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Best Gifts for a Hiker – 2021 Gear & Gift Guide

When you’d like to buy a special someone a gift catered to hiking, walking into a big outdoor store or an outfitter shop can be a bit daunting. You may start thinking, “Ahh! There’s so much stuff! What do I get? How do I narrow it down? And what does he/she really need or want anyway?”

Here is some quick navigation for you:
Best Hiking Gifts Under $20
Best Hiking Gifts Under $50
Best Hiking Gifts Under $100
Best Expensive Hiking Gifts

Whether you’re a well-intentioned non-hiker or a savvy outdoors person, there are always new upgrades to improve gear and the luxuries that make hiking/camping trips more enjoyable and comfortable. The main consideration is you want to give something practical centered on the person in mind with their needs and interests. And practical can also be a fun item, depending on who you’re shopping for. Think of it as ‘appropriate gifting’ – it doesn’t have to be costly, but it has to be usable. No one needs a random device or piece of gear to store in a closet that’s impractical for his or her needs in the outdoors.

We’ve got you covered with our guide on the Best Gifts for a Hiker. We make it simple to do some online shopping with a click of a button by listing the gifts in different categories to suit all budgets. As long as you know a little about the person you’re buying for – a day hiker, an avid backpacker, a car camping and road trip adventurer, or a long-distance hiker who aims to be as ultralight as possible – each gift description will make it easy for you to narrow down your choice to give the best, most thoughtful gift. Check the complete list written by Heather Rideout here.

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May 19, 2022

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