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Gifts For Outdoorsy People

Shopping for gifts for hikers can be tedious unless you know what kind of gear to look for. This list of gift ideas are some of the best recommendations for the backcountry adventurer who loves hiking, backpacking, trekking and even camping. The majority of these items are extremely lightweight and durable, so they can withstand most outdoor conditions.

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Best Presents for Hikers, Backpackers and Trekkers 2017

Whether it’s a birthday gift, an expedition send off or a Christmas present –  guys and girls who love the outdoors also tend to love outdoor gear. Heck, even people who don’t go outdoors very often like outdoor stuff.

High-End Gifts ($200+)

Big Agnes Cabin Creek Double Sleeping Bag

Big Agnes Cabin Creek Double Sleeping BagThis is a perfect gift if you love to join your partner on certain trekking or camping trips. The Big Agnes Cabin Creek Double Sleeping Bag fits two people, has built-in pillows and is water-resistant.

Plus, it comes with add-ons, such as sleeping pads and internal loops for an even more convenient experience. One person carries the luggage, while the other carries the food and supplies. It’s a perfect fit.

MSR Hubba Hubba NX Tent

MSR Hubba Hubba NX TentHaving an ultralight tent is imperative when trekking, especially through longer, rougher terrain. So, if you want to give someone a valuable hiking gift, think about the MSR Hubba Hubba NX Tent.

Weighing only 3 pounds, 7 ounces, this tent comfortably fits 2 backpackers. It has an easy setup, easy fold-up and withstands most weather conditions (rain included). Frankly, it’s a gift that you don’t want to miss the opportunity of getting for someone who loves hiking.

HEMIPLANET The Cave

HEMIPLANET The CaveIf you know a guy who loves mountaineering and staying overnight to stargaze, HEMIPLANET’s ‘The Cave’ will make a great gift.

While this may not be designed for ultralight hiking or trekking, it’s an admirable tent that I’ve used previously when overnighting in the mountains. It has a pump that fully inflates the tent in under a minute. Plus, it’s waterproof and designed with stability, so everyone will have a good experience in this.

Osprey Atmos 65 AG Pack



Gearing up and preparing for a backcountry hike requires good preparation. Most men have lightweight backpacks, but what about when more bulky items are necessary?

The Osprey Atmos 65 AG Pack gives a man an opportunity to pack as bulky as he needs for trail or hike. It has 11 external pockets for maximum storage and a design that promotes better mobility. It’s a win-win with a product and is a must-have for every hiker.

Arc’teryx Altra 75 Pack

Arc’teryx Altra 75 PackEverything about the Arc’teryx Altra 75 Backpack makes it a perfect gift for a hiker. It’s built similarly to a car, with an advanced built suspension and frame that increases durability and agility.

Whether you’re going for a long-haul 500-mile trek or a 20-mile hike, the Altra 75 Pack will be a great addition to the journey.

Olympus TG-4

Olympus TG-4 CameraHaving a camera is necessary to capture those special moments during a long trek. The Olympus TG-4 is a lightweight, waterproof camera that’s perfect for photography on the backcountry.

Specifically, the camera can withstand just about anything. It’s shockproof up to a 7-foot drop, has a weight capacity of 220 pounds and can even withstand temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s an awesome, thoughtful gift perfect for any backpacker.

Osprey Aether 70 Pack

Osprey Aether 70 PackIf you’re looking for an alternative to the Atmos 65 AG, you’ll fall in love with the Osprey Aether 70 Pack. It sports many of the same features but comes equipped with a few more enhancements.

The most notable feature of this bag is the custom, heat-moldable hip belt. It’s designed to provide maximum comfort during any backcountry trailing. So, it’s a great personalized gift for hikers.

Marmot Essence Rain Jacket

Marmot Essence Rain JacketIf you’re looking for one of the best gifts for hikers, look no further than the Marmot Essence Rain Jacket. This is one of the most lightweight and durable jackets you can give a guy for his hike.

This delivers complete water protection, no matter how severe the rain comes down. It’s a complete minimalist jacket since it contains no pockets or storage. So, it’s built completely for trekking the backcountry without many amenities for the ultimate hike.

Gregory Baltoro 75 Pack

Gregory Baltoro 75 PackThe Gregory Baltoro 75 Pack is designed to be completely customizable to a hiker. It’s available in three sizes to help fit guys perfectly.

Weighing between 5 to 6 pounds, the bag is a dream come true for a hiker on a long trek. Beyond the spacious interior, the overall aesthetics make it one of the best sustainable packs. Truly a gift built for a true hiker.

Smith Dover ChromaPop Polarized Sunglasses

Smith Dover ChromaPop Polarized Sunglasses feature lenses that reduce 99% of visibility glare from most weather conditions. For men who are constantly hiking outdoors, this is going to give them the ultimate protection from all sunny conditions.

These sunglasses are also made of over 50% bio-material, so it’s even green-friendly. One of the best sunglasses out there for hikers right, this is a highly recommended gift.

REI Igneo Sleeping Bag

REI Igneo Sleeping BagLightweight hiking requires the lightest, yet durable gear. The REI Igneo Sleeping Bag is go-to for most hikers, including myself. If I’m traveling for extended periods, there is not another sleeping bag I’d take with me.

First, it weighs a little less than 2 pounds and completely replaces the need for a sleeping bag and pad. This is a two-in-one that gives you complete resistance with its double-protection design. You’ll stay warm inside the fabric, yet it’s breathable so you’ll stay cool when needed.

Suunto Ambit3 Peak GPS Watch

Suunto Ambit3 Peak GPS WatchThere is no denying the effect that technology has had on the hiking niche. The Suunto Ambit3 Peak GPS Watch is a premium GPS and multifunction watch that will enhance a man’s hiking adventure. It’s made tracking weather storms, finding new paths and preventing hikers from being lost much easier.

