Looking for the best gifts for the day hiker on your list? Here are a few of my favorite things to pack and receive as gifts for Christmas, birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or just because.
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Best gifts for the day hiker on your list
Here’s a curated list of my favorite things to buy for your favorite day hiker – practical gifts they will love and use. Also check out what to pack for a day hike – includes packing lists for summer and winter.
Great stocking stuffers for day hikers under $10
I’ve rounded up the top stocking stuffers for day hikers that are under $10. You could also bundle these hiking gear must-haves up as a themed gift basket.
Water bottle sports cap with straws
HYDRO CELL paracord handle with safety ring and carbiner
Reading glasses / sunglasses lanyards
These lanyards for reading glasses or sunglasses are my favorites on a day hike. They help free up my hands so I don’t lose my reading glasses. And I lose them frequently.
Mobile phone wrist strap
I actually use the Moment wrist strap for my iPhone, however, you can find less expensive wrist straps for mobile devices like this pack of six that comes in under $10. And they have high reviews.
Waterproof pouch for mobile phones
Your day hiker will also appreciate these waterproof phone pouches. This two-pack makes for a very practical and inexpensive stocking stuffer for hikers.
Hiker tool kit
How cute (and practical) is this hiker’s tool? it includes a signal mirror, pry tip, cord cutter, two-position hex wrench, four-position hex wrench, a flat-head screwdriver, ruler, a butterfly wrench, a can opener, and a bottle opener. I don’t have one yet, but am adding to my Christmas list – and it’s only ~$10! They also have different designs such as a boot, a fish, bear, beaver, dragon, dog, eagle, etc.
Fun novelty hiking socks
These Don’t Follow Me socks were made for me! If you ever come across me hiking, do not follow as I’m notorious for getting lost.
Aunt Fannie’s mosquito wipes
Mosquito wipes as a Christmas gift stocking stuffer? Yes! I love Aunt Fannie’s Deet-free and biodegradable mosquito wipes so much, I purchase a case at a time and give them away to people I love. I solo hike frequently (see my related post on my solo SUV camping adventure), and the most common question I get is, “Aren’t you scared hiking alone?” The answer is no. Not really. The only thing that gives me anxiety while hiking are mosquitos and ticks. And I don’t have to worry about mosquitoes with these wipes. They really do work! And they smell good.
And speaking of ticks, these TickEase tweezers are something that we hikers would love in our Christmas stockings or just because. Anyone else grow up removing ticks by lighting a match? Guilty. Apparently, that’s frowned upon. These TickEase tweezers are perfect for safe and fast tick removal.
Not-so-fun fact: While ticks are typically associated with summer, they are always around – even in the winter (even though most of them are dormant, the cold does not kill ticks). I was gifted these tweezers, but I only recommend products I use or would try.
Sunscreen with zinc
Another way to say I love you in a gift exchange: sunscreen with zinc. My dermatologist will thank you. I love the dry touch of Neutrogena’s sheer zinc face sunscreen. And they come in handy 2-oz sizes to easily pack for a day hike or on your travels.
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Best hiking gifts under $25
A few of my favorite hiking gifts $25 or less.
Really good Darn Tough hiking socks
DARN TOUGH are the best socks for hiking – a great gift hikers will appreciate and under $25. Trust me, we hikers love socks! Good socks!
Novelty moose hiking socks
For something a little more fun, add these hiking moose novelty stocks to your Christmas-giving list for hikers.
Ultra-light and packable day hiking backpack
A lightweight, packable day hike backpack is a great present to give the hiker on your list. And this one comes in several colors under $25.
Best water bottle for hiking
Our entire family loves the HYDRO CELL water bottle – keeps water a consistent temperature. The best water bottles are affordable at under $20 and come in a variety of colors (even some with gradient design) and sizes. See above for the perfect accessories to the best water bottle for day hikes.
Best go-to hat for hiking
I receive so many compliments and questions asking where I purchased this Bad Hair Day hat. It is my go-to hiking hat. And I love it so much, I own two of them – black and army green. They come in several different colors. Trust me – your day hiker will love this hat as a Christmas gift.
Best portable battery charger for hiking
Do not let your day hiker leave home without this slim Anker portable charger. It’s so reliable and holds a charge for like forever (well, days). I belong to a women’s hiking group and the majority agree that Anker is the best portable charger to take with on a hike. And so inexpensive – under $20!
Hiker girl pillow – great gift for women who hike
A fun hiker girl pillow for the days she’s not hiking – makes for a great gift.
