The 30 Best Gifts for Hikers in 2022

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If anyone on your shopping list loves spending time out on the trails, then this gift guide is for you! We are sharing our favorite hiking gifts for 2022.

A pair of hiking boots filled with gifts. A Christmas tree is in the background

As avid year-round hikers, we are very aware of just how impossible to shop for we can be. Hiking is the outdoor activity we do most frequently throughout the year, whether it be on nearby local trails or out in the backcountry. So buying a hiking-related gift would seem like a great idea, right? Yes—but with a catch… 

The challenge is that hikers can have a lot of strong preferences about the gear they use. For something as simple as a walk through the woods, hiking can be a surprisingly gear-focused pastime. So unless you know the person really well, you will probably want to avoid buying them something super specific like a pair of hiking boots or a particular sleeping bag. So what then? 

That’s where these hiking gift ideas come in! 

Below you will find tons of broad appeal, general-purpose hiking gifts that any hiker would be thrilled to receive as a gift. We selected items that didn’t require very specific sizing (like shoes) and avoided many big-ticket items that might require deeper consideration (like a tent).

So if you have a person on your list that loves to hike then we’re sure you will find something perfect for them below. 

Don’t wait until crunch time—find something they will love and start checking off your shopping to-do list today! 

In Partnership with REI

REI is our favorite place to buy gifts for outdoorsy people on our lists. In the event we get a color or a size wrong, REI makes it SO easy for the recipient to return or exchange it for the correct item. With the free shipping for REI members benefit, we also love that we get to skip the in-store holiday melee and shop from the comfort of our couch.


Best Gifts for Hikers (chosen by hikers!)

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America the Beautiful Pass

Products can be nice, but meaningful experiences will last a lifetime. Give the gift of an entire year of adventure with the America the Beautiful (National Parks) Pass that they will remember for years to come. Just one pass gets you into every National Park & Monument, as well as National Forests, Grasslands, and plenty of other recreation sites across the country.


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REI Co-Op Sahara Shade Hoody

The REI Co-op Sahara Shade Hoodie is a long-sleeved, hooded sun shirt that feels as comfy as a t-shirt but gives you UPF 50+ sun protection. The moisture-wicking and breathable fabric make this shirt a perfect option for warm-weather hiking.


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Nocs Provisions Waterproof Binoculars

We’ve recently gotten into casual amateur birdwatching and it turns out having a pair of compact binoculars on the trail has really enhanced our hiking experience. Being able to see wildlife from afar has made us more aware (and curious) of our surroundings. This would be a fun gift for any hiker who is interested in the natural world around them.


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Garmin inReach Mini

Do you have a loved one that enjoys hiking in the backcountry? Then this is a perfect gift for both of you! They get access to GPS navigation, route tracking, and satellite 2-way texting, and you get the peace of mind of knowing where they are! If there are any problems they will be able to communicate via message or immediately call for SOS help. 


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Megan wearing the Deuter Speedlite 20 on a morning hike.

A Comfy Hiking Backpack

Whether it’s a short walk in the park or an all-day excursion, hikers always need a daypack! Store snacks, water, headlamps, phones, and extra layers. It’s not a terrible idea to have two different size daypacks either: a smaller one for shorter/warmer trips and a larger one for longer/colder trips. 


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REI Flash Insulated Hybrid Hoodie

One of our new favorite pieces of hiking apparel: REI’s Flash Insulated Hybrid Hoodie is a great, mid-layer option that features synthetic eco Primaloft insulation made of 100% post-consumer recycled content. It’s not as puffy as a down jacket, so it fits better under other layers and packs away easily when you’re not wearing it.


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Darn Tough Hiking Socks

Wool socks are the perfect gift for hikers. You want to give them, and hikers want to receive them! It’s a perfect exchange. But seriously, one of the simplest and satisfying pleasures in life is putting on a pair of brand new wool socks. We own a variety of Darn Tough socks and these Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Socks are perfect for nearly all types of hiking.


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REI Co-op Ducks Back Rain Cover

Many larger, multi-day backpacks come with a built-in rainfly, but most smaller daypacks do not. REI makes compact rain covers for a variety of backpack sizes from daypacks to multi-day packs to ensure your pack content (electronics, extra layers, etc) stay dry during a downpour.


