Best Gifts for Hikers This Holiday Season

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Sometimes I can’t believe how quickly the holidays roll around — seems like I was just sitting by the Christmas tree with my family last year.  But here we are, shopping for the perfect presents once again.  If you’re looking for hiking gifts (for another outdoors lover or as inspiration for your own wishlist!), I’ve got some products I adore on this year’s guide to gifts for hikers.

Hiking Gifts They'll Love

Shower Wipes

Way better than wet wipes, these "InstaShowers" are great after overnight flights, long hikes, or sweaty days at the beach when you don't have time to clean up properly.

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Waterproof Daybag

High peformance, lightweight, waterproof daybag. It's the right size for most day hikes with two external water bottle pockets for easy access. Read my full review to see what makes it so great.

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National Parks Pass

This annual pass provides free admission to all national parks and other NPS-managed sites for an entire carload/family traveling together.

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Thermal Base Layers

Hey, I live in Buffalo so I know all about winter hiking (er... snowshoeing). The right base layers mean even the coldest days are fine for adventures and Underarmour Coldgear 4.0 is a brand I trust and love.

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Bugs Away Hat

I hate hats, but sometimes they serve a purpose.  This one will keep the sun off your face and it has insect shield technology to repel mosquitoes, no-see-ums, and more.

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Jetboil Cooking Stove

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What packs compactly, boils water in a flash, and even works in windy conditions like those in Deadhorse, Alaska? Only the Jetboil!

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Travel Art Kit

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No doubt that beautiful destinations inspire great art, and this heavy-duty sketchbook with watercolor pencils is the perfect way to capture the moment.

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Dog Car Seat Cover

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I can't remember who told me to buy one of these when I adopted a puppy, but a car seat cover is worth its weight in gold, keeping your seats clear of hair, dirt, and anything else your dog might track in from the trail.  It clips right in and out, washes up easily, and has a mesh panel so your dog can watch out the front window.

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Binoculars Harness

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Hanging a pair of binoculars around your neck is heavy, but this harness distributes the weight easily so you can comfortably wear them all day.

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Emergency Roadtrip Kit

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I got caught scrambling with a flat tire at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, so now I recommend anyone heading toward the backcountry be prepared for the drive as much as the hike! This has jumper cables, an air compressor, basic first aid, and more.

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Drylite Towel

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Sure, any towel will do, but these ones are lightweight and fold/roll down into tiny sizes, which makes them great to throw in your daypack.  I make do with the small (wring out and re-use like a chamois).

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Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

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Anyone who loves adventurous sightDOING needs a headlamp for late night animal sightings, caving, camping, and more.

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Xero Shoes

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There's something about slipping off your hiking boots and letting your feet breathe than can help you push onward! These sandals are much lighter than your typical hiking sandals but with much better grip than flip flops. In short, the best of both worlds.

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Massage Ball Kit

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Pamper yourself at home or on the trail with this easy-to-pack massage ball kit. Use all 6 to target different body parts or just carry one along with you for a midway pick-me-up.

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Kula Cloth

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Never get caught without toilet paper again! These antimicrobial pee cloths are made from silver-infused fabrics that keep them hygenic for use all day (hand wash and hang to dry at the end of the day). They snap closed and are super discrete, I promise.

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Trekking Poles

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For outdoor lovers, a pair of trekking poles can make adventures so much easier to tackle!

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Paracord Water Bottle Handle

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For anyone who loves adventure travel, this handle slips onto water bottles as a sturdy carrier.  The paracord unwinds into a 12 foot rope in case of emergency and there’s a carabiner, compass, signal whistle, and fire starter built in.  Talk about an all-in-one hiking gift!

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Prana Pants

Performance wear that you're not embarassed to wear at a brewery after your hike! My Prana Halle pants are my all-time favorite style, with water-repellent fabric, roll-up legs, plenty of stretch for adventures, and a classic trouser fit.

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External Battery / Power Bank

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Last I checked, there were no electrical outlets in the woods. If you expect to go through a lot of battery (perhaps for using your phone as a camera or GPS), this power bank will give you plenty of charge while you're outside.

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Sawyer Water Filter

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So easy to use and it filters out 99.99% of bacteria, making it possible to drink from streams or rivers without fear. It screws right onto any standard size water bottle or Platypus.

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Smartwool Socks

Happy feet make happy hikers! No matter how wet, sweaty, or gross my feet have gotten, with Smartwool I’ve never had cold or blistered feet. I've tried summery lightweight styles and thick winter socks and they're all great!

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Surely one of these gifts for hikers is exactly what you’re looking for! Feel free to share other hiking gifts in the comments, too — the more ideas, the merrier!

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Looking for more general travel gifts? I’ve got you covered in my 2019 travel gift guide!

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