Gifts for Hikers & Outdoor Enthusiasts – Gift Guide 2022

We’re getting back into the season where we purchase gifts for the people we love!  The 2021 Gift Guide went over so well that I thought I’d share another set of gifts that you can possibly give to the outdoor enthusiasts and hikers in your life.  From under $10 to over $50, from inexpensive stocking stuffers to meaningful presents, there’s something for everyone on your list, as long as they like being outside!

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Gifts for Hikers Under $10

Give your loved one a gift that keeps on being fun with this trail journal!  From Indiana Jones moments to the highest peaks they’ve climbed, there’s space to journal as well as record technical details about each trail.

Keep their hands warm with these thermal gloves.  They’re specifically made for use with touchscreens, including phones.

Ssshhh, but this is a great stocking stuffer!  The pee cloth attaches to your backpack for easy access when you need to, um, go in the middle of somewhere no one put in a backcountry toilet.

"Adventurer" Car Magnet
“Adventurer” Car Magnet
“Have a Blessed Trip” Car Magnet
Caution: Adventures Ahead Car Magnet
“Caution: Adventures Ahead” Car Magnet

Ok, so these car magnets are actually $10 even.  But they’re a fantastic stocking stuffer or inexpensive item to throw in to allow your loved one to express their love of the outdoors!  These car magnets won’t mar your car, are sturdy to outlast road trips, and are as easy to install as slapping them on any magnetic surface.  Choose from “Adventurer,” “Have a Blessed Trip!,” and “Caution: Adventures Ahead.”

Gifts for Hikers Under $25

I’m going to start this off with one of my favorite new pieces of gear!  This Hikenture Winter Skull Cap is designed to fit under a bike helmet or ski helmet or to wear on its own.  It actually keeps my ears warm (a rarity in my experience with very cold-sensitive ears) and fits both small and large hat sizes perfectly.  A loved one gifted me one for Christmas last year, and I absolutely love it!

I like to carry a bag similar to this Handlebar Bike Bag when I’m out cycling.  It allows me to take along a small air pump, a few bike repair accessories, and important things like gloves of different weights and ear muffs for when it’s 10 degrees colder than I thought when I prepared for my ride.

I purchased three of these Rayovac headlamps earlier in the summer.  After one use, I knew I’d never want to go back to traditional flashlights.  Besides being crazy bright (we’re talking blinding my hiking companions), they’re also adjustable to point exactly where you need them to shed light.  It also has two brightness levels.  And I’ve yet to destroy one, though I did lose one (insert crying emoji!) during my trip to West Virginia.  Yay for two more at home!

Make selfies easier with a GorillaPod Tripod designed for your phone!  Set it up like a traditional tripod, wrap it around a tree branch or rock, or move the legs to be perfectly even surface even when the ground is… rather sloped.  I’ve used the camera version for years.

You can’t go wrong with a Nalgene water bottle.  I use them around the house as well as on outdoor adventures.

Keep their hands warm with these rechargeable hand warmers.  Having just come back from a chilly winter trip, I know these are great – especially if you’re backpacking or camping in frigid temperatures.

For the lover of national parks, “Leave Only Footprints” is a great read.  Conor Knighton visited all of the national parks in a single year, from sunrise in Acadia on January first to a very snowy Christmas in Yellowstone National Park.  Told with commentary, history, and an interesting perspective, I enjoyed reading it.

Fuel them up with these protein-packed treats!  The sampler pack has 30 different bars that are (mostly) healthy and yet should be tasty enough for the trail.  (Or go for the 70 bar package.  Or play it safe with a food-allergy-sensitive pack.)

This list wouldn’t be complete without some hiking socks!  Darn Tough is the premier brand for such things – a sure-to-please gift.  You can get them in men’s styles or women’s styles.

Gifts for Hikers Under $50

These are the hiking poles I use, and they’re awesome!  With the accessories you need, easy to set up and collapse, and an easy-carry bag, you can’t go wrong with this hiking pole set.

This year, I’ve found out just how awesome hammocks are when you’re sleeping in the wilderness and don’t have a van to sleep in.  Hammocks are just so much more comfortable than the hard ground under a tent.  This hammock setup includes a hammock, a mosquito net, and a rain fly – all ready to set up at a wooded campsite or on a backpacking trip.

Gift your loved one an item that will keep them alive in the wilderness – namely, a waist pack that gives the ability to carry water easily, retrieve it easily, and carry snacks, etc., as well!  I’ve used similar packs for years and have been very impressed by their ability to do the job when I’m out on day hikes.

On a recent chilly winter trip, I found out just how great vests are at keeping your core warm!  This vest is stylish as well as lightweight for easy packing between wearings.  This women’s vest looks nice, as does this men’s vest of a similar style.

I’ve been using this G4Free daypack for close to a year now, giving up on my typical waist packs for something that holds more gear.  I have been very impressed with this pack’s performance.  Not only is it comfortable with light and heavy loads and in hot and cold weather, but it also has a nice number and size of pockets and accessories.

For the nut lover in your life, try this package with 28 packs of trail mix, sunflower seeds, nuts, and more.

This bucket of instant meals is not under $50, but it’s a true gift to any backpacker!  Let them enjoy 12 pouches, each with 2 servings, of various meals, from breakfast to supper.  You can also pick up individual packets for less than $10/each (for example, I hear the chicken and dumplings are fantastic!)

Merry Christmas all! If you have any other great Christmas gift ideas for hikers, feel free to drop them in the comments below!