Searching for a great gift that’s sure to please the hiker on your shopping list this season? Map out an exciting and fun-filled holiday with this comprehensive Pro Tips guide to the year’s best gifts for hikers. From packs and boots, to trekking poles and accessories, explore our list of top picks.
- Best Hiking Backpacks
- Best Hiking Boots and Shoes
- Best Hiking Hydration Gifts
- Best Walking Sticks and Trekking Poles
- Best Gifts for Hiking Navigation
- Best Hiking Apparel Gifts
- Best Hiking Accessories Gifts
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BEST HIKING BACKPACKS
Give the gift of versatility this holiday with the High Sierra Pathway 60L Hiking Frame Pack. Capable of holding all their hiking gear, this pack also features a zippered bottom with divider for sleeping bag storage. The High Sierra Pathway 60L is also hydration compatible, boasting an internal reservoir sleeve, clip and hose management system. Your adventurer can feel comfortable transporting their hiking essentials too, thanks to the padded airmesh shoulder straps and hip belt. Help them explore and store their gear in style with the High Sierra Pathway 60L Hiking Frame Pack.
Whether taking on the backcountry or exploring local trails, the Black Diamond Shot 11 Backpack is ready for any adventure. The contoured shoulder straps and OpenAir back panel can help make for a comfortable hiking experience when toting necessary equipment. An internal stash pocket and nylon attachment strips can also help with organization. Mesh water bottle pockets and hydration compatibility can also help your adventurer stay quenched. Pack your holiday with good times and give your hiker the Black Diamond Shot 11 Backpack.
Durable and eager to explore, The North Face Stratoliner Pack can be a great gift for the hiker on your list. Multiple internal pockets and a zippered U-shape main compartment can help keep items organized when on the go. A padded back panel with spine channel and injected-molded straps can also help improve carrying comfort when hauling hiking must-haves. Your explorer can even tote an extra pair of hiking boots, thanks to the separate zippered shoe compartment. Have a holiday filled with fun this season with The North Face Stratoliner Pack.
BEST HIKING BOOTS AND SHOES
Looking for a hiking gift that’s ready to conquer the trails? Look no further than the Timberland Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots. Made with TimberDry waterproof technology, these boots are designed to shield feet from wet outdoor conditions. A stylish, full-grain leather upper adds some fashion to this impressive boot’s function, too. And don’t worry about your adventurer missing a step, thanks to the durable, rubber lug outsole. Lace up another holiday win and unwrap the Timberland Mt. Maddsen Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots this season.
Another hiking gift idea for the wanderer on your list is a pair of Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots. These boots feature M Select DRY technology to help keep your adventurer dry and comfortable. A suede and mesh upper can also provide breathability and durability in one blended design. The shock-absorbing heel cushion and EVA midsole can help make for a comfortable and stable walk, too. Whether shopping for your favorite backpacker or day hiker, the Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproofs are sure to impress.
Let them set their own pace on the trail with a pair of adidas Outdoor AX3 Hiking Shoes. Low-cut and designed for agility, these hiking shoes feature a mesh and synthetic upper with textile lining. Your hiker can cut comfortably from path to path, thanks to the durable, lightweight EVA midsole. And don’t fret about changing terrain — the Continental rubber outsole can provide plenty of grip, even in wet conditions. Add the adidas Outdoor AX3 Hiking Shoes to your shopping list and add some pep to their holiday step.
Boost their trail-pounding comfort and gift your hiker a pair of Merrell Alverstone Hiking Shoes this season. With shock-absorbing heels, protective rubber toe caps and aggressive M Select GRIP outsoles, your adventurer can easily explore the wild. A bellows tongue can help keep out dirt and debris, while M Select FRESH antimicrobial agents help reduce shoe odor. Choose a color that matches their style and give them a leg up on charting new trails.
BEST HIKING HYDRATION GIFTS
Leave no thirst unquenched this holiday and gift them the CamelBak Velocity 70 oz. Hydration Pack. Lightweight and easy to tote, this hydration pack features CamelBak’s Antidote Reservoir with a quarter-turn easy open/close cap. The BigBite Valve and PureFlow Tube can ensure your hiker stays hydrated with ease. They can also carry their trail essentials, thanks to the stretch overflow panels and two zippered storage pockets. Toast another successful holiday season with the CamelBak Velocity 70 oz. hydration pack.
Keep their hiking essentials close and fuel their wild side with the Quest 2L Hydration Pack. The roomy main compartment can comfortably store larger items while exterior pockets can keep their smaller must-haves organized. Your hiker need not worry about gear shifting when out on the trail, either. The integrated PE sheet and compression straps can help keep everything neatly in place when on the go. Pack even more joy into your adventurous holiday with the Quest 2L Hydration Pack.
Thirsty for more great hiking gift ideas? Take a look at the Hydro Flask 14L Down Shift Hydration Pack. The Cold Flow System boasts an insulated reservoir and neoprene reservoir sleeve with reflective lining. This revolutionary technology is built to help keep your adventurer’s water cold for over four hours. This hydration pack might be heavy on tech, but remains comfortable, thanks to an articulated, padded back panel. Adjustable shoulder, sternum and hip straps can also make for a personal fit for your favorite hiker. Keep the holiday festivities flowing and gift the Hydro Flask 14L Down Shift Hydration Pack this season.
