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100 Gifts For Hikers, Backpackers, & Campers 2020

Outdoor adventure gifts are the best kind around. Below we highlight some can’t miss recommendations for anyone who enjoys backpacking, hiking, and camping. We have stocking stuffers, mid-range gifts, and big ticket items for a range of budgets. So, give a gift that gets someone outdoors this year!

Also, save yourself the hassle of mall shopping during the holidays and order your gifts online. Then pour yourself a glass of nog and kick back. Most of the online retailers we recommend have free shipping options and make returns easy.

Stocking stuffers

Permethrin Spray

Permethrin is a chemical that you spray on clothing before heading into the woods for bug protection. It works well and it’s much more effective than using bug spray on clothing. Use a combination of Permethrin on clothing and a small amount of Picaridin on skin for maximum bug protection.


Sawyer Picaridin Insect Repellent Lotion

Ditch your DEET, cuz there’s a new player in the game that’ll make you feel less radioactive. Picaridin Insect Repellent from Sawyer is our new go-to bug dope. It’s a no-odor, non-greasy lotion that you apply to skin to repel mosquitoes, ticks, flies, gnats, and chiggers. And unlike DEET, it won’t harm your gear or equipment.

Mid-Range Gifts

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter

The Sawyer Squeeze is one of the most compact, lightest (2 oz.), and affordable water filtration systems on the market. Highly versatile, you can either attach the filter directly to a water bottle, attach it to a hydration pack, or squeeze into a bottle for later consumption. If you’re a lightweight backpacker, this should be in your gear rotation. Get more info about this filter on our list of the Best Water Filters.


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We're Dave and Annie, the gear nerds behind Cleverhiker.com. Dave is a thru-hiker, Eagle Scout, and nature nut who's trekked every continent on the planet. Annie is a "retired" teacher who swapped out the classroom for wilderness adventures. We built CleverHiker.com to help share our backpacking knowledge, inspire people to get outdoors, and help conserve our wild spaces.

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