27 Gifts That Any Hiker And Outdoor Enthusiast Would Love

Emily Wendzich
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Hiking and the outdoors is about more than just the enjoyment of getting away from it all. It’s about exploring and reconnecting with nature.

It may surprise you to find out that there are many different types of hikers out there. Some hikers just like taking a walk in the woods while other strenuous trails others like to make a long trek.

Regardless of which, it’s safe to say that hikers have a passion for being active outdoors and for spending time in nature. If you’ve never as a hiker, I urge you to give it a try. You’ll never look at the world the same again.

From time to time, we all need something to remind us that we are closer to nature than we think. This is the reason I’ve decided to write this guide to gift ideas that any outdoor and hiking enthusiast would love to receive as a gift.

Here are some of the best outdoor and hiking gift ideas for the 2015 holiday season.

NameCategoryProduct
ENO, Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Lightweight Camping HammockBest OverallENO, Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Lightweight Camping Hammock
Sierra Dawn Campsuds Outdoor Soap in Nalgene BottleBudget PickSierra Dawn Campsuds Outdoor Soap in Nalgene Bottle
JOBY GorillaPod 5K Kit. Professional Tripod 5K Stand and Ballhead 5KUpgrade PickJOBY GorillaPod 5K Kit. Professional Tripod 5K Stand and Ballhead 5K

1. ENO, Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Lightweight Camping Hammock

Our rating: 9 / 10

ENO, Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Lightweight Camping Hammock

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The Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Lightweight Camping Hammock is ideal for hikers, travelers, and campers. It has a lifetime guarantee. The hammock comes with two nylon tree straps and an optional bug net.

The fabric used on the hammock is taffeta nylon, which is more water-repellent. It’s also quick drying, making it more durable than, for example, polyester or cotton. The arched door and footbox design allows you to easily get in and out of the hammock.

If you toss and turn a lot while sleeping, you’ll love how spacious this hammock is. The spaciousness also allows you to use it for two.

2. JOBY GorillaPod 5K Kit. Professional Tripod 5K Stand and Ballhead 5K

Our rating: 9 / 10

JOBY GorillaPod 5K Kit. Professional Tripod 5K Stand and Ballhead 5K

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Pros:

  • Compact, lightweight design
  • Ball head
  • Adjustable flexible legs – extend to 40”
  • Non-slip feet
  • Rubber grips on pan head
  • Vertical shooting

Cons:

  • Limited height
  • Limited range on leg positions
  • Heavy for the size

3. Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Sock

Our rating: 9 / 10

Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Sock

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The Darn Tough Hiker Micro Crew Cushion Sock combines a lot of the things that make Darn Tough socks great: performance, durability, and comfort under all conditions. The reinforced heel and toe added help make them a fantastic choice for outdoor use whether you are hiking, leaf raking, or doing anything else outside.

4. Rite In The Rain Weatherproof Top Spiral Notebook

Our rating: 9 / 10

Rite In The Rain Weatherproof Top Spiral Notebook

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Pros:

  • Don’t write on paper, write on Rite in the Rain Paper(Covers)
  • The cover is a no-slip rubber grip
  • The Fastener is a metal 3-ring for reduced security risk
  • The loop is for hiding the pen
  • The universal pattern (reversible)
  • The paper is water-proof, tear resistant and comes with a pH-neutral filler
  • The paper is 5 mm on the lines with .4mm on the tabs

5. Solar Charger 26800mAh Portable Power Bank External Battery Charger Pack For Outdoor, 2 Inputs 2 USB Outputs, Water-Resistant Phone Charger with LED Flashlight Compatible Most Phones, Tablets and More

Our rating: 9 / 10

Solar Charger 26800mAh Portable Power Bank External Battery Charger Pack For Outdoor, 2 Inputs 2 USB Outputs, Water-Resistant Phone Charger with LED Flashlight Compatible Most Phones, Tablets and More

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6. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

Our rating: 9 / 10

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter

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Pros:

  • Unbeatable price
  • Very lightweight
  • Simple design
  • Biodecay it slower than other water purifiers

The LifeStraw water purifier contains no chemicals or iodine, and can be used as a portable water filter or a straw. It easily attaches to a standard plastic bottle.