It even allows you to share your adventures via a path feed that gives you a visual experience through your hike. If you’re looking for that one impressive gift this year, this could be one of the best options.

The North Face ThermoBall Hoodie Jacket

The North Face ThermoBall Hoodie JacketNorth Face is a brand that’s well-known for providing reliable jackets. Their Thermoball Insulated Jacket is one of the best made for backpacking, hiking, trekking or camping. It’s compressed to make mobility easier, yet still offers a 600-fill-power down warmth.

This jacket also fairs well in rainy conditions as well. It continues to insulate heat even when it’s wet and prevents moisture from getting inside the jacket. It’s a great outdoorsy gift.

Low Renegade GTX Mid-Hiking Boot

Low Renegade GTX Mid-Hiking BootEvery man needs a great pair of hiking boots to explore the backcountry. The Low Renegade GTX Mid-Hiking Boots are the perfect fit for the job. These shoes provide comfort and are suited for long-term treks as well.

Designed with GORE-TEX, it’s completely resistant to water and mud conditions. This way, no matter what conditions a hiker faces, they have a reliable pair of boots that work with them and journey.

Nikon Monarch Waterproof Binoculars

Nikon Monarch Waterproof BinocularsThe Nikon Monarch Waterproof Binoculars provide sustainability in any trekking weather. By far, these have been the most impressive binoculars I’ve used and would highly recommend them as a gift for anyone who loves being outdoors.

The lenses have fog proof technology along with a multilayer prism, so they are effective in all weather. Not to mention they are lightweight, fit around glasses and are waterproof. If you’re looking to impress a guy this year, this is a perfect surprise.

Arc’teryx Acrux FL GTX Approach Shoe

Arc’teryx Acrux FL GTX Approach ShoeNot every backcountry adventure requires hiking boots. This is where the Arc’teryx Acrux FL GTX Approach Shoe comes in during a hike. Providing you with a waterproof, breathable shoe, they complement a man looking for maximum mobility in his footwear.

If a guy already has all the hiking boots in the world, these are a great alternative gift.

Ricoh WG-M2 Action Camera

Ricoh WG-M2 Action CameraAnother camera highly recommended for men is the Ricoh WG-M2. This camera has a design that’s built completely for the outdoors and will resist almost all outdoor elements.

Technically, the camera excels in every way. It has 4k Ultra HD video recording. Plus, it can capture video up to a 270-degree angle in a single shot, giving maximum coverage of a hike.

Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad

Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Sleeping PadSome men prefer having the traditional gear for a lightweight hike. A great gift for them would be the Big Agnes Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad.

It’s a 3-season sleeping pad and provides maximum comfortability and support for men looking to get a peaceful sleep while outdoors. It’s lightweight and durable, complementing any man’s ultimate backcountry experience.

The North Face Triarch 2 Tent

The North Face Triarch 2 TentGoing on a two-person adventure can make lightweight packing even easier with The North Face Triarch 2 Tent. Weighing an impressive 3 pounds, 16 ounces, this two-person tent provides maximum 3-season coverage.

It’s easy to set-up and has a 2-door design for both hikers. A favorite if you’re looking for a gift to share with a mate during a hike.

Maui Jim Stingray Polarized Sunglasses

Maui Jim Stingray Polarized SunglassesThe Maui Jim Stingray Polarized Sunglasses are very like the Smith Dover sunglasses, but they provide a slightly different aesthetic. These are a sophisticated pair of sunglasses built for backpackers and explorers everywhere.

One perk of these glasses that differentiates it is that it uses 20% thinner lenses, so it’s more fashionable and comfortable. For some men, this is crucial, so it can be the best gift for hikers out there.

Affordable Gifts ($100 to $200)

REI Trail 40 Pack for Men

REI Trail 40 Pack for MenThe REI Trail 40 Pack is the perfect backpack to gift for men who love to hike. Weighing only 2 pounds, 14 ounces, this is an ultralight backpack that makes it easy for long treks.

It features special fasteners for trekking poles, rain cover stows in the pockets and padded mesh straps for comfortability and cooling. So, no matter what conditions a man is facing during his travels, he has a backpack that can help him get through it.

Leatherman SIGNAL Multi-Tool

Leatherman SIGNAL Multi-ToolWhile it’s pricier than you’d expect, the Leatherman SIGNAL does an impressive job with supplying an all-in-one multi-tool for every hiker or backpacker.

Impressively, the SIGNAL offers 19 different tools. This includes a diamond-coated sharpener, hammer, bit driver, whistle and even a saw! Trust me, this is a tool that’s going to significantly lighten the load of any hiker.

Texasport Deluxe Privacy Shelter/Shower

Texasport Deluxe Privacy Shelter/ShowerWhen you’re setting up camp somewhere for a few days, you want to have more than a small pocket shower to bathe. The Taxesport Portable Deluxe Camp gives you a more premium showering experience that’s made for the outdoors.

While it’s not built for taking during a long trek or hike, it’s convenient for backpackers who enjoy camping out occasionally.

Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket

Pendleton Yakima Camp BlanketDuring the early spring and late fall hiking season, a camping blanket is necessary even during hikes. The Pendleton Yakima Camp Blanket is a personal favorite.

This lightweight blanket keeps you warm during resting periods and will accommodate anyone. It’s the perfect gift for a backcountry traveler.

Benchmade 531 Pardue Axis G10 Knife

Benchmade 531 Pardue Axis G10 KnifeWeighing in at only 2.1 ounces, the Benchmade 531 Pardue Axis G10 Knife is a handy tool for a guy backpacking. It offers protection with a stainless-steel blade and has a smooth ease of use with the spring-loaded mechanism.

You can never go wrong with a decent knife as a gift for a hiker.

