18 In-Tents-Ly Good Gifts for Hikers
Given the stress of the usual office shuffle, everyone needs a way to escape the stress and disengage from time to time. For many, destressing means taking the time to get out of the city, forgo the digital world and return to humanity’s roots in nature. The avid hiker is someone who appreciates the simple things in life: a bright sunrise, a crisp breeze, the first blossoms of Spring. A hiker is one who feels most at home in the bounties of nature. So what are you supposed to give as the best gifts for hikers?
When you want to show a friend or coworker your appreciation for their work, you want to give them the perfect gift. But what do you get the person who admires the simplicities of nature? In this list, we’ve accumulated a selection of the most incredible gifts for your most down-to-earth pals so that you can truly make their day something special.
Best Gifts for Hikers
Mishmi Takin Kameng Mid Event Waterproof Hiking Boot
When shopping for a hiker, the Mishmi Takin Boots are a shoe-in for the title of greatest gift! These highly optimized hiking boots are built to withstand even the harshest of conditions, much to the relief of your hiker’s feet. Water-resistant materials, breathable materials, ortholite interiors, and rubber gripped soles ensure that each voyage leaves you with only memories, never blisters.
Hydrapak Expedition Collapsible Water Storage Bag
Water is one of the single most important gifts on this Earth. Campers and hikers know all too well how easy it is to become dehydrated, and how difficult it can be to find freshwater once you’ve stepped out of town. The Water Bag aims to provide outdoorsmen and women with a lightweight, reliable water source on their trek. Once empty, the bag conveniently deflates for easy storage, an ideal feature when all your belongings need to fit into the bag on your back.
Rechargeable Clip-On Light
By day, most hikes will be lit up by the brightness and warmth of the sun. But by night, light is a scarcity that is difficult to go without. A campfire or a flashlight have their uses, but when a hiker needs a safe, hands-free light source, what they really need is the Clip-On Light. This USB rechargeable light guarantees that, regardless of weather or time of day, hikers always have a reliable source of light on hand. As far as gifts for hikers go, the hands free light is certainly a bright idea!
FreeRain Waterproof Packable Backpack
A hiker may love the hike, but sometimes the hike doesn’t seem to love the hiker. On trips where the weather doesn’t appear to be on your hiker’s side, it’s vital that they have a backpack they can count on, one they can trust to keep all their possessions safe. The Waterproof Breathable Backpack protects it’s contents from the harshest conditions, making it a go-to gift for any hiker.
Folding Saw 21 inch Blade
Hiking is a matter of balance: balancing modern conveniences with the bare necessities, balancing the value of the journey and the destination, and of course, balancing all the tools you need with the limited space you have in your backpack. A reliable saw can be a major aid once a hiker is in the depths of the wilds for gathering resources and clearing trails, but isn’t practical to slip into an already loaded backpack. The Folding Saw eliminates this issue entirely; with this gift, hikers can easily pack a saw for their hike and still leave plenty of space for food, water, and all the other necessities.
Men's Snake Bite Proof Leg Armor
Depending on where you live, snakes can be a real danger to the well-being of a hiker. Exploring the woods is a great escape from city stresses, but it does mean entering into the snake’s breeding grounds. Snake Protection Leg Armor keeps hikers safe from everything a snake might throw at them, from the smallest of nips to the most venomous of chomps. It’s light, breathable, easy to wear, and most of all, protect from one of the forest’s potential dangers. Is there a better gift than that?
Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof Hiking GPS
While practice and patience bode well for a hiker, the truth is that a voyage into the wilderness always comes with a few risks. Nature is unpredictable and has a tendency to turn you around at the worst of times, sometimes with disastrous outcomes. Even experienced hikers can benefit from a gift like the Garmin Hiking GPS, a tool that will help them track their journey, location and valuable survival information. No hiker should ever head out unprepared, and few gifts can prepare a hiker better than this hiking GPS.
Official US Military Tritium Lensatic Compass
Need a compass that you can trust? Trust in the compass used by the US Military. The US Military Compass isn’t some fancy luxury – it’s one of the basic hiking essentials that all adventurers should have in their bag. When all else fails, a simple compass can mean all the difference between life and death; it’s vital then that hikers have compass they can count on. When you give your hiker a US Military Compass, you can rest easy knowing that you’ve gifted them a sturdy, reliable tool that could one day make all the difference in their life.