The LifeStraw has a great reputation for removing virtually all waterborne bacteria and parasites without using iodine or other chemicals. It comes with a nylon carrying pouch and can filter up to 1,000 liters of water. It weighs just 3 ounces and collapses to just 3 inches.

What’s more, the LifeStraw is compact and lightweight, so you can easily add it to your backpack or emergency kit. So you may never have to go thirsty again.

7. Adventure Medical Kits Sportsman Series Bighorn First Aid Kit

Our rating: 9 / 10

Adventure Medical Kits Sportsman Series Bighorn First Aid Kit

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Pros:

  • Uses waterproof pouches
  • Comfortable to carry
  • Includes advice on what to do in various emergencies
  • Treats a number of minor conditions and injuries

Looking for a sharp-looking first aid kit that harkens back to the days of the Old West? This Sportsman Series Bighorn kit from Adventure Medical Kits is a complete first aid kit that includes supplies to treat a wide variety of injuries.

This first aid kit is one of the few that comes with in-depth written instructions for how to treat a wide variety of conditions. First, we should mention that the pack itself weighs just 2.5 ounces; this is a very lightweight and comfortable pack in which to carry standard first aid supplies.

All the supplies used to treat minor injuries and illnesses are intended to be water-resistant. Included in the first aid kit are six large, durable polyethylene pouches in which you can store extra supplies. The pouches are color-coded to help you quickly identify the contents. These pouches are attached to the bag with sturdy, durable cord, so they can’t fall out.

8. überleben Zünden Fire Starter

Our rating: 8 / 10

überleben Zünden Fire Starter

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Pros:

  • Instantaneous ignition
  • Burns at 3,550 Fahrenheit
  • Waterproof, will not rust
  • It has a strong ash-resistant design
  • Wood handle looks and feels good
  • Easy to use and store
  • Provides a long service life
  • Affordable
  • Can be used in wet weather
  • Convenient to use

Cons:

  • Doesn’t have a built-in striker, so you need a little additional preparation
  • It doesn’t come with a carry case and lanyard, so you have to buy them separately

The Uberleben Zünden Fire Starter is a perfect gift for anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors, specifically, on camping trips. If you’re going to be outdoors, you have to make sure you’re prepared to battle the elements, both man-made and natural.

When outdoors, there’s always the threat of bear attacks or getting lost in the woods. Things like that can happen at any moment, and if you’re not prepared, you can get really hurt.

9. MPOWERD Luci Original: Solar Inflatable Light

Our rating: 8 / 10

MPOWERD Luci Original: Solar Inflatable Light

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The MPOWERD Luci Original is an award-winning portable solar LED light that can be charged using various means like a USB cable, a hand crank or a solar panel. It is a sleek inflatable light with an LED light that’s easy to carry around wherever you go, and showcasing your love for the outdoors.

Apart from being a light source, the Luci Original also works as an LED lantern and provides up to 40 hours of light on full charge. It has a polyurethane body which is tough and resilient. The Luci Original comes with a built-in rechargeable battery that can hold charge for up to a year.

We like the MPOWERD Luci Original inflatable light for its versatility in charging, and its resilience. We also appreciate that it is compact and lightweight. One of the things that we love most about the light is that it is inflatable.

10. Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Insect Repellent

Our rating: 8 / 10

Sawyer Products Premium Permethrin Insect Repellent

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Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Gets rid of mosquitoes
  • Repellent lasts for a while
  • No harsh smell
  • Safe for use on all varieties of gear

Cons:

  • No actual bottle, but comes in a packet
  • Can be a bit difficult to apply

16-ounce.