Patagonia R1 Hoody

Patagonia R1 HoodyIf you’re looking to gift a reliable mid-sized jacket for the outdoors, the Patagonia R1 Hoody is a top contender. The fleece is crafted with breathable fabrics that exceed well with hiking, running or just going outside on a chilly day.

During colder weather, it’s easy to layer another jacket to stay warm. For a hiker, having the perfect layers of clothing is imperative for all weather conditions. So, this is a reliable gift.

Coleman Instant Cabin Tent

Coleman Instant Cabin TentPerfect for bigger families or group hikes, the Coleman Instant Cabin Tent comfortably fits six people on a camping trip. This isn’t a traditional six-person tent that takes a few minutes to setup, though.

This tent takes around 60 to 90 seconds to setup, which is what makes it extremely versatile. It’s built for all weather conditions, withstanding over 50 mph winds and heavy rainstorms. It’s perfect for any camping trip.

Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Trekking Poles

Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Trekking PolesTrekking through mountains isn’t an easy task without the right trekking poles. The Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock Trekking Poles are an ideal pair of poles that extend between 27 inches to 55 inches. Slip-free resistance with FlickLock Pro adjustability and proven shock absorptions, it’s built for any travel.

Not to mention the padded wrist straps for security and comfortability makes it a gift built for a hiker.

Powermonkey Extreme 12V

Powermonkey Extreme 12VEven the modern hiker uses electronics whilst on the go. Some want to take pictures of the landscapes, while others want to bring their iPad for entertainment.

Conveniently, the Powermonkey Extreme 12V provides even the most dedicated backpacker with an easy-to-use solar powered charger.

With a convenient strap, it easily attaches to any backpack or tent for daily charging. Even better, it offers 5V or 12V sockets, so it’s ideal for most devices used while hiking.

ENO Housefly Rain Tarp

ENO Housefly Rain TarpHammocks are a smart, savvy way for hikers to stay lightweight during their trips. However, one problem they need to anticipate is harsh weather conditions that disrupt the use of hammocks.

The ENO Housefly Rain Tarp provides a solution for hikers who love to use hammocks. Built specifically to keep water out and withstand harsh winds, it’s a perfect lightweight tent cover to buy a backpacker.

Vasque St. Elias GTX Hiking Boots

Vasque St. Elias GTX Hiking BootsAs a hiker, I can’t fathom having a good pair of hiking boots. The Vasque St. Elias GTX Hiking Boots are amongst my favorite pair of boots that work with some sophisticated tech.

Crafted with leather, it’s combined with the popular GORE-TEX waterproof liners that protect your feet from the elements. Better, though, it’s providing you with breathability as well. These shoes have EVA footbeds for all-day comfort and shock protection from rough terrain.

Nikon Prostaff 7S Binoculars

 Nikon Prostaff 7S BinocularsHaving a quality pair of binoculars is a must-have survival piece that every hiker should have in their pack. The Nikon Prostaff 7S provide some of the best features and will help a hiker plan any redirects during a trip.

Lightweight, these binoculars provide up to 8 times magnification with multi-slick eyecups to give a hiker full view of anything. They have a design that’s convenient for guys who wear glasses, so it has no limitations unlike other binoculars out there.

DrinkTanks Vacuum Insulated Growler

DrinkTanks Vacuum Insulated GrowlerAvailable in both a 64 and 128 ounce, DrinkTanks Vacuum Insulated Growler is one of the most durable thermals out there. First, it’s ultra-lightweight, which makes it perfect for a hike or a camping trip.

When I’m hiking, I love to have this because it’s BPA-Free, leakproof and keeps drinks hot for 12 hours or cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours. During my trips, I hate stopping midday for resources, so this is an ideal solution. It eliminates the need to stop for water often, which is a perfect gift for a hiker.

Patagonia Down Sweater

Patagonia Down SweaterPatagonia features products that are fit only for hikers and travelers. Their Down Sweater is a great jacket for the outdoors, even during cooler weather. The traceable down 800-fill power European good down stores heat without adding too much puffiness to the jacket, which is a major upsell.

It’s made with a ripstop shell and lining to help protect it from shredding during any outdoor activity.

MSR PocketRocket Stove

MSR PocketRocket StoveWeighing in at 3 ounces, the MSR PocketRocket Stove is the minimalist’s dream for cookware. Beyond being small, it packs a pretty large punch.

It requires no maintenance and easily boils water in under 5 minutes. If you’re looking for a reliable cooking gift for hikers, you can’t go wrong with this stove.

REI Quarter Dome 1 Tent

REI Quarter Dome 1 TentThe REI Quarter Dome 1 Tent is an ultralight packer’s dream. Weighing only 2 pounds, 2 ounces, this tent was built to complement a lightweight, long-term trekking trip.

The REI Quarter Dome 1 has a solid 15-denier and 30-denier ripstop nylon material that helps protect a hiker from most weather conditions. Everything from the design to the features combines to create one of the most reliable tents out there for hiking.

Black Diamond B.D.V. Pants

Black Diamond B.D.V. PantsMen facing rough terrain during their hike or trek need a reliable pair of pants that can resist most terrain. A pair of Black Diamond B.D.V. Pants features a NanoSphere Technology that promises to do just that.

These pants have a drawstring, so adjusting it is easy and doesn’t require much work. But, what’s most impressive is the overall enhanced mobility the pants offer. Despite being made for heavy-duty terrain; they are more comfortable than most sweatpants.

JetBoil Flash Personal Cooking System

JetBoil Flash Personal Cooking SystemThe nifty Flash Personal Cooking System weighs only 14oz, so it’s perfect for any hiking trip. Most of the features help with preventing spills and reduce heat loss during the cooking process.

Made for even windy weather conditions, the easy-to-use electric starter turns the device on and can heat up to 32oz of liquid in 2 minutes. With a heat indicator that lets a hiker know when their contents are hot, it still retains heat long after cooking.

This is one of the most convenient cooking tools out there right now. Plus, it’s size makes it perfect to carry around.

