We get it – hikers can be tricky to buy for. They’re a minimalist bunch who don’t want anything more than they actually need. But deep down, most outdoorsy people are gear nerds who get excited about even the most basic items that will make their life easier on the trail (ultralight spork, we’re looking at you). A hiker’s kit is never really complete, which is why we’ve compiled a list of 15 unique gifts that the hiker in your life will be over the moon to receive this Christmas. We’ve split our suggestions by price point so that you can easily find something to suit your budget, from stocking fillers to mid-range gifts and big ticket items. Browse our 15 best gifts for hikers and make their next trip one to remember.

 

Stocking Fillers for Hikers <$50

 

Rumpl Stuffable Pillow – $49.95

A great option for thru-hikers and backpackers alike, this Rumpl pillow will make sure they get a good night’s sleep on the trail. Taking up next to no space in their pack, it can be stuffed with whatever is most comfortable when they’re ready to hit the hay – be that a fleece, down jacket, or blanket. The fleece outer makes this pillow much more comfortable than a standard inflatable pillow to truly elevate their outdoor sleeping routine.

 

Luci Lux Solar Light – $39.95

Inflatable, packable, and powered by sunlight, this campsite light is guaranteed to make the cut in their multi-day kit. Providing a soft warm glow with four different lighting modes, Luci Lux illuminates the campsite subtly without the intense light of a head torch. Hikers can easily clip the light to the back of their pack to recharge during the day.

 

How to Navigate Book – $34.95

That hiking friend who always talks about wanting to use a map and compass but never actually does? This one is for them. How to Navigate explains clearly and concisely how to effectively navigate ourselves through the Aussie bush. Cutting through the complicated jargon with a modern approach, this book will have them swapping apps for maps in no time.

 

Black + Blum Lunch Box – $39.95

Everyone knows that eating lunch at the summit is the best part of the hike – so why settle for a sub-standard lunch box? This Black + Blum lunch box is 100% leak-proof and contains organised compartments, making it a breeze to pack healthier meals for the trail. With a 1-litre capacity, sauce pot, and separate inner compartment, lunch on the trail has never been more enjoyable.

 

Mont Sunhat – $49.95

Everyone needs a protective sunhat in the summer months, and this one from Mont is a great option. With a UPF 40+ rating and repellent finish to resist rain and stains, it’ll keep them protected whatever the weather. It comes in a range of colours so you can pick something to suit their style.

 

 

Black and Blum Lunch Box and Water bottle on a wooden table

 

Middle of the Road Gifts for Hikers  <$200

 

Grayl Ultrapress Purifier – $149.95

Running out of water is potentially a hiker’s worst nightmare. Give them peace of mind when they’re on the trail with a filtration system. The Grayl Ultrapress removes 99.9% of waterborne viruses so that they can drink water from most natural sources with confidence. At just 354g and built to fit into any pack pocket – it’s a no brainer for hikers who are heading off-grid.

 

Patagonia Capilene Cool (men and women) – $79.95

Function? Check. Style? Check. Sustainability? Check. Patagonia are a failsafe brand when it comes to buying a piece of clothing for the outdoorsy person in your life. These Capilene Cool tees are moisture-wicking and made with a blend of recycled materials and renewable wood pulp – ideal for eco-conscious hikers.

 

Ultralight Hammock – $84.95

By no means an essential item, a hammock is a great gift for the hikers who love a nap. Perfect for taking a break before setting up camp or sipping on a morning coffee, an ultralight hammock will offer a slice of comfort in the bush. At just 340g, they’ll barely notice it’s in their pack, whilst durable materials mean it is built to last.

 

Mini Espresso Maker – $99.95

Caffeine-addicted hiker in your life? Level up their coffee game with this ultra-convenient mini espresso maker. Packing up small and weighing in at 313g, they won’t have to sacrifice weight for quality coffee again. With a double shot ready in just 90 seconds, they can whip up their morning brew and hit the trail in no time.

 

Solar Panel Charger – $159.95

Make sure they’re plugged in even when they’re off-grid with a portable solar charger. This Biolite solar panel is lightweight and slimline to easily slide in the back of a pack. Charging it up is easy with Biolite’s Optimal Sun System and 360 degree kick stand for balancing on uneven terrain. 5 watts of usable power will keep their essentials turned on even in the depths of the backcountry.

 

Man lying on hammock in woods

 

All-Out Gifts for Hikers $200>

 

Coros Apex 2 GPS Watch – $599.95

If you really want to wow them, a piece of quality tech is the way to do it. Built with high-spec GPS technology, optical heart rate sensors and a compass, the Coros Apex 2 is a watch for those who like moving fast through the wilderness. Lasting 17 days on a single charge with standard use, it’s ideal for hikers who need something reliable to keep them on-track.

 

Arc’teryx Atom Hoody (men and women) – $399.95

One of the most sought-after brands in the outdoor space right now, Arc’s signature insulating layer is sure to put a smile on any hiker’s face. A lightweight versatile layer for all kinds of adventures, the Atom Hoody can be worn as a midlayer in colder conditions, or as a standalone. At just 310g, it packs down super small and can be thrown in their pack when things heat up.

 

Jetboil Flash – $279.95

The Jetboil is a failsafe option for day hikers and backpackers alike. Boiling two cups of water in a flash (2 minutes to be precise), this small but mighty stove is ideal for making cups of tea, coffee, and dehydrated meals on the go. Super easy to use, the flame ignites with the click of a button, and the cooking cup clips on the burner to prevent spillage. Stowing away into a super neat package (12.7x14cm), the Jetboil packs a punch for its size and is a gift they’ll still be using for years to come.

 

Osprey Aura/Atmos 50L – $499.95

For those who want to get into multiday hiking, a backpack is a great luxury gift that you know they’ll actually use. The Osprey Aura/Atmos range is a great entry-level backpacking pack that prioritises comfort and is packed with features to make life easier on the trail. 50L should be roomy enough for an overnighter, or opt for the 65L option if they’re planning to head on more adventurous hikes.

 

Hiking Tarp – $299.95

For hikers who head out whatever the weather, the Mont Hiking Tarp is an essential piece of kit. This ultralight shelter provides emergency protection from the elements. When they’re caught in a downpour or simply need some time out of the intense sun, throw it up in a flash with just one walking pole. At 410g in a tiny pack size, they’ll barely notice it’s there – and will be thankful when they need it.

 

Woman sitting on a rock pouring water from a jetboill

 

Finding the perfect gift for a hiker doesn’t have to be a mountainous task. With these thoughtful and functional gifts, you can make their next trip one to remember.

 

This is a selection of our best gifts for hikers. If you’re still looking for inspiration, browse our full collection of hiking gifts here.

About The Author

Darcy Smith

Darcy is an outdoor lover from the east coast of Scotland who is trying out life in Australia. Having travelled through much of Europe and Asia, her favourite place in the world remains the Scottish Highlands. Darcy loves hiking, camping, bulldogs, brunch and sunsets.

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