This product is a great repellent to have if you enjoy hiking! This repellent is by far one of the favorites. It can be used to protect all outdoor gear, hats, clothing, and tents from pesky insects.

You won’t have to worry because it’s not flammable, so when used correctly this should not be a fire hazard. It can be applied directly to you and other outdoor gear, but it won’t work as well as when hung up to dry.

11. Time May Tell Mens Merino Wool Hiking Cushion Socks Pack

Our rating: 8 / 10

Time May Tell Mens Merino Wool Hiking Cushion Socks Pack

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Pros:

  • Great for long walks and hikes
  • Provides warmth and cushioning
  • Observes shifting temperatures
  • Perfect for traveling
  • Sock sizes range from 6-13
  • Machine washable

Cons:

  • Too warm for some
  • Some users have experienced pilling

For those in need of something to stay warm during their travels, a nicely insulated pair of hiking socks is the way to go. The Time May Tell Wool Hiking Socks (Pack of 2) falls under this category and is made from fine New Zealand merino wool.

The wool fabric is said to improve the breathability of the socks and wick moisture away from the skin. It is designed to assist you in properly thermoregulation no matter how hot or cool it gets.

A fine wool fabric makes these socks soft and warm when it is cold, and they can provide extra cushioning and performance in warmth when the temps rise. The socks can even be little too warm for some when temperatures rise to the 90s, but they are perfect for autumn and winter hikes.

12. Bottle Bright

Our rating: 8 / 10

Bottle Bright

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Pros:

  • Safe to use in all areas.
  • Natural cleaning tablets made from recycled starch which is environmentally-friendly.
  • It is made from 100% non-toxic ingredients; no added chemicals, sulfur, bleach, phosphates or chlorine.
  • It is 97% natural and biodegradable.
  • It doesn’t add an unpleasant scent to water and will not harm the environment.
  • These water bottle cleaning tablets allow for easy use through wide openings on water bottles, hydration packs, water bladders, etc.
  • The water bottle cleaning tablets are non-flammable.
  • Environmentally safe formula.
  • Doesn’t give off dangerous vapors.
  • Ideal cleaning solution for all bottles.

Cons:

  • Bottles tend to smell after a month.
  • It takes a while to dissolve.

13. EnergeticSky Upgraded Version of Walk Traction Ice Cleat Spikes Crampons,True Stainless Steel Spikes and Durable Silicone,Boots

Our rating: 8 / 10

EnergeticSky Upgraded Version of Walk Traction Ice Cleat Spikes Crampons,True Stainless Steel Spikes and Durable Silicone,Boots

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Pros:

  • Surprisingly good traction for icy conditions
  • Durable- they haven’t punctured or deformed
  • Flexible- they are easy to bend and maneuver out of the way
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to clean
  • Small and easy to carry in your backpack

Cons:

  • Might require some getting used to as you develop confidence on them
  • The spikes could get slippery on wet ice or snow

If you are not a fan of using crampons on the ice and snow, then the EnergeticSky Ice Cleat Spikes Crampons may be the perfect alternative for you.

All you need is to wear these EnergeticSky spikers over your boots and start walking on ice and snow to have an effective grip on the icy surface.

The spikes seem to work well on dry ice and snow. The flexible and lightweight design lets it flex and bend out of the way to prevent any damage to the surface underneath as you walk.

14. Sierra Dawn Campsuds Outdoor Soap in Nalgene Bottle

Our rating: 8 / 10

Sierra Dawn Campsuds Outdoor Soap in Nalgene Bottle

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Soap usually comes in pretty standard packages that you can find within a drugstore. But not anymore! This soap comes in a portable and convenient Nalgene-type bottle that you can take anywhere, use anytime, and pour anywhere without feeling any guilt.

This multi-purpose soap is ideal for campers, hikers, backpackers, and even the ordinary outdoorsy person. It can be used for washing dishes, bathing, shampooing, and cleaning up an oil spill, all while leaving no “soapy” residue.

