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The 6 Best Hiking Gifts for Hitting the Trail

The 6 Best Hiking Gifts for Hitting the Trail

The 6 Best Hiking Gifts for Hitting the Trail

Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Your Favorite Hiker

This year, give the hiker on your shopping list something you know they’ll use again and again. From stocking stuffers to bigger gifts, everything on this list will help them make memories while having an amazing time exploring their favorite trails.

1. Darn Tough socks

You can never have too many pairs of trusty hiking socks, and Darn Tough’s unconditional lifetime guarantee makes them a no-brainer. You can buy hiking specific socks for him or her, but consider checking out the other activity categories, too.

2. A beautiful coffee table book

Buying gear for someone else can be tricky — especially if the recipient is picky about the gear that goes into their day pack. For those hikers, you can’t go wrong with a coffee table book full of stunning photography.

America's Great Hiking Trails features photographs from the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and several others. It’s equal parts eye candy and planning tool, with history, highlights, maps, and plenty of photos of each route.

3. Olloclip Mobile Photography Box Set

Help your hiker get top-notch shots from all of their hiking adventures with these phone-friendly lenses that clip right onto a smartphone camera. This bundle includes Fisheye, Super-Wide, and Macro Essential Lense.

The specific set linked above is designed for the iPhone X, but you can find lenses for a number of other phone models.

4. Katadyn BeFree Collapsible Water Filter Bottle

Many hikers fill up hydration bladders and carry them in their backpacks, but this water bottle with a built-in filter will make sure they never go thirsty. It’s the perfect backup water system and this model is even collapsible, so it can be easily stored in a backpack when not in use.

5. Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack

Compression sacks are the best way to organize a pack, and these Sea to Summit sacks even keep water out. They shouldn’t be submerged completely in water, but rain and paddlesports are no match for these helpful bags.

They come in several different sizes and can be used to hold all the clothing layers your hiker needs throughout the day, snacks, miscellaneous pieces of gear, and so much more.

6. Lightweight, freeze-dried food

On a long day hike, someone might bring non-perishable snacks, easy-to-eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and other simple meals. Help your hiker level-up the flavor in their hiking meals with freeze-dried entrees from Backpacker’s Pantry: Holiday Gifts for Hikers.

We’ve even created some seasonal meal bundles — each one has three top-rated meals at a discounted price. All that’s needed to make the entrees is some hot water, a spoon, and a few minutes worth of patience (and maybe this ultralight backpacking stove to boil the water).