A hiking gift can come in all shapes and sizes, but it will be best if the gift is something your gift recipient does not already have. If you know what a hiker is lacking in their gear bag, or even better, if you know that they broke something on their last hiking adventure, then that will make the perfect hiking gift.
But even for the hiker that has seemingly everything, there are a few hiking gift ideas that are outside of the box enough that your gift recipient will be pleasantly surprised when they tear open their gift.
Hiking Gift IdeasA few hiking gift ideas for the outdoorsy person on your list.
- SteriPEN Adventurer - The SteriPEN technology is relatively new, and chances are the hiking aficionado on your buying list wont have one, which makes it an ideal hiking gift. The SteriPEN uses UV light, rather than a filter, to make water safe to drink, which cuts down on time and equipment. The Adventurer is the most popular SteriPEN model.
- Black Diamond Trail Trekking Poles - Trekking poles are one hiking item that a lot of hikers do not have, but which are useful, and the kind of thing you have to try to really get a feel for. Which makes them the ideal hiking gift for that special someone. These trekking poles from Black Diamond are well reviewed and are adjustable to a wide variety of lengths.
- Petzl Zipka Plus 2 LED Headlamp - Your gift recipient may already have a headlamp, but it's doubtful they have a headlamp this lightweight, which makes it a great hiking gift. Hikers like to upgrade, and a new, lighter piece of equipment is always a welcome treat.
- Benchmade 530 Serrated Locking Knife - A good, lightweight hiking knife is something that a lot of hikers neglect to carry with them, but should. Encounters with wild animals is one obvious reason, but just having a knife around camp can be a big help. This knife from Benchmade is popular with reviewers, made with good quality steel and is very lightweight, which hikers always appreciate. For these reasons it would make an ideal hiking gift.
- Therm-A-Rest NeoAir - One of the hardest parts of hiking for many people is getting a good sleep at night. One good hiking gift, then, would be a new and improved sleeping pad for your gift recipient. The NeoAir won a Backpacker Magazine Editor's Choice Award in 2009, and has only gotten better since then. It is by far one of the best sleeping pads on the market, and is lightweight too, making it a great hiking gift. And after one night's sleep, your hiking gift recipient wont be able to thank you enough for helping them upgrade.
- Bear Vault Bear Canister - Staying safe in the outdoors has a lot to do with keeping the wildlife from becoming interested in you and your camp. Most hikers tend to hang their food in a bag, but to really protect it, a bear canister is a much better idea, and makes a good hiking gift for the hiker who has everything. Also, some national parks require the use of a bear canister to stay overnight, so having one in the closet can really come in handy. This canister from Bear Vault is popular, and is more importantly endorsed by government parks.