Adventuring doesn’t have an age limit. Gift your little hiker the CamelBak Kids’ Mini M.U.L.E. 50 oz. Hydration Pack and fuel their next trip. Featuring CamelBak’s new Crux Reservoir, your favorite explorer can stay replenished with 20% more water with each sip. They can also keep their gear stored neatly thanks to the stretch overflow storage panels. Reflective decals and a built-in safety whistle can also help add safety to this great hiking gift. Find a design for their personality and win the holiday with the CamelBak Kids’ Mini M.U.L.E. 50 oz. Hydration Pack.
Looking for a holiday gift that mixes fashion and function? Add a Quest Nalgene Bottle to your shopping list. These wide mouth, 32 oz. bottles are lightweight and BPA-free. Perfect for your hiker’s next outdoor adventure, the Quest Nalgene Bottle can hold both cold and hot beverages. Printed graduations along the bottle’s exterior can also show how much water remains inside, too. And you can’t ignore those designs. Catering to the wild at heart, there are plenty colorful and vibrant styles to choose from. Wrap up a Quest Nalgene Bottle for your special hiker and keep the fun times moving.
BEST WALKING STICKS AND TREKKING POLES
Support your hiker’s wandering this holiday with the Cascade Mountain Tech Aluminum Quick Lock Trekking Poles. These adjustable poles feature aircraft-grade aluminum shafts and tungsten carbide tips. A Quick Lock locking system ensures security and stability no matter the terrain. Your hiker can even match the environment, thanks to various tip options, including small, boot, mud basket and snow basket. Keep their holiday adventures moving forward with the Cascade Mountain Tech Aluminum Quick Lock Trekking Poles.
Keep your adventurer on stable ground with the Black Diamond Trail Sport 3 Trekking Poles. The 3-section aluminum poles can adjust easily to their desired length, thanks to the included FlickLock technology. The ribbed rubber grip extension is designed to reduce vibration, adding comfort to each step. A replaceable flex tip and added trekking baskets can shore up their travels as well. Take your holiday shopping in the right direction with the Black Diamond Trail Sport 3 Trekking Poles.
Gift your adventurer some added trail security with the Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Ultralight EVA Trekking Poles. These lightweight hiking accessories feature a carbon fiber shaft and are adjustable up to 51 inches. Great for uphill, downhill and flat terrains, the Carbon Ultralight EVAs also boast tungsten carbide tips. A Quick Lock locking mechanism can allow for easy adjustments on the trail. The EVA grips can boost your explorer’s comfort as they tackle their next route. Improve their confidence with each step this holiday with a pair of Cascade Mountain Tech Carbon Ultralight EVA Trekking Poles.
BEST GIFTS FOR HIKING NAVIGATION
Give your shopping some direction this holiday with the Field & Stream Brass Compass. Lightweight and compact, this compass can fit easily in your hiker’s pocket or day pack. Glow-in-the-dark directional letters can allow your adventurer to get their bearings, even in low light. The Field & Stream Brass Compass also features precision alignment for improved accurate readings and adjustable lens for reliable sighting. Guide their next trip toward newfound joy this season with the Field & Stream Brass Compass.
A perfect companion for any map, the Field & Stream Deluxe Map Compass can make for another thoughtful hiking gift. Loaded with features including a magnifier, route markers and more, this hiking accessory can help plot their next adventure. A large, fluorescent green base can help enhance contrast and visibility for improved map reading. Multiple measurement scales can help determine their optimal route for a fun-filled day outdoors. Guide their wild side this holiday and gift your adventurer the Field & Stream Deluxe Map Compass.
Load your hiker up with tech-driven security this holiday with the Garmin GPSMAP 66i Handheld GPS and Satellite Communicator. Featuring Garmin TOPO mapping, navigation sensors and satellite messaging, this navigational tool can help them stay safe on the trail. The GPSMAP 66i also comes equipped with cellular connectivity so your adventurer can access live weather forecasts – and live geocaching! This handheld GPS is also compatible with the Garmin Explore website for waypoint, route, activity and tracking management. Take a digital approach to gift giving this season with the Garmin GPSMAP 66i Handheld GPS and Satellite Communicator.
Don’t let its size fool you. The Garmin inReach Mini GPS is loaded with powerful features for an all-around great hiking gift. This lightweight and compact accessory allows for two-way texting anywhere, any time. The interactive SOS system can help your adventurer contact help in case of emergencies as well. The Garmin inReach Mini also has access to downloadable maps, U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more. Allow your hiker to stay in contact throughout their adventure with the Garmin inReach Mini GPS.
BEST HIKING CLOTHES GIFTS
Cloak them in something special this holiday with the Columbia Men’s Silver Ridge Convertible Pants. Featuring Omni-Wick and Omni-Shade technologies, these hiking pants can help keep your hiker dry and protected from harmful rays. Zip-off legs add versatility to this great hiking gift, transforming into comfortable hiking shorts with ease. An exterior adjustable waistband ensures your adventurer can find an ideal fit for every task on the trail. Jump into another successful holiday with both feet and gift the Columbia Men’s Silver Ridge Convertible Pants.
