Best Hiking Gift Ideas for Outdoor Enthusiasts

If you are looking for something special for the outdoor enthusiast in your life, then check out this list of some of the best hiking gifts to suit all budgets.

Ranging from gifts for hikers under $25 to outdoor watches with sophisticated navigation systems, here are 11 ideas that any hiker would love!

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Multi-Tool Carabiner



This multi-tool carabiner isn’t just a fun-looking gift for people who like to hike but it has lots of practical uses too! Made from durable stainless steel, it includes 2 and 4 position hex wrenches, a signal mirror, a can opener, a flat head screwdriver, a 1-inch ruler, a bottle opener, a butterfly wrench and a pry tip! All this in a lightweight and easy to carry tool with a carabiner to easily clip it on to a backpack or other outdoor gear. TSA compliant for safe travel, this is a versatile gift that is ideal for accomplishing a wide range of outdoor tasks. There are different shapes available.

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VEKKIA Ultra Bright LED Headlamp



Headlamps make excellent gifts for hikers and are useful in so many other situations too! This one is great value for money, with just 2 buttons to easily select one of five light settings. The modes include bright, soft, or strobe white light, or either steady red or red strobe light.  It is durable and water-resistant so it can be used outdoors with confidence, and the battery lasts for days, making it ideal for long-distance hikes. The comfortable head straps are fully adjustable and the angle of the light can be pivoted up to 45 degrees.

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Atomic Bear Paracord Bracelet



These paracord bracelets incorporate several survival tools, saving on backpack space and making them perfect gifts for a hiker! Adjustable to fit wrists big and small, these handy bracelets have everything you need to start a fire in just 4 steps, along with a powerful whistle for long-range signaling, a reliable compass, and 12 feet of military-grade paracord. Well-designed and easy to use, this is the perfect budget item to add to a hiker’s survival gear.

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Cooling Towel



For someone who tends to spend a lot of time outdoors in extreme temperatures, this is one of the best hiking gifts around, and at a great, low price too! This cooling towel – which comes in 10 vibrant colors – is lightweight, absorbent, and made of breathable mesh that feels soft to the touch. Chemical-free, it offers UPF 50 sun protection and stops you overheating on the hottest days – you just soak it in water for at least a minute, wring it out, snap it, and place it on your neck, where it will stay cool for hours. Once folded it is small enough to fit into the palm of your hand and comes with a free carry pouch that you can just pop into your backpack.

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High Stream Gear Foldable Hiking & Trekking Poles



Good quality poles are an essential piece of kit for anyone doing a lot of walking and make great presents for hikers. These telescoping poles are incredibly strong, made from aluminum 7075 (which the military uses to make missile parts, rifles, and more!). They fold down to just 14.5 inches each, so it is easy to stow them in a backpack when not in use, and the handles are ergonomically designed for comfort. Two unique belt-mounted carriers are provided with these poles – so it is quick and easy to holster them if you need to free your hands – and they also come with rubber tips and mud baskets.

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COR Surf Waterproof Dry Bag Backpack



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These dry bag backpacks make cool gifts for hikers, capable of withstanding even the toughest elements. Available in three colors and 2 different sizes, this bag has sonically welded seams and a rolltop closure, meaning it is 100% waterproof and dirt will stay out! It is made from heavy-duty PVC material but is designed with comfort in mind, including ergonomic shoulder pads with breathable mesh and a chest buckle for a secure fit. A reflective strip provides you with additional security when walking at night and there are mesh pockets at the side for storing your water bottles.

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DANISH ENDURANCE Merino Wool Cushioned Hiking Socks



Comfy socks are a ‘must have’ when walking and one of the best gift ideas for hikers. This set of 3 pairs – available in a range of colors and sizes suitable for men, women, and children – are made from merino wool, which has great moisture-wicking properties. This keeps your feet cool and comfortable in the summer, but warm and snug in the winter – the best of both worlds! They are padded and cushioned in all the right places to prevent blisters and the aches and pains associated with hiking. They also have ventilation lanes and seamless toes for comfort.

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Anker PowerCore



Even those who enjoy the great outdoors often need to stay connected, so a good portable charger is an excellent gift for people who like to hike. This version of the Anker PowerCore has some great features – it has 5 different connector types (USB type C, USB, Micro USB, Lightning and USB type A) and a battery capacity of 20100 Milliamp Hours. Weighing just 12.5oz, it uses PowerIQ and VoltageBoost to charge devices quickly and has been shown to charge the iPhone 8 almost seven times, the Galaxy S8 five times, or the iPad mini 4 twice. It comes with a Micro USB cable and a travel pouch.

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9ML6 Powerful Flashlight



A powerful flashlight is one of the best practical gifts for a hiker and this model is the perfect example, with the latest generation XHP50 LED chip generating a very high output up to 6000 lumens. It can give more than 10 hours of continuous operation and is designed to be used in various weather conditions, with a durable aluminum body and IP65-rated water resistance. It features a build-in DC3.5mm charge port with a charge adapter included and has a dual switch in the neck, which makes it quick and easy to operate. It also comes with a wrist strap for convenience.

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Garmin Instinct, Rugged Outdoor Watch with GPS



Hands down one of the best hiking gifts on the market, this rugged outdoor watch is just packed with cool features. It is incredibly tough – built to U.S. Military standard 810G for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters) and includes a 3 axis compass, a barometric altimeter, and various global navigation satellite systems. These include GPS, Glonass, and Galileo. It also offers great activity tracking, monitoring both stress and heart rate, plus it allows the user to stay connected with smart notifications from a compatible smartphone. What makes it an especially good gift for people who like to hike is the trackback feature, which allows them to navigate the same route back to their starting point.

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Osprey Packs Talon 22 Hiking Backpack



One of the ultimate gifts for hikers, Osprey backpacks are beautifully made and come in a range of colors and sizes. Thanks to the continuous wrap hip belt and BioStretch harness, they are exceptionally stable and the back panel is designed using less material in order to keep the user cool and comfortable. Multiple pockets – including zippered hip belts and side stretch mesh pockets – make it easy to store everything needed for a hike and there is even a Stow-on-the-Go attachment for trekking poles, plus a Lidlock helmet attachment.

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Final Thoughts

All these cool gifts for hikers are useful, convenient, and will put a big smile on the face of anyone who loves the outdoor life!

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