Best headlamp hands-free flashlight for hiking
While I tell myself that I won’t be hiking after dark, I admit I have chased the sun many, many times. And once did not arrive back to my car until well after dark. That winter sun goes down super fast. So your day hiker will appreciate a reliable set of two headlamps like these from Gearlight. They make the best stocking stuffers for hikers!
Great gift for hikers – PackIt freezable lunch bag
Absolutely love my PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag. It easily fits into my backpack while hiking and keeps food cold and safe even in 100-degree temps! And it conveniently folds up when not in use. This freezable lunch bag is one of the best gifts you can give day hikers – and they come in different colors and designs to match their personality.
SpiBelt makes a great hiking gift
I originally bought a Spibelt back during my running days. Those days are over, unfortunately. However, I still use my Spibelt on day hikes. It’s a more modern and tasteful fanny pack – perfect for trail running or day hiking when you don’t want to carry around a backpack or if you don’t have slash pockets in your hiking shorts or hiking leggings. And this waist pack is water-resistant – perfect for carrying your smart phone.
Hike more – stress less camp mug
Yes! Hiking is one of my favorite forms of therapy. This 11-oz Hike More Stress Less camp cup makes a perfect gift for your day hiker.
Not all who wander are lost tshirt – great gift for women hikers
Not all who wander are lost tee-shirt makes for an inexpensive, but appreciated gift for hikers.
Great gift idea for hikers and nature lovers: The Hidden Life of Trees
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben is one of the best books I’ve read this year. Highly recommend for any tree or hiking enthusiast – fascinating read! See all my one-word book reviews.
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Gift ideas for day hikers under $50
A few of my favorite hiking-themed gifts for under $50.
Stylish Greek fisherman’s wool cap for hiking in the fall
For something a little more stylish for your day hiker – check out this Santorini Greek fisherman’s wool cap from Tenth Street Hats. It was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. And I highly recommend Tenth Street Hats to find the right hat for the day hiker from their fall collection.
The Santorini cap is suitable for a fall day hike on and off the trail. Tenth Street Hats also offers a variety of your more traditional hiking hat styles for both women and men for all seasons and more strenuous hikes. And the Santorini cap is packable! Makes for a perfect gift for yourself or the day hiker on your Christmas or holiday list.
Nature nourishes the soul leggings
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Best hiking poles to add to your Christmas list
I cannot rave enough about these TrailBuddy Collapsible Hiking Poles. The trekking poles come in a variety of colors (I own the neon green ones and my husband loves his navy trekking poles), a carrying pouch, and are lightweight with comfortable cork grips and wrist bands.
AllTrails app – pro version makes a great gift for hikers
One of the best gifts I gift myself every year is the paid version of my favorite day hiking app, AllTrails. It’s only $39 a year or $159 for three years. Check out more of my favorite day hiker apps.
Fun and practical hoodies and sweatshirts
Found myself a gift idea to add to my Christmas list this year: A stick-figure hiker girl hooded sweatshirt for only ~$35. They also come in as tank tops, short-sleeved t-shirts, and long-sleeved t-shirts.
Wrist strap for mobile phones
While you can find less expensive wrist straps for your iPhone and other mobile devices, I’m a huge fan of the wrist straps offered by Moment. I’ve had a fabric version of this wrist strap for three years and it’s still in great condition. It’s great having that peace of mind to trust a wrist strap that won’t break or fail you on a hike – especially when you need your hands free. This leather wrist strap for mobile phones comes in under $30.
Mobile phone case
I’m also a huge fan of Moment’s iPhone cases that my wrist strap attaches to easily. Make sure to purchase one that is compatible with your phone. Protecting a mobile phone while on a day hike (or face planting while walking on a perfectly flat sidewalk like I did last week) is crucial.
Perfect gifts for day hikers under $100
A few of my favorite gift ideas for hikers under $100.
Columbia waterproof hiking shoes
You may be able to find Columbia Outdry Waterproof Hiking Shoes under $100 during holiday sales or online. I found two similar pairs on clearance at a Columbia outlet store for $75 and $35. However, comfort should always come before the budget when purchasing good hiking shoes and boots. This is one area where you do not want to cut costs. Look for deals online and at the factory outlets.
The North Face mitts
Winter hiking and chasing frozen waterfalls are not fun if you’re cold. My favorite pair of mitts are these from The North Face. They’re typically around $70 – but worth it! I prefer mitts over gloves as you can move your fingers around more easily to keep your hands warm. And love that the pull-on closure and the extra length so your entire forearm and wrist area stays warm. For those extra cold days – especially here in Minnesota – I throw in some handwarmers. Tip: I do not find the related toe warmers very effective. I only use the hand or body versions to stay warm.