Our hat goes off to this travel-sized dish soap with a mint scent that’s being called the “everlasting lather”. Use it for washing anything from your dishes to your body. It’s especially good in a backpack since it doesn’t leave any residue, it’s biodegradable, and its small bottle size makes it ideal for a travel companion.

15. Gerber Diesel Multi-Plier

Our rating: 8 / 10

Gerber Diesel Multi-Plier

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Pros:

  • 11 tool-steel components include a wire cutters, scissors, file, shears, and a fully serrated blade
  • The blade locks into place, and is ideal for cutting, measuring, scraping, and prying
  • Multi-Plier includes a removable pocket clip and lanyard loop for easy storage
  • The Multi-Plier weighs in at only 5.4 oz.
  • Forged from the finest components and manufactured to the highest standards

Here is another electronic device that the outdoor pro would love, the Gerber Diesel multi-tool. The diesel multi tool is a robust tool with a solid handle that will be a pleasure to use for any job, large or small.

This multi tool can be used both functions as a pocket knife and the multi tool that can find. This Gerber Diesel is a solid tool that is lightweight and quick to get at. This feature is ideal for a user that is getting used to using a multi tool.

This multi tool is robust, yet it is lightweight in the use of the Gerber Diesel, has a durable polymer handles to assist in reduce the weight of its ergonomics, is a high-strength glass-filled nylon sheath. This will provide you with a dependable, yet a lighter knife.

16. CAMEL CROWN Mens Waterproof Jacket Hooded Windbreaker Windproof Rain Coat Shell

Our rating: 8 / 10

CAMEL CROWN Mens Waterproof Jacket Hooded Windbreaker Windproof Rain Coat Shell

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CYCLING OCCASION:Perfect usage in daily life, hiking, running, camping, climbing, cycling. It is also wear for bodybuilding, fitness, yoga and any other sports

Easy to put it on the backpack when not using it, the logo LOGO SHOWS THE RIGHT SIDE OF ITS. The lining is waterproof and breathable, it does not soak your body in case of rain, the long waterproof Zipper enables you to adjust your size according to your body shape.

Stereo pocket and backward pocket, it can fit your cell phone easily. The high quality of the fabric is soft, comfortable and lightweight, suitable for Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter and even Spring.

17. Greenbelly Backpacking Meals

Our rating: 8 / 10

Greenbelly Backpacking Meals

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If you're looking for some food that you can store in your backpack while you go hiking or bouldering, or whatever else you do, Greenbelly is the brand to check out. We love the fact that there are no preservatives in anything these guys make.

18. Eyeskey Tactical Survival Compass

Our rating: 8 / 10

Eyeskey Tactical Survival Compass

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Pros:

  • Super durable
  • Good quality and accurate
  • Easy to read and use
  • Reasonably priced
  • Strong magnet

Cons:

  • Hard to read in the dark
  • Cheap built quality

The Eyeskey compass is manufactured with polycarbonate material anti chipping, high-density, wear resistant and transparent, feel good. It is not only designed for outdoor survival, hiking and walking, but also used in their daily life. For travelers it is the best survival compass with lanyard and pouch, and club leaders can buy enough for members.

The Eyeskey 3.16 is a kind of high-end outdoor survival accessories. The built-in flexible and rotary sight design is for fast and accurate observation of field data and uses traditional Azimuthal system based on 360 degrees. The sighting point is easy to use and operate. The compass is perfect for campers, hikers, lightweight backpacking, travel and other outdoor activities.

The package includes Eyeskey Tactical Compass, lanyard and pouch. The survival compass has a clip on the back to use as a pocket compass, and the wrist strap can be used for more convenient carrying, using as a hand compass.