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Hiking First Aid Kid

Medical supplies don’t last forever, so if you’ve been carrying around an old First Aid Kit for a few years it might be time to start over with some new supplies. A compact first aid kit should be taken on every hike. This pre-built first aid kit is great because it carries all the basics that you’d need for the day.


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Katadyn BeFree Water Filter

With the Katadyn BeFree Water filter bottle, nearly any natural water source can be turned into clean pure drinking water. The easy-to-use filter never needs to be backflushed and the soft side pouch takes up minimal space when not in use. This is our person go-to water filter for day hikes (and backpacking trips).


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Kahtoola MICROspikes

We love extending our hiking season by hiking during the winter, but proper traction is an absolute must! A pair of MICROspikes would be a fun gift for hikers in colder regions who are always itching to get out on the trail no matter the temperature. Ice, snow, or iced-over-snow, you have never felt so sure-footed as when you’re wearing microspikes. They easily slip on over normal boots, making them super easier to take on and off.


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REI Co-op Flash Hybrid Tights

These pants would be a great gift for hikers who prefer to hike leggings but need fabric & construction that is a little more durable. The Flash Hybrid Legging offer 50 UPF protection along with quick drying, abrasion resistant fabric, and a wide, soft waistband that sits comfortably under a backpack waist belt. I personally haven’t found any pilling or snags in them after over a year of use, and love them for shoulder season and cooler summer morning hikes.


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Buff CoolNet UV+ Insect Shield

Between the spring and fall tick seasons, and summer’s mosquitos and no see ums, it can seem like hikers are on a never-ending battle against annoying bugs. The multifunctional Buff CoolNet UV+ with Insect Shield not only helps keep the sun off your neck, but it can help deter all sorts of insects, too. Buffs are super versatile and can be worn a number of different ways: neck gaiter, headband, balaclava, hood… it even works as a hair tie/scrunchie in a pinch!


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OtterBox Fast Charge Power Bank

Whether it’s a cellphone, GPS, headlamp, or DSLR camera – there are a lot of things a hiker needs to keep charged. That’s why it can be super handy to carry a portable battery bank and charger whenever you go out on a hike.  This power bank will help ensure that you will always have enough battery to stay charged.


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Vouri Halo Hoodie

This hoodie is absolutely AMAZING. The buttery soft, moisture-wicking, breathable fabric is unlike any other piece of clothing I’ve ever owned. This pullover hoodie is a perfect mid-layer for shoulder-season day hikes. 


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BioLite HeadLamp 325

A headlamp is one of the 10 Hiking Essentials that hikers should carry on every hike, and an item that you can’t have too many of! Store one in a backpack, the glove box, or with emergency gear. We own the predecessor to this rechargeable headlamp from BioLite and love them. Dimmable, red light, strobe, compact design, and with up to 40 hours of run time, you know you’ll have plenty of light.


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Hydro Flask 12oz Food Jar

A perfect gift for hikers who bring their appetites on the trail! These insulated food jars from Hydro Flask allow you to pack along a warm meal with you on your next hike so you can enjoy a piping hot oatmeal, soup, or stew on the summit.


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Deuter Kid Comfort Child Carrier

Has somebody recently welcomed a new member to their family? Help them stay outdoors and active with the Kid Comfort Child Carrier. This top-of-the-line child carrier can easily and quickly be adjusted to fit a wide range of torso sizes. Designed for the comfort and safety of both the child and hiker, this is a wonderful gift to get the whole family outdoors.


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KUHL Silencr Pants

The KUHL Silencr Pants are some of Michael’s favorite pants for hiking. The fabric is super durable but lightweight and has great 4-way stretch to it (not to mention having all the standard quick-drying, breathable, sun protective features that all great hiking pants should have!). Additionally, they have a DWR finish to help shed water from rain or snow, making them a great pair of hiking pants to wear year round.


