Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Lovers on Your List

Give Your Outdoor Lovers Just What They Need To Have the Best Outing Ever

The holidays will be here before you know it. This year give the gift of adventure with these great gifts for backpacking, hiking and camping.

Practical stuff

1. Backpacker’s Pantry Long-Handled Spoon
Eat and clean up with one handy utensil. This two-in-one spoon/potscarper features a sturdy handle and a deep cup and comes in a long handle length which is great for digging into tall pots or freeze-dried meal packs.

2. Telescoping Folding Shovel

A handy tool for any backpacker or camper, a shovel with a telescoping handle, such as this one made by Schrade,  is easy to fit in a pack and great to have on the trail or at the campsite.

3. Spikes or crampons

Give your hiker some traction on icy and snowy trails or uneven terrain. Lightweight but not light duty, these accessories are a must-have for winter outings Some options include Kahtoola MICROspikes and Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra.

4. Foot cream

Nothing can ruin a hike or backpacking trip faster than a blister. FootKinetics HIkeGoo provides a friction barrier between the skin and sock that protects feet from blisters, nerve abrasion and foot fatigue all day. Dry, sore and cracked feet are no picnic either. Soothing foot cream, such as J.R. Watkins Peppermint Rejuvenating Foot Cream, can revive those tootsies for the next day on the trail.

5. Hiking socks

Good socks are just as important as good boots. Hiking socks are designed to wick away moisture and keep feet dry and provide cushioning for comfort and support. Some recommendations from The Adventure Junkies include Darn Tough Extra Cushion, Smartwool Mountaineer Socks and Thorlos Light.

6. Hiking insoles

Another added layer of cushion, insoles can be transferred between all of your boots and give you arch support and stability no matter which shoe you choose to wear on your outing. Among the insoles recommended by Wilderness Mastery are Powerstep Orthotic Shoe Insoles, Superfeet Black Premium Insoles, Orthaheel Insole Relief and Timberland PRO Men.

7. Trekking poles

A good pair of trekking poles can be a hiker’s best friend in treacherous terrain. Outdoor Gear Lab tested and compared a number of poles. Among those it liked best were Black Diamond Alpine Carbon Cork and Montem Ultra Strong.

8. Emergency survival kit

Water purification tablets, tools, first aid supplies, a flashlight, a rope and a radio are great to have just in case. You can buy kits pre-assembled in their own pack, such as this one from Guardian Survival, or you can assemble your own. If you want to create your own kit, Trails.com has a great checklist of what to include.  

9. Knee sleeves

While typically worn by body builders, knee sleeves such as these from Aeolos, can stabilize and support the knee on tough terrain.

10. GPS watch

Convenient and cool, a GPS watch frees up your hiker’s hands but keeps them heading in the right direction. A few at the top of The Adventure Junkies’ 10 best list are the Suunto Traverse GPS and the Garmin Fenix 3 HR.

11. Die cut tool card

Small and versatile, a tool card packs a variety of tools into a compact, sturdy wallet-sized package. Bottle opener, wrench, screwdriver and more, a tool card, such as this one from Lever Gear, is a must-have for hikers and backpackers.

12. Hydration backpack

A hydrated hiker is a happy hiker. Make sure your outdoor lover can carry their own water with a hydration backpack, such as this one from Gelindo.

13. Headlamp

Light up your hiker with a headlamp, such as this one from Vitchelo that offers 12 hours of battery life and runs on three AAA batteries.

14. Snittens

Let’s face it, snot happens on cold-weather hikes. Snittens are great for your winter adventurer. They can absorb more than 28 times their weight in snot and tears and still keep hands warm and toasty.

15. Lightweight, freeze-dried food

This holiday season, we’ve created some seasonal meal bundles — each one has three top-rated meals at a discounted price that’s perfect for gifting. Help the outdoor-lover on your list level-up their fireside meals with freeze-dried entrees from Backpacker’s Pantry:

Holiday Gifts for Hikers

Best Backpacking Gifts

Camping Gifts for the Holidays

Five for fun

16. Amazing Sights of the Night Sky Playing Cards

These cards feature full-color photographs of 54 of the best objects and phenomena the night sky has to offer, including the Andromeda Galaxy, the International Space Station, planets, and more.

17. Adventure Assist Travel Notebook

Recommended by backpacker.com as a way to “inspire and collect your thoughts while you travel,” this hybrid travel/planner and journal is thin and light and fits in your pack.

18. Rumpl Down Puffy Blanket

Weather-proof on one side and fleecy on the other, this blanket from Rumpl is comfy, cozy, packable and machine-washable.

19. Outdoor hammock

Elevate your hiker or camper’s downtime with an outdoor hammock. Sturdy and easy to set up, a hammock like this one from Hiker Hunger can make resting an experience.

20. Trail-ready camera

Let your adventurer star in their own outdoor movie with a trail-ready camera. Backpacker.com has a list of the best cameras for hiking, with the GoPro Hero 5 Session coming in at the top.