KUHL Destroyr Soft-Shell Pants

KUHL Destroyr Soft-Shell PantsAlthough having a pair of lightweight pants is great, some men prefer having more durable, abrasion-resistant pants that work in all weather conditions. KUHL Destroyr Soft-Shell Pants are one of my top-rated recommendations for men.

The pants look and feel durable on the outside, but feel soft and comfortable on the inside. If you know someone who hikes in snow, rain or even mud, these will provide them the longest lasting solutions.

Smith Parallel Max Polarized Sunglasses

Smith Parallel Max Polarized SunglassesGetting maximum protection from the sun and other elements for your eyes is imperative for a trek or hike. Smith Parallel Max Polarized Sunglasses help make any trekking trip more comfortable.

Featuring polarized lenses, these sunglasses easily provide a 99% increase in visibility in any condition. These are my favorite pair of sunglasses for hiking and someone you know is going to love them just as much.

Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones

Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth HeadphonesTrekking or hiking alone requires a few distractions. Some men prefer listening to music while others prefer listening to local radio broadcasts. Whatever the case, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit Bluetooth Headphones provide clear, concise sound. Not to mention they are super durable.

Being resistant to water, it’s going to survive any conditions mother nature throws in a hiker’s trekking path.

All Clear Bottle

All Clear BottleMen who love having a reliable water bottle with them on their trek will love the All Clear Bottle. Not only does this have a lightweight sporty bottle, it also utilizes UV technology to purify water.

Essentially, a hiker can get water from just about anywhere without worry of bacteria. Plus, it can be carried around easily to give clean drinking water throughout the day.

HELIO Pressure Shower

HELIO Pressure ShowerThis is one of the more advanced showering systems out there right now. The HELIO Pressure Shower is ultralight, which makes it convenient for guys to carry around during their hike.

What’s impressive about this shower is the fact that it holds 2.9 gallons of water with a 7-foot hose, so it’s extremely large and will last for a 10-minute shower with a medium pressure. Any man who loves hiking or trekking will be thanking you for this gift.

Handpresso Pump

Handpresso PumpDuring a hike, I can’t resist having a good espresso drink every morning. The Handpresso Pump is a lightweight contraption that easily makes espresso in minutes.

The most convenient part is honestly the size. It’s not an add-in that’s going to tag on a lot of weight. Plus, the pros outweigh the cons because, after all, who doesn’t love a great cup of espresso in the morning?

Eton Rugged Rukus Bluetooth Speaker/Charger

Eton Rugged Rukus Bluetooth Speaker/ChargerThe Eton Rugged Rukus Bluetooth Speaker and phone charger enlighten a backpacker who enjoys having his phone with him. While going through different regions, accessibility to power sources isn’t always easy. This is where the beauty of this comes in.

Featuring a solar-powered feature, it easily recharges using sunlight. So, it’s perfect for daytime trekking (especially if you get the Xtreme version). It’s only 1.2 pounds, so it’s a relatively lightweight product as well for traveling.

Panasonic Lumix Active Lifestyle Camera

Panasonic Lumix Active Lifestyle CameraSporting a mid-priced outdoors camera, the Panasonic Lumix Active Lifestyle is a great lightweight camera for hiking, camping or backpacking.

With a built-in creative effects app inside the camera, easily filter all your pictures as you take them. And don’t worry about taking in on your hike because it’s shockproof up to 5 feet, freezeproof and waterproof for built-in toughness against weather conditions. This camera is a great gift for hikers.

Inexpensive Gifts (Under $100)

Evrgrn Crash Sack

Evrgrn Crash SackThe Evrgren Crash Sack offers you both an affordable, yet valuable, gift that every hiker or backpacker needs. Offering a two-in-one product, you’ll be gifting both a sleeping bag and jacket.

For a hiker who loves to pack light, this fits perfectly with their gear. The jacket allows them to stay cool, reduce traveling weight on their bag and provides them with a comfortable sleep no matter where they set up camp.

GSI Outdoors Java Mill

GSI Outdoors Java MillListen, no hiker or backpacker wants to settle for the horrible taste of instant coffee. The GSI Outdoors Java Mill was made specifically for trekking or hiking, weighing in at only 9.3 ounces.

It gives you access to fresh ground coffee every day you wake up. A gift like this won’t go unnoticed.

Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters for Men

Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters for MenThis is a multi-functional boot accessory that I’ve been using for a while. These Outdoor Research Crocodile gaiters are constructed with Gore-Tex Nylon, Cordura nylon and BioThane webbing to prevent snow and mud from spilling into your shoe.

It might not be the greatest looking accessory, but it’s perfect for those rougher terrains like mountains and hills. So, it’s convenient and that’s what matters most when traveling on foot.

Coghlan 6-Egg Holder

Coghlan 6-Egg HolderThis is a simple gift, but it’s still efficient for long trekking. The Coghlan 6-Egg Holder is lightweight and durable to protect the eggs from breaking if dropped.

Scout Mosquito Repeller Camp Lantern

Scout Mosquito Repeller Camp LanternThe Scout Mosquito Repeller Camp Lantern is an ideal gift for someone who enjoys taking smaller hiking trips. It’s weight and size makes it inconvenient for lightweight trekking, but it does make a great accessory for camping out somewhere locally.

This provides a 15 x 15-foot radius of bug repellent from mosquitos to black flies using a 220-lumen light. It’s the one light that every bug hates, but you’ll love it.

Sea to Summit Pocket Shower

 Sea to Summit Pocket ShowerShowering during a long trek isn’t an easy task.  But, most men still love to get one in if they can. So, this convenient Sea to Summit Pocket Shower, weighing only 4.25 ounces, could be the perfect gift for someone who travels outdoors.

With the shower head running fully open, each person gets an 8 1/2-minute shower per use. However, it can be adjusted to help conserve water if they need more time or want to split a shower with someone.