19. Stainless Steel Kitchen Utensil Set 7-in-1 Folding Tableware

Our rating: 7 / 10

Stainless Steel Kitchen Utensil Set 7-in-1 Folding Tableware

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Pros:

  • Includes a large fork, spoon, knife, bottle opener, can opener, and metal file
  • Small and easy to carry
  • Comfortable to hold while hot
  • Stainless steel material
  • Triple layer coating for corrosion, rust, and scratch resistance
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee
  • Poisonous free

Cons:

  • No locking mechanism
  • Folding leaves half of the utensils exposed

Black by Canica.

Metal utensils can be a bit annoying when going through metal detectors in airports. These utensils, on the other hand, have a plastic casing. The cover has an anti-corrosive coating.

These folding utensils are also dishwasher safe. The 100% money-back guarantee gives you a lot of assurance that you won’t regret purchasing these utensils.

20. National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States

Our rating: 7 / 10

National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States

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Pros:

  • Provides facts about all 401 U.S national parks
  • Ample images and maps of each park
  • Thoroughly researched and written

21. Garmin eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator

Our rating: 7 / 10

Garmin eTrex 10 Worldwide Handheld GPS Navigator

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Pros:

  • Great price
  • Color screen
  • Waterproof (IPX 7)
  • Excellent battery life
  • Tracks elevation, distance, pace, and calories
  • Compact design
  • Accurate and easy-to-use interface

Cons:

  • No touch screen
  • No color mapping
  • No waypoints
  • No internal memory

One of the best cheap handheld GPS units we've seen is the Garmin eTrex 10. Though it lacks some of the bells and whistles and a screen, it has everything a beginner hiker or outdoor enthusiast would need.

Because the screen isn't touch-sensitive, you won't be able to tap on it to bring up new information. Instead, you have to use the buttons on the touch pad. While it may take a little time to get used to, the buttons are responsive and most people don't find them too difficult to use.

The Garmin eTrex offers three display formats: a basic 2D view, a 3D perspective, and a shaded 3D view. The 3D formatting shows a satellite image of the terrain with direction overlaid on top.

22. Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

Our rating: 7 / 10

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

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Pros:

  • Lots of great settings
  • Is water-resistant
  • Rugged and durable
  • Has a backup rechargeable battery
  • Is lightweight
  • Compact design
  • Sturdy construction, can survive a drop
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Can survive water damage.

Cons:

  • Runs on batteries
  • Cheap feel with plastics
  • Hot spot around the eye area
  • Can be heavier.

What Is The Black Diamond Storm Headlamp?

The Storm is a headlamp from Black Diamond. It has a maximum beam range of 140 meters and a peak beam intensity of 1339 lumens. It uses three AAA batteries and has a run time of 33 hours or 550 lumens.

Two red LEDs are also included along with the three white ones. These allow for lighting that won’t irritate you in camps, or will allow you to read maps at night without ruining your night vision.

23. The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way

Our rating: 7 / 10

The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way

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Pros:

  • Code included
  • Bonus: in-book links and resources
  • Bonus: information on pruning
  • Bonus: system for shelter building

Cons:

  • Needs an update
  • Little photography
  • Translation issues

If you are looking for one book that will give you everything you need to know about living outdoors and being self-sufficient, this is the one. “Natural Navigation” by Cody Lundin is the book that every outdoor enthusiast should read. Lundin’s 15 years of outdoor experience are compiled in his book and provide you with real-life skills for living and surviving outdoors.

The book is divided into multiple sections each covering a different skill set. Lundin begins with knowing who you are, and knowing where you are, all the way to using nature as a compass. For each skill, he provides several real-life examples and scenarios so that you can gain a better understanding of how to apply your newly acquired skills. For example, in the shelter-making section, he shows different ways to make a shelter for different kinds of weather using found materials. Further, he goes on to explain how each of these shelters is stronger than the back of your hand.