Titanium Carabiner Knife
Like a compass, a strong knife is essential to a successful hike. On longer hikes, a knife has a variety of unexpected uses, so it always pays to have a sharp blade handy. The EDC Titanium Knife is the perfect handy blade: it’s razor-sharp, as tough as titanium, and folds away for a hiker’s safety when not in use. It attaches easily to any keychain or can slip right into your hiker’s pocket, so storing this little wonder is never an issue. So let’s cut to the chase – the EDC Knife is the perfect gift for every hiker.
Garmin InReach Mini
When things go wrong, no one wants to feel alone. The Garmin satellite communicator ensures you not have to be. The small device exists somewhere between a cell phone and a walkie talkie, a small, portable device that allows simple 2-way messaging wherever you go. For most, hiking is about escaping the stressors of daily life, the life that a cell phone constantly links them to. With the gift of the mini GPS communicator, hikers can feel good about leaving their phones locked away because, should an emergency arise, they have another way to call for help. Help get your hiker the freedom from their phone that they so desire!
Titanium Open Ear Wireless Bone Conduction Headphones
It’s important to remain aware of your environment when you immerse yourself in nature. As appealing as it might be to listen to a few tunes, listening out for danger can be a literal lifesaver. With the wireless headphones on hand, hikers no longer need to choose between listening to their music and listening to the outside world – with this fun gift, they can be at ease doing both. By delivering musing through your cheekbones, the Bone Conduction Headphones ensure that your ears continue to listen out for any external cues for danger.
Giant 6 Person Hammock
While it can be relaxing to explore the outdoors alone, going on a hike with friends or family can make for an unforgettable bonding experience. If your beloved hiker has a few loved ones of their own who join them on their treks, they know how important it is that everyone is safe and comfortable. The 6 Person Hammock does just that. No more sleeping on the ground with the rats and the spiders for this family: from here on out, this family lounges in the soothing, spacious 6 Person Hammock that you so graciously gifted them.
19-Use Emergency Multi-Tool
As previously stated, backpack space is limited. Hikers are always on the lookout for ingenious ideas to spare them a little space here and these so that they can maximize their resources for their hike. One great way to save space is to take advantage of multi-tools; by packing tools with several uses, hikers can get a whole lot more bang for their buck. The 19 Use Multi-Tool is a fantastic gift for a hiker because of its incredible versatility. 1 tool, 19 uses, endless thanks!
Single Cup Travel Coffee Dripper
Whether they’re in the city or the wilderness, nobody should have to go without that first cup of coffee in the morning. When you gift them the Single Cup Coffee Dripper, you guarantee that as your hiker watches the sunrise over the horizon, they do so with a steaming mug of delicious, freshly-made coffee in their hands. As relaxing and escape as nature may be, there’s no replacement for the joy you feel as you sip on that perfect brew in the early hours.
BioLite 330 Lumen Rechargeable Head Light
As the sun goes down, the Biolite Head Lamps come out. With an impressive 40 hours of battery life, the Biolite is the perfect hands-free headlamp for long hikes into the wilderness. Comfortable and convenient, the Biolite ensures that no hiker is ever lost wandering about in the dark because their flashlight was too much of a hassle. As a fun bonus, this gift comes in a variety of colors, a lovely touch of personalization that your hiker is sure to appreciate.
Lander Cairn XL Lantern
You can’t bottle sunlight per se, but why not gift your favorite hiker the next best thing? The Lander Cairn XL Lantern is a brilliantly bright light source that can illuminate even the darkest corners. When the sun sets and darkness overtakes the wilderness, your hiker will be beyond grateful to have such an effective lantern in their presence – and you will be beyond grateful for the thanks you’ll receive for finding the greatest gift ever!
GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier
No person can go without water for long. When hiking in the wilderness then, no one should have to wait for long to purify the water they so desperately need. This Water Purifier understands how vital water is to a hiker – that’s why it takes only 15 seconds to purify any freshwater. Water is a building block of life; it shouldn’t be a hassle to find a safe, reliable drinking source. The gift of a Water Purifier guarantees that your hiker won’t want for water ever again.
Portable Outdoor Adventure Mat
Hiking can get a bit messy. While hikers generally don’t mind this mess too much, chances are that they (and their roommates) are none too eager to drag the mess home with them. The Adventure Mat reduces the mess you track home. By folding such that the underside of the mat never touches the top, mud and debris are isolated to only the bottom; additionally, the included storage bag keeps that excess debris tightly locked away until the mat can be properly cleaned. Sleeping in nature has never been so comfortable – or so clean!