It’s also multi-functional. So, it can easily store clothes or a sleeping bag while hiking. It’s that inexpensive gift that is worth a million dollars to a hiker.

Skeeter Beeter Pro Hammock

 Skeeter Beeter Pro HammockUltralight packing is necessary for a long haul. This Skeeter Beeter Pro Hammock defines what every person needs with their bedding. Weighing only 35 ounces, it creates an entire oasis away from the bugs.

Also, it comes features with a starter rope and net suspension kit, so it’s perfect for any hiker. It’s a perfect gift for a lightweight hike through any forest terrain.

MalloMe Camping Cookware Kit

MalloMe Camping Cookware KitThere’s nothing like having the right cookware gear while on a long hike or trek. The MalloMe Camping Cookware Kit is by far my favorite of cookware and is a necessity for all backpackers.

Weighing only 11.2 ounces, it’s a perfect match for any hike duration. It features a folding spork and nylon bag with an easy backpack clip-on, so it doesn’t take up any extra space inside it. It’s one of the most inexpensive, yet useful gifts for a guy who loves traveling outdoors.

Nikwax Hardshell Clean/Waterproof Pack

Nikwax Hardshell Clean/Waterproof PackDuring longer treks, if a washing machine isn’t accessible, it’s going to be hard to keep your clothes water-resistance. However, these Nikwax Hardshell Clean/Waterproof Pack provide hikers with the perfect alternative to solve this problem.

The technical wipes work great on tents, backpacks and other outdoor gear. Meanwhile, the Wash-In Direct works efficiently on fabrics and restores its water resistance. It’s a must-have accessory for men traveling on long trips.

Rite in the Rain All-Weather Notebook

Rite in the Rain All-Weather NotebookOne of the best notebooks for hiking is the Rite in the Rain All-Weather Notebook. It’s an all-purpose writing pad that’s completely waterproof.

Hikers who love to write down their explorations will find this notebook to be worthwhile. So, it could make the best-unexpected gift for a hiker.

Etón SCORPION II Multi-Purpose Radio

Etón SCORPION II Multi-Purpose RadioRadio stations still carry signal mostly around the world. But, most hikers find them to be too heavy and fragile to bring with them. The Etón SCORPION II Multi-Purpose Radio innovates the way backpackers think about radios now.

Created to be lightweight and durable, this multi-functional radio gives you AM and PM radio as needed. It also provides NOAA alerts, so a hiker can track any bad weather storms coming their way.

An easy-to-use solar powered battery or crank charger makes it convenient for any trip. It’s perfect for a backpacker or hiker. Not to mention, it’s budget-friendly.

BioLite CookStove

BioLite CookStoveWeighing in at 1.6-pounds, this CookStove has a multi-functioning use as both a cooking stove and portable campfire. Compared to other models on the market, this is a lightweight stove that’s convenient even for longer hikes.

This lasts for 30-hours per charge and easily recharges via USB cable. If you get a solar powered charger, it’s a perfect gift combo.

Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Crew

Smartwool NTS Mid 250 CrewSmartwool NTS Mid 250 Crew is a minimalists’ dream. It’s offered in solid colors and it’s extremely lightweight, so it’s perfect for hiking.

The styling and technical details create an oasis from weather conditions like rain, giving complete water resistance. It’s still breathable, though, so it’s comfortable for any man in any weather condition.

Swiss Army Champ Knife

Swiss Army Champ KnifeIf you’re looking for the “ultimate tool” to gift a hiker, the Swiss Army Champ Knife is highly recommended. Not only does this knife have over 33 functions on it, but it also has a very durable stainless steel design.

It’s going to last a hiker a few years because the craftsmanship is unmatched by most. Plus, the price makes it an extreme bargain with the number of tools it has on it.

Patagonia Men’s Capilene Midweight Thermal

Patagonia Men’s Capilene Midweight ThermalPatagonia has built itself into a reputable company for most hikers’ clothing. These Men’s Capilene Midweight Thermals are one of the comfiest, durable and flexible thermals out there.

When dealing with cooler weather trekking, this is the perfect gift for any hiker. It’s guaranteed to keep them warm without losing mobility.

Black Diamond Ember Power Light Flashlight

Black Diamond Ember Power Light FlashlightFirst, the Black Diamond Ember Power Light Flashlight is one of the handiest flashlights out there. It’s extremely small and the overall design is built to take up zero packing space.

During even the darkest nights, the flashlight provides enough light with its 150 lumens to give any hiker the right light source. Not to mention it has a convenient USB charger on it to help charge any device in emergency trekking situations.

Harmony House Backpacking Kit

Harmony House Backpacking KitTrailing requires lightweight packing, even with food. This Harmony House Backpacking Kit has made it even easier for a hiker to cook food while on the go.

Features 18 zip pouches, it includes an array of dehydrated vegetables and beans that total around 70 to 75 services. With 2 parts water, easily rehydrate the food for cooking. This is an unexpected, yet great gift for hikers.

Prana Stretch Zion Convertible Pants

Prana Stretch Zion Convertible PantsDuring fall and spring, Mother Natures can be unpredictable. This forces a hiker to have to pack for both cooler and warm climate changes during longer treks.

These Prana Stretch Zion Convertible Pants were built for the outdoors. Plus, they have zip-off pant legs to convert into shorts for the warmer weather, while still giving maximum protection against rocks and any other terrain. These are a great gift for any backpacker traveling in the fall and spring months.

Mombasa Outback Travel Net

Mombasa Outback Travel NetEven the simplest gifts like the Mombasa Outback Travel Net can increase the comfort of a hiker’s trip this coming year. This convenient net is extremely lightweight, so it’s perfect for any hiking adventure or length.

Not to mention, it gives you complete coverage from any bugs. Easily set it up around a bed during nighttime stargazing and be immersed only in the beauty of nature.

