lightweight, water repellent, durable. Multiple sizes. Tip: Choose bright colors for visibility in dark packs.
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!
Of course your furry friends are joining your adventures, so protect the backseat from hair, fur, dirt, spills. Heavy-duty, waterproof; regular or hammock.
100 Best Hikes
Top 100 hikes across 44 of the national parks. Photos, detailed hike descriptions and maps, ranger essays, and more.
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.
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.
On Trails: An Exploration
An exploration of how trails help us understand the world that blends science, history, philosophy, and nature. Release Date: July 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lightweight, compact pair of binoculars are great for spotted wildlife on the trail, or for scouting the route ahead.
Classic Hikes N. America
Practical guide full of beautiful photographs of classic hikes across the U.S. and Canada for both avid and beginner hikers.
A hydrated hiker is a happy hiker… these tablets add electrolytes and just the right amount of flavor to a water bottle or bladder.
Super absorbent and fast drying microfiber towel ideal for camping, boating, travel, the gym. Lightweight, packable, machine washable. Multiple sizes.
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.
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.
Not your average cookbook! The Flaming Marshmallow’s Guide to Campfire Cooking has 50 simple, tasty recipes for backpackers.
Just add boiling water for a tasty, filling, portable meal with no cleanup. Mac & Cheese, Lasagna, Pasta Primavera, Biscuits & Gravy, 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.
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.
Bandana printed with the North American summer night sky. Glows in the dark so you can keep your eyes adjusted when looking up. Cotton, 22″.
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.
By renowned light-weight long distance hiker Andrew Skurka and National Geographic. Covers, food, shelter, clothes, flashlights, stoves, and more.
Sure, socks aren’t the most exciting gift… unless they are high-quality hiking socks! We prefer Darn Tough, Smartwool, and Wrightsocks.
T-shirts, water bottles, mugs, and more with “White Blaze”, “Elevation”, and “Forest” original designs. More AT gift ideas.
Mystery Tackle Box
Recipient into fishing? Surprise them with a monthly box of tackle and discover new lures. Choose a focus – Bass, Saltwater, Trout, more. Print/email gift certificates too.
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.
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.
Protects your pup’s paws from sand, hot pavement, ice and salt. Rub the wax-based cream onto pads and between toes.
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.
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.
Smart gloves such as these from Outdoor Research allows use of touch screen mobile devices with the gloves on.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.