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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
There's something about slipping off your hiking boots and letting your feet breathe to 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 and a must-add to your hiking shoes collection.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. As far as I'm concerned, this is the best water filtration system on the market.
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! The only thing they're missing is a compression sock (but you can get a great merino wool version from Darn Tough Socks).
AllTrails is my favorite resource for trail planning. You can search for hikes, mountain bike routes, and more and read reviews from other trekkers. Though the free version is pretty good, the annual pro subscription adds a lot of features for only $30/year...my favorite being the ability to download trail maps for offline use. It's WAY cheaper than a GPS and nice to only carry your phone!
Any hiker is going to run into rain at some point, guaranteed. I love my rain jacket since it's adjustable around the neck, waist, and wrists for better waterproofing. Plus, it's breathable, which can otherwise be hard to find in a rain coat. This once is great.
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!