Coleman Palmetto Cool Weather Sleeping Bag

Coleman Palmetto Cool Weather Sleeping BagWeighing a little over 5 pounds, the Coleman Palmetto Cool Weather Sleeping Bag travels great for most backpackers. It eliminates the need for a sleeping pad since it’s insulated and padded.

So, the weight makes more sense since it replaces two pieces of equipment for most hikers. It’s a good gift for a hiker in need of a new sleeping bag for their hiking expeditions.

Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Sleeping Pad

Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol Sleeping PadA reliable sleeping pad is going to do more than just provide comfort. It should also provide insulation and warmth, making it comfortable for all three major seasons of trekking.

Therm-a-Rest Z Light Sol Sleeping Pad offers a heat reflective aluminized surface. This generates up to 20% more heat returned by your body, so a hiker won’t feel the harsh weather of mother nature.

Sven Folding Saw

Sven Folding SawThe Sven Folding Saw is one of the easiest and durable saws to use on a hike. Weighing 1-pound, the saw transports safely by folding up.

This is a tool that I have on me during most hiking trips. The folding aspect makes it not only safe but easier to fit in a backpack. So, it doesn’t get in the way when traveling through the woods.

This is a simple, yet necessary tool for survival during long treks or hikes.

Asics PR Lyte Short Sleeve Shirt

Asics PR Lyte Short Sleeve ShirtAsics PR Lyte Short Sleeve Shirt is one of my favorite short-sleeve shirts. It’s extremely inexpensive for the quality, which makes it best as a gift for someone.

Plus, it’s just extremely comfortable. The fabric doesn’t interrupt or interfere with body movements in any way, giving a hiker maximum control. It also has drying technology to keep men cool during warmer weather.

REI Double Shot Press Mug

REI Double Shot Press MugBetween the Espresso handpump and the REI Double Shot Press Mug, having coffee is never an issue when hiking. Although the cup is a bit heavy (16 ounces), it’s convenience makes it worth having for most hikers.

Easily pour your grinds inside the mug and French press it with some water. It’s that simple. Plus, it easily clips onto a bag via the handle. So, it doesn’t take up any unnecessary space inside a backpack.

Ivation Portable Handheld Shower Head

Ivation Portable Handheld Shower HeadAfter purchasing and using the Ivation Portable Handheld Shower Head on a few camping trips and hiking trips, I’d say this is a great alternative to shower pouches.

Although, the only downside is that it requires a larger source of water to work. So, it’s good for men who don’t mind showering in streams and lakes and need a good showerhead.

Deuter Speed Lite 20 Pack

Deuter Speed Lite 20 PackUltralight trekking or hiking requires the lightest backpack possible. This Deuter Speed Lite 20 Pack weights over an amazing 1 pound, 2 ounces. This is one of the most lightweight backpacks I’ve seen on the market so far.

It’s durable and convenient, giving only necessary space for the lightest hike possible. Highly recommended backpack as a gift for hikers.

SOL Emergency Bivy

SOL Emergency BivyDuring the cooler months of trekking (early spring and late fall), having protection against the elements is necessary. The SOL Emergency Bivy is an excellent backup for keeping warm during extremely cool days.

This small, yet effective, piece of gear can return 90% of your body heat back to you. Any hiker knows just how vital this is during those unexpected nasty weather conditions.

Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Spray

Counter Assault Bear Deterrent SprayTrekking in bear-filled terrain requires some necessary protection. The Counter Assault Bear Deterrent Spray is one of the most effective bear repellents on the market.

Reaching between 12-to-30-feet in length, this small spray bottle packs a heavy punch that doesn’t require a person to get too close to the bear. It completely empties in about 7 seconds, making it extremely potent and powerful to help with preventing bear attacks.

BearVault BV500 Food Container

BearVault BV500 Food ContainerThe BearVault BV500 Food Container is another necessary piece of equipment every hiker needs during treks and hikes in bear territory. It easily stores several weeks of food for most hikers and prevents bears from invading major food resources.

Not to mention, it’s inexpensive. So, if you’re looking for a valuable gift that’s not costly, this is the ideal gift for backpackers.

REI Flex Lite Chair

REI Flex Lite ChairWhile I don’t traditionally bring a lot of equipment with me during hikes, the REI Flex Lite Chair has completely altered by perception on what I can bring on an ultralight trip.

Amazingly, this chair weighs under 2lbs and has a weight capacity of 250 pounds. The overall quality, durability and ease of use make it one of the most convenient “luxury” add-ons for a hiker’s trip.

Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 Original Camp Chair

Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 Original Camp ChairAn alternative to the REI Flex Lite Chair, the Crazy Creek Hex 2.0 Camping Chair offers a bit more convenience. It weighs 5 ounces less but lacks the leg stands.

However, it does provide a nice cushion and support for sitting on the ground. Plus, it’s easier to roll up and store in a pack. But, it’s still not as comfortable or durable as the Flex Lite Chair. Still a great gift for hikers, though.

The North Face Venture Rain Jacket

The North Face Venture Rain JacketThe North Face Venture Rain Jacket was crafted especially for wilderness storms. It features 2.5 layers that protect against both vicious winds and rough rainy weather.

Plus, the hood is adjustable with a drawstring, making it easier to adjust it as needed during a hike. Any hiker trailing in a heavily rain-predominate area could use this jacket as a present.

Luci Outdoor 2.0 Light

Luci Outdoor 2.0 LightDuring the nighttime, hikers want to know they have more light than what the campfire offers. The Luci Outdoor 2.0 is one of the most innovative light sources for hikers and campers to bring with them.

It’s not just a flashlight, it works as a technology-updated lantern that provides 4 modes of lights. It can collapse into a 1-inch pouch that can easily attach to a bag. Then, during the hike, the sun hits the solar panels to give a hiker renewable energy for the next night. It’s a great gift I’d recommend.