24. Zippo Typhoon Match Kit

Our rating: 7 / 10

Zippo Typhoon Match Kit

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Pros:

  • *Extremely compact *Lightweight *Doesn’t need fuel *Long lifespan * Windproof

The Zippo typhoon match kit might just be one of the most fun and handy inventions ever made. It’s a perfect gift for any hiker, or even for anyone who spends time outdoors. It’s small, it’s lightweight, it’s incredibly useful, and it’s a masterpiece of design.

It’s a refillable, windproof lighter that contains a gunmetal striker metal bar. It uses common flint and steel striking mechanism to light a match.

The Zippo Typhoon Match Kit comes in a very small, compact box. It’s so small that you can put it in your pocket. It’s a little over 3x2x1 inches and weighs 0.8 ounces.

25. Stanley Adventure Stainless Steel Flask

Our rating: 7 / 10

Stanley Adventure Stainless Steel Flask

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Pros:

  • Well-designed Stainless Steel Flask
  • Slim design
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty
  • Very versatile
  • Keeps beverage hot or cold for extended periods

Cons:

  • The only two downsides to this product are that it doesn’t hold a whole lot of beverage and the cap comes off due to its design.
  • This Stanley flask may just be one of the best backpacking and hiking items that you choose to purchase.
  • This flask holds the perfect amount of beverage for those short day hikes or backpacking trips.

The Stainless Steel flask is great for all outdoor enthusiasts. You can use it for so many different things.

26. Starbucks VIA® House Blend Coffee

Our rating: 5 / 10

Starbucks VIA® House Blend Coffee

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Buy one or more bags of Starbucks house blend and know that you’re giving your favorite hiker a gift that he or she can enjoy for the rest of the day on the trail. It’s a favorite among hikers for its amazing taste and caffeine content.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What to get someone who loves hiking?

What do you need for an outdoor enthusiast?

Depending on the type of adventure they wish to have, the equipment required for a trip could vary. Basically, any outdoor enthusiast needs a backpack (or rucksack) for gear, rainwear, water and a way to signal help if needed.

The exact list for what to bring on a hike or outdoors in general will vary. However, some basics are necessary. A knife, compass, map, waterproof bag and matches, compass, hat, first aid kit, flashlight, pocket saw, 50 feet of strong rope, and a backpack should be part of any hiker’s starter pack. Of course, there are a myriad of other valuable items that you could also bring along.

What do you get an adventurous person?

Finding a good gift for an adventurous friend or family member can be difficult. But fear not, we are here to help! Here’s a list of some great gifts to purchase for that special outdoor loving person in your life.

When looking for gifts for outdoor lovers, think practicality above all else. Remember, a practical gift is something they will use and appreciate.

What do you get an outdoor man?

Between the two of us, we have received over 20 different great gifts for outdoor men in the past 5 years. Of these, none are better than our favorite gifts, so I have compiled a list.

The best gifts are those which are useable, and something the recipient can get a lot of benefit from. We have avoided gifts which are strictly for personal decoration or which are items the recipient would not use after the initial excitement.

There are three big time categories of gift.

{1}. Camping Gear
{2}. Sporting Goods
{3}. Fun Toys

There are a total of 27 ideas, all of which we use regularly.

Conclusion

Our list of the 27 best gifts for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts was an extremely fun post to compile. We’re going to go ahead and admit that we might have taken the task of choosing the best 27 outdoor gifts for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts just a bit too seriously.

In the table above, we’ve featured some of the most-loved hiking gear, making it easy to shop for just about anyone who loves to spend time in the mountains, bringing their appreciation for nature to a whole new level.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
ENO, Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Lightweight Camping HammockBest OverallENO, Eagles Nest Outfitters DoubleNest Lightweight Camping Hammock
Sierra Dawn Campsuds Outdoor Soap in Nalgene BottleBudget PickSierra Dawn Campsuds Outdoor Soap in Nalgene Bottle
JOBY GorillaPod 5K Kit. Professional Tripod 5K Stand and Ballhead 5KUpgrade PickJOBY GorillaPod 5K Kit. Professional Tripod 5K Stand and Ballhead 5K