It can be difficult to pick good backpacking gifts if you’re not an expert backpacker or hiker. That’s why we’ve pulled together this list of great backpacking gifts under $50 to help you get your backpacking friends gifts that they’ll appreciate. If you want to spend more, we suggest giving them a gift card so they can pick out the gear they want.
Backpacking Gifts for $50 or less
- Zpacks Titanium Flask: ($49) Weighing just 3 oz, it holds 8.8 oz of liquid. Includes a titanium funnel for refills.
- Enlightened Equipment Rain Mitts: ($30) 3-layer waterproof breathable rain mittens.
- NEMO Switchback Foam Sleeping Pad: ($50) Ultracompact and Ultralight foam sleeping pad
- Trail Designs Caldera Cone: ($35) Ultralight stove system compatible with alcohol, wood, and solid fuels
- Sven Saw: ($42) Ultralight folding saw that’s handy for cutting firewood and trail maintenance. Classic design.
- Soto Amicus Stove and Cook Set: ($45) Very powerful canister stove with a cook set that will hold a fuel canister.
- MSR Pocket Rocket 2 Canister Stove: ($45) Durable and lightweight folding canister stove. Lasts forever.
- Ultralight Pack Cover: ($50) Made with Dyneema, waterproof, and very lightweight. Works with all packs.
- Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dyneema WP Backpack Shoulder Pocket: ($40) Holds a smartphone, w/ wallet compartment. Waterproof. A backpacker favorite.
- Toaks Titanium Alcohol Stove: ($40) Ultralight alcohol siphon-style backpacking stove. Super easy to use.
- Gaia GPS Premium Subscription: ($32) One year license to the leading Smartphone navigation app. Priceless.
- Ultralight Packing Pods: ($50) Backpack-shaped packing organizers used to maximize backpack space
- Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon Hat: ($38) Super warm, windproof, Polartec Hat. A classic!
- Mystery Ranch Wing Man: ($40) Accessory chest pocket compatible with all backpacks.
- Ripstop By the Roll Rain Skirt: ($34) Do it Yourself Kit for making an Ultralight Rain Skirt.
- Snow Peak Titanium Trek 700 Mug: ($45) Ultralight cook pot which doubles as a bowl and mug.
- QiWiz Big Dig Titanium Trowel: ($36) Handmade Ultralight poo trowel that can dig through tough soil.
- Emberlit FireAnt Wood Stove: ($37) Folds flat for easy storage in a backpack.
- Jetboil Coffee Press. ($35) Turns a Jetboil stove into a French press.
Backpacking Gifts for $25 or less
- Opinel No. 8 beechwood Handle Knife: ($17) Beautiful, folding French pocket knife.
- Swiss Army Knife Classic: ($17) Smallest Swiss Army Knife with scissors. Thin and lightweight.
- Knog Quokka Rechargeable Headlamp: ($25) Very cool LED headlamp with dimmable spot, wide, combo, and red modes.
- Tenkara Fishing Pouch: ($25) Minimalist neck pouch that holds a fly box, tippet spools, and tools.
- Outdoor Research ActiveIce Spectrum Sun Gloves: ($25) Cooling Gloves for hiking sun protection.
- NOLS Wilderness Medicine: ($15) The best wilderness medicine guide available.
- Light My Fire Firesteel: ($20) Compact fire starter designed to light fires in any conditions. Last for 12,000 strikes.
- Snowpeak Kettle Cook Pot 1 qt: ($20) Unique stainless kettle with folding handles, fold-down bail, and spout. Perfect for use over a fire or with any type of stove.
- Toaks Titanium Windscreen: ($11) Super lightweight essential for alcohol and solid fuel camping stoves.
- Luci Lantern: ($25) Solar-powered inflatable lantern. Super lightweight. Good for emergencies too.
- Morsel Spork: ($13) Combination fork and spoon, with an edge that strong enough to cut. Awesome.
- CNOC Vecto 3L Squeezable Water Bottle: ($20) Compatible with all Sawyer filters. A backpacker favorite.
- Possum Down Gloves: ($25) Super warm, lightweight wool gloves from New Zealand. A cult favorite.
- Simple Shower: ($15) Ultralight shower kit that connects to soda bottles.
- Darn Tough Hiker Boot Cushion Hiking Socks: ($25) Backpackers favorite. Super durable and comfortable.
- Nite-Ize BugLit LED Micro flashlight: ($13) Perfect for backpacking and camping. Looks like a bug!
- MSR Windburner Coffee Press Kit: ($20) Got a Windburner? You can have coffee too.
- Kovea LPG to Isobutane Stove Adapter: ($20) Run your canister stove with propane instead of isobutane.
- Norwegian Kuska Mug: ($24) Hand-carved hardwood mug. Clips to your backpack. All the rage.
- CuloClean Portable Bidet: ($11) Sounds weirds, but it screws onto a soda bottle. Keeping clean is important on the trail.
- Injinji Socks: ($11) Socks with distinct toes that stop hiking blisters in their tracks.
Backpacking Gifts for $10 or less
- Swiss Army Knife Replacement Tweezers: ($10) A 6-pack of Swiss Army Knife tweezers.
- GSI Outdoor Table Spoon: ($1) The only backpacking utensil you need. Surprisingly great.
- Jetboil Fuel Can Stabilizer: ($6) Prevents tip-overs. Works with any fuel canister. Totally worth the weight.
- Dr. Bronner’s Soap: ($4) A revelation if you’ve never tried it. The 2 oz size is perfect for backpacking.
- Voile Ski Straps: ($6-$10) Flexible straps that have a million and one uses for backpacking and skiing.
- Platypus 1L Clear Foldable Bottle: ($9) Incredibly useful and durable folding water storage bottle.
- An Assortment of Mini Nalgene Bottles: ($10) Perfect for repackaging lotions for backpacking.
- Nalgene Flask: ($9) Unbreakable. Great for sipping whiskey or cordials in camp. 12 oz.
- Leukotape P Sports tape: ($9) Great blister prevention tape that is popular with long-distance backpackers.
- Nite Ize LED Micro Lantern: ($10) Clips to a hammock ridgeline or to gear loops in a tent.
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