Cheap Stocking Stuffer Gifts

Sea to Summit Kitchen Sink

Sea to Summit Kitchen SinkHikers and campers face an issue with finding the right supplies to clean their dishes. This is what makes the Sea to Summit Kitchen Sink such an amazing stocking stuffer for the holiday.

Both relatively cheap and weightless, this sink easily seals open and close to fit ideally in any backpack.

Not to mention, it’s a solid product that holds between 5 liters to 20 liters, depending on the size you buy. So, it’s an easy, affordable gift that has value for any hiker.

Columbia River Knife and Tool

Columbia River Knife and ToolEvery hiker needs to have an assortment of tools when on the go. The Columbia River Knife and Tool provides a three-in-one lightweight tool, including a spoon, fork and bottle opener.

Plus, this even hooks onto a backpack, so it doesn’t take up any extra storage space. It’s a small, inexpensive gift that has value for anyone who travels.

LifeStraw Water Filter

LifeStraw Water FilterUltralight packing isn’t always the easiest without the right products. If you know someone who enjoys being out in nature, put a LifeStraw in their stocking this holiday season.

This LifeStraw contains no moveable parts nor batteries, making it effective for traveling. Plus, it successfully filters 264 gallons of water, removing 99% of bacteria and Protozoa. It’s safe to drink directly from any water source (lakes, rivers and mud puddles).

Nalgene Flask

Nalgene FlaskBringing a water bottle while hiking isn’t always efficient for the “Ultralight” lifestyle. This is where the Nalgene Flask benefits most.

Nalgene combined the slim, efficient carrying size of a flask with a water bottle to create a convenient water storage. Plus, it also has a durable polycarbonate sleeve that protects the water from outside weather conditions. It’s built to help keep the refreshing taste of the water until the very last drop.

Darn Tough Socks

Darn Tough SocksSocks have always been looked down upon as a gift for the holidays. However, even the most experienced hiker knows just how important a pair of socks can be during their trek.

These Darn Tough socks were made specifically for skiers, so they can wick moisture all day long. During a hike, this is imperative to prevent anything from slowing you down.

Suunto Clipper L-B NH Compass

Suunto Clipper L-B NH CompassA compass has been a travelers’ friend for centuries. However, the bulkiness and lack of durability are the top complaints of most compasses out there.

The Suunto Clipper L-B NH Compass took the standard compass and made it more user-friendly for a hiker or backpacker. Clipping onto a watchband, it gives you easy access to your compass without the worry of losing it. It’s durable and small, making it an ultralight gift for a hiker.

The Deuce of Space Backcountry Potty Trowel

The Deuce of Space Backcountry Potty TrowelHuman waste can be problematic, but not just for future travelers hiking on the same trail. It can also deteriorate the earth when not properly disposed of during a hike.

The Deuce of Spade Backcountry Potty Trowel offers you a friendly alternative to traditional trowels and are easy to dispose of afterward. It’s a great little gift that doesn’t pack on much extra weight for a trekking adventure.

Ben’s 30% DEET Tick and Insect Repellent

 Ben’s 30% DEET Tick and Insect RepellentTicks, mosquitos and other bugs are all too common when trailing through the backcountry. The longer you’re out there, the more protection you’ll need to survive the trip unscathed from bugs.

Ben’s 30% DEET Tick and Insect Repellent is the best gift for any backpacker or hiker. Not only does it contain 30% DEET for extra protection, but it’s also alcohol-free and fragrance-free for men who suffer from sensitive skin.

REI Day Hiker First-Aid Kit

REI Day Hiker First-Aid KitNo hike is complete without a great first-aid kit. REI Day Hiker First-Aid Kit is a small, lightweight product that features all the essentials.

Whether a hiker needs a splinter, gauze and tape, anapestic or alcohol wipes, this first-aid kit features it all. Plus, the pouch is reusable, so it can easily be restocked with small home products. So, it’s a great stocking stuffer that has a long-term use as well.

GSI Outdoors Salt and Pepper Shaker

GSI Outdoors Salt and Pepper ShakerWhile hikers aren’t known for being gourmet chefs while trekking, I’ve found it essential to have a few seasonings with me. Food isn’t always as tasty while trekking, so I always have the GSI Outdoor Salt and Pepper Shaker in my kit.

It’s not just for salt and pepper. You can store any of your spices inside of one of these. It’s a one-piece design, with a twin compartment for each spice. It also has a waterproof cap, so it keeps everything dry no matter how rainy it is while trailing.

Adventure Medical Kit Travel Medic First-Aid

Adventure Medical Kit Travel Medic First-AidAlthough I’m more preferential to the REI first aid kit, the Adventure Medical Kit Travel First-Aid Kit is still a solid first-aid kit for a hiker. It has most essentials to keep a hiker moving while on his trek.

From blister treatment to upset stomach medicines, the pack is filled with a few awesome products that are useful for a trek lasting a few days. The Adventure Medical First-Aid Travel Kit is also reusable and fits easily in your pocket.

UCO Stormproof Match Kit

UCO Stormproof Match KitUCO Stormproof Match Kit works as an awesome backup when lighters aren’t cutting it on a trip. Between rough winds and rain, it’s not always easy to start a fire. However, these are an alternative to ensuring you get a spark of fire when you need it.

They are completely waterproof and windproof, so they are built for most weather conditions. Even if you drop them in a pool of water, it still stays lit. A hiker couldn’t find anything more useful on their travels.

HumanGear GoToob Bottle

HumanGear GoToob BottleI recommend getting the 3 pack of HumanGear GoToob Bottles for a solid gift and stocking stuffer. When traveling, men still like to have the essential lotions, shampoos and conditioners to keep themselves kempt.

These bottles are small enough to keep a trip light but give a few essentials with grooming. No one should skip out on proper hygiene, even if they are hiking.