Combine performance and comfort this holiday season with the Columbia Women’s Saturday Trail Roll-Up Pants. Omni-Shield and Omni-Shade technologies work seamlessly to keep your adventurer protected from bugs and harmful rays. Articulated knees and gusset detail also help ensure they can move comfortably throughout their adventures. Your hiker can even switch up their outdoor look by rolling these hiking pants up into fashionable capris. Give the gift of style this year with the Columbia Women’s Saturday Trail Roll-Up Pants.
Keep your special adventurer dry on the trail with the Columbia Men’s Watertight II Rain Jacket. Boasting Omni-Tech technology for a waterproof, breathable fit, this jacket also packs easily when weather improves. Fully sealed seams and an adjustable storm hood help ensure your hiker can weather the elements as they explore the outdoors. Keep them cool, dry and joyous this holiday and gift them the Columbia Men’s Watertight II Rain Jacket.
Make sure the hiker on your list is prepared for the elements with the Columbia Women’s Switchback Rain Jacket. Ideal for mild temperatures, this standard fit jacket boasts Columbia’s Omni-Shield technology for optimal waterproofing. A back-venting system can also keep your adventurer comfortable with improved breathability. And when stormy conditions subside, the Columbia Switchback packs neatly into its own hand pocket for organized and compact storage. Don’t let a rainy day squander their next adventure. Gift your hiker the Columbia Women’s Switchback Rain jacket and keep their wild side moving.
Give a gift with a sustainable impact this season with the Patagonia Men’s Better Sweater Fleece Jacket. This regular fit jacket is constructed using energy and water conservation methods for dyeing. A flat seam construction also reduces bulk and can help prevent chafing. Your hiker will also enjoy the two zippered hand warmer pockets for comfortable warmth in chillier conditions. Shape-holding micropolyester jersey trim in the cuffs and hem allow for a stylish, sleek fit wear after wear. Unwrap the Patagonia Men’s Better Sweater Fleece jacket this holiday and prepare your adventurer for better times on the trail.
Cover their cold-weather hiking needs this season and gift The North Face Men’s Sherpa-Lined Rivington Fleece Jacket. Maximizing comfort and coverage thanks to a protective nylon woven underlay and internal gaiter, this jacket lives to perform. Covered VISLON zips in the front and hand pockets help ensure heat stays locked in when out on an adventure. Choose a color that speaks to your hiker’s style and wrap up another successful holiday hiking gift.
Zip up another great holiday shopping trip with the Patagonia Women’s Radalie Jacket. Its slim-fit design boasts recycled 150-g Thermogreen insulation for improved warmth and comfort. Interior cuffs and hand warmers add to this impressive profile, keeping your favorite adventurer ready for those brisk days outdoors. The Patagonia Radalie’s shell and lining fabric is also certified as bluesign approved in an effort to conserve natural resources. Have a cozy and successful holiday this year and gift the Patagonia Women’s Radalie Jacket.
Sleek and stylish, The North Face Women’s Bay Break Fleece Full-Zip Jacket can be a great hiking gift this holiday. Featuring a relaxed fit and full-zip style, this jacket also offers an extended collar for added comfort and warmth. Elastic hem and cuffs can allow for a truly secure fit for your adventurer as well. A zippered left chest pocket can allow for simple storage for their phone or other hiking must-haves. Wrap up something special and add The North Face Women’s Bay Break Fleece Full-Zip Jacket to your shopping list.
BEST HIKING ACCESSORIES GIFTS
Power up their holiday cheer with the Coleman OneSource Rechargeable 2-Port Battery Charging Station. Capable of charging two (included) OneSource Rechargeable Batteries in two hours, this accessory can add a spark to every adventure. For situations where emergency light is needed, each battery also comes equipped with a 10-lumen flashlight. Your adventurer can keep all their OneSource interchangeable rechargeable battery system essentials powered with this thoughtful hiking gift.
Brighten up their season and gift your hiker the Petzl Tikkina Headlamp. Featuring a wide, flood light-like beam and IPX4 water-resistant design, this headlamp can produce up to 150 lumens. Whether on the trail or at base camp, your hiker can find comfort thanks to the blended poly/plastic headband. The Petzl Tikkina can also be powered by three AAA or rechargeable CORE batteries for added versatility. Be a beacon of holiday success and unwrap the Petzl Tikkina Headlamp this year.
Make sure your adventurer is equipped to quench any thirst with the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter. Great for extended trips and emergencies, this hiking accessory is made to filter out waterborne bacteria and protozoan parasites. All that’s needed is a river or lake and your adventurer can safely rehydrate when exploring. The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter can filter up to 1,000 liters of water and can be a breeze to use and clean. Add this effective and lightweight gift to your shopping list and ensure your adventurer is always ready for a drink.
Fuel your hiker’s passion for the outdoors with a thoughtful gift to match their adventure. Map out your holiday shopping with this comprehensive Pro Tips guide.
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