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Katadyn Micropur Purification Tablets

A box of Katadyn Micropur Purification Tablets are a super practical stocking stuffer idea. Adding these tablets to a liter of water (such as from a lake or a stream) will purify it in 4 hours, effectively removing all microorganisms that can make a hiker sick, like viruses, bacteria, and protozoa. It’s great for situations when hikers are out longer than intended and need more clean water–and they are so light you’d never notice them in your pack!


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Body Glide Anti Blister Balm

One of the nicest things we started doing for our feet was applying Body Glide Anti Blister Balm before our hikes. Michael has very blister-prone feet and this has been a total game-changer for him. This would be a great stocking stuffer for any hiker who has had a hike ruined by blisters or hotspots.


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Shokz OpenRun Headphones

These Shokz OpenRun Headphones are perfect for people who enjoy listening to audiobooks or podcasts while they hike. Unlike typical headphones that go inside your ears and prevent you from being able to hear what is happening around you, these headphones go on the outside of your ears. They use bone conducting technology to deliver high-fidelity audio directly through your cheekbone while allowing you to remain alert to your surroundings on the trail.


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AllTrails Pro Subscription

This is one of our go-to hiking apps for finding new hikes and helping us navigate on the trail. Buying an AllTrails Pro subscription is a great hiking gift idea because it gives you the ability to use the GPS function that is built into your smartphone to allow you to navigate even when you have zero services, AND to print paper maps based on your route (you could also gift a bottle of Aquaseal Map Sealer so that your favorite hiker can make those printed maps waterproof!).


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REI Co-op Traverse Trekking Poles

Trekking poles make a great gift for hikers of all abilities. They help you be a more efficient hiker while taking pressure off the joints. These adjustable Traverse Trekking Poles are a nice option with natural cork handles, which can feel a lot nicer to hold than foam or plastic grips.


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Rawlogy Ultralight Cork Massage Balls

Perfect for at-home or on-trail use, these ultra-lightweight cork massage balls can really help to roll out and relax tensed-up muscle groups. We wish we had one of these things with us when we hiked the JMT!


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Smartwool Merino 250 Base Layer

These long sleeve SmartWool 250 tops are a must for cool-weather hiking. The merino wool traps warmth close to the body and wicks away any moisture that develops. These are super versatile long sleeve shirts that are great for spring, fall, and winter hiking. 


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Verve Instant Coffee

We have entered into a new age of high-quality, gourmet instant coffee. Verve Coffee is one of our favorite roasters and their new instant coffee line tastes every bit as good as their in-house coffee. Just add hot water and stir. This will be a guaranteed hit with any hiker who would enjoy a cup of gourmet coffee with their views.


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PackTowl Personal Towel

It’s always a good idea to have one of these compact, quick-drying towels with you on a hike. You never know when you might come across an irresistible swimming hole!


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Peak Design Capture Clip

If you’re shopping for a hiker who is also a shutterbug, the Peak Design Capture Clip would be a perfect gift. The clip allows you to attach a camera to one of the straps of your backpack. This allows for the camera to be safely secured while still being readily accessible.


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Bottle Bright

Does your water bottle have that slight “water bottle funk” smell to it, no matter how many times you wash it? It might be time to do a shock treatment with Bottle Bright. Just add hot water and a few of these dissolvable tablets and let the effervescent bubbles do all the work. We do this to all our water bottles in spring so we can start the season off right. This is a great stocking stuffer for any hiker or backpacker!


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Greenbelly Meal2Go

This is no ordinary “energy bar”—this is a full meal. ​​GreenBelly’s Meal2Go bars are a complete 600 calorie meal in no-cook bar form. These are great to have in a daypack just in case. Like, perhaps your hike takes longer than expected and dinner time is fast approaching.


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Local trail guide books

A guidebook to local trails would be a great gift for hikers who have recently moved to a new area, or who prefers to flip pages than browse online. We find that guidebooks are a great way to find new trails and books often include additional information that apps like AllTrails are missing such as geological features and local flora and fauna.


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REI Gift Card

Still unsure what to get? You can’t go wrong with a gift card from REI. As the nation’s largest outdoor retailer with over 100 physical locations and an extensive online store, chances are if it’s a hiking-related product, REI has it. They also have an incredible return/exchange policy, which makes them our number one pick for a gift card.

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