Magnesium Fire-Starter

Magnesium Fire-StarterPaired nicely with a knife, this is a small, handy gift that will help with generating sparks for lighting campfires.

The Magnesium Fire-Starter can easily ignite a flame when scraped with a knife. This even works when the magnesium block is wet, so it’s a good survival gift.

Repel 100 Insect Repellent

Repel 100 Insect RepellentAs described earlier, having the proper insect repellent is a must for a hiker or backpacker. No one wants to deal with pesky mosquitos or disease-ridden ticks. The Repel 100 Insect Repellent is a great, long-lasting repellent.

Alternatively, to the other repellent on the list, this one lasts for around 10 to 12 hours and works efficiently on clothing. Not too many other brands can claim that, so it’s a solid product that makes a perfect gift for a hiker.

Petzel Tikka Headlamp

Petzel Tikka HeadlampHaving a reliable light source while traveling is a commodity for every camper, hiker or backpacker. The Petzel Tikka Headlamp is my favorite product. It was recently updated to 100-lumen and offers two light modes.

It’s a lightweight band and can easily be worn on your head, so it takes up minimal space. Plus, it has a huge button to make it even better for convenience. This is an ideal gift for anyone who loves the outdoors.

Grabber Toe Warmers

Grabber Toe WarmersDuring cooler weather, more layering creates problems for a lightweight hiker. The Grabber Toe Warmers can help with reducing the number of socks a hiker must pack to keep his feet comfortable.

These toe warmers work as a slip-in for your shoes or boots. Anytime I’ve trekked during fall or winter times, I’ve found them to be extremely useful. Plus, there are 8 in a pack and they last 6-hours, so one or two as a gift can last a lengthy trip.

Zippo 12-Hour Hand Warmer

Zippo 12-Hour Hand WarmerComplementing the Grabber Toe Warmers, the Zippo 12-Hour Hand Warmer creates a need for less gear. Simply put them in your gloves or jacket and it generates heat up to 12 hours.

Plus, they use lighter fluid, which is also lightweight. Frankly, it’s a perfect gift for any hiker to keep them warm this winter and spring while trekking.

Mountainsmith Backpack Rain Cover

Mountainsmith Backpack Rain CoverWhile most men who hike regularly already have a water-resistant bag, it doesn’t mean that it’s impenetrable. After hours of being rained on, eventually, the bag could have some water seepage.

The Mountainsmith Pack Rain Cover gives a backpacker or hiker an additional layer of security against the occasional harsh weather of mother nature. Plus, it can protect from bugs and outdoor debris to keep any surprises out when you open the bag during a break.

Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro Socks

 Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro SocksIf you know someone who loves looser hiking socks, Wigwam Hiking Outdoor Pro Socks are a perfect gift. Not only are these socks ultralight and comfortable, they are resilient to water to keep feet dry on the go.

Nite Ize Financial Tool Multitool

Nite Ize Financial Tool MultitoolBoth a wallet and a durable stainless steel multitool, this is a unique gift for hikers. While backpacking for several days, especially when crossing through different towns, I’ve relied heavily on this tool. It removes the need for a bulky wallet.

Not only that, but the Nite Ize FinancialTool is made of durable stainless steel and can be used as a traditional multitool for screwing and unscrewing things, wrenching, bottle opening, measuring and scraping. Probably one of the most convenient tools to have in your arsenal while trekking.

SOG MacV Multitool

SOG MacV MultitoolMultitools are an ideal gift for hikers. This SOG MacV Multitool is probably one of the coolest looking multitools I’ve seen out there. It’s crafted of durable stainless steel and TSA-approved for travels.

Not to mention, this multitool comes with 12 convenient functions and easily fits on a pack’s loop. So it removes so much clutter and creates none.

Soto Pocket Torch

Soto Pocket TorchTurning a disposable lighter into a high-burning torch that reaches up to 2,300 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s a no-brainer why the Soto Pocket Torch makes a great stuffing stocker for hikers and backpackers.

The size adds more convenience, weighing in at 1.8oz without the lighter. So, it can easily be tucked away in gear without any weight variation.

Hedgehog Pocket Comb Multitool

 Hedgehog Pocket Comb MultitoolGuys who trek for several hundred miles or camp for over a week will be thankful if you gift them the Hedgehog Pocket Comb Multitool. It’s a 7-function multitool that has most necessities that guys need on their trip.

It’s a comb, which makes it one-of-a-kind. Since it’s created of stainless steel, the comb works surprisingly well on all hair types. It’s also a phone stand, Philips screwdriver, money clip, bottle opener, wrench and even a chip clip. So, it’s a great survival gift surprisingly.

Black Diamond Trekking Pole Tip Protectors

Black Diamond Trekking Pole Tip ProtectorsTrekking through rough terrain can put some noticeable aesthetic damage to trekking poles. Not to mention, they are loud at times and the wear-and-tear eventually takes a toll on the effectiveness of the poles.

These Black Diamond Trekking Pole Tip Protectors are inexpensive stocking stuffer gifts that will help protect the bottom of trekking poles. It will take the brunt of the damage, giving a hiker more use from each pair of poles. Plus, they reduce the noise, so it makes for a quieter, more relaxing trip.

Rainbow of California Knife Case

Rainbow of California Knife CaseLast, but surely no less important, is the recommendation of the Rainbow of California Knife Case. Personally, I love it and it fits most knives – small or large.

It conveniently attaches to your belt, so any hiker will have close access to his knife when he needs it. It’s a great stocking stuffer gift for hikers because they will always need their knife for an efficient hike.

Tim Seidler

Tim's not your typical outdoor guy. He's the guy that buys all the gear and then rarely uses it. But that's all changing now. He moved to the Pacific Northwest and has dedicated himself to learning everything there is to know about survival and the outdoors. What he lacks in experience he makes up for in natural curiosity, enthusiasm, and good looks.

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